My attention has been drawn to your editorial headed...


My attention has been drawn to your editorial headed "As to Vaccination," in which you said, "A Christian Science healer attended a smallpox case, and died." You furnished no particulars by which this statement could be checked or verified. Probably, therefore, you only repeated an assertion made by some one else, who also failed to state when, where, and to whom the alleged incident occurred. I assume that a Christian Science healer or practitioner may have succumbed to smallpox, but for at least fifteen years I have been quite well informed regarding matters pertaining to Christian Science, and I do not know of any instance in which this occurred.

Kindly allow me also to comment on your saying that persons who are opposed to compulsory vaccination should produce "something more than what seems to be a logical argument." Usually a logical or reasonable position commands respect. Reason is apt to command respect unless it is put aside by some emotion like fear or intolerance. Logically, if vaccination confers the immunity claimed for it, there is no reason why its advocates should attempt to force it upon other people.

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