THE LECTURES

Henry Gyles Turner, retired bank manager, introduced Bliss Knapp, who lectured on Christian Science to a representative audience of fifteen hundred people in the Melbourne town hall. In the course of his remarks Mrs. Turner said that he would not attempt to say anything about the subject of the lecture. His duty was simply to introduce the lecturer, and for his benefit he would like to say something about the character of a Melbourne audience. As one who had the experience of a whole generation, and who had attended scores of lectures on political, social, literary, and scientific subjects, he had no hesitation in saying that a Melbourne audience was always willing to listen, and listen attentively, except perhaps when the address was one of dogmatic assertiveness or such as raised sectarian feeling. He had no doubt the lecturer would tell them all they wished to know, but if they did not hear enough, or if they did not quite agree with what they heard, he might tell them they would receive a welcome at the Sunday or Wednesday night meetings of the Christian Science church in the Athenæum hall. They were not present at a revival meeting. There would be no emotional speaking, but they would hear from the lecturer a plain statement of the truth which had brought health and happiness to a large number of people all over the globe.—Correspondence.

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