Friday, January 4, 2013

Halley's Comet - 1910

the May 28 1910 edition of the Courier, Salisbury, MD


Aroused to a state of furor because of the belief that Halley's comet would destroy the world, the members of the Holiness sect, at Blades. near Seaford, Delaware, created such a tumult Tuesday night that the religious fanatics were chased out of town by the peaceful inhabitants. Clubs, bricks, good and bad eggs, decayed fruits and vegetables and many other articles too numerous to mention were used to rid the quiet village of the strenuous worshippers. The leaders of the sect have been conducting meetings nightly since the comet has been talked of so much. they implored the people to discontinue all worldly pursuits and make ready for the coming of the end of the world. The excitement reached it height Tuesday evening when it is alleged that one of the members, yelling, like one being murdered, grabbed a chair in the house of worship and crying. "the devil is coming in the door." rushed to the exit. This caused an uproar, which resulted in a crowd of people running them from town.

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