About six years ago a newspaper man who was stopping...

About six years ago a newspaper man who was stopping at our house told us one evening of the case of a business man who had been healed by Christian Science of total deafness. I was interested enough to want to know how Christian Science could accomplish this healing, and remembering that I had seen the text-book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," in the library to which I belonged, I determined to get the book and read it. I read part of it, some of which I understood, but a great deal was like Greek to me. I did not grasp at all what was meant by the unreality of matter, so after a short time I returned the book, feeling I could not understand Christian Science.

Before and during this time I was constantly under medical treatment for severe stomach trouble, nervousness, headaches, and another ailment for which I had to take a certain medicine each day. I also had a very bad structural defect of the eye; in fact, the last oculist I consulted said I had one of the worst cases he had ever seen. For the next few years I tried many things in search of the health I longed for, one of which seemed to help me while I was having treatment; but as soon as I stopped, old conditions returned. During these years I read many metaphysical works, for I was looking for a better understanding of God as well as for health.

September 26, 1914

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