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Looking Back: Gbates
, p. 30

Hooper, John, Author
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Written: 8 September 1997
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A reader of "Looking Back" was telling us how much he enjoyed the story regarding Canon C. H. Marsh, a beloved rector of St. Paul's Anglican Church that was published earlier in the spring.

"The Canon had a great sense of humor as I recall, but I must tell you a story about him and one of his parishioners that happened many years ago" he said.

Always one to want to stop and chat with folks from all walks of life, the Canon met up with a gentleman pushing a baby carriage.

It was a large carriage made of wicker and had rather large wheels with wire spokes. "I think you could have used it for twins it was that large" he said.

Stopping for an expected chat, Canon Marsh asked how the baby was and might he lift the covers back and have a look at the little one.

"Sorry Cannon, but I am in a rush and much and all as I would love to have you take a peak I must be on my way" he said rushing away.

It seems that the gentleman in question didn't have the baby in the carriage at all but rather a load of empty beer bottles that he was returning to the brewery for a refund and a fresh supply of beer!

Apparently the parishioner had a difficult time in facing the Reverend Gent for some time feeling he had committed a terrible sin in lying to his minister.

In all probability, the Canon would have had a good laugh had he known the real truth behind the sudden urgency in refusing his request to see the "little one".

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Looking Back: Gbates