MANNERS & MORALS: Ways of the World

The judge did not want to question the motives of the two clergymen, but the evidence led to only one conclusion. "Has there been any collusion between you gentlemen," he asked hesitantly, "in the preparation of these bids?"

The two clergymen—Dr. Howard W. Ferrin, president of the fundamentalist Providence (R.I.) Bible Institute, and Brother Bartholomew, representing the Order of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart, in Woonsocket—were bidding for Edgewood Junior College on the palatial Frederick Peck estate in Barrington, R.I. That morning Dr. Ferrin had offered $250,000; Brother Bartholomew had topped it with $300,000. The judge had ordered that...

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