early Baha'i challenge - Kheiralla vs Vatralsky.

story on "Kheirallu" - interview with Stoyan Krstoff Vatralsky, Bulgarian Christian and Harvard grad - see http://books.google.com/books?id=A1kivilg954C&lpg=PA232&ots=zPXDd57gL_&pg=PA232#v=onepage&q&f=false

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early Baha'i challenge - Kheiralla vs Vatralsky. - OF A SECT. Mr. Vatralsfcy Telk How He Exposed...
OF A SECT. Mr. Vatralsfcy Telk How He Exposed Them. "Trufli Knpwers."! If. as Stoyan Krstoff Vatralsky insists, the "Trnth-Knowers" arc really -M-oliaromednns, the sensation which the young Bulgarian sprung in Kenosha a few Sunday* ago is likely to become historic. When Mr. Vatralsky was in Milwaukee to speak nt the Plymouth church, he was interviewed on the subject and he declared .most emphatically fhat the sect were really Mohammedans, though most of the members, he *aid, .-were probably BOt aware .of the fact themselves. He took the degrees -or lessons of the order so far as he could go without Butting hin)M>)f into a false position, and he therefore knows what its .teachings are. He could not take them nil because he could not without being guilty of lying, ibut he went almost to the end, and what he took was enough to give him an understanding of the whole. He was in a position to judge of the meaning of the teachings. As a graduate of Harvard he must huvc a trained mind, and having fctndiod comparative religions ho knew the essential doctrines of the Oriental cults. More than that, he had lived lor years in the leading Moslem country, Turkey, und learned Mohammedanism, its faith find works, at the fountain head. Such qualifications, entitle his opinions on the subject to great weight. - Founder of the Sect. The man who brought the teachings of the "Truth-Knowers" from the Orient Was Ibrahim G. Kheirallu," now in Chicago, a man bearing a Mohammedan name, which no Eastern Christian would give to a child because of the intense BTOY. AS KRSTOFF VATRALSKY. prejudice in the East between Moham- medans and Christians. "Khciralla." Mr. Valtrasky explains, is from the Ar-' able "Kheir," meaning blessing, and "All/i," meaning God. Alia is used for God by the Mohammedans the world over. The leader of the Kenosha sect is Byron Lime. The teaching was introduced into Chicago first and Kenosha is said to be the -second city in the United States. It was introduced two years ago nnd has grown rapidly. In Keuosha .alone -it is said that there arc between 200 and ii,°50 converts. Whether or not it is Mohammedanism or Bnbism it is •)>rohably the only religions teaching that i» secret aud wrapped iu mystery. Mr. Vnltialsky says the "Truth-Knowers" are really the same as the Oriental sect called Rnbi, .from -Bab, its founder, a Mqbanimptinn fanatic, and in spit* of tlicir secrecy anyone can get something Of the meaning, -origin and history of tbe cult by looking up .jabi" or "Babism" in the encyclopedias. "The self-styled Trutb-Kiiowprs,' " Bitid Mr. Valtratsky. "are ail esoteric Mohammedan sect, more pantheistic than Christian Science, muro absurd than Moruionism and by far the most -dangerous cult thnt has yet made its appearance on this continent." The Deadly Parallel. The lecture that caused the sensation was delivered by. Mr. Vatralsky in the •Park .A venue ••church on Sunday evening, October 29. In it he made' a long and studied comparison .of Babism aud the teachings of the "T-ruUi-Knowers." The chief points of resemblance he has set forth in the following example of "the deadly parallel:" The Mohammedan Bablsts. 1. Teach that Mohammed was u true nro- pbof. 2. Were founded In Persia In 1843 by a cealoUB -MohumnHjnuu, Seyed Mohammed All, culled Bab. meaning tJir Gate hence his followers were called -Baliists. 3. Teach that Arabia Is the source of all {Wisdom and learning. 4. Headquarters are now nt Acra, Syria. B. Have no ordnlned clergy or salaried ministers. 8 -Teach reincarnation of souls, several different .existences In different bodies. Hence teach many of the Bllile prophets UK now on earth. 7. Tea oil t hut the liab was gronthor than all other prophets Including Jesus, Moses. 8. Lays great Importance upon "sucred" numbers 7, », -IB. 20, etc.; 10 mystically expressing tli<- mime of Dlety. 8. References—Any jiood Encyclopedia or Hlstorj 011 Hnhlsui. The "Truth-Knowors." 1. Teach that Mohammed was a true prophet. 2. Were founded In Pfrsla la 1843, they teach, by Elijivu, who was called Bab, »nil Whm.0 followers wen- called llHblsts. •3. 'Teach that Arabia Is the source of all wUdtim and learning. 4. Headquarters are not at Acra, Syria, o. Have no ordained clergy and Inveigh against salaried touchers. «. Teach reincarnation of souls, several different existences In different bodies. Hence tench that many of the Bible piwphets are now on earth. 1. Teach that tbp Bub had 27 powers of Perfection while Christ only had 12, which Inference places the Bab 15 points fi. .Lay great -Importance upon "sacred" numbers, ,, !), 111, s» etc.: 18 mystically expressing the name of l>cdty. 9. Reference—Point bhu>K qnestlpn to any 'truth speaking ".Truth JCnower." The "Truth-Kubwers" assert that the Bible is the foundation of their teaching upon the point of this possibility pf teaching Mohammedanism out of Sie Bl- Mr. Vatralsky says: Vft all know people who go to the Bible to get its truth, but that they msy find '•scriptural sanction for thilr preconceived •Actions B.tit much ns the Bible bus brrn ••bused by morbid, brainless fanatics on the bund, and soultous, faithless knaves on Other. Us outrageous bundling by these ,3tohammedan gnostics surpasses aiiy,tbiug nave -seen, .heard or read, with "the very .doubtful exception of the ancient Gnostics Msnlcueans. In the nrst .place, being JBrmbol-mad people, their rich pastures are mysteries and phursodtes, particularly books of Danl'M and Revelation. Next these they Jike Isaiah." in parts, and the '-parables of the Niew TesUnienti to which -often give the most grotesque and fantastic apnlicr.tlons. The mystery of the would Uave suited their temper ad- HtaJrably were it n»t lor the fact that Mo- "li»nlmed In hte ignorance—Bor he was no Ignorant Chan be was' cruel and seusti- •^rrossly nileui.derstood that Christian ctrlne as being the worship of three gods \, SUM IV.? Iflfl, SuraT.: 7). : although theirs Is symbolism ran behind which these "Truth-Knowers" screen .any absurdity or blasphemy people they were endeavoring to convert. "Among Buddhists," said he, "we use the Hindoo books; among Mohammedans, the Koran; among Christians, the Bible." In plain words the Bible Is used as a catch word, a jugglery; or, still better, as a bait; adopting tbe peculiar bait to the particular nsh. Sloyan K re toff Vatralsky. Mr. Tatralsky is a son of a Bulgarian shepherd of Vakarel, a pastoral Tillage, situated some thirty miles southeast of Sophia, the capital of the principality of Bulgaria. He was brought up in the Greek church, the state church of Bulgaria, to which the Bulgarians belong by birthright. Being sent by h'is parents to study in the city of Samokoff, young Stoyan, when about 18 years old, came in contact with the American missionaries and was converted to ' Evangelical Christianity. After about six years of labor and study with onr missionaries, of whom he says, "They build better than they know," and whose work he characterizes as "The only star of hope upon the gloomy hoKJzon of Bulgaria," Mr. Vatralsky workeoMlia. way to this country in order to leara 'English, to finish his education, preparatory to Christian literature in his native Bulgaria. Mr. Vatralsky believes tha^ there is a crying need for such a work "In his moth- eiland, so he plans to preach Christ with pen rather than tongue, although he. aims to be ready for either. He has done some writing in this country, baring written for the Boston Transcript, the fse.w York Tribune, the Tenth's Companion and the Forum. His hymn, printed below, the winner in an anonymous class competition, was sung by his class at the baccalaureate service and also on class day at Harvard: O Thou In whom we live and inbve And have our being day by day. Send forth Thy wisdom from above To lead our steps and light our way. Let Faith add depth to all we know. Let Hope Inspire and make us strong, And Love, fulfillment of Thy law. Lift up our souls o'er self and wrong. Lo, Mammon leads the powers of night And reigns supreme, while souls decay; Espouse we, then, onr brother's right And, strong In manhood, serve our day. 'With open hrows press to the -Tan, Krect before tUo worlds and Thee; Thus stand for Virtue. Truth nnd Man, And live .thy truth that mnkes men free. O Lord of life, of wisdom source, Guide tills new life-today bcgnn That, when eneh ends his fruitful course, Both men and nugels cry. Well done. JIM LOOMIS' RETURN. Goes Back to His Home in New Tork After Many Tears in Wisconsin. Hamilton, K. Y., Nov. 13.—James I^oomis has returned home after an absence of thirty-three years spent in a small Wisconsin town. His return solves one mystery, but shrouds another. There is no longer auy doubt about his being alive, but it remains unanswered whose bones were found a few miles south of this village in the spring of 1807. One cold and blustering morning in the earlv part of the winter of 1800 and ISOt, James Loomis imd his brother Henry set out from Hamilton for Oneida. 'They came as far as the Five I Chimneys, a locality about four miles south of here, where they found .the snow so deep that it was imppssible to drive through. James would not listen to Henry, who tried to dissuade him from attempting to complete the journey on foot. When the brothers parted that day, James to walk to Oneida and Henry to drive back to Hamilton, that was the last the one ever saw or heard of the other. The next spring the skeleton of a niaii was found by some boys in- the j woods near where the brothers separated. It was believed that James Loomis hud lost his was* and wandered into the woods, where he perished from exposure or-was killed. His return home after having been thought dead for a third of a century clearly indicates that he succeeded in reaching Oneida, whence he set out for— nobody knows where, as he is diffident about talking of himself and his travels. In conversing with old acquaintances he has admitted that he lived in a small town in Wisconsin. Loomis says he has had a hard life, and was never before in shape to return-home. SAW THE PRESIDENT. rive ant passage, however, seems to 1 entity .ly on what they purpose to Bhllsh by'It. Guided by that end alone , once tyi a while, render passages sat- y bivtrftr oftener (a) they -force Into »'the-wlshed-for meaning, br taking tie mait obvious hiworiral and literal por- »ns>*taribollcally; and (b) symbolic and arbolte portions literally; at times (c) Mibetnt»;fy correcting or adding passages *te-ji<:ripturo text: finally, when a pas- esatverly refuses to lend Itself to their * He, (d) they cast It aside as -sporions. iWlw*ye (asserting their .own untutored I'jmd personal whim, as paramount. "~ v B^tt Js «afiy to see yoti ean, whatsoever, be U iMohain- ®53BVE : 1 —•- -- Sal G. A. B. Committee AslcB for Certain Change* Coactminc Pension Laws* Washington, D. C., Nov. 13.—The committee on pension legislation appointed at the recent encampment of the Grand Army of the Republic at Philadelphia called at the white bouse today and presented to the President the report adopted at tbe encampment asking for a modification of certain regulations relative to pensibus. The committee consisted of R. B. Brown of Zanesville, O., chairman; Gen. A. D. Shaw, commander-in-chicf; Maj. J. W. Burst of Sycamore, 111.; Gen. Daniel E. Sickles of New York; Charles Clark Adams of Boston; and Past Commander-in-Chief John M. Palmer. The report asks the President if he deems it within bis authority so to issue an executive order to the effect that in determining the pensionable status of a soldier and in fixing his rate of pension the several disabilities which he may have sustained shall be grouped and taken into consideration. The report further asks the PresHJent to direct that the practice of refusing pensions to widows of soldiers who-have incomes of $96 a year or more be discontinued, and that the limit of income in such cases shall be raised to $£>0 a year. The committee was with the President for mere than an hour and a half. The committee stated that Mr. Evans, the commissioner of pensions, Was heartily in accord with these suggestions, he maintaining, however, that the remedy lay entirely with Congress as in his judgment the existing pension laws did not warrant such construction. The President listened with great attention to all the committee had to say and in conclusion assured them that their remarks would have the fullest consideration. MONUMENT TO WINNIE DAVIS. Impreulvc and Touching Ceremony la Richmond, Va. Richmond, Va., Nov. 10.—In the presence of a vast concourse of people the monument to the memory of Winnie Davis, the "Daughter of the Confederacy," was unveiled yesterday afternoon. As the veil fell back under the touch of Jefferson Hayes Davis and the snow-white figure of the angel of mercy with o.ut- spread wings stood revealed, there was a mnrmer of admiration through the dense crowd and many shed tears for the memory of her who lay beneath. It was an impressive procession which passed out to Hollywood cemetery, embracing the governor of the state, G. Hoge Tyler, Gen. Fitzhngh Lee, Judge John H. Reagan of Texas, sole survivor of the Confederate cabinet; Mrs. Jefferson Davis; her daughter, Mrs. Hayes, and hundreds of local and visit Confeder-- ate veterans and Daughters of the Confederacy. There were two nnvellings ,ln one. The marble monument to Winnie Davis was exposed to view and also a bronze figun. heroic in size to her father, 'the .Confederate President. The oration when the monnmnt was unveiled was delivered by B. B. Mulford, ex-state senator,. Judge TEteaga* was the speaker when' the statue to his chief was unveiled. Although eighty years of ace, his form, is still erect and he spoke in vigorous terms In praise of the Confederacy's President. Gen. Fitxhugh 3>ee followed Judge Beagan in an eloquent address. ^ TJajnjuteS to JSflPrJXMUrt* " Chicago, IU, Nov." 10—Breich, of j>romu)e;to manrrjs given as the cause " ikinKjSOOO damages'filed ye«,„-. *K jpP'gfor $«8S&i&&xB** Miner otBpta^J^ f

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  1. The Weekly Wisconsin,
  2. 18 Nov 1899, Sat,
  3. Page 8

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  • early Baha'i challenge - Kheiralla vs Vatralsky. — story on "Kheirallu" - interview with Stoyan Krstoff Vatralsky, Bulgarian Christian and Harvard grad - see http://books.google.com/books?id=A1kivilg954C&lpg=PA232&ots=zPXDd57gL_&pg=PA232#v=onepage&q&f=false

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