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Worcester (Mass.) Telegram

[Worcester (Mass.) Telegram.]

Mrs. Mary Baker Eddy leaves the largest personal following of any woman in American history, and perhaps in the world history. She has been for many years a conspictious figure in New England life, and today is the most illustrious dead awaiting the formalities of burial, in all the world of civilization. It is the claim of her followers in the distinct creed she established that she is revered by more human beings than any other known to modern life, and that her teachings and example have raised them to higher and more intelligent thought and method of living. It has never been disputed that her students have been enlisted from among the best products of civilization, and it is not at all improbable that they have improved by the tendency to concentrate their thoughts upon the new ideals. They have thus formed for themselves a new environment, and they have not been ungenerous in shedding their light among the people with whom they have come in contact in the activities of the world.

With all its faults as often mentioned in human converse and fought in various ways by opponents, it is to the credit of Christian Science that it has never used fear of a deity as one of its supporting pillars before the public. That at least gives it a high standing among the doctrines that have been spread before mankind in many ages, and in that one respect the highest. It may be said to have banished that condition of the mind from millions, and even with that accomplishment it has benefited the world. It may be the highest tribute that mankind can offer to the memory of one woman that she banished fear from their religions.

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January 28, 1911

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