Religion: Catholic v. Protestant

Bibles may be imported into the U. S. without payment of customs duties. Other books are taxed at the rate of 15%. In 1924 Lincoln MacVeagh, president of the Dial Press, brought one copy of the Apocrypha of the Nonesuch Bible to the U. S. from England and was taxed thereon 15%. Saying that the books of the Apocrypha were parts of the Bible, Mr. MacVeagh sued the U. S. to get back his money.

Last week the court refused to give this to Mr. MacVeagh. The reasons for the refusal were based upon the nature of the Apocrypha, or lost books,...