Extracts from Letters

"After one month in this hospital, orders have come for my return to duty. It is with thankful heart that I can say that I am again feeling freer than I have for a long time. I attribute to Christian Science the good work done, for it has again healed me, and this time again from jealousy of my brother officers. The expansion of the military service naturally led to competition, and at last I could not know that 'my brother' was better than I. The result was a month in the hospital, and in trying to uncover the error I found countless others, jealousy of friends and of wife, and other errors of omission and commission. There are errors still to be overcome, but in this moment of knowledge of healing I cannot help being thankful for 'Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,' as presented to me by the Christian Science Welfare committee through my wife.

"The Monitor has always seemed 'old' to me as it arrived so late,—sometimes two to three weeks and even a month after its publication. Truth has uncovered the self-righteousness which prompted me to refuse a resubscription to it. I do not know as it is given any longer to soldiers, but if so would very much like to have some no matter how old; for, as some one has aptly expressed it, it is authentic and, especially in this day of the danger of propaganda, invaluable as a true source of news of the world.

"There are many of us in the service, and 'the little book' is with us, for it is a soldier's best friend. I have sent home a piece of a nine-inch shell which struck within a few feet of some of us; during an all-night bombardment we were safe. After knowing the truth we fell asleep without feeling the need of a gas mask, and all of us came through the ordeal unharmed.

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The Missionary Spirit and Politics
February 22, 1919

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