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he Republic, Washington, D. C., February 2, 1895]

   Mary Baker Eddy the "Mother" of the Idea - She Has an
   Immense Following Throughout the United States, and
   a Church Costing $250,000 Was Recently Built in Her
   Honor at Boston

   "My faith has the strength to nourish trees as well as
souls," was the remark Rev. Mary Baker Eddy, the
"Mother" of Christian Science, made recently as she
pointed to a number of large elms that shade her delightful
country home in Concord, N. H.  "I had them brought
here in warm weather, almost as big as they are now, and
not one died."  This is a remarkable statement, but it is
made by a remarkable woman, who has originated a new
phase of religious belief, and who numbers over one hundred
thousand intelligent people among her devoted
   The great hold she has upon this army was demonstrated
in a very tangible and material manner recently,
when "The First Church of Christ, Scientist," erected at
a cost of two hundred and fifty thousand dollars, was
dedicated in Boston.  This handsome edifice was paid
for before it was begun, by the voluntary contributions of
Christian Scientists all over the country, and a tablet imbedded
in its wall declares that it was built as "a testimonial
to our beloved teacher, Rev. Mary Baker Eddy,

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Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, author of
its textbook, 'Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,'
president of the Massachusetts Metaphysical College,
and the first pastor of this denomination."
   There is usually considerable difficulty in securing sufficient
funds for the building of a new church, but such was
not the experience of Rev. Mary Baker Eddy.  Money
came freely from all parts of the United States.  Men,
women, and children contributed, some giving a pittance,
others donating large sums.  When the necessary amount
was raised, the custodian of the funds was compelled to
refuse further contributions, in order to stop the continued
inflow of money from enthusiastic Christian Scientists.
   Mrs. Eddy says she discovered Christian Science in
1866.  She studied the Scriptures and the sciences, she
declares, in a search for the great curative Principle.  She
investigated allopathy, homoeopathy, and electricity, without
finding a clew; and modern philosophy gave her no
distinct statement of the Science of Mind-healing.  After
careful study she became convinced that the curative
Principle was the Deity.

ew York Tribune, February 7, 1895]

   Boston has just dedicated the first church of the Christian
Scientists, in commemoration of the Founder of that
sect, the Rev. Mary Baker Eddy, drawing together six
thousand people to participate in the ceremonies, showing

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that belief in that curious creed is not confined to its
original apostles and promulgators, but that it has penetrated
what is called the New England mind to an unlooked-for
extent.  In inviting the Eastern churches and
the Anglican fold to unity with Rome, the Holy Father
should not overlook the Boston sect of Christian Scientists,
which is rather small and new, to be sure, but is undoubtedly
an interesting faith and may have a future before it,
whatever attitude Rome may assume toward it.

ournal, Kansas City, Mo., January 10, 1895]

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