For two or three years I wore glasses when setting type...

For two or three years I wore glasses when setting type or reading, the difficulty seeming to be a structural defect of the eye; then in 1902 a Chicago oculist said I must wear them all the time. I took his advice and wore glasses constantly for more than six years, but with very little satisfaction, as I was unable, after eight hours of work, to read a book or a newspaper more than five minutes without pain and smarting of the eyes. After my appointment to the government printing office, I was assigned to a dark room (in a building since abandoned), and in consequence was obliged to substitute a twenty-candle electric bulb for the sixteen-candle light I had. In February, 1908, through a neighbor who had been greatly benefited in a few weeks by Christian Science treatment for what had been called heart disease, I attended a Christian Science service for the first time, and began the study of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." The following month I was enabled to lay aside my glasses, and have never worn them since, except occasionally to read music. For the greater part of the past five years I have been engaged in proof-reading, now and then having to read fractions set in small type known as six-point, and sometimes readers wearing glasses have asked me to decide what a somewhat blurred fraction was. Shortly after I commenced the study of our text-book, all desire for tobacco, although I had indulged moderately for about sixteen years, left me, and it has not returned.

In the summer of 1908 our boy, then in his second summer and teething, was taken ill with severe bowel trouble. As my wife had great confidence in a certain physician (considered one of the best in Washington), he was called, and for a week he prescribed different remedies; but the child steadily lost ground from day to day, and fell away from a noticeable plumpness to an equally noticeable thinness. At the end of the week my wife asked me to see a Christian Science practitioner and request her to help the child. In half an hour after she came the little one was feo, and he retained the food for the first time in a week. He improved so rapidly that in a week or ten days he was the picture of health. We feel that we owe the boy's life to Christian Science.

For these and many other blessings we are indeed thankful to God, and grateful to our beloved Leader, Mrs. Eddy, who has shown us the way in Christian Science.

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Testimony of Healing
As the mother of a large family, my heart goes out in love...
March 6, 1915

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