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"Dear Brother:

It was a hot stifling day in New Orleans during the synodical convention in July. Most of the delegates there had sought refuge from the heat in an air-conditioned room appropriately called "Rivergate." In an atmosphere of tightness and meanness the assembled delegates attempted to marshal their forces for what was to be the climax of the convention: the public trial of a seminary president (the first in the history of the Synod) for malfeasance — the new crime in the story of synodical decay and acts contrary to the expressed wishes and will of the synodical president. The delegates gathered, some with frothing mouths, for this show of strength."