Religion: Messiah's Troubles

His wife was spending the evening in Manhattan, so when Harry Greene, a contractor of Weehawken, N. J., was offered a chance last week to see the inside of "God's Kingdom No. 1," headquarters of Harlem's benign black Major ("Father") Divine, he accepted eagerly. His friend Paul Comora, a process server, was to hand a summons to Father Divine, against whom a onetime follower named Jessie Birdsall had brought suit for $2,000 which, she said, represented savings she had turned over to the Harlem "God." Greene and Comora arrived at the Kingdom, a big brick building on 115th Street which...

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