Christian Scientists packed the House chamber and galleries...

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Christian Scientists packed the House chamber and galleries of the Capitol to their last foot of standing room last night, only to learn that the bills against which they had come to protest had been withdrawn. Lauding the chairmen and members of the House and Senate committees on public health for their fairness and courtesy, Henry Deutsch of Minneapolis, spokesman of the Scientists, told them that, there being nothing left to object to, they might as well go home. A preliminary statement of this condition by Rep. G. W. Rodenberg had already drawn cheers from the gathering. But they cheered again when Mr. Deutsch said:—

"The Sawyer bill in the House, and the Gjerst bill, its duplicate in the Senate, have been withdrawn. Sen. J. W. Andrews, chairman of the Senate public health committee, has assured us that he will so amend his bill on the subject of 'healing' that it will not apply to the practice of Christian Science, or else withdraw it."

The legislators, declared Mr. Deutsch, had shown themselves fair, and he wished to express his appreciation, and the appreciation of those for whom he spoke, for their fairness and open-mindedness regarding the constitutional right of citizens to worship as they pleased.

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