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[p. 23] he was there as a citizen, not of fifty years back, but of the very day; not a resident of old Medford, but a dweller in the present city.

As to his work as the pastor of a given Christian church, others are more competent to speak than am I. But full testimony was given as to the quality of that ministry at the time of his resignation. It was essentially a ministry of the faithful and quiet and gentlemanly sort, unobtrusive and unsensational. I doubt not some felt it lacked certain aggressive qualities which make an institution ‘go’ with a swing. There is this ever incessant demand for a pusher in the ecclesiastical as in the business world. But here was a man who, as has been already said, kept to certain old ideals of the Christian ministry, being born and bred in the days before push became the keyword of all human enterprise, when men of the prophetic word took time to think and brood. And some of us are glad of it! For Mr. DeLong was made thereby a dignified and serious teacher of religion, a prophet of the Word of God, an interpreter of human faith, which after all is more needed than a first-class religious hustler.

It was rather characteristic of the man, moreover, that only a few hours before his death, when he felt a little brighter, he called for his glasses and the Atlantic Monthly. Here was the man of letters, the understanding and appreciative reader of the best in literature. And this was aways evidenced by the literary quality of his sermons and their solid output. Mr. DeLong was not what is called in these days a ‘popular preacher,’ and could not be. That kind of a preacher is made of different stuff, and sometimes behold what stuff! Our friend's sermons were products of mental industry, and required mental industry by the hearer in return, a thing, after all, greatly to be desired now, when the preacher's task seems to be to serve up his provender after the manner of the quicklunch counter, and even predigested.

So in these different ways, as minister of religion, as


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