In May, 1903, I became violently insane

In May, 1903, I became violently insane. I was sent to the asylum at Jacksonville, Ill., with little or no hope of my recovery. I had been sick for a long time before this; had taken medicines from three different doctors, but had grown worse all the time. The supposed causes of my trouble were worry over financial losses and strong drink. The worse I felt, the more I drank, until I became a mental and physical wreck. About a year before this my wife became interested in Christian Science, and when I saw that there was no hope for me, I asked her to have me treated by a Christian Science practitioner. That night I became very violent. During the night I jumped out of a window and made my escape through the rain and darkness to a town twenty miles distant, where I had been working, My wife, learning of my whereabouts, came after me and brought me home the next day, but I became so violent that her people thought it best to put me under restraint, where I could not harm myself or others. The next day I was examined by a board of physicians, adjudged incurably insane, and taken to the insane asylum. While there I did not take any medicine, but was in constant communication with my wife, who wrote me that I was being treated by a Christian Science practitioner. In just eight weeks I was sent home perfectly healed, both mentally and physically. The doctors told me that if I lived I would never be able to hold a clerkship. I wish to say that I have been holding a position as salesman in the principal clothing store here and my employer says that he has never noticed the least sign of derangement.

For all this I am deeply thankful to God, and to Mrs. Eddy for showing us the way through Christian Science.

Charles Kohler, Chillicothe, Ill.

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