Among the Churches

Current Notes

Committee on Publication

Ontario, Canada .—This office has distributed four hundred copies of newspapers containing editorials, letters, or news reports favorable to our cause. A special distribution of three thousand copies of The Ottawa Citizen, containing replies to articles in a denominational paper, was made through various churches and societies in Ontario and four other provinces. In this issue the Citizen stated editorially that these replies had been refused publication by the editor of the paper in which the attacks had been published. The Hamilton Spectator also reproduced the replies. This circulation proved so salutary that the same denominational paper published at a later date a reply to another offending article, and the number of such articles has diminished. The daily press has been quite willing generally to publish replies to reports of sermons or other items misrepresenting Christian Science.

There were several hearings by Mr. Justice Hodgins, Commissioner for the Ontario Government, in which we were represented. In February, Judge Smith and Mr. I. F. Hellmuth, K.C., stated our case briefly. On June 28, the latter, as requested by the commissioner at a hearing at Osgoode Hall, Toronto, defined the present legal status of Christian Scientists in Ontario. In the Ontario Parliament Building on June 29, Judge Smith, as a rebuttal to a rabid attack by an allopathic doctor at a former hearing, delivered a masterly paper in our defense and in behalf of medical freedom. It is expected that the commissioner's report will be made public during the next session of the Legislature.

March 16, 1918

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