Religion: Hat

Sooner than the world expected (TIME, Dec. 28), on a bleak December day within a fortnight of his elevation, His Eminence Bonaventura Cardinal Cerretti, papal nuncio at Paris, got his red hat, his galerum rubrum, got it without the fanfare and spectacle so influential on the French.

In the courtyard of the grey Palais de 1'Elysée shuffled the famed Garde Républicaine band; within the huge pile fidgeted Gaston Doumergue, Protestant President of France, Aristide Briand, anticlerical Premier, lesser officials. They were trapped out in state uniforms, ribbons across chests, decorations pendent. They spoke...

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