Elliott Mackle


Dr. Cyrus R. Teed seldom used a single word when an ornate phrase would do. By temperament he was an orator. The length of his sermons was cut to nineteenth-century fashion. His lectures on scripture were notable not only for novelty of doctrine and idiosyncrasy of interpretation but for supreme grandiloquence. Nor did his style differ much in private discourse. Conversation was to him but the beginning of monologue. Simple questions invariably called up complex answers.