March 21, 1909
James Sharp, self-styled "Adam God," declared yesterday that there would be a vacancy soon in the county jail and that he would be the absentee.
"I think I will rise and leave this jail in five days," said Sharp. "When I disappear the jailer will be bribed by the rulers to say someone took me out. My day's work is done and the Master says, 'Wait a little while and then eat.' My eating will be rejoicing over my children when I come back."
If the five-day prediction holds good, Sharp will leave the jail next Thursday. Just how he is to disappear, however, he does not care to say. He tells visitors he has talked too much already.
"My words are out of place," says he. "I am afraid to talk. My words set me on fire."
"Do you believe Providence will free you?"
"Yes, I know it will, brother. I am the one spoken of in Revelations 12-V., where the Book says:
" 'And she brought forth a man child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron; and her child was caught up unto God and to his throne.'
"That is the way I will be caught up, brother. I will disappear from this jail. For I am David."
"Are you still in the faith?"
"Yes, and stronger than ever, brother. But I must not talk. I have found out where all this trouble is. It is in the tongue."
"But how will you disappear?"
"That is not for me to say, brother, except that I will be caught up to the Throne, as I told you. And the jailers will be bribed to say someone took me out, just as I said before, brother. I am like the man on the cross when he cried out: 'My God, why hast thou forsaken me.' And my prayer is about to be heard."
Sharp says these words with a conviction which bespeak his belief in them. He is trying to avoid being talked to. On a card which hangs on his cell bars are the words:
"My words are out of place. I am afraid to talk. My words set me on fire."