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" will lie: " 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.