[Editorial in the Detroit (Mich.) Free Press.]

The suit in equity brought by George W. Glover, son of Mrs. Eddy, and others as "next friends" against Calvin A. Frye and other prominent Christian Science leaders has been dropped. The suit was a sensational one from the beginning, and the end is also sensational. General Streeter, the able lawyer who represented Mrs. Eddy, declared that the suit was "primarily an assault by a great newspaper on a great religion," and that the "next friends" are dropping the suit so that they may contest Mrs. Eddy's will after her death, as it is the intention of the Founder of Christian Science to leave the bulk of her property to the church. Whether this is a true explanation of the dropping of the suit is not for us to say. But it appears evident that the charge that Mrs. Eddy is insane is one that cannot be substantiated. The stenographic report of the interview of the masters with Mrs. Eddy proved to the satisfaction of the reading public that the venerable woman was in full possession of her mental faculties, and that the reports of her mental breakdown, as published in two New York newspapers, were destitute of foundation....

Very few persons live to be as old, and the fact that her mental faculties are still sound is proof enough, one would think, that she is not held a prisoner by the men and women of her faith whom she has gathered around her.

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August 31, 1907

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