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What might have been a disadvantage, the small entrance fee to the Pavilion, and perhaps interest circumscribed by exhibits of interiors, was more than offset by the peace and the seclusion that the Pavilion afforded. Many who visited the "corner" agreed that this might have been unattainable elsewhere in the Fair.

 

The main purpose of Baba's "corner" was to spread Baba's Message of Love and Truth; this was carried out by giving "Meher Baba's Universal Message" gratis to visitors and having them see the enlarged photographs showing His life and work as well as the books by and about Meher Baba.

 

The central picture was chosen by the unanimous choice of the mandali with Baba in India. It was made from a color slide taken by Joseph Harb at the Meher Spiritual Center in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.* The negative of Baba's figure was as small as one's thumbnail; it seemed an impossible task to enlarge this to the needed three-by-four-foot portrait. But Jane had a cable from India that said: TRY. She showed the cable to the young Scotsman who was to make the enlargement: he tried and was himself astonished at the result. It was very beautiful!

 

At first it was uncertain whether books could be sold at the "corner." Finally Mr. Elton agreed. Then came the question, how to house the quantity of books needed. Once again Baba provided the inspiration through the love of His followers. Henry and Kecha Kashouty of Hampton, Virginia, wrote: "It was during the summer at His Center in Myrtle Beach that the idea came to us . . . a storehouse for 'Meher Baba's Universal Message ' and for books by and about Meher Baba. A small one-room house overlooking the creek behind our home was made ready by putting radiant heat in the floor, three new windows, a door, and then supplying it with electricity and installing a brick patio outside. Much of the work was done by two of Baba's Hampton devotees: Duster Brown, expert in plumbing, heating, etc., and Robert Burke . . . neither of whom have as yet had the opportunity to meet Baba. Books arrived on consignment from different parts of the world, as well as the United States." It was a true labor of love.

 

To keep accurate records of books at the Fair good assistance was needed. Marion Florsheim was named treasurer for the project and Enid Corfe accepted full-time responsibility for records of book sales and orders. There remained the folder of "Meher Baba's Universal Message" which Baba wished to be given free to all visitors to the "corner." This was worked on at Myrtle Beach; selections were chosen and sent to India. Changes were

 

*our cover photo.

 

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