At the time of the trial in
1925, Henry Mencken was sending dispatches back to his Baltimore newspaper that were decidedly
uncomplimentary to the local townspeople. F. E. Robinson and Nelly Kenyon from the Chattanooga
newspaper decided Mr. Mencken deserved a portion of old-fashioned Methodist “humble pie” and
sent him out to the mountain to visit my grandfather at Morgan Springs.
George, who had studied theology at Tennessee Wesleyan College in Athens, Tenn., had been an
old-time circuit rider and proceeded to read from the old Bible in Greek and Hebrew. Mr. Mencken
knew that he had been “set-up,” but having travelled eight tortuous miles, tried to salvage
something meaningful from his efforts.
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