The attempt to convict the Christian Scientists in Harold Frederic's case for manslaughter was regarded with interest everywhere, as it was an attempt to show that a failure to cure on the part of the indicted parties was a crime. If it was a crime, if it was manslaughter, for Christian Scientists to fail to cure, the world asked itself why it wasn't a crime for any practitioner to fail to cure, a fault not attributable alone to this class of healers.

Commenting upon this proceeding, the Boston Globe cites a case in illustration as follows:—

"Not so very far from Boston a person has died within a year, after having been practised upon by eighteen regular physicians. After each of the eighteen had utterly failed to discover the actual disease, the nineteenth "regular" declared that it would be necessary to resort to surgery in order to discover the real trouble. If this person had died at any time while waiting for the nineteen regulars to find out what was the matter with her, it would have been regarded as in the natural order of things. Had the patient become impatient of their ignorance of her case and called in a Christian Scientist, there are persons who would have imprisoned the latter for murder in the second degree had death intervened after the Christian Scientist had been called in."

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December 29, 1898

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