in it, it was for me as well as others; that I surely needed
it, and if I found no good in it, I could then with some
show of reason condemn it.
I had been reading Science and Health about two
weeks, when one morning I wanted my cane. It had
been misplaced; and while looking for it the thought
came to me, If all is Mind, I need no cane. I went out
without it, have not used it at all since, and do not need
it as a support; but for a time I did miss it from my
hand. I had used it for years as a support to a very
I before went much stooped, because it pained me to
straighten up; but from the time I laid my cane aside I
straightened up, free from pain. Occasionally I have a
slight pain in my back, but it is nothing to compare with
what it had been.
In a short time after laying my cane aside, my pipe
and tobacco went out into the street and have not re-
turned. I had smoked for sixty-five years, and chewed
for fifty. I have no desire for either of them; in fact,
the smoke is offensive to me.
Many times before I had tried to quit, but the desire
for it was so strong that I would go back to it; and when
I tried to "taper off," I would make the taper end the
Many other physical claims have disappeared, and it
is a common thing for acquaintances to say when they
meet me, "You look better than I have seen you for
years; what have you been doing?" My reply is, I not
only look better, but feel better, and am better; and
Christian Science has done it.
With all this, I seem to have very little spiritual under-
standing of the truth; am endeavoring to get more, but
it seems slow. If there is a shorter road to it than I have
found, I should like to be directed to it.
J. S. M., Joplin, Mo.
Four years ago I was healed by reading "Science and
Health with Key to the Scriptures." The third day,
one of my worst claims gave way. The book was full of
light, and disease vanished as naturally as darkness gives