different organization enthusiastic and wide-spread. Like his predecessor, Mr. Smith loved Christ Church, and her traditions, and worked unceasingly to strengthen and sustain her spiritual interests and development. The World War broke out in all its awfulness the summer preceding Mr. Smith's resignation, and his sensitive, understanding soul and virile pen met the problems of those bewildering months with rare insight and feeling. His sermons were always masterpieces of exceptional literary value, and breathed a deep, fervent, religious spirit. He brought to the sick, unfortunate, and shut-ins, a cheery presence, an optimistic outlook, a calm strength for which he will always be remembered,—and he loved so to minister.
Mr. Smith's interests outside his own Parish were keen and varied. He was instrumental in promoting the District Nurse Association, of which he was an enthusiastic charter member. He worked whole heartedly for the success of the local branch of the Massachusetts Federation of Churches, and was its first president. "I remember very well Mr. Smith's addresses," said Dr. Neil McPherson, speaking of the meetings of this branch, "they were so beautifully worded, and their appeals . . . . " for true affiliation were so strong and convincing. Mr. Smith also, did much to further the work and interest of a home for feeble-minded children at Belchertown.
But his zealous, ambitious spirit was housed in too frail a body to carry on the many duties of so large a parish, and to the great regret of all who knew him, he was forced to resign May, 1915. Mr. Smith's high sense of duty, unselfishness, and love for his people, his work, his church, is touchingly shown in a letter to his parishioners at that time. He wrote: "For many years, my physicians have warned that the work is far beyond my strength. So long, however, as the matter remained purely personal, the decision (to resign) could be postponed. But during the past winter it became increasingly clear to me, that it was no longer solely a problem concerning my own welfare. It would soon become a question of sacrificing the best