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her personality were to them as of yesterday. On my return home, after 

her death in Upland in 1939, my secretary told me that a very aged Negro 

had hobbled in to say how sorry he was. "Mis' White, she was folks," said 

he. Investigating, I found that this man had given the windows of our new 

house their first washing when the builders had cleared out, and that was 

all the contact he had ever had with us. The house was finished in 1919.


Now I am not setting down these things as a partisan of Betty. I am her 

partisan of course; but my point is that so became and so remained 

everyone who had even casual contact with her. And, I am convinced, this 

has been true, not essentially because of the outer characteristics, but 

because of what she called "radiation." This power of radiation probably 

was inborn; the training of her Invisibles was directed toward its 

conscious unfoldment. I say it must have been inborn, for obviously there 

must have been something to work on, something to develop. So, though 

this biography is of the inner, it must be built on a foundation of outer 

circumstance, and we must deal briefly with the latter.

Betty was a little woman. She always firmly maintained that five feet 

was her "official height." For thirty years I made her a standing offer of 

five hundred dollars

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