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hi THE SATURDAY EVENING POST What's the best cleanser for all my housework? oyv BON AMI ... it works fast. Yet it doesn't scratch or dull my kitchen sink! BON AMI ... it's safe to use on my costly refrigerator ... it keeps it sweet-smelling and sanitary ... shining inside and out! • BON AM I ... it's kept my bathtub smooth, unscratched — polished like new for years! Isn't this a sensible idea? So many things depend on the kind of cleanser you use: The appearance of your bathtubs, sinks, and the many other articles you clean. The condition of your hands. The amount of work necessary to get results. Isn't it sensible to use a cleanser that cleans quickly and thoroughly—yet that contains none of the gritty substances that scratch and dull household surfaces —none of the harsh caustics that make your hands rough and red? Millions of women say "Yes" by using Bon Ami exclusively. The quick We cleanser for bathtubs and sinks its spokesmen insist that it is ready to fight a major war when the time comes. However, Mussolini is far more popular with the Italian masses as the man who brought peace than he ever was as a glorifier of war. There is little doubt that his prestige, which reached a new low in August, has greatly increased since the war's outbreak. Italians appreciate, even though few of them understand, the diplomatic maneuvering which made their country a haven of peace in war-torn Europe. The test for Mussolini's regime will come when he decides to abandon neutrality. Then, and then only, will it become clear whether his personal prestige and the political power of the Fascist Party counterbalance those other forces inside Italy resisting war. November 18, 193 ALL FATIESLM CHILLUIV GOT EZAVIENO (Continued from Page 91 which Divine sent to the White House, the Palace was the scene of a twentyfour hour banquet at which 200 different items of food were served. Among them were deviled eggs. They were listed on the menu as "stuffed angel eggs," because Divine does not believe in a devil and forbids the use of the word. All these gifts of the earth, the followers believe, are materialized from nowhere by Divine, just as he materializes money in his pocket, usually in $1000 bills, whenever he needs it. According to figures given out by the heavenly secretaries, the Palace crowds range from 10,000 to 14,000. As a matter of cold fact, the hall contains seats for only 3000 persons and has standing room for about 2000 more, and a spokesman for the management states that the Divine attendance runs from 4000 to 5000. Considering the attractions to be enjoyed, it seems hardly likely that a very great number of the disciples would miss the fiestas. But the growth of the cult, especially in the past six or seven years, has been striking enough and it is possible that outside of New York there are as many as 20,000 additional believers. Branches exist in more than fifty American cities and towns. A few of them maintain heavens such as the ones in Harlem, and the rest consist of little bands of disciples who meet in one another's homes. Some of them have come to Harlem in bus pilgrimages, but most have never laid eyes on Divine. In the South the movement has made small progress, naturally enough, for one of Divine's chief goals is complete racial equality, an idea not exactly popular below Mason and Dixon's line. The concentration of followers is heaviest in the Eastern Seaboard cities, where periodic visits by Divine keep fervor burning brightly. The farther west the branches are located, the greater the proportion of white members is. In Los Angeles, for example, where the movement is fairly strong, almost all the disciples are white. In some inexplicable way the strange gospel has penetrated to such distant places as Zurich, Switzerland, and Melbourne, Australia, and in these cities, where Negroes are few, the groups are made up entirely of white persons. Everywhere the brothers and sisters live in sufficient numbers midnight suppers similar to those held in the Harlem heavens are part of the cult's observance. In places like Los Angeles, Chicago and Melbourne the participants stand at the table and sing When I was in Rome almost everyone agreed that Italy would keep out of this war at least until next May. Italians were convinced that the war was unlikely to reach decisive stages before that time. Even during mid- October, when rumors of new conferences between Mussolini and Hitler flooded Rome, the Romans stuck to the conviction that Ii Duce would manage to persevere in his profitable neutrality. But of course Fascist Italy's neutrality isn't the same as the neutrality of Switzerland. The belligerents must calculate upon Italy's advent into this war sooner or later. The big question is: Which side will Italy choose? The answer seems to be she will choose that side which looks like the sure winner. hymns for an hour or so before sitting down, in the confident belief that the dumpy figure of Divine will come walking through the doorway, or even through the wall. The fact that he has never been west of Detroit or closer to the Eastern Hemisphere than Sayville, Long Island, seems to act as no dimmer to this persistent hope. Divine, of course, does nothing to discourage it. The phase of the movement which has brought Divine into collision with President Roosevelt is an ambitious plan for creating what he calls a Promised Land a few hours' drive northward from New York City. It was inaugurated in 1935 by the purchase of a thirty-four-acre farm in Ulster County for $7000. Since then the development of the Promised Land has become a large-scale real-estate operation. Today it consists of twenty-two parcels of property aggregating 2000 acres, with no mortgages and all taxes paid up. Under Divine's supervision a total of $212,000 was expended in purchase money, and improvements costing between $50,000 and $100,000 have been, and are being, made. Some of the properties are choice estates, while others are farms, rooming houses, stores, garages and resort hotels. All are occupied and operated on a communal basis by Divine followers, who move from one part of the Promised Land to another at the leader's command. Divine describes his Ulster County venture as a "model paradise" of cooperative living and invites those who accuse him of being a religious racketeer to inspect the county records, which show that every inch and stick of the Promised Land is owned by groups of disciples. He says that bunches of his angels throw their resources into a common pot and ask his advice as to where they ought to buy. He states that he chooses the locations and makes all arrangements and that the followers consummate the deals. Ulster County real-estate brokers, to whom the Promised Land project has been a windfall, speak of the transactions with considerable awe. The followers come to their offices, sign the required papers and hand over paper bags and shoe boxes stuffed with currency amounting to thousands of dollars. During the process they breathe, "Thank you, Father," "Peace, it is wonderful !" and other ejaculations which are bywords of the cult. The Federal and state income-tax departments, which have long been (Continued on Pane 86)


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