Ceylon: A Pledge to Battle

In the ancient city of Kandy, newly elected Prime Minister Dudley Senanayake last week donned the traditional white robes of a pilgrim. Then he entered the Temple of the Tooth to worship the miraculous tooth* of the Lord Buddha, which is encased in the innermost of seven gold caskets. That afternoon Senanayake spoke to a huge crowd gathered before the temple. He reminded them that he had inaugurated his election campaign last January by another visit to the temple. "With the blessings of the tooth and the people's encouragement, we have carried out the struggle successfully," said Senanayake, and...

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