Religion: The Sport of God

One night last week five candelabra flickered through the gloom of Boston's Union Congregational Church—the church in down-at-heel South End to which Rev. Dwight Jacques Bradley went after relinquishing a swank one in Newton, Mass. (TIME, Sept. 24). A mixed congregation of 600 gazed in interested bewilderment at a slim, bare-foot girl in the chancel. She wore nothing but a long flowing gown. Her name was Eleanor Schirmer and she was a Newton socialite whose father was a Boston banker.

While two yellow-robed girls stood sentry-like at each side of the chancel, Miss Schirmer...

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