Miss Bertha Reichenbecher, second reader of Third...

The Christian Science Monitor

Miss Bertha Reichenbecher, second reader of Third Church of Christ, Scientist, was arrested Monday [Dec. 18] on a charge made by the health department of practising medicine without a license. When she was arraigned Prosecuting Attorney Wilson refused to issue a warrant, declaring that the arrest was the result of a deceit. Miss Reichenbecher was taken to headquarters upon her arrest and searched, being compelled to disrobe before the matron. For this action Chief of Police Young exonerated the matron.

"One of the agents of the health department pretended to be sick," explained associate Prosecuting Attorney Wilson. "He gave the Christian Science practitioner a marked dollar bill, which was found in her purse after her arrest. I will not issue a warrant because it was feigned sickness. If a genuine complaint is made, where sick persons are treated, I shall issue a warrant."

Dr. Max Starkloff, the health commissioner, when told of the prosecuting attorney's refusal, said that he would appeal to the grand jury.

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