The Nation: Remembering Paul

When Illinois Secretary of State Paul Powell died in 1970, he left be hind an unexplained fortune of $2,000,000, including $800,000 in cash stashed away in shoeboxes in a Springfield hotel. To celebrate the second anniversary of Powell's demise, the Rev. Donald Wheat, pastor of the Third Unitarian Church of Chicago, held a memorial service last week. "If we hold services for Gandhi, Washington, Lincoln and other greats," explained the pastor, "then maybe people like Powell should be remembered by their constituents too."

Powell was given a service with all the trimmings. After reading the parable of the rich fool, Wheat...