Daily Free Press, Carbondale, IL, 19 June 1917, p. 4, Holy Rollers say Lord Keeps them from War
any a fail to He your you HOLY ROLLERS SAY LORD KEEPS . THEjMfflOM WAR Four Arrested and Taken to Danville as Laggards for Evading . the Draft Law. .Claim Divine Inspiration Told Tnem Not to Register. Have Service in U. S. Court Room. the announced program, It our the of if the he As the he interrupted. be to in Some of the adherents of the Ho!y Roller religious sect do not believe in war. Their faith objects they sty.]" I Four diciples of this congreaatioo I were arrested a few days ago near Jonesboro and placed in jail to await action of tha Department of Justice after it bad been learned these -men were slackers, having failed to register register on June 5th. The four bound over to appear before before the U. 3.court at Danville were: John Fowler, Trip Fowler, Horace Lawrence and Leon Angel. They were arrested by D. S. secret service agent, George Sinacox, and bound o?er to the federal grand jury by U. S. Commissioner Harmon Fox, at Slar- physbcro tbis morning. They were started at once to Danville where tbey will answer the charge of being lag- garda and evading the draft law. That some of tbe Holy Sellers do | not adhere tc the ideal sentiments which inspire the clash of nations for the purpose of preserving these ideals, is admitting!?.borne out very vividly in their point blank statements tc the authorities. John Fowler, whc is said to have bess apparently the most inspired o£ any of the quartet ie quoted aa saying, "I don't believe the Lord would be in for making war. The Lord has not had any part in it so far, and so not until fie is on my side will I go to war. Furthermore, ' when He wants me He will come and get me." Trip Fowler, a brother to John, is of the same conviction. He says he was always taught to be of the same disposition and mood as that of bis brother. John and therefore must abide by him. The version of Leon Angel was along the same lins as that of the Fowlers and he is said to have reasoned thasly, to the aathorities" for his slacking: "I'm not looking- for any war snd am not going to war. If I should go I would not B h o o t anybody because I would lay down and gei^ebot first," Horace Lawrence the fourth of the Holy Pentecoatal Faith, which he saya is blasphemed when it is called Holy Rollers, says there is nothing to this here war bluff and the spirit told him it was not time to go out and get killed. That the Holy uhost ia liable to get into possession of him in aby position. If it comes while he is on his back it is necessary to roll them off. He said, "If I go to war it is likely to gst me -while I am on my back or cause me to run from it." The men held a Holy Roller service in the court of CommigsioGer Pox, Thes not the spirits, sang ani rolled for the time being. The authorities were assurred by all four of the brethren that if the .Lord told them to go to war before they got to Danville they would. The officers seemed disposed disposed to believe such an inspiration would possibly seize the four and make them mortals once more.