NEW YORK: How the Money Came In

Handsome, fiftyish James B. ("The Messenger") Schafer has a simple rule of thumb: "When you serve people you create obligations. Then the money comes in."

Twenty years ago Schafer was broke. Then he organized the Royal Fraternity of Master Metaphysicians, whose aim was "the joyous work of helping others to help themselves." Two years ago, backed by contributions from faithful followers, he was able to buy the $2,500,000 110-room William K. Vanderbilt mansion at Oakdale, Long Island, which he renamed "Peace Haven" and turned into a retreat for what he called metaphysicians.

There, in Vanderbiltian splendor, the members of the R....

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