The daily newspaper of the Christian Science denomination is now a year and a half old, and it seems good to look back over the period of its existence, to see what the results have been and whether they are commensurate with the outlay. When notices of the proposed publication of the Monitor first appeared, the writer was inclined to doubt the wisdom of a subscription, as it seemed more like a luxury than a necessity; but when a little later there appeared the advice from our Leader to all Christian Scientists, to subscribe for and read the paper, all possible objections were put aside and the subscription sent in. The wisdom of our Leader's advice was very soon apparent. The benefits received have been so many and so great that it seems but right to let others know what they are.

At the outset, reading was mostly confined to the Home Forum page. The articles on music and architecture, together with the little poems and snatches of wisdom from the best authors, which appear on this page, tended to lift thought from the every-day cares and to elevate it to the contemplation of what is highest and best. As time went on, the writer was surprised and pleased to notice a marked improvement in his habits, his appearance and general address. Next the editorial page helped to widen and deepen the interest in and sympathy with all the people and nations of the world, dealing as it does with matters which concern not alone one person or one community, but all mankind, their present condition and their progress. It brings us nearer to them in thought, lessening, it would seem, the sense of distance, and is a fulfilment of Paul's declaration: "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus."

For some months after the first copy of the paper appeared, the article on Christian Science printed in each issue did not appeal to thought very definitely; but afterward it was the writer's privilege to be on the road for some months, and then these articles began to be appreciated. After a strenuous forenoon's work, when there would seem to be a tendency to mental and physical fatigue, the Christian Science article in the Monitor would be read; and this not only cleared the thought and imparted a sense of rest and peace, but never failed to bring about a change in the business situation itself, which rendered work much more pleasant, successful, and satisfactory. It was refreshing to notice, also, that the subject for each day was interestingly adapted to the day's need, and thus it became the more acceptable and was more highly appreciated.

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May 14, 1910

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