But let not the foundation of our hope rest upon man's wisdom. Economic recovery and peace itself depend on increased world trade. He stood at the foot of the staircase, a foot on the lowest step, his threadbare soutane gathered about him for the ascent with womanish care, nodding his head often and repeating: --Not a doubt of it, Mr Hackett! Very fine! Not a doubt of it! I n the middle of the hall the prefect of the college sodality was speaking earnestly, in a soft querulous voice, with a boarder. Like a levite's robe of plain linen the faded worn soutane draped the kneeling figure of one whom the canonicals or the bell-bordered ephod would irk and trouble.