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 Rev. George L. Demarest a call, at a salary of $2,000 a year; the singular thing about it was that the call was never extended, but in three weeks time the vote whereby the standing committee was authorized to call Mr. Demarest was re-considered, and in its stead a vote was passed to call the Rev. George H. Vibbert. The coming of Mr. Vibbert was the occasion of renewed and added interest in the affairs of the parish. He attracted people to the church. The high tide of numerical prosperity and general interest in parish affairs was reached. At the regular Sunday morning meetings every available seat was occupied, while at the evening services the throngs literally surged into the church. Extra seats were brought in, every aisle was crowded. The preacher's presentation of Universalism was pointed and forcible, given in a manner that held the undivided attention of the great audience. The eloquence and versatility of the minister were greatly appreciated and favorably commented upon. When the congregation was dismissed, the sidewalks, yes, the streets near by were crowded with the people wending their way homeward. Accessions continued, and the preacher declared it necessary to build an addition to the meeting-house. For a time it seemed that such a course would be advisable. So great was the interest in the work of the parish, that nearly every evening in the week some attractive programme was being carried out whereby the society would be benefited; and to most of us it seemed that we were at the church more than in our homes. Soon after his coming, in March, 1874, at a sociable and supper given in the vestry, the matter of paying the church debt, amounting at this time to $13,800, was discussed, and an attempt made to provide for its payment. A call for subscriptions resulted in pledges for $14,600, or more by $800 than the amount of the indebtedness. These pledges were payable in installments, with the
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