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iv                 THE ECCLESIA AND PNEUMATIC THERAPY              179
The climax of her temporal career came in Chicago where she had gone to address a group of Christian Scientists from neighbouring States. She arrived to find crowds of adherents and a curious public thronging to see her. Her behaviour during this triumph bore the signs of dramatic genius. Dakin reconstructs the scene ; thus : ' As it happened, Mrs. Eddy was in a period of very good form on this particular day. As the pastor insisted, she felt surging over her that first wave of ecstasy which was always a signal of her inspiration. She walked to the front of the stage, stood there a moment, gazing out over the throng in front of her. Some mysterious, vital force seemed to flow out of her into the vast audience. Suddenly the whole assembly rose as if by one accord to greet her. Slowly, serenely, as a hush fell upon them, she recited the first verse of the Ninety-first Psalm, " He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. . . ." It was an unprepared speech, delivered without notes, and poured out upon the audience like a stream of molten gold. She thrilled her hearers in words that have been described as " pente-costal ". It was said later, in explanation of the inadequate newspaper resumes of the talk, that even the reporters were so spellbound they forgot to take notes.'
The period from 1890 to 1910 witnessed the growth of the Christian Science Church politically and economically. Followers increased by the thousands. It overshadowed everything in popular interest for years. The Christian Science ' Trust' was assailed on all sides. Orthodox religious leaders, medical pundits, public leaders, became alarmed at the spread of the cult and its monetary power. Psychologists and physicians studied her cases and theories. Eloquence, derision and scorn were hurled at her, but she went her serene