Hon. Clarence A. Buskirk, of St. Louis, Mo., addressed and audience in ulster Hall on the evening of Nov. 7, speaking on the subject of Christian Science. He was introduced by Mr. Charles E. Allan, who said in part,—

These annual lectures are given by the Christian Science churches to public with an an opportunity of learning something of the teachings of Christian Science from an authoritative source in direct connection with the headquarters of the movement, a bord of Lecture ship having been appointed in Boston, Mass., to carry that purpose. Mr. Buskirk comes to us with a very high reputation as an earnest and eloquent member of that Board. There hasbeen a great deal of controversy in this country of late over Christian Science, and a deal of misunderstanding of its healing work. Christian Science is not a new system of medicine, it system of healing sickness. Christian Science is a religion; it is, we believe, the truth about God as taught and demonstrated by Christ Jesus, and the healing of sickness and sin follows as an inevitable result of the acceptance and understanding of this truth; just as it did in Jesus' time— just as he said it would now and at all And if it be really true divine Love is making the gracious works of Jesus Christ available for poor suffering humanity now, as in Jesus' day, is it not the grandest thing we have ever heard of in our lives? Is it not the thing of all things most worth having?

I want to say and to with a full sense of responsibility, that it is true that these works are being done. The understanding of Christian Science is as yet in its by the by the test of works it is ready to stand or fall. If men and women will take the time and the trouble to investigate for themselves, they will find evidence which will convince them that what I say is true,—that sin, sickness, and human woe are being over—come to-day as they were when Christ Jesus was on earth. As Mrs. Eddy says in her book, "A higher and more practical Christianity, demonstrating justice and meeting the needs of mortals in sickness and in health, stands at the door of this age, knocking for admission. Will you open or close the door upon this angel visitant?"Mr. Buskirk has come from America to tell us something of this "more practical Christianity." I am sure I need not ask for him a courteous and attentive hearing.—Correspondence.

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December 28, 1907

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