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F1SKS1AN HERETICS, SECT DRIVEN OUT THE PRESENT SHAH. BY The Rlsa »tnl Fttll of H mrdnn Reformer—Hl» tlntlmcly I>«-»th—The a it) J. of . it. in the by is 149 be for be that the and seem b, th« Ur»ve Though Greater B«ba, Who In »n Uxlle from Tils Native Land. Professor Browne, lecturer in Persian at the University of Cambridge, has •mitten a curious book, entitled "The Epiflode of the Bab." Probably a few- people know who the Bab is, but Mr. Browne's researches are certain to awaken interest in the man who was the arch heretic of Persia in the early part of the reign of the present shah. He died a violent death at the handa of the government when it waa learned that the heresy that he preached threatened the peace of the national church. 'His followers live and are faithful to hia memory and teachings. Their leaders are in exile, and Profes- Bor Browne's book tells of his extraordinary exertions to Bee them and get their story from thnir own lips. They are scattered f nf and wide. Some of them are in Cyprus; others are in Palestine, safe from the vengeance of tho shah. All of them would expect to lose their heads if they, showed themselves in' Persia. Only the humble follower^ of the Bab live unmolested in their own country, holding their meetings secretly for fear of the persecution of the angry Mollahs. The Bab was a Mohammedan re- formef J who went to Mecca and came back with a new commentary on the Koran. He spoke of himself aa superior to Mohammed and' to all other great religions reformers, but he announced tha£ a greater than he was coming. That greater one ia Beha, who lives in an earthly paradise called Behjo, near Tyrt', where Professor Browne found him. The author says he feels quite unequal to the task of conveying a vivid impression of the faces and forms that surrounded him during his visit to this straage retreat. He almost runs short of bdjectives when he describes the wondrous and venerable figure of the holy man. He says he beheld a face which he will never forget, although he cannot describe it. The piercing eyes seemed to read MB very soul. "No need to ask in whose presence I stood aa I bowed mybelf before ono who is the object of a devotion and love which kings might envy and emperors sigh for in vain." Beha's preaching ia a prophecy of the "most great peace" and of the brotherhood and unity of man. The brotherhood of the entire race is coming, he predicts. Prof. Browne says Beha knows the exact position of European affairs and is sorry for the western nations. He sees kin;;s and rulers lavishing their treasures in the purchase of means of destruction instead of procuring the means of happiness. Meekness, concord, obedience, submission are the essentials of his -secret in the perfect way. He is loved and revered by all his followers wherever they may be, and many a-messugo from ,him is read in the secret meetings in Persia of the humble followers of the Bab. The Bab was not learned in the law like the great doctors "of tho church, and for that reason • they held him in contempt. It was his habit to dispute ,with them in the temples, and although he was ignorant his wisdom put their knowledge to shame. They said he proved himself an impostor because he talked bad grammar. He showed them that his grammar was the grammar of the Koran, and asked them if it was not better to be wrong with the prophet than right "with the rest of the world. Whenever ho became' too troublesome they beat him with rods. At last they had him shot. A company of infantry was drawn up, and the Bab and one of his followers were placed before it aa targets. The first discharge killed the follower, but only broke the cords that bound the prophet. He might have converted his executioners then if he had had time to make the most of the situation. But before he could speak the second volley was fired and the Bab died of many wounds. ., His followers were terribly incensed at the outrage, and tried to assassinate the shah. It is said that he fainted with terror at tho eight of the conspirators, and was only saved by the timely arrival of his escort. For a tilne he made Persia very nnsafo for the followers of the Bab. He killed their leaders, and to this day those who escaped from their native land have never dared to return. Among the victims was the one Salvation Lass of the movement, the beautiful Knrratn 'l-'Ayn, who, it ia said, waa a miracle of learning and of every feminine charm. She was killed by slow torture, and to the very last she declared her supreme faith in the teachings of the Eab. The Mollahs who., slew her came near rebelling a few months ago when their lord and master threatened to interfere with the tobacco question in Persia. They made him tremble for bis life and throne until the obnoxious measures he proposed were rescinded. Meanwhile Beha is waiting patiently in exile, confident that the day will come when his teachings will triumph in Persia and the leaders of his faith can return to their land.—New York Sun. an it the of the in a

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  1. Sterling Daily Gazette,
  2. 02 Aug 1892, Tue,
  3. Page 7

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