In September, 1930, while I was preparing the evening...

In September, 1930, while I was preparing the evening meal, a steam cooker exploded. The lid, which had been improperly adjusted, was thrown, with tremendous force, striking me in the face; the contents of the vessel (roasting ears of corn) hitting, bruising, and burning my face. I was also steamed and scalded from my waist to my hair. Our sons joined me at once in declaring the truth. Later, my husband contributed his help by reading from our textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy, for hours at a time. A friend lovingly responded with an absent treatment till we could send a message to a practitioner in another state — one who had been so faithful in the solving of other problems — for several hours elapsed before he could be located. As the first shock was soon overcome I became comfortable enough to respond to a long-distance call for help from a patient; thus roused, we were both lifted out of torment.

At the end of three weeks I went with my mother to St. Louis and spent the day, with only a pink freshness about my face, neck, and body to show any evidence of the accident. Although the entire skin had scaled off, it had been replaced. The fourth week I attended our Association meeting held in Chicago, perhaps the most grateful student there.

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