IN June, 1899, it was my privilege to be numbered among the thousands who attended the communion services held in The Mother Church. The annual meeting of the church was held in Tremont Temple, Tuesday, June 6, following Communion Sunday, and it became known that Mrs. Eddy would be present at the meeting and address her church. On the morning of that memorable day I awakened too ill to get up from my bed. I had formerly been subject to similar attacks, which sometimes lasted several days, and except for my knowledge of Christian Science I should have expected certainly to be in bed all that day and probably much longer.

I knew that the friends upon whom I might have called for aid were all busy with preparations for the day; therefore I went to work for myself, stimulated by a great desire to be present at the meeting, not to see our Leader's personality, but from a longing to hear the audible word of Truth from this great spiritual teacher. I felt, too, that if I could only be there, I should be healed. After a couple of hours' mental work, I arose, and with patient effort dressed myself. I had not been able to eat any breakfast, so craving for something cool, I went out for some ice cream, the only food taken that day till evening. I then went to the hotel where friends were assembled, and thence with them to Tremont Temple. There was a throng outside, so that we were obliged to wait for admission, and it was only by steadfast declaration of the sustaining truth that I could stand on my feet. Even after I was seated, the distressing conditions seemed unabated, and it required all my understanding of God's power and presence to enable me to keep my place.

Soon after the opening exercises, our Leader came upon the platform, escorted by Judge Hanna. She addressed the meeting briefly—the printed words cover a little more than a page in The Christian Science Journal (July, 1899, p. 238)—and she immediately after retired from the platform, during the singing by the assembly of the doxology:—

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