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Title [The Boy Preacher and The Zouave Jacob]
Collection Eugene L. Armbruster photographs and scrapbooks
Photographer Armbruster, Eugene L., 1865-1943
Image ID V1974.022.7.171
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Date 1871
Description 1871 / L.C. RUTTER, "THE BOY PREACHER." - FROM A / PHOTOGRAPH BY MACBRIDE, ALLEGHENY, PA. / THE REV. L. C. RUTTER. / The Rev. Mr. Rutter, more familirly know / as "the boy preacher," is one of the most earn- / est advocates of the Temperance cause in this / country. For many / months he has been / laboring in Ohio, and / his eloquent appeals / have already produced / a hearty salutary effect. / He is about twenty / years old, was born / in Lancaster County, / Pennsylvania, and was / graduated at Lafayette / College at Easton, / Pennsylvania, in 1868. / After graduating at / the Presbyterian Theo- / logical Seminary of / Allegheny City, he / was licensed to preach, / and soon afterward / was installed pastor of / the churches of Salem / and Caldwell, Noble / County, Ohio, but a / little over a year ago. / Besides his other la- / bors, he has regularly / preached for both con-/ gregations bery accept-/ ably up to the present / time./ Soon after his ordi-/ nation he observed that / the greatest obstacle to / the success of his min- / isterial efforts in this / county was the exist- / ence, at almost every / village, of a grog-shop / - some twenty or more / then in the county. / He / at once went to work to organize in every town- / ship a temperance society on the open-door- / no-secret plan. / He rode all over the county, / lecturing wherever he could find a house open / and half-a-dozen to listen to him. He pre- / sented the pledge to all he met; it was signed / by hundreds. Aroused throughly, the people, / by moral suasion, and by enforcing the civil / and criminal penalties of the liquor law, quickly / closed every liquor shop in the county. And / such is the state of public opinion to-day, that / no man dare open a whisky shop in that / vicinity. [printed on recto]

1871 / THE ZOUAVE JACOB- SHOT AS A PRUSSIAN SPY / IN THE LATE WAR. / THE LATE ZOUAVE JACOB. / By a dispatch last week we learn that Jacob, / the Zouave, who cured paralysis and wrought / other miracles, who was followed by thousands / whenever he went anywhere, was shot as a / traitor and spy during the war. He belonged / to the twentieth corps of the Army of the Loire. / He went daily for three months to the German / camp to give information. He was detected / at last and shot. / The story of this miraculous healer, who four / or five years ago was the talk of all France, / was thus given in a Spiritualistic organ of the / day: / "Jacob was a Zouave and musician playing / upon the trombone while in the army. Having / avoided intoxicating drinks, soldiers' slang, / and other vices common to military life, and / withal being very kind-hearted, he was exceed- / ingly popular in the ranks of his fellow-soldiers. / He was nearly six feet high, had black hair, dark / hazel eyes, regular features, and a head round- / ing up in th coronal region, something like that of A. J. Davis. He was about forty years of / age, and in religion nominally a Catholic. He / saw spirits, felt their presence, and, guided by their inspriation prayed to them and God. Some / twelve years since, while marching through the / streets of paris with his regiment, he saw a / poor crippled child being drawn in a carriage / by its parents. The child had not put its feet / to the ground since it was two years of age. / An irresistable influence seizing Jacob, he went / to the child, and placing his hands on it, said / firmly, 'Get up and walk,' which, to the / joy and astonishment / of the parents, it did. / Hundreds who were / standing near witness- / ed this. The next day / a score came to him, / all of whom were healed or improved." / The French are an / excitable people. Soon / hundreds flocked to / him daily from all / ranks of society, trou- / bled with "all manner / of diseases." Impossible / to receive the crowds / in the barracks, a / friend, M. Dufuget, a / prominent citizen and / merhcant in Rue de Lu / Roquese, opened his / house and workshop / for the reception of / sufferers. The throngs / increased to 20,000 a / day. This blocking the / streets, he was warned / to desist. Not heeding / the policemen's author- / ity, he was thrust into / prison- all of which / might have been ex- / pected in Imperial France! Through in- / fluence he was soon / released, and with per- / secution his "gift" ap- / peared to cease. [printed on recto]

Two newspaper clippings with accompanying portraits of two men. Scrapbook page from "Views of Kings Co., L.I." by Eugene Armbruster.

Place Names Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
Subject Headings Portraits
Newspaper clippings
Copyright Public Domain