Babi/Baha'i history

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set is take ba- ba- Is a of-elee-trle Beginning In for for the the a let a i a BABISTS IN A TUMULTi Book by Persian Stirs Chicago's Mohammedan Converts.' EXPOSES ODD SECT there la no need of going Jo the Orient to ao missionary work among the Moslems; only Z9 years old. He has had a life re- re- markable (or Its dangers. Its privations, and its noble Duroose. -Just -Just now ha la In Now York city preparing for- for- a trip to Persia, where he Is Interested, la the founding and maintenance ot Christian schools. He was born in tho rillago efSBga. in the north-western north-western north-western part of Persia,- Persia,- about two hours walk from the targe. lty of Oroomlah. Sangar contained khouT. twenty-five twenty-five twenty-five Nes-torlan Nes-torlan Nes-torlan families and as many- many- houses. : All the neighboring villages were Mohammedan. In consequence of the dominance in -the -the land - of faaatle Mohammedans the Nee-torians Nee-torians Nee-torians at Sangar had adopted the Moslem language and t el fgton They were Ignorant m iinurr Boa influences." The environment I Missionary .Allte ; Against Abbas Effendi Dr. Iaaae. vi aroi j '. Adaaaa" Fabllshe fLottere Mrs. Pelo A. Hearst, -Who -Who ifaaiSeeat the Bab. So order In -the -the commuaitr. and aa lafldol all ILOn-MohaniTnJin. ILOn-MohaniTnJin. ILOn-MohaniTnJin. m r. tm1mAi i. Persia, waa In continual peril from the Mohammedan mobs. i , When TOUBf IdUBilVU S vkra Lnt . his father and two other persons journeyed ut iuia on-a on-a on-a trading expedition. After remaining a . while la Russia one ot the i three, hearing of inn. in hi. rnmii. home te Persia. Later the elder Adams and his remaining companion set out for a certain certain city in Russia. Unas entr1 Ik. o-.t.. o-.t.. o-.t.. they were arrested because they were only two, while the past port was for three. All explanation was unheeded, and both otthe unfortunates were sent to Siberia for life. Their families have never sine received any word concerning them. Dr. Adams supposes that his father must be dead. ..' Hte Mother Xef t Destitute. , The mother in Persia was left with a children, all below the age of U years. Upon the news of her husband's misfortune, the lord of the village, declaring that the elder Adams had owed him monev. took dohm. slon of the land and vineyard of the be- be- reavea lamiiy. Adams passed his bovhond In the nlrhhn. hood Of Sangar tendinsr orchards, hardlner cattlo, and doing chores. Hia conversion wniie ne was a stripling was effected by Kasha Say ad.- ad.- a . native mnlo-rit mnlo-rit mnlo-rit r h Presbyterian mission In Persia. The lad entered the missionarv school, and through the kindness of Kasha Sand w.. enabled to attend the high school at Orco- Orco- mian. In 1SS7 'Adams, -then -then 15 years of aa-er aa-er aa-er be came teacher of a school at 3alovL Subse quently he. attended the mission college at Oroomiah. with which an Industrial college is connected, and whero he learned tha trad nf shoemaklng. In the spring of 1849 he waa sent by the missionaries to -teach -teach school at Ardishal, where there wereorty pupils, and whore instruction was given fu four different languages Persian. Turkish. -Chnidran -Chnidran and Syrac " , - . i In" July, 18S9, Adams, filled with a desire to go to some place where he could Imnrort his f. i . . i . . i ... i . . . . . ... ' w rauBtJu m kuwuub. n no wrwtt i vuLvuiua un-i un-i un-i nt mmseii to De a missionary, the question asked by everybody. No I left Oroomiah with a sum of money less than .w.vut, w uuu irmTcjca westwara afoot. He had no destination in his mind. After nineteen days of walking he reached Akistafa, the flrrt railway station in the Russian. Caucasus. By degrees, workinr here and there to make money, he made progress toward Berlin, to which city he had been advised to go. : Barely Escaped Siberia. At Several years ago there came to the Moody Bible institute la Chicago a young Persian whose : earnestness, ambition, and inteui genoe soon' won for him more than passing notice. He was poor, and he did all aorta of work in order to obtain money for his simple needs. .He had been sent to Chicago by Dr. Arthur Mitchell, secretary ot the Presby terlaa board of foreign missions, and It was his constant 'aim to reduce as much as pos sible his financial obligations to his bene factor. The Persian boy was handsome, and he possessed a great charm of manner that made him many friends. He had taken the English name of Adams, from the Persian patronymic meaning sob of Adam.- Adam.- From Chicago Adams went to the Garrett Bibli cal institute In Evanston for a year.. Then he disappeared. It was understood that he had gone back to Persia. It happened recently that a new book. "Persia by a Persian' fell Into tho hands ot certain Chicagoahs who are fond of studying Oriental religion and philosophy. It con tained some chapters that astonished them. The author, a man named Isaac Adams, told that nearly 1,000 Chlcagoans had embraced one form of Mohammedanism. It mentioned this fact and then explained that Abbas Ef fendi, whoso cult had become fashionable on the North and West Sides of the city, waa the prophet of Mlrsa All Mohammed, the founder of Babism, "which allows mora license than orthodox Mohammedanism allows, however great licenses orthodox Mohammedans may take. The book caused It? was one remembered "Isaac Adams, M. D.." but a clew, was found on one of the pages of the volume. In the chapter on Babism two let ters from Mrs. Phoebe A. Hearst are printed. One Is addressed toO. M. Babcock of Chicago. who recalled the young Persian student. The Persian had become a Christian missionary, missionary, and be found in Chicago a field for work among Moslems. He had fitted him self to return to the Orient to preach the gospel to uonammcdans, and lo! In a Chris tian tlty he had found his opportunity. In stead of going among the Chicago Babists. however, he wrote a book in one part of wmcn ne exposes tne peculiar sect.- sect.- . License Allowed la Babism, "Babism was brought to the United States at the time of the Columbian exposition. says Dr. Adams. "There are 800 or 1.000 be Ilevers In Chicago and 1,200 in New Tork city: - Babism inculcates morals somewhat higher than those current among the Moslems, Moslems, and emphasis Is laid on sincerity as an essential to. religion, but in realitv tha fol lowers of Bab pay slight heed to these nobler teacntngs while they seize eagerly upon the freedom granted them from the Mohammedan law. They are addicted to drinking wine even toeea4 Tta di IrBtJoC Ifie qualiry of man nd woman, tj Wch the BatTen Joined, Is but partially mhtfitalned" In practice. The juamsts claim 50.000,000 followers, of whom 19,000 are in the United States, Abbas Ef- Ef- lendi, the son of the first Bab. Is now looked up to a tho spiritual head of the sect. He is recognized as the son of Ood. the oriarinal l-Bab l-Bab l-Bab having been a forerunner of Beha'u'llah, wno was joj incarnate. t-,. t-,. t-,. . So Insinuating aad so plausible are the propnets or isaDirm tnat many learned per sons embrace the faith. The two lettera from Mrs. Hearst show her to be a con vert, i ney are as rouowa: WASHINGTON D.iC..;ov. IS. 1889 Mr, ireiab H. Bradford. Hubbard. Minn Dear Sir: Tour letter of Oct. 24 was duly received, and I regret my Inability to reply io n sooner, out 1 naa ieit mv California home when It arrived there, so it waa for warded to me here: however, I take pleasure' in answering your questions, as It give me great nappmess to enlighten any truth-seek truth-seek truth-seek er regarding the "Holy Citv" and the Blessed Master who dwells therein. - ' Although my stay -in -in Acca was very short. as was mere oniv tnree dm. I sn.uro you those three days were, the most memor. able-days able-days able-days of my-'Ilfe; my-'Ilfe; my-'Ilfe; still I feel Incapable or oescnoing tnem inTHa slightest degree. From a material standpoint, everything was very simple ana Plain, but the SDlritnal atmosphere- atmosphere- which pervaded the place, and was msnueatea in .the irves and : actions among the believers., was truly wonderful. and something I had never before experienced. experienced. One needs but to see them to know mat tney area holy people.- people.- -The -The Master I will &et ottemnt to describe I will only state-that state-that state-that I believe with all my aeart insi-ne insi-ne insi-ne isuia.Mswer. and my greatest blessing in this world, is that I have been privileged to be In hls presence and look upon his sanctified face,- face,- Hla. Ufa is tmlv the the boundary lino of Russia he 'was stooped and informed that his passport was defective. For throo days he was imprisoned imprisoned without food or drink, and then was ordered ordered to telegraph to St. Petersburg at exorbitant exorbitant expense for a permit to leave the country. No answer came from St. Petersburg, Petersburg, and Adams was Informed that he would be sort to Siberia. Ho concluded, as he says, that the Lord wanted him to go thither, and consequently .informed the oflicers that be was ready and willing to go to Siberia. They decmd him a madman and immediate-ly.rOT immediate-ly.rOT immediate-ly.rOT nlm 0Ter tfce rtier Into Germnnv. Finally he made his way to Berlin. By good luck he found In Berlin a young man who could speak the Oriental languages and who befriended the traveler. Adamo was introduced to Mr. L. H. O. Schmidt, who sab-seqtltJyffYlst'diBiio; sab-seqtltJyffYlst'diBiio; sab-seqtltJyffYlst'diBiio; goto" America and' gave him- him- tho - means wherewith to pay his fare to New York. . Adams arrived at Castle garden with only 28 cents. -The -The Immigration laws required blm to have 825 before ha eoald lan.i ti when In danger of deportation ho eluded the omcers and got ashore. In New York his condition fcr a while was DtUble. H. CAIlId find no one able to apeak his language, and for Ihree days and nights ho had nothing to eat. Toward the closo of tha thirl dv t. found a morsel of bread In an ash barrel, h. cleaned It as well aa Ji could, soaked li in water; ana ate it.' A society sent the destitute Persian into the country, where he supported himself y working for farmers. He had various em ployers, hard work, and meager pay, until Dr. Mitchell sent him to the Moody Institute. Helped His Three Brothers. . Christ life, and bis -whole -whole beina- beina- radiates purity ana oonness; . ...... - - W ltfaout a doubt Abbas Effendi la the Mea. slah of -this -this day and generation, and we need not look for another.. - Hoping you Will find the lov that, h.a eim. into my iue. from accepting the truth as reveaiea in tnese- tnese- Teat dars. I am venr sin. , MRS. PHOEBB A. HEARST. Sees DIvlalty la the Bab.. WASHINGTON. D.'C. Dee. 5. 1S99. O. M. Babcock. Chicago, 111. Dear Sir: Your letter at hand, and in reply will say, if a statement from me regarding my visit to Acca, also my privilege cf being in the Master's presence, aad my Impressions of the holv household. win in tne slight re degree -confirm -confirm anv one in tne isitn, men i anr meat happy to render render it. - -I -I was not a DUdH of DrVKhelrnlla'a. s Mr. and Mrs.- Mrs.- Oetsincer taurht-me taurht-me taurht-me and I accented the truth before t left my California home to go to Europe. I never eaw -Dr. -Dr. Kheiralla un til we were on board the steamer. - My stay in Acca waa very short; If I re member correctly I was there but throe days. though Mr: and Mrs. 3etaina:er -were -were there tnree months. - Acca is not a ruined fortifica tion: its streets are narrow and dark and the houses .are very. primitive and rudely con- con- btructed. bat when we were admitted to the master's presence we lost sight of our sur roundings entirely; - - -'-- -'-- -'-- -'-- ' --' --' --' -' -' !--- !--- !--- !--- It seems to me a reel truthseeker would know at a glmoe thai he is the master! Withal. Withal. I must say he fs the most wondcrfud be-Ing-I be-Ing-I be-Ing-I be-Ing-I be-Ing-I have evermct or ever-expect ever-expect ever-expect to meet in this world: Though "he does not seek to Impress Impress one at all, strength, power, purity, love. and holiness are radiated from his majestic, yet hnmblc, persouaHty," and the spiritual atmosphere which surrounds him, and most powerfully affects ml those who are blessed by being near him, is indescribable. Hl ideas and sentiments 'are of tne loftiest and most' chaste character'. While bis great love and devotion for humanity surpass any thing I hnvo ever before encountered. 1 believe believe In him with all my heart and soul, and hope all who eall themselves believers will concede to him all the greatness, all the glory, and all-the all-the all-the praise, for surely ho is the son of God and "the spirit of the Father abideth in him. - ' - - Regarding the household. I found teem all quiet, holy people, living only for the purpose purpose of serving the cause of God. They dress very plainly, but with a grace that gives a sort of grandeur to their most humble abode.' The purity of their morals is evident from the calm, benign, and guileless faces, which char acterize them sea people. To become spirit ually more and more like tbem. and like the blessed master, la my daily supplication unto God. "''-'- "''-'- "''-'- "''-'- I am going to be in the East this winter. Yours very slnaercly , p. A. HEARST, After leaving Garrett Biblical Instltut. Adams began to lecture, and waa very successful. successful. He brought to this country three of his brothers and a young man who was a brother-in-law brother-in-law brother-in-law brother-in-law brother-in-law to one of them. ; After seetnz that they were admitted to various schools. Adams decided to go back to Persia and there preach" the gospel. . He had then been uv years in the United States. Hia cavlnea amounted to $1,000, and during a lecture tour in tne Netherlands on the -war -war homa to rersie ae collected S30O. After many hardships and dangers Adams arrived among his kindred. ' Hia mother had died during his absence, but -other -other relatives were still alive. He went at once to work organizing schools and teaching Christianity. un aiay zy, isa, Adams left Oroomiah to pay a visit to tho Patriarch of the Nectorlans, irom wcom ne naa hoped to get permission to work among the pec pie. A second object was evangelistic work arnontt the Kurda an Nestorians. He crossed tho Turklah frontier and had progressed aa far as Dizza when the police demanded a right of his I aseport. They professed dissatisfaction with tho document and threw him into orison ' on tho charge that he was a rpy of the United Etate on the way to the Patriarch to stir him up against the Turkish government. Adams. from the prison, addressed a letter to his brother in- in- Oroomaah, In which be wrote the number of his passport. He directed his brother to telegraph an account of his arrest to the United Slates- Slates- Ambassador at Teheran. Tho Jetter was confided to a servant, who inof ed It In a loaf of bread. The messenger was searched several times, but the message was not dlscoveteo). Kept la a Turkish Prison. For a long time Adams lay in prison. The United States representative at Teheran de manded his release, and tho authorklss finally -yielded -yielded after having strenuously de nied that they had htm In custody." Dr.- Dr.- A- A- ams 1. now proeeeudng a: claim for 85,000 damages against the Turkish government.' After his rdcasa Adams pursued hie Jour ney, to interview tne. patriaren.. Ha - was robbed by Kurds, who would have killed him but that they feared the wrath of the Sultan on account ox the celebrity of Adamsr for mer case.; At last -he -he -reached -reached Kochannes; where the Patriarch had his residence. - In course of time Adamo .returned to Oroomiah and continued his wcrk. Very soon he' became convinced . his misslcoary work would be more effective were be qualified as medical practitioner. The native doctors in Persia require no other diploma than an" Infinite supply of aarurancej They are gen-" gen-" gen-" erally .ltineracti- .ltineracti- Having 1reecr!bet, - the physician decamps . before the results- results- be come perceptible, aware that a common sequence sequence Is death. Fortunately for the prao-litloners, prao-litloners, prao-litloners, this result Is generally accepted !n quiet as the fiat of Kismet or destiny. Adams set rortn ogam tor America, taklc wita mm at great pern a converted oervun. Abshallom Gorge by name, who - rebelled ae-ainst ae-ainst ae-ainst -European -European clothes, nearly killed him self when he first eesayed to eat with a fork. and, declining to sleep in a . hotel,, caused tremendous commotion in Berlin by wrapping wrapping hlmeelf in a sheepskin .and lying .down to rest In the middle of the street. . ' Adams, after many adventures, aga ar rived In the Unfted States. ' In 189? he en tered the Grand Rapids Medical college, and on June 2, 1900, he was graduated and licenced to practice. - He is now engsgetfm lecturing before bo returns to Persia, His schools aro in a flourishing condition and he receives from them regular reports. - Colorado Cold -mm -mm Silver. Eight years' ago the silver production of Colorado was worth six times tne value of to gold production. Last year the gold a A of of production was two acd a halt times the Dr. Isaac Adras. who has discovered that I ' the silver. - It the on ed and ';---' ';---' ';---' of and fpr-the of as are that of waa IIL, by of his till that in for, and were part were- by a ed

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