Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Russell's Death on Halloween and Alleged Toga Scene

One has claimed that "they found him dead aboard a train in Texas Halloween night (devils night)"

I am not sure who "they" are supposed to have "found him dead". Menta Sturgeon was with Brother Russell when he died. The fact that he died on what is considered Halloween day is irrelevant, not unless one believes that no servant of God could possibly die on that night, or that everyone who dies on Halloween night must be evil. All days and nights belong to God; no day or night become something evil in itself because what some may observe on any day or night.

However, Russell died on October 31 in the early afternoon, before Halloween actually began. He did not die on Halloween night. Halloween begins at sundown, and begins the New Year's day as celebrated by the Druids.

It is claimed that "they" found him wrapped in a toga; other claim that Russell asked to be buried in a toga. Again, I am not sure who "they" is that is supposed to have found him wrapped in a toga. Russell, however did not asked to be buried in a toga.

Menta Sturgeon is recorded as reporting that Brother Russell found that the blankets that were wrapped around him were uncomfortable. Sturgeon claims, that although Russell's words were hard to understand, that Brother asked for a toga. Sturgeon reported that he did not understand what Brother Russell was requesting, so brother Russell took 2 bed sheets, pinned them together to fit over his shoulders and hung them over his shoulders. I highly doubt that he was asking for a "toga", or if he did so, I highly doubt that he did so with any idea of some kind of religious significance. More than likely Brother Russell was just simply trying to find some comfortable way to keep warm. Sturgeon reported, "How much Brother Russell may have understood or meant by these movements we may not surely know." But then Sturgeon gave own conclusions. I suspect that Sturgeon may have also been influenced by Rutherford to report the incident as having some kind of religious significance.. Sturgeon's report may be found online at:
http://mostholyfaith.com/Beta/bible/Reprints/Z1916DEC.asp#Z360:11




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