A young man, the son of a Scientist, but who was not interested in Science himself, fell from an excursion train while it was yet in motion, landing on his head and becoming unconscious for a time. His scalp was torn from his head and hung down over his cheek; there were bruises about the face and one eye was in a very bad condition. With the aid of a companion he made his way to his home a mile distant through back streets, fearing that, if he encountered a policeman, he would be taken to a hospital, of which he had a horror. He wished to go home and have his mother treat him.

When he reached home, his mother and sister immediately put down their sense of fear and realized the ever-present Good. I was then asked to take the case. A doctor who was summoned for the surgical part, sewed up the scalp, taking twenty-one stitches. He wished to have the young man taken to a hospital, but the mother would not consent. During his visit he picked up the Christian Science Hymnal and smiled in a knowing way; then turning to the mother he tried to impress her with the seriousness of the case, and cautioned her to watch for signs of twitching during the night, assuring her that such signs would develop into convulsions and result in a speedy death if he were not immediately summoned.

Next morning the young man was about the house well, and absolutely without pain. The doctor was astonished and dazed, and declared that when he first saw the patient the evening before he thought he would not live more than fifteen minutes. In less than a week the stitches were removed, and in two weeks the young man went to work. I treated the case one week and two days. The last time I called I saw him in the yard cutting grass. Did I treat that case more than others? No, not so much; for I felt that man had very little to do with it. All sense of responsibility is eliminated from my thought at such times, because I realize that God is all, in whom "all being is painless and permanent" (Science and Health).

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October 27, 1898

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