Davenport Democrat and Leader: Hurled Rock At Evangelist in Miami Church

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Hurled Rock At Evangelist in Miami Church

Woman Was Knocked Unconscious Just Before Starting Service

Davenport Democrat and Leader/1926-07-25

By The Associated Press

Miami, Fla. July 24 — Police today sought an unidentified man as the person who threw a coral rock thru the window of the ante-room of the Christian Missionary Alliance tabernacle here last night and struck Mrs. Virginia Brandt Berg, 53, just before she started to conduct her nightly services.

The woman evangelist was knocked unconscious but recovered and called members of the congregation. Police said a trap was laid to kidnap her last Thursday and that she had received letters threatening that unless she closed her meetings at once she would meet a fate more serious than "another well-known evangelist of the same faith experienced."

Male members of the congregation armed themselves and guarded the church and Mrs. Berg's home last night and some members of the congregation held prayer all night for her. Police started working on a theory that a man who objected to two little girls having joined the church during the meetings had thrown the rock.