Religion: Grace to Harlem

Rev. Major J. ("Father") Divine, Harlem cultist whose followers believe he is God, has many "extensions" or "kingdoms." Chief one until last week was a three-story building, rank with human and culinary odors, which he rented on Manhattan's 115th Street. Why this kingdom had not long since collapsed was the wonder of any outsider who ever attended a meeting there, felt its floors reverberate to the rhythmic pounding of a thousand Corybantic Negro feet. Many a Harlemite believes the black "God's" following is dwindling. Last week Father Divine's chief kingdom, still apparently in...

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