1899.05.11 Eccentric Omish sect

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1899.05.11 Eccentric Omish sect
A RtUOOUS ORDER WITH MANM SUEER PRACTICES. uu t»y 1t* K: «v Nul Trim I!!. r*iigioai sect wljiea » wear asckti Sifluke, vote icij: \Vtnuea Are euj in its Us* aa forbids ktics, cahivatis a go eoart- fryai wear- the ally Iu who ott badly Iho short and rate duty evening His dangerous two wTse kiss oniy the members of their j^Soaday service at the church begins earl? and lasts a!l day. The food is sooted and served i£ jtbe. meeting house, and str^^s* jre~Sw^1^w'3- io^j * Jh§ ^^er? a^eTjery stricf in enforcing tkg£ jjhS/ch discipiiii?!' They order penances for all sffgnies. {jae'of $je moat or^linar^plFalsTuSeiits", inflicted for nunor offenses, locj^. jia pride, boasting, etc., is to condemn the culprit to attend meeting on foot. No matter what the condition of the roads, if tfae eldera so decree, any toplofty young man who persists in wearing neckties or patent leather shoes will be compelled to trudge to church cm 'foot. The girl that he had decided to mention to the elder may drive by in a carriage, and she may look at him ·with acorn, but he has to grin " and bear it in silence. If a member fails under the ban of the elders ho is boycotted by his fel- loiw-members, They ref use to buy his corn, they won't attend his -wife's qniltings, and refuse to hold any intercourse intercourse with him until he expiates his offense. Tho members of the Omish sect take no part itt politics, and nev«r rote. They do not employ physicians. They never use tobacco, but drink s good deal of. wine and beer. They abhor secret societies. Beading newspapers is not strictly forbidden, but is considered considered frivolous and risky. They are opposed to war tinder any circumstances. circumstances. Nearly all of the Ominhes are prosperous farmers, many of them ·wealthy and all extremely carefval tc lira up to their contracts. fiinter's Trttl«t a Superior On^. triajaiugs o! any kisJ on their hjit$ Not rveu si verv little ribboii or it chiCSefl feather :* allowed. Fa=h- IOB maijjaiiacs are Kokei up^/a as, tesptuig inres *eiij out by the Evil Os-, aud any sister wl» .lareS to sew H rjiiie uu arr skirt is discipline.i au3 made- tlie subject of sptciai prayer. hy out-sislers t'tiis 8:ram;t5 cct is ciilled i.'Kiit'h, The oi'-iialvrs reSeut ihiy, however, anii eai! th-.-mse!ves ti.e Cazittiaa apostolicorGttr:j*a Church. Ih-ris are about 1000 members in the charcb, nearly a.1! farajrr?. ami all note-J for their sobriety, frnp»!ifv «iid strict honesty. They Hv* a* a ilia- tiaet little eoinmonweakh set dowa , a a a on tae liucois prairie, and governec · -· entireiy by cbarch law. Iu fact, it is a grave, misdemeanor for a^y meciber of iha congregation to appeal to the State authorities in the settlement of any disputes. Differences which amoag other people weald lead to lawsuits are decided by a council of the eldera of the church. The members dress in the plainest of clothes. The ·women wear small blaek aprons iver calico dresses. Their headgear consists of a black straw sailor hat entirely devoid of farimioicg. The mea are nearly ail clean shsveu. They are permitted tc- ·wear beards, bat not mustaches. The mustache is under a baa, as the elders say it conduces to vaaity and the dreadful pride which goes before a fall. Courtship is away below par among tae Omish of Cissna Park. Tha only opportunity a young man has for choosing a partner for life from among them is by casting sheep's eyes across the broad aisle which separate the men and women worshipers in church on Saaday. He may not ask to see her hoiae fros meeting, and burning oat eoai in tbe parlor grate on Sanday evenings is considered rant heresy. After she rustic swain among AT* OmisLes has in some way picked out the girl he thinks he might like to marry he confides iu one of the elders of the church. The elder in turn tells ths father of ths gir!, and the father, if he approves of the match, gives the elder's message to the daughter. If her answer is favorable tine prospective wedding is announced ia efiurch the nest Sunday. If her ansTver is unfavorable the young man is supposed to renounce all hope iu that direction and look somewhere else for a marital partner. The only proper way to salute"' one another among the Omislies is by kissing. kissing. Shaking hands is considered a told and-sorelless method of greeting, aud is one of the forms of punishment vitated upon a recalcitrant church member. On Sunday mornings a godly 3iseiple. not too young and good looking, -stations himself at the outer floor of the church and kisses, all members members in good standing as they go away. It he siips a brother or a sister it is the cause of gossip immediately, and is is sadersiood that there has been gvave infraction o«! lul^s. Saturday is market day and thea there is a continaons oscillatory performance performance going on in th?; streets of the lattle village. The men embrace and kiss each other, and the women like- the they English them. saved a. aimed severed body mark. sufficient bone who the rifle weak he and his in of dead nest where underbrush and upon three where that and was only kill and the plucky fiim ieafd agU there land. the necessary and man. away. week, ask wages was and was where They -at they 'ager " was isn't Sweeten give man good

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  1. The Lima News,
  2. 11 May 1899, Thu,
  3. Page 6

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