" STAMMERING-SCHOOLS " 281 "Have derived great benefit from the course of treatment received while attending your school" " Since I came home I have been talking splendidly, having had good opportunities, and putting myself to the test. " If a person wiU follow your instructions it will be impossible to stammer.*1 Etc., etc. The "greatly benefited" testimonials usually mean that the student is just leaving the institution and has overcome physical stammering. But a week later he may be ready to repudiate his indorsement and denounce the principal as a quack. The writer has known of several instances in which these were the exact circumstances. The fact that a stammerer has been temporarily benefited, and was for a short time satisfied with the treatment, implies very little. The "if instructions are followed" testimonials are certainly interesting documents; and one wonders how such vile encomiums come to be indited. The facts are, of course, that the principals of stammering- schools periodically solicit recommendations from their former pupils; and that these ambiguous testi- monials are given because of the principal's impor- tunity, or are furnished in return "for value re- ceived," "I gave Mr,------the testimonial he published because of a promise by him to send me a book which he said would assist me in perfecting my cure."