Illustration from Southern Home Remedies edited by Bernice
K. Harris (Murfreesboro: Johnson Publishing Co., 1968).
addition to describing homemade medicines, Southern Home Remedies
includes several stories relating to faith healing. One concerns
the "saintly" Mr. Will Allsbrook of Roanoke Rapids, N.C.,
who was famous for his abilities in removing warts from people "without
the benefit of science." Described as an invalid, Allsbrook
"merely rubbed the wart with his thumb and while doing so explained
that the wart would be gone within a week." Reportedly, only
on one occasion did his rubbing not work. It was the case of a woman
who would simply "not believe" her warts would disappear.