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Title: Assimilative Memory - or, How to Attend and Never Forget
Author: Loisette, A. (Alphonse)
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[Illustration: [Handwritten: A. LOISETTE]


                         ASSIMILATIVE MEMORY

                    HOW TO ATTEND AND NEVER FORGET


                           PROF. A. LOISETTE

                       FUNK & WAGNALLS COMPANY
                         NEW YORK AND LONDON

                         COPYRIGHT, 1896, BY
                       IDA M. LARROWE-LOISETTE

                        _All Rights Reserved_

                  ENTERED AT STATIONER'S HALL, 1896.
                        _All Rights Reserved._

              _Printed in the United States of America._


Prof. A. Loisette wishes to call the attention of those who are now for
the first time becoming acquainted with his System of Memory Training,
that he was the first teacher of a Memory System to announce and to
insist that Memory is not a _separate faculty_ whose office it is to
carry the recollective burdens of the other faculties--but that Memory
is a Physiological and Psychological property of each mental act, and
that such act retains the traces and history of its own action, and that
there are as many memories as there are kinds of mental action, and
that, therefore, Memory is always concrete, although, for convenience
sake, we do speak of it in the abstract, and that consequently all
Memory improvement means _improvement of the Action_ or _Manner_ of
action of the Mental powers, and that what he imparts is the right way
to USE the Intellect and Attention--and that hence his System does make
and must make better observers, clearer and more consecutive thinkers,
and sounder reasoners as well as surer rememberers; that in short the
fundamental principle of his System is Learn by Thinking, and that his
achievements as a mind-trainer are completed when he has helped the
student of his System to acquire the Habit of Attention and the Habit of
Thinking on that to which he is attending on all occasions, which two
Habits combined constitute the Habit of Assimilation, and that when this
Habit of Assimilation is thus established in the pupil's mind, the
System as such is no longer consciously used.




  2--BRAIN TONIC; or, The stimulating Power of the Method.        6

  3--Educating the Intellect to stay with the senses of
      Sight and Hearing; or, Cure of Mind Wandering.             15

  4--Learning any Series of Proper Names--American
      Presidents.                                                25

  5--The Unique Case of the English Sovereigns--How to learn
      their Succession quickly.                                  31

  6--NUMERIC THINKING; or, Learning the longest sets of
      figures almost instantly.                                  38

      INQUISITION; or, How to learn Prose and Poetry by
      heart, with numerous examples, including Poe's Bells.      47

  8--ANALYTIC SUBSTITUTIONS; or, A Quick Training in Dates,
      etc., Dates of the Accession of American Presidents
      and of the English Kings, Specific Gravities, Rivers,
      Mountains, Latitudes and Longitudes, etc.                  66

  9--THOUGHTIVE UNIFICATIONS; or, How to never forget Proper
      Names, Series of Facts, Faces, Errands, Conversations,
      Speeches or Lectures, Languages, Foreign Vocabularies,
      Music, Mathematics, etc., Speaking without notes,
      Anatomy, and all other Memory wants.                      109

 10--ACME OF ACQUISITION; or, Learning unconnected facts,
      rules and principles in the Arts, Sciences, Histories,
      etc., etc., chapters in books, or books themselves, in
      one reading or study.                                     149

 11--Learning one hundred facts in the Victorian Era, with
      dates of year, month, and day of each in one
      thoughtive perusal.                                       159



What is the basic principle of my system? It is, _Learn_ by _Thinking_.
What is _Attention_? It is the will directing the activity of the
_intellect_ into some particular channel _and keeping it there_. It is
the opposite of mind-wandering. What is thinking? It consists in
_finding relations_ between the objects of thought with an _immediate
awareness_ of those relations.

What is the Sensuous memory? It is association through the eye or ear of
a _succession_ of sights or sounds without any reflection or
consideration of the units of the succession, or what they stand for, or
represent. It is learning by _rote_--mere repetition--mere brainless or
thoughtless repetition--a mode of learning that is not lasting--and
always causes or promotes mind-wandering.

What is Assimilative memory? It is the _habit_ of so _receiving_ and
_absorbing_ impressions or ideas that they or their representatives
shall be _ready for revival or recall whenever wanted_. It is learning
through relations--by thinking--from grasping the ideas or thoughts--the
meaning and the comprehension of the subject matter. This mode of
learning promotes attention and prevents mind-wandering.

What are the two stages of the Memory? Let me illustrate: Last week,
month, or year you saw a military procession pass along the streets.
Note how your mind was affected. Into your eyes went impressions as to
the number composing the procession, their style of costume or dress,
the orderliness or otherwise of their march, the shape and form of the
musical instruments in the hands of the band, and the appearance of the
officer in charge on horseback. Into your ears went impressions of the
sound of the tramp and tread of the soldiers, the tune played by the
band, and any commands uttered by the officer. These impressions
commingling in your brain made up your experience of the passing of the
procession--your first and only experience of it at _that_ time. I call
this the First Stage of the Memory--the stage of the _First Impression_,
which is always the precursor of the Second Stage.

What is the Second Stage of the Memory? This moment you recall what? Not
the procession itself; for it is no longer in existence. You saw and
heard it then, but you do not see or hear it now. You only recall the
impression left upon your mind by the procession. A ray of Consciousness
is passed over that impression and you re-read it, you re-awaken the
record. This is the Second Stage of the Memory--the _revival_ of the
previous experience--the recall to consciousness of the First
Impression. The First Impression with no power to revive it afterward,
gives no memory. However great the power of Revival, there is no memory
unless there was a First Impression. There are three conditions of
memory--(1) Impression. (2) Its Preservation. (3) Its Revival. We are
mainly concerned here with the Impression and its Revival.

There are (_five_) kinds of memories rising from the natural aptitudes
of different individuals--(1) First Impressions are apt to be feeble and
the power to revive them weak--a poor memory. (2) First Impressions are
usually weak but the power to revive them is strong--still a poor
memory. (3) First Impressions are usually vivid but the power to revive
them is weak--a poor memory. (4) First Impressions on all subjects are
strong and the power to revive them is strong--a first-class memory. (5)
First Impressions in some particulars are very strong and the reviving
power in regard to them is very strong--a good memory for these
particulars, or a memory good for mathematics, or music, or faces, or
reciting, or languages, &c., but usually weak in most other respects.



_The first and principal thing the pupil requires to do in this lesson
after learning the definition of the following Three Laws--is to be able
to clearly understand the examples under each Law, and whether they
verify or illustrate that Law._

I. INCLUSION indicates that there is an _overlapping_ of _meaning_
    between two words, or that there is a _prominent idea_ or _sound_
    that belongs to both alike, or that a similar fact or property
    belongs to two events or things as, to enumerate a few

    WHOLE AND PART.--(Earth, Poles.) (Ship, Rudder.) (Forest, Trees.)
      (Air, Oxygen.) (House, Parlor.) (Clock, Pendulum.)
      (Knife, Blade.) (India, Punjab.) (14, 7.) (24, 12.)

    GENUS AND SPECIES.--(Animal, Man.) (Plant, Thyme.) (Fish, Salmon.)
      (Tree, Oak.) (Game, Pheasant.) (Dog, Retriever.) (Universal
      Evolution, Natural Selection.) (Silver Lining, Relief of
      Lucknow.) (Empress Queen, Victoria.) (Money, Cash.)

    ABSTRACT AND CONCRETE.--[The same Quality appears both in the
      Adjective and in the Substantive.]--(Dough, Soft.)
      (Empty, Drum.) (Lion, Strong.) (Eagle, Swift.) (Courage, Hero.)
      (Glass, Smoothness.) (Gold, Ductility.) (Sunshine, Light.)
      (Fire, Warmth.)

    SIMILARITY OF SOUND.--(Emperor, Empty.) (Salvation, Salamander.)
      (Hallelujah, Hallucination.) (Cat, Catastrophe.) (Top, Topsy.)
      [Inclusion by sound is not punning.]

    SIMPLE INCLUSION embraces cases not found in either of the
      foregoing classes, but where there is _something in common_
      between the pairs, as (Church, Temple.) (Pocket, Black Hole.)

II. EXCLUSION means _Antithesis_. One word excludes the other, or both
    words relate to one and the same thing, but occupy opposite
    positions in regard to it, as (Riches, Poverty.) (Hot, Cold.)
    (Old, Young.) (Damp, Dry.) (Life, Death.) (Love, Hate.)
    (Joy, Sorrow.) (Courage, Cowardice.) (Health, Sickness.)
    (Righteous, Wicked.) (Beauty, Ugliness.) (Peace, War.)

III. CONCURRENCE is the sequence or co-existence of impressions or
    ideas that have been either accidentally or causally together.--It
    is either the accidental conjunction of experiences or the
    operation of cause and effect; since even in the latter case, it
    is merely the sensuous facts of immediate succession that we know
    about, as (Gravitation, Newton, Apple.) (Dives, Lazarus,
    Abraham, Bosom.) (Pipe, Tobacco.) (Michaelmas, Goose.)
    (Columbus, America.) (Bartholomew Diaz, Cape of Good Hope.)
    (Grandmother, Knitting.) (Socrates, Hemlock.) (Bruce, Spider.)
    (Nelson, Trafalgar.) (Demosthenes, Seashore, Stammering, Pebbles.)
    (Job, Patience.) (Wedding, Slippers, Cake.) (Wellington, Bonaparte,
    Waterloo.) (Depression, Fall of Silver.) (Lightning, Thunder.)

[In the case of the following pairs, one word has been so often
appropriated to the other, that there seems to be something in common in
the meaning of the terms--but it is not so, they are mere cases of
Concurrence, but of almost indissoluble Concurrence. For instance, a man
might examine a "spade" in all its parts and might even make one after a
model, and not even know what "dig" means. The mention of "dig" is as
likely to make us think of pickaxe as of spade. "Spade" does not mean
"dig," nor does "dig" mean spade. "Dig" merely means the _action_ of the
"spade," or the _use_ to which it is put. Hence this pair of words does
not furnish an example of Inclusion. But as "dig" is frequently
appropriated to "spade"--as we have often thought of those words
together--this is a case of strong Concurrence. The term "swoop" is
almost exclusively applied to "eagle." A certain action or movement of
the eagle is termed swooping. But "eagle" does not mean "swoop," nor
does "swoop" mean "eagle." We always think of "eagle" when we think of
"swoop," but we do not often think of "swoop" when we think of "eagle."
It is not In., but Con.]

(Spade, Dig.) (Razor, Shaving.) (Coffin, Burial.) (Chair, Sitting.)
(Scythe, Cut.) (Sword, Wound.) (Pen, Write.) (Ears, Hearing.)
(Road, Travel.) (Food, Eating.) (Paper, Write.) (Wine, Drink.)
(Worm, Crawl.) (Bird, Fly.) (Eagle, Swoop.) (Hawk, Hover.) (Ram, Butt.)
(Teeth, Gnash.) (Wheel, Turn.)



    =Building.= } In. by G. & S.
    =Dwelling.= }

If we examine the _meaning_ of these two words--Building and Dwelling,
we find that both indicate _structures made by man_. This idea is
_common_ to both. Now when we find that two words express the same
thought, either completely or partially, we say that it is a case of
Inclusion, because the pair of words contains or includes the same idea.
Inclusion is the first law of memory.

There are several kinds of Inclusion. What variety have we here? Let us
see. Building applies to many kinds of structures; _house_, _stable_,
_church_, _depot_, _store_, etc. It is applicable to all of these in a
general way, but it designates none of them. But dwelling means a
_special_ kind of structure--_a building occupied by man_--a place to
live in. This pair of words therefore illustrates Inclusion by Genus and
Species, indicated by the abridgement, In. G. & S. or simply by In.
Other examples: "Planet, Mars;" "Mountain, Vesuvius;" "River,
Mississippi;" "Building Material, Potsdam Sandstone;" "Fruit, Peaches."

We may for convenience include in this class, cases of the Genus and the
_Individual_ as "Man and George Washington;" "Judge, Hon. John Gibson;"
"New Yorker, Hon. W. W. Astor;" and cases of Species and the Individual,
as, "Frenchman and Guizot;" "American, Abraham Lincoln." And also
Co-equal Species under a common Genus, as under "Receiver" we may
include "Can" and "Bin"--under carnivorous birds we may include the
Eagle and the Hawk. "Head-Covering, Hat, Cap;" "Hand-covering, Gloves,
Mittens;" "Foot-covering, Boot, Shoe."

    =Dwelling.= } Synonymous In.
    =House.=    }

_Inhabitability by man_ is the thought common to both of these words.
Being _nearly alike_ in meaning, we call them a case of Synonymous
Inclusion, indicated by "Syn. In." Other cases: "Near, Close to;"
"Likeness, Resemblance;" "Lift, Raise;" "Meaning, Signification;" "John,
Jack;" "James, Jim;" "Elizabeth, Bessy;" "Margaret, Maggy;" "Gertrude,
Gertie;" "Ellen, Nellie."

    =House.=  } In. by Whole & Part.
    =Parlor.= }

Another case of Inclusion. House is the whole containing as it does
the _parlor_, _dining-room_, _kitchen_, _bedroom_, etc. Parlor is a
_part_ of the whole house. Hence this pair of words illustrates
Inclusion by Whole & Part designated by In. W. & P., or merely by In. We
may include in this class for convenience _the material and the product_
as "Bureau, Oak;" "Tower, Brick;" "Harness, Leather." Other cases:
"Wagon, Wheel;" "Razor, Blade;" "Table, Legs;" "United States of North
America, New York;" "State, County;" "City, Street;" "Bird, Feathers;"
"Year, Month;" "Week, Sunday;" "Engine, Boiler;" "100, 50;" "10, 5," &c.

    =PARlor.=    } In. by S. & s.
    =PARtridge.= }

Here we see that there is nothing in common in the _meaning_ of the
words, but there is the syllable "Par" belonging to both alike. It is
the same in _spelling_ in both words, and virtually the same in
_pronunciation_, the same by Sight and by sound, represented by In. by
capital S for In. by sight, and In. by small s for In. by sound, or
merely by In. Examples: "Nice, Gneiss;" "Pole, Polarity;"
"Popular, Popgun;" "Jeffer_son_, Madi_son_."

    =Partridge.= } In. by W. & P.
    =Feathers.=  }

Partridge is the name of the bird and feathers constitute _part_ of the
Partridge. Other cases: "Coat, Buttons;" "Elephant, Trunk;"
"Bottle, Neck;" "Pen, Nib;" "South Africa, Cape Colony."

    =Feathers.= } In. by A. & C.
    =Light.=    }

Feathers are _things_ perceived by touch and sight. They imply the
quality of _lightness_, but say nothing about that quality. Light has
several meanings. Here taken in connection with feathers, it means
nearly destitute of weight, or the quality of lightness. It is an
abstract term that describes an attribute, but feathers are things and
therefore concrete. Hence the pair of words illustrate Inclusion by
Abstract and Concrete, and is indicated by In. by A. and C., or merely
by In. Other examples: "Sour, Vinegar;" "Sweet, Sugar;" "Coward, Fear;"
"Swiftness, Express train," &c.

    =LIGHT.=      } In. by S. & s.
    =LIGHTerman.= }

As before remarked, "Light" has several meanings. Here it means that
which _enables us to see_. "Lighterman" is the man who works upon a boat
called a "Lighter." There is nothing in common in the meaning of this
pair of words, but the word or syllable "Light" belongs to both alike.
It is In. by Sight and sound. Other cases: "Dark, Darkness;"
"Starch, March;" "Rage, Forage;" "Barber, Barbarism," &c.

    =LighterMAN.=     } In. by S.
    =Lord MANsfield.= }

Here the word or syllable "man" appears in both cases. In the former it
signifies the man that manages a Lighter, and in the latter it was
primitively connected with Field, as "A Man's Field." After a time it
became Mansfield. It is a perfect case of In. by S. and s. Other cases:
"Tempest, Temperature;" "Antepenult, Antediluvians."

    =Lord MansFIELD.= } In. by S. & s.
    =FIELDhand.=      }

As "Field" belongs to both words, it is a case of perfect In. by S. and
s. Other cases: "Regiment, Compliment;" "Sell, Selfish;"
"Miniature, Mint," &c.

Now let the pupil read over very thoughtfully the ten words just
examined, and _recall_ the _relation_ which we found to exist between
every pair of them.

    Lord Mansfield.

Having finished the reading, let the pupil close the lesson, or put it
out of sight and endeavour to recall the ten words from Building to
Fieldhand from memory. He will find no difficulty in doing so. He
learned the series by heart without any suspicion that he was committing
it to memory.

Now let him realise how he did this. It was because he made use of the
cementing Laws of the Memory. He sought out and found the relations
between the words. By _thinking_ of those relations, he _exercised_ his
intellect on those words in a double way--the _meaning_ and the _sound_
of the words were considered and then the _similarities_ of meaning and
of sound were noticed. A vivid _First Impression_ was thus received from
the words themselves and from the relations between them and an easy and
certain recall thereby assured.

Now _recall_ the series in an inverse order, beginning with "Fieldhand,"
and going back to "Building." You do it easily, because each word was
cemented to its predecessor and its successor, and hence it makes no
difference whether you go forward or backward. When, however, you learn
by _rote_ you know the task as you learned it, and not in the reverse
way. Before proceeding, repeat the ten words from memory, from
"Building" to "Fieldhand," and the reverse way, at least five times;
each time, if possible, more rapidly than before. These repetitions are
not to _learn_ the series; for this has been done already, but it is to
consolidate the effect of learning it in the right way.


    =Fieldhand.=    } Ex.
    =Millionnaire.= }

A fieldhand is a labourer who lives by the sweat of his brow, and eats
not what he does not earn. A Millionnaire is at the opposite pole, and
can have a superabundance of all things. It is a case of opposition.
_Where two ideas pertain to one and the same idea, but occupy opposite
relations in regard to it, it is a case of Exclusion._ The means of
subsistence is the common idea and Fieldhand and Millionnaire occupy
opposite positions in respect to that idea. Other examples: "Upper,
Under;" "Above, Beneath;" "Before, After;" "Entrance, Exit;" "Appear,
Vanish;" "Cheap, Dear;" "Empty, Full;" "Col. Ingersoll, Talmage;"
"Washington, Arnold;" "Minnehaha, Minneboohoo."

    =Millionnaire.= } Ex.
    =Pauper.=       }

Here is opposition between millionnaire and pauper. It is a case of Ex.
Other examples: "Superfluity, Scarcity;" "Fertile, Barren;" "Sorrow,
Happiness;" "Straight, Crooked;" "Irregular, Circle;" "Prompt, Tardy;"
"Liberal, Stingy;" "Wide, Narrow;" "Open, Shut;" "Inclusion, Exclusion;"
"Beginning, End;" "Industry, Idleness;" "Addition, Subtraction;"
"Infernal, Celestial;" "Cellar, Garret;" "Miser, Spend-thrift;"
"Assimilation, Learning by _rote_," &c.

    =Pauper.= } Ex.
    =Wealth.= }

Here is the extreme of opposition. The state or condition of destitution
of the pauper is contrasted with the state or condition of being over
supplied. Other examples: "Insufficient, Enough;" "Work, Play;" "Crying,
Laughing;" "Awkward, Graceful;" "In, Out;" "East, West;" "North, South;"
"Saint, Sinner;" "Fast, Slow," &c.

    =WEALTH.=       } In. by S. & s.
    =CommonWEALTH.= }

If "Wealth" is taken as "Private" or individual, and "Commonwealth" be
taken in its derivative sense, as "wealth in common," or, the "public
wealth," then this would be a case of Exclusion. If "Wealth" is taken
as the condition of great abundance, and "Commonwealth" as the political
body, known as a State, then this is a case of Inclusion by sight, or by
sound, the word "wealth" belonging to both alike.

    =COMMONwealth.= } Ex.
    =UNcommon.=     }

Considering "Common" in relation with "Uncommon" we have Exclusion. In
the previous pair, we used wealth of commonwealth to make a relation
with the simple word wealth. Here we use the first two syllables of the
word to contrast with _un_common.

    =Uncommon.= } Syn. Inclusion.
    =Rare.=     }

These words are nearly _alike in meaning_. Other examples: "Choice,
Preference;" "Resolute, Determined;" "Economical, Frugal;" "Ugly,
Ill-looking;" "Insane, Mad;" "Lie, Untruth;" "Reliable, Trustworthy;"
"Air, Atmosphere;" "Resident, Dweller," etc.

    =Rare.=      } Ex.
    =Well done.= }

This pair requires careful notice. "Rare" with reference to "Uncommon"
means _unusual_, _seldom met_, or _unfrequent_; but considered in
reference to "well done," it means _partially cooked_ or _underdone_.
This, then, is a clear case of Exclusion. Other examples: "Men whose
heads do grow beneath their shoulders, and men whose shoulders do grow
beneath their heads;" "Cushion, Mule's Hoof;" "Ungoverned, Henpecked;"
"Bed of Ease, Hornet's Nest;" "Waltz, Breakdown."

    =Well done.=  } Ex.
    =Badly done.= }

A clear case of Exclusion. They are both "done," but one is done "well,"
and the other "badly done," or the opposite of well.

    =Badly done.= } Ex.
    =Good.=       }

A relation is sometimes found between one word and a part of another
word or phrase. Here "Bad" is the opposite of "Good."

    =Good.=          } In. by G. & S.
    =Good Princess.= }

"Good" covers all cases, whatsoever, of its kind, but "Good Princess" is
a particular kind of species of good things or persons. Examples:
"Snake, Copperhead;" "Spider, Tarantula;" "Horse, Dray horse," etc.

Now carefully read over the eleven words, and _recall_ or ascertain the
relations between them:

    Well done.
    Badly done.
    Good Princess.

When you have _carefully realised the relations_ between these words,
lay aside the lesson and recall the entire series from memory,
proceeding from Fieldhand to Good Princess, and back from Good Princess
to Fieldhand. Do this five times--_each time from memory and more
rapidly than before_.

Again, repeat from memory, at least five times, the series from Building
to Good Princess, and back from Good Princess to Building, reciting as
fast as possible each time.


    =Good Princess.= } In. & Con.
    =Pocahontas.=    }

A proper name as such has little meaning. It is usually a mere _sound_
to which the person that bears it answers as the dog responds to the
name "Carlo." It is a sound which we call a name, and which we apply to
one person to distinguish that person from all others, as in this case
Pocahontas is used to distinguish the daughter of Powhattan from all
other Indian women. She knew who was meant when that name was applied to
her. But the name Pocahontas does not indicate that she was wise or
unwise, learned or unlearned, tall or short, old or young. In saving the
life of Capt. John Smith she became entitled to be called a "_Good_
Princess." In this case it would be In. by G. & S. We have heard of all
this, and now when we think of Pocahontas, we are apt to remember that
she was a good Princess for saving Smith's life. The connection between
these words I call Concurrence. We have thought of these words together,
and the mind by its own operation has cemented them together, so that
when we think of one it is apt to make us remember the other.
_Concurrence means that which has been accidentally, or as cause and
effect, conjoined in our experience._ Between the words or ideas thus
conjoined, there is, strictly speaking, neither Inclusion or Exclusion.
Whenever there are unrelated things which the mind holds together simply
because it has occupied itself with them, then we have a case of
concurrence to be represented by Con. Other examples: "Harrison,
Tippecanoe;" "Columbus, America;" "Washington, Cherry Tree;" "Andrew
Jackson, To the Victors belong the Spoils;" "Newton, Gravitation;"
"Garfield, Guiteau;" "Gladstone, Home Rule," &c.

    =Pocahontas.=       } Con.
    =Capt. John Smith.= }

We have read the story of the rescue of Smith by Pocahontas. We have
_thought of these names together_ and they have united in our memories
by the Law of Concurrence. When we recall the name of Pocahontas, we are
apt to revive also the name of Capt. John Smith and _vice versa_.
Another case:--A gentleman was present at Ford's Theatre in Washington
when John Wilkes Booth shot Abraham Lincoln. Just a moment before, he
recognised the odour of a hyacinth held by a lady in front of him. The
next moment he heard the fatal shot, and turning whence the report came,
he saw the murderous result. After the lapse of a quarter of a century,
he could not smell, see, or think of hyacinth without at once thinking
of that scene, nor could Lincoln's assassination be mentioned in his
presence without his instantly thinking of hyacinth. Nothing could have
been more purely _accidental_ than the quick succession of the sensation
of the odour and the murder of the President. But they were _experienced
together_ or nearly together. They became cemented together, so that the
revival of one is apt to call up the other, and this is concurrence.

    =Capt. John Smith.= } Con.
    =Anvil.=            }

A proper name may be also used in other relations. The word, sound, or
name Smith may also be a general term applicable to many classes of
persons, as _coppersmith_, _goldsmith_, _silversmith_, &c. When we think
of _Capt. John_ Smith we use the word as a proper name. But when we
think of Smith and Anvil we use the word Smith in its general sense. In
either case it is an act of Concurrence. Smiths use anvils. We have
thought of these words together, and that mental act has had a tendency
to unite them together.

    =Anvil.= } In. by A. & C.
    =Heavy.= }

Anvil is a _concrete thing_ that possesses the attribute heaviness; and
heavy is an abstract term that applies to heavy things, but does not
state what they are. The idea or thought of heaviness is _common_ to
both words, and therefore it is a case of In., and as one term is
concrete and the other abstract, it is a case of In. by A. & C.

    =Heavy.=       } Con.
    =Gravitation.= }

Things are heavy that press toward the earth, in consequence of the
action of gravity in their case. Gravitation, whatever that is, is what
makes them tend toward the earth. We may say it is a Cause, and as we
think of Cause producing Effect, and Effect as produced by Cause, such
cases are _thought of together_, or almost simultaneously, and hence we
have a case of Concurrence.

    =Gravitation.=      } Con.
    =Sir Isaac Newton.= }

There is no In. or Ex. here, but Con. We have read or heard that Newton
discovered the Law of Gravitation. We have exercised our minds in regard
to these two words, in thinking of them together, and that is

    =Sir Isaac Newton.= } Con.
    ="Diamond."=        }

Newton went out of his library on one occasion, leaving his pet dog
"Diamond" in the room. The dog jumped up on to the table, overturned the
light, which set fire to most valuable manuscripts. They burned up. When
Newton returned and discovered what his pet had done, he exclaimed, "O!
Diamond, Diamond, thou little knowest what thou hast done." The name
Diamond becomes thus vividly associated in our minds with the
forbearance of the great Newton. We cannot forget it. We hold them
together hereafter by Con.

    =Diamond.= } In. by s.
    =Dying.=   }

A plain case of Inclusion by sound.

    =Dying.=   } Con.
    =Cholera.= }

We know that cholera _causes_ numerous deaths; that people die in great
numbers wherever it prevails.

    =Cholera.= } Con.
    =Terror.=  }

Concurrence includes all cases of Cause and Effect, Instrument or Means
to End, Person by whom or Thing by which, &c. Cholera causes terror.
Terror is the _effect_ of the existence of the cholera. Now carefully
read over the eleven words just considered, and think out the relations
between them.

    Good Princess.
    Capt. John Smith.
    Sir Isaac Newton.

Now recite them from memory at least five times forward and backward,
and then recite the entire thirty words from Building to Terror, and
from Terror to Building, the same number of times.

For further training, let each pupil recite the foregoing series of
thirty words forward and backward two or three times per day for an
entire month. He need not stop further study, but whatever else he
learns let him at least practise this daily recital for one month.


1. Since words have different meanings, we may sometimes find that a
pair of words exemplify all three Laws, as plough and sword. The
relation between them may be In., since both of them are _cutting_
instruments; one cuts and hacks human beings and the other cuts and
turns over the soil. It may be Ex., in a metaphorical sense, as one is
the emblem of peace and the other of war, and it may be Con., as we have
_often thought of them together_ as we read in the Bible of beating
swords into ploughshares.

2. Learning a series of words by heart by thinking of the _Relations_
between them is wholly unlike learning it by _rote_. In the latter case,
three or five words at a time or all ten words are read over from 10 to
20 times. This reading secures scarcely anything more than a _succession
of sights to the eye_ or _sounds to the ear_. No _study_ of the words is
required. The _action_ of the _intellect_ is not invoked. It is the
_mere sensuous_ impression of Eye or Ear or both together that holds the
words together, and thus _many or endless_ repetitions are required to
memorise a series which a _conscious thoughtful use of those Laws_
enables us to learn by _one painstaking_ perusal.

Another way of learning such a series by _rote_, is to limit the
_extent_ of the repetitions. Instead of reading over the entire series
or a large part of it many times, the series is slowly read over once or
several times _by pairs_, only two words at a time, but the method of
_acquirement_ is precisely the same as in the former rote process. Let
us look at this last proceeding in detail. (1) It is usually applied
only where there is a _natural suggestiveness_ between each pair of
words. (2) But no previous study is prescribed in regard to what
_constitutes_ this suggestiveness, nor are the _varieties_ of it set
forth and required to be mastered. (3) But above all, no _study_ of the
_pairs of words themselves_ is insisted upon. On the contrary, all such
study is emphatically deprecated. The mind is not allowed to be
_directed_ to anything in _particular_ in reading over the pairs. It
must be _left_ without a _rudder_ or guide to float wherever it listeth.
It is not to be "interfered with" by our will. What is this but
intellectual dawdling? A method of Vacuity pure and simple--the exact
opposite of Mental Assimilation. (4) If in reading over many times an
entire series, only the ear and eye are mainly affected and the
_intellect is left to wander_, much more must it wander here. In running
over many words, the intellect might be arrested by chance. But here
the series consisting of two words only and all attempt to occupy or
engage the intellect being purposely avoided, and nothing being done to
enchain the attention to the consideration of the meaning or sounds of
the two words, or the _relation_ between them, the intellect wanders
away from want of occupation. If when we wish to retain in our memories
a paragraph of fine sentiment or lucid reasoning, we find our attention
wanders, so it must wander here where only a pair of words is before it,
and we are not only not furnished with any tests or guides or stimulus
or motive for examining the words or for _finding the relation_ between
them, but on the contrary we are forbidden to interfere with the
spontaneous action of the mind. The _intellect might be abolished_ so
far as its _participation_ in such an operation is concerned. What is
absorbed in such a case is absorbed intuitively and blindly. Hence we
see that what is accomplished by these two processes of _rote_ learning
is weak impressions upon the memory and a distinct cultivation of mind

This method of _rote_ learning by pairs was invented and first taught by
Thomas Hallworth in New York in 1822. His method was adopted without
acknowledgment by Carl Otto in Germany and Austria, and his followers in
England and America.[A]

[A] These followers make a great boast of learning a series of
suggestive words in pairs and without interfering with the mind's action
in doing so, when they are clearly indebted to Thomas Hallworth for this
inadequate method, yet they never have the grace to acknowledge their

3. The opposite of these two methods of _rote_ learning is my method,
which injects an _active process_ between each pair of words. Each pair
of words is appraised and dovetailed by the Laws of Memory. And hence
the reader can notice the _fundamental difference_ between all other
methods and mine. My method is to keep the mind in an _assimilating,
absorbing condition when trying to learn_ by making the Intellect stay
with the Senses. In the process of _endless repetition_ or learning by
_rote_ as evinced in the two methods above given, the mind is in a
_passive_ state. But when learning the above series by _my_ method, it
was kept in an _active_ state. The _intellect_ was directed by the will
into certain channels and kept there. It was _searching_ for what was
_in common_ or _different_ between the pairs of words. It was _noting_
points of likeness and classifying them. _This is thinking._ And the
most vivid _First Impressions_ always result from the action of the
_intellect_ upon the sensuous _stimuli_ from ear and eye. _Intellectual
Assimilation_ is a proper name for my methods.

4. The Three Laws are Forms or Modes of Mental Assimilation. But when
used _consciously_ for any length of time, they operate much more
efficaciously than formerly--and they greatly increase the
Impressionability and Revivability--as any student can affirm who
faithfully carries out my instructions, and then his General Memory
becomes largely improved without a conscious use of my method.


Whoever wishes to increase his permanent Memory power and his power of
Attention must not omit to learn and practise the following exercise
_precisely as I prescribe_. He will experience great satisfaction in
carrying out my directions to the letter, because his conformity in this
and in other respects will bring the reward of a NEW MEMORY power almost
immediately. And if he were to disregard my directions, he will have no
one to blame but himself.

He must write down the first two words, "Ice" and "Slippery," the latter
word under the former. Let him ascertain the exact relation between
these words. He will find that "Ice" is a concrete word, and "Slippery"
indicates a quality of "Ice" and of other things. He places opposite the
abbreviation In., by A. and C. In a similar way he proceeds to write
down one word at a time, and at once ascertaining its relation to the
previous word, and indicating that relation by the appropriate
abbreviation. When he has analysed ten words in this painstaking manner
he must recall them backward and forward from memory at least five
times, and each time faster than the other.

Let him deal with the next ten in a similar manner in all respects, and
then let him repeat the twenty words both ways at least five times, and
so on till he has analysed, learned and recited the entire one hundred
words; and, finally, let him recite the one hundred words both ways at
least once a day for thirty days, in connection with the Building Series
and the Presidential Series and Series of English Sovereigns hereafter

As the result of this Analysis and recitals, the pupil will make these
Laws of In., Ex., and Con. _operate hereafter in an unconscious manner_,
with a power a hundred-fold greater than before practising this method.

    Ice.             Hounds.           Hose.            Chicken.
    Slippery.        Bark.             Rose.            Feathers.
    Smooth.          Tree.             Bush.            Down.
    Rough.           Woods.            Guerilla.        Up.
    Ruffian.         Prairie.          Rill.            Upstart.
    Prison.          Air.              Water-power.     Begin.
    Crime.           Wind.             Manufacture.     Bee.
    Crimea.          Hurricane.        Man.             Honey.
    War.             Reign.            Manager.         Hives.
    Army.            Governor.         Conductor.       Wives.
    Navy.            Steam-engine.     Cars.            Mormon.
    Ship.            Newspaper.        Track.           Brigham Young.
    Sail.            Ream.             Trotting.        Old.
    Auction.         Quire.            Fair.            Cold.
    Bid.             Inquire.          Foul.            Winter.
    Competition.     Inquest.          Chanticleer.     Summer.
    Petition.        Jury.             Chandelier.      Ft. Sumter.
    Signatures.      Decide.           Gas.             Stone.
    Cygnet.          Cider.            Coal.            Mason.
    Net.             Apple.            Mine.            Maize.
    Ensnare.         Orchard.          Shaft.           Fodder.
    Capture.         Charred.          Arrow.           Cattle.
    Cap.             Burned.           Quiver.          Catalogue.
    Gun.             Stove.            Indian.          Log.
    Hunter.          Fire.             Black-Hawk.      Saw-mill.

I occasionally find that a bright, highly-gifted person makes a poor
learner of my system, because he acts on hasty inferences of his own
instead of attending to my long-tried and never-failing methods. To
illustrate: Instead of _analysing the above series in pairs_, and
_discovering_ and _noting_ the _relation_ between each pair as I
require, _he reads over the entire series_. His previous study of the
Memory Laws has, however, so impressed his mind with their influence
that he is able to retain this series after only two or three perusals.
Or, instead of reading over the entire series, he may even _slowly read
the series in pairs, but without analysis, without trying to ascertain
and realise the exact relation between the words_. This is the method of
Vacuity or Dawdling formerly mentioned. But his study of the three Laws
in learning the Building Series has so sharpened and quickened his
appreciation of In., Ex., and Con., that he _learned the one hundred
words in this wrong_ way _very readily_.

_But why should he not follow my directions?_ Why not pursue my plan and
thereby acquire the _full power_ of my system instead of the small
portion of that power gained by disregarding my direction? On the other
hand, pupils of only average natural ability are very apt to follow my
directions to the letter and thereby acquire an amount of Memory
Improvement which the above gifted, but non-complying pupil, seems
unable to understand.

If a person is afflicted with a _very_ bad memory in any or all
respects, and particularly if this memory weakness is traceable to
_mind-wandering_, or if it co-exist with the latter infirmity, such a
person may find it best to make a series of from _one hundred to five
hundred words_ on the model of the foregoing series, and learn the same
and _recite it daily both ways_ for a month or more in addition to the
prescribed exercises, and if any trace of mind-wandering remain after
that, let him make and memorise another series of the same extent and
practise it for the same period. The _worst cases of mind-wandering_ and
_of weak memories_ always yield to this training treatment.

In like manner, but in much inferior degree, _the recital of what has
just been heard_, such as anecdotes, narratives, contents of plays,
lectures, &c., not only tends to fix the recited matter in the memory,
but also to strengthen the memory generally, _provided the recital takes
place_ shortly after the listening, as that is like a continuation of
the original experience.


_Attention is the Will directing the Intellect into some particular
channel and keeping it there._ There are virtually two processes
involved in Attention. The Intellect is directed into a particular
channel, but to keep it there, all intruders must be excluded. To
illustrate. A student attempts to learn a proposition in Geometry. To do
this he must keep his mind on the printed explanations, and if his
thoughts attempt to fly away, he must repress that attempt. To guide his
mind into the channel of the printed exposition, he calls into play the
Directory power of the attention. To prevent intruders or extruders from
withdrawing his mind from the text, he exercises the Inhibitory function
of the Attention.

To fully understand what takes place when trying to study, let the pupil
recall that there are three sources of knowledge.

First: The Senses carry into his mind reports from the outside
world--Sensation--sight of the letters, words and sentences, &c. Second:
The Intellect operates on these undigested elementary Sense-reports, or
Sensations, and find _relations_ among them. This is Perception, or
relations among Sensations. Third: The mind acts on the _perceived
relations_ and finds relations among them. This is Reason or relations
among relations.

Now the geometrical student in reading the printed instructions to
himself or in reading them aloud, might simply occupy his _eye_, or _eye
and ear_ with them and his Reason might soar away to other subjects,
climes or ages.

Remember that the Intellect is always active and busy, and the question
for us to answer in our own case is--shall it co-operate with the senses
or the matter before us, or shall it wander away?

What the geometrical student requires and what we all require in such
cases is to _compel the Intellect to stay with the Senses, and follow
the printed train of thought_.

Interest in the subject helps to secure this co-operation. And the
_Process or Method of study_, if it be an Assimilating one, also compels
this co-operation. And one of the processes which is most of all
effective in TRAINING the Intellect to obey the Will and thereby to stay
with the Senses (where it is not a case of pure reflection), and thereby
to institute and develop the Habit of the activity of the Intellect
co-operating with the action of the mere senses, is practice in the use
of the Laws of In., Ex., and Con. To illustrate: In reciting the last
training example of one hundred words, the Directory power is exercised
and then the Inhibitory power is brought into play, and so on
_alternately_. Suppose the reciter has got to "Signatures." If he does
not inhibit or exclude from his mind the word "Petition" he can make no
advance. If he dwells upon "Petition" he will never reach "Cygnet." But
if he inhibits "Petition" his Directory power sends him on to "Cygnet,"
and then inhibiting "Signatures" he proceeds from "Cygnet" to "Net,"
&c., &c. In this most simple, elementary way he exercises and trains the
Directory and Inhibitory functions to co-operate in recalling the entire
Series, and notice how many distinct and separate times he has exerted
the Directory function and how many times the Inhibitory function in
reciting a short series. And if _he has learned_ this and other Series
_as I direct_ and then _recites them forward and backward as long as I
require_, he is sure to greatly strengthen his Attention and thereby
habituate the intellect to stay with the senses and thereby help to
banish mind-wandering. And when the Intellect is thus trained into the
Habit of staying with the sense of sight or hearing in reading or
listening, the geometrical or other student can keep his mind on the
subject before him until it is mastered.


It sometimes happens that we wish to quickly learn five or twenty Proper
Names, the whole or part of which are _entirely new_ to us, as a list of
members of a committee, a series of facts in science, &c. We can usually
do this by Analysis.

Recollective Analysis, or Analysis for the purpose of helping to learn
by heart, is not an originating or _manufacturing_ process. It simply
_finds_ relation _already existing_ between the words or the ideas which
the words suggest or evoke. But where there is _no existing relation_
between the words or ideas, it is a case for Synthesis, to be taught

The highest Analysis relates to _objects_, or rather to the _ideas_ we
have of them, and the lowest to _mere words_, to mere articulated
sounds, or their written or printed representatives. The great body of
examples and illustrations in my lessons pertain to ideas; but in the
list of twenty-four Presidents I deal with the proper Names as words
only, as words or articulated sounds--words which are nearly devoid of
meaning except as marks or sounds for naming persons, or as words
containing syllables which may have a general meaning in other
applications. I need scarcely add that the Laws of In., Ex., and Con.
apply to words merely as well as to the ideas which are, of course,
suggested by the words. Let me illustrate: Ulysses S. Grant was
succeeded by Rutherford B. Hayes. The initial syllables of Ulysses and
of Rutherford make an inclusion by sound. The "U" of Ulysses is
pronounced as if spelled "You." We then have in effect "You" and "Ru,"
or "You" and "Ruth"--when we are supposed to pronounce the "u" in Ruth
as a long "u;" but if it be considered to be a short sound of "u," it is
only a weak case of In. by s. But if the pupil shuts his eyes, such
inclusions will not be observed. It is true that such application is not
so high or grand as when they govern ideas, but it is equally _genuine_.
It is only a lower stratum, but still it is a part of _terra firma_, and
on no account is it to be ignored.

_Ideas are never words_ nor are _words ever ideas_, but words become so
_associated_ with ideas by habit, or by the Law of Concurrence, that
they _arouse certain ideas_ whenever they are used. They are used as
_signs_ of ideas--as the means of communicating them. There is rarely,
if ever, any _necessary_ connection that we can discover between a
particular idea and the word used to stand for it. Not only do different
nations use different _words_ or _sounds_ to arouse the _same_ thought,
but different words in the same language are sometimes used to portray
practically _the same idea_, as in the case of Mariner, Sailor, Seaman,
Jack Tar, Navigator, Skipper, &c., &c. Nor is this all--the _same sound_
may awaken different ideas, as "I" and "Eye." In the first case "I"
stands for the person using it, and in the last case it means the organ
of sight. To the eyesight they are obviously unlike. It may be well to
remark that in imposing a name in the first place, _a reason_ may exist
why that name is given, as Albus (white) was given to the mountains,
now more euphoniously called Alps, because they were white or
snow-crowned; but Alps does not _mean_ white to the moderns. The word
now merely indicates or points out the mountains so called. A word may
survive and take a new meaning after its original meaning is no longer

The _context_ helps us to know which meaning of the word was intended
when the word is spoken, and the context and spelling tell the same
thing when writing or print is used. Take the words "Hounds, Bark." Here
Bark means the cry or yelp of the dogs. But in "Tree, Bark," the Bark of
the tree is suggested. Yet the word Bark is spelled precisely the same
in both cases. The word spelled "Bark" is really used to express two
different things and the context generally tells which is meant in any
particular case.

Individual _letters_ become so strongly associated with a particular
meaning that although the vocal value is exactly the same, yet the one
spelling goes to one man and the other to a different man. "Spenser"
would never suggest to a learned man the author of the "Philosophy of
Evolution," nor would "Spencer" ever suggest the author of the "Fairie
Queen." "Mr. Mil" would never mean "John Stuart Mill," although the
words "Mil" and "Mill" are pronounced exactly alike. We sometimes cannot
recall a Proper Name, yet we feel sure that it begins or ends with S or
K or L, or that a certain other letter is in the middle of the word. We
usually find that we were right. In these cases _our clue to the entire
word was found in only one letter of it_.

Noticing that the _same letter is in common to two words_, although _all
the other letters may be different_, is one case of Inclusion by
spelling. Take an example: President John Tyler was followed by
President James K. Polk. Analyse the two names--Tyler and Polk. The
letter "l" alone is common to the two names. Here is one _letter_ found
in totally unlike contexts. If this fact is _noticed_, it cannot but
help hold those two names together. The exercise of learning the names
of the twenty-four Presidents is a good one for this purpose. It has a
_training_ value entirely apart from its practical value in that case.
And I give it for its _training_ value alone.

It is infinitely better for him to learn by analysis the _order_ of the
Presidents than to learn that order by the only other method the pupil
has heretofore known, viz., _endless repetition_. When the pupil thinks
a relation may be weak, let him consider that a weak relation _thought
about_ is a hundred-fold stronger than _mere_ repetition _without any
thinking at all_. It is either _thoughtless_ repetition, or _thoughtful
Analysis_ that he must use.


The true way to learn such lists as those of the Popes of Rome, the
Kings of England and of the American Presidents is to learn them in
their places in History, as parts of the Historical order of events to
which they belong, as facts in the chain of causes and effects.

Their Terms, Administrations, or Reigns are, however, used by historians
as landmarks, and to follow the historians to the best advantage, it may
be desirable to know the series as such, as a useful preparation for the
study of the Times and age. But whatever the advantages of knowing the
order of the American Presidents, I deal with it here _solely_ for the
_training_ effect in Analysis and as an example of a method of dealing
with any list of _mere_ names.

The mode of dealing with this Presidential series will show how all
similar Series may be handled during the period of the pupil's training.
I divide the series or list of the twenty-four American Presidents into
three Groups: the first Group containing _seven_ names, the second
having _eight_ names, and the third having _nine_ names. The number of
names in each Group is easily remembered: 7, 8 and 9.

The first Group contains the names of


If the student has mastered the previous exercises, he ought to be able
to analyse this Group of names with the greatest ease. Let him try, and
if he fail, then let him study my Analysis as given below. Points of
Analysis that appear weak to me may be strong for him, or _vice versa_.
At all events, let him if possible learn each of the three Groups by his
own Analysis, looking at my work afterwards.


_Period of Organisation and Consolidation._

    =George WashingTON.= } In.
    =JOHN Adams.=        }

"Ton" and "John" make a fairly good In. by sound.

    =JOHN Adams.=        } In.
    =THOMas Jefferson.=  }

"John" and "Thom" (the "h" is silent in both names) make an In. by
sound, imperfect but adequate if _noticed_.

    =Thomas JefferSON.=  } In.
    =James MadiSON.=     }

Both names terminating with the same syllable, "son", makes a clear case
of In. by sound and spelling.

    =JAMES Madison.=     } In.
    =JAMES Monroe.=      }

This pair of names furnishes an example of perfect In. by sound and
spelling in the Christian names.

    =James MONroe.=      } In.
    =JOHN Q. Adams.=     }

"Mon" and "John" give us a good In. by sound.

    =JOHN Q. Adams.=     } In.
    =Andrew JACKson.=    }

"Jack" is a nickname for John--a case of Synonymous In.

Now let the pupil repeat from memory the series from George Washington
to Andrew Jackson at least five times, each time recalling and realizing
how each pair of names was linked together. After this let the list be
recalled several times forward and backward, and more rapidly each
time, without recalling the analysis.


1. This group may well be termed the "Long-Term Group," since all of the
seven Presidents except John Adams and his son, John Q. Adams, served
two terms.

2. Three of the members of this group died after the close of their
terms of office, on the _natal day_ of the Republic, viz., John Adams
and Thomas Jefferson, on the _4th of July_, 1826, and James Monroe on
the _4th of July_, 1831.

3. This group also might be called the "J" group, since the initial
letter of the Christian name or surname of every member of it begins
with "J" or its phonetic equivalent, soft G, as _G_eorge Washington,
_J_ohn Adams, Thomas _J_efferson, _J_ames Madison, _J_ames Monroe,
_J_ohn Q. Adams, and Andrew _J_ackson.


_Period of Territorial Expansion and the Growth of Internal Dissension._

    =ANDREW Jackson.=    } In.
    =Martin VAN BUren.=  }

Two examples of In.: "An" and "Van", and "rew" and "Bu."

    =Martin Van BuREN.=       } In.
    =William HENry Harrison.= }

A good Inclusion occurs in the case of "ren" and "Hen." The name William
belonged to no other of the twenty-four Presidents.

    =William HenRY Harrison.= } In.
    =John TYler.=             }

A fair example of In. by Sight ["y" occurs in both names] is furnished
by the syllables "ry" and "Ty."

    =John TyLer.=        } In. &
    =James K. PoLk.=     } Con.

The letter "l" belongs to both surnames but there is no other letter in
common. John and James is a case of Con., for both occur together many
times in the New Testament.

    =James K. Polk.=     } In.
    =Zachary TAYlor.=    }

"K" is pronounced as if spelled "Kay," a good In. with "Tay."

    =ZachARy Taylor.=    } In.
    =MillARd Fillmore.=  }

The letters "ar" occur in both the Christian names.

    =MillARd Fillmore.=  } Con.
    =FrANklin Pierce.=   }

The "ar" of Millard and the "an" of Franklin is a case of Con. reversed,
_i.e._, "an" and "ar" is Con. since "n" precedes "r" in the Alphabet.
Here the alphabetical order is reversed.

    =FrANklin Pierce.=   } In.
    =James BuchANAN.=    }

The "an" in Franklin is identical in spelling and in sound with the two
"ans" in Buchanan.

Let the student recall the series of names from Andrew Jackson to James
Buchanan several times, and at each recall let him also recall the
_relation_ which bound the pairs together, and then let him recall the
series from Washington to Buchanan, both forward and backward, without
consciously reviving the relations.


1. This may be called the "Single Term Group," since none of the group
served more than one term.

2. The group is notable for the fact that it is the only one in which
two Presidents (William Henry Harrison and Zachary Taylor) died
_natural_ deaths while in office.


_Period of Civil War and Reconstruction._

    =JAMes Buchanan.=     } In.
    =AbrahAM Lincoln.=    }

This pair of names furnishes an In. by _spelling_, not sound, "am" in
both, but not pronounced alike. This must be _noticed_, as it is a weak

    =Abraham LinCOLN.=      } In.
    =Andrew JOHNson.=       }

The "l" in "coln," and the "h" in "John" are silent. It is a case of In.
by sound. To the ear the sound of "Con." is like that of "Jon."

    =ANdrew Johnson.=       } In.
    =Ulysses S. GrANt.=     }

"An" in Andrew and in Grant has the same sound.

    =UlyssES S. Grant.=     } In.
    =Rutherford B. HayES.=  }

"Es" in Ulyss_es_ and in Hay_es_ is the same in _spelling_--but not in
sound. It must be _noticed_, as it is the weakest of all. A stronger tie
has heretofore been given.

    =Rutherford B. HAYes.=  } Con.
    =James A. GarFIELD.=    }

There is a strong association between Hay of _Hay_es and and the field
of Gar_field_, as in the familiar word "Hayfield."

    =James A. GARfield.=    } In.
    =Chester A. ARthur.=    }

In "Gar" and "Ar" there is a strong In. by sound.

    =Chester A. ArTHUR.=    } In.
    =GroVER Cleveland.=     }

Between "thur" and "ver" there is a clear In. by sound.

    =Grover ClevelANd.=     } Con.
    =BenjAMin Harrison.=    }

There is a fair In. by sound between "an" and "am;" but as they are
alphabetically reversed, it makes a case of Con. reversed.

    =BenjAMin Harrison.=    } In. &
    =Grover ClevelANd.=     } Ex.

Here "am" and "an" occur in alphabetical order, and is a case of In.,
and "jam," meaning pressing together, and "cle(a)ve" meaning to
separate, are opposites, hence it is also an example of Exclusion.

Let the student, as in the case of the other groups, recall this list
several times, and each time revive the relation by which each pair of
names was cemented together, and after this let him recall this list
several times both ways without reviving the cementing relations, and
finally let him recall several times, both ways, the entire series of
Presidents from Washington to Cleveland, and from Cleveland to


1. This group furnishes the notable fact that two Presidents (Lincoln
and Garfield) were assassinated while in office.

2. Another peculiarity of this group is that, for the first time since
the days of Washington, there was a widespread discussion and effort
made to push the claims of a President (Grant) for a third term.

3. This group contains the name of the grandson (Benjamin Harrison) of
William Henry Harrison, of the second group. The only other instance of
relationship between the Presidents was in the case of John Adams and
his son, John Quincy Adams of the first group.

4. This group contains the name of the only President (Andrew Johnson)
who was ever sought to be impeached. The prosecution failed to convict,
having lacked one vote of the number necessary for a conviction.

5. Grover Cleveland affords the first instance where the two terms of a
President are separated by the full term of another President (Benjamin



The method here used of memorising the order of the English sovereigns
from William I., the Conqueror, to Victoria possesses the following

(1) We learn the order of the entire series of thirty-seven sovereigns
by means of the relations, direct and indirect, which we establish with
the reigning sovereign, Victoria.

(2) The precise credit is claimed for this method which it is entitled
to receive. In a list of proper names we sometimes have several surnames
alike, with usually a difference of Christian names, as in the
presidential series we have--_William Henry_ Harrison and _Benjamin_
Harrison, and _John_ Adams and _John Quincy_ Adams, and we also
sometimes have the same Christian names prefixed to different surnames,
as James _Madison_ and James _Monroe_. But in the Sovereigns of England,
from William I. to Victoria, we have many Christian names alike, and the
differences indicated by _ordinal_ numbers, as George I., George II.,
George III., George IV. This order of the English Kings is most
extraordinary, neither the Popes of Rome, nor the French, nor any other
list of kings, furnishing any parallel in more than a few incidents. It
is these unique coincidences and recurrences that make it so easy to
find relations between these sovereigns. This method is not applicable
to the American Presidents, Prime Ministers of England, or hardly any
other series.

(3) No accidental relations of parts of names is resorted to, as was
done in the case of the American Presidents.

(4) The series is so taught that it can be recited forwards and
backwards--the only true test of learning any series.

(5) The series is completely worked out and nothing is left to chance or
possible mistakes so liable to be committed by novices in dealing for
the first time with a new process that has to be applied to many

(6) When the series is carefully studied and the relations painstakingly
_characterised_, it is quickly learned and it is hard to forget.

(7) When the series is learned by this method and the relations are
occasionally reviewed and _identified_, its recital both ways once or
twice a day for a month helps to develop the Attention as well as the
Assimilative powers.

(8) The _exact name_ of each Sovereign is learned. The student relies on
real relations and names, and not on unidentified jingles of threes and
threes and twos and twos, like three Edwards and three Henrys and two
Edwards and two Henrys, with the inevitable necessity of having
afterwards to learn _which_ Edward and _which_ Henry was meant, &c. But
summations can follow specifications.

(9) Pestalozzi [1745-1827] taught that we must proceed from the "known"
to the "unknown;" but this principle mainly applies to learning the
words of a foreign language. When we begin to learn such words they are
wholly unknown to us. But in learning ordinary series of names or prose
or poetry by heart, all the names and words used may be equally well
known by us; but it is mainly the _order_ in which these occur that we
wish to memorise, and we begin at the beginning and proceed as we learn
on from the Better Known or Best Known. In the list of American
Presidents the series extends back to a little more than a century; but
in the case of the English Sovereigns, when we begin with the Conqueror,
the series extends back to 1066--upwards of 800 years--and, although in
such a series the names of all the Sovereigns may be known, yet the
latest is vastly better known to us than the earliest. In such a case it
may be most useful to begin with the Best Known.

(10) Fortunately in this case the Best Known Sovereign is a PIVOT around
which all the other Sovereigns are directly or indirectly related.
_How_, we will proceed to show. Something of the method will be
intimated by the difference of type and spaces between the names:--

    William I.                  Henry VII.
    William II.                 Henry VIII.
    Henry I.                    Edward VI.
    Stephen.                    _Mary._
    Henry II.                   _Elizabeth._
                                James I.
    Richard I.                  Charles I.

    John.                       Council of State and Parliament.
    Henry III.                  Oliver Cromwell.
    Edward I.                   Richard Cromwell.
    Edward II.                  Council of State and Parliament.
    Edward III.                 Charles II.
                                James II.
    Richard II.                 William III. and Mary.
    Henry IV.                   Henry IV.
    Henry V.                    George I.
    Henry VI.                   George II.
    Edward IV.                  George III.
    Edward V.                   George IV.
                                William IV.
    Richard III.                VICTORIA.

We begin with the Best Known, or Victoria, and we take note that she is
an independent Queen, since she has never shared sovereignty with
anyone; but Mary, of "William III. and Mary," was not an independent
Queen, because she did share the Sovereign Power with her husband.
Hereafter, when I use the word Queen I mean an independent Queen, except
when Mary, of "William III. and Mary," is mentioned, and her name will
be used only in Connection with William III. England has had only four
independent Queens, namely, Mary [Tudor], Elizabeth, Anne, and Victoria.

(I.) Victoria is the _last_ queen and Mary was the _first_ queen
[Exclusion between _first_ and _last_, or Ex.], and Mary, _first_ queen,
was preceded by the _last_ Edward, or Edward VI. [Ex.] And Mary, the
_first_ queen, was followed by the the _first_ and only Elizabeth [In.]
And the _first_ and only Elizabeth was followed by James the _First_, or
I. [In.] Again, _Queen_ Elizabeth was followed by _King_ James, making a
clear case of Ex. Again, Anne, the _third_ queen, was preceded by Wm.
the _Third_, or III., and Mary [In.] And these _two_ co-equal
Sovereigns were preceded by James the _Second_, or II. [In., between
cardinal number _two_ and the ordinal number _Second_]. This series of
Queens concludes with Victoria the _fourth_ Queen, who was preceded by
William the _Fourth_, or IV. [In.], and William the _Fourth_, or IV.,
was preceded by George the _Fourth_, or IV. [In.]; and George IV. by
George III., and he by George II., and he by George I.,--a concurrence
reversed, and William IV. was preceded, as we have seen, by William III.
and Mary--and William III. by William II., and William I. at the very
beginning of the series--Con.

Now let us recall in the forward and reverse order what we have learned
so far. William I., William II., Edward VI., Mary, Elizabeth, James I.,
James II., William III. and Mary, Anne, George I., George II., George
III., George IV., William IV., and Victoria, and the order reversed is
Victoria, William IV., George IV., George III., George II., George I.,
Anne, William III. and Mary, James II., James I., Elizabeth, Mary,
Edward VI., William II., William I.

(II.) Disregarding for the moment the four periods of what is usually
called the Commonwealth, we see that between Elizabeth and William III.
and Mary, are four monarchs, the two James and the two Charles. We
have already learned that Elizabeth was followed by James I. and that
William III. and Mary were preceded by James II. Hence we see that the
two Charles must come _between_ the two James, and, of course, that
Charles I. must precede Charles II., and that the order of these four
monarchs _must_ be James I., Charles I., Charles II., and James II.--a
plain case of Con. reversed. We saw that there were two of these four
monarchs before the Commonwealth; there must then be two after it,
making James I. and Charles I. before the Commonwealth and Charles II.
and James II. after it.

On the day that Charles I. was executed (January 30, 1649), the
Parliament (the House of Commons) abolished the kingly office and House
of Lords, and appointed a Council of State of 41 members, which with the
House of Commons was to be the government. Intermediate then between
Charles I. and Charles II. there came--

    Council of State and Parliament.
    Oliver Cromwell.
    Richard Cromwell.
    Council of State and Parliament.

Here we see there was a Council of State and Parliament at the beginning
and close of these intermediates, and between them came Oliver Cromwell
and his son, Richard Cromwell. Charles I., followed by Council of State
and Parliament, made a case of Exclusion and the Council of State and
Parliament, followed by the Protector Oliver Cromwell, gives another
example of Ex. and a case of In. between Oliver Cromwell and his son
Richard, who inherited the protectorate, but a case of Ex. again between
the powerful Oliver and his weak son Richard, and another example of Ex.
between the protectorate of Richard Cromwell and the Council of State
and Parliament, and another between the latter and the full-fledged
monarchy of Charles II.

Now review what we have learned so far and we have William I., William
II., Edward VI., Mary, Elizabeth, James I., Charles I., Council of State
and Parliament, Oliver Cromwell, Richard Cromwell, Council of State and
Parliament, Charles II., James II., William III. and Mary, Anne, George
I., George II., George III., George IV., William IV., and Victoria.
Reverse the recital and we have Victoria, William IV., George IV.,
George III., George II., George I., Anne, William III. and Mary, James
II., Charles II., Council of State and Parliament, Richard Cromwell,
Oliver Cromwell, Council of State and Parliament, Charles I., James I.,
Elizabeth, Mary, Edward VI., William II., and William I.

(III.) We now proceed to learn the eighteen kings intermediate between
William II. and Edward VI. We notice at once that the _first_ and _last_
of these intermediates are the _first_ and _last_ Henrys [Ex.], viz.,
Henry I. and Henry VIII. We see also that Henry the _First_, or I., is
followed by Henry the Second, or II. [Con.], with the _first_ and only
Stephen as the _first_ single intermediary [In.]. Returning to Edward
VI., we see that he, the _last_ Edward, is preceded by Henry VIII., or
the _last_ Henry [In.] We also notice that Edward VI. is preceded by
Henry VI., and Henry VI. by Henry III., or the half of six [In. by W.
and P.]. Finally we observe that between William II. and Mary, there are
three series of kings completed--eight Henrys, six Edwards, and three
Richards. Making the three Richards _reference_ points we can easily fix
the residue of the eighteen kings for we see that Richard I. or the
_First_, is preceded by Henry II. and followed by Henry III., with the
_first_ and only John as the _second_ single intermediary [In.] and that
Richard II. is preceded by Edward I., Edward II., and Edward III., or
three Edwards, and followed by Henry IV., Henry V., and Henry VI., or
three Henrys, and that Richard III. is preceded by Edward IV. and Edward
V., or two Edwards, and followed by Henry VII. and Henry VIII., or two

Recalling the succession from William I. to Edward VI., we have William
I., William II., Henry I., Stephen, Henry II., Richard I., John, Henry
III., Edward I., Edward II., Edward III., Richard II., Henry IV., Henry
V., Henry VI., Edward IV., Edward V., Richard III., Henry VII., Henry
VIII., Edward VI. Reversing the order, we have Edward VI., Henry VIII.,
Henry VII., Richard III., Edward V., Edward IV., Henry VI., Henry V.,
Henry IV., Richard II., Edward III., Edward II., Edward I., Henry III.,
John, Richard I., Henry II., Stephen, Henry I., William II., and William

We conclude with the recital both ways of the thirty-seven Sovereigns
from William I. to Victoria.

    William I.                          VICTORIA.
    William II.                         William IV.
    Henry I.                            George IV.
    Stephen.                            George III.
    Henry II.                           George II.
    Richard I.                          George I.
    John.                               ANNE.
    Henry III.                          William III. and Mary,
    Edward I.                           James II.
    Edward II.                          Charles II.
    Edward III.                         Council of State and Parliament.
    Richard II.                         Richard Cromwell.
    Henry IV.                           Oliver Cromwell.
    Henry V.                            Council of State and Parliament.
    Henry VI.                           Charles I.
    Edward IV.                          James I.
    Edward V.                           ELIZABETH.
    Richard III.                        MARY.
    Henry VII.                          Edward VI.
    Henry VIII.                         Henry VIII.
    Edward VI.                          Henry VII.
    MARY.                               Richard III.
    ELIZABETH.                          Edward V.
    James I.                            Edward IV.
    Charles I.                          Henry VI.
    Council of State and Parliament.    Henry V.
    Oliver Cromwell.                    Henry IV.
    Richard Cromwell.                   Richard II.
    Council of State and Parliament.    Edward III.
    Charles II.                         Edward II.
    James II.                           Edward I.
    William III. and Mary.              Henry III.
    ANNE.                               John.
    George I.                           Richard I.
    George II.                          Henry II.
    George III.                         Stephen.
    George IV.                          Henry I.
    William IV.                         William II.
    VICTORIA.                           William I.



When my pupils have gained the quick perception and instantaneous
apprehension which always reward the studious use of In., Ex., and Con.,
they can, amongst other new achievements, always remember and never
forget figures and dates.

_Pike's Peak_, the most famous in the chain known as the Rocky Mountains
in America, is fourteen thousand one hundred and forty-seven feet high.
Instantly, one who is trained in the use of In., Ex., and Con.,
perceives that there are two fourteens [Syn., In.] in these figures, and
that the last figure is half of fourteen, or 7 In. by W. and P., making
14,147. Of course, one who is not practised in analogies, in discovering
similarities and finding differences would not have noticed any
peculiarity in these figures which would enable him to remember them.
Few people ever notice any relations among numbers. But any possible
figures or dates always possess relations to the mind trained in In.,
Ex., and Con.

_Fujiyama_, the noted volcano of Japan, is twelve thousand three hundred
and sixty-five feet high. Does any pupil who has mastered the first
lesson and who is expert in the use of In., Ex., and Con., fail to
notice that here we have the disguised statement that the height of this
mountain is expressed in the number of months and days of the year,
12,365 feet high? These figures drop into that mould and henceforth are
remembered without difficulty. These are remarkable coincidences no
doubt, but are not all sets of figures similarly impressive coincidences
to the trained eye, and the _active_, _thinking_ and _assimilative_

No reader of English history has failed to notice the three sixes in the
date of the Great Fire in London, _viz._, 1666. The "three sixes" are
generally resorted to as a signal for fire companies to turn out in full
force; yet such a coincidence of figures in a distant date makes a
slight impression compared to the vividness of events that happened in
the year of our birth, the year of graduation from school, the year of
marriage, and the year of the death of relatives, &c., &c. Keep a small
blank book for such entries, not to help remember the dates or facts,
but to have them together so as to rapidly deal with them, to classify
them and otherwise study them under the eye. You will soon be astonished
at the accumulation.

The population of New Zealand, exclusive of natives, is 672,265.
Bringing the first two figures into relation with the last two we have
67 and 65--a difference of 2 only. The two groups of 672 and 265 have
the figure 2 at the end of the first group, and another 2 at the
beginning of the second group. These two twos are in sequence (Con.),
and each of them expresses the difference between 67 and 65. _Thought_
about in this way, or in any other, the series becomes fixed in mind,
and will be hard to forget.

The population of Sydney is 386,400. Here are two groups of three
figures each. The first two figures of the first group are 38, and the
first two figures of the second group are 40--a difference of 2. Two
taken from 8 leaves 6, or the third figure of the first group, and 2
added to the first figure of the second group makes 6. The 40 ends with
a cypher, and it is a case of Syn. In. that the last figure of the
second group or the third figure of it should likewise be a cypher.
Besides, those who know anything at all about the population of Sydney
must know that it is vastly more than 38,640, and hence that there must
be another cypher after 40, making the total of 386,400.

The population of Melbourne is 490,912. Here we have 4 at the beginning
and half of 4 or 2 at the end of the six figures. The four interior
figures, viz., 9091 is a clear case of Con.--or 90 and 91. Then again 91
ending with 1, the next figure is 2--a case of sequence or Con. But
490,912 is the population of the city of Melbourne with its suburbs. The
"city" itself contains only 73,361 inhabitants, 73 reversed becomes
37--or only 1 more than 36. This 1 placed at the end of or after 36
makes the 361. Now 37 reversed is 73, and then follows 361, making the
total to be 73,361.

Let the attentive pupil observe that this method does not give any set
of rules for thinking in the same manner in regard to different sets or
example of numbers. That would be impossible. Thinking or finding
relations amongst the objects of thought must be differently worked out
in each case, since the figures themselves are differently grouped.

The foregoing cases in regard to population will suffice for those who
live in the Australian colonies, and to others they will teach the
method of handling such cases, and leave them the pleasure of working
out the process in regard to the population where they reside, or other
application of the method they may wish to make.

Great encouragement is found in the circumstance that after considerable
practice in dealing with numerous figures through In., Ex., and Con.,
new figures are self-remembered from the habit of assimilating numbers.
They henceforth make more vivid impressions than formerly.

INCLUSION embraces cases where the same kind of facts or the principles
were involved, or the same figures occur in different dates with regard
to somewhat parallel facts--End of Augustus's empire [death]
14 A.D.--End of Charlemagne's [death] 814 A.D., and end of Napoleon's
[abdication] 1814 A.D.

EXCLUSION implies facts from the opposite sides relating to the same
events, conspicuously opposite views held by the same man at different
periods, or by different men who were noticeably similar in some other
respects, or antithesis as to the character or difference in the
nationality [if the two nations are frequent foes] of different men in
whose careers, date of birth, or what not, there was something
distinctly parallel--Egbert, first King of England, died 837. William
IV., last King of England, died 1837. What a vivid exclusion here for
instance: Abraham died 1821 B.C., and Napoleon Bonaparte died 1821 A.D.

CONCURRENCES are found in events that occur on the same date or nearly
so, or follow each other somewhat closely.

Charles Darwin, who advocated evolution, now popular with scientists in
every quarter of the globe, and Sir H. Cole, who first advocated
International Exhibitions, now popular in every part of the world
[Inclusion] were born in the same year 1809 [Concurrence] and died in
the same year 1882 [Concurrence].

Garibaldi [the Italian] and Skobeleff [the Russian] [Exclusion, being of
different countries], both great and recklessly patriotic generals
[Inclusion] and both favourites in France [Inclusion], died in the same
year, 1882 [Concurrence]. Longfellow and Rossetti, both English-speaking
poets [Inclusion] who had closely studied Dante [Inclusion] died in the
same year, 1882 [Concurrence].

Haydn, the great composer, was born in 1732, and died in 1809; this date
corresponds to that of the birth [Exclusion and Concurrence] of another
famous composer [Inclusion], Mendelssohn, who himself died in 1847, the
same year as O'Connell.

Lamarck [1744-1829], advocated a theory of development nearly
resembling the Darwinian Theory of the Origin of Species [In.]. This he
did in 1809, the year in which Charles Darwin was born [Con.]. Darwin's
writings have altered the opinions of many as to the Creation, and the
year of his birth was that of the death of Haydn, the composer of the
Oratorio "The Creation." [Con. and Ex.].

John Baptiste Robinet taught the gradual development of all forms of
existence from a single creative cause. He died in 1820, the year in
which Herbert Spencer, the English Apostle of Evolution, was born [In.,
Ex., and Con.].

Galileo, founder of Modern Astronomy, born in 1564--Shakespeare's birth
year [Con.]--died in 1642, the very year in which Sir Isaac Newton was
born. Galileo's theory was not proved but merely made probable, until
the existence of the laws of gravitation was established, and it was
Newton who discovered gravitation. This is an instance of Inclusion as
to the men, of Exclusion and Concurrence as to date of birth and death.

Two prominent _literati_ [Inclusion], one a Frenchman the other an
Englishman [Exclusion], well-known for the pomposity and sonority of
their style of writing [Inclusion], were born in the same year, 1709,
and died the same year 1784, a double Concurrence--Lefranc de
Pompignan--[pompous In. by S.], and Samuel Johnson.

General Foy, an _orator_ and artillery officer, fond of literature, was
born the same year [Concurrence] 1775, as the _orator_ [Inclusion],
Daniel O'Connell. He died in 1825, the same year [Concurrence] as
Paul-Louis Courier, who was also an artillery officer [Inclusion], fond
of literature [Inclusion], and moreover, like O'Connell, a violent
pamphleteer [Inclusion].

Two illustrious, uncompromising characters [Inclusion], both brilliant
composers [Inclusion], the one musical, the other literary, the one a
representative of the music of the future, the other of the obsolete
polemic of the past [Exclusion], Richard Wagner and Louis Veuillot, were
born in the same year, 1813, and died in the same year, 1883. The last
point is a double Concurrence.

Two foremost harbingers of modern thought [Inclusion], Voltaire and
J. J. Rousseau, died in 1778--[Concurrence]. Both gained for themselves
the reputation of having been the most reckless antagonists of
Christianity [Inclusion]. And still the one dedicated a church to the
service of God, whilst the other in his "Emile" wrote a vindication of
Christianity [Exclusion as to each of them, Inclusion as to both of

A little practice makes the pupil prompt in dealing with any figures
whatever. Take the height of Mount Everest, which is 29,002 feet. We
have all heard that it is more than five miles high. Let us test this
statement. There are 5,280 feet in a mile, multiply 5,280 by 5, and we
have 26,400. Hence we see that Mount Everest being 29,002 feet high must
be more than five miles high. Half of a mile is 5,280 feet divided by 2,
or 2,640 feet. Add this to 26,400 and we have 29,040. Hence we see that
Mount Everest is 5½ miles high lacking 38 feet, or that if we add
38 feet to its height of 29,002, it would then be exactly 5½ miles high.
Can we then forget that it is exactly 29,002 feet high?

Shakespeare was born in 1564 and died in 1616. The First Folio Edition
of his works was printed in 1623, the Second in 1632, the Third in 1664,
and the Fourth in 1685. Can we fix these events infallibly in our
memories? We can begin with whichever date we prefer. If we add
together the figures of the year of his birth, 1564, they make 16. All
the dates hereafter considered occurred in 1600, &c. We can thus
disregard the first 16 and consider only the last two figures which
constitute the fraction of a century.

Let us begin with his death in 1616 in the _sixteens_. Is not this a
vivid collocation of figures? Can we forget it as applied to the great
dramatist? Now if we double the last 16, it gives us the date of the
second Folio in [16]32 and 32 reversed gives us the date of the first
Folio. Again, seven years after his death ["seven ages of man"] his
first Folio was published in 1623. The second Folio was published in
1632 or 23 reversed, and the third Folio in 1664, or 32 doubled, and
just 100 years after his birth in 1564. His birth might also be
remembered as occurring in the same year as that of the great astronomer
Galileo. The fourth Folio appeared in 1685 or 21 years after the third
Folio. This period measures the years that bring man's majority or full

Attention to the facts of reading will be secured by increased power of
Concentration, and a familiarity with In., Ex., and Con. will enable us
to assimilate all dates and figures by numeric thinking with the
greatest promptitude, especially the longer or larger series.

Try the case of Noah's Flood, 2348 B.C. Here the figures pass by a unit
at a time from 2[3] to 4, and then by doubling the 4 we have the last
figure 8--making altogether 2348. Another method of dealing with this
date is very instructive. Read the account in Gen. ch. vii., vv. 9, 13,
and 15. Now we can proceed.

They went into the Ark by _twos_. This gives the figure 2. Now let us
find the other figures. Noah's three sons and their wives make three
pairs of persons, or _three_ families. This gives the second figure 3.
Then counting Noah and his wife, and his three sons and their wives,
there were four pairs of human beings altogether. This gives the figure
4. Finally the total number of human beings who entered the ark were
4 pairs or _eight_ persons. This gives the figure 8. Thus we have the
entire set of figures, 2348 B.C. Take the date of the creation
according to the accepted biblical chronology as 4004 B.C. We could say
the date has _four_ figures, that the expression of it begins and ends
with the figure 4, and that the two intermediates are nought, or
cyphers; or that the figures are expressed by 40 and _forty reversed_ as
40-04--or 4004.


Having met several persons who claimed that they always remembered
figures by reasoning about them [whatever that may have meant], and yet
all such persons having shown an inability to remember many dates or
numbers, I inferred that they were honestly mistaken in supposing that
they could remember numbers, or else that such a method was not adapted
to their idiosyncrasies. At that time, I did not suspect that their
failure may have arisen from lack of _training_ in In., Ex., and Con.
From the circumstance that I myself could use this method with
promptitude and certainty, I determined to test it in a strictly
scientific way.

I made the experiment two years ago, and all my experience since has
corroborated the conclusion then arrived at.

I experimented with the two groups of 20 pupils each. Neither knew any
method of dealing with dates and numbers. The first group had had no
training in In., Ex., and Con.; the second group had been well practised
in those laws. I then gave each member of each group several very
difficult cases of dates and numbers to be memorised--one example
containing 24 figures. To save time and space in exposition, I have
heretofore only mentioned 12 figures, or the half of the amount. All of
the first group failed except one. He, however, could not memorise the
24 figures. All of the second group handled all the new examples with
success, and only two of them met with much difficulty in dealing with
the 24 figures.

Since this decisive experiment, I have heartily recommended the method
of finding relations amongst the numbers themselves, to all who are
proficient in the use of In., Ex., and Con.

The example of 24 figures must conclude this exposition. They represent
respectively the number of the day of the month in which the first
Saturday in each month falls in 1895 and 1896. To one without practice
in applying analysis to figures, there seems no hope of memorising this
long group of figures except by endless repetition. The 24 figures are


Yet reflect a moment and all will be clear. Divide the 24 figures into 2
groups of 12 figures each and number the first group, divided into four
sections, thus:--

    (1)    (2)    (3)    (4)
    522,   641,   637,   527.

Now bring the first and fourth groups into relation, and you see at once
that the fourth group is larger than the first group by only _five_.
Bringing the _second_ group into relation with the _third_ group, we
find they differ only by _four_. Again: the third group is larger than
the fourth by 100 and by 10, that is 527 becomes 637, the seven alone
remaining steadfast. Beginning with the fourth group and passing to the
third group we have the fourth group with 110 added. The second group is
the third group with only four added, and the first group is the fourth
group with only five subtracted. Thinking out these relations you can
recall the groups as groups or the separate figures of each group or the
entire 12 figures either forwards or backwards--and you have achieved
this result by _Attention_ and _Thought_.

The other twelve figures are easily disposed of. They are 417426415375.
Divided into groups of three figures each we have

    (1)   (2)   (3)   (4)
    417   426   415   375.

Bringing the first group into relation with the third group, we notice
that it is larger by two--and considering the second group with the
fourth group, we find that the second group is as much and one more
above 400 as the fourth is below 400. Other minor matters could be
noticed, as that the first two figures of each group are respectively
41--42--41--37, and that the last figure in each group is 7--6--5--5.
But these relations are hardly worth observing.

Coming back to the first series, we know that each figure represents
the number of the day of the month to which it belongs on which
the first Saturday in that month falls. The figures for 1895 are
522--641--637--527. The first Saturday in January, 1895, falls on the
_fifth_ day of January, hence the second Saturday must be 5 + 7 = the
12th day of January; the third Saturday the 19th, and the fourth
Saturday 26th. It is easy to know on what day of the _week_ any day in
January falls. Suppose you ask on what week day the 25th of January
falls? You know the 26th is Saturday, and hence the 25th must be the day
preceding the 26th, to wit, Friday, the 25th. Suppose you ask on what
week day the 9th of January falls. You know the 12th is Saturday (the
second Saturday). You now count backward thus: 12 is Saturday, 11 must
be Friday, 10 Thursday, 9 must be Wednesday. The _first_ Saturday in
January, 1895, is the 5th; of February, the 2nd; of March, the 2nd; of
April, the 6th; of May, the 4th, &c., &c. And we can tell on what week
day any day of any of the other months falls.


1.--The Ratio of the Circumference of the circle to its diameter is
expressed by the integer 3 and 708 decimals, of which I give only eight.
Learning these nine figures is good practice in numeric

2.--The Yellowstone National Park contains 2,294,740 acres.

3.--The Monster Chartist Petition contained 3,317,702 names.



How _unobservant_ and wholly _unreliant_ many pupils are may be seen
from the fact that notwithstanding my elaborate handling of the
processes of learning prose and poetry by heart, I often receive
requests to send some indication of how I would learn a particular
chapter or selection by heart! But a chapter consists of paragraphs and
paragraphs of sentences. Learning the desired passages by heart is done
by applying the methods here so profusely illustrated to the successive
sentences of the chapter or selection, until practice and training in
these methods will make their further application unnecessary.

In pursuance of my plan to keep the mind in an ASSIMILATING condition
when trying to learn and to further aid in making the intellect stay and
work with the senses, I proceed to furnish a Training Method for
committing prose and poetry to memory.

_Endless repetition or repeating a sentence to be memorised over and
over again_ is the usual process. After one perusal, however, the mind
in such a case has sated its curiosity in regard to the meaning of the
sentence and each subsequent repetition for the purpose of fixing it in
the memory merely makes an impression upon the eye or ear or both, and
the intellect, being unoccupied, naturally wanders away. Hence, learning
by _rote_ promotes _mind-wandering_: for the Attention always wanders
unless wooed to its work by all-engrossing interest in the subject which
in case of a weak power of Attention is rarely sufficient, or by =the
stimulating character of the process of acquirement= which is made use
of. In the Method about to be given, the intellect is agreeably
occupied, and thereby a Habit of Attention is promoted.

The justification for this Method is found in the Psychological maxim
that the intellect can assimilate a simple idea more easily than a
complex idea, and a few ideas at a time than many ideas.

The process of this New Method of Decomposition and Recomposition is as
follows:--Find the _shortest sentence or phrase that makes sense_ in the
sentence to be memorised. Add to this short sentence or phrase,
_modifiers_ found in the original sentence, always italicising each new
addition--one at a time--until the original sentence is finally
restored. Suppose we wish to memorise Bacon's definition of education:
"_Education is the cultivation of a just and legitimate familiarity
betwixt the mind and things._" Begin with the briefest sentence and then
go on: 1. Education is cultivation. 2. Education is _the_ cultivation
_of a familiarity_. 3. Education is the cultivation of a familiarity
_betwixt the mind and things_. 4. Education is the cultivation of a
_just_ familiarity betwixt the mind and things. 5. Education is the
cultivation of a just _and legitimate_ familiarity betwixt the mind and
things. In this process, the sentence is first taken to pieces, and then
reconstructed. Finding the lowest terms, "Education is cultivation," we
proceed step by step to add modifiers until the original sentence is
fully restored.

Each time we make an addition, we recite _so much_ of the original
sentence as has hitherto been used, in connection with the _new
modifiers_ laying _special emphasis_ on the new matter as represented by
the italic words. The intellect is thus kept compulsorily and
delightfully occupied from the start to the finish. It seeks the
shortest phrase or sentence and adds successively all the modifiers,
making no omissions. This analyzing and synthesizing process--_this
taking to pieces and then gradually building up_ the original sentence,
makes a deep and lasting First Impression.

Every time this method is used the Attention ought to be strengthened
and mind-wandering diminished and the natural Memory strengthened in
both its Stages.

This process admits usually of several applications in the case of a
long sentence. In the foregoing example, it might have proceeded thus:
1. Education is a familiarity. 2. Education is the familiarity _betwixt
the mind and things_. 3. Education is the _cultivation_ of a familiarity
betwixt the mind and things. 4. Education is the cultivation of _just_
familiarity betwixt the mind and things. 5. Education is the cultivation
of a just _and legitimate_ familiarity betwixt the mind and things. Or
we might have taken this course: 1. Education is a familiarity. 2.
Education is a familiarity _betwixt the mind and things_. 3. Education
is a _just_ familiarity betwixt the mind and things. 4. Education is a
just _and legitimate_ familiarity betwixt the mind and things. 5.
Education is _the cultivation_ of a just and legitimate familiarity
betwixt the mind and things.

   1. To keep the mind in an assimilating condition, what method is
   2. What is the usual process of memorising prose and poetry?
   3. After one perusal in such a process what takes place?
   4. Does learning by rote promote mind-wandering?
   5. Does not the attention always wander unless wooed to its work by
      great interest in the subject dealt with, or by the method of
      learning which is given?
   6. How is the intellect occupied by using my method?
   7. Is the habit of Attention also promoted?
   8. Where is the justification of this method found?
   9. Can the intellect assimilate a simple idea more easily than a
      complex idea?
  10. Describe the process of learning by the Analytic Synthetic


"Attention is the will directing the intellect into some particular
channel and keeping it there." 1. Attention is the will. 2. Attention is
the will _directing the intellect_. 3. Attention is the will directing
the intellect _into a channel_. 4. Attention is the will directing the
intellect into _some_ channel. 5. Attention is the will directing the
intellect into some _particular_ channel. 6. Attention is the will
directing the intellect into some particular channel _and keeping it
there_. Or we may take this course: 1. Attention is directing the
intellect. 2. Attention is directing the intellect _into a channel_. 3.
Attention is directing the intellect into _some_ channel. 4. Attention
is directing the intellect into some _particular_ channel. 5. Attention
is directing the intellect into some particular channel _and keeping it
there_. 6. Attention is the _will_ directing the intellect into some
particular channel and keeping it there.


"An estate upon condition is one which depends upon the happening or not
happening of some uncertain event whereby the estate may be either
originally created or enlarged or finally defeated."

1. An estate is one. 2. An estate _upon condition_ is one. 3. An estate
upon condition is one _which depends upon the happening of some event_.
4. An estate upon condition is one which depends upon the happening _or
not happening_ of some event. 5. An estate upon condition is one which
depends upon the happening or not happening of some _uncertain_ event.
6. An estate upon condition is one which depends upon the happening or
not happening of some uncertain event _whereby the estate may be created
or enlarged or defeated_. 7. An estate upon condition is one which
depends upon the happening or not happening of some uncertain event
whereby the estate may be _either_ created or enlarged or defeated. 8.
An estate upon condition is one which depends upon the happening or not
happening of some uncertain event whereby the estate may be either
_originally_ created or enlarged or defeated. 9. An estate upon
condition is one which depends upon the happening or not happening of
some uncertain event whereby the estate may be either originally created
or enlarged or _finally_ defeated.

   1. In this process, what is first done with a sentence?
   2. After a sentence is thus taken to pieces, what is then done with
   3. How do we proceed after finding the lowest terms?
   4. Do we revive any part of the original sentence each time we make
      an addition?
   5. How much of it?
   6. Is the intellect kept occupied in this way?
   7. Does this not make a deep and lasting first impression?
   8. Every time this is used what should be the result?
   9. Should the natural Memory be strengthened in both stages?
  10. Does this process admit of more than one application in the
      case of a long sentence?


The practice of the above method is so attractive to a beginner when it
is applied to single sentences, that he is apt to work at it too long
at a time. Let him not at the outset analyse and reconstruct more than
from 3 to 4 sentences at one sitting or lesson, but let him do what he
attempts in the most thorough manner, and after a time he will not find
it necessary to apply this method in future memorisations.


1. A bachelor is a wild goose that tame geese envy.

2. Law is a trap baited with promise of benefit or revenge.

3. Conversation is the idle man's business and the business man's

4. Attention is adjusting the observer to the object in order to seize
it in its unity and diversity.

5. Assimilative Memory is the Habit of so receiving and absorbing
impressions and ideas that they or their representatives shall be ready
for revival or recall whenever wanted.


Interrogative Analysis or intellectual Inquisition is another and most
effective mode of inciting the intellect to pass from a passive into an
active =assimilating= condition when trying to learn by heart as well as
to help create the habit of the intellect staying with the senses. The
process consists of two parts: (1) _To not only ask a question on every
important word in the sentence to be memorised_, but, (2) _to repeat the
entire sentence in reply to each question, while specially emphasising_
that word of the sentence which constitutes the _answer_ to the
question. Take the passage from Byron:--

    Thou pendulum 'twixt a smile and tear."

1. _Who_ is a pendulum 'twixt a smile and tear? "_Man!_ thou pendulum
'twixt a smile and tear." 2. What function does man perform 'twixt a
smile and tear? "Man! thou _pendulum_ 'twixt a smile and tear." 3.
'Twixt a tear and what else is man said to be a pendulum? "Man! thou
pendulum 'twixt a _smile_ and tear." 4. 'Twixt a smile and what else is
man said to be a pendulum? "Man! thou pendulum 'twixt a smile _and
tear_." 5. By what word is the relation between "pendulum" and "a smile
and tear" described? "Man! thou pendulum _'twixt_ a smile and tear." 6.
Is the pendulum which man is said to be 'twixt a smile and tear
addressed in the first, second, or third person? "Man! _thou_ pendulum
'twixt a smile and tear."

The pupils will see that the above method is fundamentally unlike the
ordinary question and answer method. In the latter procedure, a question
is asked and the answer is given by "yes" or "no," or by the use of one
or more words of the sentence. To illustrate: What is "man" called in
this passage? Ans. A pendulum. What swings betwixt a smile and tear?
Ans. A pendulum, &c., &c.

   1. Define Interrogative Analysis.
   2. What does it incite the intellect to do?
   3. What does the process consist of? What are they?

But in my Method the aim is _to repeat as much of the sentence as is
possible informing the question and the whole of it in each reply_; and
in _question and reply_ the _word_ that _constitutes the point of both_
is to be especially _emphasized_, and in this way _the mind is exercised
on each word of the sentence twice_ (once in question and once in
answer), and _each word of the sentence is emphasized in reference to
the whole of the sentence_. And in all these separate steps it is
impossible for the mind to remain in a passive state, but must be
_active_ and _absorbing_ throughout, and thereby a most vivid =first
impression= is secured, and the remembrance of it assured.

Besides the habit of exhaustively considering and weighing a sentence
which is created by this method, it not only secures the faithful
recollection of the passages to which it is applied, but it gives
another great advantage. What usually makes a person dull in
conversation? Setting aside timidity, we find that well-informed persons
are sometimes good listeners, but no talkers. Why is this? In
conversation their minds are apt to remain in a _recipient passive_
state. Hence no trains of thought arise in their own minds. And having
nothing in their minds which seeks utterance, they remain quiet. Now the
practice of Interrogative Analysis compels such persons to
interrogate--to propose questions--to think. And when such mental
activity becomes strong, it will break out in conversations by
interrogatories and critical and often original interesting remarks.

   1. Is this method like the ordinary question and answer method?
   2. How are answers given in the latter procedure?
   3. What is the aim in my method?
   4. How much of the sentence is repeated in each reply given to the
   5. What word is to be especially emphasised?
   6. How often is the mind exercised on each word of the sentence?
   7. In all of these separate steps, is it possible for the mind to
      remain in a passive state? Must it not be active and absorbing

Teachers often complain that they can never induce some of their pupils
to ask questions on their tasks. The reason is that their pupils remain
in a passive state of mind. Had they been thoroughly drilled in
Interrogative Analysis as I teach it, they would quickly have questions
to ask on all subjects.

I show them _how_ to interrogate. They cannot help practising this
method. They commence with the first word of a sentence and go on to the
last. And from the numerous examples I give, they see exactly how this
is to be done in all other cases. But if I had merely told them to ask
questions on the sentence to be learned, they would have had no guide or
rule of procedure to follow. As I fully illustrate my Method the pupil
at once knows how to proceed, and he gains confidence in his ability to
use the method every time he tries it, and at length the Habit of active
thinking has been formed, and he is almost sure to be an interrogator
and thinker on all subjects.

   1. What is thereby secured?
   2. Is the remembrance of the first impression assured?
   3. What other great advantage does the method of Interrogative
      Analysis give?
   4. Are all well-informed persons good talkers?
   5. If not, why?
   6. In conversation, in what state are their minds apt to remain?
   7. Do any trains of thought arise in their own minds?
   8. What does the practice of Interrogative Analysis compel such
      persons to do?
   9. What do teachers often complain of?
  10. What is the cause?
  11. What does my method show them?
  12. Can they help practising it?
  13. Do I not fully illustrate my method?
  14. Does not the pupil gain confidence by practising this method?
  15. Does not the habit of active thinking thereby grow upon him?

The following sentence will be made use of as an example for practice. I
deal with it by the Analytic-Synthetic, and also by the Interrogative
Analysis methods.

   "The Devil hath not, in all his quiver's choice,
    An arrow for the heart like a sweet voice!"

1. The Devil hath an arrow. 2. The Devil hath _not_ an arrow. 3. The
Devil hath not an arrow _for the heart_. 4. The Devil hath not an arrow
for the heart _like a voice_. 5. The Devil hath not an arrow for the
heart like a _sweet_ voice. 6. The Devil hath not, _in his choice_, an
arrow for the heart like a sweet voice. 7. The Devil hath not, in his
_quiver's_ choice, an arrow for the heart like a sweet voice. 8. The
Devil hath not, in _all_ his quiver's choice, an arrow for the heart
like a sweet voice.


1. _Who_ hath not in all his quiver's choice an arrow for the heart like
a sweet voice? The _Devil_ hath not, in all his quiver's choice, an
arrow for the heart like a sweet voice. 2. Hath the Devil in all his
quiver's choice an arrow for the heart like a sweet voice? The Devil
hath _not_, in all his quiver's choice, an arrow for the heart like a
sweet voice. 3. What hath not the Devil in all his quiver's choice for
the heart? The Devil hath not, in all his quiver's choice, _an arrow_
for the heart like a sweet voice. 4. For what hath not the Devil in all
his quiver's choice an arrow like a sweet voice? The Devil hath not, in
all his quiver's choice, an arrow _for the heart_ like a sweet voice. 5.
Like what sweet thing hath not the Devil in all his quiver's choice an
arrow for the heart? The Devil hath not, in all his quiver's choice, an
arrow for the heart _like a sweet voice_. 6. Like what kind of a voice
hath not the Devil in all his quiver's choice an arrow for the heart?
The Devil hath not, in all his quiver's choice, an arrow for the heart
like a _sweet voice_.

   "A bad workman blames his tools."

Who blames his tools? A _bad workman_ blames his tools. What kind of a
workman blames his tools? A _bad_ workman blames his tools. What bad man
blames his tools? A bad _workman_ blames his tools. How does a bad
workman treat his tools? A bad workman _blames_ his tools. Whose tools
does a bad workman blame? A bad workman blames _his_ tools. What things
belonging to a bad workman does he blame? A bad workman blames his

   "Judgments draw interest at six per cent."

What draw interest? _Judgments_ draw interest at six per cent. How do
judgments operate on interest? Judgments _draw_ interest at six
per cent. What do judgments draw? Judgments draw _interest_ at six
per cent. At what rate do judgments draw interest? Judgments draw
interest at _six_ per cent. A part of what sum is the interest of six
dollars which judgments draw? Judgments draw interest at six _per cent_.

   "Effort is the price of success."

What is the price of success? _Effort_ is the price of success. Was
effort the price of success? Effort _is_ the price of success. What
bearing has effort on success? Effort is _the price_ of success. Effort
is the price of what? Effort is the price of _success_.

   "Truth seldom goes without a scratched face."

What seldom goes without a scratched face? _Truth_ seldom goes without a
scratched face. Does truth ever go without a scratched face? Truth
_seldom_ goes without a scratched face. What does truth seldom do
without a scratched face? Truth seldom _goes_ without a scratched face.
Does truth seldom go with a scratched face? Truth seldom goes _without_
a scratched face. Truth seldom goes without what? Truth seldom goes
without a _scratched face_. What kind of a face is spoken of? Truth
seldom goes without a _scratched_ face. Without what scratched thing
does truth seldom go? Truth seldom goes without a scratched _face_.


    1. Instinct is inherited memory.
    2. Books are embalmed minds.
    3. Words are the fortresses of thought.
    4. A name denotes objects and connotes attributes.
    5. Force is depersonalised will.
    6. A somnambule only acts his dream.
    7. Attention is fixation of consciousness.
    8. Science is organised common sense.

The student of Interrogative Analysis can apply this method to the
examples given under the Analytic-Synthetic Method. This will give the
needful additional practice. But let him not attempt too much at any one
time. Three to four examples thoroughly studied are quite sufficient for
one session or sitting.



1. Before attempting to memorize any selections of Prose or Poetry,
never fail _first to read it carefully_ to ascertain what it is all
about, to learn its aim and _mode of development_ and its
_peculiarities_, and not least of all, to look up and note down in
writing the _meaning of unfamiliar_ words.

2. In this poem the average reader might have to consult the dictionary
for the precise meaning of "Crystalline" [clear, unalloyed], "Runic"
[old-fashioned, mystical], "Tintinnabulation" [bell-ringing], "Monody"
[a monotonous sound], "Ghouls" [imaginary evil beings supposed to prey
upon human bodies], and "Pæan" [a song of triumph]. The pupil should
understand that except in the rare cases where mere sound helps us, we
learn wholly through the _meaning_ of the words and their _relations_
between the meanings, and therefore if he fails to know the import of
any word or words in a selection, he cannot receive the full benefit of
the methods taught in this System.

3. The reader finds that there are four stanzas in this poem, each
dealing with a different kind of bell, _viz._: Silver, Golden, Brazen
and Iron bells.

4. It is always best to fix in memory the order of paragraphs or of
stanzas the moment the opportunity occurs for that purpose, and here,
before attempting to memorise the stanzas themselves, let the order of
them be fixed.

5. The order of the bells is first "silver," second "golden," third
"brazen," and fourth "iron." How establish this order in mind? Silver
and gold are the precious metals used for coins. They occur here in the
order of their value, "silver" being first and the cheaper, and "gold"
the second and the most valuable of all. Next we have "brazen," which
resembles "gold" in colour, and fourth and last we have "iron," the
cheapest of the four--silver, gold, brass and iron. If this analysis of
the order of the subject-matter of the stanzas is retained, the student
is ready to take account of other things which his first perusal of the
poem has taught him.

6. Before doing so, however, let us notice a method of the old
Mnemonics, which is still taught and which should never be resorted to.
It is their story-telling method. A story or narrative is invented for
the purpose of helping the student, as it is claimed, to memorise it. In
this poem we find there are four stanzas, each occupied with a different
kind of bell. To help remember that the order of the bells is silver,
gold, brass and iron, the old Mnemonics advises us to invent a
story--the following will answer: A couple of lovers once took a
sleigh-ride, the horses carrying _silver_ bells. After a time they
marry, when wedding or _golden_ bells are used. Later on their house is
on fire, when alarm or _brazen_ bells are brought into requisition, and
last of all, one of the couple dies, when the _iron_ bells were tolled.

Whilst such a method is a novelty to the student, he might tolerate it
as such, but as a memory-aid it is always unreliable, since it is
something _in addition_ to the matter to be remembered and forming no
part of it, the invented story, if remembered at all, is apt to be
recalled as an integral part of the selection itself.

7. In this first perusal the reader has noticed that there is a _certain
uniformity of construction_ in the first line of each stanza, as in the
first stanza we have: "Hear the sledges with the bells--silver bells;"
in the second, "Hear the mellow wedding bells--golden bells;" in the
third, "Hear the loud alarum bells--brazen bells;" and in the fourth and
last, "Hear the tolling of the bells--iron bells."

8. The reader has also observed that the second line in each stanza
contains a reflection in the form of an exclamation on the function or
result of the uses of the bells spoken of, as in the second line of the
first stanza we see: "What a world of merriment their melody foretells;"
in the second stanza the second line gives us, "What a world of
happiness their harmony foretells;" the second line of the third stanza
reads as follows: "What a tale of terror, now, their turbulency tells;"
and in the fourth stanza the second line runs thus: "What a world of
solemn thought their monody compels."

9. Other points of resemblance [In.], or of unlikeness [Ex.], were
noticed in the reader's first perusal of this poem, and these, as well
as those already remarked upon, will greatly facilitate his learning the
exact language of each stanza.

10. Now comes the _test_. It is often said that habit is "second"
nature. The Duke of Wellington more truly said: "Habit is _ten times_
nature." The reader early acquired the habit of learning prose and
poetry by the _rote_ method--the method of repeating the sentences over
and over again almost endlessly till ear or eye retains the exact

Now, if the reader has gained a _clear conception_ of the
Analytic-Synthetic and Interrogative Analysis methods, he is sure to be
convinced of their undoubted superiority to the _rote_ method. And if he
must needs learn Poe's "Bells" before to-morrow night, he would probably
spend most of the intervening time in trying to learn it by the
discredited _rote_ method, and most likely fail in the attempt, while he
is satisfied in theory that he could memorise it by one of my methods in
three hours, or in half of that time. The difficulty in his case is to
induce him to exert his willpower long enough to practise my methods in
learning not a few detached sentences, but an entire poem of 50 or 200
lines; but if he does this in one instance, he effectually breaks down
the old bad habit of endless unassimilating repetition and introduces a
good habit instead. He will then learn Poe's "Bells" by my methods in
one-tenth, if not one-fiftieth, part of the time it would take him to do
it by the _rote_ method.

11. I here produce the poem in the hope that every one who studies my
System will learn it by the Analytic-Synthetic method, and when he has
learned the first stanza he should then glance at my Analysis of it
which follows the poem and compare his work with mine. Let him then
learn the rest of the poem--and thereafter, as a genuine exercise of
his _reviving_ power and as a training in attention, let him recall it
as often as once a week for as many weeks as his desire for improvement
continues, or until the recital of it becomes merely automatic.


      Hear the sledges with the bells--silver bells--
    What a world of merriment their melody foretells!
    How they tinkle, tinkle, tinkle, in the icy air of night!
    While the stars that oversprinkle
    All the heavens seem to twinkle with a crystalline delight;
    Keeping time, time, time, in a sort of Runic rhyme,
    To the tintinnabulation that so musically wells
    From the bells, bells, bells, bells, bells, bells, bells--
    From the jingling and the tinkling of the bells.

      Hear the mellow wedding-bells, golden bells!
    What a world of happiness their harmony foretells--
    Through the balmy air of night how they ring out their delight!
    From the molten-golden notes, and all in tune,
    What a liquid ditty floats
    To the turtle-dove that listens, while she gloats on the moon!
    Oh, from out the sounding cells,
    What a gush of euphony voluminously wells!
    How it swells! how it dwells
    On the Future! how it tells of the rapture that impels
    To the swinging and the ringing of the bells, bells, bells--
    Of the bells, bells, bells, bells, bells, bells, bells--
    To the rhyming and the chiming of the bells!

      Hear the loud alarum bells--brazen bells!
    What a tale of terror, now, their turbulency tells!
    In the startled ear of night
    How they scream out their affright!
    Too much horrified to speak,
    They can only shriek, shriek, out of tune,
    In a clamorous appealing to the mercy of the fire,
    In a mad expostulation with the deaf and frantic fire
    Leaping higher, higher, higher, with a desperate desire,
    And a resolute endeavor now--now to sit or never,
    By the side of the pale-faced moon. Oh, the bells, bells, bells!
    What a tale their terror tells of despair!
    How they clang, and clash, and roar! What a horror they outpour
    On the bosom of the palpitating air!
    Yet the air, it fully knows,
    By the twanging and the clanging,
    How the danger ebbs and flows; yet the ear distinctly tells
    In the jangling and the wrangling,
    How the danger sinks and swells,
    By the sinking or the swelling in the anger of the bells--of the
    Of the bells, bells, bells, bells, bells, bells, bells--
    In the clamor and the clangor of the bells!

      Hear the tolling of the bells--iron bells!
    What a world of solemn thought their monody compels!
    In the silence of the night,
    How we shiver with affright
    At the melancholy menace of their tone!
    For every sound that floats
    From the rust within their throats is a groan.
    And the people--ah, the people--
    They that dwell up in the steeple, all alone!
    And who tolling, tolling, tolling, in that muffled monotone,
    Feel a glory in so rolling on the human heart a stone--
    They are neither man nor woman--
    They are neither brute nor human--they are Ghouls:
    And their king it is who tolls;
    And he rolls, rolls, rolls, rolls a pæan from the bells!
    And his merry bosom swells with the pæan of the bells!
    And he dances and he yells;
    Keeping time, time, time, in a sort of Runic rhyme,
    To the pæan of the bells--of the bells;
    Keeping time, time, time, in a sort of Runic rhyme,
    To the throbbing of the bells--of the bells, bells, bells,
    To the sobbing of the bells; keeping time, time, time,
    As he knells, knells, knells, in a happy Runic rhyme,
    To the rolling of the bells--of the bells, bells, bells--
    To the tolling of the bells, of the bells, bells, bells, bells,
            bells, bells, bells--
    To the moaning and the groaning of the bells.

                                EDGAR A. POE.


This method can be applied in several different ways according to the
idiosyncrasies of different students. One way is as follows:--"Hear the
sledges with the bells--silver bells." Applying this method, we have--1.
Hear the sledges; 2. Hear the sledges _with the bells_; 3. Hear the
sledges with the bells--_bells_; 4. Hear the sledges with the
bells--_silver_ bells. Or, if we use the Interrogatory Analysis Method
we could proceed thus: 1. What act of the mind do we exercise in regard
to the sledges with the bells--silver bells? "_Hear_ the sledges with
the bells--silver bells." 2. What kind of a vehicle do we hear with the
bells? "Hear _the sledges_ with the bells--silver bells." 3. What is it
we hear in connection with the sledges? "Hear the sledges with _the
bells_--silver _bells_." 4. What kind of bells do we hear? "Hear the
sledges with the bells--_silver_ bells."

We advance to the second line, which is a reflection on the facts stated
in the first line. The two lines are thus connected through the
operation of cause, or occasion. [Con.] "What a world of merriment their
melody foretells." We will henceforth only use the Analytic-Synthetic
Method. 1. Melody foretells. 2. _Their_ melody foretells. 3. _What
merriment_ their melody foretells. 4. What _a world_ of merriment their
melody foretells. Having seen that the second line grows out of the
first, and having memorised both we can recall them together thus:

    1. Hear the sledges with the bells--silver bells--
    2. What a world of merriment their melody foretells!

The third line runs thus: "How they tinkle, tinkle, tinkle in the icy
air of night." Melody means "a succession of agreeable musical sounds."
It is a general term--"tinkle, tinkle, tinkle," means a species of
musical sounds, the sounds of the bells. Thus we see that these two
lines bear towards each other the relation of genus and species. This
relation carefully noticed will tend to hold the lines together. Let us
now apply our Method: 1. They tinkle. 2. They tinkle _in the night_. 3.
_How_ they tinkle in the night. 4. How they tinkle, _tinkle_ in the
night. 5. How they tinkle, tinkle, _tinkle_ in the night. 6. How they
tinkle, tinkle, tinkle, in the _air of_ night. 7. How they tinkle,
tinkle, tinkle in the _icy_ air of night. Now let us recall all the
lines together, thus:

    1. Hear the sledges with the bells--silver bells--
    2. What a world of merriment their melody foretells!
    3. How they tinkle, tinkle, tinkle in the icy air of night!

The fourth line being very short had better be memorised in connection
with the fifth line, and in the expression of the Analysis, we can print
the first word of the fifth line with a capital letter. The two lines

    4. While the stars that oversprinkle
    5. All the heavens, seem to twinkle with a crystalline delight.

Before proceeding we may notice "night" of the third line is directly
connected with "stars" of the fourth line by Concurrence. This observed
relation will tend to cement the lines together. Using our Method we
say: 1. Stars oversprinkle. 2. _While the_ stars oversprinkle. 3. While
the stars oversprinkle _the heavens_. 4. While the stars oversprinkle
_All the heavens_. 5. While the stars _that_ oversprinkle All the
heavens. 6. While the stars that oversprinkle All the heavens _seem to
twinkle_. 7. While the stars that oversprinkle All the heavens seem to
twinkle _with delight_. 8. While the stars that oversprinkle All the
heavens seem to twinkle with a _crystalline_ delight. So far we have
learned the following lines:

    1. Hear the sledges with the bells--silver bells--
    2. What a world of merriment their melody foretells!
    3. How they tinkle, tinkle, tinkle in the icy air of night!
    4. While the stars that oversprinkle
    5. All the heavens, seem to twinkle with a crystalline delight.

The _sixth_ line is in these words: "Keeping time, time, time, in a sort
of Runic rhyme." We observe that as "time" is here repeated three times,
so "tinkle" was repeated three times in the third line. We must have
observed, too, that it is "stars" of the fourth line that are said to
"twinkle" in the fifth line. The two lines are as closely connected as
grammatical construction and the expression of thought could make them.
And the sixth line is an obvious continuation of the description.
Analytically we say: 1. Keeping time in a rhyme. 2. Keeping time,
_time_, in a rhyme. 3. Keeping time, time, _time_ in a rhyme. 4. Keeping
time, time, time in a _sort_ of rhyme. 5. Keeping time, time, time in a
sort of _Runic_ rhyme.

Let us now recall the six lines together.

    1. Hear the sledges with the bells--silver bells--
    2. What a world of merriment their melody foretells!
    3. How they tinkle, tinkle, tinkle in the icy air of night!
    4. While the stars that oversprinkle
    5. All the heavens, seem to twinkle with a crystalline delight;
    6. Keeping time, time, time, in a sort of Runic rhyme.

The seventh line is the continuation of the sixth. Keeping time to what?
"To the tintinnabulation that so musically wells." 1. The
tintinnabulation wells. 2. The tintinnabulation _that_ wells. 3. The
tintinnabulation that _musically_ wells. 4. The tintinnabulation that
_so_ musically wells. 5. _To_ the tintinnabulation that so musically
wells. Wells from what? From the bells, bells--occurring altogether six
times more. This makes the eighth line. But some pupils say at once, "I
can never be sure in reciting the line to recall bells only seven times,
no more or less." These pupils will admit that they can be sure to say
bells _four_ times, as bells, bells, bells, bells. Then, of course, they
can say bells _three_ times more, making seven times altogether. Here,
then, we have the seventh and eighth lines, as follows:

    7. To the tintinnabulation that so musically wells
    8. From the bells, bells, bells, bells, bells, bells, bells--

The ninth line is--"From the jingling and the tinkling of the bells."

In the eighth line we have "bells" seven times repeated in all--bells
being taken in their utmost generality, viz., _musical_ action. But in
the ninth or last line we have the very specific action of the bells, to
wit: "From the _jingling_ and the _tinkling_ of the bells." We can make
a short analysis, which is always better than unthinking repetition, as:
1. From the bells. 2. From the _jingling_ of the bells. 3. From the
jingling _and the tinkling_ of the bells. The seventh, eighth, and ninth
lines are as follows:

    7. To the tintinnabulation that so musically wells
    8. From the bells, bells, bells, bells, bells, bells, bells--
    9. From the jingling and the tinkling of the bells.

Having already learned the first six lines, we have but to preface these
last three by the previous six, and we have the first stanza as

    1. Hear the sledges with the bells--silver bells--
    2. What a world of merriment their melody foretells!
    3. How they tinkle, tinkle, tinkle in the icy air of night!
    4. While the stars that oversprinkle
    5. All the heavens, seem to twinkle with a crystalline delight;
    6. Keeping time, time, time, in a sort of Runic rhyme,
    7. To the tintinnabulation that so musically wells
    8. From the bells, bells, bells, bells, bells, bells, bells--
    9. From the jingling and the tinkling of the bells.

In a similar manner, the pupil can memorise the three remaining stanzas.

Having heretofore learned the order of the four different kinds of
bells, and having dealt with the first or "silver" bells, we know that
the next or second stanza is concerned with the "golden" bells.
Similarly, when we finish the second stanza, we know that the third
stanza deals with the "brazen" bells, and the last with the "iron"

No further hints need be offered except perhaps in regard to the last
ten lines of the last stanza.

Notice the coincidences, the resemblances, or Inclusions, the
Exclusions, and the Concurrences. "Keeping time, time, time, in a sort
of Runic rhyme," occurs three times--but on the third appearance of that
phrase, there is a change which must be observed; for it bears this
form: "Keeping time, time, time, _as he knells, knells, knells, in a
happy_ Runic rhyme." But the main difficulty with most students seems to
be to remember _the number of times_ the word "bells" is repeated in the
different lines. We must keep to the text and not resort to any foreign
matter to help the feeble memory. The words _pæan_, _throbbing_,
_sobbing_, _rolling_ and _tolling_ occur in the lines where the "bells"
are mentioned (except in that next to the last line, where "bells"
occurs three times, and there is no other word in that line), and in the
last line "bells" is found once, and the words "moaning" and "groaning"
appear. Memorise these seven words by Analysis, to wit: pæan, throbbing,
sobbing, rolling, tolling, moaning and groaning. Thus _pæan_--a song of
triumph--might cause heart _throbbing_, an inward act accompanied in the
present instance by _sobbing_, and this outward manifestation of grief
would be intensified by the _rolling_ of the bells and their _tolling_.
_Moaning_ and _groaning_ are figurative expressions for the moaning and
groaning of the mourners.

Now the figures 2, 4, 1, 4, 8, 1 (easily learned by analysis as 2, 4, 1
and 4, 8, 1, or 2, 4 with 1 following, and 4, 8, with 1 following, or 2,
4 with 1 following, and [double 2, 4] 4, 8 and 1 following) give the
_number of times_ the word "bells" occurs in connection with the words
just learned. Opposite the line where _tolling_ occurs we have marked 8,
since "bells" occurs in that line five times and three times in the
next line, where no other word is found.

       Keeping time, time, time, in a sort of Runic rhyme,
    2. To the _pæan_ of the bells--of the bells;
       Keeping time, time, time, in a sort of Runic rhyme,
    4. To the _throbbing_ of the bells, of the bells, bells, bells,
    1. To the _sobbing_ of the bells; keeping time, time, time,
       As he knells, knells, knells, in a happy Runic rhyme,
    4. To the _rolling_ of the bells, of the bells, bells, bells,
    8. To the _tolling_ of the bells, of the bells, bells, bells, bells,
       Bells, bells, bells;
    1. To the _moaning_ and the _groaning_ of the bells.

Carrying these suggestions to the text, they help fix the exact number
of times the word "bells" occurs in each line. There are other
legitimate ways to assist a poor memory to master these lines, but
whatever is done let no one ever think of resorting to the unthoughtive,
brainless process of endless repetition.

Poe's "Bells," being a difficult selection to learn, furnishes, as all
difficult selections do, numerous opportunities for applying Analysis to
fix the lines in memory. Hence it should be _mastered_ and often recited
by all who would learn to memorise poetry or prose, in, at the very
least, _one-fifth_ of the time required by the old mind-wandering
process of _rote_ learning.



This lesson in figures is given for the benefit of those who have not
yet mastered NUMERIC THINKING. The pupil will appreciate its practical
value the moment he masters the key to it.

This is given in the next few pages, and it will be found to be easy of
comprehension and interesting to a surprising degree.

The whole thing is in a nutshell. Numbers, as such, are abstractions and
hard to be remembered. To make them hard to forget, we translate them
into words or phrases. These are easily remembered and they always
instantly _give back_ the figures they stand for.

We represent the figures 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 0, by certain
_consonants_; and then, as the vowels [a, e, i, o, u, and y, together
with w] have _no numerical_ value assigned to them, we turn dates or any
numbers into translating _words_, which will always tell us precisely
the figures the words stand for.

As this simple process enables us to remember any dates or numbers with
_absolute certainty_, the pupil will be pleased to know that he can
learn _how it is done_ by only _one thoughtful_ perusal.

The questions at the bottom of each page constitute an invaluable aid to
test the accuracy of his knowledge and the correctness of his

   1. Is it possible to exaggerate the importance of this lesson?
   2. When will the pupil appreciate its practical value?
   3. Where is this key given?
   4. Are numbers hard to remember?
   5. How do we make them hard to forget?
   6. By what are the figures represented?
   7. What letters have no numerical value assigned to them?
   8. What do the questions at the bottom of each page constitute?

The nought and the nine digits are _represented_ by the following
_consonants_ when they are _sounded_ or _pronounced_; viz., 0 (nought)
by s, z, or c^soft as in cease, 1 by t, th, or d, 2 by n, 3 by m, 4 by
r, 5 by l, 6 by sh, j, ch, or g^soft as in the first g of George, 7
g^hard as in Gorge, k, c^hard as in _c_ane, q, or ng, 8 by f or v, and 9
by b or p.

Ample practice in translating the sounded consonants of words into
figures, or of figures into the sounded consonants of words will now be
given. If the reader can _remember_ the foregoing consonant equivalents
of figures in connection with the tabulated Figure Alphabet on the 74th
page of this lesson, he can at once pass on through the book. If not, he
must carefully study the intervening pages with painstaking--for when
once learned, no further difficulty can arise.

The tabulated Figure Alphabet on the 74th page of this lesson expresses
the consonant values of the nought and nine digits in perpendicular
columns, as under nought (0) are placed _s_, _z_, and _c_^soft; under
nine are placed _b_ and _p_; under six are placed _sh_, _j_, _ch_, and
_g_^soft, &c. Only those who possess first-rate natural memories can
learn the equivalents of the sounded consonants in figures from this
table. But when learned in this way, the pupil requires much practice in
translating words into figures and figures into words. Even this
exceptional pupil had better carefully study the ensuing examples.

The first thing to be done is to learn _which_ consonants are used to
stand for and represent the nought (0) and 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9.
Let the student remember that we use vowels to make words with, but we
do not give the vowels [a, e, i, o, u], or w, or y, _any number value


The figure value of "sew," therefore equals or is represented by a
cipher [0]. S = 0, and the vowel "e" and the consonant "w" have _no figure
value_. Cannot the student understand at once that {S}ay = 0,
{S}ee = 0, Ea{s}e = 0, I{s} = 0, and {Z}oe = 0, and {S}ei{z}e = 00,
{S}i{z}e = 00, {S}au{c}e = 00?

The following is another way of fixing in mind this first rule.

If the capital letter =S= were cut into two parts, and the bottom half
attached to the top half, it would make a nought (=0=). _So it is easy to
remember that S represents =0=._ C^soft as in _cease_ has the same sound
as S, and should therefore stand for the same figure, _viz._, 0; and Z
is a cognate of S--that is, it is _made by the same organs of speech in
the same position_ as when making S, only it is an undertone, and S is a
whispered letter. Besides Z should represent =0= because it begins the
word Zero--C^soft should also stand for =0= for the additional reason that
C^soft begins the word cipher. _In translating a word into figures we
always turn S, Z, or C^soft into nought (0); in turning figures into
words we always translate a nought (0) into S, Z, or C^soft._

    1. What is the first thing to be done?
    2. What must the student remember in connection with vowels?
    3. By what do we represent the cipher?
    4. What other way is given for fixing the first rule in the mind?
    5. What is meant by a "cognate"?
    6. What kind of a letter is S?


{T}oy = 1. As "t" stands for 1, and o and y are vowels, and have no
figure value, the numerical value of Toy _must_ be 1.

{Th}ee = 1, {Th}ou = 1, {D}ay = 1, {D}ew = 1, {Th}i{s} = 10,
{Th}u{s} = 10, {D}oe{s} = 10, {T}ie{s} = 10, {T}oe{s} = 10,
{D}ee{d} = 11, {D}o{th} = 11, {T}o-{d}ay = 11, {T}a{t}too[B] = 11,
{T}u{t} = 11, {T}oa{d} = 11, {T}ie{d} = 11, {S}a{t} = 01, {S}ai{d} = 01,
{S}ea{t}= 01, {D}ay{s} = 10, {T}oy{s} = 10, {Th}e{s}e = 10,
{Th}o{s}e = 10.

[B] See rules on page 72.

"t" stands for 1, because it is made with _one_ downward stroke. "h" has
no figure value except when it is united with "s" or "c" in sh or ch,
and therefore "th" _must_ represent 1, and d, being the cognate of "t,"
it is represented by 1. Hence we translate "t," "th," and "d" by the
figure 1, and when we want to represent 1, by letters, we translate it
into t, th, or d.

2 IS REPRESENTED BY "N," because it is made by two downward strokes.
{N}o = 2, A{n}y = 2, O{n}e = 2, {N}oi{s}e = 20, {N}i{c}e = 20,
{N}e{s}{t} = 201, {N}o{t}e = 21, {Th}e{n} = 12, {N}u{n} = 22,
{N}a{n} = 22, {S}o{n} = 02, {S}i{n}e = 02, {Z}o{n}e = 02, {N}i{n}e = 22,
{Z}e{n}o = 02, {S}ow{n} = 02.

3 IS REPRESENTED BY "M," because the written m is made by _three_
downward strokes. Ai{m} = 3, {S}u{m} = 03, {M}u{m} = 33, {M}ai{m} = 33,
{M}o{n}ey = 32, {M}o{th} = 31, {M}oo{n} = 32, {M}a{n} = 32,
{M}o{n}{th} = 321, A{m}e{n}{d}{s} = 3210, {Th}i{n} = 12, E{n}e{m}ie{s}
= 230, Ho{m}e = 3.

4 IS REPRESENTED BY "R," because it terminates the word _four_ in
several languages. Ai{r} = 4. A and i are vowels, and count for no figure
value in Air, and hence that word represents only the figure 4. Wi{r}e = 4,
{R}ow = 4, Wo{r}{t} = 41, W{r}a{th} = 41, Wo{r}{th} = 41, {R}i{d}e = 41,
Hei{r}{s} = 40, {R}ui{n}{s} = 420, {R}oa{s}{t} = 401, {R}u{m} = 43,
{R}oa{r} = 44, {S}au{c}e{r} = 004, {S}wo{r}{d}{s}{m}a{n} = 041032,
{R}a{z}o{r}{s} = 4040, A{r}i{s}e{n} = 402, He{r}{m}i{t}{s} = 4310.

   1. In translating a word into figures, what do we always do?
   2. By what letters is the figure 1 represented?
   3. Why does "t" stand for 1?
   4. When does the letter "h" have a figure value?
   5. By what is 2 represented?
   6. Why?
   7. How do we represent 3?
   8. Why?
   9. By what consonant is 4 represented?
  10. Why?

5 IS REPRESENTED BY "L," because in the Roman alphabet L stood for 50,
and we disregard the cipher and make it stand for 5 only--as, Oi{l} = 5.
O and i, being vowels, may be _used_ in a word, but having no figure
value, do not change the numerical value of the word; therefore the
figure value of "oi{l}" is 5, the same as though the "l" stood alone.
{L}ay = 5, {L}aw = 5, Ho{l}y = 5, Awhi{l}e = 5, Whee{l} = 5,
{L}i{t} = 51, Wea{lth} = 51, {L}a{d} = 51, {S}o{l}o = 05,
{S}a{l}e{s} = 050, {S}{l}owe{r} = 054, {L}a{n}e = 52, A{l}o{n}e = 52,
{L}a{m}a = 53, Ea{r}{l}ie{r} = 454, Who{l}e{s}a{l}e = 505,
U{n}{m}i{l}i{t}a{r}y{n}e{s}s = 2351420.

{J}ewesses {Ch}ose {G}eorge. In the following words, the vowels have no
figure value, hence in translation are never counted. {Sh}ow = 6,
{J}oy = 6, Ha{tch} = 6, Hu{g}e = 6, {S}a{g}e = 06, {Ch}ea{t}{s} = 610,
{Sh}e{d} = 61, {Sh}ea{th} = 61, {Sh}o{t} = 61, {G}i{n} = 62,
{Sh}i{n} = 62, {J}ea{n} = 62, {Ch}i{n} = 62, {G}e{m} = 63, {J}a{m} = 63,
{Sh}a{m}e = 63, {Ch}i{m}e = 63, U{sh}e{r} = 64, {J}u{r}y = 64,
{Ch}ai{r} = 64, Wa{g}e{r} = 64, {Sh}a{l}l = 65, {J}ai{l} = 65,
{Ch}i{l}l = 65, {G}e{ntl}e = 6215, {J}ewi{sh} = 66.

7 IS REPRESENTED BY "G^hard" "K," "C^hard" "Q," AND "NG." WE FIND THE
(Seven), {G}reat {K}ings {C}ame {Q}uarrelli{ng}. We thus use the
termination "ng" to express 7. Ho{g} = 7, {K}ey = 7, {C}ue = 7,
You{ng} = 7, Yo{k}e = 7, Wi{g} = 7. As no vowels have any figure
value, they cut no figure in translating into numbers. {D}e{ck} = 17,
{D}e{s}{k} = 107, {K}i{d} = 71. {S}{k}a{t}e = 071, A{s}{k} = 07,
A{s}{k}i{ng} = 077, {S}{k}e{tch} = 076, {S}{q}ui{r}e = 074, {C}a{s}e{s}
= 700, {G}a{t}e = 71, E{g}a{d} = 71, {K}i{t}e = 71, {Q}uo{t}e = 71. This
first "{g}" is hard (7) and the second "{g}" is soft (6) in
{G}an{g}es. The "{g}" in Governor is hard and in General is soft in
{G}overnor-{G}eneral. The first "{c}" is hard (7) and the second "{c}"
is soft (0) in a{c}{c}i{d}e{n}{t}, = 70121, Ha{g}g{l}e = 75, A{c}{m}e = 73,
{C}a{n}no{n} = 722, {G}ui{t}a{r} = 714, {S}{q}uea{k} = 077.

BE AN ELONGATED 8, AND "V" IS A COGNATE OF "F," hence equivalent to the
same number; as, Wi{f}e = 8, Wo{v}e = 8. The vowels, although used in
the words, have no figure values, neither do "w," "y," or "h," when not
a part of "sh" or "ch." {S}a{f}e = 08, {S}a{v}e = 08, I{v}y = 8,
Hi{v}e = 8, {F}oe = 8, {D}i{v}e = 18, E{d}i{f}y = 18, {T}i{f}f = 18,
{Th}ie{f} = 18, {Th}ie{v}e = 18, {T}ou{gh} = 18, E{n}ou{gh} = 28,
{N}a{v}y = 28, K{n}a{v}e = 28, {N}e{f}a{r}iou{s} = 2840, {M}u{f}f = 38,
{M}o{v}e = 38, {R}u{f}f = 48, {R}oo{f} = 48, {R}ou{gh} = 48,
{R}e{v}iew = 48, A{l}i{v}e = 58, A{l}oo{f} = 58, {L}ea{v}e = 58,
{L}ea{f} = 58, A{lph}a = 58, {Sh}ea{f} = 68, {Ch}a{f}f = 68,
{J}o{v}e = 68, {Sh}a{v}e = 68, {Sh}o{v}e = 68, {C}a{v}e = 78,
{C}al{f} = 78, {G}a{v}e = 78, {C}ou{gh} = 78, {Q}ua{f}f = 78,
{Q}ui{v}e{r} = 784, {F}i{v}e = 88, {F}i{f}e = 88, {F}eo{f}f = 88,
{F}i{fth} = 881, {V}i{v}i{d} = 881, {F}a{c}e{s} = 800.

9 IS REPRESENTED BY "B" AND "P." (Nine) {B}eautiful {P}eacocks would
indicate the figure value of 9, in the initial consonants of
"{b}eautiful {p}eacocks." {B}ee = 9, and the two vowels "ee" have no
figure value. {B}ow = 9, {P}ie = 9, {P}ew = 9, {P}ay = 9, A{p}e = 9,
U{p} = 9, {B}y = 9, {B}a{s}e = 90, {B}ia{s} = 90, {P}o{s}e = 90,
{P}au{s}e = 90, {B}oa{t} = 91, {B}o{th} = 91, {B}ea{d} = 91,
{B}ea{n} = 92, {B}o{n}e = 92, {P}o{t} = 91, {P}a{th} = 91, {P}a{d} = 91,
{P}i{n}e = 92, {B}ea{m} = 93, {B}a{r} = 94, {B}a{l}e = 95,
{B}a{dg}e = 96, {B}u{sh} = 96, {B}u{f}f = 98, {B}a{b}y = 99,
{P}oe{m} = 93, {P}ai{r} = 94, {P}i{l}e = 95, {P}u{sh} = 96,
{P}a{g}e = 96, {P}u{f}f = 98, {P}i{p}e = 99, {P}o{p}e = 99,
{P}ac{k} = 97.

   1. Why is 5 represented by "L"?
   2. By what is 6 represented?
   3. Through the initial consonants of what sentence, not considering
      the six in brackets?
   4. Where do we find the letter equivalents of 7, not regarding the
      seven in brackets?
   5. What termination do we also use to express 7?
   6. If the termination "ng" represent 7, what is the figure value of
   7. Give the figure value of Hong-kong.
   8. By what two consonants do we represent 8?
   9. Why?
  10. Give the figure value of the vowels in these illustrations, if
      you find they have any value.

The representatives of the figures from 0 up to 9 are given in the
initial consonants of the ten subsequent phrases following the

    "{S}i{d}{n}ey {M}e{r}{l}i{sh} {g}a{v}e a {b}ow"[C]
    = 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.

    Nought  (0)  {S}o {Z}ealous {C}eases.
    One     (1)  {T}ankard {th}is {D}ay.
    Two     (2)  {N}ostrils. (or 2 {N}ations. Ex. 35, 10; 37, 22.)
    Three   (3)  {M}eals. (or 3 {M}ighty {M}en. 2 Sam. 23.)
    Four    (4)  {R}oads. (or 4 {R}ings. Ex. 25, 26; 38, 5.)
    Five    (5)  {L}oaves. (Matt. 14; Mark 6; Luke 9.)
    Six     (6)  {Sh}y {J}ewesses {Ch}ose {G}eorge.
    Seven   (7)  {G}reat {K}ings {C}ame {Q}uarrelli{ng}.
    Eight   (8)  {F}old {V}alue. (or 8 '{V}arsity {F}ellows.)
    Nine    (9)  {P}in {B}owling.

[C] Gouraud said: "{S}a{t}a{n} {m}ay {r}e{l}i{sh} {c}o{f}fee {p}ie."

This explanation is a help to remember the _letter-values of the
figures_. Another way to fix these values in mind for permanent use is
to turn _words into figures_, as in going through an ordinary
spelling-book. This practice quickly enables you to _turn figures into
words_, and to translate them back into figures. Facility will be
attained long before the lessons are completed. But this lesson,
_thoroughly_ studied, will secure the needful proficiency.

   1. By what two consonants is the figure value of 9 represented?
   2. What are represented in the initial consonants of the ten
      Phrases here given, not including, of course, the words before
      the figures in brackets?
   3. Are these sentences of any help in remembering the letter values
      of the figures?
   4. What other way is there to fix these values in mind?
   5. What does this practice enable you to do?


_Not to be glanced at or skipped, but to be carefully studied._

1.--Two consonants of the _same kind_ with no vowel between, provided
    they have the _same_ sound, are treated as one consonant, as
    "ll" = 5, "nn" = 2, "rr" = 4, "dd" = 1, &c. The first two
    consonants have different values in the word "accident" = 70121.

2.--All _silent_ consonants are _disregarded_, as "b" in
    "Lam_b_" = 53, "Com_b_" = 73, or in "Tom_b_" = 13. "_Ph_" and "_h_"
    in "_Ph_t_h_isic" = 107; "_gh_" in Bou_gh_t = 91; "_k_" in
    _K_now = 2; "_gh_" in Nei_gh_bours = 2940; "l" in Cou_l_d = 71, or
    in Psa_l_m = 03.

3.--The _equivalents_ of the figure-consonants have the _same value_
    as those consonants themselves, as "gh" in "{T}ou{gh}" = 18, "gh"
    in E{n}ou{gh} = 28; "gh" in {R}ou{gh} = 48. "{Ph}{r}a{s}e" = 840,
    "{N}y{mph}" = 238, "{L}o{ck}" = 57. "N" sometimes sounds like
    ng, and so represents 7, as in "Bank" (977) which _sounds_ like
    "bang" (not "ban") with a "k" after it; ng are not always taken
    together as one sound and translated into 7, but when they sound
    separately are treated separately, as in engage = 276[D]. X = gs
    or ks = 70, as in example = 70395; in oxygen = 7062. Sometimes
    X = Z, as in Xerxes = 04700, and then it = 0. Ci and ti, and
    sometimes si and sci = sh, as gracious = 7460; Nation = 262;
    Conscience = 72620. Dge = j, as in Ju{dge} = 66. Tch = ch = 6, as
    in ditch = 16 (it rhymes with rich = 46). Ch sometimes = k, as in
    {Ch}ristmas = 74030. S and z sometimes = zh, which is the cognate
    equivalent of sh = 6, as in pleasure = 9564, and in
    Crozier = 7464. Acquiesce = 70, excrescence = 7074020.

[D] Pupils who have a poor ear for sounds sometimes fail to note when
"n" sounds like "ng" and so means 7 instead of 2. Let them study the
words "ringer" (474), "linger" (5774), and "ginger" (6264). The first
syllable of "linger" rhymes with the first of "ringer" and not with the
first of "ginger;" it rhymes with "ring" and not with "gin;" and if the
first syllable of "ringer" is 47, the first of "linger" must be 57; but
the second syllable of "linger" is "ger," while the second syllable of
"ringer" is only "er." So "linger" is pronounced as if spelled
"ling-ger," the "n" sounds like "ng." "Ringer" is pronounced
"ring-er," and "ginger" as if spelled "gin-ger."

   1. When will facility be attained?
   2. Are these rules to be carefully studied?
   3. Repeat the first rule.
   4. What value is given to silent consonants?
   5. What have the same value as the consonants themselves?
   6. What does the consonant "N" sometimes sound like?
   7. What value is assigned to it in such cases?
   8. What is the consonant X equal to?

4.--No notice is taken of any _vowel_ or of w (war = 4) or y
    (yoke = 7), or of h (the = 1) except as part of ch or sh. Words
    like Weigh, Whey, &c., having no figure values, are never counted.
    If one word ends with, and the next word begins with, the _same_
    consonant, they are both reckoned, as That Toad = 1111.


The pupil may skip the next paragraph if not wishing to deal with

[As a rule, it is better not to use words _beginning_ with S, except to
translate _decimals_ and _fractions_, and Date-words where a _doubt_
might otherwise arise (unless in a phrase like "To see Jiji," "delay a
spy," &c.); and in case of the _decimals_, S, as the _initial_ letter,
means (not 0, but) the decimal point. (1) If there is an integer
followed by a decimal, two separate words are used; the decimal-word
begins with S, thus: 945.51 = barley sold; 71.3412 = "good Samaritan."
(2) If it is a decimal by itself, the S indicates the decimal point
only; .01 = society; .02 = Susan; .94 = sparrow. (3) If it is a vulgar
fraction, the words translating numerator and denominator begin with S,
and the S's are not counted, the numerator-word coming first, and the
denominator-word last; thus 5/12 = sell Satan.]

As to Date-words, just _before_ the Christian Era you may use an initial
S [or the vowel A, or any other vowel], as, Stir would mean 14 B.C.
[Before Christ]; and, of course, Tower would mean 14 A.D. [for _Anno
Domini_--in the year of our Lord]; Soar = 4 B.C., and Rue = 4 A.D. In a
Date-word like Trial, to express 145 B.C., no doubt could arise; if the
Pupil knows the contemporary history, he could not imagine it could be
290 later, or 145 A.D. If he fears he might not remember that it was
B.C. he could remove all doubt by using the word Stroll, or any other
word which translates 145 and begins with S.

 1. Do we ever take any notice of a vowel?
 2. Are there any words which do not have a figure value, and if so,
    what are they?
 3. When do we use the letter "S" in dealing with decimals?
 4. When does "S" indicate the decimal point?
 5. When are two separate words used?
 6. In such cases, with what does the decimal word begin?
 7. In case of a vulgar fraction, what words begin with "S"?
 8. Are the S's then counted?
 9. Which word comes first?
10. How may we deal with date-words which express the time of
    events before the Christian Era?
11. After?

For convenience of reference I now give the figure Alphabet tabulated.

     0      | 1  | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6      | 7      | 8 | 9
     S      | t  | n | m | r | l | sh     | g^hard | f | b
     Z      | th |   |   |   |   | j      | k      | v | p
     C^soft | d  |   |   |   |   | ch     | c^hard |   |
            |    |   |   |   |   | g^soft | q      |   |
            |    |   |   |   |   |        | ng     |   |

If the pupil has mastered the Figure Alphabet he will proceed with the
greatest satisfaction and profit. If he has not mastered it, let him
carefully review the foregoing pages of this chapter, and then he can
advance with the assurance of meeting no difficulties.

   1. Write the Figure Alphabet from memory.
   2. If the pupil has not thoroughly mastered this alphabet, what is
      required of him?
   3. If the pupil must review the foregoing six pages, let him find
      words himself which spell the figures.
   4. Is not such a course much better than merely to read over the
      examples and illustrations which I give?
   5. Is it easy to find words with which to translate dates and


It is a simple and easy process; knowing exactly what consonants are
used to represent each of the numbers, you simply write at the side of
the numbers to be turned into words the consonants which stand for them;
and using any vowels you please, you find out by experimenting what
words can translate the figures. Suppose you wish to find out what words
will translate the date of the settlement of Jamestown, Va., 1607. You
place the figures under each other as below, and then you place at the
right hand of each figure the consonants which translate it.

    1 = t, th, d.
    6 = sh, j, ch, g soft (as in gem),
    0 = s, z, c soft (as in cease).
    7 = g hard, k, c hard, q, and ng.

By experimenting you soon find the following phrases will represent
1607; as, "A {D}u{tch} {S}o{ng}," "{D}a{sh} a {S}a{ck}," "{T}o wa{sh} a
{S}o{ck}," "{Th}e {Ch}oo{s}i{ng}," "{Th}e {Ch}a{s}i{ng}," "{T}ou{ch}e{s}
a {K}ey," &c.

Try the date of the adoption of the Constitution of the United States,
1787. Writing down the numbers as before, you place t, th, d, opposite
1; g hard, k, c hard, q, ng, opposite 7; f and v, opposite 8; g hard, k,
c hard, q, and ng, opposite 7; and then you soon find translating words,
as follows: "{T}o {g}i{v}e a {K}ey," "{Th}e {g}i{v}i{ng}," "{Th}e
{q}ua{f}fi{ng}," "{Th}e {C}ou{gh}i{ng}," &c.

In all cases you must carefully comply with the rules and explanations
heretofore given. A little practice will enable you to dispense with
writing down the figures and the consonants which represent them; but at
first pains must be taken in the above way to secure accuracy.

   1. What would be your method of procedure?
   2. What must be done in all cases?
   3. What will a little practice enable you to do?
   4. What must be done to secure accuracy at first?
   5. Deal with an original date in the way indicated here.
   6. In dealing with the date of the foundation of Yale College,
      would the phrase "taxes due" express 1701?
   7. If not, why?
   8. Can you translate into a word or phrase the date of your own
   9. Translate into words or phrases the birth and death dates of
      some of the historic characters which you admire most.
  10. Keep a record of these words or phrases for future examination.

Try 1636, the date of the founding of Harvard College: You obtain
"{D}a{sh} a {m}i{dg}e," "{Th}e {ch}u{m} a{g}e," "{T}ea{ch} {m}u{ch},"
"{T}o {sh}ow {m}y {j}oy," &c.

The founding of Yale College in 1701 gives: "{T}oo{k} a {s}ea{t},"
"{Th}e {c}o{s}{t}," "{Th}e {q}ue{s}{t}," "{Th}e {c}a{s}{t}," "A {t}a{x}
{d}ue," or "{T}oo{k} a {c}i{t}y," &c.

Sometimes the first consonants only of words are used. Comenius,
Educational Reformer (things before words, pictured illustrations, &c.)
and Moravian Bishop, was born 1592: or (1) {Th}ings (5) We{l}l (9)
{P}ictured (2) {N}ow. He died 1671; or A (1) {T}eaching (6) {Ch}urchman
(7) {G}ave (1) Ou{t}.


_When the word or phrase used to translate figures sustains no relation
of In., Ex., or Con., to the event itself, that word or phrase is
synthetic and is dealt with hereafter._

Nearly all the translating words given in this section so far are
synthetic. "The coughing," sustains no relation of In., Ex., or Con., to
the adoption of the Constitution of the U. S., and is therefore
relegated to the next chapter for the method of cementing it to that
event if we were obliged to use that phrase.

Synthesis will be sometimes hereafter resorted to to connect in our
minds an event to its date. When this will be necessary, the sequel will


_When the word or phrase which translates the date or number sustains
the relation of In., Ex., or Con., to the event or fact itself, that
word or phrase is analytic, and is memorised by merely assimilating that

Different ways of expressing figures by words, phrases, or sentences
that are self-connected to the fact or event will now be given.


Room-mates in college are called "chums." Harvard College--the oldest
Collegiate Institution in America--really introduced "the chum age" in
America. The formula for the date of its foundation in 1636 may be
thus expressed--Harvard College founded; {th}e {ch}u{m} a{g}e [1636].

The annual production of iron in America is said to be _six million four
hundred and twenty-seven thousand, one hundred and forty-eight_ tons.
These figures may be analytically expressed thus: "Hu{g}e i{r}o{n} we
{g}e{t} {r}ou{gh}" [6,427,148 tons].

The great wall of China is 1,250 miles long. This may be expressed thus:
"{Th}ey {n}ow a high Wa{l}l see" [1250].

A characteristic of Herbert Spencer is the accuracy of his definitions.
His birth, in 1820, may be indicated by this significant phrase: "He
{D}e{f}i{n}e{s}" [1820].


Caius Julius Cæsar was born 100 B.C., and he died 44 B.C. His birth may
be expressed by the phrase, (1) "{Th}e (0) {S}tripling (0) {C}æsar;" and
his death by a phrase which declares that his death was the remote
result of his crossing the Rubicon, thus: (4) "{R}ubicon's (4)

Marcus Tullius Cicero was born 106 B.C., and he died 43 B.C. His birth:
(1) "{T}ullius (0) {C}icero's (6) {Ch}ildhood." His death: (4) "{R}emove
(3) {M}arcus." [In allusion to the order for his death.]

The height of Egypt's greatest pyramid is 479 feet, or (4) "Wo{r}ld's
(7) {G}reatest (9) {P}yramid."

The city of Melbourne was named after Lord Melbourne in 1837, or (3)
"{M}elbourne (7) {Ch}ristened."

It will be convenient to consider all compound names of cities or places
as if they were single words, using only the initial consonant of the
first of the names, as (2) {N}ew-York, or (2) {N}ew-Amsterdam, or (2)
U{n}ited-States, etc.

New York City [at first known as New Amsterdam] was settled by the Dutch
in 1626, or New York founded: (1) "{D}utchmen (6) {Ch}ose (2)
{N}ew-Amsterdam (6) {J}oyfully."

Virginia was settled at Jamestown in 1607. This date may be
analytically expressed thus: (1) "{Th}en (6) {J}amestown (0) Wa{s} (7)

The exact population of the United States, according to the census of
1880, may be expressed through the initial consonants of the following
sentence: "A (5) {L}ate (0) {C}ensus, (1) 'Eigh{t}y's' (8) {F}urnishes
(9) {P}recise (2) U{n}ited-States (0) {S}overeign (9) {P}opulation," or

The _exact_ population of the United States declared in June, 1890,
commonly called the _census of "ninety,"_ was stated as _sixty-two
millions six hundred and twenty-two thousand two hundred and fifty_, or
"A (6) {G}eneral (2) E{n}umeration (6) whi{ch} (2) U{n}doubtedly (2)
I{n}dicates (2) '{N}inety's' (5) {L}arge (0) {C}ensus." 62,622,250, or
for the last three figures we could say: (2) U{n}ited States' (5)
{L}arge (0) {C}ensus.

Before the close of the year 1890 an official census of the Whites and
Indians on the Indian Reservations added 243,875 to the above number,
making the total population of the United States in 1890, 62,866,125. A
(6) {G}eneral (2) E{n}umeration (8) O{f}ficially (6) S{h}ows (6) {J}ust
(1) {Th}e (2) {N}umber (5) {L}iving. Now (1895) it is computed to be
67,000,000 [to express the round numbers of millions, we could say, (6)
{J}ust (7) {G}overnment or (6) {Ch}arming (7) {C}ountry].

The birth of Herbert Spencer, in 1820, may be expressed thus: (1)
A{d}vent (8) o{f} (2) I{n}fant (0) {S}pencer, or (1) {Th}e (8) {F}uture
(2) "U{n}knowable" (0) {S}pencer, (2) I{n}fant (0) {S}pencer. Several
different ways of expressing the _same date_ will be given in a few

It is often convenient for a teacher, and others, to recall the number
of a page of a book in which a citation is found. In Prof. William
James's Psychology Abridged for Schools and Colleges, the chapter on
Habit begins on p. 134, or "(1) {Th}e (3) {M}ould (4) {R}ules;" the
chapter on Will begins on p. 415: "A (4) {R}esolve (1) {D}enotes
(5) Wi{l}l;" the chapter on Attention begins on p. 217, or "(2) {N}otice
(1) A{t}tention's (7) {Q}ualities;" the chapter on Association begins on
p. 253, or (2) "{N}ow (5) He{l}p (3) {M}emory;" and that on Memory on
p. 287, or "(2) I{n}tellect (8) {F}orbids (7) {C}ramming." Prof.
Loisette's New York Office is in Fifth Avenue at No. 237, or "A (2)
{N}ew (3) {M}emory (7) {G}iven," or "A (2) {N}ew (3) {M}emory (7)
A{c}quired." His London Office was formerly at 37 [a {m}emory {g}ained]
New Oxford Street. It is now at _200 Regent Street, London_ [(2) {N}ow
(0) {S}ecure (0) A{s}similation].


Sheridan's famous ride occurred in 1864. In dates of the last and
present century it is usual to indicate the last two figures of the
date. 64, therefore, is all we need express. Formula: Sheridan's ride in
1864--(64) {Ch}ee{r}s; or, (64) {Sh}e{r}idan. The Pennsylvania Whisky
Rebellion took place in 1794; or, (94) {B}{r}ewery.


These devices are rarely resorted to, but if ever used, they must be
thoroughly assimilated. Battle of Waterloo was fought in 1815; 15 may be
found in the _t_ and _l_ of (15) Wa{t}er{l}oo. Herbert Spencer was born,
as we have already seen, in 1820. The 20 may be found in the _n_ and _c_
of Spe{n}{c}er.

5. Never, on any account, use the same word to express two different
dates; as, its first two consonants for one date and its two middle, or
its first and last consonants, to express another date.

6. _Never fail to carefully analyse the relations between the fact or
event and its date or number word._


Alexander the Great was born 356 B.C. and died in a drunken debauch
323 B.C. His birth: (3) {M}acedonia's (5) A{l}exander a (6) {Ch}ild. His
death: A (3) {M}acedonian's (2) I{n}ebriation (3) {M}ortal. Several
mnemonists of the old school have for the past forty years used the
phrase "Rise, Sire," to express the date of the creation of the world,
which according to the accepted biblical chronology took place 4004 B.C.
But that phrase, proper enough in the mouths of the sons of Noah, when
they found their father lying on the ground in a fit of intoxication,
could have no pertinence when applied to the Creator, to the creation
in general, or to the creation of this world in particular. A
self-connected phrase would, however, express this date as follows:
"Creation of the World: (4) Ea{r}th (0) {S}tarted (0) {S}wiftly (4)

_First Exception._--From A.D. 1000 to A.D. 1700 the last three figures
of the date should be expressed in the date words. {M}a{r}{s} expresses
340 and could be used to indicate the invention of cannon in (1) 340 by
one who knew that Mars was the name of the god of war in classic
mythology. The formula would be: "Invention of cannon: (1) 340
{M}a{r}{s}." But this term would have no mnemonic significance to one who
knows the word Mars as meaning only one of the planets. Hence the
danger--ever to be avoided--of using classical allusions in teaching the
average student. A (3) {m}artial (4) O{r}gan (0) {S}ways, or {m}urderous
a{r}tillery {s}tarted.

_Second Exception._--From A.D. 1700 to the present moment, the last two
figures must be expressed in the date words. Many examples will
hereafter illustrate this exception. In very rare cases, the expression
of the last figure in the date word will suffice. We know that Ralph
Waldo Emerson and Oliver Wendell Holmes [author of the Autocrat of the
Breakfast Table] were born towards the beginning of this century, the
former in 1803 and the latter in 1809. The following formulas would give
the date of their birth: Ralph Waldo (180)3 E{m}erson; Oliver Wendell
Holmes (180)9 "{B}reakfast."

_Third Exception._--In cases where there is no practical utility in
comparing one very large number with another, as in the case of the
distances of the planets from the sun, mere round numbers may suffice,
yet astronomers must know such numbers with exactness. But in regard to
all mundane affairs, the pupil must throw off the character of scholar
and assume the license of children, if he attempts to express large
numbers, as of populations, &c., by "guessing," or, what is the same
thing, by only giving round numbers. The Brooklyn Suspension Bridge is
5989 feet long, and the Forth Bridge, which crosses the Firth of Forth
in Scotland, is 8296 feet long. Now, instead of saying that the former
is _about_ 5000 feet long, why not say 5989 feet long? [(5) {L}ong (9)
{B}ridge (8) O{f} (9) {B}rooklyn.] And instead of saying that the latter
is _about or somewhere in the neighbourhood_ of 8000 feet long, why not
be exact and say 8296 feet long? [(8) {F}orth's (2) {N}ew (9) {B}ridge
(6) {Sh}own. It was completed in 1890.]

No one who has not had experience in dealing with thousands of poor
memories, as I have had, can realise the fact that in most cases of poor
memories _the facts themselves are often possessed_, but are mostly
_unrecallable_ when wanted. I have tried to teach pupils how to find
analytic date or number words _without any previous training in In.,
Ex., and Con._, and 99 of all such attempts have always been failures.
The 100th case, which succeeded, only confirmed the rule. On the other
hand, I have always found that these failures become successes after a
thorough practical training in In., Ex., and Con., such as I have
already given. In fact, I never had a pupil who became proficient in the
use of In., Ex., and Con., who did not arrive at the use of analytic
number words without any specific directions from me. But I think, on
the whole, that it is the better way to _combine_ direct and specific
training in analytic number words, with a previous exhaustive general
drill in In., Ex., and Con.

The rules hereafter given must be carefully studied and every example
painstakingly examined. After studying my formulas let the pupil
endeavour in _each case_ to find a better one himself. If the pupil acts
on my advice, he will know how to be always _sure_ to think of the
needful related or including facts for finding analytic date words,
phrases, or sentences.

The different processes for dealing with dates or numbers may be
classified as follows:--

(1) _Cases where the name of the person, fact, or event gives its date_;
as, Birth of the colored orator and politician Frederick {D}ou{g}lass
(18)17. This kind of a case is of rare occurrence, and it would be like
the charlatanry which has disgraced many former memory systems to allow
the pupil to suppose that it frequently happens. A glance at the event,
word, or description will quickly tell him if it represents the
necessary figures, and if it do not, he must resort to an analytic date
word, or phrase, or sentence, whichever he finds most suitable for him.
No one figure alphabet contains the advantages of all others. Each has
special advantages in special cases. Whatever figure alphabet, however,
is used, the main thing about it is to master it thoroughly.

(2) _Cases where a significant or analytic word or phrase expresses the
date or number._ "I{l}l-u{s}a{g}e" expresses the date of the death of
Columbus in 1506, as he died in great neglect. The impetuous pupil says:
"How can I be sure that this phrase applies to Columbus? Would it not
apply to any one who had been ill-used?" Certainly not. It applies only
to an ill-used man whose date (birth or death, &c.) was in 1506. If he
knows of some other man who was greatly ill-used and who died in 1506,
then he must use another analytic phrase for that man. See next

Six distinguished persons were born in 1809, yet the date of the birth
of each is easily fixed: Darwin, whose principal work was called "Origin
of Species;" Gladstone, noted for his vigorous eloquence; Lincoln, who
was conspicuous as a binder together of separated States; Tennyson, who
was chosen as Poet-Laureate, and who was born at Somersby, England;
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, who early displayed a musical genius, and
whose first oratorio was called "St. Paul;" Elizabeth Barrett Browning
[_née_ Elizabeth Barrett], whose poems are distinguished for their
subjectivity. The analytic formulas for these different persons born in
the same year, 1809, may each differ from the others, thus:

     Birth of Charles Darwin {S}{p}ecies (18)09

       ----   William Ewart Gladstone {S}{p}ellbinder (18)09

       ----   Abraham Lincoln {S}{p}licer (18)09

       ----   Alfred Tennyson, {P}oet (180)9 or (0) {S}elected (9) {P}oet
              or {S}omers{b}y (09)

       ----   Felix Mendelssohn-{B}artholdy (180)9 or {P}recocious (180)9,
              or (0) {S}t. (9) {P}aul

       ----   Elizabeth {B}arret Browning (180)9, or {S}u{b}jective (18)09

   1. Do all pupils succeed in finding analytic date or number words
      without any previous training in In., Ex., or Con.?
   2. What proportion succeeded?
   3. Does this not confirm the rule?
   4. Do these failures ever become successes?
   5. How?
   6. What must be carefully studied hereafter?
   7. After studying my formulas, what should the pupil do?
   8. What will be the result, if the pupil acts on my advice?
   9. In what ways may the different processes for dealing with dates
      and numbers be classified?

Benjamin Franklin was born in 1706, and died in 1790. (0) "{S}agacious
(6) {ch}ild" would analytically fix his birth, as he was known as a
precocious boy: or the single word (06) {S}a{g}e. As he was a great
worker all his life, (90) "{B}u{s}y," or "(9) {B}enjamin (0) {C}eased"
would significantly express his death-date.

(3) _Cases where the initial consonants of a short sentence analytically
express the date._

The analytic number words, phrases, and sentences which one retains most
easily are those which he has made himself. Formulas prepared by others
are perfectly retained, however, if they are thoroughly _assimilated_.

_The analytic word or phrase is what one most usually finds and uses._
Sentences will sometimes be useful because they may contain the name of
the event, and they sometimes offer a wider range for selection of the
needed consonants; but care must be taken to avoid ambiguity. To
indicate the birth of Lincoln, we might use this formula: (1) {D}awn (8)
o{f} (0) A{s}sassinated (9) {P}resident, but as Garfield was also
assassinated, the formula in its _meaning_ would equally apply to the
latter. If, however, we know that Garfield was born in 1831, the
ambiguity would be removed. (1) {D}awn (8) o{f} (0) A{s}sassinated (9)
A{b}raham could apply only to Lincoln. (1) {D}awn (8) o{f} (0)
{S}lavery's (9) {P}resident would be applicable to the career of
Buchanan, Pierce and Fillmore, but it would express the birth-date only
of Lincoln, while it would be wholly inapplicable to his career. (1)
{D}awn (8) o{f} (0) {S}lavery's (9) {P}unisher would exclusively apply
to Lincoln's life and birth-date.

   1. Can you think of any other analytic words to express the date of
      the birth of Abraham Lincoln?
   2. Since "h" has no figure value, could we not use "Shaper"?
   3. If not, why?
   4. What analytic number, word, phrase, or sentence, does the pupil
      retain best?
   5. Are formulas made by others ever perfectly retained?
   6. In what cases?

(2) "{N}oah a (34) {M}e{r}e (8) Wai{f}," (2) "{N}oah (3) {M}ay (48)
{R}o{v}e," or (2) "{N}oah (3) {M}ay (48) A{r}ri{v}e," are analytic
sentences where _all the sounded consonants_ are used. But a greater
_variety_ of sentences might be found, or _one_ sentence be more readily
found in the first instance if only the _initial_ consonants are used:
as, (2) {N}oah's (3) {M}enagerie (4) A{r}k (8) {F}ull, or (2) {N}oah (3)
{M}ade (4) A{r}arat (8) {F}amous, or (2) {N}oah's (3) {M}arvellous (4)
{R}ainy (8) {F}lood, or (2) {N}oah's (3) {M}ighty (4) A{r}k (8)
{F}loated, or (2) {N}oah (3) {M}ounted (4) A{r}arat (8) {F}irmly. Other
specific analytic phrases for this event may easily be found by the

The superiority of analytic phrases where _all_ the sounded consonants
are used, over the analytic sentences, where only the initial consonants
are employed, may be seen in the case of the number of men who enlisted
in behalf of the Federal Government in the late war. The number was _two
millions, three hundred and twenty thousand, eight hundred and
fifty-four_. By initial consonants we have, (2) A{n}y (3) {M}an (2)
{n}ow (0) i{s} (8) a {f}ull (5) {l}oyal (4) He{r}o. By all the sounded
consonants we have--"I{n}hu{m}a{n} Ci{v}i{l} Wa{r};" the latter shorter,
more significant, and more easily remembered. And, on the principle that
a condensed, brief statement, if clear and definite, makes a more vivid
impression than a longer one, we shall find that a short analytic phrase
is better for the memory than an analytic sentence, and an analytic
single word than a phrase. But a short analytic phrase, or a short
analytic sentence, is usually necessary, owing to our ignorance of the
subject matter, the limitations which belong to all figure alphabets,
and our neglect to act strictly on the lines of In., Ex., and Con.

   1. Is the analytic word or phrase self-connected to the event?
   2. Why will sentences sometimes be useful?
   3. What must be avoided?
   4. Can a greater variety of sentences be found if only the initial
      consonants are used?
   5. What does the phrase "Inhuman Civil War" represent?
   6. What does it show the superiority of?
   7. What are the characteristics which recommend it?
   8. Is a short analytic phrase better for the memory than an
      analytic sentence?
   9. On what principle?

(4) _Cases where there is no direct relation between the person, fact,
or event, and the date, or number word or words._ In such cases,
Synthesis, which is taught hereafter, develops an _indirect_ relation.
Synthesis is used in three cases: (1) Where there is no relation
_existing_ between the fact or event and its date word; (2) Where _we
are ignorant_ of all the facts which would give us significant or
analytic date-words; and (3) where we know the needful pertinent facts
with which analytic words could be formed, but we cannot _recall_ them
for use. In these three cases Synthesis must be used. I will now give
and illustrate the rules for the prompt finding of _analytic date or
number words_.

The _preparation_ for thus remembering numbers without effort is the
only exertion required. When the method is mastered, the _application_
of it is made with the greatest ease and pleasure.

There are four indispensable requisites to finding analytic date and
number words promptly.


Pumps were invented in 1425. A student who thinks 2 is to be translated
by "m" instead of "n," translates the dates by these phrases, _viz._,
"Drum a whale," or "Trim oil," or "To ram a wall." As these phrases
sustain the relation neither of In., Ex., or Con. to the fact, they are
hard to be remembered; and if remembered, they mislead. The student who
has mastered the Fig. Alphabet remembers that "n" stands for 2, and if
he knows the object of pumps, he at once finds the analytic phrase,
"Drain a well." The formula would be: "The pump invented--{D}{r}ai{n} a
we{l}l (1425)," or (1) Wa{t}er (4) {r}aised (2) i{n} a (5) ho{l}low. How
could he forget the date?

Tea was first used in Europe in 1601. The unobserving student imagines
that 6 is translated by g^hard, k, c^hard, q, or ng, and so he
translates 1601 into "Ou{tc}a{st}," (1701); a mistake of 100 years, and,
besides, "Outcast" is wholly unconnected with the introduction of tea
into Europe. The genuine student knows that 6 is represented by sh, j,
ch, or g^soft, and so he at once finds the analytic formula: "Tea first
introduced into Europe--{T}ea {ch}e{s}{t} (1601)." The figure phrase
bears the relation of In. and Con. to the event, and cannot be forgotten.
Besides many people believe that tea helps digestion, and such persons
would find an analytic date-word thus: "Tea first used in
Europe--{D}i{g}e{s}{t} (1601)."

   1. What is sometimes necessary?
   2. In how many cases is Synthesis used?
   3. What are they?
   4. How many indispensable requisites are there to finding analytic
      date and number words promptly?
   5. Is draining a well the sole object of a pump?
   6. Was such its purpose originally?
   7. Explain the two phrases used to fix the date of the introduction
      of tea into Europe.
   8. Can a figure phrase that bears the relation of In., Ex., or Con.
      to the event be forgotten?

"C^soft" is often mistaken for "c^hard" by careless learners. Fulton's
steamboat "Clermont" was launched in 1807. Such a pupil translates that
date by the phrase, "{D}e{f}ie{s} i{c}e" (1800). Here "c" is soft and
represents a cipher and not 7. "{D}e{f}y a {s}{c}ow" gives the exact date.
Here the "c" is hard and represents 7, and as the steamboat could easily
outrun the "scow," the phrase is easily remembered.

An impatient pupil who never learns anything thoroughly often disregards
the rule about _silent_ consonants. Braddock and most of his men were
killed by the Indians in 1755. This date this pupil translates by the
phrase, "Dock knell all" (17255). He overlooks the fact that 17 was
expressed by "Dock," and no one out of a mad-house can tell how he came
to add "knell all," unless he had forgotten that he had provided for the
7 of 17, and imagined that "k" in knell is sounded. But how account for
"n" to introduce 2? A genuine pupil would find the analytic phrase in
"{Th}ey {k}i{l}l a{l}l" (1755).

Andrew Jackson, the seventh President, died in 1845. The unindustrious
pupil imagines that "p" represents 8, and not "f" or "v," and translates
1845 into "{T}o {p}ou{r} oi{l}" (1945). The diligent student finds an
analytic translation of the date in the phrase "{Th}e {f}a{r}ewe{l}l"

These illustrations are sufficient to convince any one that the Figure
Alphabet must be _mastered_ before the attempt is made to deal with
dates and numbers.

AND CON. If he lacks such knowledge he had better deal with dates and
numbers which he must remember by synthesis [hereafter], or by Numeric
Thinking, rather than strive in vain to find _analytic_ date and number

   1. What mistake does the impatient pupil make?
   2. Does this not convince you that the figure alphabet must be
      mastered before the attempt is made to deal with dates?
   3. What is the second requisite to becoming proficient in forming
      analytic date words?
   4. What should the pupil do if he lacks the knowledge indicated
   5. If the pupil fixes in mind the population of three States per
      day, how long will it take him to learn the population of all
      the American States?
   6. How long to deal in like manner with the population of all the
      countries of the globe?

It is said that there are 1,750 spoken languages. If the pupil does not
know that the tongue is moved in different ways to pronounce the
distinctive sounds of different languages, he might not think of this
analytic translation of (1750), "{T}o{ng}ue a{l}l way{s}."

The population of Kentucky according to the last census (1880) was
1,648,690. Those who do not know the Kentuckians raise fine saddle and
race horses, many of which are bays, might not think of the analytic
phrases, "{T}ea{ch}e{r} o{f} {sh}owy {b}ay{s}," or "{T}ea{ch}e{r} o{f} a
{sh}owy {p}a{c}e."

The estimated number of horses in the world is 58,576,322. Those who do
not know how cruelly coachmen often treat the horses under their charge
might not think of the analytic phrase, "Wi{l}l {f}ee{l} {c}oa{ch}{m}e{n}

The Yellowstone National Park contains 2,294,740 acres. One who does not
know that this park was recently created, might not think of the
analytic phrase, "O{n}e {N}ew {P}a{r}{k} a{r}o{s}e."

The U. S. Government paid out in the year 1865 the sum of
$1,297,555,324. If one wished to remember the exact figures, he could
easily find an analytic phrase, if he thinks of the act of delivering or
handing over the money, as "{Th}ey u{n}{p}a{ck} {l}oya{l}ly a{l}l
{m}o{n}ey he{r}e." If any analytic phrase is long or awkwardly
constructed, it is very easy to memorise it by the analytic-synthetic
method; as (1) They unpack. (2) They unpack _money_. (3) They unpack
money _here_. (4) They unpack _all_ money here. (5) They unpack _loyally_
all money here.

The number of letters delivered in Great Britain during the postal year
of 1881-82 was 1,280,636,200. If the student knows that the Central Post
Office of London is a very large building, he could instantly find the
analytic phrase, "Wi{th}i{n} o{f}fi{c}e hu{g}e {m}u{ch} {n}ew{s} we

The amount lost annually by fire in the United States is estimated at
$112,853,784. If we do not go outside of the subject matter of losses by
fire, we shall readily find an analytic phrase by means of which we can
certainly remember that large number of dollars--"A {d}eb{t} o{n}
{f}{l}a{m}i{ng} {f}i{r}e."

There are 653,020 Freemasons in U. S. A. Those who know what is meant by
the phrase, "From labor to refreshment," in the masonic ritual, will at
once translate those figures into the analytic phrase, "{J}o{l}ly

There are 591,800 Odd Fellows in the United States. Notice if you can
find figures to translate "Odd" or "Fellows," or any other fact
pertaining to the Order, and you have the analytic phrase, "A{l}l
ha{p}py 'O{d}d' {f}a{c}e{s}."

There have been granted 428,212 patents in the United States. Can you
find any word pertaining to patents in those figures? "We he{r}e
i{n}{v}e{n}{t} a{n}ew."

The number of Indians in the United States is estimated as 241,329.
Considering how unkindly treated many of them have been, we find an
analytic phrase which fits the fact--"{N}o {r}e{d} {m}a{n} ha{p}py."

The population of the state of New York in 1880 was five millions,
eighty-two thousand, eight hundred and seventy-one (5,082,871). An
analytic phrase founded on any conspicuous characteristic of the
population, or on any prominent aspect of the geography of the State
[Niagara Falls, for instance], which many of its people have witnessed,
would suffice, or "A (5) {L}egal (0) {C}ensus (8) O{f} (2) {N}ew-York's
(8) {F}olks (7) {C}omprising (1) Eigh{t}y's."

The pupil who conscientiously studies the rules and examples in this
lesson will find that he can have the great satisfaction of always being
exact and reliable in regard to numbers.

   1. Give an original analytic phrase expressing the number of acres
      in Yellowstone National Park.
   2. Why do we not give all three of the l's in the word "loyally" a
      figure value?
   3. In translating the word "debt," why is it not 191 instead of 11?
   4. What makes these phrases easy to remember?
   5. Give an analytic phrase expressing the number of patents granted
      in the United States.
   6. What great satisfaction can the conscientious pupil always have?
   7. Suppose, when the pupil reaches this page, he has learned that
      the number of the population, or of patents, or of Masons, Odd
      Fellows, &c., has changed, what is he to do?
   8. Must he not deal with the latest statement of the fact, and find
      his own analytic number words?


The date-words opposite each name can be learned by _one_ careful
analytic perusal. If the relation is not understood in any case, a
glance at the explanations which follow the series of Presidents will
remove all doubt or difficulty.

    [*]GEORGE WASHINGTON        {F}a{b}ian (1789).
       JOHN ADAMS               {B}i{ck}erings (1797).
    [*]THOMAS JEFFERSON         {S}{t}eed (1801).
    [*]JAMES MADISON            {S}{p}eculative (1809).
    [*]JAMES MONROE             {D}o{c}trine (1817).
       JOHN Q. ADAMS            U{n}{l}ucky (1825).
    [*]ANDREW JACKSON           U{n}whi{p}ped (1829).
       MARTIN VAN BUREN         {M}o{ck}ed (1837).
    [+]WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON   Ha{r}{d} cider (1841).
       JOHN TYLER               {R}u{d}derless (1841).
       JAMES K. POLK            {R}ea{l}m-extender (1845).
    [+]ZACHARY TAYLOR           Wa{r}{p}roof (1849).
       MILLARD FILLMORE         {L}i{c}enser (1850).
       FRANKLIN PIERCE          {L}oo{m}ing (1853).
       JAMES BUCHANAN           {L}e{c}ompton (1857).
    [*]ABRAHAM LINCOLN          A{g}i{t}ation (1861).
       ANDREW JOHNSON           {Sh}a{l}l (1865).
    [*]ULYSSES S. GRANT         {Ch}a{p}ultepec (1869).
       RUTHERFORD B. HAYES      {C}o{c}oa (1877).
    [+]JAMES A. GARFIELD        {F}a{t}al (1881).
       CHESTER A. ARTHUR        A{f}{t}er (1881).
       GROVER CLEVELAND         {F}{l}ood (1885).
       BENJAMIN HARRISON        {F}i{b}rous (1889).
       GROVER CLEVELAND         {B}oo{m} (1893).

[*] Those who were in office more than four years were re-elected for a
second term. The second term always began four years after the beginning
of the first term.

[+] Those who were Presidents for less than four years died in office
and were succeeded by Vice-Presidents. President Lincoln was murdered
forty days after the commencement of his second term of office, when
Vice-President Johnson became the 17th President.

   1. How can the date-words opposite each name be learned?
   2. What must be done in case the relation is not understood?
   3. What is the relation between William Henry Harrison and "Hard
   4. Why would not "Sweet cider" do?
   5. What Presidents served more than one term?
   6. How is this indicated?
   7. How many died in office?
   8. When is the pupil supposed to learn the series of Presidents?

REMARKS.--The pupil is presumed to have learned heretofore the series of
Presidents from Washington to Grover Cleveland, and to have recited it
forwards and backwards many times. Now let him learn the dates of their
accession to office, and then let him recite the series both ways in
connection with those dates several times: as, George Washington, 1789;
John Adams, 1797; Thomas Jefferson, 1801, &c., &c., to Grover Cleveland,
1893 and then back to Washington. Although it is much better for the
pupil to find his own analytic date-words, yet, as many may not have the
time to do so while studying this lesson, I append a few explanations of
the facts on which the above analytic date-words are founded.

"'Fabian' was applied to the military tactics of Washington, on some
occasions, when he imitated the policy of Quintus Fabius Maximus
Verrucosus, a Roman General who not daring to hazard a battle against
Hannibal, harassed his army by marches, counter-marches, and
ambuscades." "Bickerings" were incessant during John Adams's
administration between his own supporters and the faction of Hamilton.
"Steed"--Jefferson rode on horseback to the Capitol to take his oath of
office as President. Arrived there he dismounted and fastened his steed
to an elm-tree, since known as Jefferson's tree. He did this to
signalise his disapprobation of royalty, and his preference for
democratic equality. "Speculative" were the celebrated "Madison Papers."
"Doctrine"--the Monroe doctrine declared that no foreign power should
acquire additional dominion in America. "Unlucky" was correctly applied
to John Quincy Adams's administration. See Barnes's U. S. His.,
p. 175. "Unwhipped"--Jackson always came off victorious in all his
duels and military campaigns. "Mocked"--Van Buren was appointed by
Jackson as U. S. Minister to England. The United States Senate rejected
his nomination. This political insult secured much sympathy for him,
and helped to make him President. "Hard-cider" was a party watchword
during Harrison's campaign for the Presidency. "Rudderless"--Tyler
often changed his political views, and finally turned against
the United States Government, of which he had been Chief Executive.
"Realm-extender"--during Polk's administration the United States
acquired the territory embracing California, Arizona, New
Mexico, and Texas. "Warproof"--Taylor was a successful warrior.
"Licenser"--Fillmore's administration passed the Fugitive Slave Law,
which enabled the Southern masters to recapture runaway slaves.
"Looming"--during Pierce's term the cloud of civil war was looming up in
the distance. "Lecompton" constitution of Kansas was a pro-slavery
document which Buchanan favoured. "Agitation" preceded and attended
Lincoln's inauguration, and finally culminated in the civil war.
"Shall"--Johnson made use of the imperative "shall" in regard to the
removal of Edwin M. Stanton, for which attempt he was afterward sought
to be impeached. "Chapultepec" was the battle in which Grant entered
upon that career of military achievement which secured him two
Presidential terms. "Cocoa" was characteristic of the drinks allowed at
Hayes's table at the White House. No wine was tolerated. "Fatal" was
Guiteau's shot to Garfield. "After"--although Tyler, Fillmore, Johnson,
and Arthur became Presidents on the death of their chiefs, yet only
Arthur succeeded to the Presidency in 1881, which is indicated by the
first two consonants of "After." "Flood"--Cleveland vetoed an
unprecedented number of bills during his term. There was a "flood" of
them. "Fibrous" applies metaphorically to mental qualities; it means
strong, sinewy--high talents, just below genius. "Boom" refers, of
course, to the large amount of support which Cleveland obtained on his
second election to the Presidency.

   1. Should the pupil find his own analytic date-words in this
   2. How were Washington's military tactics sometimes characterised?
   3. What is the relation between "Bickerings" and John Adams?
   4. Why is "Steed" analytic of Jefferson's inauguration?
   5. What has the word "Doctrine" to do with Monroe's administration?
   6. To what book is the pupil especially referred in regard to J. Q.
      Adams's administration?
   7. Is "Mocked" a case of Con. or Ex. in the case of Van Buren?


From 1000 A.D. to 1700 A.D., the last _three figures only_ need be
given, and from 1700 A.D. to date only the last two figures require to
be given. It is better for the pupil to find his own phrases. A slight
acquaintance with English History will make all the formulas here given
easily understood. Green's short "History of the English People,"
Dickens' "Child's History of England," Collier's "History of England,"
and "History of England," by the author of the "Knights of St. John,"
may be recommended.

  (1) William I. (1066)--(0) Ha{s}tings (6) {ch}ampion (6)
  (2) William II. (1087)--He (1) {d}ecorated (0) hi{s} (8) {f}ather's
      (7) {g}rave; or (0) {s}ilvering a (8) {f}ather's (7) {g}rave.
  (3) Henry I. (1100)--(1) {Th}e (0) {s}cholarly (0) {s}overeign.
  (4) Stephen (1135)--(1) {Th}e (3) {m}onarch's (5) {l}iar.
  (5) Henry II. (1154)--(1) {Th}e (5) {l}and (4) {r}estorer.
  (6) Richard I. (1189)--(1) {Th}e (8) {f}awners (9) {p}unished.
  (7) John (1199)--(1) {D}epriving a (9) {p}retty (9) {b}oy.
  (8) Henry III. (1216)--(1) "{Th}ird" (2) He{n}ry's (1) {t}ender (6)
  (9) Edward I. (1272)--(2) O{n} a (7) {c}rusade (2) u{n}supported.
 (10) Edward II. (1307)--(3) A {m}onarch (0) e{s}pouses a (7)
 (11) Edward III. (1327)--He (3) {m}ade (2) Wi{n}dsor (7) {C}astle.
 (12) Richard II. (1377)--A (3) {m}onarch's (7) {c}ollector (7)
 (13) Henry IV. (1399)--A (3) {m}onarch (9) {p}unished (9)
 (14) Henry V. (1413)--A (4) {r}ioter (1) {t}urned (3) {m}onarch.
 (15) Henry VI. (1422)--(4) {R}oyalty (2) i{n} (2) i{n}fancy; or (4)
      A{r}c (2) u{n}justly (2) i{n}flamed.
 (16) Edward IV. (1461)--(4) Yo{r}k (6) {ch}ampioned (1) {T}owton.
 (17) Edward V. (1483)--(4) {R}uler (8) "{F}ifth" (3) {m}urdered.
 (18) Richard III. (1483)--(4) {R}ichard (8) {f}eigns (3) {m}odesty.
 (19) Henry VII. (1486)--(4) {R}oses (8) {f}inally (6) {j}oined.
 (20) Henry VIII. (1509)--A (5) {l}ady (0) {s}laying (9) {p}olicy.
 (21) Edward VI. (1547)--A (5) {l}ad (4) {r}oyally (7) {g}ood; or, a
      (5) wi{l}l (4) {r}equiring a (7) {c}ouncil.
 (22) Mary (1553)--(5) {L}uckless (5) {l}oving (3) {M}ary.
 (23) Elizabeth (1558)--(5) E{l}izabeth (5) {l}iked (8) {v}etoes.
 (24) James I. (1603)--(6) {J}ames a (0) {S}cottish (3) {m}onarch.
 (25) Charles I. (1625)--(6) {Ch}arles' (2) i{n}supportable (5)
 (26) Council and Parliament (1649)--(6) {Ch}arles (4) {r}ightly (9)
 (27) Oliver Cromwell (1653)--(6) {G}eneral (5) O{l}iver's (3)
 (28) Richard Cromwell (1658)--(6) {G}eneral (5) O{l}iver's (8)
 (29) Council and Parliament (1659)--A (6) {J}unta (5) {l}eading (9)
 (30) Charles II. (1660)--(6) {Ch}eerful (6) {Ch}arles (0) {S}econd.
 (31) James II. (1685)--(6) {J}ames' (8) {f}ollowers (5) e{l}ated.
 (32) William III. and Mary (1689)--(6) {J}oining (8) o{f} (9)
 (33) Anne (1702)--(0) {S}ubmissive (2) A{n}ne.
 (34) George I. (1714)--(1) U{t}terly (4) {r}esigned.
 (35) George II. (1727)--(2) A{n}spach's (7) {C}aroline.
 (36) George III. (1760)--(6) {G}eorge's (0) {S}overeignty.
 (37) George IV. (1820)--(2) U{n}divorcible (0) {S}overeign.
 (38) William IV. (1830)--(3) {M}idshipman (0) {S}overeign.
 (39) Victoria (1837)--A (3) {m}odel (7) Queen.


(1) Edward the Confessor, always fond of the Normans, had promised that
on his death his kingdom should go to Duke William of Normandy. (2)
William II. early directed a goldsmith to decorate his father's grave
with gold and silver ornaments. (3) Henry I. was called Beauclerc, or
fine Scholar. (4) Stephen had produced a false witness to swear that the
late king on his deathbed had named him (Stephen) as his heir. (5)
Henry II. revoked most of the grants of land that had been hastily made
during the late troubles. (6) Richard punished the people who had
befriended him against his father. (7) Arthur had the best right to the
throne, but John imprisoned and murdered him. (8) Henry III. was crowned
at the age of ten. "Third" tells _which_ Henry is meant. (9) Edward I.
declared--"I will go on, if I go on with no other follower than my
groom." (10) Gaveston was the king's comrade and favourite, and was
finally beheaded by the indignant barons. (11) Edward III. erected
Windsor Castle. (12) The king's poll-tax collector was killed by Wat
Tyler. (13) A successful Scottish war was this monarch's first
achievement. (14) Riotous Prince Hal became a spirited, valiant king.
(15) Henry VI. was only nine months old when his predecessor died. (16)
Edward IV., with aid of the Earl of Warwick, won the great battle at
Towton; 40,000 men were slain. (17) Edward V. was only thirteen years
old. The Lord Protector, Duke of Gloucester, threw him, with his
brother, into the Tower and caused them to be murdered. (18) Richard's
affected modesty is conspicuously brought out in Shakespeare's tragedy
of Richard III. (19) Henry VII., to quell forever the hostility of the
rival Roses, married Elizabeth of York, the daughter of Edward IV. (20)
The formula in this case is clearly justified by history. (21)
Edward VI. was but ten years old. Henry VIII. had provided in his will
that a council of sixteen should govern during Edward's minority. (22)
Mary was fond of her husband, who cared little for her, and unlucky in
her advisers. (23) Elizabeth showed the natural arbitrariness of her
disposition in her vetoes. In one year--1597--she refused the royal
assent to 48 bills passed by the Commons. (24) James I. was the first
Scottish king that reigned over England. (25) Charles I. lost his life
in the attempt to act independent of the Commons. (26) If anyone thinks
that Charles was not rightfully beheaded, he could make the phrase--(6)
{Ch}arles (4) w{r}ongfully (9) {b}eheaded. (27) The phrase is obviously
true. (28) The phrase gives the exact date of Richard Cromwell's
accession and the word "offspring" means Richard Cromwell. (29) A Junta
here means the "council." (30) Charles Second was called the "merry"
monarch. (31) Parliament at once voted James II. nearly two million
pounds sterling per annum for life. (32) William and Mary were
coördinate sovereigns. (33) Anne was truly "submissive" or easily
influenced. (34 and 35) Green intimates that George I. and George II.
hardly affected the course of events--the former followed the advice of
his ministers and the latter of his wife Caroline. (36) George III. was
emphatically a sovereign. (37) George IV. had tried ineffectually to get
rid of his wife; her death at last released him. (38) William IV. had
been a midshipman in the navy. (39) Victoria has certainly proved
herself to be a "Model Queen."


If you know that the number of square[E] miles in the area of the State
of New York runs into _thousands_, and you wish to remember that the
_exact number_ of thousands is 47, you could accomplish this object if
you found a word which spells 47, and is at the same time connected by
In., Ex., or Con. to New York. You try the varieties of Inclusion; and
in synonymous Inclusion you find 47 in the word "Yo{r}{k}" itself, the
"y" having no figure value, and "r" standing for 4, and "k" for 7; thus
you cannot _see_ the name of New York or _think of it_ without having
conclusive evidence of the number of thousands of square miles the State

[E] See Lippincott's Gazetteer, p. 1573.

The title of a subject, the name or description of an event or date, can
always be safely abridged or bracketed in part in the formula, as 47
[New] Yo{r}{k}. But no one could imagine that "York" in this connection
[47 thousand square miles] means any of the towns or country seats of
the United States which are called "York." If the context makes an
otherwise indefinite thing definite, it is sufficient.

_Analytic date and number words do not have to be memorised._--Seeing is
believing, and, in this case, _remembering_ too. If you thoroughly
master my system you can find, in most cases, analytic date and number
words without any difficulty, and by means of them you can remember
_thousands_ of dates and sets of figures, when without the system you
could have remembered only five or ten of them.

Suppose in your haste you failed to notice that "York" spells 47, and
you then proceed to try Inclusion by Genus and Species; regarding York
as the general word, you would find _New_ York as a species or kind of
York; the same with Yorkshire, Yorktown, York Minster, etc. In this way
you would, if your mastery of the Figure Alphabet were perfect, scarcely
fail to notice that York spells 47; but if you fail, you then try
Inclusion by Whole and Part, and run over the political divisions of the
State until you come to {R}o{ck}land County, and there you find in its
first two consonants the letters "r" and "ck" (the equivalent of "k" in
sound). These consonants spell 47. You would find the same consonants in
the County of He{r}{k}imer.

Suppose, however, that from unfamiliarity with the Figure Alphabet, or
from want of considerable practice, you do not succeed in noticing that
{R}o{ck}land or He{r}{k}imer contains the number 47, you try Inclusion by
Abstract and Concrete, and regarding the State of New York as the
Concrete, and the Abstract or characterizing epithet "{r}o{ck}y" as
applicable to New York, you would then find in that word "{r}o{ck}y" the
number 47.

If you did fail, you would try Exclusion, and you would find nothing
which is the antithesis of the area of New York. You might find,
however, a _weak form_ of Exclusion if you consider that the area is the
surface, and what is below the surface as the opposite of it. In the
latter case you would find in the words "E{r}ie {C}anal," which is a
great artificial channel running through a part of the State, the
letters "r" and "c" hard, which spell 47. A more exact Exclusion might
be found in the word "{r}i{ng}," which spells 47. For if we consider the
shape of the boundary of New York we would see that in no vague sense a
ring, as a circle, is the opposite of it.

But suppose that from a chronic absent-mindedness or an overworked
brain, or downright bad physical health or insufficient knowledge of the
system, you failed to see 47 in any of the foregoing cases, you would
try Concurrence. Considering that the State of New York is largely
agricultural, you would find that the implement of farming known as a
"{R}a{k}e" would spell 47; this would be a case of Concurrence. In a
political sense, the word "{r}i{ng}s" gives 47, as New York has been
celebrated for them.

All that the student requires is _one_ analytic word. I have gone
through the varieties of Inclusion, through Exclusion, and Concurrence,
merely to show _how to find_ analytic words and not because more than
one word was necessary.

According to the census report of 1890, the number of square miles of
_land_ in the State of New York is 47,620, or (4) Yo{r}k's (7) A{c}res
(6) {S}urely (2) {N}ot (0) {S}ubmerged; the number of square miles of
_land and water_ in it is 49,170, or (4) Yo{r}k's (9) {P}lains (1)
Wi{th} (7) A{c}companying (0) {S}ealets.


We will try another case: You want to remember the number of plays that
Shakespeare wrote. You know it is less than 50; but you wish to remember
the exact number--it was 37. You experiment; you try the varieties of
Inclusion, and among the rest you try Whole and Part; you find in the
first two consonants of the name {M}a{c}beth the figures 37; but if you
did not notice that {M}a{c}beth afforded you the means of always
remembering that the Shakespeare Plays numbered 37, you would try
Exclusion perhaps. If you look upon the attempt to ascribe the
authorship of the Shakespeare Plays to Bacon as a {m}o{ck}ery you would
find in the first two consonants of that word the figures 37 through the
operation of Exclusion; and if you recollect that the character of
Shylock was played with great success at Old Drury, February 17, 1741,
by Charles {M}a{c}lin, you would find in the first two consonants of his
name the figures 37 through Concurrence.


Napoleon Bonaparte was born in 1769. As a boy he was finely formed.
"{Sh}a{p}ely" (69) gives his birth-date by In. by A. and C. He evinced
the opposite of the temper usually ascribed to the "{Sh}e{p}herd-boy"
(69)--a birth-date by Ex. "{Ch}a{p}let"--a wreath or garland signed
for by him in his ambitious hopes--expresses his birth-date by Con. His
death occurred in 1821. "E{n}{d}" (21) or "U{n}{d}one" (21) expresses
his death-date by synonymous Inclusion. "{N}a{t}ivity" (21) indicates it
by Ex. Since he died from cancer in the stomach, he could retain very
little food. "I{n}{d}igestion" (21) makes his death-date by Con.

Wellington's birth, in 1769, may be expressed by "{Sh}ee{p}-faced" (69),
a term his own mother applied to him when a boy. In his childhood, he
was blue-eyed, hawk-nosed, slender, and ungainly, "{Ch}u{b}by" (69), by
Ex., expresses his birth-date. A more vivid concurrence can scarcely be
imagined, since he and Bonaparte were both born in the same year, 1769.

Wellington died in 1852 at Wilmer Castle. "Wi{l}{m}er" expresses the date
of his death by only one year too many. But a means of remembrance that
requires readjustment or modification can seldom be relied upon, except
by those who are practised in Higher Analysis. He was 83 years old when
he died. "{L}a{n}tern-jawed" (52) expresses his death-date by In., by A.
and C. No man was ever more honored after his death than Wellington.
"A{l}ie{n}ated" (52) expresses his death-date by Ex. A sudden illness
carried him off. Hence "I{l}l{n}ess" (52) is a fact connected with his
death by Con.

These elaborate illustrations must indicate to any student how to apply
the laws of In., Ex., and Con., so as to find analytic date and number
words. Cases of Ex. give good practice, but are rarely ever necessary.


_Inclusion_, as applied to the events of life possesses the same variety
as in regard to words. In dates of the last and present century, the
expression of the _last two figures_ is sufficient. William Cullen
Bryant was born in 1794. '94 is found in the name {B}{r}yant, a case of
Synonymous Inclusion. Aaron Burr killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel in
1804. As we know it was about the beginning of this century, this
translation of the 4 indicates the exact date and is found in Aa{r}on
and relieves the memory of all doubt.

   1. Who applied the term "sheep-faced" to Wellington when he was a
   2. What is the most vivid case of Con. here given?
   3. Why do we not give a value to both l's in the word "illness"?
   4. What do these illustrations indicate?
   5. What does inclusion as applied to the events of life possess?
   6. Why is it not necessary to have a date-word to express the date
      of Hamilton's death in which the 0 is indicated as well as the 4?

Sherman made his famous march through the South in 1864. 64 is found in
the word {Sh}e{r}man [or by two words: (6) {Sh}erman (4) {R}avaging]. In
dates previous to the last century, the last three figures must be
expressed. Movable types were invented in 1438. We know it was not
A.D. 438, but was 1438; a mistake of 1,000 years is not possible. If we
translate 438 it will mean to us the same as 1438. 438 is found in the
analytic word (438) "{R}e{m}o{v}able" [or, to express all the numbers,
thus: (1) {T}ypes (4) a{r}e (3) {m}ovable (8) {f}igures].

The Phonograph was invented in 1877. The expression of 77 is found in
{C}o{g}nate, and that indicates the resemblance of the human mechanism
to receive sounds to the Phonograph; for both processes utilize
vibrations, and are therefore from similarity of functions "Cognate"
methods. How any one could forget analytic date-words is more than I can
understand, especially when formed by himself.

   1. What must be done when we wish to find date-words the events of
      which took place previous to the last century?
   2. Can a person easily forget analytic date-words formed by

_Exclusion._--The first steamship crossed the Atlantic in 1819. 19 is
found in "{T}u{b}" by Exclusion, as the most opposite to a steam-driven
ship. Andrew Johnson was advanced to the Presidency on the death of
Abraham Lincoln in 1865. 65 is expressed by Exclusion in the word
"{Sh}e{l}ved," which means the opposite of promotion [or by two words,
thus: (6) {J}ohnson (5) E{l}evated]. "{M}e{n}dacious" expresses by
Exclusion the birth of George Washington in 1732, as indicating a
youthful quality the opposite of that which he manifested, and by two
words: (3) A{m}erica's (2) I{n}fant. Other examples are given in
subsequent pages.

_Concurrence_ finds incidents or concomitants of a fact or event,
something that by accident became connected with it. It may be a
forerunner or successor, the cause or consequence, or a contemporaneous
fact, etc.

William Cullen Bryant, from a fall, died in 1878. The last two figures
78 are found by Concurrence in the initial consonants of the phrase "(7)
{C}ullen's (8) {F}all." Cullen will be easily identified, as the middle
name of Bryant. When Jefferson became Vice-President, in 1797, he wore
the customary big-wig; and the first two consonants of "{B}i{g}-wig"
express by Concurrence that date.

Artillery was invented in 1340. 340 indicates that date, and by
Concurrence we find those figures in the first three consonants of
"{M}e{r}{c}iless." Or (3) {M}urderous (4) A{r}tillery's (0) {S}courge.
Plymouth (Mass.) was settled in 1620. 620 will indicate it. We find
these figures in "{Ch}a{n}{c}e," which by Concurrence describes the risk
they ran. The Telephone was invented in 1877. Whoever has listened to
the telephone to identify a speaker, and heard others talking in the
shrill tones that strike upon the ear, is apt to think of the cackling
of hens, and "{C}a{ck}le" expresses the date 77.

Jefferson Davis disguised himself in the hood, shawl, and dress of his
wife in 1865. "{Sh}aw{l}" by Concurrence expresses that date. The
Constitution of the United States was _adopted_ in 1787, which spells
"{Th}e {G}i{v}i{ng}." To adopt the Constitution, it required the States
to give their assent. They _gave_ the Federal Government all the power
it possessed. "{Th}e {G}i{v}i{ng}" is therefore a case of Concurrence. A
circumstance connected with settlements is _selecting_ the site.
Jamestown, Va., was settled in 1607, which spells "{Th}e {Ch}oo{s}i{ng}."
This phrase relates to the settlement by Concurrence. Harvard College
was founded in 1636, which spells "{T}ea{ch} {M}u{ch}." Whether we take
this phrase as describing the object or result of founding that college,
it is a case of Concurrence. A college is sometimes called a seat of
learning. Yale College was founded in 1701, which spells "{T}oo{k} a
{s}ea{t}." This phrase describes the locating of the college, and is
therefore a relation by Concurrence.


This rule, theoretically correct, must be very liberally interpreted in
practice. This lesson furnishes numerous illustrative examples.

As shown heretofore, _the pupil must know the facts_, and the System
will then help him to fix their date.

A pupil had loaned money to a horse-dealer who lived at No. 715 of a
certain street. He knew the house well, yet he could not recollect the
number 715. At length he thought of "{C}a{t}t{l}e" as a figure word to
enable him to remember the number. Yet the word is general and
apparently unconnected with the house, as it was not a stable but a
boarding-house. Yet, as cattle and horse are species of the genus
domestic animal, and cattle would recall horses and horse-dealer, he did
right to use that term, and it served him well. At first he instantly
recalled the word "cattle" whenever he thought of the horse-dealer's
residence, and at once 715 was given him. After a time, he directly
recalled 715 without first thinking of "cattle." This is always the case
where the method is applied. It is soon no longer required in that case.
When this pupil told me what he had done, I asked him why he had not
used the phrase "(7) {C}ollect (1) {Th}e (5) {L}oan," which was the
object he had in view in thinking of, or of sending to, that address.
His reply was that "cattle" served his purpose. With one person a single
word, with another a phrase, and with another a sentence, is most
serviceable. He had other borrowers who lived at other places. Why could
this phrase "Collect the loan," which would apply in its meaning to the
case of others, remind him of this particular debtor's home? Because, if
he had consciously devised that phrase to identify this debtor's
address, it could apply in his mind to the address of no other debtor.
Thus the _facts help us devise the number phrase, and the phrase helps
revive the facts_.

I do not, for instance, undertake in this lesson to teach the pupil that
Washington never left America but once, when he accompanied his invalid
brother to Barbadoes in 1751, in search of health. But if he knows these
facts, my method helps him retain the date, by using those facts for
this purpose; as, (1) {T}o (7) {G}ain (5) Is{l}and (1) {T}onic; or
(17)51 Hea{l}{th}. We know that "health" is an object with everybody in
all countries and in all ages, and is therefore a word of the most
general character and of the most extended application. How, then, can
it have any _special_ significance in this case? Because by knowing the
facts, in the first place, as "health" was the object of the visit of
Washington and his brother; and seeking for a date word which spells
(17)51, the pupil has discovered that this general word "health" spells
that date; and, as the pupil has applied the word "health" to this date
and to no other, he has thus made the general word specific for his
purpose. Because "tonic" is a health promoter, and "island" is a help to
recall the specific Islands of Barbadoes, the phrase (1) "{T}o (7)
{G}ain (5) Is{l}and (1) {T}onic," is more specific than "health." But
either the single word or phrase becomes specific, if the facts of the
case are assimilated, and then by the pupil are applied to furnish a
date word.


Much of the substance and pith of historic eras can be expressed in the
analytic words, phrases, or sentences with which their dates are
enunciated. If the foregoing and subsequent examples are carefully, not
hurriedly, studied, the student can readily hereafter retain a great
deal of the significance of facts, events, or epochs by his infallible
recollection of the analytic expression of their dates. As with history,
so with the arts and science, etc.

Population of the United States of America is now (1895) 67,000,000 =
{G}eneral {C}ultivation or {Sh}arp Yan{k}ees. When dealing with the
_number_ of millions or thousands only, it is not necessary to express
the ciphers. Pop. of Great Britain = 38,000,000, or (3) {M}ightiest (8)
{F}olks; or {M}anufacturing {F}abrics; or {M}oney-making {F}reetraders.
Pop. of Africa, 127,000,000 = {Th}e {N}egro Continent. Pop. of Bombay
= 804,470 or {F}oreigners a{s} a {r}ule a{r}e E{ng}lish {C}itizens.

A gentleman in Bombay, who had to deal with complaints about water
supplies there, told me the true population is 817,564, which he fixed
by my method as follows: {F}rightful {T}o {K}eep A{l}l {J}ust {R}ight.

Pop. of Calcutta = 840,000; or {V}iceroy's {R}esidential {S}eat. Pop. of
India = 292,000,000; or I{n}dia's {P}opulation E{n}umerated.

Pop. of Australasia, &c., 4,250,000 = Ou{r} I{n}dependent {L}iving

Pop. of Melbourne with its suburbs (1891) = 490,912 = (4) Ou{r} (9)
{B}iggest (0) {C}ity's (9) {B}uildings (1) {d}ecidedly (2)
u{n}equalled. The "City" contains 73,361 = (7) {G}reat (3) {M}elbourne
(3) {M}akes a (6) {Ch}ief (1) {T}own.

Pop. of Sydney (1891) = 386,400 = A (3) {M}ost (8) {V}aried (6)
{Sh}eltering (4) Ha{r}bour (0) Ha{s} (0) {S}ydney.

Pop. of Hobart (Tasmania), 1891 = 31,196; (3) {M}any (1) {T}asmanians
(1) Ea{t} (9) Ho{b}art's (6) {J}am.

Pop. of Auckland (New Zealand), with suburbs, in (1891) = 51,287; (5)
A{l}l (1) {Th}e (2) I{n}habitants (8) O{f} (7) Au{ck}land.


The Specific Gravity is the relative weight of a body compared to an
equal bulk of some other body taken as a standard. This standard is
usually water, for all liquids and solids, and air for gases.

    1. Gold      19.2--{D}ollars {B}uy {S}u{n}dries.--Gold is made into
                       money. The specific gravity of gold is 19.2;
                       that is, nineteen and two-tenths. The initial
                       consonants of the phrase "{D}ollars {B}uy
                       {S}undries" express through "D" and "B" the
                       figures 19. The "S" of "Sundries" expresses
                       the decimal point, and the first subsequent
                       consonant "n" expresses the decimal two-tenths.

    2. Silver    10.4--{Th}e {S}ilver A{s}saye{r}.

    3. Platinum  21.5--U{n}usually {D}uctile {S}o{l}id.--Platinum is the
                       most ductile metal known.

    4. Lead      11.3--{Th}e {T}in {S}{m}ith.--Lead is used to solder tin.

    5. Mercury   13.5--{Th}e {M}ercury {S}o{l}d.

    6. Copper     8.9--{V}iew a {Sp}ire.--Copper points the lightning

    7. Iron       7.7--Hoo{k} {S}{k}illet.--It means hang up an iron pot.

    8. Zinc       6.9--A {Sh}eet {S}u{p}ply.--Zinc is rolled into sheets.

    9. Antimony   6.7--{G}erman {S}ee{k}er.--Antimony was discovered by
                       a German monk.

    10. Calcium   1.0--Whi{t}e {C}eiling.--Calcium is used in


    Mississippi  (4,382 miles long).--{R}ushing {M}ississippi's  wa{v}es
                                    --The Mississippi River frequently
                                      overflows its banks.

    Nile         (3,370 mi.)        --(3) {M}ighty (3) {M}editerranean's
                                      (7) {G}reatest (0) {S}tream.

    Volga        (2,400 mi.)        --I{n} {R}ussia's {S}oil {S}uperior.
                                    --The Volga is the largest river in
                                      Russia, and, in fact, the largest
                                      in Europe.

    Ohio         (1,265 mi.)        --{Th}e Ohio {N}ow {Sh}ips {L}ighters.

    Loire        (530 mi.)          --{L}oire's {M}ajestic {S}weep.

    Seine        (470 mi.)          --{R}olling {G}ay {S}eine.

    Spree        (220 mi.)          --{N}otice {N}oble {S}pree.

    Jordan       (200 mi.)          --A K{n}own {S}alty {S}olution.
                                    --The River Jordan is impregnated
                                      with considerable salt.

   1. Why could we not substitute the phrase "{Th}e {M}ercury
      {S}hie{l}d" for "{Th}e {M}ercury {s}o{l}d," since "S" stands for
      "0," and "h" has no value?
   2. Why not use the phrase "Whi{t}e {s}ea{l}ing" to express the
      Specific Gravity of Calcium?
   3. Could the Atomic Weight of Silver (108) be expressed by the
      phrase "{Th}e {V}a{s}e?"
   4. If not, why not?
   5. Would the phrase "{Th}e {S}ilver {V}ase" be better?
   6. In dealing with the length of the Mississippi, why do you not
      give the figure value of "W" and "E" in that part of the phrase
      which includes the words {W}aves {E}ncroach?
   7. Would you indicate this value by a cipher, then?
   8. If not, why?


Mt. Everest [29,002] {N}amed U{p}on a {S}urvey {S}trictly U{n}ique; or
I{n}dia's {P}eak I{s} {C}ertainly U{n}equalled.--This is the highest
mountain on the globe; or I{n}dia's {B}oundary {S}ummit I{s}
U{n}approachable. Kinchinjunga is 28,156 ft. high. We shall know what
Mountain is meant if we omit the first syllable "kin." Hence we can use
the formula, "{N}ext E{v}erest {D}awns {L}ofty {Ch}injunga."

    Popocatepetl (17,783 ft.)--{Th}e {G}reatest {C}rater o{f} {M}exico.

    Mt. Brown    (16,000 ft.)--{Th}is {Ch}arming We{s}tern {S}cenery

    Mt. Blanc    (15,781 ft.)--{Th}is A{l}pine {C}one {F}ascinates

    Jungfrau     (13,720 ft.)--{Th}is {M}ountain A{g}assiz {N}imbly
                             --Prof. Agassiz was one of the first who
                               reached the summit of this mountain.

    Ben Nevis    (4,406 ft.) --He{r}e {R}eview a {S}nowy {G}iant.

    Snowdon      (3,570 ft.) --{M}ajestic Hi{l}ls {G}reet {S}nowdon.

    Saddleback   (2,787 ft.) --{N}ear {K}eswick {V}iew a {C}raig.
                             --This mountain is situated near the town
                               of Keswick.

   1. Are there any letters in the word "Ohio" which have a figure
   2. Do you see any way by which you can make the word "Known" stand
      for 2 by my figure alphabet?
   3. How can you infallibly retain these figure-sentences?


No one can have very definite or exact ideas of Geography who does not
know the Latitude and Longitude of the chief Cities of the

    Lat. = 55°--00'      } (5) {L}ondon's (5) {L}atitude (0) Ea{s}ily
    (1) LONDON           }     (0) {S}een.
    Long. = 0            } (0) {S}tarting-point.

    Lat. = 40°--52'      } (4) Yo{r}k (0) {C}ity's (5) {L}atitude
    (2) NEW YORK CITY    }     (2) {N}amed.
    Long. = 73°--59'     } (7) {C}ommercial (3) {M}etropolis'
                         }     (5) {L}ongitude (9) {P}ortrayed.

    Lat. = 40°--00'      } (4) {R}epublic's (0) {Z}ealous
    (3) PHILADELPHIA     }     (0) {S}tatesman (0) {S}igned.
    Long. = 75°--10'     } (7) {Q}uaker (5) {L}ongitude (1) {T}oo
                         }     (0) {S}ober.

    Lat. 41°--45'        } (4) {R}ebuilt (1) {T}own's (4) {R}eal
    (4) CHICAGO          }     (5) {L}atitude.
    Long. = 87°--50'     } (8) {F}ires (7) {C}annot (5) {L}ongitude
                         }     (0) {S}acrifice.

    Lat. = 42°--20'      } (4) Ha{r}vard (2) U{n}iversity's (2) {N}earest
    (5) BOSTON           }     (0) {C}ity.
    Long. = 71°--05'     } (7) {G}ives (1) {T}ea (0) {S}pillers'
                         }     (5) {L}ongitude.

    Lat. = 30°--00'      } (3) {M}ississippi's (0) {S}outhernmost
    (6) NEW ORLEANS      }     (0) {S}eaport (0) {S}erene.
    Long. = 90°--00'     } (9) "{B}utler (0) {S}tole (0) {S}ilver
                         }     (0) {S}poons."[F]

    Lat. = 39°--41'      } (3) {M}ountain (9) {P}eaks (4) O'e{r}look
    (7) DENVER           }     (1) {D}enver.
    Long. = 105°--00'    } (1) {D}enver's (0) {C}ertain (5) {L}ongitude
                         }     (0) {S}afely (0) A{s}certained.

    Lat. = 37°--30'      } (3) {M}etallic (7) {C}alifornia's
    (8) SAN FRANCISCO    }     (3) {M}etropolitan (0) {C}ity.
    Long. = 122°--00'    } (1) {Th}e (2) {N}avigator (2) {N}ow (0) {S}ees
                         }     (0) {S}an Francisco.

    Lat. = 34°--19'      } (3) {M}en (4) {R}elish (1) Ho{t} (9) {B}aths.
    (9) HOT SPRINGS      }
    Long. = 93°--00'     } (9) {B}athing (3) {M}ust (0) {S}ave
                         }     (0) {S}ickness.

    Lat. = 40°--29       } (4) I{r}on (0) {S}melting (2) Hau{n}ts
    (10) PITTSBURG       }     (9) {P}ittsburg.
    Long. = 79°--50'     } (7) {G}reat (9) {P}ittsburg's (5) {L}ongitude
                         }     (0) {S}ecured.

    Lat. = 43°--02'      } (4) {R}oaring (3) {M}agnificent (0) {C}easeless
    (11) NIAGARA FALLS   }     (2) {N}iagara.
    Long. = 79°--12'     } (7) A {C}ataract (9) {P}ours (1) A{t}
                         }     (2) {N}iagara.

    Lat. = 18°--53'      } (1) {Th}e (8) {F}irst (5) Is{l}and (3) {M}et.
    (12) BOMBAY          }
    Long. = 72°--53'     } (7) {K}ipling's (2) {N}ativity (5) We{l}l
                         }     (3) {M}entioned.

    Lat. = 22°--34'      } (2) {N}umerous (2) {N}atives (3) {M}igrate
    (13) CALCUTTA[G]     }     (4) He{r}e.
    Long. = 88°--24'     } (8) A {V}iceroy (8) {F}avours (2) {N}atural
                         }     (4) {R}emembering.

    Lat. = 37°--49' (S)  } (3) {M}elbourne's (7) {G}rounds (4) Ya{r}ra
    (14) MELBOURNE       }     (9) {B}isects.
    Long. = 44°--58' (E) } (4) Ha{r}bour's (4) {R}iver (5) We{l}l
                         }     (8) {F}urrowed.

    Lat. = 33°--55' (S)  } (3) {M}athematical (3) {M}apping (5) Wi{l}l
    (15) CAPETOWN        }     (5) {L}ast.
    Long. = 18°--28' (E) } (1) {T}able Bay (8) {F}avours (2) {N}umerous
                         }     (8) {V}essels.

[F] No one supposes that Butler really stole spoons.

[G] Lord Elgin, the present Viceroy, gave Prof. Loisette H. E.'s
patronage when the Professor lectured in Calcutta. As his system is the
foe of all artificial methods, it is _par excellence_ the "Natural"


If the mind-wandering mode of _rote_ learning is no longer practised,
but an _assimilating_ method is substituted for it; if we abolish the
"mind-wrecking" procedure of forcing immature minds into and through
studies which they cannot comprehend, and which, therefore, create
chronic habits of Inattention; and if the idea of numbers and their
elementary processes are _objectively_ taught, until habits of sure
enumeration and calculation are formed, then, when the child reaches
maturity, he will rarely if ever require any conscious aid in
remembering a series of 2, 3, 4, or more figures.

Meantime, a thorough training in this system tends to do away with the
injurious effects of false mental habits; to set the Memory and
Attention at work in a natural way, and greatly strengthen both; and
while learning a large number of dates in a short time, or many figures
in one series may still require the use of the System, unless the
Numeric Thinking prior to this chapter has been mastered, yet, in the
ordinary way of meeting figures in reading, study, or business, there
will seldom occur any _necessity_ for resorting to the method taught in
this lesson.


In the case of those who have not inherited, but who have _acquired_, a
great power of Attention, a decided _benefit_ will ensue, however, if
throughout life they occasionally use the System in regard to numbers
and in learning prose and poetry by the Analytic-Synthetic and
Interrogative Analysis Methods.

   1. Will a pupil always require an aid to remember figures?
   2. What is required of him in order to enable him to do away with
      any _conscious_ aid?
   3. What does a thorough training in my system accomplish in the
   4. Will there ever be any _necessity_ of using the figure alphabet?
   5. Will not a decided benefit ensue to those who have acquired a
      great power of attention?

Where a great power of Attention has been renewed or originally
acquired, it requires considerable effort to _continue_ that power. The
unnumbered objects of thought which civilization constantly brings
before the mind, without giving any opportunity for a mastery of many of
them; the fierce rivalries of interest, and the enervating habits of
body which are constantly being formed or perpetuated--all alike and
together tend to break down an acquired power of Attention. It is said
that Alexander Hamilton used to go through the demonstrations of
Euclid's Geometry before the commencement of each Session of the early
Congress. For what purpose? In order to be able to make use of
geometrical knowledge in debate? Certainly not. He reviewed this study
to stiffen the back-bone of his power of Attention. And he possessed
this power in an extraordinary degree by nature. I am not suggesting any
such severe course of self-discipline. But if the pupil whose
_attention was formerly weak_ will never allow a date to come before him
without fixing it in mind by my method, and if he will also occasionally
learn by heart a passage of prose or poetry by my _assimilating_
methods, he will train his Attention in a pleasanter and more effective
way than Hamilton did his by his studies in Euclid--besides making
himself conspicuously accurate where most men are notoriously

[It is a most misleading mistake to suppose that the principles of the
following or either of the previous chapters are to be _consciously and
constantly_ used by the pupil, whether he be a student or a man of
business. It is only used at all during the training period--rarely
afterwards. But during the training period, I desire the pupil to make
as much use of the devices and principles of the system as he possibly
can--and the more he uses them the sooner he no longer has occasion to
use them.]

   1. Does it require any effort to _continue_ that power?
   2. What tends to break down an acquired power of attention?
   3. What suggestion is here given the pupil in regard to this?
   4. Is this method easier and less severe than Hamilton's?
   5. Is it not more effectual?



A Congressman could not remember the name of Zachary Taylor, the twelfth
President of the United States, but he could always readily recall his
nick-name, "Rough and Ready." In this case there was no _revivable_
connection established in his mind between the _name_ Zachary Taylor and
the idea or image of the _man_ known as Zachary Taylor--but there _was_
a revivable connection in his mind between the name "Rough and Ready"
and the idea or image of that man. Now the thing to be done to enable
this Congressman to readily recall the name Zachary Taylor was to
_establish_ or _make a revivable connection_ between the name Zachary
Taylor and the image of him, or some characteristic of him, as it was
known to that Congressman; or to connect the well-remembered name "Rough
and Ready" to the usually forgotten name Zachary Taylor. This would be a
_device_ for helping him to revive this hitherto unrecallable name. But
another and better way to aid him would be to STRENGTHEN his REVIVING
POWER GENERALLY, so that he could readily recall the name Zachary Taylor
as well as his other previous experiences; for there is no doubt that he
had a _record_ in his mind of the name Zachary Taylor; for whenever he
failed to recall it, he _recognised_ it the moment he saw it, or it was
mentioned in his presence. This proved that he _knew_ the name but could
not _revive_ it.

   1. What difficulty did the Congressman have in connection with Z.
   2. What caused it?
   3. What would have been his best aid to remember the name?


There are therefore two ways of helping the memory. (1) By a device
resorted to in each separate case to help make a more vivid First
Impression. Nearly all Memory Systems hitherto taught have only been
such Devices; of little benefit except in the cases where they have been
_actually applied_--mere temporary appliances, and many of them of
doubtful value, devoid of any strengthening power. (2) By a Method of
Memory TRAINING. This is the unique character of my System. It is used
as a device during the process of developing the latent powers of the
Memory and the Attention, but the _result of its use_ is to so
strengthen the Memory that, as a Device it is no longer required. As a
trainer my System operates in three ways. (1) It increases the general
_Impressionability_, so that all First Impressions must be more vivid
than they have ever been before. (2) It increases the general
_Revivability_, so that First Impressions are more under the control of
the will, and can be afterward recalled when desired. (3) It compels the
Intellect to stay with the senses and thereby it abolishes

   1. Did he have a _record_ of the name in his mind?
   2. How many ways are there of helping the memory?
   3. What is the first way?
   4. The second?
   5. What is meant by Memory Training?
   6. What is the unique character of my system?
   7. What is the result of its use?
   8. In how many ways does my system operate as a Trainer?
   9. What are they?

A one-sided view of the Memory proclaims that if vivid First Impressions
are made in all cases, that is enough. This opinion implies a limited
acquaintance with the different kind of memories. In some cases where a
person is troubled with chronic forgetfulness, a vivid First Impression
may be received, and no recollection of it will long survive. That a
vivid impression was received is proved by the fact that, shortly after
the occurrence, his memory of the details of it is possibly nearly
perfect, and yet, after the lapse of a few days, or weeks, or months,
the recollection of every trace of the occurrence has vanished. After
the total oblivion of the matter in his waking moments, he will
sometimes recall all the details of the affair in a dream. This is
demonstration irresistible that the trouble in this case lies, not in
receiving vivid First Impressions, but in the weakness of his reviving
power. In fact, some memories are much oftener weak from deficiency in
reviving power than from feebleness of first impressions. If, however,
Impressionability be increased to the highest degree in all cases, and
Revivability be strengthened to the same extent, all memories will be
good, however bad some of them may theretofore have been in any or in
all respects.


RECOLLECTIVE ANALYSIS is used to memorise a series of words or facts
between every pair of which the relation of In., Ex., or Con. exists. It
equally applies to a single pair of such words or facts.

relation exists_.

A _revivable_ connection is established in such cases by means of a
Correlation which always consists of one or more unifying intermediates.
And the words, hitherto un-united, which are thus cemented together, are
called Extremes.

We had experience in learning the Series in the first chapter that the
application of the Laws of In., Ex., and Con. enable us to memorise
those Series in much less time than it would have taken had we not known
_how to make use of_ those Laws. Many people could _never_ have
committed to memory such Series by mere _rote_ or _repetition_, and not
one in a hundred could have learnt to say them backwards by _rote_
alone. Yet my Pupils easily learn them both ways, because Analysis
affords the highest possible AID to the Natural Memory. In fact, the
_deepest_ and _most abiding_ impression that can be made upon the
Natural Memory is by impressing it with _relations_ of In., Ex., or
Con.; because these are the Memory-Senses (if the phrase be allowed),
these are the Eyes, Ears, Touch, Taste, and Smell of the Memory: and we
have only to impress the _Memory_ according to the laws of its own
nature and the _Memory_ will RETAIN the impression. This is exactly what
my Art does: for I translate every case of Synthesis into an Analytic
series by supplying one or more _Memory-intermediates_ that grow out of
the "Extremes," each one of which is an instance of In., Ex., or
Con.--Thus, every example of Synthesis is a =developed or extended
Analysis=. To make this translation from Synthesis into Analysis requires
no intellectual ingenuity--no constructive power of imagination--but
only a _recall to consciousness_, through In., Ex., or Con., of what we
already _know_ about the "Extremes." I call a specimen of developed
Analysis a Correlation, because the Intermediates sustain the _direct_,
_immediate_, and _specific_ relation of In., Ex., or Con. to the
"Extremes" (having nothing in common, in principle or nature, with the
old-fashioned Mnemonical "Links," or "Phrases").

   1. When is Rec. Analysis used?
   2. Rec. Synthesis?
   3. How is a revivable connection established?
   4. Have you carefully read every question at the bottom of the
      previous page, and _thought out_ or written out answers to them?
   5. Since questions are valuable helps to the learner, will you
      faithfully read all the questions hereafter in this lesson, and
      write out or think out the answers thereto?
   6. What have the laws of In., Ex., or Con. enabled us to do?
   7. Could all people have learned them by rote?
   8. What affords the highest possible aid to the natural memory?
   9. How are the deepest and most abiding impressions made on the
      Natural Memory?
  10. What are the Memory-Senses?


Make your own Correlation (different from mine, given below) between
each of the following seven pairs of Extremes:

[_In._ may be represented by 1, _Ex._ by 2, and _Con._ by 3]:

    1. ANCHOR (1) Sheet Anchor (1) Sheet (1) Bed          (1)  BOLSTER
       ----   (3) Capstan (1) Night-cap (3) Pillow        (3)  ----
       ----   (3) Roadstead (1) Bedstead                       ----
       ----   (3) Sea Bed                                 (1)  ----
    2. PEN    (3) Ink (1) Ink-bottle (1) Smelling-bottle  (3)  NOSE
       ----   (1) Pensive (2) Gay (1) Nosegay                  ----
       ----   (3) Wiper                                   (3)  ----
    3. SLAIN  (3) Battle (3) Joshua                       (3)  MOON
       ----   (1) Struck-down (1) Moon-struck             (1)  ----
       ----   (3) Fallen (2) Risen                        (3)  ----
    4. TEA    (1) Teaspoon (1) Spooney                    (1)  LOVER
       ----   (3) Sugar (1) Sweet (1) Sweetheart          (1)  ----
    5. ARROW  (3) Tell (3) Apple (3) Cider Mill           (1)  TREADMILL
       ----   (3) Flight (3) Arrest (3) Convict           (3)  ----
    6. BEE    (1) Beeswax (1) Sealing-wax (3) Title deeds (3)  ATTORNEY
       ----   (1) Queen Bee (1) Queen's Counsel           (3)  ----
    7. LASH   (1) Eye-lash (1) Glass Eye (1) Substitute   (1)  VICARIOUS

Children and Adults, who have thoroughly learned Recollective Analysis
and practised its exercises, find no difficulty in making Correlations,
unless they are so afflicted with Mind-Wandering that they have never
_digested_ the impressions they have received, or unless their
intellectual operations have been twisted out of the natural order by
perversities of early education; but even in these cases the _diligent_
student will be able--usually before these pages are finished--at once
to correlate any word whatever to any or all the words in any
dictionary. A learned Professor declared that no person unacquainted
with astronomy could correlate "Moon" to "Omnibus." He did it thus:
MOON--(3) Gibbous [one of the phases of the Moon]--(1) "Bus"--(1)
OMNIBUS. I asked a pupil then present--a girl nine years old--to connect
them. She promptly replied, "MOON--(1) Honey-moon--(3) Kissing--(1)
Buss--(1) OMNIBUS." A moment after, she gave another: "MOON--(1) Full
Moon--(1) 'Full inside'--(3) OMNIBUS." Once more: "MOON--(1)
Moonlight--(1) Lightning--(3) 'Conductor'--(3) OMNIBUS." Another pupil
imagined it would be _impossible_ to correlate the following _letters_
of the alphabet to _words_ beginning with the same letters, as "A" to
"Anchor," "B" to "Bull," "C" to "Cab," "D" to "Doge,"--as well as
"Cooley" to "The." There are, however, no words which my Pupils cannot
soon learn to correlate together with the greatest readiness, as:

    "A"   (1) First Letter (1) First Mate (3) Ship         (3) "ANCHOR"
     "    (1) Aviary (3) Bird (3) Flew (1) Fluke           (1)   ----
    "B"   (1) Bee (3) Sting (1) Sharp Pain (1) Sharp Horns (1) "BULL"
     "    (1) Below (1) Bellow                             (3)   ----
    "C"   (1) Sea (3) Ocean Steamer (1) Cabin              (1) "CAB"
    "D"   (1) "D.D." (1) Clerical Title (1) Venetian Title (1) "DOGE"
 "COOLEY" (1) Coolly Articulated (1) Definite Article      (1) "THE"

   1. What must we do in order to make the memory retain the
   2. Does my Art do this?
   3. Into what do I translate every case of Synthesis?
   4. What does it then become?
   5. What is a correlation?
   6. Are correlations difficult to make?

All possible cases to be memorised can be reduced to (1) ISOLATED FACTS,
where each fact is correlated to some fact in its surroundings through
which you must think as the _Best Known_, in order to recall it--many
instances will be given in this lesson:--or, (2) SERIAL FACTS, which
must be remembered in the _exact order_ in which they were presented to
the mind--illustrated by many examples in this Lesson.

NEVER FORGET that this System serves two distinct purposes: (1) That it
is a Device for memorising any Isolated Fact or Serial Facts by means of
mere Analysis, otherwise called Instantaneous Assimilation or memorised
Correlations, as well as by other means. (2) And that by memorising and
repeating for a considerable period Analytic Series, and especially by
_making_ and _memorising_ one's own Correlations, it is an unequalled
system of Memory-TRAINING. Let the ambitious Pupil =learn as many
examples as I give in the lessons in order to so strengthen his natural
memory that he will no longer have to use the _device_ for memorising,
his natural memory permanently retaining all he desires to remember=.
This result comes only to those who carry out ALL the directions with
genuine alacrity--not shirking one of them.

   1. Do all persons find them easy?
   2. What persons do not?
   3. Can such persons become expert in making them?
   4. How?
   5. Make an original correlation of your own between these extremes.
   6. To what may all possible cases to be remembered be reduced?
   7. What are Isolated facts?
   8. What two distinct purposes does my system serve?


It is sometimes asked, cannot "Analysis" cement together unconnected
"Extremes"? This question implies a contradiction of terms. I reply,
"Yes, by _accident_, and by accident only."

Analysis is _declaratory_--Synthesis is _constructive_. Analysis
_discovers_ and _describes_ the relations actually existing--Synthesis
applies connecting intermediates where no relations previously existed,
and then Analysis characterizes the relations introduced by the
cementing intermediates.

Even in the First Exercises the Series are Synthetic. Every pair of
words of which such Series consists exemplifies the relations either of
Inclusion, Exclusion, or Concurrence. I used to call that Lesson
Recollective Analysis, because in it the pupil is engaged in
familiarising himself with those Laws of Assimilation, and in
_discovering_ and _declaring_ the character of the relations between the
words of such Synthetic Series. He commits to memory such a series by
_thinking_ of the relations between the words. A minor object is to
memorise the Series--but a greater and higher object never lost sight of
in these Lessons is to train the Memory and Attention. And let the pupil
clearly notice _how_ this training comes about. Merely running over a
Series--two words at a time--without discriminating the _kind_ and
_quality_ of the relations between the words--hoping that the mind
unpractised in the Laws of Assimilation will intuitively feel those
relations, constitutes no training of the Memory. Such reading neither
strengthens the old power nor develops any new power. It is a blind act
of unconscious absorption, however little be absorbed. But if the mind
_acts_ in such cases and _tries to find_ and _characterise_ the
relations, then the appreciation of the relations of In., Ex., and Con.,
is quickened and invigorated and becomes in time so intensified that
those relations are thereafter almost automatically felt, and the
impression they make on the Memory, henceforth, is the most vivid

   1. To whom only does this result come?
   2. What question is frequently asked?
   3. What is the reply?
   4. Is analysis declaratory?
   5. If so, why?
   6. Is Synthesis constructive?
   7. If so, explain why?
   8. Why is the first lesson called Rec. Analysis?

Every Correlation is a Synthetic Series. It can be and should _always_
be analyzed, but Analysis never makes a Correlation. That is the
function of Synthesis. Since "extremes" are words with no relation
between them, Analysis cannot find what does not exist. But _accident_
sometimes makes a _spelling_ or _letter_ relation between the
"Extremes," and then Analysis can memorise these "extremes" by means of
such accidental relations. To illustrate:--

A physician was troubled to remember on which side of the heart are the
"mitral valves." As they are on the left side of the heart, he might
have noticed that "mitral" ends with the letter "l," and that the word
"left" begins with the letter "l"--as "l" belongs to both of these
words, here would be a case of analysis. Such a device, however, could
never be erected into a rule, for it is founded on accident only, and
cannot be used in all cases. How much more vivid to many persons in this
example is a Correlation, thus: "_Mitral valves_ ... mitred Abbots ...
none left ... _left_."

To remember which of the University crews wears _dark_ blue and which
_light_, we can note that the vowel "I" belongs alike to Cambridge and
"Light" and is absent from Oxford and "Dark."

Take a case in Trigonometry--a _Complement_ is what remains after
subtracting an angle from _one_ right-angle. Take 60 degrees from
90 degrees, and we have the complement 30 degrees--a _Supplement_ is
what remains after subtracting an angle from two right-angles. Take
120 degrees from 180 degrees and we have the supplement 60 degrees. How
to remember that "Complement" relates to one right-angle, and
"Supplement" relates to two right-angles, is a difficulty for a poor
memory. Looking at the accidents of the subject, we see that Supplement
and two right-angles have a relation in this, that Supplement begins
with S and two begins with _T_. S ... T. Hence we must remember that
Supplement relates to _T_wo right-angles, and, of course, the word
Complement to one right-angle.

Or to use the Synthetic Method: "_Complement_ (compliment) ... praise
bestowed ... prize-winner ... won ... _one right-angle_" (_Complement_
completes right-angle ... _one_ ... _right-angle_) or "_Supplement_ ...
supple ... bend double ... 'two double' ... _two right-angles_"
(_Supplement_ ... added to ... more than one right-angle ... _two

I could give many other illustrations of the narrow scope of this Method
of Accidents, though _genuine within that scope_, and how, in _all_
cases, by the Synthetic Method we can find in the facts _to be
remembered_ the means of their recollection. One case more: In regard to
memorising the statement that "the Posterior Nerve of the Spinal Column
is Sensory, and the Anterior Nerve is Motor," using this Method of
Accidents, "You observe that Posterior and Sensory go together, and that
Anterior and Motor go together. The initial letters of Posterior and
Sensory are P and S, and the initial letters of Anterior and Motor are A
and M. By considering that A and M are in the upper part of the Alphabet
and P and S are in the lower part of it, you will be sure to remember
that Anterior is associated with Motor and Posterior with Sensory." I
admit that the _first time_ one hears this elaborate method applied the
novelty of the principle of it might make an impression; but, after
that, the method would probably fail from its lengthy exposition;
because it is difficult to retain the _steps of an argument_ in a weak
Memory and therefore such a method cannot certainly act as a _Means for
Aiding_ the Memory. How do I manage this case? By correlating Posterior
to Sensory, thus: _Posterior_ ... Post-Mortem ... Insensible ...
_Sensory_; or Anterior to Motor, thus: _Anterior_ ... Ant ... disturbed
anthill ... commotion ... _Motor_; or _Anterior_ ... antediluvian ...
rush of water ... water-power ... _Motor_. In uniting the two
unconnected "Extremes" together by means of a _developed Analysis
memorised_, the Natural Memory is aided in a very high degree.

   1. What is every correlation?
   2. Does Analysis ever make a correlation?
   3. Why would not "A" make a good In. by sound with "Anchor" on
      preceding page?
   4. Is the method of remembering by accidental coincidences always
   5. If not, why?
   6. Are there cases where it cannot be used?
   7. Make an original correlation between "Mitral valves" and "left."
   8. How does the accidental coincidence in connection with the
      University crews compare with Synthesis?
   9. Does this method make an impression on the novice at first?
  10. Does the novice adhere to it?
  11. Why?

BY MEMORISING a Correlation, you so unite the two EXTREMES in memory,
that you need not afterwards _recall the intermediates_. The
intermediates drop out of the memory by what Prof. E. W. Scripture,
Psychologist, of Yale University, calls the Law of Obliteration.

   1. Why does the method fail?
   2. Is it difficult to retain the steps of an argument in the
      natural memory?
   3. Can you give any instances in your own experience where Analysis
      has helped you to cement Extremes together?
   4. Can such a method act as a means for aiding the memory?
   5. How would I manage the case spoken of?


To memorise a Correlation you must _at first_, if your _Natural Memory
be weak_, repeat from _memory_ the intermediates forwards and backwards,
as:--ANCHOR ... _sheet-anchor_ ... _sheet_ ... _bed_ ...
BOLSTER--BOLSTER ... _bed_ ... _sheet_ ... _sheet-anchor_ ... ANCHOR, at
least three times each way. These six repetitions from memory, three
forward and three back, are only required _at first_. In a short time
you will infallibly remember every Correlation _you make_; at last, the
memory will become so strong, that you will no longer have to make
Correlations at all. After you have repeated the Correlation, then
repeat the two extremes, thus--"Anchor" ... "Bolster." "Bolster" ...
"Anchor." "Bolster" ... "Anchor." "Anchor" ... "Bolster."

Nothing else is so easy to memorise as a Correlation, for a Correlation
is not a "mental picture" or "story"--it is neither a proposition,
sentence or phrase. It has no rhetorical, grammatical, argumentative or
_imaginative_ character. It is simply an elemental primordial
Psychological Sequence of Ideas in which one includes another, excludes
another, or in which one idea has been so often or so vividly united
with another in past experience that the two are inseparably connected
in memory--and a little practice in making and _memorising_ these
Correlations soon makes it _impossible_ to forget them.

   1. What is the result of uniting two unconnected "Extremes" by
      means of a developed Analysis?
   2. What are the first steps in memorising a correlation?
   3. How long are these repetitions required?
   4. What will be the result in a short time?
   5. What will be the final result?
   6. Are correlations easy to remember?
   7. What is the result of making and memorising them?
   8. When does the most vivid concurrence take place?


Probably no psychological mistake was ever fraught with greater injury
to the cause of public or self-education than the too prevalent opinion
amongst teachers generally that "physiological retentiveness" is the
memory's sole reliance _in all stages of life_. It is nearly the sole
reliance in infancy, and a partial reliance in youth. But when an
accumulation of experiences and a fair command of language have been
gained, new acquisitions are henceforward principally made by _the
affiliation_ of one idea upon or with another or _the making of
associations between ideas already established_.

And, if this be so, then memory must be very greatly improvable, since
no mental power is susceptible of so much improvement as assimilative

A good memory, whether natural or acquired, belongs to quick and vivid
_associability_ and _revivability_ rather than to mere inherent and
perpetual physiological _record making_.

After a certain number of experiences the child learns the appearance of
a square. All his future experiences, however varied, of squares become
affiliated upon, or connected with the record of this original square.
If each new square had to be separately impressed on the brain as a
distinct and independent physiological record, it would take as much
time and trouble to learn every new square as it did to learn the first
square. But the _instant_ recognition of every square after learning the
first one shows that the old brain record is used in the case of each
new experience of squares or that the new square is interpreted by the
old or original record through the Laws of Association. Again: Taking
the prefixes _com._, _de._, _im._, _op._, _re._, _sup._, &c., which are
used in thousands of cases, and the suffixes _ment_, _sion_, _ible_,
_ibility_, &c., also used in thousands of words, and using these in
connexion with the root word "Press" we have compress, depress, impress,
oppress, repress, suppress, and also compressible, depression,
re-impress, suppression, impressment, &c.

Must a new physiological record be made for each form of the sixty or
more words of which Press constitutes the base, and must a new record be
also made for each of the prefixes and suffixes in the thousands of
combinations in which they occur? No one believes any such absurdity.

If space permitted it would be easy to offer additional considerations
tending to show that after infancy and early youth new acquisitions are
mainly made by combinations and recombinations of ideas already
possessed, and not by new and independent records physiologically
reimpressed on each occasion.


1. Never make a correlation except in conformity to In., Ex., and Con.
Carelessness here is fatal to success.

2. When the pupil reads a correlation of mine, he should indicate the
relations between the words by writing in the figures 1, 2, or 3, and he
should pursue the same course with his own correlations.

3. Ofttimes "extremes" are in different planes of thought, so
occasionally three intermediates are necessary to cement them; two are
often required; but after considerable practice in making correlations
one usually suffices.

   1. What is fatal to success in making correlations?
   2. What do the figures 1, 2, and 3 indicate in Rule 2?
   3. How many intermediates should there be?

4. A correlation is a _successive advance_, and an intermediate must not
refer back to any except its _immediate_ antecedent, never to its second
or third antecedent. A pupil wrote:--_Short steps_ ... stepson ... real
son ... more a son ... _Morrison_. Here, "more a son" refers to the
comparison between "real son" and "stepson," but the latter is the
second antecedent so the correlation is a defective one. He might have
said: _Short steps_ ... _stepson_ ... _Morrison_.

5. A word may be used twice but never three times. _Pen_ ... pensive ...
gay ... nosegay ... _Nose_. Here "gay" is properly used twice, and after
that, it is dropped and you can go on with the rest of the word, to wit,

6. A compound phrase including a verb is rarely allowable, since the
intermediates must be the simplest elements, either sensations or
perceptions [relations among sensations] or abstractions [relations
among relations], or one of these with either of the others, always
exemplifying either In., Ex., or Con.

7. My correlations are good for me, but they may not be so vivid to
others, especially where the concurrences are used. To fix the date of
Magna Charta (1215), the pupil could memorise this Correlation--MAGNA
CHARTA ... King John ... Jew's teeth ... DENTAL. But if the pupil did
not know _before_ that King John had granted that charter, and if he did
not also know the story about the extraction of the Jew's teeth to make
him pay the royal exaction, there would be no concurrence as to the
first word and second, or second and third, and if he learned the
Correlation it would be by mere repetition without aid from Analysis. In
such a case he would make and memorise his own Correlation, perhaps
thus: MAGNA CHARTA ... magnify ... diminish ... DWINDLE. When a pupil
makes his own Correlations, every concurrence he uses is a _real_
concurrence to him, and so with his Ins. and Exs. This is a decisive
reason why the Pupil should merely look upon my Correlations as models,
but make and memorise his _own_ Correlations in all cases, as being more
vivid to _him_ and, therefore, more certainly remembered, as well as
more effectively strengthening the Memory in both its Stages.

8. Vivid Ins. by _meaning_ are better than Ins. by S. (the latter when
used, should be as perfect as possible). EAR ... EEL makes a weak In. by
S. to some persons, but it would make a much more vivid first impression
to most persons to deal with them in this way: EAR ... (w)ring ... twist
... wriggle ... EEL. But "Bivou_ac_ ... _aq_ueduct" is a perfect In. by
S. as to the last syllable of the former and the first syllable of the
latter, since those syllables are pronounced exactly alike. We may
connect Bivouac to Rain thus: "_Bivouac_ ... aqueduct ... flowing water
... falling water ... RAIN."

9. _Never_--in the early stages of the study of the System--make a
_second_ Correlation until you have _memorised the first_.

10. Although _making_ and _memorising_ Correlations serves the useful
purpose of fixing specific facts in the memory, yet the MAIN OBJECT in
making and memorising Correlations is to develop the latent power of the
Natural Memory to such a degree that all facts are hereafter remembered
without the aid of conscious Correlations.

11. Never try to find _analytic_ date or number words until you _know
the material facts connected with the date or number_ before you. The
student wishes to fix the date of Voltaire's birth, in 1694. "The
Shaper" and "The Giber" occur to him. If he is ignorant of the facts of
Voltaire's life, he will correlate thus: "_Vol_taire ... (1) ...
volatile ... (2) ... 'fixed' ... (1) ... 'The Shaper' {Th}e {Sh}a{p}e{r}
(1694);" or "Vol_taire_ ... (1) ... tear to pieces ... (1) ... mocking
dissector ... (1) ... {Th}e {G}i{b}e{r} (1694)." If he had known that
Voltaire was a born writer, he would have found the analytic relation in
"Voltaire ... {Th}e {Sh}a{p}e{r} (1694)" or if he had known that he was a
terrible mocker, he would have said: "Voltaire ... {Th}e {G}i{b}e{r}
(1694)." If he wished to fix the date of the discovery of America, he
might think of "{T}e{r}ra{p}i{n}" (a large tide-water turtle, abounding
in Maryland), and correlate thus: "Discovery of America ... (1) ...
Maryland ... (3) ... {T}e{r}ra{p}i{n} (1492)." But if he remembers that
Con. covers all cases of Cause and Effect, Instrument or Means to End,
Person by whom, &c., and if he reflects that this discovery has been a
blessing to the Old as well as the New World, he would say: "Discovery
of America ... (3) {T}{r}ue {B}oo{n} (1492)." Or, if he considers that the
moment America was made known to Europe the whole of the Western
Continent was open to every new-comer, he would find analytic date-words
thus: "Discovery of America ... (3) ... {D}oo{r} o{p}e{n} (1492)." If he
merely wants to fix the fraction 92, he could use the first two
consonants of the name of one of his ships, and say: "Discovery of
America ... {P}i{n}ta (1492)."


Correlate an _Isolated Fact_ to something (to some fact in its
environment or _entourage_ that is BEST KNOWN and) which you are sure to
THINK OF when you wish to recall the Isolated Fact.


An infallible method of remembering proper names is (1) Get the name
when introduced. If not quite sure, ask for it. (2) _Pronounce_ the
_name aloud_ whilst _looking at_ the person. Do this several times, if
possible. The object is to produce a concurrence or connection between
the _sight-image of the Person_ and a _sound-image of his Name_. (3) To
help the ear for sound, always pronounce everyone's name aloud whenever
you meet him. This helps nature. These directions carried out never fail
to make a pupil perfect in remembering proper names.

To remember PROPER NAMES in the absence of the person, correlate the
Person's Name to the name of some Peculiarity of the Person (as the BEST
KNOWN and) which you are sure to THINK of whenever you think of the
Person. If you _memorise_ the Correlation, you will recall the Name
whenever you think of this Peculiarity (whatever struck you about him).

To remember a proper name, Mnemonists resort to In., by S. But this
_alone_ gives no starting point, no "Best Known" which you are certain
to think of, and which will enable you to recall the name, _provided_
you cement by a memorised Correlation the "Best Known" to the name
itself; in fact, a similarity of sound _alone_ and _by itself_ is likely
to mislead you into reviving itself instead of the name. A celebrated
Member of Parliament (who in the days of his youth, before he had
greatly tested Mnemonics, gave a high opinion of its value) was to
deliver an address at the Birkbeck Institution, some years ago. Having
difficulty in remembering proper names, he thought he would _fix_ the
name of its founder in his memory by the Mnemonical device of finding a
word that sounded like it; he said to himself, "It reminds me of
'Pinchbeck.'" He commenced as follows: "Before coming to the subject on
which I am to speak this evening, I desire to pay a deserved tribute of
praise to the founder of this great Institution, the celebrated Mr.
PINCHBECK." A shout of laughter revealed to him that Mnemonics may get
us into trouble, and fail to help us out: he could not remember the real
name, Birkbeck, until it was told him. If he had mastered this System,
his NEW memory-power would have enabled him to remember the true name
_without any device_; or, if he was but a beginner at my System he could
have remembered the name Birkbeck--which he was afraid he would
forget--by correlating it to the word--"Founder," which he did remember,
thus:--FOUNDER ... lost way ... hark-back ... Birkbeck; or, FOUNDER ...
foundered horse ... chestnut horse ... chestnut ... bur ... BIRKBECK. If
he had memorised either of these Correlations, or one of his own, by
repeating the intermediates forwards and backwards two or three times,
and then recalled the two extremes, "Founder," "Birkbeck," several
times, the moment he thought of Founder, he would instantly have
recalled Birkbeck, one extreme recalling the other without the
intermediates being recalled. When one has received only a third of the
benefit of this System as a Memory-TRAINER, the mere _making_ of a
Correlation ensures remembering two extremes together without thinking
of intermediates.

   1. To what must we correlate a person's name?
   2. What will be the result if we memorise the correlation?
   3. To what do Mnemonists resort to remember proper names?
   4. Does this _alone_ give a starting point?
   5. What is a similarity of sound alone likely to do?

[Dr. Johnson, when introduced to a stranger repeated his name several
times aloud and sometimes _spelled_ it. This produced a vivid first
impression of the man's _name_; but it did not _connect_ the name to the
man who bore it. People who have adopted the Johnsonian Method
sometimes remember the name but apply it to the wrong person, because
they did not establish any relation between the name and the man to whom
it belonged.]


Make 20 of your own Correlations between faces and names (or between
words and meanings), using some of the extremes given by me, and, as
other extremes (words, &c., of your own selection, or) names and faces
of your own acquaintances.

    _Peculiarity._    _Correlation._                      _Proper Names._

    Cross-eyed        Cross-bow ... bowman                Mr. Archer
    Wavy hair         dancing wave ... Morris dance       Mr. Morrison
    Black eyes        white ... snow ... pure as snow     Mr. Virtue
    Retreating chin   retiring ... home-bird              Mr. Holmes
    High instep       high boots ... mud ... peat         Mr. Peat
    Crooked legs      broken legs ... crushed             Mr. Crushton
    Apprehension      suspension ... gallows              Mr. Galloway
    Sombre            sad ... mourning ... hat-band       Mr. Hatton
    Music             stave ... bar                       Mr. Barcroft
    Violinist         violin ... high note ... whistle    Mr. Birtwistle
    Painter           paint ... colored cards ... whist   Mr. Hoyle
    Plumber           plum-pudding ... victuals           Mr. Whittles
    Joiner            wood ... ash                        Mr. Ashworth

   1. Is it ever possible to remember two extremes without thinking of
      the intermediates?
   2. In what cases?
   3. What did Dr. Johnson sometimes do when introduced to a stranger?
   4. What sometimes occurs with people who have adopted the
      Johnsonian Method?
   5. Why is this?
   6. As Max Müller names mental acts in this order: Sensation,
      Perception, Conception, Naming, and Memory, would he hold that
      failure to remember names implies weakness of naming power? No!
      Remembering a name is an act wholly unlike imposing a name in
      the first instance. Such failure arises from weakness of the
      auditory function, or of the perception of individual
      peculiarities or failure of the sight-image to become cemented
      to the sound image.

=A CONTRAST.=--When unconnected ideas have to be united in the memory so
that hereafter one will recall the other, the teachers of other Memory
Systems say: "What can I invent to tie them together--what story can I
contrive--what foreign extraneous matter can I introduce--what mental
picture can I imagine, no matter how unnatural or false the
juxtaposition may be, or what argument or comparison can I originate--no
matter how far-fetched and fanciful it may be, to help hold these
'Extremes' together?" They do not reflect that all these mnemonical
outside and imported schemes must _also_ be remembered, and that being
in the form of sentences expressing loose relation of mere physical
juxtapositions or the complex relations invented by constructive
imagination or subtle intellect, they are, to most, more difficult to
recollect than the extremes would be without these ponderous aids.
Hence, in their professed attempt to aid the memory, they really impose
a _new_ and _additional burden_ upon it.

   1. Are you required to make any original correlations?
   2. How many?
   3. Between what extremes?
   4. Do you find it difficult?
   5. Have you any evidence given here that others have experienced
      any difficulty in making them?
   6. Did they finally succeed?
   7. What question is frequently asked by other memory teachers?

On the other hand, I simply ask the memory what it _already knows_ about
the "Extremes." The first intermediate of a correlation is _directly_
connected through In., Ex., or Con., with the first "Extreme," and the
last intermediate with the last "Extreme," and the intervening
intermediate (if there be one) with the other two, and thus, the
_intermediates being already in the memory_, and not the result of
invention or ingenuity, my Method of Correlation is purely and solely a
MEMORY process. In this way, I use the MEMORY TO HELP THE MEMORY, I use
the _reviving_ power of the memory to make a vivid FIRST IMPRESSION
between two hitherto unconnected "Extremes." I add nothing to the
"Extremes," import nothing from abroad in regard to them, invent
nothing. I simply _arouse_, _re-waken_ to consciousness, _what is
already stored away_ in the memory in regard to those "Extremes," and,
by reciting the Correlation a few times forwards and backwards, cement
the "Extremes" themselves so vividly together, that henceforth one
"Extreme" revives the other "Extreme" without the recall of the

And in the chapter on Recollective Analysis, and also in the previous
part of this chapter, I have given the attentive student such a
familiarity with the Memory Laws of In., Ex., and Con., that he can make
Correlations as easily as he breathes.

When learning prose or poetry by means of endless repetitions to
acquire, and endless views to retain, the mind soon wanders, and thus
discontinuity is promoted; but, in reciting a Correlation forwards _and
backwards_ from memory, the mind cannot wander, and thus the continuity
is greatly strengthened. Again, memory is improved by exercise, and
_improved in the highest degree_ by _making_ and _memorising_
correlations, because in _making_ them the _reviving_ power of the
memory is exercised in conformity to Memory's own laws; and in
_memorising_ the Correlations both stages of memory are most vividly
impressed. Thus, making and memorising the Correlations TRAINS both
Memory and Continuity. And if to this training process there be added
the habit of Assimilation which the use of the Analytic-Synthetic and
Interrogative Analysis Methods of learning Prose and Poetry by heart
imparts, as well as my other training methods, then the NEW memory thus
acquired _will not demand the further use of the System any more than
the adult swimmer will need the plank by which as a boy he learned to

   1. What new burden do they impose on the memory?
   2. What do I require from my pupils?
   3. To what is the first intermediate connected?
   4. Through what?
   5. How do I deal with the other intermediates?
   6. What is a memory process?
   7. Is the memory used to help the memory in any way?
   8. Do I add anything to the extremes?
   9. Is memory improved by exercise?
  10. When is the System laid aside?


"The Guide to Memory, or a New and Complete Treatise of Analogy between
the French and English Languages," compiled by Charles Turrell,
Professor of Languages, and published in 1828, contains the words which
are the _same_ in each language (alphabet, banquet, couplet, &c.), and
those almost the same--"Letters necessary in English, and superfluous in
French, are included in a parenthesis, thus Bag(g)age. Letters necessary
in French, and superfluous in English are printed in Italics, thus
Hom_m_age." At first sight it seems as if this plan were a good one (and
some still recommend it[H]). But of the words which are the same in both
languages, some of them have meanings one rarely if ever needs to
express, while others are seldom seen except in Dictionaries, so the
student who uses this method does not make much _useful_ progress. The
Rev. W. Healy, of Johnstown (Kilkenny), long before he had finished my
course of lessons, stated: "_I wrote out the French words that
correspond to the English of everything around us and that are in common
use, and found that by the aid of Rec. Syn. I could commit them much
faster than the time taken to write them out._"

[H] The "New Memory-Aiding French Vocabulary" by Albert Tondu, published
by Hachett et Cie, London, in 1881, is a somewhat similar work to
Charles Turrell's.

The words he had made himself familiar with were those most frequently
met with in reading, and useful in speaking and writing.

Mr. D. Nasmith employed a clerk in finding the number of occurrences of
the same word in three books. Some words occurred thousands of times,
and others only five, or fewer. The words which frequently occurred he
arranged in order, the commonest first, and compiled exercises to suit
them. His "Linguists" (German and French) are published by Mr. D. Nutt,
of 270, Strand, London, and by the aid of them, and of my System, a
useful knowledge of German (or French) can be rapidly acquired.

A pupil who had a very slight acquaintance with French learned an
Analytic Series of French words, asking a French friend the meaning and
pronunciation of the words unfamiliar to him. By doing this he in about
an hour learned the spelling, pronunciation, and meaning of nearly 100
French words. Since then he has been extending the exercise, and in that
way he has learned 1,000 French words. In doing so he is strengthening
his memory by exercising it in accordance with its own laws, increasing
the control his will has over his attention, and extending his French

   1. Do we ever see words spelt differently but with the same
   2. Is the use of the Dictionary required?
   3. What examples have we here of the benefits derived from
   4. With what words did he make himself familiar?
   5. Does the same word frequently occur in a book?
   6. What proof can you mention?
   7. What task was accomplished in about one hour by one of my
   8. What language was he studying?

To remember Unfamiliar English Words or FOREIGN WORDS, correlate the
Definition as the BEST KNOWN to the Unfamiliar or Foreign Word, and
memorise the Correlation. In the case of Foreign Words, the last
Intermediate is necessarily a case of Inclusion by sound. Sometimes
there is In. by sight or by sound between a part or the whole of the
English word, and a part or the whole of its Foreign equivalent, as
_Ap_ple--_ap_fel [German]. Of course, the pupil will not need the aid of
a correlation in such cases if he notice the analytic relation. The
French word _Anachorète_ might have for its equivalent by sound either
"_Anna_," or "_Core_," or "_Ate_," or "_Anna goes late_," or "_Ann a
core ate_," or "_Anna's cold hate_," and perhaps to some of my readers
it would seem like something else. _Cravache_ might sound like "_Crack
of lash_." Pupils often disagree as to what is good Inclusion by sound;
let each use what suits himself, and not trouble about other people's
ears. _In. by sound, or by sense, or by spelling_, is sufficient even if
it refers to _only one syllable_.

  ENGLISH.     INTERMEDIATES.                                   GREEK.
  Merchant ... market ... emporium ...                          ἔμπορος
  Move     ... move on ... next stage ... next-of-kin ...       κινέω
  True     ... naked truth ... pith of the matter ... pithy ... πιθανος
  Course   ... coarse hair ... camel hair ... dromedary ...     δρόμος
  Servant  ... light fare ... dole out
               [maid ... bride ... dowry] ...                   δούλος
  Tanner   ... leather ... leather purse ... disburse ...       βυρσεύς
  Cup      ... tea-cup ... tea-pot ...                          ποτήρίον
  Fetters  ... criminal ... desperate ...                       δεσμός
  Fragile  ... thin ... rapier ... "thrust us" ...              θραυστος
  ----         glass houses ... "throw stones"                  ----
  Fruit    ... fruit-knife ... fish-knife ... carp ...          καρπος
  Round    ... fat ... stout ... strong ...                     στρογγύλος
  Bride    ... fair ... fairy ... forest nymph ...              νυμφη
  Pearl    ... Necklace ... sweetheart ... Sweet Margery ...    μαργαρίτης
  Bread    ... baker ... baker's art ...                        ἄρτος
  Marry    ... lottery of life ... risky game ...               γαμέω
  Join     ... engaged--[suited ... apt] ... apt to disagree ...ἄπτω
  Culprit  ... cull ... select a few ... few gone ...           φευγών
  Milk     ... milky way ... galaxy ...                         γάλα
  Drink    ... water ... small leak ... pinhole ...             πίνω
  hunger   ... ng of hunger ... pining away ...                 πεινάω
  Time     ... watch ... chronometer ...                        χρόνος
  ----         Father Time ... old age ... old crony            ----
  Deliver  ... capture ... lasso ...                            ἀπαλασσω
  Spread   ... Christmas feast ... deck a church ...
               dye a spire ...                                  διασπείρω
  Uncover  ... bare ... bare foot ... a Kaliph's toe ...        ἐκκαλυπτω
  Shut     ... shut out ... severe weather ... bad climate ...  κλείω
  I judge  ... condemn ... refute ... refuse ... cry "no" ...   κρίνω
  Found    ... establish ... fix ... fasten thus ... tie so ... κτίζω
  Soldier  ... art of war ... strategy ...                      στρατιώτης

   1. In the case of Foreign words, what must the last intermediate
      necessarily be a case of?
   2. Do pupils always agree on a good In. by S.?
   3. What is sufficient, if it refers to one syllable only?
   4. What are you never to do in getting at an English word?
   5. What may you do in getting at a Foreign word?
   6. Could you not omit "camel hair"?
   7. Could you not omit "leather," which follows "tanner"?
   8. Could you not omit after "cup" the word "tea-cup"?
   9. Is not "tea-pot" connected by Con. with "cup"?
  10. After "bread" could you not omit "baker"?
  11. Are not "bread" and "baker's art" connected?
  12. Could you not omit "watch," after "Time"?

  ENGLISH.       INTERMEDIATES.                                  LATIN.
  Heart      ... heart-sick ... fainting ... cordial ...         cor
  Wickedness ... dishonesty ... blackmail ...                    malum
  Book       ... printed thoughts ... freedom of thought ...
                 liberty ...                                     liber
  ----           ... books ... library ...                       ----
  Breast     ... front ... front view ... aspect ...             pectus
  Spear      ... thrust ... quick motion ... hasty ...           hasta
  Suitor     ... princely suitor ... married by proxy ...        procus
  Ask        ... borrow ... swindle ... rogue ...                rogare
  Marrow     ... Old English arrow ... victory ... medal ...     medulla
  Captain    ... head of hundred ... century ...                 centurio
  Surveyor   ... measure ... dimension ...                       agrimensor
  Furniture  ... bent-wood chairs ... bent legs ... supple
                 legs ...                                        supellex
  Vine       ... wine ... luxury ... pampered ...                pampinus
  Liar       ... false pretence ... mendicant ...                mendax
  Cow        ... cow-pox ... vaccination ...                     vacca
  Sing       ... boatman's song ... canoe ...                    cano
  Kill       ... kill by hanging ... broken neck ...             necare
  Redden     ... blush ... kissing ... ruby lips ...             rubesco
  ----           red ... ruby ...                                ----
  Dry        ... dry mouth ... feverish ... sick ...             siccus
  Man        ... married man ... home ...                        homo
  War        ... victory ... rejoicings ... bells rung ...       bellum
  Rob        ... robber ... hue-and-cry ... policeman's rap ...  rapto
  Tanner     ... russet leather ... russet apple ... apple
                 core ...                                        coriarius
  Dove       ... married love ... United States ... Columbia ... columba
  Bench      ... table ... shop counter ... selling ...          subsellium
  Oar        ... Roman galley ... Rome ... Romulus and Remus ... Remus
  Garret     ... unhealthy ... medicine ... salts and senna ...  cenaculum
  Garret     ... store-room ... grain store ...                  granaria
  Horse      ... race ... dead heat ... equal ...                equus
  Cock       ... spurring ... goading ... galling ...            gallus
  Lazy       ... tramp ... knave ...                             ignavus
  Make heavy ... rich food ... gravy ...                         gravo
  Sign       ... musical signs ... notes ...                     nota
  Poverty    ... drafty garret ... sleeping draught ...
                 opium ...                                       inopia
  Messenger  ... news ... false news ... nonsense ...            nuntius
  Top        ... high perch ... hen's perch ... cackle ...       cacumen
  Face       ... bare face ... bare headed bird ... vulture ...  vultus
  Useless    ... needless impatience ... irritation ...          irritus
  Dark       ... dark staircase ... insecure ...                 obscurus
  Writer     ... bad writer ... scribbler ...                    scriba
  Harvest    ... harvest home ... "Mrs. at home?" ...            messis
  Dog        ... dog's tail ... tin can ...
                 [cane carrier ... cane[I]] ...                  canis
  Egg        ... boiled egg ... boiled hard ... over boiled ...  ovum
  Fox        ... jackall ... carcass ... vulture ...             vulpes
  Bread      ... sweat of brow ... labour ... pain ...
                 [bread-pan ... pan[I]] ...                      panis
  Table      ... figures ... calculation ... mensuration ...     mensa
  Master     ... schoolboard ... fines ... magistrate ...        magister
  Tree       ... mast ... ship ... harbour ...                   arbor
  Mother     ... wife ... helpmeet ... help-mate ...             mater

[I] In some English schools the first syllable in "panis" sounds "pan,"
in others "pain." If an English word derived from a foreign word (or
from the same root) occurs to you, use it; but do not spend time hunting
for derivations. Unfamiliar words are no help; do not think the word
"panification" will help you to "panis," because it is an English word
meaning "bread-making," and you are an Englishman. You would be much
wiser to try to remember the English "panification" by the aid of the
Latin "panis," than _vice-versa_, that is, if any mortal ever does want
to remember that pedantic dictionary word.

   1. If "mendicants" are known to be liars, why could not "false
      pretences" be omitted?
   2. If "vaccination" means inoculating with "cowpox," why could not
      "cowpox" be omitted?
   3. If "broken" neck means a violent death, why not omit "kill by
   4. Ought not "billing and cooing" to be inserted after "Dove"?
   5. What relation is there between "married love" and "United
   6. If "musical" be added to "notes," why could not "musical signs"
      be omitted?
   7. If "scribbler" is a writer, why could not "bad writer" be

  ENGLISH.       INTERMEDIATES.                                GERMAN.
  Joy        ... play-day ... free day ... Friday ...          Freude
  Sad        ... tomb ... mason ... trowel ...                 traurig
  Clear      ... clear tones ... clarionet ...                 klar
  Indolent   ... "lazy bones" ... lazy lass ...                lässig
  Dangerous  ... storm ... steamboat fare ...                  gefährlich
  Part       ... part of house ... roof ... tile ...           Theil
  Empty      ... hollow ... fox's hole ... lair ...            leer
  Take       ... take husband ... new name ...                 nehmen
  Diffidence ... shy girl ... schoolgirl ... Miss ...          Misstrauen
  Little     ... grow less ... on the wane ...                 wenig
  Much       ... more ... mourn ... feel grief ...             viel
  Recompense ... repayment ... loan ...                        Lohn
  Question   ... answer ... fragmentary answer ...             Frage
  Foot-stool ... low ... shame ...                             Schemel
  Pressure   ... too heavy ... droop ...                       Druck
  Voice      ... voice lozenges ... stimulation ...            Stimme
  Child      ... young kindred ...                             Kind
  Threaten   ... stinging words ... stinging bee ... drone ... drohen
  Mirror     ... reflect ... think ... speak ...               Spiegel
  Beetroot   ... red heart ... rib ...                         Rübe
  Potato     ... dig up ... remove ... cart off ...            Kartoffel
  Love       ... lovers' meeting ... meat ...
                 Liebig's extract ...                          Liebe
  Campaign   ... pain ... feel ... felt ...                    Feldzug
  Medicine   ... science ... arts ... (_pr._ artsnei)          Arznei
  Evening    ... hour of prayer ... bend the knee ...          Abend
  Heaven     ... angels ... harps ... hymns ...                Himmel
  Song       ... choir ... choir leader ... lead ...           Lied
  Table      ... soiled table cloth ... dirtyish ...           Tisch
  ----       ... dinner ... dish ...                           ----
  Chair      ... chairman ... session ...                      Sessel
  Bottle     ... Leyden jar ... electric spark ... flash ...   Flasche
  Beloved    ... attached ... hooked ... trout ...             traut

   1. Could not "boiled hard" be omitted?
   2. If we use "mensuration tables," could not "figures ...
      calculation" be spared?
   3. What is the relation between "Tree" and "mast"?
   4. Could not "lazy bones" be omitted after "indolent"?
   5. Why could not "schoolgirl" be omitted?
   6. Why could not "answer" be omitted after "question"?

  ENGLISH.       INTERMEDIATES.                              FRENCH.
  Fat        ... Fat ox ... clover ... rich grass ...        gras
  Mouth      ... Flesh eater ... butcher ...                 bouche
  Asphalt    ... assafœtida ... fish bait ...                béton
  To lash    ... circus ... Hengler ...                      cingler
  Current    ... nerve current ... vague function ...        vagus
  Armchair   ... reclining ... gouty ... foot oil ...        fauteuil
  ----       ... arm ... leg ... foot ...                    ----
  station    ... railway guard ... guard ...                 gare
  Smoke      ... tobacco ... smell ... perfumer ...          fumer
  Carpet     ... fine design ... tapestry ...                tapis
  Head       ... foot ... root ... potato ...                tête
  Oar        ... boat ... war-ship ... ram ...
                 [See Latin] ...                             rame
  Tears      ... hysterics ... fainting fit ... alarm ...    larmes
  Canvas     ... rope ... oakum ... hard labor ... toil ...  toile
  Wave       ... washing ... unwashed ... vagabond ...       vague
  ----       ... current ... nerve current ... vagus ...     ----
  Bed        ... bed of sea ... sea-shore ... lee-shore ...  lit
  Pane       ... pain ... sore eyes ... vitriol ...          vitre
  ----       ... glass ... vitreous ...                      ----
  Gun        ... gunsmith ... spark ... fusée ...            fusil
  ----       ... foot soldier ... fusilier ...               ----
  Shovel     ... shoved about ... crowd ... Pall Mall ...    pelle
  ----       ... sand ... spade ... pail ...                 ----
  Side-walk  ... walking fast ... trotting along ...         trottoir
  ----       ... mid road ... horses ... trotting ...        ----
  Dirty      ... second-hand furniture ... furniture ...
                 sale ...                                    sale
  Faithful   ... dog-blind fiddler ... fiddle ...            fidèle
  ----       ... faithfulness ... fidelity ...               ----
  Pity       ... pitying ... misery ...                      miséricorde
  Misfortune ... missing train ... mail hour ...             malheur
  Hang fire  ... fire engine ... "haste" ... tear along
                 too ...                                     faire longfeu
  Star       ... diamond ... ball dress ... toilet ...       étoile
  ----       ... Star ... Inn ... hotel ...                  ----
  Cake       ... cheesecake ... mouse ... cat ...            gateau
  Sword      ... soldier ... soldier's pay ...               épée
  ----       ... war ... misery ... happy ...                ----
  Book       ... pages ... leaves ... [See Latin] ...        livre
  Castle     ... ruined ... shattered ...                    château
  To speak   ... converse ... dispute ... parley ...         parler

   1. Why could not "feel" be left out?
   2. Why not omit "science," and say "medical arts"?
   3. Why not omit "angels" and "harps," and simply add "celestial" to
   4. If the pupil does not know who "Hengler" is, should we not omit
      the name and insert instead "singing clown"?
   5. Why should not "fare" be a better In. by sound with "gare" than
   6. If tapestry means other things besides carpets, would not
      "tapestry carpet" be a sufficient intermediate?
   7. If "pelle" is pronounced as if applied "pel," ought not "Pall
      Mall" to be pronounced as if spelled "Pell Mell"?

  ENGLISH.       INTERMEDIATES.                                ITALIAN.
  Basket     ... horse-basket ... pannier ...                  paniéra
    "        ... casket ... ring ... bull ... bellow ...       corbello
  Gold       ... nugget ... ore ...                            óro
  His        ... his own ... zone ... bind ... sew ...         suó
  Thy        ... thy face ... head ... foot ... toe ...        tuó
  Uncle      ... "Dutch uncle" ... Holland ... Zuyder Zee ...  Zio
  Pius       ... church ... pew ...                            Pio
  Month      ... Month of May ... mace ...                     mése
  Made       ... servant-maid ... cook ... fat ...             fátto

Synonyms, as well as words having but a slight difference in sound like
_Insidious_ and _Invidious_ are easily discriminated by _memorised_
Correlations: INSIDIOUS ... inside ... hole ... fox ...
TREACHERY.--INVIDIOUS ... invade ... hostility ... ILL-WILL.

   1. Is the letter "i" in Zio pronounced as if spelled Zeeo?
   2. If so, is "pew" a good In. by sound with Pio?
   3. Why would not these be good correlations, viz., INSIDIOUS,
      hideous ... moral turpitude ... TREACHERY.--INVIDIOUS ...
      perfidious ... betrayal. ILL-WILL.
   4. How many correlations have you made so far?
   5. Have you made your own in every case, or memorised mine in every
   6. Have you indicated the relations in all cases by writing in 1,
      2, or 3?
   7. If not, why not?


Let every Pupil write examples of his own selection of names Correlated
to Dates of birth and death worked out as below, or some other _pairs_
of extremes, such as name of ship to its captain on one side, and its
tonnage (or destined port) on the other.

To remember _Dates_ of _Birth_ and _Death_ (&c.) of men, correlate the
SURNAME AS BEST KNOWN to the word expressing the date of BIRTH, and
correlate the BIRTH-WORD to the DEATH [&c.] word:--

Do not look for Analytic Date-words in the following cases until you
have first memorised my Correlations or your own. You can then review
the examples and easily find Analytic Date-words if you are
_sufficiently acquainted_ with the facts of the cases, as: Lord
Beaconsfield (18)05, {S}a{l}ient.[J] Here is a supposed Analytic formula
by English Liberals, of Gladstone's birth:--Gladstone--"{S}u{p}reme"
(18)09; by Foreigners--"{S}u{p}ereminent;" by Tories, "{S}{p}oliator;" by
Home Rulers--"{S}u{p}porter;" by Parnellites--"A{s}{p}erser;" by
Churchmen--"{S}{p}iritual;" by Agnostics--"{S}u{p}erstitious;" by
Unionists--"{S}e{p}aratist;" by admirers of eloquence--"{S}{p}ellbinder;"
by decriers of speaking--"{S}{p}outer."

[J] One of the meanings of "Salient" is "to force itself on the
attention." Recall his threat when coughed down on the occasion of his
maiden speech in the House of Commons. "You will hear me" (18)05.

   1. Memorise the correlation you make.
   2. Do you find it difficult to get analytic date-words?
   3. What is necessary in order to get them readily?

  _Lord Beaconsfield_ ... beacon ... the rock ... {t}he {v}e{s}se{l}
  [born 1805]
  ... Vessel ... anchor ... hope ... {t}o ha{v}e {f}ai{t}h
  [died 1881]

  _Mr. Gladstone_ ... gladness ... sorrow ... {t}he hea{v}y {s}o{b}
  [born 1809]
  ... heavywaters ... Noah's flood ... few saved ... {t}oo {f}ew {m}e{n}
  [M. P. in 1832]

  _Napoleon Bonaparte_ ... banishment ... embarkation ... {T}oo{k} {sh}i{p}
  [born 1769]
  ... Took ship ... masthead ... Godhead ... {D}i{v}i{n}i{t}y ...
  [died 1821]

  _Robert Burns_ ... Scottish poet ... map of Scotland ... map of the
  World ... {T}he {g}{l}o{b}e
  [born 1759]
  ... "The Globe" ... newspaper ... page ... Wai{t}i{ng} {p}a{g}e ...
  [died 1796]

  _Oliver Goldsmith_ ... poverty ... plenty ... {T}oo{k} e{n}ou{gh}
  [born 1728]
  ... "bread enough" ... prodigal son ... {Th}e you{ng}e{r}
  [died 1774]

  _Nelson_ ... Britain's bulwark ... Whi{t}e {cl}if{f}
  [born 1758]
  ... Whi{t}e {f}os{s}i{l}
  [died 1805]

  _Cardinal Wolsey_ ... butcher ... steel ... straight ... {D}i{r}e{ct}
  [born 1471]
  ... point ... horns ... {D}i{l}e{m}ma{s}
  [died 1530]

  _Cardinal Newman_ ... "kindly light" ... {V}e{s}{t}a
  [born 1801]
  ... fire goddess ... sun god ... {Ph}œ{b}u{s}
  [died 1890]

  _The Marquis of Salisbury_ ... St. Paul's burial ... {Th}e {f}a{m}ou{s}
  [born 1830]
  {Th}e famous ... Livingstone ... travelling ... {v}oya{g}i{ng}
  [succeeded to title 1867]

  _J. J. Rousseau_ ... "Emile" ... early education ... E{d}u{c}a{t}e {n}ow
  [born 1712]
  ... draw out thought ... I {th}i{n}{k} o{f} you
  [died 1778]

  _Charles Darwin_ ... "Natural Selection" ... The chosen one ... Ha{p}py
  [born (180)9][K]
  ... greatest happiness ... {T}o ha{v}e hea{v}e{n}
  [died 1882]

  _George Eliot_ ... Adam Bede ... add ... A{d}{v}a{n}{c}e
  [born 1820]
  ... Money ... £10 ... {T}wo {f}i{v}e{s}
  [died 1880]

  _Richard Wagner_ ... "Music of Future" ... future time ... {T}o ha{v}e
  [born 1813]
  {T}o ha{v}e {f}a{m}e
  [died 1883]

  _The Duke of Albany_ ... delicate ... pale ... white ... Whi{t}e
  [born 1853]
  [died (18)84]

  _Charles Dickens_ ... "Pickwick Papers" ... picnic biscuits ...
  biscuit-tin ... {T}i{n}
  [born (18)12]
  [died (18)70]

  _Titus Oates_ ... barley ... mash-tub ... man's tub ... {D}io{g}e{n}e{s}
  [born 1620]
  ... harsh critic ... He a{t}ta{ck}{s} a{l}l
  [died 1705]

  The specific gravity of the Iridium is 22.40
  IRIDIUM ... I ridicule ... Ridiculous ... All laugh ... {n}o{n}e
  See Analytic Substitutions, concerning the expression of decimals.

  One pound avoirdupois equals .45355 of a kilogram--
  POUND AVOIRDUPOIS ... old measure ... new measure ... new reign ...
  (=.45355=) Hi{s} {r}u{l}e {m}ay ha{l}low a{l}l.

  Great Earthquake at Lisbon in 1755--  =1  7 5  5=
  LISBON ... Listen ... Hush!...         TALK LOWLY.

  Sorata (Andes) 21,286 feet high.            =2  1 2 8 6=
  SORATA ... sore ... cured ... salt fish ... UNEATEN FISH.

  FOUNDATION OF ROME ... Seven hills ... up hill ...
  (=753=) {c}{l}i{m}b.

  FIRST PRINTING IN ENGLAND ... Book ... Pamphlet ...
  (=1471=) {tr}a{ct}.

  COUNCIL OF TRENT ... rent ... rent roll ...
  (=1545=) {d}ai{l}y {r}o{l}l.

  SPANISH ARMADA DESTROYED           =1    5  8    8=
  Many ships sunk ... few escaped ... THEY LEAVE A FEW.

  America discovered in 1492--                             =1 49 2=
  AMERICA ... Merry ... Sad ... sad irons ... Handcuffs ... TURPIN.

  Mariners' Compass invented, 1269--     =1 2  6  9=
  MARINERS' COMPASS ... pocket compass--  TINY SHAPE.

[K] It is sufficient to indicate the figure 9, as we know that it could
not have been the year 9 of the Christian Era, and as it was somewhere
about the beginning of this century, the figure 9 makes an indefinite
impression definite and exact.

Learning dates and other figures by Synthesis is never recommended
except where the pupil is ignorant of the subject matter and cannot in
consequence use Analytic Substitution. Synthesis power has a good
training effect in all cases.

   1. Is it always necessary for us to know the dates of the birth and
      death of men?
   2. Then why do we do this exercise?
   3. What do I want you to get thorough control over?
   4. What will you then be able to do?
   5. The specific gravity of Iridium is 22.40, represented by the
      phrase {n}o{n}e {s}e{r}iou{s}; of what use is the first "s" in
      the word "serious"?
   6. Why would you not give it the value of (0)?
   7. Give a phrase indicating the height of the Washington Monument
      (555 ft.).
   8. Now correlate "Washington Monument" to the phrase you have
   9. Make original correlations for all the events on this page.
  10. Are unfamiliar words of any help in a correlation?
  11. Should they ever be used as intermediates?
  12. Do you try to use as few intermediates as possible?
  13. Are short ones more easily learned?


There are two kinds of Serial Facts.

(1) One is where names or facts are stated in a certain order, as in
alphabetical order, for instance, and yet a different order could be
given. Lists of exceptions in Grammar are usually stated in the
alphabetical order, yet if the component parts or words of the list are
remembered, the alphabetical order is of no consequence. One teacher has
re-arranged Series in Foreign Grammars in such a manner that he finds a
natural suggestiveness between the words. No doubt such a re-arrangement
can be made, but I question whether his doing it for another would help
the latter much. For the pupil to benefit, he should re-adjust the
Series for himself. My Pupils, when trained in Analysis and Synthesis,
have no difficulty in correlating the Series just as they may find it.
No time is spent in trying to discover relations that may not exist. At
best, when found, they will be weak; but, by correlating the series
together, my Pupils make a strong and vivid relation between all of the
words of a Series to be memorised, and at the same time exercise
attention in both its functions, and increase appreciation of In., Ex.,
and Con.

   1. How many kinds of Serial facts are there?
   2. What are the characteristics of the first kind?
   3. Is it advisable for the pupil to re-adjust Series in Foreign

Suppose we wish to memorise the 11 prepositions which form part of
certain Latin verbs which are followed by the dative, to wit:--_Ad._,
_Ante._, _Con._, _In._, _Inter._, _Ob._, _Post._, _Pre._, _Pro._,
_Sub._, and _Super_. This Series is usually learned by _endless
repetition_, as a succession of sounds to the ear, or sight to the eye,
by mere _rote_. What a waste of time to attempt to re-arrange it in
order to learn it more easily. Yet such a Series can be learned by
correlating the words together in a very short time, thus:--

  _Ad_    ... addition ... front addition ... _ante_-room....
  _Ante_  ... antecedent ... _con_sequent....
  _Con_   ... converse ... _in_verse....
  _In_    ...
  _Inter_ ... interject ... _ob_ject....
  _Ob_    ... obligation ... _post_poned obligation....
  _Post_  ... post-office ... _pre_payments....
  _Pre_   ... predilection ... _pro_pensity....
  _Pro_   ... produce ... soil products ... _sub_soil....
  _Sub_   ... subordinate actor ... _Super_.

And, similarly, we can deal with any Series in =Grammar=, or elsewhere.

   1. Do my pupils ever find any difficulty in correlating the series
      as they may find it?
   2. What training must they have in order to do so?
   3. Is any time misspent in trying to discover a non-existing
   4. What are the eleven Latin prepositions here given?
   5. How are they usually learned?
   6. Is time gained thereby?

(2) The other kind of Series is where the words, facts, or things _must_
be memorised as given. The seven primary colours are given as they occur
in nature, thus:--Violet, Indigo, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange, Red. The
unconscionable word VIBGYOR has been given as a means, through the
initial letters of the colour words, to enable us to remember those
words, and ROYGBIV to enable us to remember the Series backwards. To
such a pass are educators driven when they lack my Universal Method of
cementing Extremes. We know the Series both ways if we Correlate the
words, thus:

  _Violet_ ... let go ...
  _Indigo_ ... indigestion ... "blues" ...
  _Blue_   ... blue sea ... sea green ...
  _Green_  ... green corn ... ripe corn ...
  _Yellow_ ... yellow fruit ...
  _Orange_ ... orangemen ... fights ... blood split ... blood-red ...


The true Method of learning the Order and Dates of the English
Sovereigns, as of the American Presidents, or of any other list of
Rulers, is to deal with them only in the course of reading. When met
with in History, all the facts are before the reader, and, if he fails
to hold the _order of succession_ clearly in mind in any case, he can
easily correlate the Names together. And if he fails to retain some of
the dates, he can readily make forgetfulness impossible by correlating
names to date-words--or, as the details of the reigns are known to him,
he can at once find analytic date-words. The reader wishes to infallibly
remember that the date of the beheading of Charles I. was 1649. The
formula is "Charles I.--{T}oo {sh}a{r}{p} (1649)." If the reader's
memory-training is imperfect, and he is ignorant of the facts, he had
better correlate. If his memory-education is complete, and the facts are
within his knowledge, he will need no aid, or he will use analytic
date-words as in above case (1) {Th}en (6) {Ch}arles (4) {r}ightly (9)
{b}eheaded. If he feels that he needs some advice to help him remember
the order of succession of the Kings, he can refresh his recollection by
turning back and reading the method already given.


The student must exercise his judgment as to what is the _best known_ to
which he will Correlate an _isolated fact_.

The following anecdote is taken from the ERA ALMANACK, 1882, p. 36. The
actor, whose name was Taylor, could not remember the name assigned to
him in his part of the play. We shall see how Mnemonics helped him.

ASSOCIATION OF IDEAS.--Macready was once victimised in _Virginius_. The
Numitorius could not remember the name given him in the play. "You will
remember it, sir," said the tragedian, carefully pronouncing it for him,
"by the association of ideas. Think of Numbers--the Book of Numbers."
The Numitorius did think of it all day, and at night produced through
"the association of ideas" the following effect:

_Numitorius_--"Where is Virginia? Wherefore do you hold that maiden's

_Claudius_--"Who asks the question?"

_Numitorius_--"I, her uncle--DEUTERONOMY!"

The actor should have correlated the word "Numitorius," which he could
_not_ remember, to the word "Uncle" as the BEST KNOWN that preceded it,
which he could remember, or to his "cue" the word "Question" thus:

     UNCLE [2] Nephew [1] You [1] You _knew_--NU-mitorius. _Or_,

     UNCLE [2] Niece [1] Neat [1] Neat and New [1] _A new mitre o'er
     us_ [1] NU-mitorius. _Or_,

     QUESTION [1] Wants to know [1] Know [1] Knew [1] _knew my story_
     [1] NU-mitorius. _Or_,

     QUESTION [1] Quest [1] Guessed [1] Knew [1] _Knew a mighty Tory_
     [1] NU-mitorius.

Had the actor memorised either of these Correlations, he would _not_
have forgotten Numitorius in his performance. In all similar cases mere
In. by sound, like the word "Numbers" which Macready proposed, and which
is really _not a genuine In. by sound_, is of little service to a poor
memory. A Correlation would have been much better.

To any conceivable "_Isolated Fact_" you can find a _Best Known_ to
which you can correlate it, and thereby always have it at command. This
is true, even in cases of _anticipatory_ memory. Instead of tying a
string round your finger to remind you to buy something when you get to
the bazaar, and when you get there forgetting to notice the string or
forgetting what the string was intended to remind you of, correlate the
name of what you wish to purchase to the name of something you are sure
to _think_ of at the place you are going to, and memorise the
Correlation. When you see the _Best Known_, the thing you correlated to
it will at once occur to mind. I will add only one more illustration:--A
commercial traveller was in the habit of putting his watch under his
pillow, and also in the habit of forgetting that he put it there! After
losing two watches in this way, he came to me to improve his memory, and
asked me if my System could aid him to think of his watch and where he
had put it. "Infallibly," I replied, "if there is anything you can
mention which you are _certain_ to think of when you get up, such as
boots, trousers, hat, &c." "There is one thing," he rejoined, "I am more
certain to think of than any article of clothing. I always think what a
shame it is I have to get up." "Well, you are sure to think of the words
'get up;' that then is your _Best Known_. Correlate the word 'watch' to
it ... thus: 'GET UP'--Spring up--Watch Spring--WATCH." After a tour
of four months he reported he had always thought of his watch the moment
he awoke.


After the clergyman has decided on his text, or the speaker on any
subject he has selected for his special topic, the next step is to
_think it out_--to make his plan--his mode of development of his
ideas--their order and sequence, illustrations, &c. All this will
constitute an outline--the SKELETON OF THE DISCOURSE. This should
usually be _committed to paper_. If he possesses the requisite command
of language to enable him to express his views, all he now requires to
do is to _thoroughly memorise_ this Skeleton.

When this is done, the orator will have no occasion to have any notes
_before him to refer to_, and thereby to remind his audience that he is
merely rehearsing fervour a week or more old; but, having the exact
order of ideas in his memory, he can proceed to speak on each
_successive_ topic until he has exhausted all the points and
illustrations that he had intended to use.

A young clergyman is very apt to imagine that he will correlate together
20 to 100 propositions in every discourse--a theoretical conjecture
never verified in fact. In _practice_, he will find that he will very
rarely correlate more than ten propositions together, and he will
correlate sub-propositions, citations, or illustrations to the
respective propositions to which they belong. Instead of correlations,
_he may unite his propositions together by analysis_. Each person will
manage this matter as he finds most convenient to himself; or, if he
desires to literally memorise his discourses, he can do so in the manner
pointed out in learning sentences, or by two or three careful perusals.
But, by one who speaks without notes is generally understood one who has
only memorised his leading ideas, and it is always a judicious practice
for a beginner to rehearse his leading topics and their amplifications
in private, _that he may test his memory_, and then _become familiar_
with a procedure _in private_ in order to be sure to be _perfect in it
before the public_. This private discipline is all the more necessary in
the early stages of extempore speaking--if the speaker is at all
troubled by nervous anxieties or mind-wandering.

Suppose a teacher of the Art of Expression has studied Moses True
Brown's [see his Synthetic Philosophy of Expression] reduction
of Delsarte's Nine Laws of Gesture to Brown's One Law of
Correspondence--and suppose this teacher wishes to explain to his class,
or to an audience, how Mr. Brown proceeded. If he desires to do this
without notes, he must memorise the order of those Nine Laws; they are
abstractly stated and difficult to correlate, but it can be done. The
Laws are as follows:--

    Direction or Extension,
    Opposition of Agents,
    Priority, or Sequence,

The teacher must correlate these heads or topics of his discourse
together, and so memorise his correlations that he can recall the series
in the exact order. Perhaps he may proceed thus:

      [Rate of motion.]
      [Relation of motion to time and _space_--.]
    DIRECTION or Extension.
        [Direction reversed.]
        [Mould of Action.]
        [Form of the Human.]
        [Its extremes.]
        [First opponent.]
    PRIORITY or Sequence.
        [Periodicity of Sequence.]

Knowing these Nine Laws in the above _order_, he can discuss them one
after the other. When he has finished his explanation of the reduction
of the three Forms of Motion [Concentric, Poise, and Eccentric] to the
Law of Correspondence, he can proceed to the consideration of the
sub-topics under Velocity, and so on. When he has fixed the other of his
topics in mind, he has a mental chart or map to guide him in his
exposition, and similarly in other cases.


Learn some of the "Antidotes," and at least two of the following series.
Do _not_ learn the extracts from Quain's Anatomy unless you understand
what is meant, or are a medical student.


     MERCURY--36,000,000 [{M}ercury {Sh}ines].

     VENUS--67,000,000 [{Sh}e's a {G}oddess].

     EARTH--93,000,000 [{P}lanetary {M}other].

     MARS--141,000,000 [{Th}is Wo{r}ld's Ou{t}sider].

     JUPITER--482,000,000 [{R}ather {F}lattened E{n}ds, or, A {R}oundish
     {F}orm U{n}equalled].

     SATURN--885,000,000 [{F}loods o{f} {L}ight].

     URANUS--1,780,000,000 [{D}isturbances {C}aused {F}ruitful

     NEPTUNE--2,789,000,000 [{N}eptune {C}onstitutes a {F}rontier

   1. How many planets are here mentioned? Make your own correlations
      between each.



"The Branches of the External Carotid Artery are eight in number,
_viz._, three directed forwards, the superior thyroid, the lingual, and
the facial; two directed backwards, the occipital and the posterior
auricular; and three extending upwards, the ascending pharyngeal branch,
together with the temporal and internal maxillary, the two terminal
branches into which the artery divides."

Dissect, or study a model or diagram of these branch arteries, and then
the facts are easily learned by means of Correlations:--

    CAROTID   ... rotten ... ruinous ... IVY (eight branches)
              ... growth ... advance ... go forwards ...

    FORWARDS  ... lead forwards ... conduct ... ductless ...     THYROID
              ... spheroid ... earth ... many languages ...      LINGUAL
              ... tongue ... mouth ... face ...                   FACIAL
              ... front ... back ...

    BACKWARDS ... back of head ... occiput ....                OCCIPITAL
              ... occult ... secret ... confession ...         AURICULAR
              ... ocular ... eye ... high up ...

    UPWARDS   ... ascending ...                     ASCENDING PHARYNGEAL
              ... congeal ... frozen Thames ... temporary ...   TEMPORAL
              ... pour out shot ... Maxim gun ...
                  _or_ "be temperate" ... maxim ...            MAXILLARY

To memorise the attachments of muscles, first of all familiarise
yourself by diligent dissection with the aspects of the muscles and the
actual facts of their attachments. It is possible to memorise their
origins and insertions by my System, merely from their written
descriptions; but this is not _learning_. It is a vicious system of
cramming, which can do no good. When you have thoroughly familiarised
yourself with the actual facts proceed to fix these facts in your
memory by my System. In dealing with facts of such complexity as the
origin and insertion of muscles, it may be needful to have free recourse
to the assistance of homophones, &c. In the whole of anatomy there is no
task so difficult as that of learning the precise attachments of the
muscles of the back. Few students master these attachments thoroughly,
and those who do, fail to retain them long.

   1. Are all students required to learn extracts from Quain's
   2. How many branches are there of the External Carotid Artery?
   3. Describe them.
   4. Is it an advantage in studying Anatomy to dissect or study a
   5. How are the facts, then, easily learned?
   6. Make original correlations for this Extract.
   7. Do you use any unfamiliar words in your correlations?
   8. How do you memorise the attachments of muscles?
   9. Is it possible to memorise their origins and insertions by my
  10. Is this _learning_?
  11. What is it then?

By the System it is easy to learn facts of Anatomy. But the System is no
substitute for _dissection and experiment_. You can get a COMPREHENSION
of anatomical facts only by _actual experience_, and to attempt to
require an _understanding_ of them from books is to substitute a
knowledge of words for a knowledge of things.

The following will indicate one way in which you may proceed in
memorising the attachments of the muscles of the back:

(1) First make a homophone of the name of the muscle.

(2) Indicate each attachment of the muscle by two words.

    The initial letter of the first word should indicate the part of
    bone to which the muscle is attached, _e.g._, Sp = spinous process,
    T = transverse process, R = rib, &c. The second word should indicate
    by its consonants the _numbers_ of the bones to which the
    attachment is made.

(3) Correlate the homophone of the muscle to the first pair of words,
    and the first pair to the second pair. For example:

"The SPLENIUS COLLI is attached, inferiorly, to the spinous processes of
the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth dorsal vertebræ, and superiorly to
the transverse processes of the first two or three cervical vertebræ."

    spleniuS COLLi (homophone) SCOLD.
    SCOLD ... cold ... marble ... SPLENDID IMAGE ...
    gold statuette ... chimney ornament ... clock ... 'TIS TIME.

In the first pair of words the initial of Splendid shows that the
attachment is to the Spinous processes, and the word Image indicates
that the vertebræ implicated are the third to the sixth. The second pair
show that the transverse processes, from the first to the third, are
those into which the muscle is inserted.

"The SPLENIUS CAPITIS arises from the spines of the seventh cervical and
two upper dorsal vertebræ and from the ligamentum nuchæ. It is inserted
into the lower and back part of the mastoid process, and into the outer
part of the superior curved line of the occipital bone."

    spleniuS CAPitis (homophone) ESCAPE.
    ESCAPE ... flight ... projectile ... trajectory ... conic section ...
    split ... spliced ... ligatured ............ LIGAMENTUM NUCHÆ.
    new keel ... ship ... mast ................. MASTOID.
    masticate ... eat ... drink ... sip ........ OCCIPITAL.

   1. Do you need to use Homophones in this study?
   2. What is the most difficult task in Anatomy?
   3. Do students generally master this thoroughly?
   4. What makes the learning of Anatomy easy?
   5. Is my System a substitute for dissection?
   6. How can you get a comprehension of anatomical facts?


Narcotic poisons are neutralized by vinegar:--NARCOTICS ... torpor ...
strong wine ... sour wine ... _vinegar_.

Wine, brandy, coffee, and camphor may be used to rouse those who have
taken laudanum or any other preparation of opium ... OPIUM ... opium
eater ... intemperate ... _brandy_ ... _wine_ ... beverage ... _coffee_
... cough ... cold ... camphorated spirit ... _camphor_.

Mucilage, camphor, and oil may be taken to neutralize
cantharides:--CANTHARIDES ... hair-grower ... _oil_ ... smooth-running
... ease ... comfort ... _camphor_ ... fur cat ... mew ... _mucilage_.

Ten drops of ammonia in a glass of sugared water sobers a tipsy
man:--DRUNK ... alcohol ... volatile spirits ... volatile ... alkali ...
_ammonia_ ... to moan ... {t}o {s}igh (10) ... pathos ... sweet tears ...
_sugared water_.

ACONITE ... night boat ... sea sick ... _emetics_ ... exhaustion ...
_stimulants_ ... hard drinking ... spontaneous combustion ... _animal

   1. Are antidotes for Poisons easy to remember?
   2. Should not all persons have a knowledge of the antidotes for the
      ordinary poisons?
   3. What method have I given to obtain such knowledge?
   4. What is the relation between "Narcotics" and "torpor"?

CHLORIDE OF LIME ... bad smell ... bad egg ... _white of egg_ ... fowl
... grain ... _flour_ ... flour and water ... milk fluid ... _milk_.

Oil, milk (any fatty mucilaginous substance), may protect the coats of
the stomach against oil of vitriol and other acrid poisons:--ACRID
... curd ... curdled milk ... _milk_ ... butter ... melted butter ...

STRONG ACIDS [Sulphuric Acid (oil of vitriol), Nitric Acid, Hydrochloric
Acid] ... alkali ... lemon kali ... effervescing draught ... citrate of
magnesia ... _Magnesia_ ... antacid ... _Bicarbonate of Soda_ ... potash
... potash soap ... _soap suds_ ... emollient ... _Emollient Drinks_.

CARBOLIC ACID ... liquid ... oil ... sweet oil ... castor oil ...
aperient ... _Epsom Salts_ ... white ... _white of egg_.

Prussic acid (Hydrocyanic Acid) is neutralized by alkalies and freshly
precipitated oxide of iron:--PRUSSIC ACID ... tartaric acid ...
carbonate of soda ... _alkali_ ... lie on the side ... _oxide of iron_
... steel file ... rasp ... _artificial respiration_. [HYDROCYANIC ACID
... cyanotic ... asphyxiated ... no respiration ... _Artificial
respiration_ ... perspiration ... hot ... _cold effusion_ ... exposed to
wet ... rust ... _fresh precipitated oxide of iron_.]

Soap and Sulphide of Potassium are antidotes against arsenic and other
metallic poisons: METALLIC ... lick ... cat-lick ... wash ... _soap_ ...
potash soap ... potassium ... _sulphide of potassium_.

TARTRATED ANTIMONY ... tartar emetic ... vomiting ... irritating ...
_emollient drinks_ ... ladies drink ... _strong tea_ ... bitter infusion
... _tannic acid_.

NITRATE OF SILVER ... silver sand ... seashore ... _sea water_ ...
_common salt_ ... white ... _white of egg_ ... fowls ... barley ...
_barley water_ ... warm water ... vomiting ... _emetics_.

PERCHLORIDE OF MERCURY ... quicksilver ... white ... _white of egg_ ...
piecrust ... _wheat flour_ ... flowers of sulphur ... milk of sulphur
... _milk_.

   1. Can you discover more than one relation existing between "grain"
      and "flour"?
   2. Why could we not use the single word "white," to connect "white
      of egg" to "flour"?
   3. What is the relation between "liquid" and "oil"?
   4. What two relations exist between "vomiting" and "irritating"?
   5. What one, between "fowls" and "barley"?
   6. Why?
   7. What is the relation between "wheat flour" and "flowers of

STRYCHNINE ... nerve stimulant ... nerve sedative ... _Bromide of
Potassium and Chloral Hydrate_ ... organic compound ... heated organic
compound ... charcoal ... _animal charcoal_ ... charcoal fumes ...
asphyxia ... _artificial respiration_ ... perspiration ... tea ...
_tannic acid_ ... acidity ... dyspepsia ... vomiting ... _emetics_.

BELLADONNA ... deadly nightshade ... deadly sick ... _emetic_ ...
_mustard and water_ ... brandy and water ... _stimulants_ ... hot ...
perspiration ... _pilocarpine_ [p. injected hypodermically causes
profuse perspiration].


The following list is worked out for practice _much more fully_ than a
medical student would do if he were learning the list in his studies.
The medical student would doubtless first objectively identify these
nerves in dissection, and then use correlations to help him remember
those which his natural memory could not carry. If not a medical
student, my pupil may omit this and the previous examples from Quain's


CRANIAL NERVES ... within the skull ... wi{th}i{n} (12 pairs) ...
withdrawal ... draw oil ... oil factory ... OLFACTORY (1st pair) ...
manufactory ... smoke ... _smell_ ... scent-bottle ... glass ... optical
glass ... OPTIC (2nd pair) ... optician ... eyeglass ... _sight_ ...
eye-witness ... ocular demonstration ... OCCULO MOTOR (3rd pair) ocular
motions ... _move the eye many ways_ ... tear in the eye ... TROCHLEAR
or PATHETIC (4th pair) ... moving ... _move the eye obliquely_ ...
obtuse angle ... triangle ... TRIGEMINAL (5th pair) ... gem ...
sparkling ... _eye_ ... eyetooth ... _jaw_ ... talk ... _tongue_ ...
_taste_ ... good taste ... good feeling ... _feeling_ ... feelers ...
_motion_ ... ocean ... sailors ... absent from home ... ABDUCENT (6th
pair) ... sent out ... see out ... _moves the eye outwards_ ... face
outwards ... FACIAL (7th pair--motor to muscles of expression) ... face
... audience ... AUDITORY (8th pair, sensory for hearing and
equilibration) ... ear-ring ... shiny ... glossy ... GLOSSO-PHARYNGEAL
(9th pair, taste, swallow) ... congeal ... unfixed ... vague ... VAGUS
(10th pair, pneumogastric) ... gusty ... blown back ... backbone ...
SPINAL ACCESSORY (11th pair, moves head) _and motor_ ... spines ...
sharp criticism ... hypercritical ... HYPOGLOSSAL (12th pair) ...
glossary ... foreign tongue ... _Tongue Muscles_.

   1. Between "perspiration" and "tea"?
   2. Why so?
   3. Explain the relation between "Belladonna" and "deadly
   4. What advice is here given the medical student?
   5. Are you required to learn the twelve pairs of cranial nerves if
      you are not a medical student?
   6. What do the words printed in italics indicate in this exercise?
   7. Is it essential for the medical student to know these uses?
   8. What word indicates the number of pairs of cranial nerves?
   9. Through what consonant?


Albumen, gluten, fibrin, syntonin, are closely allied substances known
as proteids, and each is composed of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and

PROTEIDS ... Protector ... commonwealth ... for all ... _albumen_ ...
all men ... liars ... fibs ... _fibrin_ ... brindled ... spotted ... sin
... _syntonin_ ... toe nails ... hoofs ... glue ... _gluten_.

The foregoing exercises show that there are no facts of Science, &c., or
in Daily Life, with which the System cannot cope--thus proving the
greatest saver of Labour and Time if the pupil makes an application of
it to his studies or business when once he has mastered the system.


For the past ten years I have printed in my large prospectus a general
view of my meaning. I will reproduce most of those views here, premising
that I have never suggested that books are to be _learned by heart_, but
only the _important_, _useful_ portions of them--such as are new to the
reader and which he may desire to retain.

I do not mean such books as Bradshaw's Guide, the London Post-Office
Directory, or any other mere collection of names, addresses, statistics,
&c., which one may have occasion to _consult_, but which it would be the
mere bravado of Memory to learn by heart--though even this is possible
enough to the master of my System. What is one's object in reading a
book? Simply to retain the IDEAS in it that are NEW and USEFUL to him,
as well as the NEW USES that are therein set forth of _old_ and
_familiar_ ideas. If the reader is already partly acquainted with a
book, there will be fewer new ideas in it than in one with which he is
unacquainted. Now, what do I mean by Learning either of these books in
one reading? I mean exactly what I say. All that you desire to remember
shall be retained--all the leading or subordinate ideas, propositions,
illustrations, facts, &c., &c.

There are only two ways of learning a book in this thorough manner:

(1) _The first_ is the traditional method of learning by _rote_ or
endless repetition. A celebrated Coach in Anatomy says that no one can
learn Anatomy until he has learned and _forgotten_ it from three to
seven times! In learning any book in this way, each sentence would be
repeated over and over again, and then reviewed and _re_learnt and
forgotten and learned again! And then at last the Pupil if he possesses
a first-rate _cramming_ memory might answer questions on it. In learning
a book by _rote_, the number of times that each sentence and section is
repeated, if actually written out and printed, would doubtless cover
5,000 to 50,000 or more pages!--and even then the Pupil passes his
examination, if he really does "pass," partly by luck and partly by
merit; all his life he is constantly referring to it, and repeating it,
and studying it, over and over again--showing really that he possesses
little more than a Reference Memory in regard to it! But let us be
candid and confess the truth; tens of thousands every year and during
successive years try the various professions--law, medicine, divinity,
or sciences, history, &c., &c., and utterly fail to "pass," even
respectably, because they lack the extraordinary sensuous MEMORY
necessary to acquire knowledge by _rote_.

It is only the exceptionally powerful natural memories that win at
exacting examinations by _rote_--even then their learning is soon
forgotten, unless it is _perpetually renewed_.

(2) The other mode of learning any book in the thorough manner I have
indicated, whether it be a book in which the reader finds but _few_
novel ideas or where they are _all new_, as in a scientific or technical
work, is by my Method. In fact, I believe no one can learn any book so
thoroughly by _rote_, even if he possesses a marvellous Natural Memory
and if he peruse it ever so many times, as my Pupils can by my method in
a single perusal. Let the reader note that my System has two important
aspects--(1) It is a Device or Method of memorising or learning any
facts whatever--prose, poetry, dates, data, formulæ and facts and
principles of the sciences, &c., &c., &c., or anything whatsoever to be
remembered. (2) There is another equally, if not _more_ important aspect
of it, namely, as a _Trainer or Strengthener of the Natural Memory_ to
any extent the pupil wishes to carry it. And the Natural Memory is so
strengthened by the use of the System, that as a Device, the System is
no longer required. You then remember from your new Memory-power without
taking any pains to remember, and I am happy to add that the diligent
student can derive the full benefit of the System as a Memory Trainer by
learning the lessons in the way I point out.

Now, those who have thus derived the _full benefit_ of the System, both
as a Device for memorising and also as a Memory Trainer, _are the
persons who can learn a book in one reading_. "Reading" is used by
Coaches in a technical sense; that is, synonymous with "thorough study."
By a "single" or "one reading," I mean a single careful perusal _in
conformity to the requirements of my System_. I do not mean that they
can do this and doze during the process.

I now reproduce most of the plan always adopted in dealing with books
whose contents, or the unfamiliar portions of them are to be mastered.

(1) You will not read the book with the _rapidity_ with which some young
ladies are said to devour the latest novel. They are often suspected of
skipping pages at a time in order to discover the different stages of a
plot, until a thoroughly aroused curiosity compels them to hasten at
once to the last chapter to fall upon the denouement. This is not the
style of perusal I contemplate.

(2) Nor is it to be supposed because you understand the method that it
will therefore work itself. It has to be _applied_ carefully and
methodically _at least once_. This necessarily demands _time_,
especially at first. Those who possess good health and good continuity,
and a mastery of the System, accomplish the retention of a work in
vastly less time than would be possible for them without the System, and
the study is a pleasure instead of a task. On the other hand, those who
are in the possession of poor health or of weak concentration, or who
are overburdened with business anxieties, domestic cares or competitive
worries, would very seldom, if ever, master any book in the ordinary way
by _mere repetition_. These persons are extremely unfavourably situated
to do justice to the System, and it costs them more time and trouble to
master a book than the former class. A student admitted that he had
carefully read a manual of English History completely through _sixteen_
times, and then failed in the examination. To have obtained a lasting
knowledge of this History by my method would probably have occupied him
as long as he was formerly engaged in _two or three_ of the sixteen
fruitless perusals of it. There is, however, only one difference between
this unfortunate student and the great majority of those who succeed in
the examinations through _cramming_. He forgot all his historical
knowledge _before_ the examination--they usually forget theirs shortly
_after_. In fact, a student or a man in advanced years who has really
mastered any book so that he never has to refer to it again is a wonder.
Take the memories of members of the learned professions--they are
usually only REFERENCE memories. They know where to _find_ the coveted
knowledge, but they do not _possess_ it or _retain_ it in their minds.
On the other hand, the student who masters a book by my method _really
knows_ the contents of it, and he is thus enabled to devote to other
purposes _an enormous amount of time in the future_ that other people
have to spend in _perpetually refreshing_ their superficial
acquirements. Moreover, the average student who has carried out _all_ my
instructions can even _now_ learn as much by my Method in any stated
time as he could learn without my Method, and _with equal thoroughness_
in many, many times as long a period! And if any one who has been
pressed for time, or who has been in a panic about an impending
examination, or who has been too much troubled with Discontinuity, too
ill in general health, or too idle, to do more than superficially glance
at my lessons--if any such person doubts his competency to accomplish as
much as the diligent student of average ability has done, then let him
turn back and really and truly MASTER my System [for he does not even
KNOW what my System is until he has faithfully carried out to the very
letter all my instructions, unless he has been a pupil of my oral
lectures], and then and not before he will probably find that the
achievements of the average diligent student of my System are quite
within the easy range and scope of his own powers.

(3) In regard to the _subject matter_ of the book, you do not care to
occupy yourself with what you are _already familiar_ with, and in most
books there are a great many things that you already know. In many
works, too, there is a great deal of padding-matter inserted to increase
the bulk of the book, and possessing no permanent interest. The
expositions and explanations which enable you to _understand_ the new
matter usually take up a large part of the book, and sometimes much the
largest part of it, and are not to be memorised, but only understood
with a sole view to appreciate the valuable and important parts of the
book--these expositions can be learned if desired--but they usually
serve only a preliminary purpose. There is also very much
_repetition_--the same matter in new dress, is reintroduced for sake of
additional comments or applications. You do not trouble yourself with
these iterations. The contents of a book which demand your attention are
the IDEAS which are NEW to you, or the NEW USES made of familiar ideas.

Students who have not learned to exercise any independent thought often
confess that in reading any book they are always in a maze. One thing
seems just as important as another. To them the wheat looks exactly like
the chaff. As an illustration that the power of Analysis is entirely
wanting in many cases, I may mention that I once received a letter in
which the writer had literally copied one of my column advertisements,
and then added, "Please send me what relates to the above!" A modicum of
mental training would have led him to say, "Kindly send me your


A great authority on education says: "Any work that deserves thorough
study, deserves the labor of making an Abstract, _without which, indeed,
the study is not thorough_."

A work which deserves thorough study is obviously one full of IDEAS, new
to the reader, such as the student must master.

If you are thinking of making an Abstract of a particular book, awaken
the utmost interest in regard to it before you begin. Are you sure that
it is worthy of thorough study? Is it the last or best work on the
subject? And if you advance, note in a separate memorandum book your
criticisms on the author's method and the soundness of his views. These
criticisms will help keep up your interest in the Abstract, and at the
close enable you to suggest modifications, additions, excisions, or a

Three things are required: (1) To learn =how= to abstract; (2) To =make=
one, at least, such abstract; and (3) To =learn= it when made.


Let the ambitious student make an Abstract of any chapter of John Stuart
Mill's Logic, and then compare his work with the Analysis of this same
chapter by the Rev. A. H. Killick (published by Longmans), and he will
at once see the enormous difference between the essentials and the
non-essentials--the difference between the subject of discussion and the
_explanation_ or _exposition_ of it. The student's abstract, if printed,
would extend over twenty to thirty pages. Mr. Killick's only occupies
two to five pages. But do not reverse the process and read Mr. Killick's
Analysis first and then make your Abstract. The latter, however, is _the
easier_, _the usual_, and _the useless_ method. Let the student continue
this comparison till he attains very nearly the brevity and
discrimination displayed by Mr. Killick. Or, if he prefers History, let
him write a summary of any chapter of Green's "Short History of the
English People," and then compare his digest with Mr. C. W. A. Tait's
Analysis of the same chapter (now bound up with Green's History, as
lately published in England). It would be a capital training for the
student to abstract the whole of Green's work and compare his abridgment
of each chapter with that of Mr. Tait. After considerable practice in
this way in making Abstracts and _comparing his work with that of such
Masterly Abstractors_ as Dr. Killick and Mr. Tait, the student who needs
this training is prepared to make abstracts of his own text-books.

Any other work of which an Abstract is published will serve the student
as well as the above. There were formerly published Abstracts of several
law books. And there may be other works whose abstracts are available to
the ambitious student.

Abstracts would be very amusing if they did not indicate an almost
total failure of educational training in the matter of _thinking for
one's self_. Recently a Pupil brought me a work on Physiology, written
for general readers, and pointing to a paragraph in it that occupied
nearly a whole page, exclaimed, "The only way I can make an abstract of
that paragraph is to _learn it by heart_!" A glance at it showed me that
I could express the gist and pith of it in the following sentence:--"The
pulse beats 81 times per minute when you are standing, 71 times when
sitting, and 66 times when lying down." After a re-perusal of the
paragraph he remarked, "You are right. That is all one cares to remember
in that long passage." To his request for me to memorise the Abstract, I
replied by asking what is the "Best Known" in it. Why, "pulse," of
course. It is merely occupied with the _number of times_ the pulse beats
per minute in different positions of the body. Now correlate (memorising
your correlations as you proceed) "pulse" to "standing," and "standing"
to a word expressing 81 ({f}ee{t}); "sitting" to a word that translates
71 ({c}augh{t}); and "lying down" to a word that spells in figures 66
({j}ud{g}e). The bodily positions being exhaustively enumerated need not
be correlated together. Pulse ... beating ... fighting ... stand-up
fight ... STANDING ... stand ... small table ... table legs ... FEET.
SITTING ... rest ... arrest ... CAUGHT. LYING DOWN ... lies ... perjury
... trial ... JUDGE.

These efforts in abstracting will qualify the young student to
distinguish the main ideas from the subordinate ones, and he will then
know when reading a book what to attend to and what to reject. Try a
short essay first, then a longer one; and at last, when you are familiar
with the method, attack any book, and you will cope with it
successfully. Not much practice in this way will be required to enable
you to know, from a glance at the _table of contents_, just what to
assail and what to disregard. And in all your _first_ attempts in
reading a technical work, make out an Abstract of each chapter in
writing, and then deal only with this Abstract. Whenever the Subject is
not treated in a desultory manner, but with logical precision, you will
soon be able to find Suggestive or Prompting Words in the Sequence of
Ideas and in the successive Links in the Chain of Thought that runs
through the exposition. If there is no such Sequence of Ideas or Chain
of Thought running through it, it may serve as an amusement, but is
little likely to command serious study. _In a short time_ you will be
able, in the language of Dr. Johnson, "to tear out the heart of any
book." Hazlitt said that Coleridge rarely read a book through, "but
would plunge into the marrow of a new volume and feed on all the
nutritious matter with surprising rapidity, grasping the thought of the
author and following out his reasonings to consequences of which he
never dreamt." Such a result is rarely attained even by the ablest of
men--but it is the ultimate goal at which every student should aim--an
aim in which he will be largely assisted by the ART OF ASSIMILATIVE

There are four methods of learning abstracts: one is by Synthesis; the
other is by the Analytic-Synthetic Method, the third is mostly by
Assimilative Analysis, and the fourth method is by the memory developed
and trained by the System, but which is not consciously used.

(1) It is the novelties of Fact, Opinion, Illustration, &c., set forth
in your Abstract that you correlate together, thus: You correlate the
Title of the First Chapter to the Title of the Book; next, the Titles of
the Chapters to each other; and then you correlate, in each chapter, the
first leading idea or proposition to the title of the chapter, the
second leading idea to the first, &c., &c. In this way you will proceed
until you have absorbed all the _new ideas_, _facts_, _statistics_ or
_illustrations_, or whatever you wish to retain. You can then test
yourself on the work by calling to mind whatever you have thus cemented
together. If this is well done you will never have to do it again.

(2) We have already seen how to apply the Analytic-Synthetic Method in
learning by heart selections in Prose or Poetry, and same method can be
used in memorising an Abstract of such parts of a book as are new to the
reader. This method, too, once used in addition to what has been done by
the pupil, will make a further resort to it unnecessary.

(3) And the same remark applies to the third method.

(4) The fourth method is the pupil's final method.

The foregoing exhaustive methods of dealing with a book are recommended
to those only whose natural memories are not yet made powerfully
retentive by the System as a Memory-TRAINER. If, however, a Pupil
possesses a good natural memory and a mastery of the System as a Device
for memorising, and he has also greatly added to the power of his
Concentration as well as his memory by doing all the exercises, he _will
not use my System, even in the reading of the first book, except now and
then_--certainly _not_ constantly, but _only occasionally_. Although not
necessary in case of memories made strong by the System, yet I do most
earnestly recommend the most gifted and highly endowed to deal with
_one_ book in the above thorough-going manner. As for instance, Herbert
Spencer's little work on Education [four short essays]. Dr. Charles
Mercier, who next to Herbert Spencer is the most original and clear
sighted Psychologist in England, presents, in a work entitled "Sanity
and Insanity," a scarcely equalled example of lucid exposition and
logical development. Whichever one is selected it should be fairly and
honestly handled by my method. The gain to Intellectual Comprehension
from having carefully abstracted one book, and the gain to the memory
from having made and memorised the Abstract, will produce results that
will last through life, and make all subsequent acquisitions more easy
and delightful, and make all further abstracts probably unnecessary.


1. It is useless for the pupil to attempt to learn the exercise here
given unless he has carefully studied the Building, Ice, Presidential,
and English Sovereign Series. The _meaning_ of In., Ex., and Con. can be
understood in application to the facts of life, the events of History
and the principles and details of the Arts and Sciences, only by a
complete mastery of all that precedes this exercise.

2. Let the pupil learn only _ten_ facts, propositions or statements at
each of the first few sittings, and then, as he adds ten more, let him
recite from memory all that he has previously learned of this exercise.
The _cementing relations_ of In., Ex., and Con., which bind the events
together, must in each case be first found by the student himself, and
afterwards, and not before, let him glance at my analysis which follows
this series.

3. The lawyer, in selecting 100 or 1,000 events of the Victorian Era,
would doubtless make a list interesting to lawyers, the physician would
make one of interest mostly or mainly to doctors, and similarly with
educators, statesmen, editors, &c., &c. But I have selected events with
a view to find the most difficult cases to deal with and with no other
view, and if the pupil masters these, all other work hereafter will be
easy to him.

4. This method can be promptly used, provided the pupil does not attempt
to engorge or cloy his mind by undertaking too much at a time at first.
Practice will soon make longer exercises easy. Each of the following six
Exercises is enough for any one session or sitting.

5. Between a pair of _words_ it may be difficult sometimes to find
either the relation of In., Ex., or Con.; but in the case of sentences,
propositions or descriptions, it is always easy to find one or other of
the cementing relations. Relations which to me are strong, may seem weak
to some pupils. No two persons would find the same relation in some
cases, but, however different the solutions may be, they must always
verify In., Ex., or Con.

6. The Int. Analysis, the Analytic-Synthetic, or the mere Analytic
method, will enable the pupil to memorise the statement or sentence
which describes the fact whenever any aid is necessary.

7. This Method can be readily applied to events in ancient or modern
times, or to an accumulation of facts in the sciences, &c.

8. If we were to express only the year the formula would in most cases
be different. To indicate the month and the day of the month, a
consistent phrase must be used.



    1--The Victoria era begins                            June 20, 1837

    2--Abolition of death penalty for forgery and some
       other crimes                                       July 17, 1837

    3--Question of Trades Unionism brought before the
       House of Commons by Mr. Wakley and Mr. Daniel
       O'Connell                                          Feb. 13, 1838

    4--First steam voyage across the Atlantic Ocean
       _completed_ in 15 days by the _Great Western_      June 17, 1838

    5--International Copyright Act passed                 July 31, 1838

    6--Chartist Meetings proclaimed illegal               Dec. 12, 1838

    7--Anti-corn Law League formed                        Dec. 19, 1838

    8--Penny Postage Act passed                           Aug. 17, 1839

    9--Marriage of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert at
       the Chapel Royal, St. James's, by the Archbishop
       of Canterbury                                      Feb. 10, 1840

 =10=--Birth of Princess Royal                            Nov. 21, 1840


   11--Birth of Prince of Wales                           Nov.  9, 1841

   12--Earl of Munster's suicide                          Mar. 20, 1842

   13--Monster Chartist Petition, borne by 16 men and
       containing 3,317,702 names, denied a hearing
       before the bar of the House of Commons             May   2, 1842

   14--Defeat of Boers at Natal by the British troops     May  26, 1842

   15--Treaty with the United States of America on
       North-West Boundary, Slave Trade and Extradition   Aug.  9, 1842

   16--Defeat of Ameers at Meanee by Sir Charles
       Napier. Loss 10,000                                Jan. 16, 1843

   17--Birth of Princess Maud Mary Alice                  Apr. 25, 1843

   18--Arkwright's son leaves his heirs £8,000,000        May  24, 1843

   19--Birth of Prince Alfred Ernest Albert, Duke of
       Edinburgh and of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha                 Aug.  6, 1844

 =20=--Imprisonment for debt under £20 abolished          Aug. 10, 1844


   21--Maynooth College Endowment Bill passed by House
       of Lords by 131 majority                           May  16, 1845

   22--Faraday announces discovery tending to show that
       _light_, _heat_, and _electricity_ are but
       different manifestations of one great universal
       principle                                          Nov.  5, 1845

   23--Birth of Princess Helena                           May  25, 1846

   24--Opening of new Philosophical Institute at
       Edinburgh                                          Nov.  4, 1846

   25--Shakespeare's House, at Stratford-on-Avon,
       purchased by the Shakespeare Committee for
       £3,000                                             Sept.16, 1847

   26--Commercial crisis: Bank of England rate raised
       to 9 per cent.                                     Oct. 31, 1847

   27--Chloroform administered by Professor Simpson at
       Edinburgh                                          Nov. 12, 1847

   28--The French Revolution of                           Feb. 22, 1848

   29--Birth of Princess Louise                           Mar. 18, 1848

 =30=--Kossuth claims protection from England             Sept.20, 1849


   31--Treaty with United States in regard to the
       Nicaragua Canal                                    Apr. 19, 1850

   32--Sir Robert Peel's fall from a horse, on
       Constitution Hill, June 29, resulted in his
       death                                              July  2, 1850

   33--A Farewell Benefit to William Macready, the
       tragedian, at Drury Lane Theatre                   Feb. 26, 1851

   34--Opening of International Exhibition by Her
       Majesty, in Hyde Park                              May   1, 1851

   35--Louis Napoleon's Coup d'état                       Dec.  2, 1851

   36--Duke of Wellington's Death                         Sept.14, 1852

   37--Birth of Prince Leopold                            Apr.  7, 1853

   38--Lord Palmerston advises Presbytery of Edinburgh
       to first consult the laws of sanitation before
       ordering a fast on account of the Cholera          Oct. 19, 1853

   39--Rev. F. D. Maurice dismissed from King's College
       for opinion's sake                                 Oct. 27, 1853

 =40=--War declared by Russia against Turkey              Nov.  1, 1853


   41--War declared by England, against Russia            Mar. 22, 1854

   42--Epochal Work--Spencer's Psychology                          1855

   43--Treaty of Peace between England, France, and
       Russia, at Paris                                   Mar. 30, 1856

   44--Bands play on Sunday afternoons in Kensington
       Gardens                                            Apr. 13, 1856

   45--Birth of Princess Beatrice                         Apr. 14, 1857

   46--Capture of Delhi                                   Sept.20, 1857

   47--First Sitting of the Court for Divorces: Sir
       Cresswell Cresswell, Judge Ordinary                Jan. 16, 1858

   48--Statue of Sir Isaac Newton unveiled by Lord
       Brougham at Grantham                               Sept.21, 1858

   49--Darwin's "Origin of Species" published                      1859

 =50=--Death of Lord (Thomas Babington) Macaulay          Dec. 28, 1859


   51--Thomas Hopley, schoolmaster, sentenced to 4
       years' penal servitude for causing the death of
       R. C. Cancellor by excessive corporal punishment   July 23, 1860

   52--Lord Clarence advises Ironclads for the Navy       Mar. 11, 1861

   53--Recognition by English Government of the
       Southern Confederacy                               May   8, 1861

   54--Death of Prince Consort of gastric fever           Nov. 14, 1861

   55--Marriage of Prince of Wales and Princess
       Alexandra of Denmark                               Mar. 10, 1863

   56--Tercentenary of Shakespeare's birth                Apr. 23, 1864

   57--Tercentenary of the death of Calvin                May  27, 1864

   58--Inauguration of a statue to Sir Wm. Jenner, at
       Boulogne                                           Sept. 1, 1865

   59--Albert Medal for those who in saving life
       endanger their own                                 Mar.  7, 1866

 =60=--Mr. Peabody thanked by H. M. the Queen for his
       munificent gifts to the poor of London             Mar. 28, 1866

   61--Government requires Electric Telegraph             July 31, 1868

   62--University of Edinburgh admits women to the
       study of medicine                                  Oct. 27, 1869

   63--Act for the abolition of imprisonment for debt
       comes into effect                                  Jan.  1, 1870

   64--Prof. Tyndall traces propagation of disease by
       _dust_ and _germs_ floating in the air             Jan. 14, 1870

   65--Prince of Wales attacked with typhoid fever        Nov. 23, 1871

   66--Geneva Convention awards the United States of
       America, on account of Alabama Claims,
       £3,000,000 against Great Britain                   Sept.14, 1873

   67--Miss Richards, of Stapleton, walked 1000 miles
       in 1000 consecutive hours                          June 29, 1874

   68--Captain Boynton crosses English Channel (second
       attempt) in his swimming dress                     May  28, 1875

   69--British Museum lighted by electricity              Oct. 20, 1879

 =70=--Tay Bridge disaster                                Dec. 28, 1879

   71--Death of Mrs. Mary Ann Cross (George Eliot)        Nov. 22, 1880

   72--International Medical Congress in London; 2000
       doctors from all parts of the world                Aug.  3, 1881

   73--Greenwich Observatory changed mode of reckoning
       time; commencing at midnight as in the case of
       civil time                                         Jan.  1, 1885

   74--First complete copy of Revised Bible presented
       to H. M. The Queen                                 May  15, 1885

   75--Sixpenny Telegrams introduced                      Oct.  1, 1885

   76--By Pope's special authority the Queen visits the
       Monastery of the Grande Chartreuse                 Apr. 23, 1887

   77--Queen's Jubilee; 50th Anniversary                  June 20, 1887

   78--The "Times" Newspaper celebrates its 100th
       Anniversary                                        Jan.  1, 1888

   79--First of 10 victims of "Jack the Ripper,"
       Whitechapel, London                                Aug. 29, 1888

 =80=--Henry Irving, Miss Terry and Lyceum Co., play at
       Sandringham, before the Queen, Royal Family and
       Guests                                             Apr. 26, 1889

   81--Lord Mayor of London, Cardinal Manning and
       Bishop of London, constitute a Board of
       Conciliation in the great Dock Strike              Sept. 5, 1889

   82--Sir E. Guinness gives £250,000 for the erection
       of dwellings for the poor of London and Dublin     Nov. 19, 1889

   83--Great Speech of Sir William Harcourt on Free
       Education in Scotland                              Aug.  1, 1890

   84--Death of Cardinal Newman                           Aug. 11, 1890

   85--Funeral of Charles Bradlaugh                       Feb.  3, 1891

   86--Loss of s.s. "Utopia," off Gibraltar, 600 lives
       lost                                               Mar. 17, 1891

   87--International Postal Congress                      May  23, 1891

   88--Meeting of Imperial Federation League              June 19, 1891

   89--Primrose League Demonstration at Hatfield          July 18, 1891

 =90=--Meeting in connection with University Extension
       of Education, held in Oxford                       Aug.  6, 1891

   91--International Agricultural Congress reject
       nationalization of land                            Sept.11, 1891

   92--Mr. Lidderdale and the Baring Liquidation          Sept.17, 1891

   93--Publication of Koch's new remedy for
       Tuberculosis                                       Oct. 22, 1891

   94--Centenary of Mozart's death observed in England    Dec.  5, 1891

   95--Indian national congress opened                    Dec. 27, 1891

   96--The Khedive of Egypt appointed a new Cabinet
       without consulting the British Government. The
       next day he dismissed it under British pressure    Jan. 17, 1893

   97--The Australian Joint Stock Bank failed for
       £13,000,000 sterling                               Apr. 20, 1893

   98--The House of Lords rejected the Home Rule Bill     Sept. 8, 1893

   99--Professor Tyndall died from an overdose of
       chloral administered in mistake by his wife        Dec.  4, 1893

=100=--Lord Salisbury attacks Darwinianism in his
       address before the British Association             Aug.  8, 1894


=1 and 2--Con. and In.=--The Victorian Era began June 20, 1837, and an
    Act for the abolition of the death penalty for forgery, &c., was
    passed nearly a month later. Here is the relation of Sequence or
    Con. The main motive for enacting the law was doubtless sympathy.
    Death appeared to be too cruel for the crime; hence the _sympathy_
    on the part of the Sovereign, the founder of the Era, and of the
    legislators brought the Act into existence. Here we have the
    relation of Simple Inclusion.

=2 and 3--Ex.=--Criminals try to live by their wits, without work. The
    trade unionists live by labour. The modes of livelihood of these
    two classes are opposed. Hence it is Ex.

=3 and 4--In. and Ex.=--Trades union people and navigators are
    laborers.--Here is In. But the former work mostly at home or in
    their own country, and the sailors are engaged beyond the
    boundaries of their native country.--Here is Ex. from difference
    of locality.

=4 and 5--In.=--The sailors on the Great Western worked beyond the
    limits of their native country, and an International Copyright Law
    extends its influence even into the area of foreign lands. In the
    view of the sphere of operation these two cases contain an element
    in common.--Hence it is In.

=5 and 6--Ex.=--The International Copyright Law was enacted after long
    and earnest agitation--but all legal.--The Chartist agitators had
    to be suppressed. Here are conditions opposed to each other.--It
    is Ex.

=6 and 7--Ex.=--The Chartist agitation was extreme, and was proclaimed
    illegal. The Anti-Corn Law League acted prudently and within the
    law. Here again are opposed conditions. It is Ex.

=7 and 8--In.=--The Anti-Corn Law League was organised to help give
    cheap food to the masses. The Penny Postage Act was enacted to
    help the poor man, to save expense. A similar aim prompted the
    supporters of both measures.--It is In.

=8 and 9--Ex.=--Favouring the masses by cheap postage calls attention to
    the majority or the great body of the people. The marriage of the
    highest dignitaries of the State directs attention to the most
    favoured or exalted personages in the country. The extremes of the
    community are brought into relation. It is Ex.

=9 and 10--Con. and In.=--Parents and child is a Sequence. Hence Con.
    and a child possessing the blood of his parents sustains the
    relation also of In. to them. Let the pupil pause here, and before
    his next session of study of these events, let him recite these
    ten backwards and forwards several times from memory.

=10 and 11--In.=--Brother and sister possessing in common the blood of
    their parents is a case of In.

=11 and 12--Ex.=--Here is a birth contrasted with a death.--It is Ex.

=12 and 13--Ex.=--Death on the one hand and on the other a widespread
    effort to bring into existence Acts of Parliament.
    Self-destruction contrasted with efforts at production.

=13 and 14--In.=--Here are two winners and two losers. The parties
    opposed to Chartists defeat the hearing of this proposed motion;
    and the British soldiers gain a victory over the Boers. Success in
    common makes a case of In. on the part of the victorious parties.
    And then the Chartists lost their proposed hearing and the Boers
    were beaten. This is the second In.

=14 and 15--Ex.=--A resort to arms contrasted with a resort to

=15 and 16--Ex.=--A treaty between the two greatest nations of the
    earth, and loss of 10,000 men. A triumph of Peace and a triumph in

=16 and 17--Ex.=--The death of a multitude of soldiers and a birth in
    the highest family of the realm.

=17 and 18--Ex. and In.=--A birth and a death gives Ex. A _royal_ birth
    with all the advantages it brings, and the advantage of the
    inheritance of great fortunes, makes a clear case of In.

=18 and 19--Ex. and In.=--Similar relations to those spoken of in the
    last paragraph.

=19 and 20--Ex.=--To the taxpayer the endowment of the Duke of Edinburgh
    might seem to be a burden imposed--and the abolition of
    imprisonment for debt below £20, would be looked upon as a burden
    removed. Here we have Ex.

As before suggested, let the pupil recite the foregoing ten events
forwards and the reverse way several times from memory. And then let him
similarly recite the entire twenty events.

=20 and 21--In.=--Favoring poor people--debtors and poor
    students--characterises both events.

=21 and 22--In.=--This college among other things prosecuted the study
    of Philosophy--"the complete unification of knowledge"--Faraday
    _unified_ three elements.

=22 and 23--In.=--Light, heat and electricity arise from latency to
    manifestation--a physical birth--here, too, is the birth of an

=23 and 24--In.=--Beginning of two careers--one of an individual and the
    other of a body of persons.

=24 and 25--Ex.=--Object and aims different--one was a promotion of
    science--new science--highest science--the other was reverence for
    old literature--greatest of all literatures.

=25 and 26--Ex.=--Liberal outlay of money in art circles--great scarcity
    in business.

=26 and 27--Ex.=--Anguish and suffering unallayed--pain neutralized.

=27 and 28--Ex.=--Suppression of individual feeling--society's outburst.

=28 and 29--In.=--Explosion of seething elements--a new nation--royal

=29 and 30--In. and Ex.=--Nation protects Royal child--a foreigner seeks
    same protection.

=30 and 31--In. and Ex.=--Treaty between State and individual--treaty
    between States.

=31 and 32--Ex.=--Canal transportation comparatively safe--horseback
    riding liable to accidents.

=32 and 33--In.=--Farewell to life--farewell to stage.

=33 and 34--Ex.=--Close of one kind of exhibition and opening of

=34 and 35--Ex.=--Peaceful industries triumph--usurpation by intrigue
    and blood.

=35 and 36--Ex. and In.=--Beginning of one career and close of
    another--a trampler on laws; a respecter of them.

=36 and 37--Ex.=--Great General's death; royal birth.

=37 and 38--Ex.=--Life and choleraic deaths feared.

=38 and 39--In.=--Rebuke of religious zeal--dismissal for opinion's

=39 and 40--In.=--A cleric dismissed and a war declared--"Intolerance"
    in both cases.

=40 and 41--In.=--Two declarations of war.

=41 and 42--Ex.=--Ravages of war contrasted with intellectual triumphs
    of peace--brute force and advanced thinking.

=42 and 43--Con.=--Philosophy and peace--high thinking and the
    conditions on which it can be carried on--co-existence.

=43 and 44--Con.=--Peace and its celebrations, cause and effect.

=44 and 45--In.=--General rejoicing and rejoicing in royal family.

=45 and 46--Ex.=--Life and bloody deaths.

=46 and 47--Ex.=--Forcible seizure and legal separation, capture and

=47 and 48--Ex.=--Marriage failures and honoring Newton's successes.

=48 and 49--Ex. and In.=--Honoring old science--publishing new science.

=49 and 50--Ex.=--Beginning of scientific reputation--close of literary

=50 and 51--In. and Ex.=--Two deaths make In.--and one from natural
    causes and the other from violence, we have Ex.

=51 and 52--Ex.=--Violence externally applied kills the boy--but ships
    shielded from violence by its ironclad covering. It is Ex.

=52 and 53--In. and Con.=--Interest in war and befriending a
    belligerent, coexistence of war improvement, and favouring a
    warlike people.

=53 and 54--Ex.=--Coming into existence (recognition) and death of a
    high personage.

=54 and 55--Con. and Ex.=--Father and son is Con.--death and marriage as
    the condition of life.

=55 and 56--In.=--Marriage festivities and celebration of Shakespeare's
    birth--both rejoicings.

=56 and 57--In. and Ex.=--Both tercentenaries, and one reckons from
    birth and the other from death.

=57 and 58--In. and Ex.=--Tercentenary ceremonies, and dedication of a
    statue to Sir William Jenner--one tried to save souls, the other
    to save life.

=58 and 59--In.=--A statue and a medal--honour in both cases.

=59 and 60--In.=--One tried to save life, the other alleviated its

=60 and 61--In.=--Gifts to the poor in a lump--buying telegraph to
    cheapen cost of messages to the great mass of community.

=61 and 62--In.=--Extension of telegraphs, ultimately to the benefit of
    all--extension of medical education to women.

=62 and 63--In.=--Rights of women and of the poor--beneficence to poor
    and charity to women.

=63 and 64--Con.=--Common prisons abound in dust and germs--these latter
    are propagators of disease.

=64 and 65--In. and Con.=--Germs cause typhoid and other
    diseases--Prince of Wales attacked by typhoid.

=65 and 66--Ex.=--Typhoid tends to destroy; awards build up.

=66 and 67--In. and Ex.=--Fast steamer Alabama, and fast woman walker,
    speed with injury--and innocent speed.

=67 and 68--Ex.=--Walking on land and safe swimming in water.

=68 and 69--In.=--Floating in water and electric lighting of
    museum--protection to life--and comfort to life.

=69 and 70--Ex.=--Lighted museum--and dark night at the Tay--light and
    safety--and darkness and death.

=70 and 71--In.=--Many deaths in Bridge disaster and one distinguished
    person dies.

=71 and 72--Ex.=--One person dies and medics strive to prevent death.

=72 and 73--In. and Ex.=--Medical improvement and improvement in
    reckoning time--doctors from abroad--and observatory stationary.

=73 and 74--In.=--Improved time reckoning--and revised and improved form
    of Bible.

=74 and 75--In. and Ex.=--Gift to highest personage and cheap telegrams
    for masses--favours to both.

=75 and 76--In. and Ex.=--Head of English nation and head of Catholic
    church--favour to the Queen and favour to the people.

=76 and 77--In.=--One concession to Queen--and people's jubilee on
    account of Queen--good will in both cases.

=77 and 78--In. and Ex.=--Queen's jubilee and Times' jubilee, sovereign
    and subjects.

=78 and 79--Con.=--Universal reporter of good and bad things--worst
    possible murder.

=79 and 80--Ex.=--Horror and amusement.

=80 and 81--Ex.=--Players for Royalty and great arbitrators for
    labouring men.

=81 and 82--In.=--Strike of poor labourers, and houses for the poor.

=82 and 83--In. and Ex.=--Gifts to poor and education for them--physical
    benefits and mental benefit.

=83 and 84--In. and Ex.=--Intellectual education and spiritual
    education--living scholars and death of a great teacher.

=84 and 85--In. and Ex.=--Two deaths--and opposite beliefs--In. as to
    death and Ex. as to opinions.

=85 and 86--In.=--Death of one man--and death of six hundred--In.

=86 and 87--Ex.=--A dead multitude and a living congress.

=87 and 88--In.=--Two congresses.

=88 and 89--In.=--Imperialism--and party self-assertion.

=89 and 90--In.=--Political agitation--educational agitation.

=90 and 91--Ex.=--Extension of education--refusal to extend Government
    sway over land.

=91 and 92--In.=--Land not lost individuals--and bank saved.

=92 and 93--In. and Ex.=--Saving a bank and effort to save life--bank
    saved--but consumptives lost.

=93 and 94--In. and Ex.=--Rejoicing over supposed antidote to
    consumptive deaths--and music jubilee over death of Mozart.

=94 and 95--Ex.=--Death and birth of congress.

=95 and 96--Ex.=--A congress meets and a cabinet dissolves.

=96 and 97--In.=--A cabinet failed and a bank failed.

=97 and 98--In.=--Bank failure and Home Rule bill defeated.

=98 and 99--In. and Ex.=--Bill killed intentionally--a man killed

=99 and 100--In. and Ex.=--Fatal attack of poison--unsuccessful attack
    on Darwinianism.

As to the dates of the 100 events, they will cause no difficulty. The
pupil should look upon my formulas as models merely, and make his own
whenever possible. In all the events belonging to this century, we have
only to deal with the last two figures--(3) {M}odel (7) {Q}ueen gives
the date of (18)37. The rule in regard to the month and the day of the
month is very easily applied. A separate word for each figure except for
the three months [October, November and December] where there are two
figures in the one word that expresses the number of the month, as
{t}ie{s}, {d}ue{s}, '{t}i{s}, {th}u{s}, {th}i{s}, {th}o{s}e, express
October, the tenth month; {th}a{t}, {d}i{d}, {d}ie{d}, {d}o{t}, {d}a{t}e,
{t}hough{t}, &c., &c., indicate November, the eleventh month; and
{th}e{n}, {th}i{n}, {t}o{n}e, {t}u{n}e, a{t}tai{n}, &c., &c., mean
December, the twelfth month. A {M}odel {Q}ueen {J}ust i{n} {s}eason--Just
in its "J" means the sixth month, or {J}une, and "n" in "i{n}" and "s"
in {s}eason means a cypher--or 20--the translation of the phrase is
(18)37--June--20th day

  --(2) A{m}ending a {c}ode {g}ives {t}rue {c}aution
        = (18)37--July--17th

  --(3) {M}aking {f}riends i{n}side {th}e {m}agnates
        = (18)38--February 13

  --(4) A{m}idship {V}oyager {sh}ows {d}ouble {g}eering
        = (18)38--June--17

  --(5) {M}utual {F}airness {g}ives {m}ultiplied {d}issemination
        = (18)38--July--31

  --(6) {M}eetings {f}orbidden {t}o{n}e {d}own {n}oise
        = (18)38--Dec.--12

  --(7) {M}eal a {f}avorite {th}e{n} {t}ook {p}recedence
        = (18)38--December--19

  --(8) A {m}issive {p}enny {f}avors {th}e {c}ommonality
        = (18)39--August--17

  --(9) A {R}oyal {C}ementing i{n} {th}e {s}anctuary
        = (18)40--February--10th

 --(10) A {R}oyal {S}pinster [or {c}elebrity] {d}i{d} i{n}vite
        {d}estiny = (18)40--November--21

 --(11) {R}oyal E{d}ward {d}i{d} a{p}pear = (18)41--Nov.--9th

 --(12) Ea{r}l's u{n}doing {m}anifested i{n}sane {s}uicide
        = (18)42--March--20th

 --(13) {R}egistered {n}ames wi{l}l e{n}thuse = (18)42--May--2

 --(14) {R}epressing {N}atalites {l}eft {n}o {ch}ange
        = (18)42--May--26

 --(15) {R}ebinding {N}ations {f}avored {p}atriotism
        = (18)42--August--9

 --(16) {R}educing A{m}eers {t}ook {d}etermined {sh}ooting
        = (18)43--January--16

 --(17) {R}oyal {M}ary {r}ightly {n}amed A{l}ice = (18)43--April--25

 --(18) A{r}kwright's {m}illions wi{l}l e{n}rich hei{r}s
        = (18)43--May--24

 --(19) {R}oyal E{r}nest; a {f}avored {ch}ild = (18)44--August--6

 --(20) {R}eleasing a{r}rears {f}avored {d}ebtor's {s}entences
        = (18)44--August--10

 --(21) {R}eligious I{l}liberalities wi{l}l {d}estroy {ch}arity
        = (18)45--May--16

 --(22) A {r}eal {l}ikeness {t}ha{t} {l}inks = (18)45--Nov.--5

 --(23) A {r}oyal {ch}ild--He{l}ena--{n}ow {l}aughs = (18)46--May--25

 --(24) {R}eading whi{ch} {d}i{d} {r}ationalize = (18)46--Nov.--4

 --(25) A hoa{r}y {c}ottage {b}ought {t}oo {ch}eap = (18)47--Sept.--16

 --(26) A {r}ate {c}ausing {th}ose {m}erchants {d}istress
        = (18)47--Oct.--31

 --(27) {R}elieving {ch}loroform {t}ha{t} {d}rugs {n}erves
        = (18)47--Nov.--12

 --(28) {R}evolutionizing {F}renchmen i{n}dicated a {n}ew {n}ation
        = (18)48--Feb.--22

 --(29) A {r}oyal {f}airy {m}aiden {d}evelops {f}ancy--(she is an
        artist) = (18)48--March--18

 --(30) O{r}atorical {p}rayers {p}rocure {n}ational {s}ecurity
        = (18)49--Sept.--20

 --(31) A {l}awful {s}cheme a{r}ouses {t}opmost {p}atronage
        = (18)50--April--19

 --(32) A {l}uckless {s}tumble {k}illed a {n}obleman = (18)50--July--2

 --(33) Wi{l}liam's wi{th}drawal e{n}ded {n}umerous {ch}arms
        = (18)51--Feb.--26

 --(34) {V}ictoria we{l}comes {th}e Ha{l}l {t}o-day = (1)851--May--1

 --(35) {L}ouis' au{d}acity {th}e{n} a{n}nounced = (18)51--Dec.--2

 --(36) We{l}lington's e{n}d {b}rought {d}ue {r}ecognition
        = (18)52--Sept.--14

 --(37) {L}eopold {m}ildly {r}aises a {c}ry = (18)53--April--7

 --(38) A {l}ord's {m}essage {d}oes {t}each a {P}resbytery
        = (18)53--Oct.--19

 --(39) {L}earned {M}aurice {t}eaches u{n}welcome {c}reeds
        = (18)53--Oct.--27

 --(40) A {l}urid {m}anifesto {th}a{t} {th}reatened = (18)53--Nov.--1

 --(41) A {L}awful {R}uler {m}enaces {n}ew a{n}tagonisms
        = (18)54--March--22

 --(42) No month or day of month being given, we will express three
        figures thus: E{v}olution's {l}aws i{l}lustrated = (1)855

 --(43) A{l}liances {j}oined {m}ean {m}anifest {s}ecurity
        = (18)56--March--30

 --(44) {L}isteners {ch}armed a{r}ound {th}e {m}usic
        = (18)56--April--13

 --(45) A {l}ucky {g}irl he{r}e a{t}tains {r}oyalty
        = (18)57--April--14

 --(46) A {l}awless {c}onspiracy {b}eaten i{n} {S}eptember
        = (18)57--Sept.--20

 --(47) {L}oosening {f}amilies {d}estroys {th}e {ch}ildren
        = (18)58--January--16

 --(48) A {L}ifeless {f}igure {p}ictures {N}ewton's i{d}entity
        = (18)58--Sept.--21

 --(49) No month or day being given, we may express the complete date:
        {D}arwinianism {f}ormulates {l}egitimate {b}iology = 1859

 --(50) {L}ifeless {B}abington {th}e{n} e{n}tered a {v}ault
        = (18)59--Dec--28

 --(51) A {sh}ameless {s}choolmaster's {c}ruelty {n}ow {m}urders, or a
        {s}choolmaster's {s}entence {c}auses {n}o {m}ercy =

 --(52) {S}hielding ou{t}sides {m}ay {d}efy a{t}tack
        = (18)61--March--11

 --(53) {Ch}ivalry {d}elighted, wi{l}l {f}ight = (18)61--May--8

 --(54) {Sh}edding {t}ears {t}ha{t} {t}ear hea{r}ts
        = (18)61--Nov.--14--or {V}ictoria {s}hed {t}ears = (1)861

 --(55) A {j}oyful {m}arriage {m}ay ai{d} {s}overeignty
        = (18)63--March--10

 --(56) {Sh}akespeare's {r}eign {r}eturns o{n}ce {m}ore
        = (18)64--April--23

 --(57) A {j}ustifiable {r}evival wi{l}l e{n}dorse {C}alvin
        = (18)64--May--27

 --(58) {J}enner's {l}ikeness {p}leases {d}octors = (18)65--Sept.--1

 --(59) A {ch}artered {j}ewel {m}eans {c}apture = (18)66--March--7

 --(60) {G}enerosity's {ch}ampion {m}anifests u{n}usual {f}aith
        = (18)66--March--28--or {G}enerosity's {ch}ampion {m}arkedly
        e{n}thused {V}ictoria = (18)66--March--28

 --(61) {S}ure {f}orwarders {g}ain {m}ultitudinous {t}elegraphs
        = (18)68--July--31

 --(62) {Ch}arming {p}ractitioners {d}ose u{n}easy a{ch}es
        = (18)69--Oct.--27

 --(63) {C}reditors {s}cold {th}e {d}ebtors = (18)70--January--1

 --(64) {C}ontagion {s}preads {th}rough {th}e ai{r}
        = (18)70--January--14

 --(65) A {k}inglet's {t}yphoid {th}at e{n}ded {m}arvellously
        = (18)71--Nov.--23

 --(66) {G}reat (Britain) i{m}mediately {p}aid {th}e awa{r}d
        = (18)73--Sept.--14

 --(67) {C}ourageous {R}ichards {sh}owed u{n}usual {p}edestrianism
        = (18)74--June--29

 --(68) A {C}aptain's {l}ivery wi{l}l e{n}sure {f}loating
        = (18)75--May--28

 --(69) A {c}urrent's {b}rightness {d}oes e{n}rich eye{s}ight
        = (18)79--Oct.--20

 --(70) A {C}rippled {B}ridge {th}e{n} i{n}stantly {f}ell
        = (18)79--Dec.--28

 --(71) A {f}emale {s}cribe {d}ie{d} i{n} {N}ovember--(18)80--Nov.--22

 --(72) {F}oreign {d}octors {f}ormulate {m}edicine = (18)81--Aug.--3

 --(73) {F}ixing {l}imits {t}o {t}ime = (18)85--January--1

 --(74) {V}ictoria {l}earns Ho{l}y {T}estaments we{l}l
        = (18)85--May--15

 --(75) Hal{v}ing e{l}ectrics {d}oubles {t}elegraphing
        = (18)85--Oct.--1

 --(76) {V}ictoria--{Q}ueen {r}eally e{n}ters a {m}onastery
        = (18)87--April--23

 --(77) {V}ictorian {c}ongratulations {sh}ow e{n}lightened {s}ubjects
        = (18)87--June--20

 --(78) A {F}act {f}inder {d}rinks {t}oasts = (18)88--January--1

 --(79) {F}emale {v}ictims o{f} u{n}natural {b}utchery
        = (18)88--August--29

 --(80) {V}ictoria a{p}plauds I{r}ving's {n}umerous {ch}armers
        = (18)89--April--26

 --(81) A {f}amous {B}oard {b}rought a{l}leviation = (18)89--Sept.--5

 --(82) {F}urnishing {b}uildings {d}i{d} {d}elight {p}aupers
        = (18)89--Nov.--19

 --(83) A {b}ig {s}peech {f}or e{d}ucation = (18)90--Aug.--1

 --(84) A {p}riest {s}urrenders a{f}ter {th}eological {t}oil
        = (18)90--Aug.--11

 --(85) {B}radlaugh {d}ies i{n} {m}ockery or {B}radlaugh's {d}eath
        {n}ow {m}ourned = (18)91--Feb.--3

 --(86) {P}erishing "U{t}opia" {m}eans a wa{t}ery {g}rave
        = (18)91--March--17

 --(87) {P}ostal {d}elegates wi{l}l i{n}augurate {m}ethods
        = (18)91--May--23

 --(88) {B}ritish {d}omination {g}enerates {t}rue {p}atriotism
        = (18)91--June--19

 --(89) {P}rimrose {d}emonstration {g}ave Ha{t}field {f}lattery
        = (18)91--July--18

 --(90) {P}ushing e{d}ucation {f}or {ch}ildren = (18)91--Aug.--6

 --(91) {P}ublic {t}itles {p}ublicly {th}rown {d}own
        = (18)91--Sept.--11

 --(92) {B}aring's {d}ues {p}aid {th}e {c}reditors = (18)91--Sept.--17

 --(93) {P}ublishing {t}uberculosis {d}oes i{n}vite i{n}vestigation
        = (18)91--Oct.--22

 --(94) {B}ooming {t}unes {th}e{n} {l}uxuriated = (18)91--Dec.--5

 --(95) O{p}ening {d}ays {th}i{n} I{n}dian {C}ongress
        = (18)91--Dec.--27

 --(96) A {B}ritish {m}inistry {d}etermine {th}e {K}hedive
        = (18)93--January--17

 --(97) {B}ank {m}ismanagement {r}uins {n}umerous {s}ubscribers
        = (18)93--April--20

 --(98) A {B}ill {m}ade {P}eers a{f}raid = (18)93--Sept.--8

 --(99) A {P}rofessor's "{M}rs." {th}e{n} e{r}red = (18)93--Dec.--4--,
        or giving the year alone we say: {T}yndall's Wi{f}e {b}ecame a
        {m}ind-wanderer or {T}yndall's Wi{f}e {p}oisoned hi{m} = 1893

--(100) {D}arwinianism {f}avors {b}iological {r}idicule = 1894--, or
        {B}iological {r}esearches {f}avors {f}ault-finding
        = (18)94--August--8.


If the pupil has painstakingly reviewed this entire work, let him for
the next three months, whenever he wishes to fix anything in mind, not
apply the methods of the system to it, but concentrate his thoughts upon
it with the utmost intensity so that his improved power of assimilation
will seize upon it with an unreleasing grasp, and, then, when the three
months period has passed, he will find that he has consolidated the
Habit of Attention and Memory.

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