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were also awarded numerous medals and diplo-
mas at fairs and exhibitions, Colombat, for his
ridiculous and pirated methods, was accorded the
Monthyon prize by the French Academy. Medals
and diplomas for worthless systems of "curing"
stammering are almost as numerous as the worthless
systems themselves. To the average person these
guerdons would betoken indubitable merit in the
method of treatment; but to one cognizant of the
facts they usually imply nothing more than com-
mercial enterprise in the recipient.
And now we can consider testimonials from stam-
At the outset we may reject all testimonials that
do not attest a positive cure, or that record fluency
in speech "when the instructions are strictly fol-
"It gives me great pleasure to testify to the excellence of
your System for the Cure of Stammering. I have derived great
benefit from the course of instruction which I have received
from you. In my estimation, the worst stammerer may be
cured, provided, your rules are strictly adhered to,"
"I feel quite sure that if the pupil will only carry out your
simple rules, he will soon get cured.
'"The system could not possibly be easier."
"My daughter practises the exercises with much profit I
hope very soon to see her perfectly cured,"
" I am still getting on famously."