The Lectures

Judge William G. Ewing of Chicago, the able and distinguished lecturer on Christian Science, spoke at the Club Theatre last evening (Tuesday, October 22), under the auspices of the Second Christian Science Church of Joplin. The speaker was introduced in the following words by Mr. R. A. Pearson:—

Ladies and Gentlemen, Friends:—There is no more common, and no more invidious form of injustice than that which hastens to condemn before it hears. There is no greater menace to the cause of right and truth than one who is "most ignorant of what he's most assured." It has always been the spirit of the generations each to exempt itself and to heap reproach upon the past for its vagaries, and for its perversity; until it has required centuries to impress the world with a simple lesson of tolerance. In no other mode of the human idea has this strange inertia more prevailed than in that which has to do with the conscience and the creeds of men, and from this has come all the dogma. and the bigotry and the heartless persecution of the ages; and, sad to observe, even yet, in a manner, the same unhappy traits are sometimes seen to persist. All this has been, because it is of a province so peculiarly prolific of the fantasy as well as of the faith of men; for it is always concerned with the great infinitudes of thought, and made serious by the deep, insatiable hunger of the human heart to know at last some safe and sure abiding. The great mystery pervades and bounds our very being, the strange problem of human suffering and of evil; the deep enigma of life and death; the dreams of untried destinies; the haunting spectres of hope and fear; and all that

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