People: To Have & Have Not

Gertrude Niesen's $2,000,000 marble palace in Newport (bought for the torch-singer by Mama Niesen for $20,000) was visited by a man from the water department when the meter had run up a $600 bill. He walked in on a 50-room skating rink, on floors buried under half a foot of ice, to see the grand staircase a magnificent frozen waterfall. The pipes had frozen and burst.

Father Divine's angels, 80 of them, bought an eleven-story seaside hotel near Atlantic City, planned to use its 250 rooms (with 250 baths) as a haven for war refugees of all shades, providing the refugees...

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