Religion: $937,500 Bishop

If Bishop William Thomas Manning had been dead last week Manhattan's Cathedral of St. John the Divine wou'd have been $937,500 the richer.

When the Diocese of New York chose a high churchman to be bishop eleven years ago many a low church Episcopalian was annoyed, including one of the Cathedral's most regular worshippers, an elderly, strong-willed lady named Laura Shannon. But Very Rev. Howard Chandler Robbins remained as dean, and so when Miss Shannon made her will in 1924 she left the Cathedral $937,500. Then dissension arose at St. John's, culminating in the...

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