A Fraud Exposed

From time to time during the past six years we have warned our readers against a man who has been securing money under the false pretence that he is a Christian Scientist in temporary need of funds. A letter received from a friend in Oklahoma may help our people to identify him and thus bring his swindling career to a close. The names and locations mentioned in the letter are not the only ones used by this man; he varies his story to suit his location. An extract from our friend's letter follows:—

The young man came here to Guthrie, and represented himself as a San Francisco refugee, also as a patient of Frank W. Gale, and a member of First Church of Christ, Scientist, of San Francisco, Cal. He claims to be of Jewish extraction. He is a rather small man, between twenty-five and thirty years old, and wears glasses. He is very clever and persistent, tells a plausible story, seems to be familiar with the letter of Christian Science, and is well posted in regard to the prominent workers in the West. He claimed to be a newspaper reporter and to have lost his position through the San Francisco disaster; that he had a cousin in Kansas City, Mo., and that there was a position waiting for him as soon as he could get there. When he found we would not supply him with money he disappeared.

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Among the Churches
July 14, 1906

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