Mary Baker Eddy is dead—and in her death one of the...

Seattle (Wash.) Daily Times

[Seattle (Wash.) Daily Times.]

Mary Baker Eddy is dead—and in her death one of the most interesting characters of modern times has passed away. Even an "unbeliever" must pay tribute to the force and influence of this wonderful woman. There are those who scoff at her death—claiming that she taught the doctrine that there was no such thing as death; but it will be remembered that there have been those in all times who have scoffed at those who could not verify in realism the theories of an ideal. This is not intended as a discussion of Christian Science in any of its phases. We are treating of the woman herself, rather than of anything which she taught or sought to teach.

Christian Science today is known all over the world, and it is safe to say that this fact is due almost entirely to the work of this wonderful woman. There are at least only two or three persons in a century of the history of the world who have developed such a following as this aged woman commanded. Most women, in similar conditions, would have arrogated to themselves a sort of regal authority and regal splendor. But this woman lived simply and quietly—not in poverty—not in luxury—but in comfort. Her pleasures were few and her wants—not many. Offered almost idolatry by some of her followers, she accepted little in the way of homage, and what she did accept she accepted rather as a vindication of her teachings than as a tribute to her personality. And yet it will be as a "personality" that at least the "unbelieving" world will remember her at the present. She was a wonderful woman!

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