RELIGION: For Pagans

In a homely Methodist Church on Manhattan's upper west side, audiences of homely Christians listened quietly last week to the warm words of an oldtimer evangelist. "Gypsy" Rodney Smith had visited the U. S. 35 times in the past half-century, but this visit was different. He had been hired this time by the Greater New York Federation of Churches to do something about New York City's 4,000,000 pagans.

Gypsy Smith was born in England, 79 years ago, in a tent under a hornbeam tree. Until he was 18, he never slept in a house. A peddler of clothespins which his father,...

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