In the spring of 1901 I was stricken with chronic bowel...

In the spring of 1901 I was stricken with chronic bowel trouble in its most malignant form, contracted in Southern Texas. I returned home for two months, and had the best medical skill in the city, an allopathic physician and homoeopathist. Then I tried a magnetic doctor, but grew worse. I then went to a hospital in Temple. Texas, and there I stayed two months; would improve a little, then grow worse. I next decided to try a change of climate, but was too weak to travel alone. My wife accompanied me, provided with an alcohol stove with which to prepare such light food as I was allowed to eat. I had been recommended to try Idaho Springs, Col., and we stopped at Denver, where we met some old friends who were Christian Scientists. On taking leave of them I remarked that if the Springs did not cure me I would return and take Christian Science treatment. The reply was that I would find plenty of Scientists at Idaho Springs.

I had grown worse on the road, and upon reaching our destination I was in a very bad condition and could hardly speak above a whisper. I soon heard that there was a practitioner there, and sent word that I would like to see him. I had known of Christian Science for fifteen years and thought it was a good thing, — "for the other fellow," — did not dream it could ever do me any good. The practitioner came and talked of Christian Science, with much intelligence, it seemed to me, and of wonderful demonstrations he had witnessed. I told him that I did not believe in Christianity nor in God, that I was an infidel and a spiritualist. I asked if, under such conditions, he thought he could cure me. Suiting the action to the words, taking hold of the window-shade, he said, "No, of myself I can do nothing, but I can, as it were, roll up the curtain, and let the sunlight of divine Truth and Love shine in upon your consciousness, and that will cure you." This was all Greek to me, and I thought of dismissing him then and there; but I realized fully that I was near death's door unless help came speedily from some other source than medicine, and I accepted treatment. This was given at ten o'clock at night. He said, "Eat what you want and as much as you want." I looked incredulously at him and said, "You do not mean that?" He assured me that he did, and that it could not hurt me. I followed his advice and ate a hearty breakfast. The second day my wife and I climbed to the top of a high mountain. I discarded my cane and have not used any medicine since taking the first treatment, two and one half years ago. I was perfectly healed in one week.

I bought the text-book, Science and Health, and have studied it and the Bible faithfully. There are many things in each I do not yet understand, and at times I have been discouraged and cast down. Mortal mind was very bitter, and my preconceived, erroneous opinions deeply grounded and hard to overcome; but I had the practical, indisputable evidence of the power and goodness of God in my marvelous healing, so I have persevered.

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Testimony of Healing
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October 22, 1904

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