Back in about 1951 just before I was recalled for Korea, the COP in NYC told me the following: In the 1920's when the Board was a Board, it arranged for certain foreign students, mainly Japanese, to come to Principia on scholarship. One was a Japanese baroness who became lady-in-waiting to the Empress on return to Japan. If I recall she worked briefly as an Assistant COP (Committee on Publication) for Rhode Island. I may be wrong. But I met her in the Tokyo church when I was stationed in Japan. Her name as I recall it was Takaki. They verified this story. At the end of the war in 1945 the Emperor was pressured by the military to continue fighting until the bitter end. The baroness and the Empress had been reading the lesson all through the war smuggled in by the Swedish Ambassador who was a Scientist. The two women prevailed on the Emperor to stop the war who agreed, defying the military. I don't know why TMC has buried this but as far as I know it is true.
In May of 1952 my destroyer was operating in enemy waters in North Korea. We ran guerilla raids ashore. One night we moved deep into an enemy harbor under cover of a heavy fog. I came to the bridge for the midnight watch. The enemy counter radar was locked on us meaning they had their guns on us. It also had guns in fixed positions in the mountains which could pepper the sea with fire making us run the gauntlet. I thought my chances of living were nil. At that point out of the heavy fog I heard the singing as audibly as if I were in the Mother Church; voices coming out of the fog singing "O GENTLE PRESENCE" (one of the hymns written by Mary Baker Eddy) I knew at that moment Christian Science was true and real. We managed to back out of the harbor without incident. It was the protection of Christian Science which saved us and me. I will never forget it.