The large auditorium of Fifth Church of Christ, Scientist, was crowded last evening [June 6] when the Hon. Clarence A. Buskirk of St. Louis lectured on Christian Science. The lecture will be repeated to-night [June 7] for the benefit of those who were unable to gain admission last night. Judge Buskirk was introduced by Dr. A. K. Frain, one of the trustees of Fifth Church, as follows:—

Amidst the turmoil and turbulence of the seemingly ceaseless activity of human thought in its mad search for success, happiness, health, and peace from merely human strivings—whether it be along commercial, mechanical, professional, literary, or religious lines—there comes to every one sooner or later a clouded, bewildered, diseased sense of failure. The acquirement of material riches, honor, influence, and power will not carry man to the goal desired; nor can the plaudits of the world waft him into the harbor of peace. Indeed, these things ofttimes drive him on the rocks which threaten to wreck his health, his happiness, and his life. It makes no difference whether this sense of failure comes from a sick body or a sick pocketbook; from thwarted ambition or defeated hopes; from conscience, or a perverted, sinful, and dissipated life; from fear that a microbe or tubercle is eating up his body, or that a business competitor is eating up his profits. No matter what the cause may be, he finds himself, at last, reaching with outstretched arms in every direction for surcease from sickness, disappointment, and sin ; or, wearied and exhausted by the struggle, he sinks into the depths of pessimism, despondency, despair. At this stage, when the last faint ray of hope seems to have fled, Christian Science—as at any and every stage along the line of human need—stands at his door waiting for him to knock that it may be opened to him ; waiting for him to ask that he may receive ; waiting for him to seek that he may find.—Chicago Journal.

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July 27, 1907

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