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[28] under consideration from the Church of the Divine Paternity in New York, for in a very short time it was announced that he had accepted a call there. Subsequently, by a unanimous vote, the society manifested its right good sense by calling Rev. Charles A. Skinner, of Melrose. For ten years, as you know, he was pastor here, beloved by all, during his pastorate, and still beloved by us all because of his fatherly interest in the parish, his upright life and Christian graces. We take great pleasure in greeting him here to-night, and sincerely hope he may be spared yet many years to favor us with his gracious presence upon every important or anniversary occasion.

At the time of Mr. Skinner's coming, we can judge somewhat of the strength of the parish by presenting a few figures.

The pew rentals had amounted annually to about $1,800, and the appropriations $3,200. These rentals increased materially, for in 1882 they were $2,457, the next year $2,517, in 1886 they reached $2,812, while the appropriations were increased to $4,000 during these years. The mortgage had been reduced to $3,450, at which figure it remained up to the time of its final payment a few years ago.

In 1886 the apartments which had been occupied by the janitor since the church was finished were taken for the use of the ladies of the parish. The parlors were the outcome. Sanitary and toilet improvements were also introduced, and great satisfaction was manifest on every side. These expenses were borne by the Ladies' Sewing Circle and the Sunday School,—the former giving $300, and the latter $404.50, the parish having voted to take and re-model the apartments, ‘provided the same can be accomplished without expense to the society.’

In 1885 there occurred a very interesting and enjoyable event. It was a feature of the third annual gentlemen's

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