Religion: Come Unto Me

Hotel guests, not managers, took the initiative in the first effort to bring religion into the hotel.

They were two traveling salesmen and an insurance agent, who happened to be crowded together in one hotel room, in Boscobel, Wis., 30 years ago. All earnest

Christians, they lamented that no Bible was handy. They organized the society of Gideons, which aims to place a Bible in every hotel room in the world, and has distributed nearly a million copies.

Last week it was a hotel manager—John McEntee Bowman, president of the Bowman Biltmore Hotels Corporation—who took the initiative in a new effort.

On the third floor...

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