Another Favorable Decision

One of the most important decisions respecting the legal status of Christian Science practice was handed down April 14 by Judge Eugene S. Elliott of the Circuit Court of Wisconsin. The case was that of the State v. Mrs. Crecenzia Arries and Miss Emma Nichols, who were brought before Police Justice Neelen of Milwaukee, charged with the violation of the law respecting the practice of medicine. Justice Neelen erroneously declared the defendants guilty, and fined them fifty dollars each. The defendants were represented by W. T. Turner. An appeal from the Police Court was taken, and the case thus brought before Judge Elliott, whose decision is final.

The judge maintains that prayer is not medical treatment, and that if it were so regarded in law, all clergymen would be subject to indictment for fulfilling their unquestioned duty and obligations. He emphasized the fact that Christian Scientists declare their opposition to the use of medicines, and that they are open and undeceiving as to their method of healing the sick.

Among the Churches
May 2, 1901

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