Commenting upon the editorial, "A Mad World," from...

Garfield (Wash.) Enterprise

Commenting upon the editorial, "A Mad World," from The Christian Science Monitor, which has been widely reprinted, a very interesting editorial in the Garfield Enterprise of November 8 says: "But we protest against the conclusion of this article. There may be no question of the soldier's courage as he leaps out of the trench to go over the top, but his courage does not stop the machine gun bullets. And absence of fear does not abolish disease germs." Continuing, the writer says: "And we have what might be called inside information, that he (meaning the germ) would just as soon take up his abode in the epiglottis of a Scientist as in anyone else."

Now the author of this editorial must be familiar with the ninety-first psalm, and it is hoped he believes the writer must have meant what he said when he wrote, "He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty," and "A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee." Jesus reduced this language of the poet to more scientific and more easily understood words when he said, "If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." There is no guesswork here, Knowledge, spiritual understanding, frees from fear, and such freedom from fear gives man his greatest protection....

Hundreds of men who have gone through the hell of the trenches have given joyful testimony to the wonderful sense of spiritual protection afforded them in hours of extreme danger, not only from bullets and shrapnel but also from contaminated water and food and from extreme exposure. Men of high standing in the medical profession have testified that Christian Scientists were remarkably free from attacks of influenza. Speaking before a committee of business and professional men that were virtually in charge of the city of Des Monies, Iowa, during the so-called Spanish influenza epidemic, Dr. W. C. Witte, city sanitarian and chairman of the committee, said:—

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