270 SYSTEMS OF TREATING STAMMERING
But most of these " iron-clad " guarantees will not
bear inspection. Tlie following is the reply of an
American " speech-specialist" to a prospective pupil
that had requested a copy of the .much-vaunted "legal
"I am in receipt of your letter this morning, answering which
I wish to say my guarantee is a written receipt for the money
paid me for tuition."
A copy of the receipt could not be obtained.
Another American "specialist" thus responds to a.
"I am in receipt of your letter of March 4th and replying
thereto will say that our Guarantee Certificates are not for
distribution. I wish to emphasize the fact, though,, that the
Certificate will be issued to you the minute you enroll in this
institute as a pupil."
"Enroll as a pupil"! This means, of course,
"pay the necessary fee." The student first parts
with his money, and then receives what is virtually a
written statement that he has been deluded.
These guarantees are of the flimsiest character,1
1 "I guarantee to cure any case of stammering or stuttering I
accept for treatment, and am willing to refund every cent paid as
tuition if I do not fulfil my agreement to the very letter, by not im-
parting such instructions, which, if followed, will effect a cure."
" Mr.----- guarantees that the-----system, duly carried out un-
der his guidance, affords the means of overcoming impediments of