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         The Greeks showed a just estimate of the person they
10    called slanderer, when they made the word synonymous
         with devil. If the simple falsehoods uttered about me
         were compounded, the mixture would be labelled thus:
         “Religionists’ mistaken views of Mrs. Eddy’s book, ‘Sci-
         ence and Health with Key to the Scriptures,” and the
15    malice aforethought of sinners.”

         That I take opium; that I am an infidel, a mesmerist,
         a medium, a “pantheist;” or that my hourly life is prayerless,
         or not in strict obedience to the Mosaic Decalogue,—
         is not more true than that I am dead, as is oft reported.
20    The St. Louis Democrat is alleged to have reported my
         demise, and to have said that I died of poison, and bequeathed
         my property to Susan Anthony.

         The opium falsehood has only this to it: Many years
         ago my regular physician prescribed morphine, which I
25    took, when he could do no more for me. Afterwards,
         the glorious revelations of Christian Science saved me
         from that necessity and made me well, since which time
         I have not taken drugs, with the following exception:
         When the mental malpractice of poisoning people was

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1      first undertaken by a mesmerist, to test that malprac-
         tice I experimented by taking some large doses of mor-
         phine, to see if Christian Science could not obviate its
         effect; and I say with tearful thanks, “The drug had
5      no effect upon me whatever.” The hour has struck,
         —“If they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt

         The false report that I have appropriated other people’s
         manuscripts in my works, has been met and answered
10    legally. Both in private and public life, and especially
         through my teachings, it is well known that I am not a
         spiritualist, a pantheist, or prayerless. The most devout
         members of evangelical churches will say this, as well as
         my intimate acquaintances. None are permitted to re-
15    main in my College building whose morals are not un-
         questionable. I have neither purchased nor ordered a
         drug since my residence in Boston; and to my knowledge,
         not one has been sent to my house, unless it was something
         to remove stains or vermin.

20    The report that I was dead arose no doubt from the
         combined efforts of some malignant students, expelled
         from my College for immorality, to kill me: of their mental
         design to do this I have proof, but no fear. My heavenly
         Father will never leave me comfortless, in the amplitude
25    of His love; coming nearer in my need, more tenderly to
         save and bless.

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