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pulation. Every institution is the lengthened shadow of a man. Mystic Church owes more to Galen James, deacon and ship-builder than to any other. At the age of thirty-two he led seventeen membert the pastor and officials of the church today. It was a progressive step for those days. Galen James was in advance of his time. Neither abolitionists or temperance advocates were popular, and his advocacy of such measures made him many enemies. They called him Pope James, and the Mystic Church folks Come-outers, but it is noticeable that the fight for reform healed many divisions made by Josiah Brackett as their preacher, were the earliest pioneers, and the next year followed by Galen James and his associates. The opening sentence of Dr. Coons at the Methodist Centennial was, All also that Medford's love for the adventurer was none too ardent. Even the later ones led by Galen James (of which Mystic Church is outcome) though possessed of means and able to erect a stately edi