APPENDIX TO PART I: As Chronicled by the Newspapers
leaped half a dozen Scientists. They had been told to
name, before beginning, the places where they lived.
"Indianapolis!" "Des Moines!" "Glasgow!" "Cuba!"
"Dresden!" "Peoria!" they cried. No more cosmopolitan
audience ever sat in Boston.
Those who poured out their debts of gratitude for ills
cured, for hearts lifted up, spoke simply and gratefully,
but occasionally the voices would ring out in a way there
was no mistaking. In those people was the depth of
sincerity, and, when they sang, the volume of holy song
rose tingling to the great dome, swelling as one voice.
It was a practical demonstration of the Scientist claims,
a fitting close to a memorable week.
If an attempt were made to give any account of the
marvellous cures narrated at the meetings of the Scientists,
or wherever two or more of them are met together,
it would be impossible to convey a conception of the
fervor of belief with which each tells his or her
experience. These are tales of people of standing and of
substance, professional men, hard-headed shrewd business
men. Yet they all have the same stories of their
conversion, either through a cure to themselves or to
one near and dear to them.
For a while this morning it looked as though all the
Christian Scientists who have been crowding Boston
the last week were trying to get away at the same
time. Hotels, boarding-houses, and private houses
were disgorging trunks and smaller articles of baggage
so fast that it was a matter of wonder where there
could be secured express wagons enough to accommodate
At the dedicatory services of The Mother Church
extension on Sunday, and at the sessions of the annual
meeting, Tuesday, it was the pride of the Church Directors
that the edifice was emptied of its crowds in something
like ten minutes. It would seem that this ability
to get away when the entertainment is over is a distinguishing
characteristic of Christian Scientists, for at
noon to-day une 14] the indications were that Boston
would be emptied of its twenty thousand and more visitors
by midnight to-night.
Transportation facilities at the two stations were taxed
to the utmost from early morning, and trains pulled out
of the city in double sections.
Although the Scientists came to Boston in such numbers
and are departing with such remarkable expedition, their
going will not be noticeable to the residents of Boston,
except perhaps those living in the streets leading directly
to Horticultural Hall. This fact will be due to the
custom Christian Scientists have of never going about
labelled. Ordinarily the holding of a great convention
is patent to every one residing in the convention city.
Up at Horticultural Hall the one hundred and fifty
members of the local arrangement committee wore tiny
white, unmarked buttons, for their own self-identification,
otherwise there has been no flaunting of badges or
insignia of any kind. Christian Scientists frequently
wear a small pin, but this is usually hidden away in
the laces of the women's frocks, and the men go
Therefore, with the exception of the street-car men
and policemen, who will doubtless have fewer questions
as to locality to answer, and the hotel and restaurant
keepers, who will have time to rest and sleep, the public
at large will scarcely realize that the Scientists have
WHAT THE BOSTON EDITORS SAID
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The meeting of the Christian Scientists in this city