My attention is again called to...

Progressive Age,

Israel Pickens, Committee on Publication for Alabama Progressive Age, Scottsboro

My attention is again called to a most unkind criticism of Christian Science, and its Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, which appeared in your paper on June 24 in the "X-Ray." I sincerely regret to have to ask for space for correction, yet it is only fair and just to the Christian Scientists, whom I represent in this state, to give to your readers the facts in regard to Mrs. Eddy's character and her teachings.

In her early years, Mrs. Eddy suffered from a physical disability. Her trouble was not hysteria, as the critic indicates. While seeking health many years before her discovery of Christian Science, she investigated a system of healing which was at that time practiced by a Dr. Quimby. Although she seemed to be relieved temporarily, her permanent healing was not effected through this magnetic system, as employed by him. Mrs. Eddy later repudiated that method. It is a well-known fact that Christian Science is utterly unlike the method employed by Dr. Quimby. This was brought out in a case in the United States Circuit Court in Boston, in April, 1883, when that court upheld the copyrighted works of Mrs. Eddy, which had been challenged by one Edward J. Arens, who claimed that her teachings were those of Dr. Quimby. At this trial there was not the slightest evidence offered by Arens after he had set up that allegation. Thus, the seal of the United States Court was put upon Mrs. Eddy's rights as an author, and her copyrights were never again challenged.

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