" STAMMERING-SCHOOLS " 287 qualification for a world's greatest "speech specialist" Is not merely colossal arrogance, but likewise colossal ignorance. Most "speech specialists" are obscurantists, and they are naturally jealous of their secret methods. The stammerer that enters an institution or takes a cor- respondence course must usually sign an undertaking not to divulge the "method" * or engage in the busi- ness of treating stammering. The principal of a German institution requires the pupiPs signature to the following document: "I promise not to divulge------*s Method, and especially not to divulge it to other teachers of stammerers.2 I under- take to pay a forfeit of five htmdred marks if I should violate this agreement." As a preliminary to enrolling in an English corre- spondence school, the pupil must agree to keep mum about the booklet that is lent him. The principal requires Mm to undertake in writing — "Not to disclose any part of its contents to any person, and not to make, or allow to be made, a copy or note of any part; nor to give instruction, advice, or information of any 1 Most of these secret methods have been frequently described in the literature on stammering. The writer hopes and believes that few of them have been omitted from these pages. *It is not an uncommon practice for the "specialists" to send bogus pupils from one institution to another to investigate rival methods.