Religion: Vagary

In Memphis last week Rt. Rev. James Matthew Maxon, Episcopal bishop of Tennessee, sat up in the sickbed where he had lain for 18 days ailing of influenza, and for the first time learned some-thing that all the rest of his diocese knew. Very Rev. Israel Harding Noe, dean of St. Mary's Cathedral in Memphis, was entering the third week of a fast which he hoped would prove that "the soul is above the need of material life" (TIME, Jan. 24).

From his sickbed, Bishop Maxon at once wrote a letter to his dean,...

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