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gloats. But Johns' girl worms out of
the lawyer the story of the agree
ment, and suggests to her sweetheart
a line of conduct which drives Nettle
ton frantic, andspeedily brings about
the dissolution of'the contract.
Hale Hamilton, who made an in
ternational reputation as Get-Rich-Quick
Wallingford, is equally good
as Johns. Ann Murdock is his fian
cee. Mr. and Mrs. Nettleton are play
ed by George Parsons and Ivy Trout
man. In the part of a cockney servant
girl who makes love to Johns, Maude
Eburne gives a characterization that
has made her famous on Broadway
THE VALUE OF A MINISTER-AT-LARGE
BY LIVY S. RICHARD.
Sometimes the greatest value in a
church is found in what the church
enables its minister to do outside.
The other day, in Melrose, Mass.,
a suburb of Boston, of whose 15,000
inhabitants most of the grown-ups
work in Boston, a $50,000 soldiers'
and sailors' memorial wasdedicated.
Instead of a useless shaft tf stone,
it was in the form of a fine town hall,
with seats for 1,600 persons.
On Sunday afternoons this hallis
thronged by folks who go to har
some phase of the great social prob
lem set forth by a speaker of note.
When the speaker gets through, the
folk's ask questions. Louis D.
Brandeis has spoken there and Lin
coln Steffens and Walter Rauschen
busch. Before the talking begins the folks
sing hymns of democracy and hear
a prayer and a poem or some bit of
pertinent prose. There is no the
ology, no sectarianism, no "religion"
in the churchly sense; but the whole
meeting is intensely religious in the
social sense, for it is instinct with the
spirit of democracy and brotherhood.
It is a getting together of human be
ings on an equal footing to think of
their mutual relations.
The effect upon the community is
shown in more liberal thinking and in
the growth of -the co-operative spirit.
Misunderstandings are not so com
mon as they were. Shams are not
so successful. The tone of the neigh
borhood is becoming less smug. Peo
ple are learning their relations to so
This has chiefly come about
through the guidance . of-one man,
Harold Marshall, a minister.
He is a radical. Years ago, when
he was trying to round up his de
nomination the Universalists to a
bolder front toward the great in
justices of society, he was looked,
upon by many worthy churchmen as',
dangerous. "Oh, yes Marshall, that
demagogue," they used to call him.
Today he is the accepted leader of
the state convention of his denom
ination, the chairman of its social
service sommission and one of the
live wires of New England.
He started the civic forum in his
own church, using an annex building.
He had to fight a goodly element in
his flock to.o, for Melrose was origin
ally a stronghold of standpatters.
The fighting wasn't exactly bloody;
but his critics couldn't quite see what
such mixing into secular concerns
had to do with the job for which they
were paying him a salary. Some of
them don't see it yet. Luckily, the
great majority do; and are proud to
have a minister serve the community
as well as a little group in it.
Today, Melrose is progressive. It
has a progressive senator in the state
house. The old public service cor
poration machine has lost control of
it. The town is on the way to-be-come
One man didn't do it all, but Pas
tor Marshall, the radical, has helped a
Women in Denver would not mind
the duty of serving as grand jurors