[Translated from the German.]

Unlike many others, I had had Christian Science....

Unlike many others, I had had Christian Science talked to me a great deal, until it irritated me to have any one bring it to my attention. I was willing that any one else who wished, including my family, should study and practise it, as I have always held that we each and all must solve our own problems and fight our own battles; but as for me, I considered that I was too worldly, too self-sufficient, and too busy to trouble myself about any cult or ism. Being a traveling man, my mode of life left me little time for thought of this character, and hence I should probably have gone on for years in that narrow, moth-eaten groove, blindly groveling with the worms, had not a crisis and necessity compelled me to open my eyes and observe the truth.

For years I had regularly suffered each winter with severe throat trouble, until I came to look for it as a necessary evil to be suffered each succeeding year. This year proved no exception, with the single variation that the attack was worse than usual, and after using the approved remedies, I called a physician. After thirty-six hours of his treatment, to no avail, I had become so much worse that I was disgusted with the result, and upon the advice of my wife decided to call a Christian Science practitioner, feeling I might as well die under the ministrations of the latter as the former, if it should come to that, as at the time seemed at least possible. The practitioner called at ten o'clock the following day, and by three o'clock I was up and practically cured. By the following morning I was to all intents and purposes entirely well and have been going about my business as usual.

While from this experience I do not of course feel that I am at all a Christian Scientist, it has surely made me want to be one, or at least to understand somewhat the basis of this wonderful religion.—G. T. Springer, Seattle, Wash.

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April 20, 1912

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