We are glad to give prominence in this issue of the Sentinel to an article by Mrs. Eddy, in which she concisely and dispassionately states some facts concerning her early life, in contradiction of the erroneous statements published by a magazine which claims to be writing history. Mrs. Eddy has approached this subject in the calm and Christian spirit which animates her life-work and is apparent in all her writings. She has no other purpose than to supplant error with truth. This purpose is a fundamental of her teachings, which she not only persistently preaches to her followers, but also consistently presents as an object-lesson in her own life. Error has no power beyond that which a mistaken mortal sense concedes to it, and Truth, and Truth alone, destroys it. Good is the real and eternal, and evil is as powerless as it is unreal and transitory. Good annuls evil just as surely as light banishes darkness, and Christian Scientists have learned this through the teachings of Mrs. Eddy, hence their entire dependence upon Truth to right the wrongs which have been done to them and to their Leader.

It is a favorable sign of the times that these attacks are now meeting with the condemnation which they deserve. We quote the following from an article by the well-known English writer, "John Strange Winter" (Mrs. Stannard) in The Lady of Fashion, regarding a recent attack upon Mrs. Eddy. This writer says,—

"The indecencies of journalism have, I think, impressed me more during the course of my life than perhaps anything else has ever done. There are times when one feels proud of one's Press, when one feels that it is an organization on which we may justly pride ourselves. But there are other times when I am bound to admit and confess that its indecencies turn one's very soul sick.

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January 5, 1907

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