In June, 1888, while on duty as a locomotive engineer...

In June, 1888, while on duty as a locomotive engineer on the Colorado Midland Railroad, my engine was derailed. I was thrown out of the cab window, and was picked up unconscious. I was placed in a coach and taken to Colorado City, being unconscious most of the way. The company's physician examined me and said that I had received very severe injuries. I was in pain most of the time, but in about two months I returned to work in a weakened condition. Within three weeks I was forced to quit work. I remained with the company a year, sometimes working at light work, and was under their physician's care during this time. I was also examined by other physicians, who pronounced me incurable. The company was good to me, giving me a liberal monthly allowance. I became so weak that I was forced to quit work, and my physician advised me to go to a lower altitude. When I left he gave me a certificate stating that I was so badly injured that I could not perform manual labor any more. I returned to Rock Island, and still having hope that I might get well, I consulted a surgeon connected with the railroad. After treating me for several weeks he pronounced me beyond help, and gave me a certificate to that effect. My case was presented to the insurance department of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, at a convention held in Pittsburg in 1890, and I was allowed part of my insurance on disability.

Before I went to the convention, Christian Science had been mentioned to me. I then thought it might heal a mental condition, but could not see how it could reach a physical injury like mine. Soon after I returned my condition became much worse. I sent for another physician, but received no help. As a last resort I decided to try Christian Science. After four weeks' treatment I seemed no better. I had been given a copy of Mrs. Eddy's book, "People's Idea of God," which gave me new light and hope. I stopped the treatments, purchased a copy of Science and Health, and on the third day, while I was reading the book, a strange feeling came over me. Immediately the pain and trouble left me. Soon after I was healed, I went to work and have worked five years, realizing good health and strength. I am now in the best of health.

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