An Unreliable Witness

A REPORTER of a yellow New York newspaper visited Lansingburgh recently, secured membership in a class in Christian Science of which Mrs. Harriet L. Betts is teacher, and he has been writing an expose. According to his story, he told that lady many falsehoods before he could induce her to accept him as a student. Then he wormed himself into the confidence of Mr. and Mrs. Betts, and dined with them at their residence. After having confessed himself to be a wholesale liar, and to have shamelessly violated the hospitality of his host and hostess, he proceeds to ridicule and "expose" Christian Science teachings in the most sensational style. Members of the society say that his statements are full of falsities and distortions, and only give an absurd misconception of what is really taught. Certainly a moral pervert of this character could not be expected to tell the truth, even when it would better serve his purpose, and no sensible person, whether hostile or friendly to the movement attacked, will give a particle of credence to his yarns.

The unreliability of the paper in which this alleged expose was published has convinced fair-minded persons, who are inclined to give Christian Science the benefit of the doubt, that the attack was unjust and uncalled for.

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