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Prince Yogi of Tulsa, 1935

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The supposedly occult powers of Prince Yogi, otherwise known as James Rollett, were not sufficient to keep the Yogi out of jail, nor once behind the bars, allay his apprehension about the future he is supposed to read like a book.

Despite protestations that he earned his living by telling fortunes, Yogi was arrested Tuesday (Nov.26, 1935) by Detectives R.B. Jones and A.A. Leitch. The arrest was made at a rooming house at 20 ½ East First Street and the charge was vagrancy.

Among Yogi’s effects were photographs, one showing him attired in a white turban and flowing cape standing before a theater where signs were displayed proclaiming that he “sees all, knows all.”

In jail Tuesday night, Yogi told of having used his hypnotic powers to put two fellow prisoners to sleep. He said he predicted future events by consulting the stars. Then he was inspired by sudden concern.

“Say,” he addressed a jailer, “what do you suppose the judge will do with me tomorrow?”

The jailer considered with some disdain before replying: “Well, it is a cloudy night and I’ll admit you can’t see the stars, but if you see all and know all, why should you wonder?”

Source: Tulsa Daily World, Nov. 27, 1935, page 1.

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