Page:Popular Science Monthly Volume 35.djvu/282

This page has been proofread, but needs to be validated.

called 'humanitarianism' and has rendered one of his best essays, 'What Social Classes owe to each other' almost repulsive in respect to some of its conclusions. At the same time, the representatives of such antagonisms, if they are candid, must admit that Prof. Sumner's logic can only be resisted by making their reason subordinate to sentiment. Prof. Sumner is an earnest advocate of the utmost freedom in respect to all commercial exchanges; and the results of his experiences in the discussion of the relative merits and advantages of the systems of free trade and protection have been such that probably no defender of the latter would now be willing to meet him in a public discussion of these topics."

Prof. Sumner has published "History of American Currency," "Lectures on the History of Protection in the United States," "Life of Andrew Jackson," "Economic Problems," "Protectionism," "Essays in Political and Social Science," and "What Social Classes owe to each other," besides a large number of magazine articles on the same line of subjects.



Editor Popular Science Monthly:

AN article appears in your valuable journal for April, page 798, on the subject of "Christian Science." On page 800 an item is given concerning Dr. Teed, of Chicago, in which is stated that said Benedict was a victim of faith-cure, and that C. R. Teed will be called upon to answer criminal charges, etc. I do not know the address of our friend Mr. Fernald, so I can not write him to correct this item. I am personally acquainted with Dr. Teed and the case in question, and I desire to state, in justice to all concerned, that the statement used as an argument by our friend is not true. Dr. Teed is editor of "The Guiding Star." His system of science and philosophy is wholly different in every one of its tenets from "Christian science." he is an eclectic physician, and has had years of practice. He was called to see Mr. Benedict, and gave him medicine. The man died of inflammation of the lungs. Dr. Teed had lately moved from New York to Chicago, and he had not taken out a State license to practice medicine. This was the charge against him. He had a good physician in regular practice in consultation in the case. The man died just as millions of others do. Though both medicine and mind-cure—not "Christian science"—were employed in the case, they both failed. The charges against Dr. Teed were not sustained, and he won the case. I hope you will ask Mr. Fernald to correct this item in his article; at least mail him my statement, and see if he is human enough to undo what he has tried to do—bring reproach on a fine man in fine practice.

Respectfully,R. O. Spear.
City Hotel, Waitsburg. Washington Ter'y,
April 1, 1889.

Editor Popular Science Monthly:

As to "Koreshan science" being wholly different from "Christian science," Prof. Spear's authority might seem unquestionable, as he is a graduate of the "Koreshan College," and a writer of "Koreshan" pamphlets. But, to the impartial scientific investigator, this particular hotch-potch of astrology and speculative theology named "Koreshan science" is essentially the same, in whatever curative action it may have, as "Christian science," the "faith-cure," and all other varieties of designed or accidental mental healing.

Now to answer the more important part of Prof. Spear's letter. The newspaper report of the Benedict case, from which I quoted, gave more particulars, which I omitted simply to save space. I intended to ask you to print the rest of that report, but I have obtained something better. The physician who was called to see the patient at the last moment has kindly furnished me