The Lectures

Burlington, Vt. (Society).—William D. Kilpatrick, lecturer; introduced by Franklin H. Dewart, who said in part:—

It may be worth while briefly to tell how Christian Science first penetrated the armor in which I was incased not so very long ago. I had boarded the train one morning, in the course of business, and was soon delighted to observe opposite me a father, mother, little son, and daughter, all radiating a beautiful, harmonious spirit which is always attractive. Not one alone, but all, beamed with unconcealed yet unobtrusive peace, joy, and health, so much so that in a wearisome journey of some length not a trace of aught discordant appeared. After settling down comfortably, the parents, with a delightful unity of spirit, became so absorbed in a book that I could not feel satisfied until I had, by furtive glances, made out the name. And then I was less satisfied than before, and roughly repulsed, on seeing that it was "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy. The scene kept recurring to thought at intervals, and led to the serious question, It is possible that there is truth in this book at which I have so often scoffed? But I had to admit in fairness that if these people, having seen in it what I had not, were thereby made happy, I must have been hasty or superficial in judgment.

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