April 7, 1914
"LET ME IN" SAYS WOMAN
JANE EST, I. W. W. LEADER, CREATES CONSTERNATION AT PREACHER'S HEARING
CASE MUST BE AIRED
Two Women Witnesses Testifying Against Pastor Faint While on Stand
NEW YORK, April 5.—Jane Est heretofore identified with movements of the Industrial Workers of the World created consternation at the Metropolitan Temple today by trying to force her way into the trial of Dr. Jacob S. Price, pastor of the Washington Heights Methodist Episcopal Church, charged with misconduct by nine women members of his congregation.
At the door she was confirmed by Dr. Frank J. Belcher, pastor of the Five Points Mission, acting as attorney for the defendant.
'Let me in!" she shouted in tones which immediately drew a large crowd. 'This is not a private trial; ecclesiasticism itself is on trial. Ecclesiastism has always whitewashed the church whenever charges are made against pastors. These trials ought to be held out in the open where people can hear them: There is a great deal of talk about shielding the pastor.
'I want to see Dr. Price," she continued. "I'd like to see him try to kiss me?'
The pastor of the temple. Rev. George W. Downs, tailing in an effort to keep the woman quiet, called in
policeman, who escorted her from the place and warned her to stay out.
Mrs. Hilma Dohl, whose testimony was excluded at the trial of Mr. Price yesterday, since her charge was not included in the general complaint, was allowed to take the stand. She said she had been improperly approached by Dr. Price and that she had subsequently received visits from two persons who tried with threats and intimidation to prevent her from testifying.
Mrs. Dohl collapsed while describing a scene at the parsonage, when she said Dr. Price drew her to a lounge
and hugged her.
Rather than relate humiliating fronts she alleged she suffered at the hands of Dr. Price while she was in
his congregation, Mrs Lillian Miller, now of Baltimore, refuses to testify, and then fainted in the witness chair.
When the prosecution closed Dr. Price took the stand in his own behalf, entering a general denial of all
accusations. Several members of his congregation were called as character witnesses by the defense.