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The Thrall of Deception
One of the dominating habits of mortal mind is to judge things and persons by appearances, and the injustice and suffering which follow in the wake of this evil is indescribable. A lesson may be learned from every human experience and observation, however insignificant, if viewed in the light of truth.
In some of our eastern States deer are trapped in a manner which is both interesting and suggestive. At a certain height a wire is strung around a number of trees, forming an inclosure. A swinging gate, inside of which the bait is placed, is left open, and when the deer has entered, the gate swings to and closes tightly. The deer, seeing itself inclosed, is mystified by the wire and will neither jump over it nor dodge under it, and is thus securely imprisoned. To its frightened sense the wire seems a formidable obstruction which it believes itself unable to overcome. Did the deer realize how unreal is its prison; how deceptive the hindering barrier; how unimpaired its own strength and agility, this realization would at once destroy the enthralling appearances, break the spell, and with a bound it would leap to liberty.
Is there not a lesson in this picture for every spellbound, mystified, and struggling heart? The animal was really never deprived of its liberty; it was in the very midst of liberty, but believed it was robbed of it; a hopeless prisoner, because to its clouded vision it so seemed. What was this spell but ignorance of itself, its rights and liberty, which were the same now as before the depressing confusion?
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An Appreciative Letter
Arthur P. DeCamp
What is Truth?
Prof. Joel Rufus Mosley.
EVELYN SYLVESTER KNOWLES.
The Thrall of Deception
REV. GUSTAVE HAAS.
From Mrs. Eddy's Friends
Rachel F. Marshall
Our critic admits the truth of the proposition that darkness...
Alfred Farlow with contributions from C. Herbert Pierson
with contributions from William B. Johnson
M. BETTIE BELL.
MRS. EDDY TAKES NO PATIENTS
The True Basis of Health
John B. Willis
The Divine Fatherhood
Annie M. Knott
Letters to Our Leader
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For several months prior to June, 1904, my eyes had been...
Douglas C. Ridgley with contributions from Belle A. Armstrong
When I first became interested in Christian Science I was...
Kenneth B. Elliman
Through the understanding that God is All in all I have...
Lillian J. Carrano
In February, 1905, my wife, in avoiding a street car...
H. Ruthven McDonald
I cannot withhold any longer my testimony of what...
When I first heard of Christian Science I had for years...
N. M. Crawford
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Pass it On
MRS. H. RUTHVEN MC DONALD.
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