Covina Argus from Covina, California on July 17, 1909 · Page 2
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Covina, California
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Saturday, July 17, 1909
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WELLS ANSWERS BROWN. Covlnan Makes Reply to Christian Science Communication Published In Argus. The Editor of the Argus, Dear Sir: In your issue of June 10, Mr. W. K. nrown, of the Christian Science Publication Committee, Issued a letter In whleh he declared that Christian Science did not deny the existence of pain, nor of the material body, nor of material things. In answer to this letter, I wrote for your Issue of June 26th, fwotlng verbatim passages from the Christian Science text book, "Science and Health," these quotations stating In unmistakable language, a doctrine diametrically different. In your issue of July 10th, Mr. Brown responds with a condescending unction, advising me to study Christian Science, and Intimating very plainly that. I do not understand Its teachings. Now, several years ago I married into the Christian Science Church, ns It were, and since then I have lived with this doctrine and Btudled its books as few "Scientists" ever do, but I will ask no consideration because of this fact. Mr. Brown, tacitly, begs the question, "What Is Christian Science?" Is it the arbitrary statement of a member of the Christian Science Committee on Publication, like himself, or Is It the teaching contained In "Science and Health?" I have quoted from the "text book" and Mr. Brown simply reiterates his former statement, utterly Ignoring these quotations. I assure you, Mr. Editor, this Is the characteristic, evasive answer of the Christian Scientist, and until Mr. B'own talks to the point, I find it unnecessary to argue this phase of the matter further. His explanation concerning the many revisions of the "Text. Hook" Is manifestly Insincere. ".Science and Health" Is numbered page and line, and the weekly lessons refer to these numbers, In the latest edition. It Is, therefore, a necessity for the faithful to purchase each last edition. Now, admitting, as I do, that the essential teaching of this sect has not. materially changed, why has it been necessary to compel thousands of Mrs. Eddy's disciples to repurchase this book, not once, but literally a dozen times, lit about $f>.00 a crack? It has always boon asserted by both Mrs. Eddy and her followers that this teaching was received like the Bible, Koran, and Book of Mormon, directly from God. Does God neofi to revise His teaching, amplifying and making it clearer? The revisions of the Bible aro simply revisions of translation, either an attempt to find .1 hotter word, h'jre and there, or to change a word which has lost the moaning which It had In the time of King James. Certainly Mr. Brown Is aware that the various editions of Science and Health have nothing In common with this process. An examination of these editions reveals whole chapters omitted or rewritten and new chapters inserted. Tills brings us to the consideration of the verse quoted by Mr. Brown, St. John M-IU: "Verily, verily. I say unto yon. He that believetli on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater than these shall he do, because I go to the Father." This verse is I he of Christian Science of mental and religious healing. The misuse of these words arises from the Biune sipishy reasoning of which all sects ure more or less guilty. The sense of the words rests upon the meaning of the word "works." What were the works or work of Jesus? If It mean the clie-ip exhibition of supernatural power, It is manifest, in (lie light of history and common sense, (hat this prophecy has not and never can be t'lillllled. Who will claim that lie ever may be able to do greater works than to raise the dead, still the tempest and ascend into heaven after rising from the dead? Certainly not the reverent and .sincere follower of (he Son of .Man. Je.siis consistently minimi/eil Die importance til' (hone wonders, often enjoining secrecy on the part ol the ents, and on one occasion re- K those who asked for a "sign." ' Jesus had a laruer mission tin- conducting of a continual \ ille performance 1|,. ],.ft in the ( harlalan and deme:',o:-ne. nas ai\\,i\s ^on-lit m cover his great proof text as of other cults grea* miracle of the ages In the hearts and lives of men. And Ills kingdom, today, exceeds In glory, the wildest dream of tho handful who hoard him utter t.hfc words of the text, and who represented practically the net, result of his life's work. A thoughtful study of the 14th chapter of John's gospel will be found profitable. The key Is: "Let not. your heart be troubled" and through the rest of the chapter Jesus is explaining why his disciples should not be dismayed. "Let not your heart be troubled" Because, "Ye Believe In God" Because, "In my Father's house are many mansions. . . I go to prepare a place for you" Because, "I am the way, the truth and the life" Because, My work will live and you are to carry It on to yet. greater success. The careful study of the Bible will develop the thoughtful mind In almost every direction, and is to be commended for this reason. A sad fact, however, Is the disheartening Ignorance concerning the Book and its teachings among both clergy and laity. The narrow and unwarranted exegesis which the Christian Scientist puts upon the verse quoted above, cnri be duplicated from the interpretation of the mission of Jesus to be found In the weekly exhortations of the ministry of Covlna. I would urge the "stand pat" churchman to study his Bible—riot what some sectarian says that It teaches— but the Word Itself. In a few months he will have bo- come a broader, sweeter Christian, but he wll! not be orthodox. In addition to the above, I would urge Mr. Brown and his church to study Science and Health—not what some lecturer or writer says It teaches—-but the book Itself. I have curod several Christian Scientists in tills mariner, and I have absolute confidence In the treatment. It cured me, H. N. WELLS. ANCIENT POISON LORE Some Obscure Facts Revealed by Study of Toxicology. EVENSONG APPRECIATED. Episcopal Church Filled to Hear Last Concert of the Season. The fiVonsonK Riven by the choir of the Church of the Holy Trinity Sunday evening will leave a pleasant memory of the HefiHon'a work. The church was crowded, and the numbers thoroughly enjoyed. Mr. Haydn Jones of Highlands, n tenor of rare voice and ability, sang "Fear Not Ye O Israel," by Dudley Buck. H|H volet Is sympathetic, resonant, and powerful, and betrays careful training. Mr. Jones and Mliis Beatrice \Vllklns sang the duet, "Tarry With Me O, My Savior." Miss Wilklns IH a new star on the horizon. AlthoiiKli her work In vocall/ation has not as yet encompassed a year, she Is surprising everyone with the remarkable quality of her voice. Oilier numbers on the program were: Soprano solo, Mrs. Hilda Mrnnjes; baritone solo, Kdwnrd Sprot- to; soprano solo, Mrs. Helle Harris; itiiflicm, "(Jod That Madest ICnrth and Heaven," choir. THIGH BROKEN. Well-Digger Had No Room to Escape and Is Struck by Heavy Board. Chris Hullack, a, Syrian well-digger, was struck on the thigh by a falling board Saturday morning, while at the bottom of a well on the ranch formerly owned by I>r. A. 10. ICnfcMiimlt. The well Is being sunk In the wash near Corbett's blacksmith -shop. Ilul- lack was at the bottom of the well, which had been sunk ninety feet, when a helper at the top dropped a heavy board. The man saw it coming and crowded out of the way as much as possible, saving himself from a blow on the head, which would have killed him. His right thigh was broken and splintered. Hullnck wrapped his uninjured leg about the rope and was drawn up. Dr. Jennings placed the leg in splints and sent the man to a (Jlendora car, where he was moved to the Crocker street hospital. He lives at .".us onl street, l.os Angeles. FOR SALE. (Man or Woman) A 320 ACKE SOUTH AFRICAN VETERAN BOUNTY LAND CERTIFICATE. Issued by the Department of [lie In lorior. I lo\ eminent of Cun;ld,i. Ottawa under the Volunteer Homily Act. l!iuS. ''"ml lor ,",_'u acres of any Dominion land open for entry in AHiert.i, SasKli- or .Muniioh.i. Any person. THE PENALTY OF THE PEACH. A Document of Antiquity That Shows tht Egyptians Knew How to M«k« •nd Uss Prussio Acid—-Ths Poisons of Aneisnt Orsses and Hems. In the mythology of Greece there was a somber saga which declared that In the far north, later described as Colchis, there dwelt some sorcerers —children of the sun. Of these Hecate posssesscd vast knowledge of poisonous herbs, which passed to her daughter Medea, who administered drugs to that dragon which guarded the Golden Fleece and urged Jason to gladiator- like achievements. Menes, one of the oldest of the Egyptian kings, and Attains Phylometer, the last king of Pergemus, undoubtedly possessed wide knowledge of medicinal plants. Attalus Pbylomcter compounded medicines and experimented with poisons. He was familiar with hyoseyamus, aconite, vcra- trum, conlum and others. Mltbradates Eupator went further than cither of these, however, as he prepared the famous mixture therlaca, composed of fifty-four Ingredients, and which In Inter days sold at a great price. There Is further evidence of the chemical knowledge of the Egyptians as disclosed in embalming and various technical works. The most interesting feature of the poison lore of Egypt, however, Is the fact that the Egyptians were acquainted with priiHsl'j acid, one of the most deadly poisons. They distilled It from certain plants and trees, notably the peach. In the Louvre there Is an ancient Egyptian papyrus on which (HIM been deciphered: "Pronounce! not the name of I. A. O. under the penalty of the peach." This Is supposed to lie a death warning to those who might be tempted to reveal mysteries In connection with the religious rites of the priests. It Is certain that the Romans learned of prusslc acid from the Egyptians, for history has It that In the reign of Tl- bcrlus u Itoinnn knight accused of treason drank poison and fell dead at the feet of the senators. In ancient Greece poison was the favorite method of capital punishment and suicide, and It is of interest that self destruction was considered by the Greeks as an exemplary means of free- Ing the so.ul from the body. Valerius Muxlrnus relates that he "saw a woman of quality In the Island of Ccos who, having lived happily for ninety years, obtained leave \o take a poisonous draft, lest by living longer f}he should happen to have a change ).n her good fortune." Nlcandcr of Colophon (204-138 B. C.) wrote the most ancient works extant on the subject of poisons. In one treatise he described the effects of snake venom. In another he considered the properties of opium, henbane, certain fungi, colchlcnm, iiconlto and con- tltim and recommended antidotes for them. Dloscorldes ('10-00 A. D.) described the effects of cantharldes, sulphate of copper, mercury, lend and arsenic. He described poisons under three heads- animal poisons, poisons from plants and mineral poisons. I'oltfon lore—"poison-lt'hre," as It was long called—was considered a forbidden subject for many ages. Oaten In his work "On Antidotes" remarks that the only authors who dared to write of poisons were Orpheus, Tlieologus, Morns, Mt'iuli'slus the younger, Hello- dorus of Athens, Aratus and a few others. Unfortunately none of their treatises Is now In existence. The sacred writings of India show that Iho art of poisoning was used for suicide, robbery anil revenge, and hero wo learn that the original cattle poi- soners lived in India The Asiatics knew arsenic, aconite, opium and other poisons. The ancient Hebrews were acquainted with certain poisons, and "vosch" and "chema" seem to have been the words used as general terms for poison. The death of Socrates, Oemostheues, Hannibal and Cleopatra testify to the pharmaceutical knowledge of the ancients. Phrysa poisoned the Queen Statlra In, the reign of Artaxerxes II. (11. C. 405-:if>0) by cutting food with a poisoned knife. The professional poisoners arose early In the Christian era. It is recorded that Agripplna (A. I>. 'Ji'>> refused to eat apples at the table of her fsitller- In-hiw Tiberius through fear of poison. - -New York Times. How We Change. "1'ld you notice that woman's expression Just then'/" queried n traveler on an elevated train, nml he pointed to a handsomely gowned woman whom the exigencies of transportation had placed directly opposite an aged and not ton clean man. The old man was al'oui to conceal a big red hrtiid kerellief. "That old fellow." continued the traveler, "just took a plii'-b of sniilT. and took It \ii;orousl>. add the opera tieii appeared [.. give the SM-man nausea. li:suu-i «as wrltieii all o\er her face Think ..f it: A li.-iHt condemned iin!\ cr<ail> by reiineineiit today and ejice i he tialnt of Uii;j, courtier and so, ••;•' c\qtiiM!e The jeueied >nuiT- !'-!\ what a tivuMire U u:is! Ai.d t<"\\ Ucil. \\ e do change, iloii't we':" New Vvrk Clolie. LUDLOWCTHECT JHL The Sheriff's Famous Prison In New York City. ITS GUESTS WELL TREATED. Tho Inmatss Wear No Uniform and Hsvs Many Prlvilsgss—Ths Disci- plins Is Quit* Qsntls and th« Surroundings Psaeoful and Homsllk*. Walking through the streets of the squalid, noisy east side, the visitor In New York Is quite unprepared for the peace nnd clean homeliness which greet him In the sheriff's prison In Ltidlow street. Flanked by public school and police court on two sides, the brick building, ornamented with antique Iron grill over long windows, resembles a village Church or old fash- loned hall of learning. The outer clamor does not penetrate Its cool cloisters. The struggle for existence Is halted at the threshold. Hut it IH not so easy to enter the sheriff's rest establishment. The guard who opens the front door In response to the electric bell eyes the visitor suspiciously. as If the latter might be trying to break Into tho county haven without proper credentials. The only persons entitled to the privileges of the Ludlow tavern are those In contempt of surrogates' and certain other courts, federal bankrupts, delinquent militiamen, execntlon and Judgment debtors and breach of promise and alimony men. However, the visitor who can prove that he has no sinister purpose is ushered into a cozy pa r lor fitted with rugs, pictures and ,/Iano Here he meets the warden, who talks freely nnd simply about his guests. He ad" mlts he has never rend I/ombroso or any other crlmlnologlst. What's the use? They don't send felons to this place. The learned observations of penologlsts do not apply to the In- mates'of Ludlow tavern. Methods of discipline arid reform nre superfluous. There are Just a few rules, such as obtain In any well regulated hostelry. A guest on arrival ban his pedigree taken at the office, is shown up to his sleeping chamber, gets Introduced to the gentlemen In the sitting room and is left to his own devices—no uniform, no haircut, none of the unpleasant features of a common prison. There is, Indeed, a genteel search for sharp instruments, keys and knives, as forbidden articles, but there Is no confiscation of any other* private possessions. A man may bring in all the books, writing material, tobacco, clothes, toilet articles and bric-a-brac that he pleases. The rising bell rings at 6:30 a. m., and the guests have n chance to wash, shave and make their beds before •breakfast, at 8 o'clock. The regular breakfast consists of coffee and rolls, but guests may supplement it with eggs cooked at the hot water tap or may order, at their own expense, an elaborate meal from the menu card of a nearby restaurant. The morning newspapers nre at hand, so that guests, while sipping their coffee, may scan headlines and note the progress of events. After breakfast every one goes Into the' yard for an hour's exercise. The high brick, waus do not bar the sunshine from the yard, which Is about sixty feet square and stone flagged around a central grass plot. After the exercise hour the guests repair to a large sitting room and read, study or play penuchle, checkers, domliios and chess. There Is n small library of books and magazines. Those who have private stocks of literature exchange their books lu u fraternal spirit. The dinner bell rings at noon. A wholesome stew, a boiled dimrcr or a plato of fish and potatoes Is provided. If this seems too frugal even for cloister life, there ia the restaurant menu to full back on. As a rule, though, the Inmates are satisfied with tho regular fnre. Another hour In the yard, an afternoon spent In the sitting room, after the stylo of the morning session, and then a supper of bread and tea at 5 o'clock. Two hours later the guests retire to their chambers for the night. They are locked In, it is true, but tho obliging guard will open on any rea soiinble request. There Is no rule against talking, and guests may read or write by the light of their own candles uutll they feel disposed to go to bed A gentle routine it Is. No one is overcrowded, for. while there are accommodations for a hundred tho number of guests Is seldom anything like that. The disagreeable monotony of seeing the same faces and hearing the same anecdotes, complained of by arctic travelers. Is obviated by the ccmilng and going of in unites. Tho comfurt of guests In pret ty well assured by a staff, of nine guards and three or four cooks nnd attendants. Letters to guests are not opened before delivery, its ii. common puna I institutions. Three days a week are. set aside for visitors, lint no member of the Alimony club is compelled to seu his wife. Once in a loni; \\ liile, lioW- ' ever, a member of the lair M-X enters . the pi:is::!s as a liiiest. There was our I \V"ii'.::n brought to the etli. e in eon proceedings [llell .ei:t:i!'\ ilujllir;. . Hie NOW is the time to use DISINFECTANTS buy them of W. W, NASH PRESCRIPTION DRUGGIST Covina California flFNAVO Smooth Surface Roofing V^L^A m^^U^^\*J An absolutely new process that resists all weathers Kerckhoff-Cuzner Mill and Lumber Cs. Home 148, Sunset 253. Covlna, Cal. Hay, Grain, Cereals and Fuel WHOLESALE AND RRTA1L Delivery to Every Part of the VaMiey SAN GABRIEL VALLEY MILLING COMPANY Home Phone 19 COVINA, £AL. DEGOURDI Reg. No. 3967 DEPUTE Reg. No. 2374 Imported Stallions TERMS: $20 to insure mare in foal; $15 for the season. The above are ths best horses of their class in this or anv other country. They will improve your stock iinmensley. If intending breeders would see these horses before making' other engagements it would bt to their advantage, as their colts will show. Covina Horse Breeders Association Off. Phone 54 F. E. DUDDERAR Inquire at Reefer's Stables. Res. Phone 146 COVINA supplei: Led a ^ • : ! 1 i: i I! Of coll! ellest o V..1I fl. of las .. Sp"'.. U '111 i i. i > * U ii Jl IH-e.lell ,,f I... i ..i:-;-> in:: t!,e iii i IK- hotel oih> CHY LIVERY STABLES \v C. F. SMITH, Prop. St.. :>n the new e'.octric line. K .: :: I'hone MO Ke^. I'li'-iic COVINA, .\ e IV

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