A Comparison

Toronto Daily Star

Editor Star:—In some of the city dailies of January 15, there appeared the annual report of one of our city churches, showing a membership of 658 and ten deaths, which is not, I believe, considered a larger death-rate than the average. It is presumable that the ten received the best medical aid, and that all possible means known to their friends were used to save them. We have not been informed of any inquests having been held to investigate into any suspicion of ill-treatment among them.

First Church of Christ, Scientist, Toronto, has a membership of about five hundred, and up to the time of their annual meeting there were no deaths during the year; but one has been reported since—that of Miss Margaret Cain, upon which an inquest has been ordered. It is charitable and reasonable to assume that the coroner and jury, as well as the whole community, are desirous of learning what is the real cause of such a remarkable fact as the preservation of a body of five hundred people for a whole year without material medicine. Christian Scientists give all the credit of it to no other power than God, the Father of all.

Wesley Spaulding.
In the Toronto Daily Star.

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