We are frequently asked by our friends in the field to write editorials dealing with this or that subject of general or special interest. As one of the subjects on which we have frequently been requested to write has already beer, covered in an editorial that appeared in the Sentinel of July 4, 1908, we are republishing the editorial in question, which was as follows:—

The innumerable advertising circulars with which those whose names appear in the directory of practitioners published in The Christian Science Journal are being constantly deluged, would seem to indicate that a general confidence has been established in the minds of many people who have "something to sell" that Christian Scientists have at last solved the much-discussed yet somewhat elusive "financial problem" which has at times clouded the horizon for most of us, whether we be plain citizens, captains of industry, or the framers of political platforms.

A few persons, we suppose, are so familiar with money that it may seem ridiculous to them for any one to turn to a dictionary for a definition of the word. We have found, however, that Webster's Dictionary is a good thing to have at one's elbow, and just now it is particularly useful because it informs us that money is "whatever ... is used as a medium of effecting exchange of property," and we are thus enlightened as to the object of the circulars which have gone so far toward filling the waste-baskets of many Christian Scientists. The problem is very simple, and can be stated in about this way. You are a Christian Scientist and are supposed to have money. I may or may not be a Christian Scientist and I want money. I send you a circular, offering to sell you a gold-mine or a gold brick. Yon send me the "medium of effecting exchange of property" and the deed is done, the "financial demonstration" is made.

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February 10, 1912

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