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In 1890 the interior of the church was re-decorated, and a general brightening of the auditorium took place, at a cost of about $2,100.

In 1891 William P. Mitchell, who had been treasurer for fourteen years, declined a re-election. A. Hodgman was elected to succeed Mr. Mitchell, serving with great credit up to the time of his death in 1898, when Arthur W. Glines became treasurer.

At the time of the raising of the grade of Cross street and the putting in place of the present steel bridge by the Boston & Maine railroad, the parish claimed damages to the amount of $4,000. A long legal conflict was the result, the final decision being that the society property was not injured, and therefore no damages could be collected. But it cost the society $720 to find this out. Here, again, the women of the parish contributed,—the Sewing Society, $150; the Christian Endeavor Society, $100; the Merry Workers, $100; and the balance, about $400, was raised by the women, who put a committee at work soliciting subscriptions, with the above result, thus adding another to the long list of successful efforts to relieve the parish in times of financial straits.

I cannot close this rambling sketch of the society without again alluding by name to the more prominent men and women of early years, who devoted so much of their thought, so much of their time, vitality, and money to the upbuilding of the cause of Universalism in our midst.

I recall the first and foremost of that little company, Ira Thorpe; it was due to him more than to any other that steps were taken to organize a parish here, although his suggestions were promptly and favorably acted upon by Mr.Tufts and Mrs. Charles Tufts, Mr.Munroe and Mrs. Edwin Munroe, Jr., Mr.Cole and Mrs. Erastus E. Cole, Charles Williams, Mr.Twombly and Mrs. J. Q. Twombly, Mr.Runey and Mrs. James S. Runey, Francis Russell, David Russell, Reuben Horton and his sons, Charles Williams, Jr., Mr.Ireland and Mrs. George W. Ireland, and John Hunnewell, Charles Tufts,

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