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Scientology 'con game' says Conry

Title: Scientology 'con game' says Conry
Date: Friday, 30 June 1961
Publisher: Humboldt Standard
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"This is the greatest 'con' game since the pea went under the walnut," Leonard Conry, district attorney, said yesterday as he filed charges against Frank Clendon Metcalf, already in trouble with the City of Eureka for practicing and instructing courses in Scientology.

The city has brought charges against Metcalf for practicing without a business license. The District Attorney's office yesterday filed another action under violation of the state revenue and taxation code. Conry contends that Scientology is a business and not a religion. In his Eureka case, the defendant has been released on bail of $523. After posting bail, Metcalf obtained permission to go to Los Angeles to consult with leaders of his group. They have provided him with legal counsel for his pending city trial. The county case will be tried separately.

Metcalf, 29, of 412 B Street, practiced Scientology at the rate of $550 for a 25 hour course or introduction to the subject. He is a follower of L. R. Hubbard, author of a book on Scientology, who describes the subject as "that branch of psychology which treats of human ability. It is an extension of dianetics which is in itself an extension of old-time faculty psychology of 400 years ago.

Included in instruction "equipment" are two tin cans which are attached together with wire. This, according to report, is represented as being a type of lie detector.

Metcalf, prior to his arrest, had been conducting his religion — or business, as the courts decide — for several months prior to his arrest. The course is supposed to improve health, intelligence, ability, skill and appearance. Persons instructing the courses are known as "auditors". They contend that they can cure approximately 70 percent of man's ills.