Religion: In Darkest California

The Episcopal Church is the richest per capita in the U.S.—but the wealth is all east of the Alleghenies. West of Nebraska (and excluding the Pacific Coast), the Episcopalian U.S. is mostly a missionary area. Episcopalians, who may know these facts but are not altogether aware of them, had their ears seized and shouted in this week, when the Rev. J. Lindsay Patton of Berkeley, Calif, not only declined his election as Bishop of San Joaquin but said the bishopric ought to be abolished.

"Before this district raises funds for the support of an episcopal establishment," he said, "it should pay a...

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