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succession of doubters in thinking a man under forty too young for the task of superintendency. Those of us who knew him assured them that in wisdom he was older than his years, that youth was not a bug-bear, and that he possessed a heart perennially young. We pleaded and they were persuaded; result—he captured all classes at the Hill and left it infinitely better than he found it.
In 1911 the writer was asked, whilst visiting England and America, to look out an ideal man for organising secretary of the Sunday-school Department. The task was difficult and on his return he reported that we had the man here in our midst. He recommended W. J. Mortimer, to whom the recommendation came as a great surprise. Wise man that he was, he said he would like to pray over it and have a talk with his wife about it. The next day it was clear to him that it was a call to “Follow the Gleam” and all his specialising was devoted that year to the work of preparation for the church’s greatest task. And it came about that in 1913, he took up the work to which his gifts and his graces so well qualified him. His success is established. Of all the organising secretaries in the Commonwealth he stands first and his knowledge of his work, his devotion to the young, his breezy optimism, his sanity, and his enthusiasm should result in stimulating the Sunday schools to do great things this year. Let his presidential year be opened with the record of a thousand increase in scholars, every school an observer of Decision Day and the members of the church doubled. In all his work he has been greatly helped by his devoted wife. Well done, Mintaro!