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NEW YEAR GREETINGS
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a n e w e d itio n o f b e c a u s e o f th e u r ­ th e b e s t b o o k f o r e v e r is su e d .

There is one God— Eternal Love His nam e!
( F r o m a n i n t r o d u c t io n to th e L ife o f A k h e n a t o n in “ T h e M o d e r n is ts ,” b y t h e R e v . R o b e rt W . N o rw o o d . P u b li s h e d b y G e o r g e H . D o r a n C o ., N e w Y o r k . $ 1 .2 5 .)

W e r e g r e t to n o tif y o u r m e m b e r s th a t, as

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f t o f th e American Rosae Crucis a r e f a s t d i s a p ­ p e a r in g . W e n o lo n g e r h a v e a n y c o p ie s o f th e M a r c h a n d A p r il, 1 9 1 6 , issu es, a n d th e J u n e 1 9 1 6 issu e is f a s t d is a p p e a r in g . C om —p le te s e ts s h o u ld b e w e ll p r e s e r v e d a s in ­ v a lu a b l e e n c y c lo p a e d ia s .

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