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12        [The American, Baltimore, Md., January 14, 1895]

         [Extract]

         MRS. EDDY’S DISCIPLES

15    It is not generally known that a Christian Science con-

         gregation was organized in this city about a year ago. It

         now holds regular services in the parlor of the residence

18    of the pastor, at 1414 Linden Avenue. The dedication in

         Boston last Sunday of the Christian Science church, called

         The Mother Church, which cost over two hundred thou-

21    sand dollars, adds interest to the Baltimore organization.

         There are many other church edifices in the United States

         owned by Christian Scientists. Christian Science was

24    founded by Mrs. Mary Baker Eddy. The Baltimore con-

         gregation was organized at a meeting held at the present

         location on February 27, 1894.


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1      Dr. Hammond, the pastor, came to Baltimore about

         three years ago to organize this movement. Miss Cross

3      came from Syracuse, N. Y., about eighteen months ago.

         Both were under the instruction of Mrs. Mary Baker

         Eddy, the Founder of the movement.

6      Dr. Hammond says he was converted to Christian Sci-

         ence by being cured by Mrs. Eddy of a physical ailment

         some twelve years ago, after several doctors had pronounced

9      his case incurable. He says they use no medicines, but

         rely on Mind for cure, believing that disease comes from

         evil and sick-producing thoughts, and that, if they can so

12    fill the mind with good thoughts as to leave no room there

         for the bad, they can work a cure. He distinguishes Chris-

         tian Science from the faith-cure, and added: “This Chris-

15    tian Science really is a return to the ideas of primitive

         Christianity. It would take a small book to explain fully

         all about it, but I may say that the fundamental idea is that

18    God is Mind, and we interpret the Scriptures wholly from

         the spiritual or metaphysical standpoint. We find in this

         view of the Bible the power fully developed to heal the

21    sick. It is not faith-cure, but it is an acknowledgment of

         certain Christian and scientific laws, and to work a cure the

         practitioner must understand these laws aright. The

24    patient may gain a better understanding than the Church

         has had in the past. All churches have prayed for the cure

         of disease, but they have not done so in an intelligent man-

27    ner, understanding and demonstrating the Christ-healing.”




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