Religion: The Phantom Giveaway

Chicago pedestrians who believe in God could indulge, last week, in an intriguing fantasy—the Phantom Philanthropist might strike at any moment.

Cecil Mayes was the first. The young (22) North Carolinian ex-Air Forceman was thumbing a ride on Chicago's West Side when a "late-model" car pulled up to the curb and the driver waved him over. "Do you believe in God?" asked the stranger, whom Mayes remembers as middleaged. "Yes," said Mayes. "Do you need some money?" "Yes," said Mayes. The man reached over, put a roll of bills in his hand and...

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