Several years ago, while on a business trip in the Middle West,...

Several years ago, while on a business trip in the Middle West, I began to have trouble with my teeth. Supposing this to be a form of neuralgia I rubbed the gums with medicine and took opiates to deaden the pain, but the condition continued to grow worse. Arriving at St. Paul, I sought the services of a well-recommended surgeon-dentist, and his first step was to take X-ray photographs of my jaws. The photographs clearly indicated that five teeth were in a badly ulcerated condition. He proposed the extraction of all my teeth as the best course to pursue. While I did not at the time question his judgment in this matter, it seemed better to make the effort to get to my home in the East and put my case in the hands of my regular dentist. Accordingly I secured accommodation on a fast train for Chicago, planning to make connections there for the first limited to New York.

While on the Pullman a fellow traveler saw my distress, spoke of Christian Science, and offered me the textbook to read. Our revered Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, in this textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," makes this statement (p. 570) : "Millions of unprejudiced minds—simple seekers for Truth, weary wanderers, athirst in the desert—are waiting and watching for rest and drink. Give them a cup of cold water in Christ's name, and never fear the consequences." What I read seemed to make no impression upon me at the time, nor had the pain diminished at all on our arrival at Chicago, but the quiet confidence of the Christian Scientist was conforting as we parted in the railroad terminal waiting room.

Not realizing that the "cup of cold water" was fulfilling its healing mission, I spent many weary hours in Chicago, unwilling to travel farther, yet uncertain what step to take next. Then I met a business acquaintance, who took in the situation at a glance. He sent me directly to a Christian Science practitioner, and in two treatments I was completely healed.

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Testimony of Healing
About twenty-three years ago I turned to Christian Science...
April 30, 1932

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