share of ridicule and scandalous hints.
When the Mystic Church
was founded, the same enemies reviled Galen James
, and did their best to foster ill will between the two churches.
The same reporter probably penned the following:—
‘We happened up High Street last Sabbath just as the different societies were going to their houses of worship, and were somewhat surprised that one of the comeouters were placed at the corner of the town house inviting passers to come in and see the lion dance and hear Mac the Scotchman preach.
Wonder if he was placed there by the royal family?
O fie on such means to fill the house: —but a drowning man will catch at straws.
What say, Galen, was it your doings?’
We of this generation cannot understand or conceive of the intense bitterness of the early total abstinence agitation, and, withal, the strong doctrinal lines which kept workers apart.
A letter written by Mr. Calvin Temple
of Reading, addressed to Mr. James
of the Committee
of the Middlesex Temperance Society
‘Arrangements were made to obtain subscriptions, but on presenting your letter to some of the most prominent temperance men they objected and imposed on me the necessity of asking and on you of answering the following questions, viz: Is Mr. Cobb to be an agent the coming year, and if not is the agent to be an Orthodox man?
I am exceedingly sorry that any sectarian feelings should exist, but they do exist so strongly in some minds that they will not give a single mite unless the agent is in accordance with their views in his religious sentiments.’
This letter is endorsed ‘answered.’
I wish the deacon had kept a copy as he sometimes did, for I think this communication may have been pithy.
Orthodox to the backbone, he did not assert sectarianism in his temperance work; for in Medford
, Rev. Caleb Stetson
, Rev. Hosea Ballou
, Universalist, with his parishioners, Timothy Cotting
and James O. Curtis
, and others from every denomination in town, worked to stamp out intemperance, and to encourage legislation against illegal liquor selling.