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RECTOR OF EXCLUSIVE CHURCH RESIGNS SCANDAL?
Philadelphia, Dec. 27. What
happened in the case of the Rev.
Dr. Alfred Garnett Mortimer, rec
tor of the exclusive St. Mark's
Protestant Episcopal church?
This is what .all Philadelphia,
especially the exclusive circles of
Philadelphia, is asking today,
and the tongues of scandal are
Dr. Mortimer, one of the best
.known ministers of the Episcopal
church in the United States, was
rector of the fashionable St.
Mark's for twenty-one years.
Yet yesterday Dr. Mortimer re
signed, not only as rector of St.
Mark's, but also from the diocese
of Pennsylvania. The resigna
tion was sudden. There had been
ho hint of it. Also Dr. Mortimer
caught the first train out of the
Immediately gossip began. It
was whispered round society din
ner tables that "Dr. Mortimer
was mixed up in an awful scan
dal." Dr. George Wharton Pepper,
.warden of St. Mark's, was asked
why Dr. Mortimer resigned.
"We found Dr. Mortimer was
a splendid teacher," he said. "But
he failed to live 4ip to what he
taught." . ,
Whereupon gossip increased.
Bishop Rhinelander, of 'the
Pennsylvania diocese, was asked
why Mortimer resigned.
"Dr. Mortimer has withdrawn
from the work of the ministry,"
he said. "This was not the result
of any trouble between him and
asked for his resignation. It fol
lowed a conference between him
and me in which serious matters
Whereupon gossip increased a
little more. What were the "se
There is no answer so far. No
one will tell. But there is some
first class guessing going on in
the Quaker City.
Jersey City,' N. J., eDc. 27.
Dr. Alfred Garnett Mortimer,
rector of tthe fashionable St.
Mark's P rotestant Episcopal
church, of Philadelphia, was
found here at the home of his
brother, the Rev. Frederick E.
Beyond denying that he had
been forced to resign his pastor
ate because of any scandal, Dr.
Mortimer refused to discuss his
A young andy entered an op
tician's shop recently and asked
to be shown some eyeglasses. He
was given a pair to try on, but,
finding them unsuitable, remark
ed : "What will you do since these
don't suit me?" "Well, I'll give
you a stronger pair." "Well er
er if they don't suit either?"
"Then I'll give you a stronger
pair still." "And, if they fail?"
said the dandy, "what would you
advise me to do?" "Oh," snapped
the irate optician, "get an intelli
gent dog and a yard of string!"
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