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A TIMELY WARNING TO THE CLASSES
DEAR BROTHER RUSSELL:—
There is a little matter I thought might be well to mention to you. And that is: A smooth, clever “confidence man” is extensively “working” the Truth people, in these parts at least. He has a number of very clever stories and schemes by which he is very successful in gaining the confidence of the unsuspecting and securing good sums of money and other favors. He is well posted about our religious affairs and talks glibly about Brother Russell, the Pilgrim brethren and others; also about conventions, etc. He gave his name here as James Marshall Stuart of Troy, N.Y. He is short of stature, smooth face, and is easily identified by a badly deformed right eye.
He tried to “work” us but failed. A close study of his countenance made me suspicious, and so I made investigation and found him to be a fraud. As the Truth people are generally guileless and easy of entreatment he has a good field, and it makes the matter rather serious where he is entertained, as it affords a good opportunity to rob.
Yours in the best of bonds,
G. B. IMHOFF,—Iowa.
— May 1, 1906 —