10/1/1900 WT ::R2706 : page 296::
CAN RESTITUTION CHANGE THE ETHIOPIAN’S SKIN?
The following, from the is the third we have seen reported. These suggest and illustrate the process of restitution soon due. The item reads,–
“FROM BLACK TO WHITE HE SLOWLY TURNED.”
“PARKERSBURG, W. VA., Sept. 8.–It has fallen to the lot of the Rev. Wm. H. Draper, pastor of the Logan Memorial Church, of Washington Conference, A.M.E. Church, of this town, to give a living affirmative answer to the famous Biblical question, “Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard his spots?” Though once as black as charcoal, the Rev. Mr. Draper is now white. His people say that his color was changed in answer to prayer. Many years ago Draper was employed by a fair-skinned man, and he was often heard to remark that if he could only be white like his employer he would be happy. While in the white man’s service Draper ‘experienced’ religion.
“From that day forward he prayed constantly and fervently that he might become white. Thirty years ago his prayer began to be answered. He first experienced a prickling sensation on his face, and upon close investigation found a number of small white spots scarcely larger than the point of a pin. He became alarmed, thinking he had some peculiar disease, but he did not suffer, and aside from the prickling sensation felt nothing unusual. Gradually the white spots became larger and extended themselves, until now, after the change has been in progress for over thirty years, Draper has not a single dark spot on his body.
“Many years ago, before this strange metamorphosis took place, Mr. Draper was in charge of the same church he has now. He was popular with his flock and his departure was a source of great regret. When he recently returned to Parkersburg there was great rejoicing among the churchmen because their favorite pastor was coming back. When, however, Draper appeared in the pulpit the first Sunday, not one of the congregation recognized him. In fact, it was all he could do to convince them that he, a white man, was the same old black preacher they had years before.”
*The word in this text (`John 5:29`) rendered is very improperly translated. It should be as in the and in `verses 22,27 and 30` of this same chapter and many other places in the Scriptures where this word occurs.