People, Jan. 2, 1939

In Mexico City, the Government press bureau announced that Mexicans may now telegraph complaints direct to President Lázaro Cárdenas, free of charge.

Fat "Faithful Mary" (Viola Wilson), Father Divine's onetime chief female angel, who quit last year after declaring: "He's just a damned man—he ain't no more God than you're God," returned to his Harlem colony from Los Angeles when he sent her a diamond and sapphire ring. Said Faithful Mary: "He really is God."

Exiled Novelist Thomas Mann gave his theory of Adolf Hitler's personality (see p. 11): "He is half genius, half...

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