State of Tenn
Information having been made to me in writing, on oath, that C. F. Christensen, ---- Farmer, ---- Garner, ----- Gibbs, did on or about the --- day April 1885, and at divers others days in the county and state aforesaid, did willfully, maliciously, knowingly, and feloniously teach preach and promulgate the doctrine of polygamy, and that they did induce others by words and persuasion to adopt or embrace polygamy and to emigrate to another state or Territory, for the purpose of embracing polygamy. You are therefore commanded in the name of the state to forthwith arrest the said C. F. Christensen, Gibbs, Garner, and Farmer and bring them before me or some other justice of said county to be dealt with as the law directs. Given under my hand this twelfth day of May 1885
JP for Carter County
Of course two of the Elders (Elder Gibbs & Farmer are nowhere to be found) were arrested and their story continues in jail, where they decide to preach to their fellow prisoners and to their jailor. Eventually an attempt at a trial is made, but the Elders wisely insist on proper representation. So the trial is postponed. The court places the bond at $500 which was eventually paid by President Morgan when he arrived from Chattanooga.
About the first of August Christensen and Garner returned home. Soon after this President Morgan visited Elizabethton and had an examination made of the court records; as a result it was found that the clerk of the court made a mistake in recording the bond the Elders had been released on. And instead of it being $500 it was only $5. This error, of course, only made Elder Christensen liable to the sum of $5 and practically freed him from the clutches of the unjust law
Behold! The economy of God. The miracle of the moving decimal place.