When the idea was given out of daily passing along our copies of the Monitor, the writer was at first puzzled to know where to dispose of hers. Then the thought came that this would be just the very best way of sending an occasional remembrance to distant friends, and far superior to the postal card plan; so a list was made out, and a bundle of wrappers addressed, that each copy might be sent promptly to the one whose need it would best meet. The plan worked beautifully, and the papers were usually received with interest and always with courtesy.

Then came a rather disconcerting experience. In a letter from an intimate friend mention was made of a former schoolmate, saying that she was in poor health. The Iatter's name was immediately added to the secondary circulation, but the wise counsel to let our friends know that the paper is coming and by whom it is sent, was entirely forgotten, the sender's address but no name being on the newspaper wrapper. One day came a very curt letter. Who was sending the paper, and what was her object in doing so? For a moment a hurt feeling and a sense of resentment threatened to take possession of the sender. Perhaps she had made a mistake, after all.

The same mail which had brought the curt letter brought also that day's copy of the Monitor. She opened it to find some thought which would help her to get rid of the depressed feeling, and her eyes fell on the familiar advice in the corner of the first page, "In asking your neighbor to share your paper with you, there need be no hesitancy or doubt as to the propriety of this act. You are doing him a favor." No, it had not been a mistake! The motive had been kindly and helpful and only good could come of it. That evening, when all trace of hurt and resentment was gone, a pleasant letter was written to the absent friend, telling something of the work of the Monitor, informing her that it was one of the best papers in the United States, and ending with the explanation that the writer had been healed in Christian Science and that she had sent the papers with the loving hope that the other might be attracted to this healing truth and also share in its benefits.

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March 16, 1912

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