Waverly, Iowa: “Independent” Print, 1881. First edition. Unbound pamphlet, 6.63 x 4.5 inches, 33,  pages, wire stitched. Cheap paper a bit toned and worn; a good, sound copy. Item #17857
“These data have been the result of the reading by the author, of four newspapers, and the casual reading of seven others. . . . The author has reason to believe he has not collected more than one-half of the instances published; no particular pains having been taken.” Clearly a labor of love and outrage, the Civil War veteran and Waverly, Iowa lawyer here compiles an extensive tabular account of the various crimes of the clergy (“these reverend ‘bilks’ “) over the previous five-year period. This Iowa edition noted in three locations (none in Iowa) on OCLC; the 1882 D. M. Bennett and 1883 Truth-Seeker editions are more widely held. First leaf detached from at the staples.