After having spent my boyhood in active outdoor life in...

After having spent my boyhood in active outdoor life in the exhilarating climate of the Alleghany Mountains, I moved to Texas and engaged in teaching, and this change of habits and climate transformed me into a semi-invalid. I seemed to have the symptoms of a dozen maladies, among which were indigestion, catarrah of the head and stomach, torpid liver, and kindred evils. I had also become a slave to the tobacco habit. I tried to give up teaching and engage in business, but everything I undertook failed, and I was unable to secure employment by which I could support my family. This, added to my ill health, brought on a state of physical and mental depression bordering on total collapse.

About a year ago I contracted what seemed to be a very serious blood disease, with most alarming symptoms. I consulted physicians, who gave me no hope of recovery. In my deep trouble, I went to God in prayer. I prayed as never before that God might deliver me from the evils that beset me. My prayer was answered. I was directed to a Christian Science practitioner of Houston, and after her first treatment a great burden was lifted from my mind. My sleep began to be sweet and refreshing, and I at one began to enjoy my food. Gradually every distressing sympton disappeared. I began the study of the Christian Science text-book, and found in it a revelation I had never suspected, and have since taken up the study of the Bible with a new zest, finding by the help of the "Key," a perpetual fountain of the water of life.

I am now teaching a school of sixty pupils, in a country village where I have all the grades up to the seventh to teach alone, and, what is most wonderful under the circumstances, I seem to be giving entire satisfaction. Any teacher who has tried it knows how hard it is, under the most favorable circumstances, to give satisfaction in a country village. Notwithstanding all this hard work, I have gained in weight twelve pounds since I began teaching, God bless Mrs. Eddy and her earnest followers in their noble work.

February 6, 1904

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