Religion: Big Bequest .

A man who all his life was a philanthropist on the sly has left to U.S. religious groups one of the biggest bequests in their history. He was the late Arthur Curtiss James, who died last year at 74, left a gross estate of $37,304,940 by an accounting filed last week in Manhattan. The bequest: a probable $8,000,000 or more to Union Theological Seminary, Congregational foreign missions, Presbyterian home missions, a mission university, his church (Manhattan's First Presbyterian) and the Society for the Promoting of the Gospel among the Seamen of the Port of New York. Some $14,000,000 more will go...

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