April 13, 1914
I. W. W. GIRL'S SHOUTS REND PEACE IN PARKHURST CHURCH
Jane Est's Loud Words Silence Organ.
She Scratches and Bites Men Who Oust Her.
Tells Police She Preaches.
Jane Est drowned out the organ in Dr. Parkhurst's Madison Square Presbyterian Church at the morning service yesterday. Not until the sexton had taken her to the street and turned her over to a patrolman of the East 23d st. station was quiet restored and the service resumed.
No Occupation, Say They, in Reply.
The woman has been coaxing people to arrest her for some time. She rode to publicity on the recent I.W.W. wave, being first heard of March when she joined in the demonstration at St. Alphonsus church, which resulted in the arrest of Frank Tannenbaum.
Dr. Parkhurst was not present at the service yesterday, having been advised by his physician to remain in his apartment at the Ansonia, because of illness. The Rev. Dr. George R. Montgomery, assistant pastor was in the pulpit when Miss Est rose, just before the prayer of consecration was to be said, and waved a copy of a newspaper containing an article by Dr. Parkhurst.
"I want to call your attention to article in this newspaper," she shouted. "This church has a minister who repudiates Christ. In this article he says Christ had nothing to do with conditions of the poor in New York.''
Then the organ began to boom. The sexton hurried to her side and told her she ought to be ashamed to act in such an unwomanly manner in a church.
"I'm not ashamed of myself. I will not be ashamed of myself," she shouted as the sexton, J.H. Tibbits,
hurried out for a patrolman.
Tibbits, becoming for the moment a sergeant-at-arms, told her that she must leave the edifice. She protested, but she went just the same, biting and scratching the sexton and another man who went to his assistance.
At the East 22d st. station Miss Est's stay was short, as there are no accommodations for women prisoners there. She was taken to East 35th st. after her pedigree had been taken.
"Where do you live?" asked Lieutenant Powers.
"My home is in Heaven."
"What is your occupation?"
"I preach the doctrine of the original Jesus Christ."
Lieutenant Powers wrote "no home" and "no occupation."