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The following telegram was read by the Moderator:
"Telegram received. The President will be glad to receive your Committee at twelve thirty o'clock, Friday, October 29th, at the White House.
J. P. TUMULTY."
A telegram was received from the Marathi (India) churches and the Secretary instructed to make response. The telegram and response are as follows:
FERNSTALK (American Board) BOSTON.
(Moderator National Council of Western India Congregational Churches)
Accept the grateful thanks of the Council for your greeting and be assured of our earnest prayers for the upbuilding of the Kingdom of God in India.
The following were elected members of the Congregational Board of Ministerial Relief:
To serve two years: Rev. Henry A. Stimson, New York; Rev. Hubert C. Herring, Massachusetts; Mr. Horatio Ford, Ohio; Rev. Frank J. Goodwin, Connecticut; Mr. Dyer B. Holmes, New York.
To serve four years: Rev. Oscar E. Maurer, Connecticut; Mr. Charles C. West, New Jersey; Rev. Jay T. Stocking, New Jersey; Mr. H. G. Cordley, New Jersey; Rev. Williston Walker, Connecticut.
To serve six years: Rev. Louis E. Berry, Connecticut; Rev. Charles S. Mills, New Jersey; Dr. Lucien C. Warner, New York; Mr. B. H. Fancher, New York; Rev. Samuel L. Loomis, New Jersey
A recess of five minutes was voted.
At 1 o'clock the Council resumed its session and the Committee on Resolutions presented the following report which was adopted:
The Business Committee of the Council recommends the adoption of the following Minutes:
At the conclusion of the sixteenth meeting of the National Council of Congregational Churches of the United States and of the affiliated Missionary and Educational Societies, with the results of months of labor emphasized by the week just passed, we desire to record our expression of appreciation to those to whom our gratitude is due. Their number is legion, there is no beginning and no ending, and no order of precedence is in our minds.
To the hosts and hostesses of New Haven to whose family hearths so many of our delegates have been welcomed; to the Mayor of this municipality and the business men for a welcome both expressed and felt; to the churches of this city and its suburbs, of many names and denominational ties, but one in gracious hospitality and fellowship, led most acceptably by the Center Church and its wise and tireless pastor, the Chairman of the Committee of Arrangements; to Yale University, whose treasures and buildings and hearty welcome have been so freely bestowed upon us, and to the Athletic Association for its courtesies of Saturday last; to the press whose columns have sent round the country the doings of the week; to the Moderator for his businesslike and courteous service in the chair and to his assistants; to the officers of the Council, to Commissions and Committees who have turned night into day for the common good; for wise messages from many men and for an unusually attentive and responsive hearing by those present; to the musicians for the inspiration of their art; to ushers and attendants, to men and women, boys and girls, and to the many unknown to us, whose hands and voices have been lifted for our aid and comfort --- with gladness and sincerity we express our thanks.
These numerous and diversified labors have yielded a reward far better than our thanks, the reward of a consciousness, which must be felt, of duty well done, of large-hearted and broad-minded endeavors for
the best interests of this Council, the denomination
The Business Committee presented resolutions of the New Haven Committee of Arrangements relative to the furnishing of free entertainment at future meetings of the Council which were referred to the Executive Committee.
On motion of Rev. Carl S. Patton of Ohio it was voted that the minutes of the Council be referred to the Executive Committee for correction and approval.
The Moderator called upon Rev. Rockwell H. Potter of Connecticut to lead the Council in prayer, the Council uniting in the Lord's Prayer. At 1:20 P.M. the Moderator declared the Sixteenth Meeting of the National Council adjourned.
HENRY M. BEARDSLEY, Moderator HUBERT C. HERRING, Secretary.
Under instructions of the Council the Executive Committee at a meeting held Nov. 10, 1915, examined and corrected the Minutes of the Council's action and approved them in the form appearing above.
CHARLES F. CARTER, Chairman HUBERT C. HERRING, Secretary.
CONGREGATIONAL ASSOCIATION, Rev. James Brown.
CONGREGATIONAL CONFERENCE, Dr. C. E. Yount.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA CONGREGATIONAL CONFERENCE, Rev. Chas. F. Aked, Rev. W. W. Ferrier.
Bay, Rev. Raymond C. Brooks, Rev. Miles B. Fisher, Mrs. George W. Hinman, Mr. I. H. Morse.
Humboldt, Rev. Leland D. Rathbone.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CONGREGATIONAL CONFERENCE, Mr. Edwin F. Hahn, Rev. E. C. Norton.
District Associations: .
Los Angeles, Pres. James A. Blaisdell, Rev. James M. Campbell, Mr. E. P. Clark, Rev. William Horace Day, Rev. George Irving, Rev. George F. Kenngott.
San Bernardino, Prof. C. B. Sumner.
CONGREGATIONAL CONFERENCE, Rev. Robert Allingham.
Arkansas Valley, Rev. J. Arthur Jeffers, Rev. William W. Ranney.
Denver, Rev. F. J. Estabrook, Mr. Stephen Knight, Rev. S. T. McKinney.
Northwestern, Rev. Frank L. Moore.
GENERAL CONFERENCE, Mr. W. Irving Bullard, Rev. Charles F. Carter, Rev. Edward M. Chapman, Mr. Epaphroditus Peck, Mr. John H. Perry, Rev. William F. Stearns, Prof. Williston Walker.
Fairfield, Mr. John H. Baird, Dr. S. M. Garlick, Rev. A. W. Gerrie, Rev. E. F. McGregor, Rev. E. N. Packard.
Farmington Valley, Hon. Herbert Knox Smith, Rev. Ernest L. Wismer.
Hartford, Rev. Roscoe Nelson, Mr. Arthur L. Shipman.
Litchfield South, Rev. George H. Johnson, Rev. Jas. L. R. Wyckoff.
Middlesex, Mr. E. S. Coe, Rev. Franklin Countryman, Rev. Frederick W. Greene.
Naugatuck Valley, Mr. Darragh DeLancey, Rev. Charles A. Dinsmore.