Quite recently the writer of this article spent a week in a small city of western New York, and as the friends whom she was visiting were not Christian Scientists, she ordered The Christian Science Monitor sent to the house for one week, from a local news-dealer, paying him ten cents for the paper for that length of time. As she walked out of the store, after laying her dime on the counter, she thought how much, how very much, she was to receive for that exceedingly small sum of money. Aside from the current news, the fine editorials, and the inspiring excerpts from the ablest writers of all times and countries, there is in each issue, on the Home Forum page, a short article written from the view-point of Christian Science by one who has proved the statements therein made to be true. More than once the writer has found these articles most practical in explaining some point in a way to meet a present need and to help with some demonstration then being made. The value of such help as this cannot be gauged by a monetary standard; indeed no sum of money could be so valuable as one of these enlightening little articles, coming at a time when needed to open thought more clearly to the truth of the situation. Solomon expressed it truly when he said, "Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold."

Occasionally one is heard to say, "I would like to have the Monitor, but I do not feel that I can afford it." Of course a remark of this kind is always made thoughtlessly, because if one were to put aside only three cents a day, at the end of one year it would amount to ten dollars and ninety-five cents,—more than enough for two yearly subscriptions, one for one's self and one for some friend as yet unacquainted with this new impetus toward clean journalism. It is safe to say that any one who is really desirous of having the paper for himself and for at least one other, can lay aside daily this small sum, though he has as yet learned little of the infinite abundance of Love's supply, the "open fount," which is always "pouring forth more than we accept" (Science and Health, p. 2).

July 6, 1912

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