throat and stomach troubles; bronchitis, dyspepsia, gas-
tralgia, and gastritis, etc., were the terms applied by
my physicians. About eighteen years of that time I was
engaged in the drug business, had constant opportunities
for consulting the best physicians, and took such medicine
as I felt assured would cure me; but only to be disap-
pointed each time.
The last few years I had been living on oatmeal crackers
and hot water; suffering more or less all the time, and
could not eat anything else without suffering intense
pain. I felt as though I could not live many months
more, and was getting ready to give up the fight
when a dear friend and neighbor, Mrs. Corning, left
a copy of Science and Health at our home. At first I
did not care to read it; having been educated, for many
years, in the belief that medicine can cure all diseases, I
could not conceive of anything else to cure the sick.
One Sunday I had the curiosity to know something
about this Christian Science, and read Science and Health.
The more I read, the more interested I became, and
finally said to myself, "I will try it." I took a large
porous plaster and four thicknesses of flannel off my
stomach, and threw them in the corner, saying, "Now
it shall be Mind over matter; no more matter over Mind."
I filled a large basket full of bottles containing medicine,
and put it in the shed (where all medicine should be).
From that day I have eaten of everything on the table,
and all I wished. Coffee was my worst enemy, and I
had not tasted it for years without suffering untold agony.
Several days passed before I cared to drink it; then, one
morning, I told my family I would commence to use it;
I did, and have used it every day since, and don't know
that I have a stomach, as it never has caused me any
trouble since that morning.
I am happy to say I have not used a drop of any kind
of medicine, internally or externally, from that day, and
I know that all is Mind. I read the Bible and Science
and Health nearly every day, thanking the Lord for the
years of suffering which have led me to the truth as taught
by our Saviour; for I feel it was only through its victory
over the suffering that the truth could have been revealed
in my case.
I have had some demonstrations to make over error,
but each time it becomes easier. God is ever present