On August 30, 1923, while driving with an acquaintance,...

On August 30, 1923, while driving with an acquaintance, I accidentally discharged a shotgun, seriously injuring my wrist, removing the wrist knuckle and the outside bone, and fracturing an inner bone. Leaders of the little finger and part of the ring finger were also torn away.

I wired a Christian Science practitioner for help about ten minutes after the accident. I was taken to a hospital, where the wound was dressed. This was done without my taking ether. The surgeon discovered I was a student of Christian Science, and told me I need not take ether if I did not wish to do so. While on the operating table, I expressed the desire for something to eat, but they thought me delirious and would not allow me to have anything. After leaving the operating table I ate a hearty meal. The next morning when the surgeons removed the bandage, they examined the wound carefully and said it was perfectly sterile. I was told later that they had expected to amputate the hand, and possibly the arm, the next morning. The second day the surgeon did not take my temperature. The third day he examined the parts of my arm exposed, several times, and said, "Why, the arm is not even getting black!" That day there appeared some discoloration, but I held persistently to the truths about God, and before night it had disappeared.

One night I awoke in great pain, and almost helpless. This was apparently caused by canned salmon which I had eaten. Again I turned to God to the best of my understanding, and soon experienced relief.

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Signs of the Times
November 17, 1928

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