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3°° SYSTEMS OF TREATING STAMMERING
Usually the principal's reply is evasive. He will
aver that he has the only natural and scientific method;
he will insist that he treats the cause and not the
symptoms; he will declare that his system is estab-
lished on an educational basis, or that it is founded on
physiological, psychological, ethnological, cosmologi-
cal, and other natural laws.
Or, as often as not, the great "speech specialist"
" The aim of the instruction of the ----- School is to
teach pupils to speak as others speak, without undue effort,
in a manner that is natural."
The method of [this school is time-beating, and the
!;!f| student never employs natural speech during the
I'lfi entire course of speech-training.1 Many "special-
jtjijlj ists" write books or prospectuses condemning un-
|l;j natural methods, and resort to the vilest expedients
!||| in practice. The stammerer is thus misled by their
|$ij literature, and deceived or thwarted in any inquiries
1^; j in which he may engage.
',m The average "speech specialist," instead of offering
|!!; the stammerer a definite and describable system, will
;||; proffer him a great discovery:
'\ i| ['' " I at last, when almost ready to give up in despair, originated
i'ij'ij'l a method by which I quickly accomplished that which money
!, , j i j l The word " aim " in the quoted sentence might be used in defence.
M'i''! But, none the less, the sentence is framed to conceal, rather than re-
i "!l!, i veal, the truth.