Foreign News: Mysterious Macdonald

Mysterious to Manhattanites is rich Roman Catholic George Macdonald, with offices at 149 Broadway. Asked "In what business or occupation is Mr. Macdonald engaged?" his private secretary always replies, "I do not know."

But in Vatican City everyone above the rank of friar seems to know. Last Christmastide Pope Pius XI created Manhattan's Macdonald a Marquis. Came news last week of elaborate celebrations of his elevation to the Papal peerage.

First, Marquis Macdonald tendered a banquet to highest Papal dignitaries, at which New York's Patrick Cardinal Hayes ate and drank.

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