The lonely grave of Bert Bismark sits atop the desolate “boot hill” cemetery outside the Iowa State Penitentiary at Anamosa.

Monmouth girl fell under spell of ‘Hindoo palmist’

MONMOUTH, Ill. — Near the turn of the 20th century, the occult science of palmistry experienced a renaissance in the Western world through the efforts of a celebrated Irish astrologer named William John Warner. As a teenager, he had traveled to India, where he was taken under the wing of a Brahman guru who allowed him to read an ancient book on the study of hands.

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Jeff Rankin

Retired editor and historian for Monmouth College. Avid researcher of western Illinois history for 40 years. FB and Twitter. jrankin@monmouthcollege.edu