From the Klondike

I wish to write of one whom I was instrumental in interesting in the glorious work of Christian Science, who, after months of doubting, very reluctantly concluded to accept Christian Science treatment, and who, after eight treatments, was completely healed of many complicated diseases, among which was a severe rupture of years' standing. After being healed he started for the Klondike gold fields, and I herewith enclose you extracts from two letters received from him, one before, the other after crossing the Chilcoot Pass; packing with him some twelve hundred pounds of freight, which took him about three weeks to do, working in the rain continually and not having a dry garment on him all that time day or night. He says,—

"I have little time to study Science and Health now, but knowing that I have it is a great satisfaction to me, and my faith in its teachings keeps me as straight as an arrow, and in strength I never knew before. What a contrast to my condition two short months ago, when I thought I was the most afflicted man on earth, unable to do any work, and could not lift ten pounds without fear and trembling. I thought I had all the diseases on the calendar, and was reading almanacs and patent medicine signs for anything new and up to date in the line of diseases. To-day I am strong and healthier than I ever was in my life. That is to say, I have learned the source from which we derive our health and strength, and that understanding is health and strength. It is the knowing and not the guessing, that puts us right and keeps us right. And who on earth can better know than one who has been so completely transformed from a physical, and, I might say, a mental wreck, to perfect health, strength, and manliness? Though my understanding of God's word is limited, I would not part with the little understanding I have of the teaching of Science and Health for all the gold in the territory; and I am more eager for the understanding of Science and Health than for nuggest of gold. Every word we learn to know and understand is a nugget in itself, and I want lots of them. I will take my chance on the gold.

"Well, I think a man who can breast a river of ice water as I have done, and tow a boat loaded with freight, making three trips covering eighteen miles, then go ashore and pack twelve hundred pounds half a mile to camp, and feel good over it, is better than an invalid. If there is anything the matter with me now, it would take a powerful magnifying glass to find it, and I am too busy to be looking for it myself."

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Individual Work
May 4, 1899

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