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in the heat of the night of chapter 8, what is the meaning Revernd Amos Whiteburn's comment : As long as i have been in this community, this is the first time i have ever been consulted by the polic

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He is referring to Virgil coming to see him to ask for help in finding the murder weapon (a long piece of wood). One can assume that the only time that the police have consulted the preacher was on personal matters or when someone has died and needs to have a funeral.