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stration was over the tobacco habit; I had smoked for

at least fifteen years: I have now no desire for tobacco.

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I was then healed of two claims which had bound me

for ten years. My prayer is that I may be so filled with the

truth that I can carry the message to my brother man.

F. W. K., Angelica, N. Y.

I take advantage of the great privilege granted us,

to give my testimony for Christian Science through the

pages of our much loved Journal. The blessing has

been so bountiful that words can but poorly express my


A little over six years ago, a relative came from Den-

ver, Colorado, to visit us. She was a Christian Scientist,

having herself been healed of a severe claim that M. D.'s,

drugs, and climate could not relieve; and her husband

having been in the drug business, she had had a chance

to give them a fair trial.

My sister-in-law did not talk much on the subject, as

I remember; but what was better, lived the truth before

us as she realized it.

One day (a blessed day to me), I ventured to open

Science and Health, and read the first sentence in the

Preface. I closed the book, wondering what more it could

contain, this seeming to cover the whole ground. When

my sister-in-law returned to the room, I asked her if I

might read it. Her reply was, "Yes; but begin at the


That night, after all had retired, I began to read;

within forty-eight hours I destroyed all drugs, appli-

cations, etc., notwithstanding the fact that my husband

had just paid fifty dollars to a travelling specialist for

part of a treatment. With the drugs disappeared ail-

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ments of nine years' standing, which M. D.'s had failed to relieve.

I now understand that my sudden healing was due to

my turning completely away from material methods;

for I was convinced I should never use them again. I

realized that God was my health, my strength, my Life,

therefore All. As I read Science and Health, I won-

dered why others had not discerned this truth, — physi-

cians, ministers, and others who had devoted their lives

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