Spieler Once A Divine
Pulpit Orator Now With A Circus
Twenty Years Comes To Old Home, Married To Snake Charmer, And Is
Recognized In Town Where He Was A Pastor—His Fall From Grace Narrated
Monroe City, MO
Sept 4 1907
When Rev. Dr. John Andrews, one of the best known pulpit
orators in the State, and the ministerial Beau Brummel of Northeast
Missouri; pastor of the wealthy congregation of the First Baptist Church
of Monroe City, resigned his charge, twenty years ago, and departed, he
did not know that he would return to Missouri after two decades,
divorced from his wife and separated from his family, the husband of a
snake charmer, spieler and ticket seller for the side show of a circus,
that exhibited here this week; nor did he know until a few days before
his return that the circus of which he was attached was booked to
exhibit, in the self same city where he once graced a pulpit.
But the former minister did not “jump” the show. He was
under contract, and he came disguised. It was several hours before he
was recognized by any members of his former congregation who include
bankers, wealthy stock-raisers and many other of the best known citizens
of Monroe, Marion,
Andrews admitted his identity and the news spread rapidly
through the town.
Before the show departed, many members of his old
congregation, including two or three women, had called at the big tent.
He told one that he had dealt faro bank in Butte for several months
after he quit the ministry.
Andrews went to the Montana metropolis as the pastor of a
large church there. After leaving Butte he traveled throughout the
United States, Europe and Africa. He has been following the circus for