APPENDIX TO PART I: As Chronicled by the Newspapers
religion which twenty-seven years ago was founded in
Boston by Mrs. Mary Baker Eddy with a membership
of twenty-six persons.
The new structure, which is now completed, has for
months been the cynosure of all eyes because of its great
size, beautiful architecture, and the novelty of the cult
which it represents. This temple is one of the largest in
the world. It has a seating capacity of over five thousand.
In this respect it leads the Auditorium of Chicago. Beside
it the dome of the Massachusetts State House, which
is the leading landmark of Boston, pales into insignificance,
as its dimensions are only half as great.
From all over the world Christian Scientists are rapidly
gathering in this city to participate in the most notable
feature in the life of their cult. From beyond the Rockies,
from Canada, from Great Britain, and practically every
civilized country, daily trainloads of pilgrims are pouring
into Boston, and it is estimated that not less than twenty-five
thousand visitors will participate in the dedication.
ew York World]
Over the heads of a multitude which began to gather at
daybreak and which filled the streets leading to the magnificent
temple of the Christian Science church, there
pealed from the chimes a first hymn of thanksgiving at
six o'clock this morning. It was dedication day, and
Christian Scientists from all quarters of the globe were
present to participate in the occasion.
It was estimated that nearly forty thousand believers
had gathered in Boston. Word was conveyed to them that
the temple would open its doors absolutely free of debt,
every penny of the two million dollars required to build
the imposing edifice in the Back Bay district having
been secured by voluntary subscription.
The seating capacity of the temple is five thousand,
and in order that all might participate in the dedication,
six services, identical in character, were held during the
morning, afternoon, and evening.
The worshippers saw an imposing structure of gray
stone with a massive dome rising to a height of two
hundred and twenty-four feet and visible from every
quarter of the city. The multitude passed through the
twelve entrances beneath a series of arches in the several
facades. They looked upon an interior done in soft
gray with decorative carvings peculiarly rich and
impressive. The seating is accomplished in a semi-circular
sweep of mahogany pews and in triple galleries.
The offertory taken at the beginning of the services
found every basket piled high with bank-notes, everybody
contributing, and none proffering small change.
At the close of the Lesson-Sermon, and in accordance
with the custom of the Christian Science church, the
entire congregation knelt in silent communion, followed
by the audible repetition of the Lord's Prayer. One of
the remarkable features of the services was the congregation
singing in perfect unison. The acoustic properties
of the temple, in spite of its vast interior, were found to
No mere words can convey the peculiar impressiveness
of the half past twelve service; the little children, awed by
the grandeur of the great room in which they were seated,
drinking in every word of the exercises and apparently
understanding all they heard, joining with their shrill
voices in the singing and responsive reading, and then, at
the last, kneeling for silent communion before the pews, in
absolute stillness, their eyes closed and their solemn little