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November 4, 1899


JAMA. 1899;XXXIII(19):1173. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450710055013

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The case of Woodbury vs. Eddy, a slander suit claiming $150,000 damages, is the sequel to the article in the Arena last May by Mrs. Josephine Curtis Woodbury, exposing "Christian Science" and its prophetess. The latter, it is claimed, retorted by identifying the author with the scarlet woman of Revelation, a characterization that might not unreasonably be considered libelous by any woman to whom it was applied. Mrs. Eddy herself, it is said, applies the twelfth chapter of Revelation to herself. She is the woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet. It may be rather rough for people who have a reverence for the Scriptures and for sacred things to have the profane pretensions of the prophetess aired in court, but it is to be hoped the case will go through. One would not specially regret to see her coffers tapped a little for the benefit

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