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48 Medico-Legal J. 119 (1931)
The Sleeping Preacher

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Judge 11th Judicial Circuit, Saluda, S. C.

One of the greatest mysteries that
ever came before me was the colored
Sleeping Preacher, Major Perry. I
first knew of him when I was just
emerging into manhood and later he
became a client of mine. He was an
excellent man and made no preten-
sions to any particular piety when
he was awake. In 1895, in company
with a friend, I went to his house
some fifteen miles from my home,
which at that time was in the coun-
try. We did not give any notice that
we were coming, and as we had to
go over unaccustomed roads, we ar-
rived late and found Major Perry,
who lived as a tenant on a planta-
tion belonging to a gentleman friend
of mine, already in the midst of his
services. He was singing a hymn,
said a prayer and began to preach.
He gave out a text and it was ver-
batim with book, chapter and verse
from the Bible. He preached a ser-
mon about forty minutes long and
had a great deal to say about the
His sermon was strong and well

delivered and in better language than
the average negro could use, though
there was the negro dialect in it all.
I heard him again some eight years
later in public. He would go to bed
on a stage, fall asleep and then go
through the services. It was under-
stood that he could not be awakened
and that physicians had used needles
on him without any visible effect.
I do know that sometimes he would
draw up in a knot, so to speak, as if
in great agony, and his wife would
have to rub him, to get him back
to normal. He would, when in one
of these spasms, stop abruptly and
say nothing, but as soon as the
spasms had ceased, he would con-
tinue the sentence where he left off
and make sense without the loss of
a word. There was no chance of a
fake when I first heard him, as we
went there unexpected and unan-
nounced. His sermon was eloquent
at times. He died some ten years
ago without the mystery ever having
been solved.

Member of the Medico-Legal Society of New York,
Jalgaon, E. K., B.P., India

Nashir Dara Dubash, a Parshi lad
aged 16, was operated for enlarged
tonsils under Cocaine anaesthesia on
June 2, 1931, and died on the same
day as a result of Cocaine poisoning.
The operation was performed by
Major J. H. A. Donneland, R.M.A.,
surgeon in Goculdas Tejpal Hospital,

At the inquest, the father testified
that Nashir Dara, his son, had been
admitted to the hospital on May 28,
had been operated on June 2, that
the operation had apparently been
quite successful, but that the boy
had died a few hours later.
Major Donneland testified that the
Dara was admitted to the hospital

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