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The response to this cable was indeed heartwarming. Love gifts came from all parts of the country from those who love Baba, all accompanied by loving wishes. Almost one year before the Fair was to open the location of the space was settled. After several Pavilions were considered, the final choice fell on the Pavilion of American Interiors. Why? For one reason Mr. Elton, the owner and builder of the Pavilion I, wanted us there. He wrote: "I am very interested in the kind of exhibit you propose.” Jane had always felt that the right spot would be indicated by Baba. Eventually, Mr. Elton gave an additional fifty square feet of space to the one hundred square feet purchased; he also contributed the unique design for Baba's "corner" which was executed by the eminent American designer Paul McCobb.

 

"Baba wants you NOT to form any committee for the project . . . He wants you to do your best with the help of Ned and Dorothea Foote and Don Stevens, leaving the result entirely in His hands, knowing full well that He will get things done as He wants." Joulia Nicolaou in Florida received a cable in which Baba asked her to come up from Florida to help in any way. All were told to take the work as important in Baba's Cause.

 

To Jane, with her unbounded zeal for Baba's work, the project now became around-the-clock work; for one finds in work for Baba that the creative spirit never sleeps—suggesting, advising, improving along the way.

 

Before signing up for any space in one of the Pavilions, there had to be some banking and accounting arrangement. Ivy Duce, president of Sufism Reoriented, Inc., with the concurrence of the board of directors, adopted the project. Baba was informed and a cable dated March 13 was received with this message:

 

TELL IVY I AM HAPPY OVER SUFISM REORIENTED COOPERATION—BABA.

 

On March 7 Jane received a further cable from Baba saying:

 

YOUR LETTER OF 25TH FEBRUARY TO ADI WITH ALL ENCLOSURES MADE ME HAPPY STOP I WOULD WANT THOSE LOVERS IN AMERICA WHO CAN AFFORD TO CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS THE COST OF THIS PROJECT TO DO SO AND THUS SPREAD MY DIVINE MESSAGE OF LOVE AND TRUTH THROUGH THE WORLDS FAIR STOP YOU SHOULD CIRCULATE THIS CABLE TO THE AMERICAN LOVERS CONCERNED― MEHER BABA.

 

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