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when the mouth is wide open that the muscles of voice-pro-
duction, are mostly thrown into spasm. Your great orator
and your great actor does not require to open his mouth wide
to be distinctly heard, nor to prevent any possible spasms from
visiting his utterance; why, then, should a stammerer act in
direct defiance of the teachings of a Gladstone, a Salvini, or a
Bright? The more carefully a stammerer follows the example
of the best speakers, the more easy will be his path to a success-
ful cure."

Most of these injunctions and teachings are irrele-
vant. The average stammerer would be hindered
rather than helped by paying meticulous attention
to the action of lips and jaw. Undoubtedly un-
impeded labial action is preferable to labial inactivity,
and a free movement of the jaw is preferable to man-
dibular paralysis; but here we are miles away from
the cause of stammering.—There seems to be no par-
ticular reason why the stammerer should invariably
open the mouth before speaking; this procedure will
certainly not eliminate speech-disturbances. — It is
impracticable for the speaker to open the mouth
widely at every vowel: with such vowels as do and e
the wide position is entirely unnatural. Undoubtedly
the mouth should be closed when not in action.—And
when this is said, there is little more to say. The
emphasis given to the subject is unwarranted.

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