Item of Interest

Christian Scientists will be happy to know that included in the list of one hundred Best Books of the Century, prepared by the National Council of Women for its exhibit at A Century of Progress, is "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy. The Council made its own selections and took no popular vote as was done through the Ladies' Home Journal in determining the twelve women leaders of the century.

The exhibit, consisting of the one hundred chosen books and pictures and short biographies of their authors, was first displayed at the Palmer House in Chicago, the headquarters of the Council. The Palmer House, one of the oldest hotels in Chicago, in its long period of business in serving the public, has had many distinguished guests, among them Mary Baker Eddy. It was at this hotel in its former building that Mrs. Eddy stayed in 1888 when she made her second visit to Chicago, and it was there that those who had heard her memorable address "Science and the Senses" (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 98) in Central Music Hall, followed her to a reception in the hotel parlors and offered her the personal adulation from which she shrank, and regarding which she said, "Christian Science is not forwarded by these methods" (Mary Baker Eddy: A Life Size Portrait, by Dr. Lyman P. Powell). Although the newspapers of that time made much of this occasion, a follower who was there said that Mrs. Eddy soon retired from the reception to her room.

Now, forty-five years later, Mrs. Eddy's chief written work is on display there, together with a photostat copy of the biographical article in the Encyclopædia Britannica and the brief sketch of her which was published in The Christian Science Monitor of January 28, 1933, in connection with the choice of Mrs. Eddy as one of the twelve women leaders during the past century in this country.

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August 12, 1933

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