The Lectures

January 9, a large audience, composed of the best people of our city, assembled at the Opera House to hear Judge William G. Ewing of Chicago, deliver a lecture on Christian Science, under the auspices of First Church of Christ, Scientist. Visiting Scientists from Bellefonte, Howard, Williamsport, Renova, and Pittsburg were present. Judge Ewing was introduced by the district attorney of the county, R. B. McCormick, Esq., one of the leading attorneys of this city, who spoke as follows:—

Ladies and Gentlemen:—We have come together this evening to listen to a discussion of a much mooted, and, to most of us, a comparatively new, question. I doubt not that skepticism and unbelief fill the minds of the majority of this audience, but it will be very gratifying to the votaries of the Science which is about to be discussed, to know that we are open to conviction. The age of intolerance is past. Humanity is ready and anxious to receive and cherish anything which tends to the improvement of its condition physical or spiritual. The teachings which are about to be discussed, we are informed, are as old as Christianity, although presented to us in their present form within a comparatively recent time. The growth of this sect has indeed been marvelous, and the reports of what it has accomplished have filled our minds with incredulous amazement. We are therefore very fortunate in having this opportunity of hearing one of its most able exponents. I have the pleasure of introducing to you the Hon. William G. Ewing of Chicago.—Correspondence.

January 29, 1903

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