The New International Encyclopædia/Schlatter, Francis
SCHLATTER, Francis (1856—?). A cobbler who, because of miraculous cures attributed to him, became known as ‘The Healer.’ He was born of German peasants in the village of Elser, in Alsace-Lorraine. In 1884 he emigrated to the United States, where he worked at his trade in various cities until 1892, when he thought that a voice bade him sell his business, give the money to the poor, and devote his life to healing the sick. He was then in Denver, Col., but soon after entering upon his mission left that city, and, traveling on foot, visited Kansas City, Hot Springs, Arkansas, El Paso, San Diego, San Francisco, and Albuquerque. At the latter place in July, 1895, he suddenly became famous. Crowds gathered about him daily, hoping to be cured of their diseases by simply chisping his hands. The following month he returned to Denver, but did not resume his healings until September. Meantime, a great multitude had gathered there to receive treatment from him. Schlatter is said to have refused all reward for his services, and when money was given to him in such a way that it could not be returned it was asserted that he distributed it among the poor. His manner of living was of the simplest, and he taught no new doctrine, he said only that he obeyed a power which he called ‘Father’ and from this power he claimed to receive his healing virtue. On November 13 he disappeared, leaving behind him a brief note, in which he declared that his mission was ended.