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THE PASTOR'S CONFESSION
By Elsie Desmond
(Copyright by W.G. Chapman.)
Rev. John Curtice wacS to take a
holiday, and Stapleville was aston
ished. During the forty years in
"which he had had charge of the
church he had never been absent a
single Sunday. He had the largest
and most popular church in the little
town and had married at least half
the adult inhabitants. He had bap
tized perhaps three-quarters of the
children, and had watched them grow
up from blinking, squalling infants
into hard-headed men and comelj
women or otherwise.
And now Rev. John Curtice was to
take a holiday.
"I'm going to run up to New York
for a couple of weeks and see my
brother," he said. "We haven't met
since we were boys. And maybe that
will give me leisure to think over my
For almost as many years as he
had been pastor Rev. John Curtice
had been going to write his novel, a
great human novel of a minister's la
bors. It was known that he had got
ten as far as the middle of the book,
but he always stuck there.
"Yes, Miss Bennett," he said to an
elderly spinster who was an ardent
member of his congregation, "I hope
to get my ideas in shape at last dur
ing my vacation. And perhaps I shall
come back a better man and a bet
"Oh, no, Mr. Curtice!" exclaimed
"I have made mistakes, I know,
Miss Bennett, I know. I have mar
ried people whom I should never have
married, who threw it up against me
in their hearts "
"James Dunn ain't responsible for
what he says!" cried Miss Bennett
eagerly. "Their maid said there was
a royal battle between James and his
wife last week. He told her, he ac
ever married her. A man like that
don't deserve to get married at all.
But he can't saddle you with it, Mr.
The fact was that Miss Bennett had
been working on the pastor's mind
for a long time and had got him into
a rather melancholy mood. Accord
ing to Miss Bennett there never was
such a town as Stapleville for matri-..
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monial discord. Miss Bennett ran to
the minister with some ale of trouble
every week. If he had been a less.
charitable man he mieht have nlaeed
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to himself a good deal for which he
tually told her, he was sorry he had J
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