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A Mob and a Monkey

Missionaries throughout Church history have experienced harassment, though few in the same form as an Elder Dixon did in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, in 1863. Dixon reported that a raucous crowd of about 200 took “a very large monkey with a red face” and forced it onto his head, while holding him helplessly in place. Fortunately, despite their best efforts, they “could not make him either bite or scratch” him, and Dixon was eventually able to escape.

“Correspondence,” Millennial Star, Dec. 19, 1863, 813–24