The historic church located at Dearborn Avenue and Walton Place...

The historic church located at Dearborn Avenue and Walton Place on the North Side, Chicago, has been purchased by Christian Scientists, and will be occupied by the Second Church of Christ, Scientist, of Chicago. The purchase price is said to be $60,000. This church was built to accommodate the immense audiences which came to hear Rev. Robert Collyer some twenty years ago. Since his departure to New York the audiences have fallen away, until the average attendance was from one hundred and fifty to two hundred. The auditorium is capable of holding twelve hundred. Speaking of this change, the Chicago Journal says, "On the other hand, the First Church of Christ, Scientist, edifice on Drexel Boulevard, the only one of the denomination in the city, is being filled to overflowing every Sunday, and the members are desirous of branching out."

The above is an additional evidence of the phenomenal growth of Christian Science in the great metropolis of the West. Such growth and evidence of increasing strength are gratifying and encouraging. No inflammatory newspaper articles, based entirely upon misapprehension and prejudice, either on this side of the Atlantic or the other, will have much effect to stay the onward march of a Christianity that is producing the marvelous results, of a practical and everyday kind, that Christian Science is doing.

November 17, 1898

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