Letters to our Leader

Cleveland, O., March 7, 1905.

Beloved Teacher and Leader:—The enclosed clipping states the decision of the Supreme Court of Ohio against receiving a fee for Christian Science healing. As the law now stands in Ohio, we can practise, but cannot receive a fee unless we have passed an examination of the medical examiners. In other words, one can receive remuneration for preaching the gospel, but not for practising it. The ministers are not touched by this decision.

The case mentioned in the clipping was that of a Christian Scientist in Sandusky, O., Mr. O. W. Marble, who healed a case of rheumatism of fourteen years' standing and received five dollars for the same. One of the city officials had Mr. M. arrested for receiving the fee. In the first court he was convicted, in the second court the law was decided to be unconstitutional and he was discharged. The case was then carried to the Supreme Court; the judges waited forty days (three on a side) before reaching a decision; finally there were four to two against Christian Science. I have not heard of any one, even among opponents, so-called, who thinks the decision a just one. Steps are now being taken to ask for a rehearing. In the mean time the healing is going on without the fee.

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