I wish to acknowledge all the good I have received in...

I wish to acknowledge all the good I have received in Christian Science. In 1896 I was living in Minneapolis, Minn., when I was suddenly taken ill. When I reached home my wife sent for a doctor, and on his arrival he said that I had a serious attack of brain and spinal disease. I then sent for the best doctor and surgeon in the city, and he pronounced my case a serious one, but that he had hopes of pulling me through. An operation was performed, and in three months I was pronounced cured. In January, 1897, I left for a tour in Minnesota and the adjoining States, but kept on doctoring and getting worse until 1900. I was then in very poor health from a complication of diseases. I gave up work entirely and put myself in the hands of a physician, considered the best in Detroit, Mich. He said I had such a complication of diseases that I would have to submit to an operation, which, as I dreaded it, I did not have performed. Later my friends advised me to go East, where I could get the very best of medical treatment. I did so, and in November, 1900, arrived in New York city. I placed myself in the hands of an honorable and skilful physician, who examined me and pronounced me in very bad condition, but thought I could be cured. I had at that time lung, bowel, kidney, and liver trouble, etc. I was better for a while, then grew worse, and in February, 1904, I had to go to bed, new troubles having developed, and at that time I was much reduced in flesh.

About this time a copy of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy, was brought to me, and at first I had no faith that a book would cure me or help me. I kept on reading it, then laying it aside for two or three days, until I became so interested that I made up my mind to read it through. I had been an inveterate user of tobacco for over forty years, but in two weeks, before I had read the book through, all desire for tobacco had left me, also the liquor habit which I had formed, thinking it would cure the lung trouble. Finally, on April 11, 1904, my doctor said he would have to give me up, and that I must go to the hospital. I reluctantly consented and the papers were made out, but still I waited a week. At that time my doctor and my friends thought the end had come; I, too, thought I was on the edge of eternity and prayed for death. I then had a letter sent to me telling me to try Christian Science treatment. I went to a Scientist and explained my case. I told him I had no money, but he then and there placed me under the care of a practitioner. From that hour I commenced to improve and in seven months I was nearly well. By February, 1905, I was healed, and it is needless to say that I never went to the hospital. I had no operations performed, have taken no medicine since April 11, 1904, and I am now entirely healed. I am strong and healthy, am working every day, and sometimes walk six to ten miles a day.

I am thankful for the light and help I have received,—thankful to God, thankful to Mrs. Eddy, thankful to all who assisted me, and for the benefits I have received through the declaration of the truth.

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