While traveling across the desert from Khartoum to Wady Halfa, a party of us were chatting together, and one man seemed to be particularly interested in the mirage which presented itself before us. Illusion though it was, it certainly was exceptionally beautiful, representing as it did, water, palm-trees, and hills, and especially so by contrast with our surroundings, as the only things visible on the desert from our carriage windows on either side were a few large mounds of a rocky nature. At last I asked this passenger what made him so interested in the mirage and why he wanted to know so much about it. He answered, "I made this trip up to Khartoum not ten days ago, and in passing this part I saw all this water, etc., and never knew that the appearance was false. Had I not met you this time and had the phenomena explained, I might have lost one of the most interesting features of the trip."

It came to me at once what an advantage this man had in being able to accept the truth when it was explained to him, for at first he had been quite incredulous about the water in the mirage not being real. Many of us were in a similar position when the truths of Christian Science were first presented to us, and what advantages those of us have reaped who have been able to accept them! The lesson conveyed by this incident of the desert gave me food for thought for some days; so I "pass it on," with the hope that it may be equally useful to some reader of the Sentinel.

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May 28, 1910

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