Sequel to the Pastors Son

WIlliam W Walter


My motive in writing this book is twofold. I
wish if possible to make clear to some of my fellow-
men the error and nonsense of the drugging system
of healing, hoping thereby to free from the bond-
age of medication those who are the habitual
slaves of the belief that a senseless drug can
produce health and prolong life. Having spent
seven years and much money in testing the various
systems of medication and hygiene, thereby under-
going continually increasing agonies, I was at
last driven to despair, and thus impelled to try
Christian Science, with the result that in a few
weeks, and for a few dollars, I was completely
and permanently healed. Incidentally, I will
also take occasion to express some ideas of truth
which have come to me, and which I hope may be
useful to others. I do this in view of the fact that,
” Ceasing to give, we cease to have, such is the law
of Love.”

The Author.


On one of the best streets in the town of Mapel-
ton, Vermont, stood Dr. Thompson’s home. It
was of goodly proportion and very modem, the
old Thompson residence having been torn down
and this dwelling erected in its place.

Dr. Thompson was considered a very able phy-
sician. In fact, it had often been claimed for him
that he was the most successful doctor in that
part of the country.

The doctor’s family consisted of his wife, Ema-
line, and a daughter, Gretchen, a girl of seventeen.

Dr. Thompson was a large, portly man, and
always seemed to be happy. He enjoyed a joke
at all times, and no one laughed more heartily or
longer than he whenever there was an occasion.

Gretchen was of the same temperament, being
quick-witted and jolly. She was quite mischiev-
ous, and many were the harmless pranks she
played upon her schoolmates.

The mother, Mrs. Emaline Thompson, was also
of a sunny temperament, despite a sore affliction,
which was the one cloud that had appeared in
this happy home. It had not always been there,
but for seven years Mrs. Thompson had been
declared totally and hopelessly blind.

Everything that science and medicine could
offer had been tried, but without success. Several
operations had been undergone, the best oculists
had been consulted, but at last all agreed that
Mrs. Thompson’s case was absolutely hopeless.

Mrs. Thompson had been a very happy wife
and mother, and even this great trouble was borne
with more patience and fortitude than that
shown by either the doctor or his daughter.
Many times the doctor had rebelled in his heart
and doubted the justice of God, and upon one
occasion, vv^hen they were discussing the matter,
the mother had said: “Never mind, dear, God
must have some good reason for making me suf-
fer;” and Gretchen had answered; “I don’t see
what reason God could possibly have for making
you blind,”

But the patient mother was never heard to
complain, and if her cross was heavy to bear, no
one ever knew of it from her.

Upon the evening of the beginning of our
story. Dr. Thompson was seated in a comfortable
chair, reading the Daily News, when Gretchen
entered the room and said; “Papa, is there any
news of special interest to me in the paper?”

The doctor glanced up at his smiling daughter
and said: “Yes, there is.”

“Will you please read it to me, papa?”

“One of your friends, who has been away for
some time, has returned. Who do you think it

“Papa, has Rebecca Netbar returned? Tell
me quick.”

“No, it’s not Rebecca,” said the doctor with a
broad smile.

“Then it must be Lettie Wellcris.”


“Miss Katherine Laird ? ”

” No, it is not a ‘ Miss,’ it is a ‘ Mister.’ ”

” Oh, it must be John Temple.”


” Papa, please don’t tease, but tell me who it is.”

“It is some one you always had a great deal of
sympathy for.”

“Not Walter Williams?”

“The same. He arrived in Mapelton this
morning from Boston, where he and his parents
have been visiting for some time with Rev. Mr.
Williamis’ brother, who, I understand, is quite
well to do.”

” Papa, of course you remember that Mr. Will-
iams resigned from our church and the ministry
some time ago?”

” I would not be likely to forget that, for it was
a seven-day wonder, and stirred up this town as
nothing ever did before or since.”

“You remember, too, that he preached a fare-
well sermon, and in it gave his reasons for leaving
the ministry?”

” Yes, I know, dear ; and it would not have been
such a wonder if he had only changed from one
orthodox church to another, because this has hap-
pened before ; but for a bright man like Mr. Will-
iams to join hands with a lot of faith-cure cranks
is something I cannot understand, unless he
has developed a mild case of insanity through
too much study of the Bible.”

” Father, Mrs. Williams and Walter also believe
the same as Mr. Williams.”

“Oh, it is only natural that they should, for
they would naturally follow his lead.”

“But it was Walter Williams who first be-
lieved in the new doctrine.”

“Yes, I know, and I heard it said on the street
that he confessed that he was sick only in belief,
and not in reality.”

“That is true, father, for he told me the same
thing himself, and tried to explain it all to me,
but I could not understand what he was trying
to tell me. But I remember distinctly that you
examined him and said that both of his lungs were
affected and that there was no hope for him.”

“Oh, well, Gretchen, you must remember that
I am not infallible. I simply made a mistake in
my diagnosis of his case.”

” Doesn’t it seem strange, papa, that the many
physicians and specialists who examined him
should all have made the same mistake that you
did, and should have declared him incurable?”

“Yes, that is strange, but more remarkable
things have happened — for instance, the turn-
ing of the Rev. James A. Williams into a faith-
cure crank.”

“Papa, don’t you think there might possibly
be something in Christian Science?”

“Ha! ha! Christian Science! Why the very
name is a joke.”

“I don’t understand what you mean, papa.”

“Why the idea of using the two words ‘Chris-
tian’ and ‘science’ together. It makes me laugh
to think of it!”

“I don’t see why you -should say that, papa.
The joining of these two words does not seem
absurd to me. I should think that if a man
coiild do a certain thing correctly every time,
this man would necessarily have to understand
the science of what he was doing.”

“Yes, dear, that seems reasonable, but I don’t
see how that would give any one the liberty to
link the two words ‘Christian’ and ‘science’

” Father, I feel sure that Jesus Christ was such
a man. There is no record that he ever tried to
heal any one and failed to do so. It must be that
there was a scientific principle or rule underlying
his work, and that he fully understood it, and
consequently he was always successful. This,
coupled with his exemplary life, would give us the
right to call him a scientific Christian, or, in other
words, a Christian Scientist.”

“Well, well, well,” said the doctor with a
smile, “I suppose this accounts for the disap-
pearance of my ‘Science and Health’ from its
accustomed place in the library. You have
been reading that book, I’ll bet a new hat.”

“Yes papa, I have, and the more I read it the
more I want to read it.”

” Gretchen, you don’t mean to say that you can
get any sense out of that book ! ”

“I certainly do. Yet I am willing to admit
that at first some of the statements in it seemed
sheer nonsense; but by carefully studying these
statements so as to arrive at their meaning I do
not find them absurd.”

” Well, this is a good joke ! Ha ! ha ! The idea
of a doctor’s daughter studying Christian Science
and believing in it! Don’t you know that if
everybody were to believe that stuff my pro-
fession would be destroyed, and then we would be
compelled to go begging or to the poorhouse?”

” Now, papa, I know you are only joking. You
know very well that there is no possibility that
the people will turn from their old beliefs all at
one time; and if it were possible, all you would
need to do would be to learn how to heal in this
way, and possibly you would be a better healer
than you are now.”

“I hardly think so, Gretchen, for, in the first
place, I haven’t the necessary faith.” Then
smiling broadly, he added: “No, I think I had
better stick to my pills and powders yet a while ;
for I haven’t had much luck in having my prayers
answered, and I would consider it a crime to turn
over a serious case to an intangible something
that might not prove adequate when I wished it
most, or when it was most necessary.”

“Why, papa, don’t you believe in a supreme
power — in God ? ”

” Why, certainly I do. But I am in doubt as to
whether this supreme power is always ready to
help us when we need help.”

“Papa, Jesus Christ said, ‘ What things soever
ye desire when ye pray, believe that ye receive them,
and ye shall have them.’ ”

“Yes, Jesus Christ is accredited with this say-
ing, but I haven’t found any one who claims that
he ever received all he desired. I myself have
desired many things that I havn’t received.”

” But did you do all that Jesus Christ said you
should do?”

“Yes, I think so. I have both prayed and de-
sired, but it didn’t seem to work; for instance, in
Uncle John’s case, I both desired and prayed
most earnestly that he might get well, but he
passed away just the same.”

“We surely ought to pray and desire, but that
is not all that Jesus Christ said we must do if we
wish our prayers answered.”

“What else was I to do, Gretchen?”
Papa, did you believe that your desire would
be granted, and that your prayer would be an-
swered, and that Uncle John would be made

“I don’t know whether I beleived that my
prayer would be answered or not. In fact, I
didn’t give that part of it any thought. I sim-
ply prayed, but I was quite certain that his case
was hopeless.”

“Then you did not do as Jesus told you to do,
for he said that we should believe that we receive.”

Dr. Thompson gazed steadily at his daughter
a few moments, and, as he caught the meaning of
her words, he said: “Oh, I see. Simply desiring
and praying won’t do the work; we must believe
that our prayers will be answered.”

“Yes, papa.”

“Well, that is different. I never thought of it
in that way before. Did you learn this out of
that Science book?”

“Yes, it is made quite plain in ‘Science and
Health.’ ”

” I read a few pages of it, but I didn’t see any-
thing as sensible as that in it.”

“Papa, ‘Science and Health’ is the text-book
of a science, and needs to be studied thoroughly.
Reading it like a story-book will not teach you
the science it contains.”

“How there can be any science connected with
Christianity is beyond my comprehension. How-
ever, we have talked enough on this subject, and
I am quite sure that the next time you catch a
cold you will be calling for some of papa’s reme-
dies. Now you had better help your mamma to

“Oh, I’m not a Christian Scientist yet, I’m
only a student.”

“Ha! ha! I thought you hadn’t got foolish
enough to refuse my remedies if you should have
a cold or headache.”

“That may be true, but I haven’t had a head-
ache for the last three months, and I don’t believe
that I shall have them any more.”

“That speaks well for the last prescription I
gave you.”

” Why, papa, I never had it filled. You re-
member, you told me to have it filled the next
time I needed to take something, but I haven’t
had any occasion for medicine of any kind since.”

“I suppose you give Christian Science all the
credit for this.”

” I certainly do ; for if I hadn’t taken large doses


of the Christ-truth, I should have been compelled
to take large doses of your medicine.”

Dr. Thompson’s face had a slight frown on it
when he said: ” That will do for this time. Now
go, please, and help your mamma.”

Gretchen did not like the frown she saw on her
father’s face, for it rarely was seen there ; so she
hastened to obey, and with a cheery laugh left the


Gretchen went directly from her father to the
living-room, where she knew that she would find
her mother seated in her accustomed place in a
large oaken rocker, in which she had left her some
time before. Walking up to her, she put her arm
around her and said: “Did you get lonesome,
mamma ? Did I stay too long ? ‘ ‘

” No, Gretchen, I was not lonesome, but I did
notice that you stayed longer than usual. Did
papa have anything of importance to say to you ? ”

“Yes, mother, several things. The first was
that Mr. Williams and his family have returned
to Mapelton.”

” Is it true, dear, or was he only joking? ”

” No, he wasn’t joking; he read it in the News.
They arrived to-day from Boston.”

Mrs. Thompson showed considerable excitement
as she said: “Oh, I’m so glad that they have re-
turned, for now we shall get on faster.”



Gretchen lowered her voice and said: “Sh! I
think we had better retire to our room, as I have
several more things to tell you.”

The mother seemed to understand and readily
consented, and as Gretchen led her into the hall,
Mrs. Thompson said: “Good-night, Frank, we
are going upstairs to my room.”

Instantly the reply came back in a cheery voice :
” Good night, dear ones ; pleasant dreams.”

When Dr. Thompson had the plans of his new
house drawn, he instructed the architect to pro-
vide for a sleeping-room for himself down stairs,
because of the frequent ringing of the telephone
and door bell during the night. He also told him
to plan for two chambers with a parlor between on
the second floor for the convenience of his wife
and daughter, and in this parlor, for the past two
or three months, mother and daughter could have
been found almost every evening. Dr. Thomp-
son had noticed this, and had commented on
it, but when told that Gretchen was reading to
her mother, and that they went upstairs because
it was more quiet there, he was satisfied. Gret-
chen was reading to her mother from the Bible


and from the Christian Science text-book, “Sci-
ence and Health, with Key to the Scriptures,”
by Mary Baker Eddy.

It had come about in this way: Walter Will-
iams, the pastor’s son, had been an invalid for
years, and because they were good friends and
neighbors, Gretchen had often called at the par-
sonage, out of sympathy, to help make life more
cheerful for the invalid. This had gone on for
several years, until one day Gretchen became
aware of the fact that Walter Williams was get-
ting well. She had commented on it, and had
been told by Walter that he was better, and ex-
pected soon to be entirely well. When asked
what was healing him, he told her that it was the
reading and careful study of the Christian Science

Gretchen had told her mother and father that
Walter Williams was being healed by reading and
studying this book. Dr. Thompson had laughed
heartily, and when Gretchen asked him whether
he knew what Christian Science was, he said:
“Yes, it is a peculiar kind of faith-cure.”

Gretchen was sure that Walter Williams was


getting better, and said so, but she was laughed
to silence by her father, and since then she had
never mentioned Christian Science in his presence
until this night.

Walter Williams had advised her to get a copy
of ” Science and Health’ ‘ and study it. Gretchen
told him that she believed that she had seen such
a book in her father’s library, and upon looking
there for it, she found it lying a little apart from
the rest of the books, with the back of the book
turned to the inside of the bookcase. At first
she went to the library to read it, but one day
her mother expressed a wish to have something
different from light fiction read to her, saying
that she was tired of hearing so much nonsense.
Gretchen then said: “Mamma, there is a book in
papa’s library that I love to read; may I get it? ”

Her mother said that she thought the doctor
would not care, so Gretchen brought the book
and commenced reading from it, and her mother
enjoyed it very much.

On Gretchen’s next visit to the Williams’ home,
she told Walter about it, and he said that he be-
lieved that if they would read and study it per-


sistently until they understood the underlying
truth, this would restore Mrs. Thompson’s sight,
because this same truth was making him well.
Gretchen said: “Walter, I don’t see how reading
a book could possibly do that which the best
oculists can not do with their instruments.”

Walter answered: “God works in mysterious
ways. His wonders to perform.”

So, for several weeks, Gretchen read from
“Science and Health” to her mother, but seeing
no miraculous improvement, she gradually went
back to her fiction. Some time later, she heard
that Rev. Mr. Williams was going to resign from
their church, and that, on a certain Sunday, he
would preach a farewell sermon. Gretchen was
perhaps the only one of that large audience,
outside of the pastor’s own family, who knew
what had caused the pastor to change his views,
and she determined then and there not only to
read “Science and Health,” but to study it per-
sistently, the same as she would study the text-
book of any science which she desired to under-

Gretchen studied hard, and, after several


months, became satisfied that her mother ought
to try Christian Science. She then took her
mother into her confidence, and explained the
best she could what she had learned from the
book, and, thereafter, both began a systematic
study of the book, usually in their private parlor,
Gretchen reading, and both discussing what had
been read. On this evening, as soon as Gretchen
and her mother reached their room, Gretchen

” Mamma, I am afraid that I made papa a little
angry to-night.”

“How was that, dear?” asked her mother.

“Oh, you know, papa thinks that Christian
Science is something to joke about, and that it is
a peculiar kind of faith-cure, and I felt that I
must defend Christian Science ; so I told him that
if I hadn’t taken large doses of the Christ- truth,
I would have been compelled to take large doses
of his medicine, and he actually frowned at me.”

Mrs. Thompson smiled and said: “If he didn’t
do anything worse than frown, I don’t think
there is any very great trouble in store for us.”

” I know that he is a dear, good papa, but I


wish that he would stop making sport of Chris-
tian Science, and change his views regarding it.
If he doesn’t, I feel that I shall defend it, come
what may.”

“Why, Gretchen, I don’t see how you can de-
fend Christian Science. In fact, I don’t believe
that it needs any defense.”

“I don’t understand you, mamma.”

“Gretchen, if Christian Science is the truth,
it needs no defense, for it does not matter what
my views or your views or your father’s views
or opinions may be — the truth remains the
truth, just the same.”

Gretchen looked up at her mother with sur-
prise, then began to smile, and said: “What a
silly thing I am, to think that I ought to defend a
truth or a principle, for Principle is self -defended.
Why, mamma, you are getting to be quite a
Scientist. I believe that you know more of the
Christ Science than I do, and I have been study-
ing it twice as long as you have.”

“You must remember, dear, that I have noth-
ing else to do except to think, all day long. In
times past I often felt lonesome when left alone,


but now I thoroughly enjoy catching hold of some
tiny thread of the ^golden truth and tracing it
through the maze of human sense and statement
to its heavenly Father.”

“0, mamma, how beautifully you said that,
and how I wish that you could catch the golden
thread which would lead to the return of your

“Don’t get impatient, dear. We have learned
much in the last few months, and now that the
Williams family have returned, we can get on
faster, for I know that Walter will help us all he

“I am sure he will, mamma, and I will take
that list of questions and Bible quotations which
we could not understand over to him to-morrow
and ask him to explain them.”

“I am afraid, dear, that you have forgotten
that there is some one else in the parsonage now,
and so Mr. Williams will be compelled to look up
another house.”

“That is true, mamma, I had forgotten, and I
don’t know of a single unoccupied house in this
end of town that they could rent.”


*’I thought you said that Colonel Jackson and
his family had gone to California to live, because
of the sickness of their daughter.”

“Yes, they have gone, but I was told that the
property, just as it stands, household goods and
all, had been sold to a party from Boston, who is
coming here to live.”

” Did you learn who it was?”

“No, there seems to be some secrecy connected
with the sale.”

“What if it were the Williamses? They are
from Boston.”

“0, mamma, it couldn’t be. That house is
worth a great deal of money, and Mr. Williams
has had so much sickness in his family that it has
been hard work for him to make both ends meet.”

” I suppose it is as you say, but I wish it were
they. How we could enjoy talking Science with

“Well, I will try to locate them to-morrow
morning, and as soon as I do I will ask Walter
those questions.”

“Hadn’t we better let them get settled first
before we trouble them with a lot of questions?”


” I suppose we had, but I am so anxious to have
those questions answered, especially that one
about the leaves of the tree being for the healing
of the nations.”

Mrs. Thompson smiled and said: “I can not
help thinking that there is something important
hidden behind these simple words, and perhaps
Walter or Mr. Williams can tell us. Now I think
we had better retire.”

“Very well, mamma. I will help you to bed,
and will go myself, but I doubt very much whether
I shall be able to go to sleep at once, for I am a
little nervous and impatient in anticipation of
meeting the Williamses to-morrow.”

“You can soon overcome this, if you will but
remember that there is only one power, one cau-
sation, that is God, and therefore nothing can
make you nervous or impatient, neither can the
homecoming of the Williamses make any un-
toward conditions for you, for God governs all
wisely and well.”

“O, mamma, I do forget this so often, and
think that all manner of things have power to
disturb me, when, in reality, they have no power


to do so; for if God, good, is all-power, then
nothing else has any power. Now good-night,
dear mamma, and may you rest peacefully in the
arms of divine Love.”



Gretchen arose a little earlier than usual the
next morning, and, as soon as breakfast was over,
read aloud to her mother the Bible lesson and the
correlative passages from “Science and Health,”
as Walter Williams had shown her how to do.
The mantel clock struck nine as she finished,
and then she arose quickly and said: “Mamma,
I can’t wait another minute. I must find out
whether the Williamses have come back to stay,
or whether they are here on a visit. I am going
to ask Mr. Hartley, the real estate man. He
probably will know, for he is a close friend of
Mr. Williams.”

“Very well, Gretchen; but I think it would be
more proper if we waited for Mrs. Williams to
pay us a visit first.”

Gretchen paused and said quietly: “Do you
think so?”

“Yes, dear, I do.”



” But, mamma, may be they won’t call for a
week or two, and it may be that they are only here
on a visit, and would not have time to call on us,
and then I would not see them nor have my ques-
tions answered. There would not be anything
wrong in my asking Mr. Hartley whether they
have come to Mapelton to live, would there?”

” No, I guess there would be no harm in that.”

“Then I will go at once, for I shall not be at
peace until I know.”

Hastily pinning her hat in place, she started
for the door, and as she went she called to her
mother: “I will not be gone long.” Reaching
the door she opened it and saw a young man with
his hand outstretched to ring the door-bell.
Gretchen stepped backward and exclaimed,
“Walter Williams!”

“You guessed it the first time,” said the young
man, smiling broadly. Then lifting his hat, he
held out his hand and said, “I am very much
pleased to see you again.”

Gretchen took the outstretched hand, but said
nothing, not having recovered from her surprise.
Walter Williams, for it was indeed he, stood


silently, looking at Gretchen, wondering at her
silence, and then he heard her mother ask: “”VMio
is it, dear?”

The answer was a merry peal of laughter, and
then Gretchen said: “It is the prodigal son re-
turned.” She now held the door wide open and
said: “Come in, Walter, I am more than pleased
to see you.”

Walter stepped inside, and Gretchen took him
to the living-room, where her mother was seated
in her arm-chair. After cordially greeting the
young man, she said to Gretchen: “So you have
found what you sought so soon, have you?”

Gretchen answered coaxingly: “Now, mamma,
please don’t say anything more on that sub-

“Very well, Gretchen, I will not say anything
more if you don’t wish me to.”

“That isn’t fair, Gretchen, to stop your mother
from explaining. You have aroused my curiosity
and now you ought to satisfy it,” put in Walter.

“Please let it drop, Walter, and tell me all the
news from Boston.”

” No, I shall not say a word about Boston until


you explain,” said Walter, with a smile on his

Gretchen turned her head rather defiantly and
said: “Well if I must, I will, but really there is
nothing to it.”

“I am listening,” said Walter.

“Then I’ll tell you the whole story. Papa
read in the paper last night that Mr. Williams
and family were in town, and I wondered whether
you were here on a visit or to stay ; and because
I had so many questions to ask you regarding
Christian Science and the Bible, I became anx-
ious to learn how long you are going to stay.
And so this morning, I put on my hat and started
down to ask Mr. Hartley about it, as I felt sure
that he would know, and when I opened the door,
there you were, and that accounts for my sur-
prise at seeing you so unexpectedly.”

Walter laughed and said: “I imagine that I
was as anxious to see you folks as you were to
see me, as I wished to learn how much progress
you have made in your study of Science.”

“O, I am sure that we have gained in our
understanding, mamma especially, but there are


several things that puzzle me. I have looked
at them from every point of view, but could not
understand them, and there they stand to this
day and they look large as mountains.”

They all smiled, and Walter said: “I have
noticed one peculiar thing about such mountains.
It is this: If we stand at a distance and look at
them, they seem to grow larger, but if we con-
tinue straight ahead, the nearer we get, the smaller
they seem to be, and when we get right up to
them, we discover that they are not real, but
mere shadows which melt in the light of under-
standing. However, tell me about some of your

“Oh, I have a whole list of them, and I’m
afraid that it will take days and days to answer
them ; but first tell me, are you going to make your
home in Mapelton?”

“Yes, father has decided to practice here, — at
least for a time.”

“Has your father taken up some other profes-
sion?” asked Mrs. Thompson.

“Yes, Mrs. Thompson, father has been study-
ing Christian Science every spare moment for the


past year, and three weeks ago he took class
instruction and he intends to practice Christian
Science in Mapelton.”

* ‘ So your father is a Christian Science prac-
titioner. I am so glad,” said Mrs. Thompson.

“And I am glad that you are going to live in
Mapelton; for it will be so handy for me to ask
you all about Science,” said Gretchen.

“You give me credit for knowing more than I
really do. There are many things about this
Science that I do not as yet understand, and some
of your questions perchance I may be unable to
answer,” said Walter.

“Then you can ask your father and he will
tell you all about it.”

“Yes, I can ask him and he will be pleased to
tell me anything that he knows of this Science,
but we must not forget that it is the work of a life-
time to learn all about it.”

” Walter, I am hardly able to account for the
great pleasure it gives me to silently ponder over
the Bible lessons, as given in the Christian Science
Quarterly, even though such thinking does bring
up many questions that I cannot answer. For-


merly, I always considered the reading of the
Bible very dry and uninteresting.”

“There seems to be a golden thread of truth
woven through every verse of the Bible, and after
we once get hold of this golden thread, the search
to find its end becomes a pleasure, and the hard
work we seem to have in discovering this thread
is forgotten in the joy and beauty and love it
brings into our lives,” said Walter.

” I agree with you, Walter, and although at
first it seemed as though I should never be able to
grasp even a little of this truth, and perhaps I do
not even yet comprehend much of it, neverthe-
less I have been repaid a thousand fold for the
time spent in the search, for it has given me hope,
where before I was in despair,” said Mrs. Thomp-

“I, too, was hopeless, and this truth gave me
hope, then faith, and now I rejoice in a little under-
standing. This has changed my life to such an
extent that the past seems like a dream ; in fact,
I have practically forgotten all of my past ills
by persistently contemplating my present bless-
ings,” said Walter.


” I hope that the time will soon come when
mother will be able to say the same,” said Gret-

“It will surely come, if she persists in her
search for the Truth. Now I must change the
subject and tell you of my errand. I came over
to tell you that we have taken possession of Colo-
nel Jackson’s home, and mother wishes me to
give you all an invitation to call as soon as you
feel so disposed.”

“0, Walter, then it was your father who was
the ‘party from Boston’ that bought the place;
I am so glad,” said Gretchen.

“I, too, am very much pleased to hear this,
and perhaps a little selfishly so,” said ^Irs. Thomp-

“No, Gretchen, father did not buy the place,
but it now belongs to him. I will tell you all
about it at some other time. I must be going now,
for it is lunch time,” and, rising, he started for the

“Please don’t go; for you haven’t told us of
your Boston trip, and I have so many more ques-
tions to ask you,” said Gretchen.


” I am afraid your questions will have to wait,
as I really must be going.” Then, turning to Mrs.
Thompson, he added, “Good day, Mrs. Thomp-
son, and remember, mother will be expecting you

” I thank you ever so much for your call, and
you may tell Mrs. Williams that we shall call
soon,” said Mrs. Thompson.

“Very well, I will tell her,” answered Walter.
Then bidding Gretchen a hearty adieu, he took
his hat, and a few moments later was telling his
parents of his visit.



It was just after luncheon of the day follow-
ing Walter Williams’ visit to the Thompsons
that Gretchen asked the question: “Mother, are
you going to call on Mrs. Williams to-day?”

Mrs. Thompson smiled and answered: “I
suppose I will have to, if I care to have peace,
for I know that you will keep teasing until I go ;
but really I think it is a little too soon ; we ought
to wait a few days.”

“Mamma, I don’t see why we should; it is
only a mere matter of form. You know that
their house was all in order ; and, besides, we are
old friends.”

“Very well, dear, we will go to-day, and you
can get us both ready, for I must confess that I
am just as anxious as you are, Gretchen, to visit
Mr. and Mrs. Williams, and hear about their
Boston trip.”

“All right, mamma, I will soon have us both


ready.” So, shortly afterward, they were seated
in the parlor of the Williams’ new home, chatting
gaily with Mr. and Mrs. Williams and Walter.

After some little time, Gretchen, in answer to
a question, said: “Yes, we read that Colonel
Jackson’s home had been sold to some person in
Boston, and when papa read that you and your
family had returned to Mapelton, we wondered
if it really was Mr. Williams who had bought the
place. Later, however, we decided it could not
have been you, but we were mistaken.”

“No, Miss Thompson, you were not mistaken,
I did not buy this home myself. My brother
Donald bought it and gave it to me in gratitude
for the healing of his wife. I really did not wish
to accept it, but he insisted, saying: ‘WTiy,
James, the price of that house is a mere bagatelle
to me ; in fact, it is no more to me than a dollar
would be to the ordinary person’ ; and knowing
this to be true, I at last accepted the house and
decided to come here to live.”

“Walter tells me that you are now a practi-
tioner,” said Mrs, Thompson.

” Yes, I have had class instruction, and I intend


in the future to devote my entire time to the
healing of the sick,” said Mr. Williams.

“What was Mrs. Donald Williams’ trouble?”
asked Gretchen.

“The doctors claimed it was a fibroid tumor,
and that an operation was necessary, and as
Mrs. Williams was in a very delicate state of
health, it seemed a very dangerous thing to at-
tempt,” said Mr. Williams.

“And she was healed through Christian
Science?” asked Gretchen.

“Yes, through my understanding of the Christ
Science she was healed,” answered Mr, Williams.

“How I wish you would tell that to papa, and
also bring him such proof as would make him
stop calling Christian Science a joke,” said

“Miss Thompson, do you think it would be a
greater task to prove to your father the fallacy
of materia medica than it was to prove to me
the fallacy of old theology?” asked Mr. Williams.

“I hardly know which would be the greater
task; but, Mr. Williams, you never ridiculed
Christian Science,” said Gretchen.


“No, I never ridiculed it, but I was so preju-
diced against it that I preached a sermon pub-
licly condemning Christian Science; and if I
had been able to destroy it, I would have re-
joiced in doing so. Yet, my son Walter, by
being careful and persistent, won the day, and
now I truly rejoice if I be counted worthy to be
called a Christian Scientist.”

“Then you think it possible to win the doctor
away from his belief in the curative properties
of medicine?” asked Mrs. Thompson.

“I should hardly call it winning him away;
still he can be made to understand the nonsense
of such a belief, but it cannot be done by mere
talk ; it must be proven to him by deeds. Please
remember that there are many able physicians
who have forsaken medicine for Christian Science,”
said Mr. Williams.

” I have heard that some who were medical
doctors now practice healing through Christian
Science,” said Gretchen.

“And yet it seems almost incredible to me to
think of Dr. Thompson changing about,” said
Mrs. Thompson.


“Not any more so than it was to me to think
of the Rev. Mr. Williams ‘changing about,’ as
you call it,” laughingly answered Mrs. Williams.

“Well, I am going to try to do as Walter
did. He convinced his father of the fallacy
of old theology, and I shall try to convince my
father of the fallacy of materia medica,’* said

“Bravo, Gretchen,” said Mr. Williams. “And
to begin with, I will call your attention to one
of the verses in Matthew, which reads: ‘Be ye
therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.’
Obey this, and you will accomplish your desire.”

“I am afraid that I shall have a harder time
to accomplish my work than Walter did to ac-
complish his; for he had the Bible to refer you
to,” said Gretchen.

“Yes, Walter had the Bible to help him prove
his statements, and this same Bible contains all
the proof necessary to convince your father of the
fact that a lifeless drug cannot heal disease or
prolong life,” said Mr. Williams.

“Mr. Williams, if I should ever be able to get
my father to consent to talk with you on this sub-


ject, would you argue the subject with him?”
asked Gretchen,

“Miss Thompson, Christian Science is a true
science and is a knowledge and exposition of im-
mutable facts, and therefore it is not a subject
suitable for argument, any more than is the sub-
ject of mathematics. Neither my opinion nor
your father’s opinion regarding Christian Science
would change the facts pertaining thereto in the
least, and therefore to argue about it would be a
waste of time for both of us; but if your father
should at any time wish to hear of this Science,
I shall be more than pleased to make plain to
him whatever I may know of it.”

“Thank you, Mr. Williams, and may I ask
you how I should begin this work?”

” I should begin by proving to myself the
simpler things pertaining to Christian Science,
and then by illustration point out the facts to
your father. However, I think Walter might be
able to help you in this regard, as he seems to
have the faculty of illustrating or explaining
almost any point that may be brought up,”
said Mr. WUliams.


“Father, you flatter me,” smilingly said Walter.

” I don’t think your father means to flatter
you. The fact is, I had noticed your ability in
that direction before you went to Boston, and if
you will agree to help me, I know we shall win,”
said Gretchen.

“Miss Thompson, always remember that in
every good work God is with you ; and when you
are working with Him, what can possibly with-
stand you?”

“Thank you, Mr. Williams; your words give
me both confidence and strength, for the work I
wish to accomplish is a good work. I am work-
ing with only one thing in view, which is the
restoration of my dear mother’s sight, and I want
papa to see the truth, so he will not be opposed to
mamma’s taking treatment,” said Gretchen.

Mrs. Thompson’s sightless eyes filled with tears
as she said: “Gretchen dear, I discovered some
time ago that your impatience in seeking for this
truth was not because of yourself, yet I do not
think we should say that papa is opposed to my
taking treatment. Remember, we have never
asked him,” said Mrs. Thompson.


“That is true, mamma, but I am sure that papa
would laugh us to silence if we were to ask him
at the present time to try Christian Science,”
said Gretchen.

“That would be only natural, Miss Thompson,
because of the limited knowledge your father now
possesses regarding this science,” said Mr, Will-

“You see, Gretchen, your work is before you.
Break down your father’s ridicule, as I did my
father’s prejudice, by illustration, explanation,
and soimd reasoning. I, for one, stand ready to
help you in your good work,” said Walter.

“And I,” “And I,” said both Mr. and Mrs.

“I, too, will do all I can to bring this truth to
my husband,” said Mrs. Thompson.

“Then papa might as well surrender at once;
for with all your help his chances of escape are
very small,” said Gretchen.

They all laughed at this sally, and Mr. Williams
said: “Remember, no force can be used, you
must be wise and harmless.”

“I appreciate that fact, for if I were to try


force, papa would resent it. The thing to do is
to appeal to his reason and common sense.”

“That is right, Miss Thompson; give him food
for thought and he will digest it in his own way
and time,” said Mr. Williams.

” I wish I knew where to start. Walter, can
you not suggest a way to begin?” asked Gretchen.

” I think circumstances must govern that some-
what, but if I were you and had the chance, I
should ask your father to explain how a senseless
drug can possibly know where the ache or pain is
located that it is supposed to cure,” said Walter.

” That is just the thing, and if papa is at leisure
to-night, I will manage in some way to call his
attention to the nonsense of thinking that a sense-
less thing like a drug can possibly know anything
about pain or disease. I wish he were at home
now ; I would begin at once,” anxiously exclaimed

“Not so fast, Miss Thompson. Remember
that one shot never won a battle, and you must
learn to be patient, for patience will and must
have its perfect work,” said Mr. Williams.

“Mr. Williams, you are right. Gretchen, you


must not expect to take your father by storm,
nor think he will believe in Christian Science
simply because of one illustration,” said Mrs.

“Your mother speaks truly, and if you wish
to point out the truth to your father, you must
do nothing without careful thought, and never
allow your excitement or enthusiasm to overcome
your ability to think clearly, or you may find
yourself in the predicament of the old sailor when
he became the proud possessor of his first boat.
Did you ever hear the story, Miss Thompson?”

“No, I don’t believe I ever did. Please tell it
to us.”

” Seeing that it fits some cases so well, I will do
so. An old sailor, having worked hard for many
years, managed to save enough money to buy a
small boat, and he told all his friends that on a
certain day he would try it for the first time. A
great many of his friends came down to the river
to see him off on his first trip, and in his enthusi-
asm he was not as careful as he should have been,
and neglected to tie a rope to his anchor. When
he got into mid-stream, his engine broke and his


boat began to float down stream. He became
greatly excited; for he knew that not far away
there was a fall in the river which was dangerous.
About this time he thought of the anchor and
called to his son who was with him on the boat:
‘John, throw the anchor! throw the anchor!’
John picked up the anchor and, seeing no rope
attached to it, replied : * There is no rope tied to it.’
The old sailor shouted: ‘Throw it anyway, it
might do some good.’ ”

Everybody laughed, and Gretchen said: “I
hope I will not say anything as foolish as that.”

” Hardly any one would unless he were excited;
so it behooves us to be calm at all times,” said Mr.

“Mrs. Williams, when you were at Boston, did
you attend the Christian Science church there?”
asked Mrs. Thompson.

“Yes, indeed, and we are all members of the
Mother Church, and hope in due time to be mem-
bers of the church here,” answered Mrs. Williams.

“Then you will attend the local Christian Sci-
ence church?” asked Mrs. Thompson in a doubt-
ing way.


“Certainly we shall, Mrs. Thompson. Would
you consider it right for us to come to the true
God, the God made known through Christian
Science, to be healed and then go to a church
which represents our old imperfect belief of God
and give thanks there? If we did, we should only
be following Christ for the loaves and fishes, and
not for salvation,” said Mrs. Williams.

“Are you not afraid of the comments of your
old friends and neighbors? ” asked Mrs. Thompson.

” Mrs. Thompson, do you think it would be rea-
sonable to expect me to give up the God who
healed me and my son, simply because of the com-
ments of those who do not understand?” asked
Mrs. Williams.

“No, certainly not. I see your position. You
have found the truth and know it, in fact have had
proof in plenty, and nothing could make you be-
lieve in the old doctrines again,” said Mrs. Thomp-

“That is it, Mrs. Thompson. Many of the old
doctrines were simply beliefs; the new teaching
is not a belief ; it is builded on understanding and
is capable of being proven,” said Mrs. Williams.


“I should like very much to attend one of the
Science services some time,” said Mrs. Thompson.

” So should I, mamma,” added Gretchen.

“And I would be very much pleased to have
you do so, as I believe you would be profited by
the service,” said Mrs, Williams.

“Yes, Gretchen and I will attend some time;
but, at the present, we had better do nothing
which might offend the doctor,” said Mrs. Thomp-

“I believe you are right, Mrs. Thompson; for
it is not best to antagonize those whom we wish
to bring to the light,” said Mr. Williams.

“Now I think we had better be going; and I
assure you that I have spent a most pleasant
afternoon, and I hope you will all come to see us
soon,” said Mrs. Thompson.

” Must you really go ? ” asked Mrs. Williams.

“Yes, Mrs. Williams, we must. It is nearly
five o’clock and papa tries to be home for dinner
at six,” said Gretchen. Then taking her moth-
er’s hand she carefully led her out of the house,
told her how many steps there were down to the
sidewalk, then turned and said: “Now don’t


forget to come over at your first opportunity as
I may need your help,” and laughing gaily, they
started down the walk toward their home.


It was five minutes of six when the doctor
arrived home, and, a few minutes later, he was
seated at the table with his wife and daugh-
ter. He seemed to be in a very jolly mood and
chatted gaily during the meal, and, as he arose,
Gretchen asked: ” Papa, are you going to be at
home this evening?”

“Yes, dear, I expect to. Why do you ask?”

“Because mamma and I would like to spend
the evening with you.”

“I should be very glad to have you, as I have
very little to do to-night, and, if no one calls,
we can spend the whole evening together in the
parlor. I have about ten minutes’ writing to do,
and then I will be with you.”

A few minutes later Gretchen and her mother
entered the parlor and they were hardly seated
before the doctor entered with a broad smile on
his face. Gretchen noticed it and said: “What
are you smiling at, papa?”



The doctor seated himself in an easy rocker and
said: “I had quite a mishap last night, or rather
my horse did.”

“Your horse!” ejaculated Gretchen in sur-

“Yes, dear. I think it was about one o’clock
in the morning when I received a telephone call
to come to the home of Mr, Travis as soon as pos-
sible. So I hurriedly hitched up old Nancy
Hanks, and drove her as fast as I could to the
Travis farm, which is about seven miles in the
country. When I got there, she was pretty
warm, but I didn’t stop to tie her for I expected
to come out again soon. But the case was a des-
perate one and needed immediate attention ; so I
started to work at once and forgot all about Nan-
cy. Well, after I had worked about two hours
and my patient was resting easier, I happened to
think that I had not tied Nancy ; so I hurriedly
went out to the road, but she was nowhere in

“Why, papa, since when — ” began Gretchen,
but the doctor cut her short with: “Now wait,
dear, till I have finished. As I was saying, Nancy


was nowhere in sight, and as day was just break-
ing, I decided to go down the road a piece to see
if I could find any trace of her. When I had gone
about a quarter of a mile, I saw her standing with
her front feet fast in the mud in a ditch, and her
nose stuck clear through a barbed-wire fence.
I thought she was surely dead, and began to exam-
ine her carefully. I found that she had injured
her right foreleg and had bruised her head terribly
on a post, — in fact, you would not have recog-
nized her by looking her in the face, and she did
not move a muscle. I leaned over and examined
her pulse. That seemed all right; so I gave her
tail a twist or two, but she never moved. Then I
examined her again and found that she had rup-
tured a main artery. I patched this up, and then
tried twisting her tail again, and after I had
twisted it about twenty times, she gave a snort
and began to tremble all over. I immediately
jumped into the rig and pulled back on the lines
and she started to back up. When I got her on to
the road, I turned her around and was soon back
at the Travis farm. I tied her carefully, went to
see my patient, found her improving, and then


started for home, but Nancy limped so badly
that it took me nearly an hour to get here. I
immediately took her down to the hospital and
they had her all fixed up this afternoon, and I
drove her home to-night.”

As soon as he stopped speaking, Gretchen said :
“Why, papa, I didn’t know that you owned a

The doctor laughed long and heartily, but
did not answer. At last Mrs. Thompson said:
“Frank, please explain, so that we may laugh

” Very well, I will. As I said before, early this
morning I was called to the Travis farm; so I
jumped into my runabout and was soon there.
But in my hurry I didn’t shut off the engine —
and I suppose the vibration of the machine must
have gradually engaged the clutch, and then down
the road went my runabout, jumped into a ditch
and jammed the radiator up against a post, and
when I came up, I found the right tire badly
broken. I then examined the pulse — the gaso-
line — and found it all right. Then I twisted her
tail, that is, the crank, but did not get the engine


to start. I then found a main artery — a bat-
tery wire — broken. I patched this then twisted
the tail (the crank) some more, and she snorted,
that is, the engine started. I suppose you can
now guess the rest.”

Then the doctor laughed again and the rest
joined him. At length, Gretchen said: “That is
a good story, papa. The way you told it brings
to my mind the thought, that much in the Bible
is written after this fashion; that is, in allegory
and metaphor, and seems hard to understand
until we get the key; then it is simple enough.
We readily understood your meaning after you
said that it was your automobile. This enables
us to understand Paul’s statement that, ‘The
letter killeth, hut the spirit giveth life.’ For ex-
ample, as long as we accepted your words liter-
ally we could not understand ; but when we com-
prehended the hidden meaning of your words, we
readily understood. I also heard a good story
this afternoon.”

The doctor asked her to tell it, and Gretchen
told him the story of the old sailor and his
boat. The doctor laughed heartily and said:


” If I laugh much more, I won’t have any breath

“Then let us change the subject, papa. I
would like to ask you a question.”

“Very well, Gretchen, I am listening,” said the

” It is this : Suppose a person has an ache some-
where in his body, how does the medicine which
you give know where it is?”

” Ha, ha ! I believe I see another joke, and I ex-
pect I will have to be careful or I will be caught.”

“No, papa, there is no joke about this; I am
simply asking for information.”

“Then I will explain. It is not the medicine
that knows where the pain is ; it is the doctor who
knows. If the trouble is with the kidneys, he
prescribes a medicine that will act on the kid-
neys. If some other organ is affected, the phy-
sician prescribes something that will act on that
organ,” said the doctor.

” But how does the medicine know when it gets
to the kidneys?” asked Gretchen.

“It doesn’t know when it gets to the kidneys;
it simply acts when it gets there.”


” If the medicine doesn’t know when it gets to
the kidneys, what is to prevent it from acting
either before it reaches them or after it has passed

“This has been determined by careful experi-
ment,” said the doctor.

“Then certain medicines always act the same
on certain organs, do they, papa?”

“No, not always; the condition of the patient
makes a difference in the action of the medicine.”

“Then how can you be guided by past experi-
ment, if each person’s condition makes the medi-
cine act differently? If this be true, each dose
of medicine must be an experiment.”

“So it is, after a fashion, and that is why my
profession is called the ‘practice of medicine,'”
said the doctor.

“But, father, how can you know just what
medicine to prescribe if medicine acts differently
on different people?”

“My dear, you would not want any one to pre-
scribe a remedy for you who did not know what
he was prescribing, would you?”

“No, certainly not; but why prescribe at all,


if you do not know just how the medicine is going
to act, for it might act fatally on the patient?”

“Not necessarily so. You see, we always
watch a patient closely and if we see that the
medicine we are giving is not producing the de-
sired results, we try something else, and event-
ually we give the right thing.”

“That is, if the patient doesn’t die under this
experimentation, or get well in spite of it,” said

“Now Gretchen, don’t you think that you are
a little severe on the medical profession?” said
the doctor with a broad smile.

“Isn’t what I said true, papa?”

“Then you think that I, as a physician, am an
unnecessary person around the sick-room?”

” On the contrary, I think that a physician is a
very necessary person, especially if the physician
is a calm and fearless one. What I am decrying
is the using of medicine, when the medical frater-
nity themselves state that there is no telling just
what effect the medicine they prescribe will have
on their patients.”

” But what would be the use of calling a doctor


if he were not to prescribe or do anything for the

“Papa, did you ever stop to think that nearly
always the mere presence of the doctor has a very
beneficial effect on the sick?”

“Yes, I have, many times,” said the doctor.

“And what do you suppose produces the
change?” asked Gretchen.

“Why, I could not sa}’, unless it relieves their
fear, or something of that kind.”

“Then it is fear that produces or aggravates
their sickness, and if quieting their fear makes
them feel better, it would be natural to suppose
that if we knew of a method whereby we could
entirely destroy their fear, they ought to get well ;
at any rate, I don’t see what benefit can be de-
rived from giving medicine to a patient, if the
main thing that ails him is fear,” said Gretchen.

“Quite a speech, Gretchen, but your logic is
lame. It is true that it would be folly to give a
person medicine if his only trouble was fear, but
how about a person with an inflamed throat or a
stomach ache?” asked the doctor.

” I did not know that the person who had an


inflamed throat or a stomach ache did not respond
to the beneficial effects of the doctor’s presence;
I supposed it was quite general in all cases, no
matter what the ailment was,” said Gretchen.

“So it is, but I have never had any person tell
me that he got over his illness simply because I
went to see him. At any rate, I have always
found it necessary to leave some medicine to
free him from his pains.”

“And did the medicine do it every time?”
asked Gretchen.

“No; as I told you before, I sometimes found
it necessary to change the medicine.”

“Then, papa, you are not positive as to just
what causes the change for the better in some
patients when the doctor arrives, unless it is be-
cause he allays their fear.”

” It is the only conclusion I can arrive at,” said
the doctor.

” Papa, don’t you think that the real solution
might be in their change of thought. Before the
doctor arrives on the scene, the patient is full of
fear, and doubts whether he will get over his
illness ; but when the doctor appears the patient’s


fear is somewhat allayed, as he believes that the
doctor knows what is the matter with him and
has faith in the remedial effect of the medicine
prescribed. Then too, the calling of a physician
is in accord with the general mortal belief that
both doctor and drugs are necessary to effect a
cure, and when this erroneous belief is complied
with, it tends to relieve the general mental situa-
tion, and also tends to change the patient’s
thought from despair to hope, and the body often
shows forth the new conditions of thought.

” Yes, the medical profession have long ago dis-
covered that the mind of the patient has consid-
erable to do with his recovery, and that is why I
always tell my patients to be as cheerful as they

“Frank, do you think that the medicine acts
quicker or better if the patients are cheerful?
If not, why do you tell them to be cheerful? ” asked
Mrs. Thompson, who up to this time had been
an attentive listener.

” No, it is not because I think the medicine will
act quicker or better, but because I want the co-
operation of the patient’s mind,” said the doctor.


“Papa, don’t you think that a patient might
get \vcll merely by changing his mind, or thought,
without the aid of medicine?” asked Gretchen.

“Yes, I have known cases in which the re-
covery came in that way, but they were cases of
mental trouble.”

“Then you don’t think that the mentality has
any bearing on an inflamed throat or a stomach
ache?” asked Mrs. Thompson.

” No, certainly not,” answered the doctor.

” Then why do you seek the co-operation of the
patient’s mind in cases of this kind?” asked Mrs.

The doctor did not answer at once but began
to look, first at his wife, then at his daughter. At
length he said: “I believe that this is a con-
spiracy against my profession, and I will have to
be more careful in what I say to you.”

” Papa, don’t you think that a sore throat or
stomach trouble might be caused by a certain
condition of thought?”

“I see no way of connecting thought with a
sore throat or stomach trouble. Of course, a
person who is not of sound mind might imagine


such a thing, but in reality, the throat or stomach
would be all right.”

“What do you mean by ‘reality,’ Frank?”
asked Mrs. Thompson.

“I mean that, upon examination, the throat
or stomach would be found in a normal condi-

” Papa, I recently met a lady who was a beau-
tiful singer, and she told me that one night while
she was singing at one of the theaters, some one
cried ‘fire,’ and it gave her such a nervous shock
that thereafter, whenever she attempted to sing
in a theater, the nerves, cords, and muscles in her
throat would seem to contract so that she could
not sing. But when she sang at home, this trouble
did not bother her. Now would you call that a
mental trouble?”

” No, I should not call it a mental trouble, as it
is clearly apparent that it came from a shock to
the nervous system.”

” But why should it bother her only when she
attempts to sing at a theater?”

“Because the nervous shock was received at
a theater,” answered the doctor.


“Then you believe that the nerves, cords, and
muscles can think and reason and remember?”

“I do not catch your meaning, Gretchen.”

” It is self-evident that if the nerves, cords, and
muscles could tell when they were at the theater,
and when they were at home, they must be able
to think and reason,” said Gretchen.

“Ha, ha! What a poor logician you are. No,
dear, the nerves, cords, and muscles did not know
when they were at home or at the theater, but
your lady did.”

Gretchen smiled and said: “I think, papa, that
you are the poor logician ; for according to your
words, the nerves, cords, and muscles did not
know when they were at home or at the theater,
but the lady did, and consequently her throat
trouble must have been of mental causation.”

“Well, well, well,” said the doctor, “I suppose
that I will now be expected to pull down my flag
and surrender, but I won’t.”

“Frank, I don’t see what else you can do,”
said Mrs. Thompson.

“It seems to me that you have overlooked
the fact that this throat trouble was caused by


some one crying ‘fire,’ and not by the lady’s
mind,” said the doctor.

“No, I have not overlooked the fact, and now
I should like to ask whether you think the nerves,
cords, and muscles of the throat heard this cry of
fire or whether it was the lady’s mind.”

The doctor smiled and said: “Properly speak-
ing, I should say that it was the lady’s ears that
heard the cry.”

” Papa, did you ever stop to think that the ear
without mind or consciousness can not hear?
For instance, the ear of the corpse does not hear,”
said Gretchen.

” I suppose that, in self-defense, I shall be com-
pelled to explain the process of hearing. You
both know that sound travels in waves. These
sound waves strike on the ear drum and cause it
to vibrate. This vibration is communicated to
what is called the hammer and anvil and then
is carried on a nerve to the brain and the brain
then distinguishes the difference between sounds,
and through this process, they become intelli-
gible to man. And as the cry of ‘fire’ is always
a startling sound, the brain flashes a warning


over other nerves to the various parts of the body,
and when this is done abruptly it causes a shock ;
and, in the case of this lady, the shock affected
the nerves, cords, and muscles of the throat.
So, you see, her condition could not be from a
mental cause. Do you not agree with me?”

“If this were all there was to the process of
hearing, I could not do otherwise, but there must
be something more to it. If there were not, some
of those whom we call dead could hear; for in
some corpses the ear and ear drum, the hammer
and the anvil, also the nerves and brain are all
in their respective places and are in perfect con-
dition, but they do not hear,” said Gretchen.

“Of course not; they are dead, and therefore,
are not conscious of sound.”

” Then, it must be the consciousness, the men-
tality, the mind that hears, and not the ear,
nerves, or the brain ; and, in a manner, we could
say that these to human understanding are only
the instruments through which mind hears. For
instance, take an electric motor. It is without
motion or power until electricity is turned into it.
Then the motor moves, and we say it has power


that is, the motor expresses or shows forth the
power of electricity. So it is in human belief
with our bodies. They are motionless, sensation-
less, and without power, and merely express the
mind that governs them. In the case of the mo-
tor, we say that the electricity or electric fluid
flows through a wire and gives motion and power
to the motor. We can not see this electric fluid
as it passes through the wire, but we can see its
expression, that is, its action, in the motor; and
under certain conditions, if a person touches this
wire, he can feel it, and the shock produced
sometimes brings on such extreme fear that the
person is said to have been deprived of life
through it. In like manner, the body responds
to the mind, that is, to the thoughts, and in some
cases the shock produced by thoughts of fear
have seemingly resulted in instant death ; but in
reality, there wasn’t any death, as the body never
had any life to lose. Can you now see why this
lady’s throat trouble was of mental origin?”

” No, I can not. But I can see something else,
and that is, that you have been trying to con-
vince me that Mrs. Eddy, with her Christian


Science theory, knows more about the human
body and its ills than the medical fraternity. You
let the cat out of the bag when you said that, in
reality, there isn’t any death. I recognized the
statement as belonging entirely to her, and as I
am too busy to throw away my time discussing
such nonsense, I think we had better call our dis-
cussion at an end. Besides, I have not had time
to read to-day’s paper and I wish to do so before
I retire.”

“Oh, papa, you are not angry at what I said,
are you?” asked Gretchen in an anxious tone of

“No, dear, I am not childish enough to get
angry at such nonsense, and if you and your
mother can find any pleasure in the study of
Christian Science, I have no objections, but I
don’t want you to bother me with any more of it.”

“Now, Frank, please don’t say you will not
talk with us on this subject any more, for Gret-
chen and I thought that perhaps, by discussing
this with you, we might be able to convince you
that it is worth while to try Christian Science
treatment for my sight,” said Mrs. Thompson.


Doctor Thompson had picked up his paper pre-
paratory to reading, but now laid it down again
and said: “I now see your motive for all this
Christian Science talk and I would be the last
person on earth to lay a straw in your way. Wife,
can it be possible that you again have hope after
the many failures to cure you? ”

“Yes, Frank, I do hope again.”

“Then I am ready to thank Christian Science
for that ; and if it never does more for you, I will
not say anything against it again; but to believe
its teachings is beyond me.”

“Suppose I should regain my sight?”

“Wife, I do not wish to destroy your hope, but
to restore your sight is impossible,” said the doctor.

” It may be an impossibility for materia medica,
but not for God.”

“Emaline, if Christian Science restores your
sight, it must in fact be a science, and I will
agree to study it until I know how it was done.”

“Then you would have no objections to my
taking Christian Science treatment?”

“Not in the least, and I pray God that it may
do the work,”


“Thank you, Frank,” quietly said Mrs. Thomp-
son, as her eyes filled with tears.

Gretchen arose from her seat and going up to
her father, she put her arm around him and said,
“0, you dear, good papa,” There was silence
in the room for a few minutes, as all their hearts
were too full for speech. At length, the doctor
asked if there were any practitioners in Mapelton
who were considered good healers by the local

” Yes, Frank; perhaps you remember that Mrs.
Williams’ healing was brought about by a local
practitioner, a Mrs. White who lives on Grand

“Then if you think she is capable of handling
your case you had better see her at once.”

” Frank, if you have no objections, I would like
to put my case in the hands of Mr. Williams, who
has decided to engage in the healing work here.”

“Do you mean the Rev. James A. Williams?”

“Yes, Frank.”

“Well, as I know nothing at all about this
treatment, I will leave the selection of the prac-
titioner to you.”


“Then I shall ask Mr. Williams to take my

” Will it be necessary for him to call here every
day?” asked the doctor.

“No, Frank, the work can be done by absent
treatment entirely, if you wish it.”

“That will not be necessary, only I thought it
might not look well for a Christian Scientist to
be calling on a doctor’s family every day. And
as for absent treatment, I have less faith in that
than in present treatment, if such were possible.”

“Why, papa, practitioners often treat people
who are hundreds of miles away and whom they
have never seen.”

Doctor Thompson sadly shook his head and
said: “Wife, I cannot understand how a woman
of your intelligence and common sense could have
been led to believe that any person hundreds of
miles away could possibly help you.”

” Remember, Frank, it is not the practitioner
who is primarily the source of the healing, but

” I do not see how that statement makes it any
clearer or more reasonable, for if God wishes to


heal you, why doesn’t He do it directly, and why
is it necessary to employ a practitioner? ”

” Papa, I think the practitioner is the agent or
instrument of God.”

” It would seem to me, that if God is all-power-
ful and is willing that you should be healed, He
could have so directed the instrument in the
hands of the oculist who conducted the last opera-
tion that you would have been healed, or He
could have directed the medicine that you have
taken to do so.”

“Frank, I am afraid that you have very little
faith in God.”

“I must confess that I have very little faith
in regard to God’s coming down on earth, and
healing the sick, for I have been in this business
many years, and I cannot recall one case that
seemed to have been healed in a supernatural
way, but I have seen many good men and women
pass away that in my opinion ought to have been

“Oh, papa, I am sure that you do not under-
stand that in truth God is ”

“That is true dear, I cannot understand how


a good and all-powerful God could have allowed
such a good man as Mr. Buckley to die, and save
such a mean, miserly man as Sam Corter. They
both had the same disease and I attended them
both, and gave them the same medicine. Yet
the good man passed on and the mean man was
allowed to live.”

“Frank, as yet I do not understand much
about Christian Science, but I am quite sure that
this Science can answer that question, as well as
the one regarding healing by absent treatment.”

” Very well, wife, we will say nothing more that
might have a tendency to destroy your hope, or
your faith that God will heal you, as I know only
too well how hope and faith help in the healing
of disease, and now I think we had better retire.”


The next morning as Gretchen glanced out of
the window, she saw Walter Williams passing
by, presumably on his way from the post-office.
Gretchen hurried out to meet him and said:
“Good morning, Walter, I have some good news
to tell you.”

Walter stopped and answered with a cheery
‘Good morning.” Then he added: “Whaf is
your good news, Gretchen?”

“Mamma and I had a lovely talk with papa
last night, and he told mamma that he is willing
that she shall have Christian Science treatment,
and oh, I am so happy!”

“So am I, Gretchen, for I am sure that your
mother’s sight will be restored.”

“Won’t you come in and talk with mamma?”

” Not just now, as I must deliver these letters
to father, but I will come over in a little while,
if you wish.”



“Oh, please do, and come prepared to stay all
day, as I have not had those questions answered

Walter laughed and turned to go, saying:
“All right, I will come as soon as I can, but I will
not agree to answer your questions until I have
heard them.”

In about half an hour Walter returned, and, as
soon as he was seated, Gretchen handed him a
paper upon which was written about fifty ques-
tions, saying, “I know some of them will seem
simple and foolish to you, but I wrote them down
because I could not understand them.”

Walter took the paper and began to read. Soon
a smile appeared on his face, which later turned
into a hearty laugh.

“Walter Williams! I think you are real mean!
I know that some of those questions may seem
foolish to you, but I didn’t think you would laugh
at my lack of knowledge.”

“Why, Gretchen, I hadn’t any such thought.
I was merely thinking of what you said to me
this morning, about coming prepared to stay
all day. You should have said ‘a few years,’ if


you intended that I should answer all these ques-

All laughed heartily, and then Gretchen said:
“Can you explain that last question, the one
about absent treatment? I added that one this

Walter glanced at the paper and read: “Ex-
plain how and why absent treatment is effective.”

“Yes, Walter, please explain if you can, as I
should like to be able to make this plain to my
husband, as he is very skeptical about absent

“Very well, I shall try to. The Lord Jesus
healed the sick by prayer, that is, by mental
activity or mental treatment, based on God as
its Principle, and by applying the divine power to
the needs of the patient. Though Jesus usually
healed those who applied to him in person for
help, yet he did not require the physical presence
of the patient in order to do the healing work, as
is illustrated by the case of the centurion’s ser-
vant, whom he healed at a distance, without ever
having seen the patient. The Lord Jesus taught
his disciples to heal in the manner that he did,


and promised that those who beHeved on him,
that is understood his methods, should do the
same works that he did; and his disciples have
been doing these works of healing in the various
centuries since, — mostly in the first two or three
centuries of the Christian era, and within the last
forty years.

“The question arises: Is mental treatment as
efficacious at a distance as it is if the patient is
within sight and hearing of the practitioner?
To answer this question, we need to determine
the freedom or limitations of mental action. We
need to know where the mind or consciousness
is really located, or whether it is located at all or
not. It is not necessary to discuss here whether
the mind or consciousness of the mortal man is
located or limited, for it is not the mortal con-
sciousness which is used in healing the sick.
Manifestly, Christian Science healers can heal by
Christ’s method only as they succeed in obeying
the biblical command: — ‘Let this mind be in you,
which was also in Christ Jesus.’ Now, evidently,
the Christ was and is immortal and unlim-
ited; for Christ reflected and reflects divine


Mind, or God. All true Christians also reflect the
divine Mind, in some degree. Said St. Paul in i
Cor. 2 :i6: ‘We have the mind of Christ.’ Since the
divine Mind, God, is everyu-here present, the di-
vine Consciousness through Christ embraces all
human conditions. If, therefore, the Christian
Science practitioner is working with the Christ-
consciousness, with which he must work if he
works correctly, he is bringing into operation a
universal, spiritual force which, by the direction
of thought, may be applied to the mental refash-
ioning of the individual consciousness, wherever
that individual may be ; that is, in proportion as
one attains to the Christ-consciousness, his hu-
man endeavor becomes effective. It is often of
advantage to be able to talk w4th the patient to
find out the precise nature of his difficulties, that
is, of the errors to be cast out, and also for the
purpose of giving him instruction. Usually,
however, this can be satisfactorily attended to
by letter. But when it comes to the silent
mental treatment administered by the practi-
tioner, it matters not at all how many miles
intervene between practitioner and patient.


“Jesus laid down the fundamental rule for
healing the sick when he said : ‘ Ye shall know
the truth, and the truth shall make you free.’ God
is Truth, and Christ, ‘being the brightness of his
glory, and the express image of his person,’ is Truth
expressed. ‘/ am the way, the truth, aJtd the life,’
said he. Therefore, to know the truth, or to be
acquainted with the healing Mind so as to apply
its power, is to know God and Christ. It is
only by knowing God that we are able to heal the
sick or cast out sin. Although in our present
mortal estate there seems to be some connection
between consciousness and the body and brain,
yet, on careful thought, it will be perceived that
matter can not think, and, therefore, body and
brain do not originate thought, however much
they may seem to be connected with it. Evi-
dently, consciousness, or the power of thought,
springs from infinite Mind, the source of all intel-
ligence, and so is really based on God, and not
on the body or the brain. Man’s consciousness is
located where his thoughts are, and is not located
in his head. If man’s thoughts be of God and
Christ, his consciousness is in a sense unlimited,


because Mind is omnipresent, and we are thus all
spiritual beings inseparably connected.”

“I understand your statement; but if it were
true, would we not all be subject to the evil
thoughts of others as well as the good,” said
Mrs. Thompson.

“Not at all. Remember that Mind, God,
good, is good only, and can only give forth good
thoughts. Good will not transmit evil, since
good does not and can not recognize evil. The
real consciousness and all that pertains to it is a
manifestation of good, and can not in reality be
made to manifest evil or be acted upon by an evil
force. Besides, evil is not a power or force, for
if Mind or good fills all space, and is All, then
there can be no evil.”

” But we seem to be influenced by the evil
thoughts of others. For instance, if a practical
joker should rush into this room and tell us that
the house was on fire, we should at once act on
his untruthful statement and show excitement and
fear. All our actions would be the same as
though the house were really burning,” said


“A good illustration, Gretchen. In our ex-
citement and panic we never stop to question
or investigate, but are too ready to admit that a
lie is true,” said Mrs. Thompson.

“Yes, and perhaps this illustration will help
to clear up the seeming reality and power of evil.
Mrs. Eddy defines God as intelligence. Now evil
is a lie, a nothing claiming to be something, and
gets even its semblance of reality from people’s
false belief in it. The only reason why a person
can be made to believe a lie, is because of his
ignorance of the facts to which the lie pertains.
You cannot make a person accept a lie or believe
a falsehood who knows the facts regarding the
falsehood told. In fact, the lie does not even
exist, for it is a non-entity to the man who knows
the truth; so we see that an untruth only seems
to be. It is merely an ignorant belief which in-
telligence can and does annihilate. And as I
previously stated, we are all connected together
in Spirit, and as Spirit and Mind are one, it would
be impossible for evil, ignorance, to be transmitted
or recognized by Mind, the same as it would be
impossible to transmit darkness through light.


On the other hand, we all know that light can
pass through darkness, but it does it by destroy-
ing the darkness,” said Walter.

“Then the way to be free from evil, and all
evil influences, is to know and demonstrate their
non-existence,” said Gretchen.

“Yes, the man who knows the truth will not
accept or believe a lie, and the man who is full of
love cannot be reached by hate.”

” But how about the poor ignorant people, who
do not know the truth? ”

“In their case, like all others, ignorance must
bring its own penalty. There is very little ex-
cuse for their being ignorant, as this truth was
made plain by the Master two thousand years
ago, and brought to light again by our Leader
forty years ago. The reason why many have not
seen somewhat of this light, is because they will
not think for themselves, but continue to let
others think for them.”

” I think that is true, Walter. We are all very
apt to follow in the paths trodden by our fathers,
regardless of where these paths may lead us,”
said Mrs. Thompson.


“Yes, our customs, habits, and early education
hold us, as it were, with bands of steel ; and that
reminds me of a story I heard the other day. An
aged colored man was coming to town one election
day, when he met a neighbor coming from town,
who said: ‘Going to town. Uncle Eben?’

” ‘ Yassir, Massa Johnson.’

” ‘ I suppose you are going to vote ? ‘

” ‘ Yassir, Massa Johnson.’

” ‘ Do you mind telling me whom you are going
to vote for ? ‘

“Ts goin’ to vote fo’ Abraham Lincoln.’

“‘But my dear man, Abraham Lincoln has
been dead for many years. ‘

‘”I don’ care ef he has. My father done tole
me the fust time I voted 40 years ago, to vote fo’
Abraham Lincoln, fo’ he was the bestest man
in America, an’ I has voted fo’ him every year
since, an’ I done ‘tend doin’ so long as I live.’

“So with most persons. They continue to do
the things their forefathers did, regardless of the
uselessness of such efforts.”

“This is only too true, and accounts for many
of our mistakes,” said Mrs. Thompson.


“Now, Mrs. Thompson, do you think you can
make it plain to Mr. Thompson, why a person
can be healed by absent treatment?”

” I think so, Walter. I shall at least try, and if
I do not succeed, I will call on you or your father.”

” Very well ; I think I had better be going now.”

“Oh dear, you are not going yet; you have
only answered one question and there are at
least fifty on that paper,” said Gretchen.

Walter smiled and said: ” Don’t you think this
answer covered several of the others ; for instance
this one, ‘ Is not evil real ? ‘ — and this one,
‘ Has evil power?’ — and this one, ‘ Is there more
than one Mind?'”

Walter laughingly handed Gretchen the sheet
and added: “Think carefully about all I have
said, then read your questions over, and you will
find that many of them have been answered, I
must be going now.”

“Walter, will you please ask your father to
come over and see me this evening, as I wish to
speak with him regarding my case? ”

“Yes, certainly, ]\Irs. Thompson, and if father
can not come, I will come and tell you.”


“Very well, and thank you, Walter.”
” You are very welcome. Good day.”
Gretchen showed him to the door and as he
passed out said: “Come over again, Walter.”
“All right, I will be over soon.”



About a week later, as they arose from dinner,
Dr. Thompson asked: ” Emaline, have you start-
ed taking treatment?”

“No, Frank, I have been waiting for you to
speak of the subject again,” said Mrs. Thompson.

“Why I thought that was fully settled at our
last talk.”

“Yes, I know you gave your consent, but I
did not want to act hurriedly as I wished to give
you time to fully consider the question.”

” Well, I have fully made up my mind, and wish
you would start the treatment to-morrow.”

“Why, papa, you speak as though you were
in earnest,” said Gretchen,

“I am, dear.”

“Papa, has anything happened to change your
views regarding Christian Science?”

“No, and yes.”

“What is it, Frank?” asked Mrs. Thompson.


” I will tell you, and perhaps it will give you
more hope. You probably know Clinton Roberts,
the tailor?”

“Yes, I remember him, Frank.”

“So do I,” said Gretchen.

“His father-in-law, Mr. Baker, who, I under-
stand, is eighty-four years old, was ailing for
some time, and I have been attending him. It
was a bad case of heart trouble.”

“Is he dead?” asked Gretchen.

” No, and that is the remarkable part of it.
Just three days ago, I was hurriedly called to his
home and found him very low — in fact, dying.
But this was no surprise to me, as I had been
expecting it. He was unconscious when I got
there. I did everything I could to arouse him,
but did not succeed in doing so. I then told the
family that it was only a matter of a few hours,
and as I had other important calls, I left. I have
expected each day for the last three days that
they would be in for the death certificate, but
no one came. So this evening, on my return
from a call, I drove up to inquire about it. Im-
agine my surprise when I entered the house and


found my supposed dead man sitting comfortably
in an easy chair with a newspaper in his hand,
from which he was reading. I told him to get
back into bed at once, for, according to my knowl-
edge of his case, the only possible way that he
could hope to get well was for him to remain in a
reclining position, as he was in danger of having
his heart stop at any moment by sitting up; but
he smilingly and quietly told me that he had
often heard me say that, and that when his new
doctor, as he called him, told him he might sit up
if he chose, he told the doctor that I had often
cautioned him not to do so, for fear of instant

“And did he still persist in sitting up?” asked

“Yes, and laughingly told me that his new
doctor had carefully explained to him that his
heart didn’t have the ability to think or reason,
and consequently, his heart didn’t know whether
he was sitting up or lying down.”

“Ha, ha, ha,” laughed Gretchen. “I will
wager you were dumfounded.”

” I will admit that I was, but I thought perhaps


Mr. Baker was a little flighty, and gently tried to
persuade him to lie down. But he said, ‘ No
thank you, I am doing very well as I am.’ ”

“Did you find out who the new doctor was?”
asked Mrs. Thompson.

“Yes, I inquired, and they politely told ^’^e
that he was a Christian Science practitioner.”

“Just as I thought,” smilingly said Gretc^ n.

“I thought you surmised as much when you
laughed. But you could never guess who the
practitioner is.”

“It surely is not Walter Williams, papa?”

” No, it is not Walter, but it is his father.”

“Did Mr. Baker tell you the particulars
Frank?” asked Mrs. Thompson.

“No, he merely told me that his wife had
called in Mr. Williams, and that, as he was doing
so nicely, they would continue with him. I
asked him why they had not notified me of the
change, and he said that they had expected me to
call each day.”

“And why didn’t you call, Frank?” asked Mrs.

” Because I do not usually call on dead people,


and I supposed that Mr. Baker would not live
two hours after I left. In fact, I can not under-
stand it.”

“And they did not enlighten you?” asked Mrs.

” Nothing rrhoje vtha«n ‘iiha^^e ‘ifcoldryoUj-^nit, as
my curiosity! waB{ aroused;, ilicailed at\M!r.”Ri[jb^i?ts”
tailor shop, and/^Bkeldrihirri. tr’Heieatplained’^’ti ine
that, shortly after I had told the family thati Mr.
Baker could not live, they telephoned ta-him
to come to the Baker home, as Mr. Bakeri’ was
dying. And just as he got there, Mrs. Fair\i’i’ew,
the grand-daughter, arrived, and she suggested
that, as the doctor had given up the case,> they
try Christian Science. They at once telephoned
to a practitioner but found her too busy to take
the case. But she recommended that the^joall
Mr. Williams, who came at once. As soon a§! Ml*
Williams saw the condition of the patient, -‘- he
asked them to leave the room, as he wished %&”hQ
alone with God and his patient. At the ^esrjd’Oi
an hour of anxious waiting, they hea[rd/.him
talking to Mr. Baker, and, shortly aftet^,;”’Mil.”
Williams called in Mrs. Baker and her dattj^hter,


and, after talking to them a short time, he left the
house. But Mr. Roberts could not tell me how
it was done, as there wasn’t a sound to be

“Frank, it was the power of God.”

” It must have been, for Mr. Baker was surely
beyond human aid, when I left him.”

“Papa, the reason no sound was heard from
the room while Mr. Williams was in it, was that
he was engaged in silent prayer. It is stated in
the Bible that Jesus Christ said: ‘Pray to thy
Father which is in secret; and thy Father which
seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.’ Mr.
Williams was praying in secret and the recovery
of the sick man was the open or visible reward.”

“Then you think that these Christian Scientists
have a secret prayer that does the work?”

“No, father, there is no secret to their prayers.
Nor is there a special formula. The words of
Jesus mean that we are to pray silently, to be
heard of God, and not merely to be heard of

” I have often prayed in silence, but I don’t
ever remember of being rewarded openly.”


“Papa, it is because we don’t know how to
pray aright.”

“I don’t know what the cause may be, but I
have concluded that there must have been divine
help in Mr. Baker’s case, and it is only reasonable
to suppose that, if God heard Mr. Williams’
prayer in regard to Mr. Baker, He will also hear
him when he prays for the restoration of your
-mother’s sight, and that is why I said, I wish
that you would start the treatments, or prayers,
or whatever it may be, at once.”

” Papa, do you expect to remain at home

“Yes, unless there should be an unexpected

“Then why not have Mr. Williams come over
and talk with you, if he is not too busy ? ”

“I wish he would, as I am quite mystified re-
garding Mr. Baker’s recovery.”

“I will step into your office and call him up
over the ‘phone,” said Gretchen.

“Frank, don’t you think it would be better for
you to call Mr. Williams?”

“I will do so at once,” said Dr. Thompson,


starting for the office. In a few moments he
returned, and said: “Mr. Williams will be right
over, so we had better repair to the parlor.”

Ten minutes later Gretchen ushered Mr.
Williams into the parlor. Dr. Thompson greeted
him warmly, shook his hand, and said: “I am
very much pleased to see you and to hear that
you have decided to make Mapelton your home

Mr. Williams thanked him kindly, then added:

“You certainly show the right spirit toward
one who may seem to be your competitor.”

” I never thought of you as a competitor, but If
you are, I intend to employ this competitor, if
he is willing,” said Mr. Thompson.

” I am sure that he is willing,” said Mr. Williams.

The doctor smiled and said: “I should have
added that I intend to employ this competitor
to do something which I have been unable to do
myself, which is to restore my wife’s sight, if
such a thing is possible.”

“There is nothing impossible with God,”
answered Mr. Williams.

” I think I can readily agree with you in regard


to that statement. What seems to bother me is,
how to get God interested in this particular

” Dr. Thompson, God’s work is already done and
is perfect. We as mortals were bom in ignorance
of God’s true creation, and, in many ways, we
have never escaped from that ignorance. What
we need to do is to wake up to the truth about man
as God has made him, and to thank God that He
made all His works perfect, and that all His works
are available to the children of men,” said Mr.

“I do not understand you, Mr. Williams.”

” You recall the Scripture which says, ‘ With
God all things are possible? ‘ This evidently means
that, when we work with God, all things are
possible to us, just as when we work in conformity
with mathematics, all things are possible to us in
the realm of mathematics. We fail of accom-
plishing many things because we do not work with
God, that is, in God’s ordained way,” said Mr.

“There is no doubt that all of us fall somewhat
short of doing God’s will, but many times it


seems to me to be because the flesh is weak,” said
Dr. Thompson.

“That may be a vaHd excuse, yet it is remark-
able, though true, that men in general never
think to thank God, or even credit Him as the
giver of health and prosperity, until after they
have seemingly lost them.”

” Why do you add the word, ‘ seemingly ‘ ? ”

“Because, God being eternal and changeless,
His gifts must possess the same qualities, and
the life and health which God has given He never
takes back, and there being no other power or
cause except God, His gifts are changeless and
eternal. The real man cannot lose his health.
The so-called loss of health is merely a seeming
of material sense.”

” I do not fully understand your meaning. I
am quite sure that I have seen people who were
very sick, and, commonly speaking, we should say
that they had lost their health. I am quite sure
that you would hardly dare say that I was labor-
ing under a misapprehension as to the state of a
patient’s heart or stomach, after I had given him
a careful examination.”


“Yes, I would dare say it, if you based your
estimate of health on the action of his bodily

“Why, Mr. Williams, you astonish me! In
what other way could I possibly find out the
patient’s state of health?”

“Dr. Thompson, health is not a bodily con-
dition, neither is health governed by the organs
of the body.”

“If health is not the effect of a healthy body,
I should like to know what it is the effect of!”
said Dr. Thompson.

” Health is a state of consciousness. Is it not

“Perhaps, but one must have a healthy body
to be healthy in thought.”

“Just the reverse. Dr. Thompson. We must
have healthy thoughts if we hope to possess
healthy bodies.”

“Oh, well, the two go together, and both
statements are practically the same,” said Dr.

“I beg to differ with you. I find these state-
ments to be direct opposites.”


“I can not see any difference. A man must
have a healthy body to be healthy in thought,
and a man must have healthy thoughts to possess
a healthy body. If there is any practical differ-
ence, I should like to have you point it out.”

“The difference is, that, one is the cause and
the other is the effect, and they can not be made
to act in the reverse order, any more than could
the clay change the potter that fashioned it.”

“Certainly, certainly, I fully agree with you,
but it would not be possible to have a mind with-
out a body to sustain it. The brain is not self-
sustaining, but naturally gets its nourishment
through the action of the stomach, blood, heart,
and other organs.”

” Did you turn my statement as a joke, or am I
to consider your statement seriously?”

” I don’t believe I comprehend your maaning,
but I meant just what I said.”

“Dr. Thompson, if the brain derives j:s nutri-
ment or action from the stomach, bleed, heart,
etc., where do these organs get their supply of
nutriment, life, or action from?”

“From bush, tree, and vine.”


” And where do they get theirs from?”

” From the ground or earth.”

“And where does the earth get its supply?”

“It is a natural condition with the earth
through the action of sunshine, rain, and perhaps
chemical action,” said the doctor,

“Then the earth mixed with a little sunshine
and rain, according to your theory, is the primal
or first cause — that is, these three combined are
the creative force, or god?”

The doctor sat back in his chair and looked
Mr. Williams straight in the face with the expec-
tation, perhaps, of seeing something there that
would tell him that Mr. Williams was joking.
But Mr. Williams’ face was calm and sober.

Mr. Williams waited several moments for the
physician’s reply, but as he remained silent, he
added: “Such a theory, when one stops to think
of it, is really atheistic.”

Dr. Thompson shook his head and said: “Mr.
Williams, do not misunderstand me, I surely be-
lieve in a Supreme Being or power.”

“I always thought you did, but how you can
harmonize with that belief your views regarding


the sustenance of mind and body through the
action of material things, such as fruits, herbs,
gums, roots, and barks, is a conundrum, although
I will confess that I had a somewhat similar be-
lief, not very long ago.”

“Then I am not so very much to blame, if a
minister had the same atheistic views, as you call

” I might turn that statement by saying that I,
as a minister, was not much to blame for not
knowing that a lifeless thing, like a drug, could
not prolong life, or make a sick man well, when
the doctor who is supposed to know all about drugs
did not realize that a drug has no life to give.”

” Two m.en in a boat,” laughingly said Gretchen.

The jolly doctor laughed and said : “I guess you
are right.”

” Only partly so, for one of the men is now out,
and he has great hopes of pulling the other out
also,” said Mr. Williams.

“I am afraid you will have a hard time of it,
as I am deeply mired in my drugs.”

” Not any deeper than I was mired in my the-


” Perhaps not, but you had time to study and
think of this new idea.”

” No, I took the time, as all must do sooner or
later, before they can understand the truth of God.”

“I suppose that is what we go to church for,”
said Dr. Thompson.

” So most people do, but I have discovered that
church-going alone is not enough.”

“Then you don’t believe that church-going is
absolutely necessary to salvation?”

“Church-going should be primarily an outward
manifestation of the inward desire to live the true
life and to know more of God.”

” It may be as you say; but I have often been
to church when the minister would read a Bible
text, but rarely refer to it in his sermon, and the
majority of the sermons I have heard preached
did not seem to be for the purpose of having us
know more of God, but ofttimes the reverse, —
they seemed to be for the purpose of having us
know more of the devil, and his evil ways.”

Mr. Williams smiled and said: “There is a
great deal of truth in what you say, and it is like
going ahead backwards. But you do not find


this condition present in any of the Christian
Science churches.”

” In what way do they differ?”

“In every way. They do not employ a min-
ister to preach a sermon; for, at best, his sermon
is merely his personal opinion. Instead, they
have what they call a lesson sermon read by two
readers. Generally one is a lady and the other a
gentleman, and, for the sermon, these readers
read alternately, first from the Bible, then correl-
ative passages from the Christian Science text-
book, ‘Science and Health with Key to the
Scriptures,’ by Mrs. Eddy, and, by this method,
the people are given the demonstrable truth.”

“Well, that certainly is very different from
any of the other church services.”

” It is, and if you would take notice with what
marked attention the various citations are ob-
served, you would cease to wonder why Christian
Science churches are always well attended.”

Dr. Thompson turned a smiling face towards
his wife and daughter and said: “Emaline, if
Mr. Williams keeps on much longer, he will have
me attending the Christian Science church.”


“I am ready to start any time,” said Mrs.

“So am I,” added Gretchen.

The doctor looked surprised and said: “You
are ? Have you thought what the neighbors might

“Frank, I have come to the conclusion that I
want the truth and I want it unadulterated, for
that is the kind that sets us free ; and I am more
interested in what God says than in what our
neighbors might say.”

“Bravely spoken, Mrs. Thompson, and many
are echoing your words every day, as is evident
from the remarkable growth of the Christian
Science movement.”

“Well, I seem to be in the minority to-night,
but I am not ready to forsake my previous views
regarding religion and medication. Still, I think
that as a religion Christian Science might be all
right, but as a remedial agent I think I will stick
to my drugs yet a while. Nevertheless, Mr.
Williams, I am very willing that you shall take my
wife’s case, but I confess that I am still an unbe-
liever, ‘ a doubting Thomas,’ as it were.”


“In other words, you are willing to have a
Christian Scientist try to do something that you
honestly believe it is impossible to accomplish.
Fortunately, however, God does not take any ac-
count of materia medica laws or what its advocates
honestly believe to be possible or impossible. As I
have said before, nothing is impossible to us when
we work with God.”

“Very well, I am willing to pay to have that
last statement proven, by the healing of my

“Dr. Thompson, it is right that I should say
to you at this time that you cannot buy or pay for
your wife’s sight. That is the free gift of God.
You will merely pay me for my time in bringing
her to a realization of the liberty of the sons of

” Mr. Williams, I think I see your point about
the payment. I merely looked at the matter as
a business transaction between you and me, the
same as when a patient hires me to look after
his case, but now I see it differently. In my work
there is no one else to consider. I am the media-
tor between my patient and a non-intelligent drug,


while in your case you are the mediator between
your patient and an all-intelligent God ; and now
the case is in your hands, and I am willing to
follow any suggestions which you may offer me.”

“Dr. Thompson, I said what I did to impress
you with the fact that in Christian Science we
depend solely on our knowledge of God to heal,
and not at all on the personality of the healer.”

“Mr. Williams, never before in my whole life
have I had such a sincere desire in my heart to
know more of this infinitely good God that you
have spoken of to-night, and I shall in the future
endeavor to know more of Him. Now, as it is
getting late, I suppose you would like to be alone
with your patient. So come, Gretchen, to the
library with me. We can busy ourselves there
until Mr. Williams calls us.”

Mr. Williams thanked the doctor, and was soon
busy explaining to Mrs. Thompson the true re-
lation between God and man, after which he said :
“Now that I am here, I will give you a treat-

Shortly afterward, Gretchen saw Mr. Williams
to the door.


The next morning, as Gretchen and her mother
were sitting in their living-room, Gretchen said:
“I was so sorry last night that papa mentioned
to Mr. Williams that it was getting late, as I
wanted to hear more.”

“So did I, dear, but you know it really was
quite late and papa thought Mr. Williams wished
to give me a treatment before he went.”

“Wasn’t his talk beautiful? I believe that I
could listen to him the entire night without
getting tired.”

“Yes, dear, Mr. Williams is a fine character,
and, added to this, he has such a good under-
standing of Christian Science.”

” Oh, I wish that I knew more about it.”

“Patience and persistent study, with a heart

overflowing with loving gratitude for that which

we already know, is the good soil in which the

seeds of Truth and Love grow rapidly and bear

much fruit.”



“I am sure that this statement belongs to Mr.

“Yes, he said this to me last night, but you
know, the Bible contains many statements that
carry the same meaning.”

“Yes, I know, mother.”

“Gretchen, did your father say anything fur-
ther on the subject of Christian Science, after
you retired to the library?”

“No, scarcely anything. He seemed very
much pre-occupied. Oh, how I do wish that
papa would stop giving people those nasty pills
and drugs, and heal as Jesus Christ did.”

” He must first learn how, dear.”

” Papa is so good and kind and intelligent that
if he would only study ‘Science and Health,’ I
know he would soon learn how,” said Gretchen.

” If I remember rightly, you read me something
about our being compelled to unlearn what we
supposed to be truth, before we can hope to
make progress in the understanding of the truth.”

” Yes, I did read something of that kind, and if
this is really true, then I have not much hope
of ever convincing papa.”


“Oh, I think we have made much progress
already. You said that he was in a very thought-
ful mood, and that is a very good indication.”

” I asked papa whether he intended studying
Christian Science and he said, no, he did not
have the time, but added that he would be pleased
to talk on the subject with us whenever he was
at leisure.”

“Why, Gretchen, I should think you would
be highly elated, for this shows conclusively that
your father is interested, and it depends on you
to answer his questions, if we hope to convince
him. Therefore, I think that you had better de-
vote all your spare time to the study of Christian

“Oh, mamma, I don’t believe that I am equal
to the task.”

” Remember, dear, Walter Williams alone, with
only the Bible and ‘Science and Health’ to aid
him, convinced his father, while you have both
these books and Mrs. Eddy’s other works, ‘ Mis-
cellaneous Writings,’ ‘Unity of Good,’ ‘Retro-
spection and Introspection, ‘ ‘ Rudimental Divine
Science,’ and ‘No and Yes,* to aid you, and you


have Walter and Mr. Williams and me to talk

” But Walter’s father was not a doctor with a
house full of drugs.”

“In a sense he was. The only difference is
this, that your father’s profession is to doctor
or save the body, while a minister’s profession is,
commonly speaking, to doctor or save the soul.
As to the house being full of drugs, Mr. Williams
had a house full of creeds and superstitions.”

“Why, mamma, you are quite a Scientist.”

“Only a babe, dear, compared to Mr, Williams,”
said Mrs. Thompson.

“Well, I have made up my mind to learn how
to prove the allness of God, good, and I might as
well begin now as later, and if you wish, mother,
I will read the lesson to you now,”

“I should be so pleased to have you, dear.”

After the lesson was finished, Gretchen picked
up “Miscellaneous Writings,” and read until
luncheon. As soon as the meal was finished,
Gretchen said, “Mamma, I should like to go out
this afternoon, if you have no objection.”

“Very well, dear, and you need not hurry


back as I will not be lonesome, for I have so
much to think about. And I feel so calm and
peaceful, that I believe I shall enjoy being alone
with my thoughts.”

“Mamma, I believe that Mr. Williams’ treat-
ments are helping you already.”

“I have no doubt of it,” answered Mrs.

“Well, I am going now; so good-bye.”

“Don’t worry about me, dear, for divine Love
is always present.”

Gretchen hurriedly left the house, and, as she
reached the street, turned toward the Williams’
house and said: ” Now for a mental feast. Oh, I
am so glad that Walter lives so near us.”

A few moments later she was comfortably seated
in the Williams’ parlor with Walter and his
mother, and said: “It is so good of you, Walter,
to ask me to come over and bring my questions
with me.”

” Remember, I did not promise to answer them
all, but only such as I may understand, and have
demonstrated and proven to myself that I do


” Oh, I know how careful you are in your state-
ments, and that you seem to think it necessary
to explain or illustrate each one of them fully.”

“If we wish our statements to be fully under-
stood, we must be very careful to leave no chance
open for a misunderstanding of them.”

“That is true, and many times, even when we
are very careful, we are misunderstood, because of
our lack of knowledge, or the lack of knowledge
of those to whom we are making the statement,”
said Mrs. Williams.

“Well, I do not think that I shall ever fail to
believe Walter’s statements. I always say to
myself, ‘ I believe them because Walter said so,’ ”
said Gretchen.

“That is meant as a compliment, but I would
consider it a greater one if you had said that I
always make my statements so plain that you
can readily understand them. In fact, I think
it poor policy to believe or disbelieve anything
which I cannot understand, unless it be on the
recommendation of those in whose knowledge I
have very great confidence. Even then, I ought to
learn to understand for myself as soon as possible. ”


” I don’t know as I can fully agree with you,
Walter,” said Gretchen.

” Let us see if believing without understanding
is good policy. Before I began to study Christian
Science, I believed just what was told me in re-
gard to God and in regard to the curative proper-
ties of medicine. I never doubted that my father
knew all about God and the Bible. I believed
that God made me sick, that He made evil, and
I believed that the doctor knew all about drugs
and rules of health. What was the result of this
policy? I became a physical wreck, with no hope
in the world, and was, in a sense, blaming an
infinitely good God for my troubles, whereas if I
had not believed without first carefully investi-
gating, I might have been spared all these years
of misery. So now I have adopted the plan of
being very careful what I believe or disbelieve
before I investigate, but do as Paul bids us in
First Thessalonians, 5th chapter, 21st verse:
* Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.’
Mrs. Eddy also tells us that the time for thinkers
has come, and it surely has.”

” Walter, I do not see how it is possible for us


to prove all things without coming to harm. For
instance, how could we prove that poison was
injurious to us, without first taking it? And if
we did, it might destroy us.”

“No, Gretchen, it is not necessary to literally
take poison or any other drug in order to prove to
ourselves whether or not it is good. We need
only to use our God-given power of thinking, and
reasoning. Some contend that God made roots,
herbs, gums, and barks wherewith to heal the
sick. If this be true, why did not Christ Jesus
use them, and why does the Bible expressly
point out the penalty for the use of drugs? For
example, this verse, found in Second Chronicles,
1 6th chapter, 12th and 13th verses: ‘And Asa
in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased
in his feet, until his disease was exceeding great:
yet in his disease he sought not to the Lord, but to
the physicians. And J^sa slept with his fathers
and died in the one and fortieth year of his reign.’
Every person, without much thought, ought to
be able to comprehend the fact that a drug that
is supposed to contain the sting of death could
in no way be made to prolong life. Therefore, I


think that St. Paul meant us to reason and think ;
that is, to mentally ‘prove all things’ and to hold
fast or accept only such things as we fully under-
stand to be good.”

” I think you are right, Walter,” said Mrs. Will-
Hams. “And now you had better answer some
of Gretchen’s questions.”

” I should just like to say one thing more on the
subject of believing, before we leave it. I have
several times heard people say, ‘ Oh, I could never
believe in Christian Science.’ If these people
would only stop to think, they would not make
such an absurd statement, because Christian
Science is not a creed or doctrine to be believed in.
It is a science, and no one should be satisfied with
believing in a science, for a science must be based
on unchangeable laws, else it is not a science;
and these laws need to be understood, and not
merely believed, if we wish to get any practical
results. A scientist is one who knows or under-
stands a science, and not one who merely believes
in a science. That is why there is no medical
science, because drugs and their effects are not
governed by unchangeable laws. Physicians be-


lieve that their drugs will bring about certain
expected results. They do not positively know
what they will do, for often the result is directly
opposite to what they suppose that it will be,
showing absolutely that each dose or pill given
is an experiment, with the chance that the patient
may be harmed rather than helped, because of
the poisonous nature of the drug and the great
variety to select from.”

“My, I wish that papa could have heard you.
I believe that it would make him think twice
before he would prescribe drugs again, at least
poisonous ones, for the healing of his patients,”
said Gretchen.

” It certainly would be better for mankind if
no drugs were given; yet the people themselves
are much to blame, because they practically com-
pel their physicians to give them all manner of
drugs. Still, a wise physician would never pre-
scribe a poisonous drug.”

” Now Gretchen, let us have a look at those
questions. Have you them with you?”

“Yes, here they are, and if you do not care
which you answer first, I wish you would explain


what is meant by the statement in Revelation,
chapter 22, verse 2, ‘And the leaves of the tree
were for the healing of the nations.’ You see, I
have been expecting that father would ask me
about that verse and I want to be able to ex-

“Very well, I will do the best I can, but I wish
you to remember that I have no absolute proof
that I am correct. Nor do I know any way to
positively prove my views, other than by logical
thinking and reasoning.”

“Yes, I understand you, Walter. You are to
give me your views, and I am free either to ac-
cept or reject them.”

“That is it. I am merely going to voice the
conclusions which I have arrived at by my study
of this verse in the light of Christian Science.”

“That is all I ask.”

“Very well ; would it not be well to ask. Leaves
of what tree? Or what kind of a tree? Was it
a fruit tree or a nut tree, a maple or a eucalyptus ?
If any one thinks that this verse furnishes any
authority for medical practice, it may be said
to such that, from a medical standpoint, the verse


is rather indefinite, and materia medica has not
been able to determine just what tree, or what
kind of a tree was meant. Doctors are yet ex-
perimenting with the leaves of many, and, per-
haps, having found that none of these would do the
healing work, they may have thought best to try
the roots and barks of various kinds. Still not
finding what they were looking for, they may have
thought that the man who spoke of this tree
made a slight mistake, and meant the fruits, or
the grass and weeds under the tree.”

Gretchen laughed and said, “It certainly is ri-
diculous to say the least.”

“It would also seem,” continued Walter, “that
the man who wrote this verse was rather careless
since he did not say whether w^e should eat the
leaves green, or dry them ; and if medical practice
looks for any authority from this verse, the ap-
parent indefiniteness of the writer may account
somewhat for the many ways in which medicines
are prescribed and prepared.”

Mrs. Williams and Gretchen were both laughing
heartily, and Mrs. Williams said: “Walter, don’t
be too hard on the doctors. Let us say in the


words of the Master, ‘Father, forgive them, for
they know not what they do.'”

“Yes, mother, that is the proper spirit, and I
have forgiven all my physicians the many nasty
doses they gave me, but I merely wished to show
Gretchen the nonsense of the claim that this verse
gives Bible authority for the drugging system, so
that she could use this method of exposure to con-
vince her father. Pei;sonally, I have nothing
whatever against the physicians, but I wish to
point out the errors of the drug system of healing,
especially when some of them try to prove by
this verse that they have Bible authority for
their methods, since the fact is that the Bible is
radically and necessarily opposed to all material
remedies or methods. The Bible teaches that
God is Spirit, and that God is good; therefore,
Spirit is good. Matter is the opposite of Spirit;
therfore matter is evil and there is no good in it,
for there is no good in evil. Then why expect to
receive good by taking or using evil, matter, mate-
rial remedies? Spirit is Life; matter being the
opposite of Spirit, it does not contain life. Why
then do our physicians and their patients persist


in looking to matter for life and health when it is
plainly stated in the Bible that Spirit, God, is
the only Life? Why not turn continually to the
only possible source of life, to God, Spirit? All
Christians agree that God, Spirit, is all-powerful.
How then can there be any power to heal or to
prolong life in drugs or in matter, which is God’s
opposite, and what title fitly belongs to us if we
honor God with the lips, saying, ‘ He is omnipotent,
all power,’ and then dishonor Him in practice by
turning to that which has no power, to matter
or material remedies, for help in time of need ? To
even contemplate such a thing shows that the
heart is not right with God.”

“Oh, Walter, I believe that your explanation
will help to convince papa of the nonsense and
wrong of the drugging system.”

“I hope so, for there is surely no authority
for this system in the Bible, and if it were the
right method, that is, God’s method, Jesus would
have employed it. As He did not, this is proof
positive that it is not right. And now I will give
you the conclusions at which I have arrived as to
what this verse really means.”


“Why, Walter, I thought you had given them,”
said Gretchen.

“What I said was merely to illustrate that a
suppositional, material concept of a statement,
which has a spiritual or true meaning, must be,
and always is, illogical, irrational, and ridiculous,
when we become acquainted with the facts
through reason and revelation. Truly ‘the time
for thinkers has come’ (Science and Health, Pre-
face, page 7). The tree spoken of in Revelation,
2 2d chapter, 2d verse, is the tree of Life. The
word ‘ tree * is in the singular, as there is only one
‘tree of life’, and this ‘tree of life’ is Mind, — as to
power, infinite in its scope and reach ; as to unity,
indivisible and all-inclusive; as to time, eternal,
without beginning or end; as to judgment, un-
changeable, since Truth is changeless, ‘without
shadow of turning ‘ ; in quality, absolute good, as
God is good, ‘ there is only one good, that is God ‘ ;
perfect, as Love is pure, ‘ Be ye therefore perfect,
even as your Father in heaven is perfect.’ This
Mind is the same Mind that was in Christ Jesus,
and the leaves of this tree are the thoughts of
this Mind, thoughts that are true, thoughts that


are loving, thoughts that are perfect, pure and
good ; these are the leaves that are for the healing
of the nations.”

“Walter, that was beautifully said, and I
think that Gretchen and I have been benefited
by your explanation,” said Mrs. Williams.

“I am sure that I have been, for I have heard
that verse quoted in support of medication sev-
eral times, and, like every one who is ignorant
of the true meaning, it left a doubt in my mind
and made me think that perhaps medication was
right; but now I see both the folly and the sin
of taking medicine, — the folly, because I be-
lieved that a lifeless thing could prolong or create
life; the sin, because I was making a power or
god of it, in other words, I was sinning against
the first commandment, ‘Thou shalt have no
other gods before me.’ ”

“You are right, Gretchen, and I candidly
believe that if all our dear brothers and sisters
knew the utter uselessness and mistake of trying
to be healed through any other means than God,
who is All-power and the only Power, they would
cease trying to find health and happiness where it


is not, and would the sooner cast their nets on the
right side and be freed from bondage.”

Mrs. Williams nodded her head and said, “It
truly is bondage. I remember how I used to
watch the hours, so as to be sure of not missing
the time for taking the prescribed drug, and was
continually thinking more about the medicine
than about God; and under this condition of
thought I was hopeless, weak, sick, and filled with
sorrow and woe. And now that I know and wor-
ship the true God, I have health, happiness, joy,
contentment; my days and nights are one con-
tinuous song of love and thanksgiving, and I am
in possession of that peace that passeth all under-

“Yes, mother, for us there has opened up ‘a
new heaven and a new earth, — not that we are
in full possession of it, but we surely have passed
through the gates and are now beginning to ex-
plore Paradise, and this has all come about
through Christian Science. How thankful we
ought to be that someone in our time was good
and true enough to have realized the unity of
good ! Good and true she must be, for God is not


mocked, and therefore would not place His stan-
dard in unworthy hands,” said Walter.

“I, too, thank God for this wonderful truth,
and hope to conform my acts and deeds to the
teachings of Jesus Christ,” said Gretchen.

For several moments no one spoke, as all their
hearts were overflowing with love and gratitude,
and it was somewhat of an effort for them to
keep back the tears of joy. At length Gretchen
said: “I think I had better be going, as mamma
is not accustomed to have me stay away so long
at a time, but I have enjoyed myself so much
that I was loath to go before.”

As Gretchen was leaving, Walter said: “Re-
member, we are to have a session each afternoon,
if your mother does not object.”

” Don’t fear that I will forget about it; I could
hardly wait imtil luncheon was over.”

“Did you tell your mother about our plan to
study together?”

” No, not yet. I had intended telling her, but
she remarked that she felt so peaceful and har-
monious that she did not mind my going, and
said she had so much to think about that she


would enjoy being alone with her thoughts; and
I also wished to surprise her if possible with what
I have learned when next I talk with papa. So
good-bye until to-morrow.”


Well-nigh every day for the next three weeks
Gretchen visited with Mrs. Williams and Walter,
and on several occasions Mr. Williams was pres-
ent. Each day as the truth unfolded to Gretchen,
there were more questions to ask. Walter did
his best to explain, and if there were any questions
that were not fully understood, Walter took
the concordance to “Science and Health” and
cited the pages while Gretchen read the lines
indicated, and many times Mrs. Williams took
the Bible and with its aid corroborated the
statements in the text-book. In this way, they
worked out a lesson on the topic under discussion,
and thereby gained a better understanding of the
subject. Gretchen ‘s desire to convince her father
of the fallacy of using drugs caused her to be a
persistent and willing student, and her progress
was very rapid — so much so, that her mother

on several occasions remarked about it.



Mrs. Thompson was still under treatment, and
although her sight seemingly had not improved,
yet the soreness and inflammation which had
constantly been manifest had long since disap-
peared and she was very much encouraged. One
day, Gretchen and her mother were talking about
the improvement and Gretchen asked the ques-
tion: “Mamma, has papa said anything about
your improvement?”

Mrs. Thompson answered: ” Yes, dear, he made
some remark about the inflammation being
allayed, and wondered why it was that if God
had heard Mr. Williams’ prayer, He had not also
restored the sight.”

“Quite a question. And what did you an-

“I asked him whether he still believed that
God answers prayer and is good enough to do so,
and he said that he never doubted that God could
do it, but that he had hard work to believe that
He would do it,” said Mrs. Thompson.

” Dear papa ! I know that his one desire is to see
your sight fully restored. But with his present
views concerning God and man, it certainly is not


to be wondered at that he doubts the all-inclusive-
ness of God’s goodness,” said Gretchen.

“I wish that he had more time to himself. I
am quite sure that he would look into this science

“Do you really think so, mother?”

“Yes, I am sure, because his curiosity is
aroused; and last night he told that another of
his patients, whom he supposed to be incurable,
had become well, and, upon inquiry, he found that
Mrs. White, the practitioner who treated Mrs.
Williams, treated the case also.”

” I have been hoping that papa would soon find
time to spend another evening at home with us,”
said Gretchen.

“He told me to-day that he would make a
special effort to get through with his work before
dinner, and that he hopes to be able to remain at
home this evening.”

“Oh, good! You can hardly realize how anx-
ious I aril to have another talk with him.”

“You must use love and wisdom. Nothing
else is allowable in Christian Science, for no per-
manent good can come from the use of human will


or attempted domination. Neither can we hope
to accomplish any lasting results by argument,
without good-will to help us.”

“I know, mother, and I will not let my enthu-
siasm run away with my judgment. I intend to
adopt the same tactics that Walter used in con-
vincing his father.”

“And what were they?”

“I am going to make my statements plain, by
using practical illustrations.”

” Do you think that you will be able to do so?”

“I think so, — at least I am going to try.”

“You must be careful not to say too much on
the subject, because your father knows next to
nothing of it, and naturally some of our state-
ments would seem absurd to him, especially if we
are not able to fully explain them.”

“That is true, mother, and I will try not to
make any statements that I cannot make plain.
Don’t you think he ought to arrive soon?”

“Gretchen had hardly stopped talking when
she heard footsteps on the porch, and a moment
later Dr. Thompson entered the room and said:
“Well, I managed to get through, and if the tele-


phone will only keep quiet, I shall be able to
make your acquaintance this evening.”

“We are so glad, papa, as you haven’t been
home an entire evening for three whole weeks.”

” Is it so long as that? ”

“Yes, Frank, it’s just three weeks to-night
since I started taking treatment.”

“My! I hadn’t realized that it was so long. I
have been so very busy that I never thought of
time. Is dinner ready ? ”

“Yes, and I will order it served at once.”

“Very well, I will be ready in a moment.”

During the meal, nothing was said of Christian
Science ; but as soon as it was over. Dr. Thompson
looked at Gretchen and said: “I wish you would
come with me to the library, as I have some ques-
tions to ask you.”

“Me?” asked Gretchen.

” Yes, both of you.” As he saw a startled look
on both of their faces, he added: “You needn’t
worry; it’s nothing serious. Only I have been
thinking about some of the things Mr. Williams
said the other night, and I am somewhat in the
dark as to their meaning.”


“Then, Frank, I think it would be wise to tele-
phone for Mr. Williams to come over, and ask him

“No, I would rather not, as that would give
your side too great an advantage.”

“Too great an advantage in what?” asked

” In number, if nothing else. As it is, there are
two to one, and I’ll warrant Gretchen has done
nothing but study and think for the last three
weeks with no other end in view than to swamp
me with her wisdom.”

“Why, papa!”

” Oh, I know you of old,” said her father with a
smile, then added: “Have you forgotten that
question regarding the war of 1812, that we dis-
puted about? I remember distinctly that I
thought I had you convinced, and after two or
three weeks’ study, you had the entire matter
at your tongue’s end and proofs in plenty that
you were right.”

” But what makes you think I have done so this
time? I didn’t know that we had any disputed


“Neither have we, but I know from your
actions that there is something brewing, or you
would not have asked me four days in succession
whether I was going to be at home that evening.
But I want to tell you that I was not going to be
caught unawares again ; so I have prepared some
questions myself. Now let us get seated and
begin the argument.”

” Papa, do you mean you wish to argue relative
to the efficacy of drugs? ”

” No, I wish to argue with you about Christian

“Papa, do you think that we could by argu-
ment, or by giving our personal opinion, change
or destroy an absolute and demonstrable fact?”

” No, certainly not. A fact remains a fact re-
gardless of argument or opinion.”

“Then what would be the use of arguing or
voicing our opinion regarding Christian Science?”

“You seem to infer that Christian Science is a
demonstrable fact, but I don’t believe it is.”

“Papa, the words ‘Christian Science’ mean the
truth about God and man stated in systematic and
orderly manner and demonstrated in practice.”


“You seem to take a great deal for granted.
Who has proven that Christian Science has the
right to be called a science? ”

“Frank, if in your experimentation, you had
discovered that three certain drugs mixed in
equal portions and given at stated intervals
would without fail cure all manner of diseases,
would you not have the right to call medication
a science ?

“Most assuredly I would, but the proof is not
forthcoming that Christian Science cures every
case,” said Dr. Thompson.

“Suppose that you yourself had always had
successful results with this medicine, and that
wishing to benefit all mankind, you had put it up
in bottles with the directions for its use plainly
printed thereon, would you be greatly surprised
if some did not use it according to directions?”

“No, I would not. All doctors have much
trouble to get their patients to follow directions,”
said Dr. Thompson.

“I suppose that is true. Then after a little
some person would say, ‘ Oh, that stuff is no good,
for I have tried it;’ yet the truth would be, in


terms of the supposition, that your medicine when
taken according to directions did heal all manner
of diseases.’*

“I fully agree with your statement and illus-
tration; but I do not see what relation it has to
Christian Science.”

“I will show you, Frank. The Christ-cure
which Mrs. Eddy has discovered is a medicine
that will heal all manner of disease. It is a
Science of which, as yet, Christian Scientists are
only students, not masters. Even Christ Jesus*
chosen disciples did not immediately grasp the
spiritual significance of his teaching so as to be
fully adequate in the healing work. Moreover,
while very full statements are given by Mrs.
Eddy, in ‘Science and Health,’ respecting the
nature of disease and the rule for its cure, there
are many who do not follow the directions laid
down therein, and when they are not healed, they
say, ‘Oh, I have tried Christian Science, but
there is nothing in it. ‘ Others hear these com-
ments and decide that it is not worth a trial.”

” Papa, Mr. Williams and I were talking about
this very question the other day, and he told


me that he took the pains to look up some of those
who claim that they have tried Christian Science
and were not healed. The first case he investi-
gated was that of a person who had been sick for
five years. Mr. Williams questioned him, and
here is the substance of their conversation :

” ‘I understand that you have tried Christian

‘”Yes, I tried it.’

“‘Did you employ a Christian Science prac-
titioner ? ‘

” ‘No.’

‘”What did you do?’

” ‘I did all that I was told to do.’

” * Please tell me about it.’

” ‘Well, I had a friend who was taking Chris-
tian Science treatment and she seemed to be so
much benefited that she thought I ought to try it.
I told her that I did not believe in it, but was will-
ing to try ‘most anything. So the next day, she
brought me her “Science and Health” and said,
” Read this book through carefully and you will be
healed;” and I did read it from cover to cover,
but I was not healed, ‘


“You see, papa, this man thought that he
would be made well simply by reading the direc-
tions, instead of by following them, and he prob-
ably did not report to Mr. Williams all the
directions which the lady gave him. More than
that, she was not an experienced Christian
Scientist, and may not have given him all the
directions necessary. Here is another case. It
was that of a young lady. Mr. Williams asked,
‘Have you ever tried Christian Science?’ The
lady answered, ‘Yes, I gave it a good trial, but
was not healed.*

” ‘ Have you ever had Christian Science treat-

” ‘Just a few treatments.*

” ‘Did yau follow the practitioner’s advice?*

” ‘Oh, yes, very carefully, even to buying a
book that cost three dollars.’

” ‘ Did you read and study the book and try to
live up to its teachings ? ‘

” ‘ I read some of it but the reading didn’t seem
to help me.’

” ‘Were you not benefited at all by the treat-


** ‘Yes, somewhat.’

” ‘Then why did you stop the treatment?*

“‘Because the practitioner asked me to do
something that I will never do.’

” ‘ Would you mind telling me what it was?’

” ‘Well, you see, it was this way: I have a
sister who wronged me greatly, and I hated her
for it, and told her I’d never forgive her. This
practitioner told me that I must love and for-
give her, if I wished to be forgiven, and as that
was asking too much, I decided to stop treat-
ment.’ ”

“Well, well, that is certainly showing Christian
Science up in a new light to me, and accounts for
much that I have heard said against it, and it
shows that there is a moral side to it that must be
lived and not merely believed in,” said Dr. Thomp-

” Yes, papa, Christian Science is a religion to be
lived, — and not merely for one hour on Sunday,
but all day Sunday, and every day and hour and
moment. Christian Scientists study their Bible
and text-book very carefully in order that they
may imderstand more of God and His ways, and


through this understanding they more nearly
Hve the life that God desires all to live.”

” I must say that of late I have frequently
wished that I knew more of this religion ; and as a
religion I believe it to be one of the best, but as a
curative agent I can not agree with it.”

“It would not be the religion that Christ
Jesus taught, if there was no healing,” said

“Perhaps not; yet I think that many physi-
cians would take up with it as a religion if the
healing idea was dropped,” said Dr. Thompson.

“I believe that is true, and it reminds me of
something Mr. Williams told us. He said that
he was talking about Christian Science to one of
his ministerial friends, in the hope that this friend
might try it for the healing of his invalid daughter,
and the answer he got was just the reverse of what
you said. This friend told him that he had often
heard of persons who had been healed through
Christian Science, and that if they would leave
out the religion he was quite sure that many minis-
ters would try it for the sick ; that, for himself,
he thought there was proof in plenty of its efficacy


as a remedial agent, but that he could not agree
with its religious teachings. So you see, papa,
the minister thinks that Christian Science is all
right, if its use is restricted to the saving of the
body, but that it would not be good for saving
the soul; while the doctor thinks that it might
be all right as a soul-saving device, but useless
for the saving of the body,”

“Well spoken, Gretchen, and I see that I am
caught in my own trap; but if Christian Science
is in reality a science, why does it not heal

“Mainly, as I told you before, because many
patients will not follow the directions of the Mas-
ter Physician, Jesus Christ, as exemplified by
the apostles, and as reduced to a logically stated
and demonstrable Science by Mrs. Eddy. There
is also another reason, to which I have referred,
namely, the lack of a full understanding of its
Principle, or of the application thereof, on the
part of those who practice it. In no case can we
rightly blame Christian Science if the patient is
not healed, any more than we could blame the rule
of addition for the mistakes found in the sums of


a child. The rule is correct and its proof estab-
lished, the mistakes being possible only through
the misapplication of the rule.”

“You hold your point well, but now I woxild
like to have you tell me why it is that, if, as you
claim, medication is not efficacious, it still heals
many cases.”

“Father, have you any proof that medicine
unaided by any other cause can heal?”

“I think so.”

“Will you please cite one such proof?”

“Yes. This afternoon, I was called to attend
a case of stomach trouble in which the pain was
severe. I gave the required medicine and the
pain soon ceased.”

” You think that in this case there was no other
cause than the medicine?”

” That was all that I used.”

“Did the patient believe that you could help

” I should think so, else he would not have called

” Don’t you think that the patient’s belief in your
knowledge of drugs, together with the well-nigh


universal belief in the efficacy of material remedies
might have had something to do with the healing? ”


“Then can you positively say that it was the
unaided drug that did the healing?”

“Gretchen, that seems to me to be mincing
matters; for I am quite certain that his belief,
without the drug, would not have cured him.”

“Father, have you ever heard of people being
cured with no other remedy than bread pills?”

“Yes, I have.”

“Then, was it not their belief, rather than the
drug, that brought about the changed condition?”

“But bread pills are only resorted to when
the physician is sure that his patient is only
suffering from a belief.”

” Papa, might not all sickness be brought about
by belief; that is, by erroneous thought?”

“No, I don’t see how thought could really
derange any of the bodily organs, although a
person might imagine or believe that he was not
feeling well; but upon examining a case of this
kind all the bodily organs would be found ia a
normal condition.”


” Papa, I should like to give you an illustration
on this point,” said Gretchen.

“Very well, I shall be pleased to hear it.”
“Suppose, that a hungry man, whose stomach
was in a perfectly healthy condition, should sit
down to dinner, and, that while eating, he should
discover some foreign substance in the food, a
hair or a bug, for instance. In many cases, this
condition of things would cause disorder or disease
apparently in the stomach, the person’s appetite
would leave him, and, frequently, there would be
violent wretching and vomiting — and we should
say, ‘All because of a hair.’ But in reality it
would not be the hair, as the hair would still be on
the plate. The trouble could not be laid to the
stomach, because the stomach could not see the
hair nor know anything of its presence in the
food. But it was the thought of eating a hair that
caused the disturbance; and, if you were to ex-
amine the man, you would say that his stomach
was out of order, showing that erroneous thought
can and does derange a bodily organ. If a physi-
cian were called, he would prescribe some drug
which he believed would restore this organ to its


normal condition, when the fact would be that
it was the patient’s thought that needed changing,
as the stomach was only acting out the thought of
the patient, and would naturally assume its nor-
mal condition as soon as the cause, the erroneous
thought, was corrected.”

“Gretchen, that is a very good illustration,
and I think your father will have to admit that
you have proven your point,” said Mrs. Thomp-

“Only to a certain extent; for, while it is true
that, in the case spoken of, a thought was the
cause of the disturbance, still that condition
could not be classed as a real or permanent de-
rangement of the stomach, and so it would not
be fair to state that a thought could be the cause
of a chronic stomach trouble,” said Dr. Thompson.

“Papa, suppose that a man should hold this
thought permanently, don’t you think the stom-
ach would continue to be deranged?” asked

“Ha! ha!” laughed Dr. Thompson.

“Why, papa, what are you laughing about?”
asked Gretchen.


“The idea, ha! ha! that a man could or would,
for years, continually keep on thinking of a hair
which he had at one time seen on his plate ! Why,
that is ridiculous ! Ha ! ha ! ”

** Yes, papa, it does seem both foolish and ridicu-
lous, but from some cases I have read about in a
book in your library, I should say that it is not at
all out of the bounds of human experience that a
man, having been violently nauseated by the sight
of a hair in his food, should continue to think of
that hair, and be nauseated in consequence every
time he sat down to eat for years afterward, and
should thus induce chronic disease of the stomach.
Such cases are not common, to be sure, but they
are not unknown. In fact, I can cite a very
similar case that you know about. You know
Mr. Avery, do you not, papa?”

“Yes, very well.”

“I met him the other day during that thunder
storm, and he looked very pale; so I asked him
what was the matter, and he told me that about
twelve years ago, when standing under a tree,
the lightning struck the tree, and he thought that
he was struck, and it frightened him so that he


dropped to the ground from sheer fright, and,
shortly after, he had terrific pains in the head,
and ever since, whenever there is an electric
storm, he gets so weak that he can hardly stand,
and this condition is followed by those terrible
pains in the head. This happens even when the
storm does not come near him, but when he sees it
at considerable distance, showing that it is not so
much the present storm as the thought of that
occasion of twelve years ago that he suffers from.”

“That may be true, but there is no permanent
derangement of an organ in his case.”

“Perhaps not, but it shows what a recurrent
thought will do. I also know a lady who was
in an elevator, the cable of which slipped, and
the elevator dropped like a dead weight for sev-
eral stories before the emergency brakes caught,
and although none of the passengers were hurt,
the fear of being killed so shocked this lady that
she was sick in bed and has never fully recovered,
but has had a chronic stomach trouble ever since.”

“That is all very probable, but it was her fear
of being hurt that caused the trouble, and not a
thought,” said Dr. Thompson.


Gretchen smiled and said: “Papa, what is
fear but a form of thought or a mental state?”

“I hadn’t thought of that, but I guess you are

“And now, although this lady has chronic
stomach trouble, whenever she sees an elevator or
merely thinks of one, it brings on her trouble in
aggravated form, almost the same as though the
accident had happened again.”

“I suppose I shall have to agree to all of this,
but at any rate, you haven’t proven that thought
can cause organic disease.”

Gretchen looked somewhat worried, and put
her hand to her eyes and bowed her head as
though in deep thought. Mrs. Thompson, not
hearing any reply from Gretchen, felt that she
must have given up the struggle, and said con-
solingly: “Never mind, dear, I know that your
papa means to be fair, but he has, these many
years, believed that the bodily organs are self-
governed, and cannot at once recognize the con-
trol which thought holds over the body, but he will
think about what you have said, and, after a while,
he will see that you are right.”


But Gretchen was not defeated. She was
merely asking God in silent prayer for more light,
and, after a moment, she looked up with a ra-
diant face and said: ” I am so thankful.”

Neither Dr. nor Mrs. Thompson said anything,
but it could plainly be seen that Dr. Thompson
was disturbed by the actions and words of his
daughter. After a moment, Gretchen looked at
her father and said :

“Papa, I am going to tell you of another case,
and this time there will be no room for doubt.
You are at the present time treating ]\Irs. Erwin
Dunbar, are you not?”

“Yes, dear.”

“What is her trouble?”

” Disease of the heart,”

“Has she had it long?”

“Yes, several years.”

” Did you examine her heart?”


” Do you think she can be cured?”

” No. All I have been doing is to give her case.”

” Then you think that her heart is permanently
and organically affected?”


“Yes,” answered the doctor slowly. “But
why all these questions?”

” Did she tell you what brought it on?”


“Will you please tell us?”

“She told me that she had a terrible dream
one night, and that, in her dream, she thought she
had fallen over an immense cliff, and that it
seemed to her she had fallen hundreds of feet,
when she imagined that she saw the bottom of
the cliff, all strewn with jagged rocks, and she felt
sure that she would be dashed in pieces. This
frightened her so that she screamed and awoke,
and felt her heart palpitating so violently that
she thought it would burst, and ever since she has
had this heart trouble.”

” Papa, you have been the Dunbar’s family
physician for years, have you not?”

“Yes, ever since they moved to town.”

” Did you ever have occasion to give her a thor-
ough examination previous to her present illness?”

“Yes. A few weeks before this incident, she
came to me to be examined, as she wished to take
out some life insurance.”


” Did you find any heart trouble in evidence?”

“Not in the least.”

“Then this heart disease originated at the time
of her fright.”

“Yes, I think so.”

Gretchen smiled and said, “Well, there it is.”

“There is what ? ” asked her father.

“The proof that a thought can produce an or-
ganic disease, and it was only a dream thought
at that.”

” But I don’t see the point.”

“Why, papa, can you not see that it was Mrs.
Dunbar’s thought of being dashed to pieces that
deranged her heart? And you yourself say that
the derangement is permanent and organic. To
be sure, had her heart been examined immediately
after she had the dream, it might not have evi-
denced organic trouble, but she has had trouble
with her heart continuously ever since that dream,
and you yourself admit that the trouble has now
assumed an organic form.”

The doctor sat back in his chair and silently
regarded his daughter. Gretchen and her mother
were both smiling, and, at length, Mrs. Thomp-


son said, “Frank, I giiess daughter has carried
away the honors.”

“Mother, you are right; she even made me
confess my own mistake. I think I was very
wise in not allowing you to call Mr. Williams,
for then I would have had no chance at all.”

” Papa, one with God is a majority.”

” That may be true, but I don’t seem to be that

” No, papa, j’-ou only had the false god of med-
icine to help you, while I had the true God, the
God of truth, to help me.”

“I see where the trouble is. I was trying to
uphold a mistake, an error I believe Mr. Williams
called it, while you were voicing the truth.”

“Yes, papa.”

“Why, then, you had me beaten before we

“Certainly, but I had to make you see your
error before you could recognize the truth.”

” Now that you have done so, will you tell me
how to cure Mrs. Dunbar?” asked Dr. Thompson.

” Yes, advise her to take Christiari Science
treatment,” answered Gretchen.


“But you have proven that a thought has
caused a permanent and organic derangement, so
I don’t see how Christian Science treatment can
help her.”

“This disease is only an erroneous belief, seem-
ingly permanent in mortal mind perhaps, but
neither real nor permanent in Truth, in the divine
Mind, in God. If it were, Mrs. Dunbar could not
get rid of it even by the transition called death.”

“I don’t think I understand you, Grctchen.”

” Papa, truth is permanent, eternal, and change-
less, is it not?”

“Yes, I should say so.”

“And on the other hand, an untruth, an error,
or mistake, is transitory, changeable.

“Yes, certainly.”

” Mrs. Dunbar, you can readily see, is suffering
from a belief. She did not fall from a cliff; so
she is suffering from the effects of an erroneous
thought. These effects may seem to be perma-
nently fixed in belief, the same as your belief
about a thought not being able to change a bodily
organ was fixed in your belief; but, when the
truth was shown to you, the mortal so-called per-


manency faded into nothingness and truth took
its place and — ”

” Wait, dear, not so fast. You have gotten your
dear papa in deep water, and as yet he is not
much of a swimmer in this sea of thought,” said
Dr. Thompson.

“Is there anything I have not made plain,

“This may all be very plain to you, but it
certainly is not to me. For instance, let us
admit that Mrs. Dunbar’s present condition was,
in the first place, brought on by a belief, and that
this belief could by some means be changed. I
don’t see, nevertheless, how that could cause
this organic heart trouble to fade into nothingness ;
for the trouble has become an absolute fact, as
she now really has organic heart trouble, as I
fully determined by an examination,” said Dr.

“Oh, I see what your difficulty is. You think
that, if a mistake is believed long enough, and
strongly enough, it may then become the cause
of an absolute fact or truth.”

” Gretchen, that is nonsense. A mistake could


never become the cause of an absolute fact or


” I agree with you, papa. Now let us reason
together. You admit that Mrs. Dunbar’s trouble
was brought about by an erroneous or mistaken
thought, she never having fallen from a cliff ; and
now, you claim that this erroneous thought has
caused an absolute fact, namely, organic heart
trouble; and your statement is quite a surprise
to me, for I have been trying to show you that
thought might, to human sense, derange the
bodily organs, and I found it very hard to convince
you ; yet now you say that even a dream thought
actually produced organic trouble, which trouble
you fully determined by examination to exist.”

” I don’t see why I should argue with you about
Mrs. Dunbar’s case. Her trouble is actual and
real, as can be determined by any good phy-

” Papa, do you believe that Mrs. Dunbar had
this dream?”

“Oh yes, I guess there is no question about
her having had such a dream. At least, she told
me that, when she awoke, she was lying in bed


and not at the foot of the cliff, ” smilingly said
the doctor.

Gretchen seemingly took no notice of her
father’s smiling face, but asked: “Then the
dream was a mere illusion or unreality, papa?’

“Yes, it was an unreality.”

“Then, papa, will you please explain how an
unreal cause can produce a real effect, or how an
illusion as cause can become an absolute fact
in effect?”

The doctor silently regarded his daughter,
and there was a look of pride in his eyes as he
reached over and took her hand in his and said:

” Gretchen, I will argue no longer. Your point
is well taken and you have defended your position
with both logic and force, and, although I can-
not agree with you in many things, yet you have
given me much food for thought; and I will say
this, that I have come to the conclusion that there
is more in Christian Science than I supposed.”

” Oh, Frank, how your words cheer and help me !
And I do wish that you would take the time to
study this Science carefully, ” said Mrs. Thompson.

“Emaline, I have decided to look into this


Science carefully, as I cannot wholly disregard
the intellectual capacity of such a man as Mr.
Williams; and he told me only yesterday that
Christian Science is absolute Science, while most
of the so-called sciences are not so, and that every
step in this Science is capable of positive and tan-
gible proof.”

” Dear papa, I just knew that you would see
the light some day.”

” Yes, Gretchen, I hope some day to under-
stand more of this Science than I do now. Still
I am afraid it is almost too transcendental for
your logical papa.”

“Frank, I have come to the conclusion that
Christian Science is absolutely logical and that
there is nothing mysterious in it ; in fact, I find,
as far as I have gone, that it is not nearly as super-
stitious as materia medical

“Wife, you are not really serious?”

” Yes, Frank, I am. It is because people do not
understand its viewpoint that they think Chris-
tian Science is illogical and incomprehensible.”

” I don’t grasp your meaning,” said Dr. Thomp-


“Haven’t you noticed, Frank, that it is the
things which we do not understand that seem
fanciful to us, but that as soon as we do under-
stand, the so-caUed supernatural becomes natural ?
For instance, the tricks of the sleight-of-hand
artist are very mysterious until we understand
how they are done; then the mystery vanishes.
Note the instance of Columbus’ landing in Amer-
ica. The Indians supposed that these men were
heavenly visitors who had come down from the
sky. Think how real Santa Claus was to us, until
we understood; and so with hundreds of other
things. The so-called miracles of Jesus Christ
were not miracles to him, for he fully understood
how they were accomplished. Yet from the view-
point of those who looked on, they were miracles.
So with Christian Science healing; its cures are
either disbelieved or looked at in a superstitious
light by those who do not understand; but to
those who do understand it is the divinely
natural effect of a known divine cause.”

” Well, as I have said before, I have determined
to look into the subject, and I hope that I shall
find it as reasonable as you think it to be.”


” I am sure you will, Frank. It is only those
who have never investigated its teachings, or have
merely investigated its letter, that ridicule it;
and many who at one time made light of its letter
have become aware of the underlying Spirit and
have become its stanchest adherents.”

“Yes, I can see that in Mr. Williams’ case for
instance ; for when he knew nothing about it, he
preached a sermon against it, and now he thinks
that there is nothing so good,” said Dr. Thomp-

” Papa, I hope that some day you will think the
same,” said Gretchen.

” Perhaps, Gretchen; who knows?”



True to his word, Dr. Thompson began sys-
tematically to investigate and study Christian
Science. He took advantage of his spare mo-
ments for a few weeks and devoted them to the
reading of the various works of Mrs. Eddy, and
one evening he was seated in his library with
the Christian Science text-book, in his hand. He
would read a few moments, then lay the open book
in his lap and close his eyes as though in deep
thought, then he would take a pencil and under-
score something he had read. He was just in the
act of underlining something more, when he smiled
and began to meditate: ” If I keep on, I shall
soon have a pencil mark under every word in the
book, and that is something I cannot account
for. I distinctly remember that on my first
reading I did not find more than a dozen state-
ments that I fully agreed with, but the second time

I went through the book I underscored many



more, and now on my third reading I do not seem
able to read a page without underlining one half
of it. The Bible has also become a new book to
me. Now, when I read, I seem able, to a great
extent, to understand its hidden meaning. Is
the meaning really hidden? If so, what was the
object? No, I don’t believe that the spiritual
meaning was intentionally hidden; the difficulty
in understanding is not with the Bible nor with
‘Science and Health,’ but is due to our lack of
knowledge of spiritual things. I can call to mind
many statements and rules of my school days
that were meaningless at first reading, which after
due study were plain. I might have said that
the meaning of these rules was hidden, but it was
not. The meaning was there all the time; the
lack of perception was in me. I tried to adapt
these rules and statements to my own personal
ideas, and as I did not understand these rules,
the result was meaningless; whereas, I should
have adapted my thought to these statements.
I see now why I only underlined a few of the
statements in ‘Science and Health’ on my first
reading. I was merely marking those that I


agreed with, and, wise in my own conceit, decided
that the rest were wrong, just as though I knew
all about this Science, and was capable of judging
it. I can see now why Jesus said: ‘/ thank thee,
Father, that thou hast hid these things from the
wise and prudent and hast revealed them unto babes.*
It is a wonder to me that I got anything at all out
of it while in that state of mind. If our children
should assume the ‘know-it-all’ attitude toward
their teachers, and criticise or reject all the state-
ments that they do not understand, there would
be small chance of their learning anything at
school. I see plainly that the ‘ wise and prudent ‘
are those who are wise in their own conceit, and
judge or prejudge all things from their own view-
point, without first investigating, or seeking for
proofs other than their own personal opinions,
while the child is willing to admit that his teachers
and elders may know more than he does, and al-
ways presumes that what his teachers tell him is
true. That is just the condition of things in my
home. Wise in my own conceit, I prejudged
Christian Science. I thought its claims impos-
sible of fulfilment, the same as some of our other


wise (?) men have prejudged every new in-
vention or advanced idea — for instance, the
steamboat, the telephone, wireless telegraphy, the
spherical shape of the earth, etc. My wife said
that I would find no superstition in this Science,
but on my first reading of the text-book, I thought
that nine tenths of it was superstition and mere
baseless theory ; but I find that as fast as I under-
stand these theories, they assume the form of
proven facts, and are fully sustained by reason,
and are capable of demonstration.”

The doctor again resumed his reading, but after
a little time laid the book in his lap again and
said to himself: “This chapter on ‘Science, The-
ology, and Medicine * is so logical that it will con-
vince any physician who will take the time to
read it, and then reason carefully about the state-
ments here made. It will also show him that
there is really no healing virtue in a drug, and
he would also readily see, as I do now, why a drug
seems to heal, and why its action seems to change
when prescribed for different patients. The
‘contrarta contraribus curantur’ — that is, ‘ the
contrary cures the contrary’ — of the allopath,


and the * similia similibus curantur ‘ — that is,
the ‘ Hke cures Hke ‘ — of the homeopath, also
become plain, as the drug in either case has no
life to give. In the beginning of this chapter on
medicine, Mrs. Eddy asks the question, ‘Which
was first, Mind or medicine?’ It is self-evident
that Mind was first, and if Mind could or did
make or create a medicine endowed with the
power to heal, then this healing power must be
contained in Mind ; and if this is true, then medi-
cine is superfluous and unnecessary, and the time
spent on the study of medicine is wasted and
could be better employed in learning more of
Mind, of God and His ways. Still I don’t see how
I could do differently than I am doing, even
though I could heal as Christian Scientists do;
for, if I were called to a case, and prescribed no
medicine or material remedies, I would not be
employed again.

” I wonder if it would not be advisable to com-
bine the two ; that is, to prescribe some harmless
remedy, and then treat the case as their prac-
titioners do. It seems to me that this would be
all right. Yet, it cannot be right; for I have


learned one thing, and that is, that these Scien-
tists are very deep thinkers, and if that method
were right, Mrs. Eddy would not advise against
it. I believe I will call Gretchen and see if she
can give me any light.”

The doctor stepped to the library door and
called to his daughter, and, in a few moments,
Gretchen entered the library and asked, “What
is it, papa?”

“Has your mother retired?” asked her father.

“Oh, no, she is in the parlor; I was reading
to her from ‘ Unity of Good.’ ”

” I wish to ask you a question, and, if you don’t
mind, I will join you in the parlor.”

” I shall be delighted to have you, and I know
mamma will, too.”

“Very well, tell your mother that I will join
you in a few minutes.”

Gretchen did so, and mother and daughter
were very happy, as they had seen very little cf
the doctor in the last few weeks. It was only a
few moments later when the doctor entered and

” I suppose you are somewhat surprised to have


me join you, after I told you at dinner that I ex-
pected to be busy all the evening, — I should
have added, busy studying ‘ Science and Health, ‘
as I have been doing nearly every spare moment
since our last talk.”

“Why, papa, I did not know that you had an-
other ‘ Science and Health.’ ”

“Yes, I have. I had another talk with Mr.
Williams and he advised my getting a new one,
as Mrs. Eddy is continually striving to make this
Science more comprehensible to us mortals, and
consequently there are many helpful changes
in the newer edition. I bought the one you are
using about ten years ago.”

“Oh, Frank, I am so glad to hear that you are
studying, and I am sure that you have found
something interesting, or you would not have
continued to study for three weeks.”

“Yes, wife, I think I now know a very little of
Christian Science, and the strange part of it is
that two months ago I knew all about it, ” said
the doctor smilingly.

“Then the mighty Dr. Thompson has fallen?”
asked Gretchen.


“Yes, that very wise and prudent man, Dr.
Thompson, has become as a little child ; and there
is the trouble. He does n’t seem to be willing to
stay in that frame of mind for more than a few
minutes at a time ; for as soon as he stops reading
‘Science and Health,’ he gets to thinking in the
old way.”

” Papa, that is only natural. You see, we ac-
quire habits of thought the same as other habits,
and it takes some little time for most of us to
overcome a habit; so it is not strange that, for a
while, your thoughts should run in their ac-
customed channels. I think St. Paul had some-
thing of the kind in mind when he said, ‘/ find
within myself a law, that what I would, I do not,
and what I would not, that I do.'”

“Gretchen, that explains my feelings exactly.
I have been trying not to think anything deroga-
tory to Mrs. Eddy or Christian Science, but, if I
am not very watchful, I find myself criticising
both, without any apparent reason apart from
my old prejudice,”

“That will soon be overcome, Frank. I, too,
had a feeling of resentment, or something of that


nature, against some of the statements that
Gretchen read to me from ‘Science and Health,’
but as soon as I understood these statements
better, I began to love them.”

” Papa, have you got far enough along so that
you can understand that a senseless thing like a
drug cannot heal?”

“Yes, Gretchen, I think I have, and that puts
me in mind of the question which I should like
you to answer.”

“I shall be pleased to answer if I can,” said

“I have become fully convinced that medicine
of itself has no power to heal, but I do not see
why we could not give a harmless drug to satisfy
or pacify our patient’s craving for something to
take, and then quietly give them Christian Science
treatment, and in this way, by the use of both, heal
them quicker than by the use of either one singly.”

“Frank, you perhaps think that Mrs. Eddy
may be unduly prejudiced against medicine,”
said Mrs. Thompson,

“Yes, I think one might call it that,” said Dr.


” You did not stop to think that, undoubtedly,
Mrs. Eddy, in the beginning, tried to combine
the two, as this would only be natural for any
mortal; but she, no doubt, discovered by actual
experience that it was neither right, nor the
better way.”

” Emaline, I had so far overcome my self-con-
ceit that I was able to think that there must be
something wrong in giving medicine, or Mrs. Eddy
would not have put a ban on it, but I wish some-
one would tell me how or why a harmless drug
could not be used to advantage.”

” Papa, Spirit and matter cannot mix any more
than good and evil.”

” But I am not trying to mix them ; I only wish
to use a harmless drug to satisfy the patient.”

“No, papa, I don’t think it would be right, be-
cause if the patients were healed, they would give
the drug all the credit.”

” But I could tell them how the healing was
accomplished, afterwards.”

“They would not believe you, and dishonest
methods could only bear evil fruit. I see no
way whereby a wrong can produce a right.


You cannot right a mistake by the use of a mis-
take. For instance, if I should, in working an
example, make a mistake, and, later in the same
example, make another mistake which would
make my answer correspond to the correct an-
swer, the solution could not be said to be correct,
and, when the teacher glanced over my example
and found my two mistakes, he would not mark
my work correct, even though I did seem to have
the correct answer.”

” I see the point which you wish to make, and,
in the main, I agree with you, but I am yet in
the dark as to why I should not help my fellow-
men by the use of a harmless drug.”

” Papa, you admit that the drug has no healing

“Yes, I admit that, but the patient thinks it

” Frank, then you think it would be right to
deceive your patients?” asked Mrs. Thompson.

“That could hardly be called deceiving my
patients. I would merely leave them in their
ignorance, for ‘ where ignorance is bliss, ’tis folly
to be wise,'”


“Yes, I have often heard that saying, but it
will not do when applied to salvation, for St. John
says : ‘And this is life eternal, that they might know
thee the only true God, ayid Jesus Christ whom thou
hast sent.’ Therefore, if knowing God is life eter-
nal, or salvation, then mere believing in Him or
on Him, or ignorance about Him, would not be
enough to save us.”

“I spoke without thinking. ‘Science and
Health’ teaches that nothing short of u>tder-
stattding God and His ways can help us to gain
heaven, that is, absolute harmony, but that is
drifting away from my question.”

“Papa, I believe that I can answer your
question so that you will understand.”

“Very well, Gretchen,”

” SupfKDse a patient should come to you and
say : ‘ Dr. Thompson, I have a very peculiar ner-
vous affliction.’ You would naturally ask him
what it was, and if he should say that, every time
it thunders, his muscles twitched and jumped so
that he was very ill at ease, you would at once see
that the man was merely suffering from delusion,
or fear, and to quiet him you would say : ‘ Oh, that


is only a fancy. Your muscles cannot hear, and
consequently they do not know when it thunders,
so it must be something else that is affecting your
nerves. Perhaps it is the lightning, or the elec-
tricity in the air, that your nerves feel, thus caus-
ing the muscles to twitch and jump.’ If you
were successful in convincing the man that it was
not the thunder, but the electricity, that af-
fected him, you would have healed him of his
trouble as far as the thunder was concerned, but
now he has a new dis-ease, a new belief, namely,
that it is the electricity, and not the thunder, that
is affecting him, and, in order to get rid of the new
dis-ease, you again try to change his belief, this
time to a belief that the medicine you are about
to give him will destroy the effect of the elec-
tricity on his nerves. If he believes that the
medicine will do what you say, he will be free
from his former belief, but he will have another
belief, namely, that medicine has the power to
heal ; and, as this is an untruth, this patient is as
far from being healed, that is, as far from knowing
the truth and being thus healed or made whole in
understanding, as when he believed that thunder


affected his nerves. And his last condition is
worse than his first,”

“Oh, no, Gretchen, you are in error, for this
patient’s last condition, after being healed, can-
not be worse than his first; for he is now over
his sickness and is at peace.”

“He may be at peace, papa, but he is at peace
with a lie, and such peace cannot be permanent;
for some day he must learn the truth. You see,
papa, when this man was ill at ease, he began
looking around, trying to find harmony, and in
this condition was much more likely to discover
the truth, the Messiah, the saving power of Mind,
than he would be after he seemed to have no use
for it. But no man will ever be permanently at
ease until he discovers and fully understands the
kingdom within.”

” I see your point, Gretchen ; as long as this man
was ill at ease, that is, sick, he would diligently
seek for the source of harmony, and in so doing
might find God ; but when, through a false belief,
he believes that he is well, he stops seeking
before he has found God; that is, he simply
goes on sleeping with his work unfinished, and,


when the awakening comes, he is more ill at
ease than ever, because of the time wasted and
because of the shattering of his false god, or idol,
which he believed had healing power.”

“Yes, papa, and therefore, giving drugs to
those who come to us for healing is on a plane
with giving an innocent little child, who asks
you for five cents for candy, a counterfeit coin.
The child believes you to be honest, and does
not stop to question your actions, but takes the
counterfeit coin and starts on her way to the
candy store very happy and contented. But
when the storekeeper explains that the money
is counterfeit, this child feels much worse than
if you had refused her request outright. And
so with all those who, in their innocence, believe
they are well. Sooner or later they will all dis-
cover, when they try to save themselves from
sickness through a belief in drugs, or through a
mere belief in anything, even a belief in God, that
believing is not enough, but that they must under-
stand the laws of Life, if they wish to be and remain

“Gretchen, your illustration of the deception


of the child has made me feel very small, for I
can plainly see that, all these years, I have been
handing out to those who trusted me a counter-
feit health, and that some day the truth will be
revealed to them, although I was as innocent of
any intent to deceive as anyone could be, and
supposed that I was doing a great deal of good
in the world by destroying or mitigating the ills
and pains of my fellow-men; but I can now
clearly see that my work was little in the right
direction and very much in the wrong; for if
they had been left in their dis-eases without the
use of medicine, they would have sought more
diligently for the healing truth, and perhaps would
have reached the true haven of rest, instead of
the false one that I gave them,” said the doctor.
“And, papa, think how wrong and irreligious
it is for a patient to give the credit to a doctor
or a senseless drug for healing him; and how
dishonest and wrong it is for anyone to accept
such unmerited thanks, or be a party to such a
procedure. Why, papa, think how wrong it
would be in me, and how badly you would feel,
if you had given me a valuable present and I


persisted and insisted on thanking Mr. Williams
for it, and how wrong and dishonest it would be
for him to accept such unmerited thanks; yet
this is what we do when we thank any person
or drug for healing us instead of giving thanks to
God who is the only source of health and life,”
said Gretchen.

“Yes, Gretchen, I can plainly see my position
now,” answered the doctor.

” Nevertheless, Frank, I am sure that you have
done much good, for I know that you have always
been kind and sympathetic with your patients.”

“I could not be otherwise, for it is my nature.
Gretchen, did you say that Mr. Williams is com-
ing over to-morrow night?” asked Dr. Thompson.

“Yes, papa, he intends coming to-morrow

” Then I will make it a point to be at home, as I
desire very much to hear more of this wondrous


The next evening, just as the mantel clock
struck eight, Mr, Williams rang the Thompson’s
door bell, and, as soon as he was seated in the
parlor, the doctor entered and extended his hand,
saying: “I stayed at home purposely to-night
to ask you a few vital questions, — at least they
seem vital to me.”

” I shall be pleased to answer them if I can,
Dr. Thompson.”

” Yet it hardly seems right for me to be bother-
ing you with questions when you are making a
professional call.”

“My call this evening is not a professional call,
but rather a friendly visit. Your wife called at
my office this afternoon and had her treatment,
and told me that you would endeavor to be at
home this evening so as to learn more of Christian
Science; so the evening is yours.”

” I certainly thank you, Mr. Williams, and shall


try to profit by all you say. I asked Gretchen
last night if it wotdd not be good policy to give
a patient a harmless drug to satisfy his desire
for something to take, and then treat him ac-
cording to Christian Science, and she explained
that this is not right.”

“Neither is it, for the healing power is Mind,
God, and anything that detracts thought from
God and His universal law of harmony, works
ill for the patient.”

“I seemed to be convinced last night while
Gretchen was talking, but I still do not wholly
see my way to give up the thought that a bread
pill, or a capsule of pulverized sugar, might be
used with benefit. You see, Mr. Williams, the
people in general have been educated to take
something when sick,” said Dr. Thompson.

“To give a bread pill, or a capsule of pul-
verized sugar, would be using deception; for
the patient is expecting and paying for some-
thing different, and deception is wrong, and no
wrong ever brought about a right,” said Mr.

“Admitting that it is deception, it is a harmless


deception, and the end would justify the means,”
continued the doctor.

” Let us see how harmless this bread-pill de-
ception really is. A patient comes to you for
help, and you give him a bread pill or a drug.
Suppose that, in a few days, he feels better. He
now thinks that what you gave him healed
him, and in the future, when he feels sick, he
turns again to you. Now the fact is that the
pill or drug which you gave him did not help in
the least ; the change in his condition was brought
about by his change of thought, through his belief
that the drug had power. But the only true
power, and therefore the only power to which it is
right to turn, is God, Mind, who is all-power. So by
what you call a harmless deception, you have mis-
led this patient into believing that there is power
in a drug, in matter. In fact, you have turned
him away from God, the only source of help.”

As Dr. Thompson did not reply, Mr. Williams
continued: “Now let us look at this drugging
system from another view-point. Do you be-
lieve that it would be right to give a drunkard
more liquor, just because he had educated him-


self to believe that liquor would steady his nerves,
although they had been wrecked by this same
liquor? You do not think it would be right for
the state to furnish morphine, free, to the mor-
phine user, just because he falsely educated him-
self to believe that he needs this terrible drug?
There have been cases where innocent children
have been educated by their elders to steal ; you
do not think it would be wise to indulge them in
their thievery. No, Dr. Thompson, in no way
can we hope to help these unfortunates except
by bidding them stop, and by carefully pointing
out to them the harm they are doing themselves
by their habits. You would not think it right for
me to hand a sharp knife to an innocent child
merely because it reached forth its tiny hand for
it ; and, if I did such a thing in mistaken kindness,
would not I be to blame, if the child should cut
himself? The same with drugs. The people in
general know as little about poisonous drugs
as innocent children, and though they may be
doing the best they know, those who give them
are as much in the wrong as I would be to give
the child a sharp knife.”


Dr. Thompson’s eyes were downcast and he
looked very ill at ease. At length he said, ” Spare
me, Mr. Williams.”

” Dr. Thompson, I am not alluding to you per-
sonally; for I know you to be a good and kind
man: it is the nefarious drugging system that I
have in mind. What woiild you think of me,
if you should call on me for help, and I should
seemingly respond by handing you a package
neatly wrapped up to conceal its contents, and
you should take it home in perfect confidence that
what was inside would help you, but when you
opened the package, it contained a poisonous asp,
which, without warning, fastened itself on you
and injected its deadly poison into your blood, —
I ask, what you would think of me?”

Dr. Thompson bowed his head and rested it in
his hands, but said nothing. After a moment,
Mr. Williams continued:

“This, in a sense, is what every physician does
who prescribes poisons. Furthermore, they do
not write their prescriptions in language that the
patient can read and understand, and if the pa-
tient dies, the prescribed poison may have largely


or wholly occasioned the fatal result, the facts
remain forever unknown.”

Dr. Thompson moved uneasily in his chair and
at length said :

“What you have said is true, and I shall never
prescribe another poisonous drug as long as I
live, for we are never sure of the action of our

” Dr. Thompson, I knew that you would stop
dealing out poisons when the evil arising there-
from was clearly shown you.”

“No, I never will prescribe another poisonous
drug, but what am I to do with all my patients?”

” Dr. Thompson, you may not be able to step
out of your regular beaten path in a day, but you
can gradually work out of it.”

” But I could not conscientiously take my fees
and not give them the service they are paying

“Then I would advise you to take a vacation.
You know that physicians often turn their pa-
tients over to others when they want rest.”

“Yes, I could do that, but I dislike to do it,
because the physician I turn them over to will


give them the same drugs that I gave or some
just as harmful.”

** Dr. Thompson, you could do a great good ‘.^y
recommending all of your patients to t. y Chris-
tian Science.”

The doctor sadly shook his head and said:
” No, I could not do that, for, although you have
proven to my satisfaction that drugs cannot heal,
you have not yet satisfied me that my patients
could be healed through Christian Science.”
As he said this, he glanced at his wife.

Mr. Williams saw the look and understood,
and it caused his heart to beat violently, but the
next instant, he murmured inaudibly: “Be
still, and see the glory of God,” and at once he
regained his composure and said aloud:

” Dr. Thompson, have you become aware of
the fact, that either divine Mind or mortal mind
governs the action of our bodies and of all their
organs; that, as Mrs. Eddy says on page 324 of
‘Science and Health,* ‘The body will reflect what
governs it, whether it be truth or error, under-
standing or belief ? ”

“No, I cannot say that I have, although I


am constantly becoming more aware that mental
action plays a larger role in life’s drama than I
once thought,” answered the doctor. “But if it
is true that it is only mental action which governs
the body, how is it that some of the things that
we eat seem to act on our bodily organs? For
instance, unripe fruit usually causes derangement
of the stomach and bowels, while some other
things which we eat act on other organs,” said the

” We believe that imripe fruit and various other
things that we eat have power to act on our bodily
organs on account of a misapprehension on our
part. The seeming action of unripe fruit, and
the like, is the effect of general mortal belief about
these things and is not the effect of the things

” I am afraid that your last statement is rather
imaginative, Mr. Williams.”

” I do not wonder that you think so. Dr. Thomp-
son, because, like most people in the world up to
the present, you have not made a special study
of the phenomena of mental action. What the
seeming relations are between general mortal


belief and the physical body together with the
apparent effect of various foods and medicines
thereon, can only be discovered by careful study,
and can only be proven as a correct analysis by
demonstration in Christian Science. I will now
explain to you how I know the statements which
I have just been making, to be correct.

“Suppose a young child sees some green fruit
and eats it because he wants it. It may be his
first experience, and he has never been told that
green fruit may hurt him, and so he is not expect-
ing or thinking of any evil results, but soon he
is taken with violent cramps. His mother, on
questioning him, learns that he has been eating
unripe fruit, and immediately concludes that the
fruit has made him ill, and tells him so. The
father and the older children and the servants
think the same, and ninety-nine people out of
a hundred, the world over, would hold the same
belief if they knew of the case. Perhaps, how-
ever, there is a visiting aunt who is a Christian
Scientist, and she persuades the parents to allow
her to telephone to a Science practitioner in the
child’s behalf. The practitioner replies that she


will go to work at once. She is a mile away
and does not come near the child, but sits down
at home and begins to know and declare that God
is the Creator of all, and that fruit, known as
God made it, and as it really is, cannot be poison-
ous or harmful, and it is not subject to change,
for the Scripture saith: ‘7 know that whatsoever
God doeth, it shall be forever: nothing can be added
to it, and nothing can be taken from it.’ God,
who is Truth and good, never made any evil or
mortal mind, any general false belief; therefore
these are unreal and have no power to invest fruit,
whether apparently ripe or unripe, with poison-
ous qualities. The practitioner had been work-
ing but a few minutes, when the child, who had
been writhing with pain, began to be better and
was soon out at play.

“Such experiences, with demonstrations as
quick as this, are frequent in Christian Science
practice, and they prove that w^hat appears to us
as unripe fruit (although in the kingdom of
Truth there is no such thing ; for all God’s works
are eternally mature and perfect) is not in itself
harmful, but that it is general mortal belief about


the supposed qualities of unripe fruit that makes
it seem to be harmful ; and these demonstrations
prove that it is the false claims of general mortal
belief that need to be scientifically denied and set
at naught, in order to effect true healing, and
that there is not, in such a case, any real need of
doctoring the child’s stomach, or even of remov-
ing the fruit by emetic or other means; for it is
not the fruit which is doing the harm, and this
fact is proven when general belief is properly
denied and annulled by the truth. Mortal belief,
either in general or in particular, is merely a false
claim, no thing, nothing, but, in this mortal
world, it needs frequently to be denied and dis-
posed of by the knowledge and application of
truth, or it will, in seeming, make a great deal of
trouble, just as a false charge of burglary based
on circumstantial evidence might get a man into
prison and keep him there, unless the truth were
brought out and applied on his behalf in such a
way as to handle and dispose of the false claim,
although the false charge was never real or true,
and so was at all stages no truth, no thing, noth-
ing; but it would be of great importance to the


man to have the nothingness of the false charge
proven. So the Lord Jesus counsels us to know
and declare the truth in order to free ourselves,
whenever general mortal belief charges us with
sin, sickness, or any other evil condition. ‘ Ye
shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you
free.’ It was by recognizing and declaring God,
Truth, good, as all-powerful, and the devil, evil,
general false belief, as a liar and false claimant,
that Jesus healed the sick, and instructed his dis-
ciples in all ages to do likewise by a like under-

” Doctor Thompson, in order to make this more
plain and convincing to you, I am going to cite to
you another typical case. Suppose, a few days
later, an older boy in the family above mentioned
goes out picking berries. Soon after his return, he
is attacked with violent itching and burning on
the hands, arms, and face, gradually spreading,
and severe eruption and swelling appear. Then
both the boy and the members of the family
remember that he got poisoned with so-called
poison ivy in that same berry patch two years
before, and that, despite the remedies prescribed


by the family physician, he experienced a long
period of suffering and inconvenience before he
got well. Fear is expressed of another long siege
of trouble, and they are on the point of sending
the boy to the doctor, when the visiting aunt
comes in and recommends them to telephone to
the practitioner. She is occupied for the time,
but promises to commence work an hour later,
at two o’clock. The boy’s suffering and the swell-
ing increase considerably in the meantime; but,
within ten minutes after two o’clock, the itching
and burning begin to pass away, and before bed-
time the swelling and eruption have all disap-
peared. The practitioner, on her part, sat down
at two o’clock and began to know and declare
the truth, and the results in the boy’s conscious-
ness, and on the boy’s body, were as stated above.
Hundreds of cases similar to this have occurred
in Christian Science practice. The effects of bites
and stings of so-called poisonous insects and rep-
tiles have been quickly overcome by knowing and
declaring the truth about God and man and the
universe. In like manner, the supposed effects
of poisonous drugs have been overcome.


“It was on this basis that the Lord Jesus de-
clared concerning his truly believing disciples in
all ages : ‘ These signs shall follow them that believe;
In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall
take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly
thing, it shall not hurt them.'” (Mark 16:17, 18.)

“Would you, then, be willing to take a poison-
ous drug, relying on your faith, or understanding
of Christian Science, to prevent ill effects? ” asked
Dr. Thompson.

“If such a proposition were made to me, I
should reply, ‘Get thee behind me, Satan,’ as
Jesus did when he was tempted to throw himself
from the pinnacle of the temple, in order to make
a show of what He could do through his knowl-
edge of God. However, if I found that I had
swallowed so-called poison by mistake, I should
rely on my knowledge of God, and of the nothing-
ness and powerlessness of mortal mind, to prevent
bad effects, and remove any bad effects which
had appeared; or I should employ some other
experienced Scientist to do the work for me on
the same basis of understanding. Let me say,
furthermore, that I should not recommend any


mere novice in Christian Science to attempt to
handle cases of poisoning, or of disease that would
be classed as serious or dangerous, any more than
I would recommend a beginner in arithmetic to
try to work problems fitted only for an advanced
student, if anything particular depended on a
speedy and correct solution. The repeating of
phrases, or even of texts of Scripture, may be
mere ‘ vain repetitions, ‘ and so amount to little
or nothing, — in fact, they may have no more
efficacy than the prayer wheels of Thibet. It is
the clear understanding of God and His laws and
of the nothingness and powerlessness of evil, to-
gether with confidence in this understanding to
accomplish the desired results, and purity of life,
which enables one to do the work. Without this
understanding and confidence and purity of life
and purpose one is not fitted to handle cases that
mortals commonly call serious.”

” That is good common sense,” said Dr. Thomp-
son. “Let me ask another question. In the
cases which you have cited to me, you represent
the healing as taking place within a few min-
utes after treatment commenced. Are Christian


Science cures usually performed as quickly as

“No, Dr. Thompson, they are not, though they
often are. I think that I can readily perceive
some of the questions that are in your mind along
this line, and I will endeavor to give brief answers
to them. A master mathematician would quickly
solve all problems brought to him. A mathema-
tician possessing less understanding would solve
some problems quickly, and others he would be
obliged to struggle with for considerable time.
Yet, whenever he solved a problem, whether
quickly or slowly, he would prove the truth of
mathematics. Delay in solving a problem, or
even inability to solve it at all, would prove noth-
ing against the truth and value of mathematics,
but would merely prove the mathematician’s
partial ignorance of mathematics. There has
been on this earth only one Master of the Science
of divine Mind ; that was Christ Jesus. He solved
practically all problems of sin and sickness that
were brought to him, very quickly. In his own
time, and in some of the centuries since, he has
had disciples, or pupils, who have possessed more


or less of the understanding which he had. In
modem times, Christian Scientists are such dis-
ciples. None of them as yet possess complete
understanding, but many of them possess suffi-
cient understanding to quickly solve some prob-
lems of sin and sickness which are brought to them
and other problems more slowly. Occasionally
a Science practitioner may meet a problem which
he is unable to solve. Delay in solving problems,
or even inability to heal a given case of sickness,
proves nothing against the truth or value of
Christian Science, but merely proves the prac-
titioner’s partial ignorance of that Science.

“Because Science practitioners have not yet
attained a complete understanding of the appli-
cation of divine laws to the healing of disease,
their work is not, as yet, infallible. However,
even now, they are certainly doing far more than
can be accomplished by any other means. This is
shown by the tens of thousands of cases healed
in Science, which had proven incurable by a
thorough application of other kinds of treatment.
Other things being equal, any case of disease placed
in the hands of a good Science practitioner, is far


more likely to be healed than if subected to
material treatment. More than that, the patient
is honoring God by seeking this method of treat-
ment, while to be treated in any other way is to
acknowledge some power apart from God, and
thus practically declare that He is not all-powerful,
thus virtually dishonoring Him. Though Chris-
tian Science practitioners are not yet wholly
competent to meet every demand, they know
that they are trying to follow Jesus’ example; that
they are on the only right road, and, that with
longer study and experience, they will more and
more approach the infallibility of their Master.”

“That makes the position of Christian Scien-
tists very much clearer to me, Mr. Williams,”
said Dr. Thompson. “However, there is another
question which I should like to have answered.
You claim that Christian Science healing is
wrought on the same Principle and by the same
method as in the practice of Jesus and the early
Christians. Is it not true that the healing in
Bible times was practically instantaneous, and,
if so, why is the healing of many cases under
Christian Science treatment protracted?”


” Dr. Thompson, I perceive that you have the
common impression with regard to the healing in
Bible times, and I do not wonder at it. However,
although not much is said about it in the Bible,
yet we have evidence in the Bible itself that many
of the early Christians were obliged to struggle
for their healing, and that some of them became
more or less discouraged while they were doing so.
For instance, the early Christians are known to
have had clear knowledge and wonderful de-
monstrations of the healing power of the ever-
present Christ. Many of the early Christians at
Rome lived in the catacombs outside of the city,
in order to be more free from the persecutions
instigated by the emperors. On the walls of
these catacombs are sculptured records citing
instances of the restoration to life of Christians
who had been slain in the arena as martyrs to
their faith, and there is a record of the raising
from the dead through prayer of one man who had
been decapitated; and Gibbon and other histo-
rians regard these inscriptions as being authentic
history. Yet, in Paul’s letter to the Romans, we
have evidence that there were those among the


early Christians who worked and prayed for re-
covery from disease, and yet for a time were un-
able to overcome some of their ills. It would
seem that news of this fact came to Paul after he
had left Rome, and so, in his letter to the church
at Rome, he writes as follows for the benefit of
those who were feeling discouraged because their
healing was slow in appearing : ‘ We know that
the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain
together until now. And not only they, hut our-
selves also, which have the first fruits of the Spirit,
even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting
for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
{But) we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen
is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet
hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then
do we with patience wait for it.’ From his own
words, it is also certain that Paul himself had * a
thorn in the flesh,’ a disease or other disability
which he had not been able to overcome, even
after he had manifested sufficient knowledge of
the divine power to raise Eutychus from the dead
at Troas; but there is evidence which seems to
indicate that before his departure from this


earthly life, Paul fully overcame this trouble.
Indeed, it is probable that there were many cases
in which the healing was protracted among all the
early Christians, even in Jerusalem ; but it is very
easy to understand why there is very meager
mention of such cases in the Bible. Quick and
clean cases of healing are cited in the books of the
Bible as proof of the existence and power of the
Principle of Christian life and doctrine, as such
cases would be convincing to the skeptical,
whereas there would be a tendency on the part of
the skeptical to say concerning all cases where
the healing was protracted that they would have
gotten well any way. The protracted cases of
healing are to be credited to the glory of God just
as much as the instantaneous cases, but they do
not furnish as convincing evidence to the un-
believing. However, among Christian Scientists,
it is well known that it is often more advantage-
ous to the individual to be healed slowly than to
be healed quickly, because, in connection with
the slow healing, he is likely to give more earnest
consideration to the study of the Bible as inter-
preted by the Christian Science text-book, and


thus he acquires more of that understanding of
Truth which is better than physical health or
earthly life, though such understanding always
brings a prolongation of earthly life as a resiilt,
and usually results in complete healing or marked
improvement in the condition of the one who is

“I am glad to hear this explanation, Mr.
Williams. Now will you tell me, why it is, that
if the early Christians were able to raise the dead,
Christian Science practitioners are not able to do
it nowadays?”

” Dr. Thompson, I do not admit that Christian
Scientists of the present generation, ‘ are not able ‘
to accomplish this also. Christ Jesus placed no
limitation upon the possibilities attending the
fruitful ministry of his disciples; but it is ap-
parent that this is the highest achievement of
spiritual understanding, and we can therefore
readily understand why Paul should have said,
‘ The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.’
Moreover, it is apparent that later generations of
Christian Scientists, who have acquired a fuller
realization of the Christ power, and who are able


to work the more easily because, as the result of
the labors of their predecessors, the opposition of
general mortal belief shall have been in a larger
measure overcome, will have a distinct advantage
in essaying to do this greatest ‘ work.’ In biblical
times, those who wrought mighty works by their
understanding of the power of God did not have
what may be termed an educated and fixed mortal
belief to reckon with, as we have to-day. The
so-called laws of physics, chemistry, and physiol-
ogy, laws of matter and of mortal mind, had never
been formulated, and were unknown. Even
names for these asserted laws did not exist. In
those days, people all over the world believed that
every event in the physical world was brought
to pass by the intelligent action of some unseen
higher power, either beneficent or malevolent,
or of a higher power manifesting first the one and
then the other of these dispositions. The majority
of people in the world believed that there were
many such higher powers, and these people were
polytheists. The Jews, in Bible times, believed
that there was only one such power and were
monotheists; still the vast majority of them be-


lieved in a God who, they thought, brought to
pass both the good and the evil of human experi-
ence, and they believed that he exercised a per-
sonal control over the events of the physical world
and in the lives of men. Hence, although the
beliefs of the people of those times were far from
correct in many particulars, yet the thought of
the entire world in biblical times was favorable
to the belief that any desired change in so-called
material conditions might be brought about by
mental action, that is, by prayer or sacrifice, or
both, to some unseen higher power. Hence, when
the prophets and apostles of the Bible and the
early Christians exercised their understanding of
the true God to heal the sick, or to perform other
so-called miracles, their mental work was not
opposed to anything like the degree that such
mental work is now opposed by fixed beliefs in
the most active portion of the world’s thought as
to the integrity and invariableness of physical
conditions and processes in the human body and
in the outer world.

” However, as more and more of the world’s
p)eople come into the understanding of Christian


Science, the thought of the world will be more
and more educated to understand that so-called
matter in all its manifestations is but an objective
state of general mortal mind, and so is nothing
more than a fluid belief, instead of being a fixed
and integral entity. Hence, it will more and
more come to be understood that all the con-
ditions of so-called matter, whether in nature
so-called, or in the human body, are subject to
control by the understanding and application
of the presence and power of divine Mind. As
more and more people reach this understanding,
and drop their old beliefs in the supposed fixity
and invariability of so-called physical laws, it
will surely become easier and easier, in so far, to
heal the sick and to raise the dead, and thus
realize and fulfil the Master’s promise to his
disciples: ‘He that believeth on me, the works
that I do, shall he do also; and greater works than
these shall he do because I go to the Father.’ ”

“Mr. Williams, your explanation, coupled with
what you have previously told me about Christian
Science, appears entirely reasonable. Now will
you permit me to ask another question? How


could general mortal belief affect me, if I did not
believe that there is such a thing as general mortal

“Your acceptance of matter as a reality is
equivalent to the acceptance of the entire mis-
conception or mental mistake. Your accept-
ance of disease as a reality makes you liable to
the entire so-called law of disease, consciously
or unconsciously, through erroneous mental action.
For instance — I know of a lady who, when out
walking one day, noticed the sign of a contagious
disease posted on a house on the opposite side of
the street, and, as she had a great fear of this
disease, she at once covered her mouth and nos-
trils with her handkerchief, and hurried away;
still, in a few days, she was taken with this same
disease, although up to that time she had been
in the best of health. Now, if you stop to think
a moment, you will see that she caught this dis-
ease, not from a material microbe through the
mouth or nostrils, but rather through a mental
microbe, fear and false belief: that is, through
erroneous mental action,” said Mr. Williams.

^’ Jhis may or may not be so, but you faile4


to state whether the lady expressed herself as to
whether or not she believed in the reality of
matter or disease. I am inclined to think that
she did not give that point a thought,” said Dr.

“Perhaps not consciously, but the mere fact
that she feared this disease shows that she ac-
cepted it as a reality, as no one would or could
fear that which he was sure did not exist, and
through this admission of the reality of matter
and disease, this lady became the servant of, or
was in bondage to, this erroneous mortal belief,
alias mortal mir.d, alias the devil ; and the will of
this untruthful mind, or father of lies, was mani-
fested in her as the sickness she feared, Paul’s
statement in Romans (6th chapter, i6th verse),
‘ Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves
servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye
obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience
unto righteousness?’ plainly shows our liability to
be governed erroneously by believing in the
reality and power of that which has no reality.”

“Mr. Williams, your statement regarding the
catching of disease through erroneous mental


action, false belief, or through fear, is somewhat
startling to me ; yet if your statement is correct,
it would explain many things regarding contagion
that have happened in my many years’ experience
as a physician that were a mystery when con-
sidered from my old point of view. If, however,
your statements are correct, why have they not
been given to the world at large?”

“Dr. Thompson, in ‘Science and Health,’ Mrs.
Eddy has explained to the world at large the true
relationship of God and man, also the non-exist-
ence of matter and the unreality of sin, sickness,
and death ; but the world at large does not seem
willing to accept her statements as true, and I
think it is mainly because, in times past, people
have been educated to believe in the reality
of matter and all its fruits, such as sin, disease,
and death,” answered Mr. Williams.

“I cannot at all agree with you regarding the
unreality of matter ; and this may be, as you say,
because of my lack of understanding. However,
I am willing to pass that question at present,
as I am very much more interested in your state-
ment concerning the action or non-action of the


things we eat on the body and its organs; and
if your statements are correct, would I not be
justified in advising a patient, who is a sufferer
from stomach trouble or dyspepsia, that he may
eat anything he chooses, even those things which
he has proven distress him ? ” asked Dr. Thompson.
“We will speak of the question of the unreality
of matter later. Your present question is some-
what at fault. No man has ever proven that the
things he eats can distress him. Remember, the
things we eat are inanimate, and any action or
effect seemingly from them is brought about
through erroneous mental action, — through our
own and the general mortal belief concerning this
supposed action or effect. You may not be willing
to admit the truth of these statements, but, as for
myself, I am fully convinced of them through
actual demonstration, as I have already explained
to you, and I am certain that we may eat anything
without harm, providing we fully know the great
truth that there is nothing unwholesome of itself ;
but to him that thinks and believes anything to
be unwholesome, to him it is unwholesome. Or,
whether he thinks a thing unwholesome or not,


he may get seeming bad effects through general
mortal belief unless he distinctly knows that there
is really nothing unwholesome in God’s universe.
As Shakespeare aptly expressed it : * There is
nothing either good or had but thinking makes it so.’
This ought to show us where the trouble lies,
and why it is that many things which we eat
seem to produce evil effects in one person and
the opposite effect in another. Yet even though
I am positive that none of the things that we eat
have any power to disturb or distress man, I do
not think it would be right for me to cause my
brother who does not understand this fact to
stumble by advising or compelling him to eat
those things which he believes distress him;
for if he knows not the truth, the things he eats
will seem to act according to his belief and the
general mortal belief about them.

“This also explains why a drug seems to act in
so many different ways, and I am sure that you
now see that this seeming difference is not because
of the drug but because of the different states of
thought of each individual. It also makes plain
why the same drug given to the same person at


various times affects him differently, and also
why a drug seems to lose its efficacy in what are
commonly called chronic cases, and why it is that
these cases seem to improve for a short time after
each change of medicine. It is not the drug at all,
but is the state of thought of the patient, and, in a
measure, the state of thought of those around the
patient, that produces the change. For instance,
a patient comes to a doctor for help. The doctor
prescribes a remedy. If the patient has sufficient
faith in the doctor or his drug, and the conditions
around the patient are such that he is made to
believe that he is getting well, he is soon over
his trouble and gives the drug all the credit. If,
on the other hand, he has little or no faith in the
doctor or his drug, and the conditions are such
that he believes he is not getting better, he does
not improve, and, in due time, the doctor is told
so, and the doctor then changes the medicine,
and, in most cases, the change of medicine is
followed by a change for the better, at least for
a short time, and then the old conditions are
again in evidence. The doctor then changes to
another drug, and the change brings on another


improvement, and so it continues; the drug is
not the cause of the change for the better, but
each time a change of medicine is suggested, it
gives the patient hope, and it is this hopeful
mental condition that brings about the change.
Still, as time passes and the patient does not
gain as fast as he thinks he ought, this hopeful
thought changes back to the old hopeless thought,
and again the same old condition is present. If
at any time the patient could have had faith
and hope enough in the drug or the doctor, or in
himself, to believe that he was going to get en-
tirely well, he would have experienced that
condition, and would have thanked a senseless
drug for his deliverance, when in fact it was the
changed condition of his thought that brought
about the change. And yet, persons who claim
to have been healed by the drugging system
are not healed, in truth, but have merely changed
their beliefs; that is, whereas they formerly be-
lieved themselves sick, they now believe them-
selves well, and they know nothing at all about
the mental process by which they were made sick,
and do not understand the mental action by which


they were restored. Those who are healed by
drugs are ever liable to a return of the same dis-
ease.” Mr. Williams now looked at his watch
and remarked: “I think I have said enough for
one night, besides, it is getting late, and I must
return home. I hope my talk has enlightened
you somewhat, Dr. Thompson.”

The doctor looked up and said: “You surely
have made many things plain to me and I can
heartily repeat King Agrippa’s reply to Paul,
‘ Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian’ — only
to this saying I would add the word ‘Scientist.'”

Gretchen looked up at her father and said:
“Oh, papa, are you not yet fully convinced?”

” I cannot as yet agree with all that has been
said to-night; still I will say this, that the more
I hear about Christian Science, the more reason-
able it becomes to me.”

” But why can you not accept the whole of this
beautiful teaching when so much has already been
proven to you?”

Dr. Thompson made no reply, so Mr. Williams
said: “Miss Thompson, wait patiently on the
Lord, for patience must have her perfect work.”


“Yes, daughter, we must wait patiently, for
we know that the seed that has been planted is
good, and the soil wherein it has been planted is
good, and it must and will bear good fruit.”

” Wife, I must admit that I am much wrought
up about Christian Science, and hope soon to
sufficiently understand its Principle, so that all
doubt will be destroyed ; in fact I wish we could
have another talk to-morrow evening, as I very
much dislike this unsettled condition that I am
now in, and if Mr. Williams can give us to-morrow
evening, I shall be pleased to arrange my affairs
so that I can remain at home,”

” Dr. Thompson, if you wish me to come, I
shall be pleased to do so, as I am sure that you
will soon be fully convinced that Christian Sci-
ence is the same truth that Christ taught his


Dr. Thompson, it could plainly be seen, was
very ill at ease as he arrived home the next even-
ing from his daily visit to his patients. Gretchen
noticed that he had come home earlier than usual
and repaired at once to his office, and she re-
marked to her mother, ” It seems that papa has
not yet gotten over the effect of his talk with
Mr. Williams.”

No, daughter, I do not think he has, for he is
very much more quiet than usual.”

” But I don’t see any reason for his being sad
or low-spirited. I should think that he would be
thanking God for the glimpse of truth which he
got last night.”

” Gretchen, dear, your father is a very tender-
hearted and conscientious man, and the thought
that, by his ignorance of the power of thought,
he may have been partly or wholly to blame for
the ills of his patients, many of whom were his



own relatives and dear friends, would naturally
make him sad.”

” I am sure you are right, mamma; for some of
Mr. Williams’ statements shocked me, and yet
I had known of these facts for some time.”

“I too have, in a manner, been conscious of
these things, but not until it was plainly ex-
pressed in words did I see the seriousness of the
offense of prescribing poisonous drugs ; but it is
never too late to begin life’s problem aright, for
God has given us the power to erase our past
mistakes and begin anew, the same as a child at
the board can erase an example that is wrong ; for
we are told that if we turn ourselves to Him,
God will not remember our iniquity.”

“Oh, mamma, how good and helpful it is to
know this.”

Dinner now being ready, Gretchen called her
father, and, as soon as they had finished, they all
went into the parlor. Mrs. Thompson was the
first to speak and said: “Frank, you are very
quiet this evening.”

” Emaline, I have had a hard day of it; I have
been terribly wrought up.”


“In what way, dear?” asked Mrs. Thompson.

” Why I could hardly force myself to visit some
of my patients who are seriously ill, for fear I
would injure them by my wrong thoughts, and
I tried hard to be cheerful wherever I went, but I
was not very successful.”

“Cheer up, dear; let the past bury the past;
live only in the present. You know every cloud
has its silver lining, for the sun is shining, even
though the clouds seem to have put it out.”

” Wife, you make me ashamed of myself. Here
I am a strong man, with health and plenty, sor-
rowing over my lot, while you are hopelessly — ”

” Stop, Frank, you mistake. I am not hopeless,
but just the contrary; in fact, the conviction is
fast growing on me that I shall soon regain my

“Wife, your faith is beautiful, yet beyond my

“My faith is not so wonderful when you con-
sider that I understand God to be all-powerful,
all-good, and an ever present help.”

” But why have you not been healed ? ”

“Because I do not fully realize that the good


and perfect alone is real. Yet it is so very plain
that, if God, good, was first, and made all, then
from the very nature of His being. He could not
have made evil.”

The doctor looked from his wife to his daughter
and sadly shook his head; but Gretchen smiled
and leaning toward her father whispered, ” Papa,
don’t let mortal belief govern you, but be governed
by Truth”; then aloud she asked, “Papa, what
time have you?”

The doctor looked at his watch and said, “Just
seven o’clock.” ‘

“You know, papa, Mr. Williams promised to
come earlier this evening.”

“Yes, I remember, but I hope that he will not
show me to myself in a worse light than he did
last night.”

Gretchen walked over to her father and threw
her arm about him and ‘said: “Dear papa, you
surely are in the valley of despair, but I think you
have struck bottom, and now you will begin the
climb up through the mists, and soon you will have
forgotten the gloom of the valley, because of the
brilliant sunlight on the mountain top.” Then,


listening a moment, she added, “Was that the
door bell or the telephone?”

“It was the door bell, dear. I think perhaps
it is Mr. Williams. You had better go to the

Gretchen had already started and, a moment
later, ushered Mr. Williams into the parlor.
After a few casual remarks, Gretchen said: “Mr.
Williams, papa is in the valley of despair, this

“Dr. Thompson, is this true?” asked Mr.

” Yes, I am somewhat ill at ease,” said the doc-
tor in a sorrowful tone.

” One would think from your tone of voice that
you had lost all your money or friends; is it as
bad as that?”

“No, it is not friends or money; yet I seem to
have lost something since I began to study Chris-
tian Science. I think I have lost my content-

Mr. Williams smiled and said: “If that is all
you have lost, you ought not to complain. Why,
when I began to study Christian Science I thought


that I had lost my God, but it was a false sense of
God which I lost, and I profited greatly by my loss ;
for by this loss I gained an understanding of the
true God ; and so you will find that you will also
profit by the loss of your false or erroneous con-
tentment, for in proportion as you realize that
the good alone is real, you will gain the peace
that passeth all understanding.”

“Mr. Williams, I hope so, and I believe that it
would be of great benefit to me if you would ex-
plain upon what Principle or mode of reasoning
you base your deductions, when you say that
the good alone is real,”

“A rather leading question, doctor, and one
that necessarily calls for a lengthy explanation,
because of the human belief in the reality of evil.”

“You say, because of the human belief in the
reality of evil. I cannot understand why you say
‘belief.’ One cannot help believing it, for there
is proof in plenty that evil in many forms is with
us. You surely would call my wife’s affliction an
evil, and yet, with this proof of the reality of evil
right before us, you still assert that it is unreal,
that is, mere belief.”


“Your wife’s seeming affliction is not good. If
it is not good, it could not have been made or or-
dained by God. If God did not make or ordain
it, it cannot be real, since God is sole creator,
and so what He did not make or ordain cannot
exist. To be sure, your wife’s affliction appears ;
but appearance is no absolute proof of reality.
Let me illustrate. A shadow appears on the
ground on the side of a post opposite the sun.
But that shadow has no substance ; it is no thing,
nothing. The shadow is merely the absence of
light, the absence of something, a mere negation,
nothing: yet it appears. As this appearance is
no thing, no reality, so the appearance of blind-
ness is no proof that blindness is a reality; in
fact, when we consider that God made all, and
that all which He made must be good, and that
He is sole creator, we see that blindness cannot be
a reality.”

” I believe I see a little light. Evil is only an
appearance, and not a reality, it not being based
on truth ; and, when examined in the light of truth,
this untruth loses even the appearance of reality
and consequently is seen no more, Mr. Williams,


this question of the unreaHty of evil has been a
terrible stumbling-block to me, for no matter what
view I took, it seemed real, but I now see that
it was because I had my entire attention fixed
on the appearance. Another question that has
arisen in my mind is, If God did not make matter
and evil, and they are not real, where did they
come from?” said the doctor.

Mr. Williams smiled and said: “This is one
of ‘the wiles of the devil ‘ ; for as long as we can
be induced to meditate upon any phase of error,
w^e cannot, while we are doing so, meditate upon,
and thereby discover, the truth vrhich will heal
us. When a person first turns to the Christ
Science, error first of all resists its being shown
to the person that error is error, a delusion, or
no-thing. Error, evil, devil, that is, our former
habit of thinking, strives to hold our thoughts
to the belief in the reality of our former convic-
tions. But when, from the presentation of truth,
we are on the point of conceding the falsity of
matter and evil, and the falsity of the mistaken
thought which conceives them, then error, to
save itself from destruction in our consciousness,


takes a new turn and suggests to us the question :
‘Well, if error, matter, evil, are not real, where
did they come from, or where did the appearance
originate?’ This is one of the most subtle wiles
of the one evil, the devil, to prevent us from giv-
ing that whole-hearted allegiance to truth, which
would result in the higher thought of God and
the rapid healing of disease. Let us remember
that error is equally nothing whether apparent
or non-apparent, just as darkness is no-thing,
nothing, whether apparent or non-apparent,
and nothing never had an origin. When did
error, nothing, become a truth, something? For
erroneous thought, nothing, to ask when it began,
that is, became something, is to beg the question,
because when such a question is asked, the very
question assumes that error, or erroneous thought,
is something, and so that it did begin. Let us
consider that, even if we discovered that evil had
an origin, the discovery would not help us. So
effort spent in this search is useless, for if we
found what we were seeking, we would not be
benefited thereby. Rather let us seek God, good,
the reality, for each time we find or comprehend


a reality, be it little or much, we are correspond-
ingly freed from the unreality. In * Science and
Health’ we read: ‘Truth, Life and Love are a
law of annihilation to everything unlike them-
selves, because they declare nothing except God.’
(p. 243). Said Jesus Christ, ‘ Ye shall know the
truth and the truth shall make you free.’ ”

“Then salvation is knowing, instead of merely
believing?” asked Dr. Thompson.

” Belief unsustained by reason and revelation
is changeable, mortal, temporal. Belief sustained
by reason and revelation, that is by Truth,
becomes understanding, and understanding is
changeless, immortal, eternal.”

“Mr. Williams, you have clearly pointed out to
me the uselessness of seeking the origin of a mis-
taken thought, because of the necessary unprof-
itableness of attempting to know the beginning
of evil, of unreality, of nothing. Therefore, I have
determined in the future to direct my efforts
to the search for the truth, the reality, the
something, the good, God, for I can plainly see
that it is only by knowing the truth that I can
hope to be free from error, and if you can say


anything that will make me more clearly see that
the good alone is all, I shall thank you.”

Gretchen and her mother were deeply moved
by the doctor’s words, as could be seen by the
expression on their faces, but they said nothing.

“Very well. Dr. Thompson, I shall try to make
you as sure of the allness of good as I am sure of it.
It is very apparent to me that good, from its very
nature and quality, must have been first, that is,
always. Good is perfect, and perfection is the
ultimate; there can be nothing higher. Perfec-
tion could not be the outgrowth of imperfection.
They are opposite as to nature and quality.
Neither can any imperfect thing hope to attain
perfection, if perfection does not already exist.
Good being cause, the creative force, the creator,
it naturally follows that the effect, that is, all that
was created, must be good like its cause. This
absolutely excludes all evil from God’s universe,
from God, good, and His creation or expression.
Let us view the universe from the standpoint
of perfection, of Love. Perfection or Love could
not have made or created anything that was less
than perfect, less than lovely. Neither could


perfection as cause create anything less than per-
fection as effect. So everything we see or know
of God, good, and His creation must be perfect
and good and lovely. Imperfection, evil, or
hate, become possible only as misapprehensions or
mental mistakes, and this misapprehension gives
them the only appearance of reality, be it
much or little, that they ever had. The First
Cause or Principle must also be Truth, and Truth
as Cause must again be truth in effect. If this
were not true, man as effect could not know
truth when it was presented to him. Therefore
these qualities must be inherent in man, in individ-
ual consciousness, else he could not know them.
Let us see if this can be true. I have fairly shown
that the First Cause, God, must be good itself, per-
fection itself. Truth itself, Love itself, All-intelli-
gence itself, All-consciousness itself ; and for the
All-consciousness to embrace evil would contami-
nate it as good, to know imperfection would de-
stroy its perfection. So we see that neither evil nor
discord can be a part of God, or of His creation.
Therefore, they must be classed as unrealities, illu-
sions, or misapprehensions, if classed at all. Man


as individual consciousness expresses the All-con-
sciousness, that is, God. Starting from this plat-
form, let us take a specific mortal and see how
much reality there is in the error that mortal
seems to be manifesting, that is, expressing,
Jesus said: ‘Why callest thou me good? None is
good, save one, that is, God.’ At another time
he said : ‘ Be ye perfect, even as your Father
which is in heaven is perfect.’ Therefore if the
Father, the Cause, is perfect and good, it must
follow that each individual effect of the Father
must be perfect. Then the imperfection that any
mortal seems to be expressing must be erroneous
because imperfection is not to be found in the
parent consciousness or divine Mind. How, then,
shall we account for the many imperfections we
seem to see manifested? They are primarily, one
and all, the manifestation, expression, or embodi-
ment of mortal mind, of general mortal belief;
that is, the showing forth of erroneous mental
action, the one evil, or evil one, and this erroneous
mental action and its conceptions are what Jesus
branded as a liar and the father of lies. General
mortal belief and its erroneous manifestations as


cause and effect are untrue, hence unreal, and are
no thing; and as we realize the allness of Truth
and perfection and the nothingness of error and
imperfection, we become conscious of or know
the truth that sets us free from our enslavement
to our former belief of life in matter. We are
then working with the same Mind that was in
Christ Jesus, and when working with this Mind,
the good, the all-powerful divine Mind, we can
free ourselves from our former belief in the reality
of matter and from the erroneous apparent gov-
ernment of mortal mind, general mortal belief;
and as we overcome mortal mind, matter, evil,
error, with the divine Mind, Spirit, good. Truth,
we are working out our salvation, and we grad-
ually become possessed of that perfect conscious-
ness wherein there is no imperfection. Dr.
Thompson, have I made the all-inclusiveness of
good more real to you?”

“Mr. Williams, you have made it very plain in-
deed, and why it is that I cannot this very moment
accept and believe the entire teaching of Christian
Science, is beyond me to explain; for I yet seem
to hesitate to accept it, even though my judgment


tells me that it is the same truth that Christ taught
his disciples,” answered Dr. Thompson.

” Dr. Thompson, it is not so very remarkable
that you cannot admit or accept all of truth at
once. Few if any human beings can, in one or
two evenings, throw off the effects of their years
of erroneous belief or wrong thinking. Mrs. Eddy
tells us in ‘Science and Health,’ page 485, to
’emerge gently from matter into Spirit.’ I take
this to mean that we should gradually work out
of the mortal consciousness into the immortal
consciousness. Paul said, ‘/ die daily,’ meaning
thereby that he was each day overcoming some-
thing of his mortal consciousness, that is, his
former erroneous beliefs; and these beliefs are
many. For instance — general mortal belief
claims that the ear hears, but it does not. It is
the consciousness which hears; the physical ear
is merely the false mortal sense of a faculty of
immortal Mind. It is the same with the other
senses. The eye does not go across the river and
see the things on the other bank; it is the con-
sciousness that reaches out and recognizes all
that we see, and consciousness is really not depend-


ent on the body for anything ; if it were, we could
destroy consciousness by destroying the body;
and if this were true there could be no immor-
tality. The reason the blind do not see is be-
cause they are allowing themselves to be gov-
erned by general mortal belief, which claims that
sight is of the eye, and that under certain con-
ditions the sight can be destroyed; this is an
erroneous or mortal belief, an untruth, a lie, yet
it has its erroneous seeming effect on the blind
because they believe this lie to be the truth. The
truth is that sight is in and of the parent con-
sciousness, God, and cannot be lost or destroyed,
and is forever reflected by each individual con-
sciousness; all that is needed is for the blind to
realize this truth, or, because the Christ conscious-
ness is universal, have another realize it very
clearly for them, and thereby the belief, the lie,
will be destroyed, and sight will be found to be as
perfect as before the false belief was accepted.
Sight, hearing, all the senses of man, being of the
Father, and in Him, these faculties must also
forever be present in the individual consciousness
which reflects God, and which is the real man.


Every ill, discord, or imperfection is merely the
outshadowing or embodiment of a belief, or lie,
or mistaken thought, and when these erroneous
thoughts are changed for the knowledge of the
truth, the out-shadowed or bodily conditions must
also change to correspond, manifesting harmony
instead of discord. The organs of the mortal
body are also erroneous pictures or shadows of
divine ideas, and, if there seemingly be anything
the matter with a so-called organ of the so-called
physical body, it is not the real organ that is
affected, but its physical symbol or shadow is
merely showing forth the erroneous thought
which is entertained about it. Change the thought
by knowing the truth, and the physical appear-
ance will again resume a harmonious condition.
Perhaps now, Dr. Thompson, I have said enough
so that you are able to grasp somewhat the truth
of the statement that sight is a faculty of Mind,
of God; and if sight could in reality be lost or
destroyed, then a faculty of God would be lost;
so true sight can not in reality be affected by a
cold or by a strain, or by the oculist’s knife. Mrs.
Thompson’s apparent condition is merely the


picturing forth on her sense of body of an erro-
neous beHef which she has been led to accept as
real and true; but if she can become conscious
for a single moment, or if I can become conscious
for her with sufficient clearness, or if we can be-
come conscious together, that sight is not a faculty
of matter, that it does not spring from matter,
that it cannot be controlled by matter, but
that sight is a faculty of Mind, and that Mind
is God, and that no faculty of God can fail for an
instant to be reflected in man, who is eternally
God’s image and likeness, in that instant she will
be able to see.”

Mrs. Thompson had been drinking in every
word that ]Mr. Williams said, and now her body
seemed to tremble and quiver, and the next mo-
ment she stood up and gave a glad cry and ex-
claimed: “My God! I can see! I can see!! lean
see! ! !”

With one accord Dr. Thompson, Mr. Williams,
and Gretchen arose to their feet, speechless with
astonishment. The next moment, Mrs, Thomp-
son glanced from one face to the other, and when
her gaze fell upon her husband’s countenance with


its look of astonishment, she ran across the room
and threw herself into his arms sobbing hysteri-
cally with joy. The excitement of all was intense,
and tears of joy and thankfulness were present
in the eyes of all, and for some time they were too
much overcome for speech; but, after a few
minutes, they recovered sufficiently to quiet Mrs
Thompson, who kept looking from one to the
other and constantly repeating, “Thank God, I
can see!”

Mr. Williams was the first to regain his com-
posure and said: “Although my heart is almost
too full for speech, I must say, I never doubted
for one moment that Mrs. Thompson’s sight
would be restored. It was the suddenness of the
restoration that caused my surprise.”

Mrs. Thompson now spoke, almost exclaiming
every sentence in her enthusiasm and joy:

“Oh, I knew it would be accomplished, for the
conviction grew upon me daily, and when I rea-
lized that God, Mind, is my sight, and that my
sight must be perfect because God’s sight is pei-
fect, I seemed to understand that nothing could
possibly destroy God’s ability to see, and if this


is true, my sight was at that very moment per-
fect, and that my blindness was only a seeming,
in other words, a belief. The next moment I was
conscious that I could see all that was about me,
but, as I have often vividly pictured in mind our
new home, I was not at once sure that I could
really see. Gretchen, dear, your labor and Mr.
Williams’ labor, have not been in vain ; and, hus-
band, you now surely believe that Christian
Science can do that which materia medica has
called impossible.”

“Emaline, I am confounded and awed. I feel
as though I was in the presence of God himself,”
said Dr. Thompson.

“And you are,” said Mr. Williams, “for God
is ever present and we need only to rightly recog-
nize Him to prove His presence by our works.
God’s work is already and eternally done. It
is our work to prove to ourselves and this mor-
tal world what He has done, by understanding
and declaring the truth about Him and His

” Papa, you did not answer mamma’s question
as to whether you now believe that the practice


of Christian Science can do more for the sick
than materia medtca.”

” I do not believe — I know it can. Last night,
I said in the words of Agrippa: ‘Almost, thou
persuaded me.’ To-night, I must quote the words
of James: ‘Shew me thy faith without thy works,
and I will shew thee my faith by my works’ As
you have shown me your faith by your work,
by the ‘signs following,’ I am convinced, but I
shall not be satisfied until I, too, understand.”

“Oh, papa, I am so glad to hear you say that
for your words tell me that my prayerful desire
has been rewarded,” said Gretchen.

” I feel that you wish to be alone in your great
joy,” said Mr. Williams, and, besides, I wish to
acquaint my wife and Walter with the good news
so I will bid you all ‘good-night,’ and will say, in
the words of Jesus, our great exemplar, ‘ Father, I
thank Thee.’ ”

The End