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a3 assistant instructor, a corresponding secretary, and a matron, 
all of whom unite in watchful oversight, the moral welfare of 
patients never being lost sight of. Particular provision has 
been made for the social and material comfort of all committed 
to our charge. The Institute home, where all the patients reside, 
while under treatment, is nearby, and is exclusively devoted to 
members of our classes. An experience of many years has 
proven the entire capability and reliability of the peisons in 
charge, who faithfully fulfill their responsible trust at all times. 
The importance of intelligent sympathy with those needing 
the services of the Institute is appreciated. The special apti- 
tude of the secretary for her duties has been conspicuously 
illustrated, as many female beneficiaries of the Institute have 
gratefully testified. Every want is anticipated, and wise coun- 
sel fi'eely and graciously given the stranger within our gates. 
Mothers need have no fear concerning their sons of tender 
years, or their daughters who may attend the Institute. 

Evening Entertainment 
Fully appreciating the natural inclination and desires of 
our patrons, and in special recognition of the fact that the 
larger part of the classes under instruction is composed of 
young people, social entertainment of a delightful and enter- 
taming character is provided throughout the fall and winter 
season particularly. The handsomely appointed reception 
parlor, at the home of the president of the Institute, is 
happily utilized on these occasions. Musical instruments, 
games and a bountiful supply of the best current literature, 
furnish material for the highest enjoyment. These occasions 
also aflFord opportunities, gladly improved, for pleasant reunion 
of former pupils and fi'iends of the Institute. It is seldom 
that some member of the school is not especially proficient 
in music and every one joins in the pleasures of the hour. 

Entrance Upon a New Existence 
The dominant peculiarity of persons afflicted with any 
form of hesitancy of speech is suspicion of all schemes and 
suggestions for their relief and a doubt of successful adapta- 



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paralalia, stammenng m the sense used by many WTiters, and 
under this head embraces many forms of defective utterances, 
"lalling," "bisesitus," "gammacism," "iotacism," "nasal- 
izing," " palatiuing," "rhotacism," " lambdacisni . " Under 
the head Dyslalia, he classes stuttering, and under the head 
Sigmatisni, lisping. He defines stammering, as commonly 
used, as a temporary inability to articulate, tlie organs being 



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years coiitmually demonstrated. The result of the failure 
hitherto has been to weaken all confidence in any cure, or 
what is still worse, to cause a resort to methods which only 
increase the hopelessness of the condition. Parents and 
guardians leave the child to his own efforts, and remain passive 
spectators of the inevitable increase of the disorder until it 
becomes to the child a living death. 

Left to Struggle Alone 

The victim finding the obstructions increase with e\'ery 
endeavor, expends more and more force to bring the organs 
into control, produces a more and more spasmodic action, 
twisting and contorting in many cases the whole muscular 
system of his face and body ; after these repeated trials he then 
essays a quiet persistency, and finds himself without breath to 
utter anything. His parents or his friends, at last driven to do 
something, try any suggestion, and having tried many, without 
effect, lose faith altogether. 

This hopeless condition describes many thousands of men, 
women and children whose lives are a burden to themselves, 
their friends, and those with whom they have business relations. 
The case of the founder of the Institute is an illustration of 
much that is written here. After trials of every mode then 
known, he had relapsed into a condition in which duty to 
others only, was the motive for the continuance of existence. 

The Method of Cure 

To all inquiries as to the method of cure pursued by the 
Institute, we have uniformly replied, for reasons which will be 
obvious to those who reflect upon the subject, that no answer 
can be given which will be intelligible and satisfactory. Too 
much depends upon the particular nature of each case to give 
any statement as to what may be necessary in every respect in 
order to effect a satisfactory cure. Upon one point, however, 
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drugs of any kind whatever. Neither do we employ any 
electric or galvanic agency, nor resort to any surgical operation, 
Ibmierly so much in vogue.* It may be noted here as a 
singular and suggestive fact that even yet, in the face of all 
the light of recent developments, and notwithstanding the 
experience of those who have solved the problem involved in 
the relief of stammering and kindred ills, there are many other- 
wise intelligent persons who seem to think some extraneous 
help necessary to loose the fettered tongue, the application of 
instruments, some painful mode of physical treatment. This 
is inexcusable folly. Every such idea is a sad reflection upon 
hitman intelligence and feeling. To put it in as few words as 
possible, to convey the general idea, our treatment is simply 
and wholly educational and scientific, requiring patience and 
great firmness, with constant kindliness of spirit. t We lay 
down certain rules during treatment, upon the strict following 
of which essentially depends complete restoration. Patients 
must submit to our entire control until such time as they have 
gained the same control and the same self-knowledge which 
their instructors possess and exercise. 

In a battle, the necessity for the close following of every 
movement, the necessity at times to restore the confidence of 
the faltering, renders the personal presence of the leader abso- 
lutely essential until the engagement closes. It is the same 
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refractory power of articulation, and in the same manner a 
personal direction and presence is necessary until the result is 
attained. Thus it will be seen that a cure of stammering by 
mail is an utter impossibility. The methods of this cure can- 
not be imparted through correspondence, cannot be written 
down, so as to be of any advantage to an uninstructed pupil, 
and cannot be carried out except under my own personal 
treatment and supervision. 

Favorable and Unfavorable Conditions 
There are conditions, some more favorable than others, 
for a cure ; but to dwell upon these only discourages, without 
aiding the sufferer. Decision, energy and a buoyant disposi- 
tion are favorable to a cure; yet, on the other hand, women 
and children of dispositions weak and seemingly irresolute, 
have developed these qualities, and in a degree exceeding those 
seemingly far more favorably endowed, and so cases apparently 
incurable to others, have very quickly yielded to our treat- 
ment. No rule can therefore be laid down, and no one should 
be discouraged however long he may have suffered, and how- 
ever hcpeless his condition may appear to others. 

Time to Begin Treatment 

The numerous instances which have been treated in our 
institution show that at no age* have we been foiled in the 
application of our system, yet we would say that persistence 
in any habit renders, as a rule, less easy the recovery of the 
organs to their normal condition, and that no consideration 
should deter any one from availing himself of the advantages 
of the institution at as early a stage of the development of 
the case as possible. Especially does this apply to women. 
There are more male stammerers than female. The former 
escape hereditary stammering more frequently than the latter.f 

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yet it is no less well established that stammering descending 
from the mother's side is more difficult to treat than that 
descending from the male ancestry. 

Results of Treatment During Cure 
Among the most manifest results of our treatment is the 
change in the appearance of the pupil. The depressed, sub- 
missive or care-worn expression which so many wear, gives 
place to that of confidence and joy. There is a sensible 
development of the chest in many cases, a firmer carriage of 
the body, and a general improvement in the physical condition. 
The sense of a sustaining and certain power over this hitherto 
uncertain, elusive and refractory organ, lends a buoyant move- 
ment to the whole mental and physical structure, of which the 
results remain in after life. 

Rules for the Stammerer 

The stammerer must give exclusive attention to the work 
of his cure. He must not converse, generally, with any one, 
except in the presence, by the permission, or under the direc- 
tion of his instructor. He must arouse himself from all 
despondency, which he will not find a hard task here. He 
must gain independence for himself through dependence on 
his instructor. The organs of his voice will come into a 
normal condition and he will at last speak with self-control 
and precision. Four hours of daily exercise are ordinarilj- 
required, but this is varied to suit different cases. 

The a^■erage time required to effect a cure has been 
determined through our experience as a period of from three 
to eight weeks generally, depending on the nature of the case. 
In this time the patient will have obtained complete control 
over the organs of speech. It is recommended that patients, 
during treatment, do not li\'e with relatives or friends, but 
reside in the home specially provided, near the Institute. 
This is a matter to which the attention of parents and 
guardians is particularly directed. It is not only needful, in 
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the constant care and oversight of instnictors, but the utmost 
watchfulness over young people temporarily resident in a 
large city is an imperative duty which is here never lost sight of. 

Supplementary Physical Culture 

Attention is directed to the fact that special care is given 
to the development of the physical powers of patients and the 
promotion of their health, through the most approved methods 
of exercise. In the cure of stammering this is a matter of the 
utmost importance. There is an intimate and vital relation- 
ship between the mental and nervous forces in this class of 
persons that demands intelligent and conscientious care. Our 
aim is to correct physical defects in circulation, breathing, 
walking, etc.; to strengthen and fortify the whole system; to 
make strong men and women more capable of enjoyment of 
life and of usefulness than before. An hour a day is thus 
spent in vigorous and approved exercise in the gymnasium, 
this supplementing the regular daily course in the voice room, 
which is ill itself physical as well as mental instruction of the 
most valuable character. The physical culture apartment is 
supplied with all needful appliances and the training given is 
systematic and thorough. The result of a sojourn at this 
institution is always conducive to the mental, moral and 
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my feelings at that time. I had not yet learned to analyze 
my condition, or to determine the causes of my weakness 
and misery. I only knew that my impediment was making 
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every one receives new inspiration while sojourning pleasantly 
within the sonorous sound of the nerve-bracing breakers, 
breathing an atmosphere that is laden with the very elements 
of renewed life. The same watchful care that characterizes the 
general management of the Institute is exercised over the 
moral and social, as well as physical, welfare of the students. 
The manager and matron of the home in Philadelphia have 
charge of the cottage where all reside. The principal is con- 
stant in supervision, and is faithfully seconded by his associate 
and the other assistants whose services are required at all 
times. There Is regular and rational enjoyment of the special 
and healthful pleasures of the seaside — bathing, boating, 
promenading, etc. And no accident has ever marred any 
summer session of the Institute; no harm of any kind has 
come to any one in attendance. On the contrary, many and 
grateful are the testimonials freely given of appreciation of 
this thoughtful provision for the care and comfort of our 
young friends who find permanent relief from their affliction, 
and at the same time are built up in all the elements of a pure 
and vigorous manhood and woraanhbod. 

Special Advantages Offered 

The continuance of the classes during the summer offers 
special opportunities to college students needing a course of 
instruction in easy and correct speech, and nearly all the best 
known institutions of higher learning in the country' have 
been represented, including Harvard, Yale, Johns Hopkins, 
Princeton, Cornell and Pennsylvania Universities. We cannot 
too earnestly recommend the consideration of this matter to 
parents, teachers and guardians. The summer sessions of the 
Institute are really a most valuable experience. In the future 
particular attention will be given to this branch of our work. 
The apartments wherein the exercises of the classes are given 
are well adapted to this purpose, being large and well venti- 
lated, with all conyenience.s needful for personal comfort. 
The office of the Institute, 1033 Spring Garden Street, Phila- 
delphia, remains open the j'ear round, and all correspondence 



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remartaDly upon Demg removed to Atlantic uity. 

Renewed Health and Happiness 

"Many persons suffering from diseases of the respiratory 
organs have been benefited and some apparently qviite cured. 
Pneumonia and bronchitis are of infrequent origin here, and 
when they do occur the patients almost invariably recover. 
Nature has provided Atlantic City with the health-giving sea, 
with a balmy and delightful climate, with a sandy soil, which, 
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after light snow or heavy rain , dries with marvellous quickness. 
The solid character of its patrons, from the better element of 
society, the quiet, homelike aspect of the place, the natural 
scenery and charms peculiar to itself, conspire to make 
Atlantic City the very ideal of a summer resort. Art and 
design have added to its attractions, beautifying it with broad 
avenues, with walks boarded with trees, and with gardens 
whose fragrance unites with the cool breeze of the ocean to 
delight and refresh those who seek rest and recreation at the 
seashore. ' ' 



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Testimonials 



What is Said of the Philadelphia Institute and its 
Work — An Unbroken Record of Success 



SINCE its inception, eighteen years ago, the Insti- 
tute has constantly received the most flattering 
testimonials &om distinguished and public -spirited 
citizens, eminent medical and surgical specialists, 
prominent ministers and educators, and leading 
men in all the walks of life, whilst its services to humanity 
have been heartily commended by leading journalists. Its 
record in this respect, as well as in the extent of its work, far 
exceeds that of any other institution of the kind in the world. 
At the same time, the grateful beneficiaries of its enlightened 
methods have vied with each other in spreading abroad the 
tidings of its marvelous success. Manifestly it would be 
impossible to reproduce all these kindly communications ; 
besides, it will be understood that many of those who have 
been cured of defective speech are exceedingly sensitive con- 
cerning the matter. With this rational feeling we heartily 
sympathize, and the obligation implied shall ever be sacredly 
regarded. AH are only too glad, however, to bear the fullest 
personal testimony, when called upon, and correspondence of 
this enlightening and encouraging character is constantly 
carried on. We will at any time famish, by their permission, 
the names of former patients in all parts of the country, who 
will frankly relate their experience, before and after undergoing 
treatment. The pages which follow give an indication of the 
way in which the Institute is regarded by those who have 
special knowledge of its work and whose statements may be 
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The Voice of Medical Science 

Unqualified Approval by Prominent Physicians and 
Specialists — Notable Cases Cited 

The medical and surgical world long since practically 
abandoned all efforts to give professional relief to stammerers. 
The strange problem presented was one which the ablest 
specialists frankly acknowledged they could not satisfactorily 
solve. Therefore, when acquainted with the extraordinary 
and lasting results of the system originated by the founder of 
the Philadelphia Institute, these learned and fair-minded men 
were quick to recognize and appreciate the great discovery and 
earnest in their expressions of commendation. Concerning 
many notable cures voluntary testimony has been given. The 
statements submitted are all from men eminent in their profes- 
sion and represent the conclusive voice of medical and surgical 



Among the earliest of Mr. Johnston's patients was a 
young man from New Vork, whose case was of a peculiarly 
distressing character and to all appearances incurable. Before 
coming to the Institute, he had been examined by Dr. Lewis 
A. Sayre, the noted specialist and surgeon, 285 Fifth Avenue. 
After treatment and his return home, the patient was taken by 
Dr. Sayre to his clinic, where he gave an exhibition of unre- 
strained powers of speech, both in conversation and as a 
public reader, which astonished all present. At the close of 
this reading Dr. Sav-re said: "The age of miracles, young 
gentlemen, has passed, but this is as near the miraculous as 
I have ever seen or expect to see again," Several years later 
this yonng man reported to Dr. Sayre that there had been no 
return of his trouble. He was rejoicing in a permanent cure. 
An autograph letter from Dr. Sa>Te, bearing date November 
25, 1898, referring to this remarkable case, says : "The case 
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The late Dr. Harrison Allen, for tnany yeara Professor of PhyBi- 
ology in the University of Pennsylvania, wrote as follows : 

" I take pleasure in stating that I am acquainted with the method 
employed by you for the relief of stammerers, and that, in my judgment, 
it is the correct one. I have knowledge of aggravated cases which have 
been entirely cured by joa." 

Dr. A. G. B. Hinkle, 1300 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, says; 

" It is with pleasure that I can say that I have had the privilege 
of your acquaintance for a number of years, and have no hesitation in 
saying that you were one of the worst stammerers with whom I came 
in contact. That you should have entirely cured yourself, as you have 
done, of such habit or misfortune is truly wonderful and remarkable. 
I have seen quite a number of cases that were very bad ones, entirely 
cured by your efforts and skill, and am happy to say that I have not 
seen one failure. I wish you continued success in your noble effort." 

Dr. Thomas K. Reed, of Atlantic City, N. J., writes as follows : 

" Mr. Johnston has heeded tlie injunction, ' Physician, heal thyself.' 
I knew him when he was an inveterate stammerer, but he is now 
entirely free from any defect of speech. Hi.s method of instruction is 
founded upon strictly physiological principles, and is both scientific 
and successful. It affords me pleasure to commend him as a gentle- 
man of integrity, candor and ability, and as one who possesses every 
qualification necessary to his profession in a high degree." 

The late Dr. Philip Leidy, for many years physician- in-chief of the 
Insane Department of the Philadelphia Hospital, wrote as follows : 

" I have examined the method of treating stammering and stutter- 
ing as practiced by Mr. Edwin S. Johnston, and witnessed its practical 
demonstration. His own personal case was a most remarkable cure. I 
have known Mr. Johnston personally for thirty years, and during 
twenty-five years of that period he was a most wretched individual as a 
I point of personal comfort, and distressing to those in 
I, having business with him. I am convinced that the prin- 
ciple of the treatment is rational and useful in practice. Tlie devotion 
of Mr. Johnston (since his own cured case) to relieve others similarly 
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Recommendation of the Ministry 

How many Distinguished Clergymen have been 
Impressed with the Institute and its Methods 

Religious teachers of prominence have taken a special 
interest in the work of the Institute and many clergymen have 
recorded their hearty approval of its methods. From a large 
nnmber of such letters we present the following ; 

Bishop Cyrus D. Foss, loiS Arch Street, Philadelphia, writes ua: 

" It gives me pleasure to certify to my high confidence in Mr. E. S. 

Johnston's method of treatment of stammering. Last summer I inquired 

into it with care and also briefly observed the operation of it in a large 



Bishop C. H. Fowler, of the M. E. Church, 455 Franklin Street, 
Buffalo, N. v., sends the following: 

" It gives me pleasure to be able to state to you that from my per- 
sonal observation, I know tliat your work and treatment for the cure of 
those of my acquaintance who have been afflicted with stammering has 
been effectual and permanent." 

Archbishop Ryan, of Philadelphia, in concurring with the report 
of Rev. T. M. MacNamara, of a pupil who was cured of stammering, 

" On the enclosed testimony as well as from personal experience of 
a similar case to the one mentioned, I beg to indorse this recomuienda- 

Rev. Russell H. Conwell. pastor of the Temple Baptist Church, 
Philadelphia, writes as follows 1 

"I have seen so many people who are acquainted with your work 
and with your institution, and have heard such favorable commendations 
from those who have been cured by you, that I am very glad to add any 
word of recommendation which may be needed to establish your insti- 
tution in the esteem of the public." 

Rev. Dr. J. L, Withrow, the distinguished Presbyterian divine, for- 
merly of Philadelphia and Chicago, and now of Boston, writes : 

" I have known Mr. Johnston for twenty-five years. He was an 
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I have known of remarkable cures under his method. I am of the 
□pinion that one who strongly desirea deliverance and dutifully follows 
his direction, would achieve a practical cure." 

Rev. Wm. Downey, a prominent member of the Philadelphia Con- 
ference, while pastor of the Green Street M. E. Church, located within 
one block of the Institute, with peculiar facilities for observation, wrote 
as follows : 

" I reside in the neighborhood of Mr. Johnston's Institute, and am 
occasionally brought into contact with his pupils, and from my knowl- 
edge of his work and its results 1 unhesitatingly say, that I believe 
no matter how badly a person may stammer, if he submit to Mr. Johns- 
ton's method of cure, he will come to possess a remarkable ease and 
fluency of speech." 

Wonderful Results Noted 

Rev. Dr. Krauskopf, Rabbi of the Reform Congregation Keneseth 
Israel, Philadelphia, thus writes of the Institute ■ 

" I have personal knowledge of cures of stammering performed by 
you, and I heartily recommend any one afflicted with an impediment in 
his speech to place himself under your care." 

The following is the testimonial of the late Rev. Thos. A. Fernley, 
D.D,, for many years Corresponding Secretary of the Philadelphia 
Sabbath Association : 

"I have known Mr. E. S. Johnston for years and liave been sur- 
prised and gladdened by seeing his wonderful success in the treatment 
and cure of stammering. Many of these cures are simply marvellous. 
The gift or power to do this great work that he accomplishes calls for 
thankfulness to the Giver of all good. Dr. Johnston's influence upon 
his pupils has a morally elevating effect as well as a permanent cure 
of their distressing malady. No one needs to despair of help and a cure 
while Mr. Johnston is alive to treat him. We most sincerely commend 
him to all, young or old, who are suffering with vocal impediment." 

Amongst those who have recently noted the work of the Institute is 
Rev. William Charles Webb, D.D., Corresponding Secretary of the 
Evangelical Alliance. Dr. Webb writes as follows : 

" I am grateful for the suggestion of a mutual friend, which has 
led me to make a personal inquiry concerning your Institute for the 
relief of stammerers and all imperfections in speech. Truly, you are 
doing a grand work for afflicted humanity, one that must especially 
appeal to those devoting their lives to the carrying out of the divine 
command to heal the bodies as well as the souls of men. It will be 
my pleasure, as well as my duty, to impress this fact upon ministers 
and educators everywhere, very many of whom have long realized 
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imparted admirably supplemeats the unique mental methods, and, 
above all, it is a satisfacticn to note the high moral tone which pervades 
the Institute. I pray for your continued success." 

The present Corresponding Secretary of the Philadelphia Sabbath 
Association. R«v. T. T. Mutchler, after making a close investigation of 
the work of the Institute, writes : 

" It has been my privilege to take personal note of the work of 
the Philadelphia Institute for the relief of persons afflicted with any 
kind of defect in speech. The result of these observations impels me 
to bear the most explicit and emphatic testimony as to the absolute 
trustworthiness and high character of this beneficent institution. No 
one could be more thoronghly fitted to conduct such a place of refuge 
and help for the lame of tongue than Mr. Edwin S. Johnston, whose 
personal qualities endear him to all brought within the range of his 
kindly influence. His self-sacrificing devotion to his beneficent work 
has commanded the admiration of hosts of friends, and parents and 
friends of those concerned can have no possible reason for fear or doubt 
as to the outcome, if they will submit their afflicted ones to his tender 
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Marvelous Record of Success 

Aaron Thompson, a prominent member of the Pliiliulelphta bar, 
having special knowledge of the work of the Institute, nrote as follows : 

" I cheerfullj recommend Mr. Johnston. He is certainly a striking 
instance of 'physician cure thyself.' Mis impediment was most dis- 
tres^ng when I had professional relations with him several years ago. 
Where relief is wanted he should be tried." 

Mr. F. Gutekuntt, the eminent Philadelphia photographer, thus 

" I have known Mr. E. S. Johnston for a number of years, and knew 
of his defect in speech. He cured himself by certain methods, and he 
has now a school for the treatment of similar cases, and from what 1 
have seen of the patients under his charge, the change for the better 
has been remarkable." 

As noted in the preceding pages, the summer sessions of the Insti- 
tute are held at Atlantic City, N. J. One of the leading citizens of this 
famous health resort is Charles Evans, who for many years has con- 
ducted the Seaside House, and who has had special occasiot\ and oppor- 
tunity to note the work being done. Mr. Evans thus writes to Mr. 
Johnston : 

" I am very glad to give my testimony as to yonr own cure of stam- 
mering, and have also seen a number of your pupils in the various stages 
of advancement, many after being cured. I think the results effected 
by you are truly wonderful, and you are doing a good work." 

Prof. Wm. H. Brewer, for thirty-five years in charge of the Shef- 
field Scientific School of Yale University, writes as follows: 

"As a teacher, I have long made the cure of stammeiing a study, 
I have looked into the method pursued by Mr. Edwin S. Johnston and 
believe it to be sound io principle. In two cases in which I have had 
extended acquaintance with persons who have been treated by him in 
his school, and personal knowledge of the results, the cure is eminently 
successful." 

Henry Steck, a leading Philadelphia business man, thus writes ; 

" My son was under Mr. Johnston's treatment for stammering some 
three years ago and has been permanently cured. I know of many 
others who have been similarly relieved of that most unfortunate 
affliction. He has established an Institute for the cure of stammering, 
stuttering and nervous affections of speech and pertomis extraordinary 

The late Wm. B. Rogers, Vice-President and Treasurer of the 
Western Saving Fund Society, Tenth and Walnut Streets, Philadelphia, 
testified as follows: 

"I have known Mr. Johnston in a business way for a good many 
years, and esteem him as a truthful and conscientious man. When I 
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first knew him he was troubled with stammeriDg to a most painful 
degree. He has succeeded in curing himself, and since then has prac- 
ticed the same method upon other persons. I believe he is generallj* 
successful. In my opinion, any one troubled with stammering, nho can 
afford the time and money to give bis method a trial, would make a 
mistake not to do so. " 

Prof. Watson Cornell, Principal of the Jackson Grammar School, 
Philadelphia, writes as follows : 

" Mr. Johnston has been very successful in the treatment of cases of 
stammering, more so than any other man in this part of the country. 
He cured himself and you would not suspect that he had ever experi- 
enced any difficulty in speaking. He has cases from all parts of the 
country, and his endorsers, you may be quite certain, are pleased to 
know of his continued success. About two years ago I replied to an 
inquiry, similar to yours, made by a nian in centra! Pennsylvania. 
I heard nothing of him until some montiis after, when he wrote me 
thanking me for my letter, also saying that he had been entirely cured 
by Mr. Johnston." 



A System that Never Fails 

The long time Business Manager of the Philadelphia " Public 
Ledger," Mr. M. Richards Muckle, who faithfully served that great 
journal for half a century, thus records his view of the Institute : 

"Permit me to add my testimony to that of the many who have 
complimented you for your great success in cuiiclg stammering. I 
have known you intimately for avtr twenty years, and am free to state 
that there has never been a case of stammering or speech defect placed 
in your care tliat you have not been successful in making a perfect cure 
where the instruction given by you has been strictly and carefully 
observed." 

In reply to an inquiry from a lady friend, who desired to know his 
opinion of the claim that stammering could be cured, the late John G. 
R. McElroy, Professor of Rhetoric and English Literature in the Uni- 
versity of Pennsylvania, wrote as follows: 

''I have known personally of several cures of stammering, etc., 
made by Mr. E. S. Johnston of this city and I am highly assured of his 
integrity and his capability. One of his cures, that of a very bad case, 
came under my own daily supervision, and although a year or more has 
elapsed since the cure was completed there has been positively no 
return of the trouble." 

For more than fifty years the late Henry W. Halliwell served the 
Philadelphia Board of Public Education as its efficient secretary. He 
was long acquainted with the founder of the Philadelphia Institute and 
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soon after its work was well established he wrote to Mr. Johnston as 
Tollows ; 

"I am only too glad to speak of the wonderful success of your 
method of improving the speech of yourself and of others, who have 
come under my immediate notice. I think, when I first met you, you 
were one of the most unfortunate sufferers from imperfect speech that 
I ever saw. I sent a young man to you who had from birth been a most 
unfortunate sufferer, stutterer and stammerer. This with him seeme:l 
hereditary, as his father was even worse than he. The young man's 
cure is perfect, and no one appreciates it more than the unfortunate 
father. I have been witnes.s to other cures, just as wonderful, that you 
have made, and I heartily compliment you on your success. Your 
elTorts in relieving imperfect speech, with all its attending suffering, 
desetve high praise, and I shall ever take the greatest pleasure in 
recommending your system." 

A Work That Blesses Htimanity 
BOARn OF Public Eoucation, Dkpartmknt of Siipkrintentiknck, 
Mr. Ebwin S. Johnston. PHiLAnKLPHiA, November 14, 1901. 

My Dear Sir : — I have noted, with increasing interest and gratlficn- 
tion, the great work you are doing in behalf of a class of persons 
heretofore without relief for a peculiar affliction. The stammerer is 
handicapped in every way in hfe and grievously so when he se«ks an 
education. To cure this singular defect is to bless humanity. I am 
glad to be able to bear personal testimony to the efficiency of your 
system, which has beeci so highly endorsed by the late Secretary Halli- 
well, of the Board of Public Education, Professor Cornell, Professor 
John G. R. McBlroy, of the University of Pennsylvania and others. 
The cases specially brought to my notice showed conclusively your 
ability to cure the stammering tongue and the happy release thus 
effected may be taken as a guaracitee of like success in others. 

I wiih you enlarged opportunities in this beneficent work. 
Very truly yours, Edward Brooks, Supt. Pub. Schools. 

Renewed Greeting from Beyond the Sea 

Badkn-Badkn, Gkbma^v, Sept. 26, 1901. 
Dr. EnwiN S. Johnston. 

My Dear President: — It has occurred to me, although entirely 
unsolicited by you, that it is my duty to add these few words of testi- 
mony as to the remarkable cures which you have accomplished in the 
treatment of patients suffering from that terrible malady, stammering 
and impediment of speech. 

I remember upon my first making your acquaintance, more than 

twenty years ago, how severely you were afflicted and how your life was 

almost blighted by your inability to articulate ; Oil, how I sympathized 

with you in that affliction, and also because of the great expense to 

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nhich you Bubmitted in trying many methods to effect a cure, always 
resulting in Tailure until you discovered your own metliod of treatment 
and cure, wliich resulted in such a successful and permanent cure. 

I also desire to congratulate you upon the successful treatment of a 
friend, to whom I recommended you, tor her afRiclion was, indeed, 
painful to behold ; and how happy she appeared to be when she subse- 
quently called to tbank me for recommending her to go to Dr. Johns- 
ton's Philadelphia Institute and at the same time she expressed her 
gratitude to Dr. Johnston personally for his services in her case. 

1 also remember, while on a visit to Philadelphia, in January, 1901, 
at which time I called at your Institute, how liappy your class of twenty- 
one patients, many of whom I conversed with, were at the rapid advance 
toward a permanent cure which yon were effecting by your earnest 
efforts and the personal attention which you were giving to tbe applica- 
tion of your methods of cure- 
Truly, Dr. Johnston, you are a public benefactor and may the Lord 
be instrumental in the further and increased success of your good work. 
Very truly your friend, John F. SADDitroTON, 

Formerly Architect and Builder, of Brooklyn, N. V. 

Judge Ashman's Striking Testimony 

(Judge of the Orphans' Court, Philadelphia.) 

Mr. Edwin S. Johnston. May 18, [900. 

Dear Sir : — Benjamin Ogborne, a boy of about sixteen years of age. 
was brought to me about six weeks ago and was the worst stammerer, 
prerhaps, that I ever heard. Me conversed with me this morning, 
apparently with entire ease and with no trace of any defects in bb 
speech. He ascribes his cure to your treatment of him in the inteiyal. 
I consider the cure a remarkable one. Yours very truly, 

W. N. Ashman. 
June 4, 1900. 
We are familiar with the above case and fuUy concur in the state- 
ment of Hon. Judge Ashman. 

John Field, of Young, Smyth, Field & Co. 
Fbkd'k Fbalkv, President National Board of Trade. 
Malcok McFarland, M.D. 

Rev. Dr. Cross on this Remarkable Case 
Thb Baptist Tempi.r, Broad and Berks Streets, Philadbcphia, 
Office of associate Pastor, January 31, 1901. 
My dkar Mr. Johnston : 

The sight that I have just beheld reminds me of the time when 
miracles were performed. 

Several months ago a young lad by the name of Benjamin Ogborne 
was brought to my home, and I asked him several questions, and he was 
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utterly unable to even tell me his name without the utmost difficulty. 
To-day I met the same young man and put similar questions to taim, and 
he answered them with perfect fluency. 

I deem it a privilege to send you these few lines congratulating you 
npon your marvelous success in this case. Have no hesitation in using 
my name if it can serve you in any way. May God bless you abundantly 
is the sincere wish of, Vours very truly, 

Thos. J. Cross, Associate Pastor. 

Ex-Governor Pattison's Impressions 
loii Chhstkui StiEsBT, Phit^dblphia, March 4, 1901. 
Edwin S. Johnston, Esq. 

My Dear Sir : — Some time ago a young man was brought to me 
by the name of Benj. Ogbome, very much afflicted with stammering. 
Some time after being subjected to your treatment he was again brought 
to me and I discovered, after a conversation, that he was thoroughly 
cured of stammering. 

I am not familiar with your methods, but in this case your treatment 
was evidently a great success. I am satisfied the same treatment applied 
to others will afford great relief to those so afflicted. Believe me. 

Yours truly, Robt. E. Pattison. 

Prom Isabella Macdonald Alden. " Pansy" 
{After interview with pupil before and after his cure.) 

4618 Crdar Avbnub, Philadelphia, May 18, 1900. 

A few weeks ago there came to call upon me a young man who was 
grievously afflicted with that most trying of disorders, a stammering 
tongue. 

I looked with earnest sympathy into his sad eyes as he struggled 
hard to answer some simple question and failed ! He had not even been 
able to respond to my words of greeting. When asked to read a few 
lines for me from the printed page, he evidently used all the uneducated 
will-power be possessed, but could only burst forth at last with a pitiful 
" I can't," while the tears gathered in bis eyes. 

I learned, with interest, and yet, I must say with foreboding, that 
he expected: soon to enter Mr. Johnston's Philadelphia Institute for 
Stammerers, with the hope of being beneSted. I could not but feel 
skeptical as to the result. It seemed to me that in this case it would 
simply be raising his hopes to be dashed again ; and I believed that the 
aad eyes were likely to grow even sadder. 

However, I spoke what words of cheer I could, and asked the young 

This morning he came, I have been spending an enjoyable lialf 
hour with him, convinced by the aid of my own eyes and ears, that the 
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" I couldn't talk at all, when I was liere before, couM I?" he said, 
and his eyes laughed joyously. " Well, I can now." 

" Oh yes indeed 1 am cure'1. I can talk as much as I please, and 
read 1 I never expected it. When I entered the scliool I didn't believe 
they cuuld help me- T didn't think anything could. I can't begin to 
tell you what a change it makes in my life. Why I feel different <i//oi'er." 

I could not doubt it, as I looked into his glad face, and listened to 
his gmteful words. 

How can I reach some who are similarly afflicted, and beg them to 
try Mr. Johnston's ttestment? Certainly as I liave opportunity I must 
" pass the word along." Isabklla Macdonald Aldeji. 



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Personal Testimony 



Grateful Acknowledgment of Parents and Patients 
of Inestimable Benefits Conferred 

As stated elsewhere, the Institute, from the commence- 
ment of its work, has received the heartiest testimonials, 
expressive of the appreciation and gratitude of its beneficiaries. 
We would not for one moment think of presenting any of these 
letters to the public, except where they have been manifestly 
written with that object in view. The communications and 
extracts herewith given show the spirit of hundreds of letters 
on file in this office, and which may be inspected by patrons. 
They all fully confirm what is claimed for the Institute when 
persons suffering from speech impediment submit themselves 
to our entire control. 

A Fine Talker After Thirteen Years 

Obbrum, Ohio, November 4. 1901. 
Mr. E. S. Johnston. 

Dear Sir 1— Your kind letter was received during absence from home. 
Onr son, Willis, is very well, indeed. He is now book-keeper in an 
office here. It is nearly thirteen years since his cure tor stammering at 
your Institute. He has spoken as plainly and freely as any one ever 
since. I considered his case quite severe when he went to you, but less 
than live weeks' treatment did wonders for him, for which we shall ever 
feel grateful to you. 

Wishing you success, we remain, as ever. Your grateful friends, 
MR. AND Mrs. J. B. H.^RT. 

Willis desires to add his personal endorsement to what we have said. 

Ready to Tell Any One 
2,^6 Charlottk Strkkt, I.ancasti!R, I'A., October 27, 1901. 
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Dear Sir; — You may write as you will concerning my daughter's 
cure. She is still enjoying freedom of speech. Is a teacher in a public 
school and lias no hesitancy in ejtpressing any, and every word. Is 
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the blessing of God to be very successful in curing so many. I wish I 
conld tell every stammerer of your very successful work. Vou have 
done so much for our daughter, and our only regret is that we did not 
know of your school sooner. 

Hoping you may live long and 1>e prosperous and happy in your 
noble work, we remain, 

Your friends, Mr. and Mrs. R. P. DoootASS. 

Has Never Stammered Since 
651 West Market St., Akron, Ohio, November 10, 1901. 
Dear Mr. Johnston : 

I am very glad to bear testimony to the perfect cure which has been 
accomplished in the case of our son, Don, by your methods of treatment. 
Vou know I was at your school with him for five weeks, seven years ago 
last summer, and after we got home he continued practicing your 
metbod and he has never stammered since that time, althongb before 
that time he had stammered painfully all his life and he was then sixteen 
years old. I think that only a stammerer, or the mother of one, can 
fully realize what it means to be delivered from one of the most embar- 
rassing of all nervous disorders. The happiness that one feels when he 
finds that be can have confidence in his own ability to talk like other 
people is something very delightful. I shall feel very grateful to yon 
all my life and always visit your school every summer, when I am in 
Atlantic City, for I feel so interested in your pupils. 

Yours very gratefully, Mrs. George G. Allen. 

Getting Ready for the Ministry. 
Dr. Johnston. Cedarville, Ohio, October 14, 1901. 

Dear Sir: — In answer to the letter you wrote to Mrs. Young, with 
reference to her son, Clarence, concerning the treatment he received 
from you for stammering, permit me to say that Mrs. Young is dead. 
His home is with us, his grandparents. 

I can say for him tliat he was entirely cured of stammering by your 
treatment in the short time that he was with you. Words cannot 
express our gratitude to you for the wonderful cure he received from 
you and the great satisfaction it has been to all of us. We can all 
testify to your ability to cure stammering. Clarence entered the Cedar- 
ville College and took a thorough course and graduated with first honors. 
He was in two of the society contests and appeared both times before a 
crowded house. He spoke fearlessly and without any interruption in his 
speech. Last year he entered the University of Pennsylvania, at Phila- 
delphia. He also attends the Seminary of the Reformed Presbyterian 
Church, close by the University, and is there now and will attend both 
this winter tgain. 

Yours truly, M. D. and M. A. Williamson. 

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A Beneficent Institution 

These condensed statements are all from grateful letters, 
open for the inspection of those concerned ; 

" My son was permanently cured of his very l>ad stammering, eight 
years ago, by Mr. Johnston. I have abundant reason to heartily recom- 
mend hismetliod." 

"I feel it is due to you to write and assure you of our son's complete 
cure of stammering. He is in college and does all his work well. We 
wish you continued succes.s in your labor." 

" My daughter is cured ot her terrible affliction. You are doing a 
grand work for humanity. You can refer any one to me in regard to 
your Institute, mode of treatment or ability to cure." 



"I am glad to give my testimony, that other sufferers may be 
relieved. Our daughter was under Mr. Johnston's instructions but six 
weeks. She returned home cured of slanimering and in perfect health." 



" My son was under Mr. Johnston's treatment for stammering and 
has been permanently cured. I know of many others who have been 
similarly relie\-ed of that unfortunate affliction. The Institute performs 
extraordinary cures." 

"No doubt you will be glad to hear of one of your pupils, cured 
six years ago. I consider his cure most wonderful because it is perfect 
and permanent. I shall always recommend your school, because I owe 
so much to you for what you have done tor my l)oy." 

" My son was with Mr. Johnston five weeks and came home cured. 
.\t school he was obliged to lie excused from doing anything that 
required him to speak. He has had no trouble since he returned. He is 
very liappy and we would not take thousands of dollars for the result." 

"You have sent my son home cured and the least I can do is to 
acknowledge you have carried out your contract, both in letter and 
spirit. To make tile dumb speak is a life work any man should be 
proud of. I do not see how a stanimeter can help being cured by your 
method, unless there is some physical deicct of tongue, or throat, or 
lack of will power. Your school is an admirable training in phvsical 
and mental culture and is wonderlul in its results." 
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I can heartily endorse your system and believe you can cure any 
case of stammering where strict attention to your instruction is given. 
Very truly yours, Charlbs H. Evoy. 

"I am Now Able to Speak With Ease" 

ElizabkThtown, Pa., October i8, 1901, 
Dear Mr. Johnston ; 

I wish I could tell you how glad I am for free speech. The ^ort 
time spent at your Institute was of untold value to me. After years of 
struggle and discouragement, I am now able to speak with ease. Surely 
God has placed you in that work, and may many more who are suffering 
from the awful affliction find deliverance at your hand. I shall ever 
pray the Lord to use you, Dot only to help men to free speech, but to 
lead them to Christ. 'Thanking yon for your kind interest in helping 
your fellow sufferers, I remain, Sincerely yours, 

JosiAH Martin. 

' ' I Have Forgotten I Ever Stammered ' ' 

1734 Broadwav, Denver, Coi.orado, October 18, 1901. 
Having stammered up to my twenty-fourth year, in 1890 I attended 
Mr. Johnston's Institute, at 1033 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, 
and placed myself under his treatment. At the end of six weeks I 
returned home so much improved that my friends hardly knew me. At 
the end of three months I was entirely cured and have had no trouble 

Since my cure I have cheerfully answered hundreds of letters from 
the afflicted regarding the permanency of the cure, etc., and will always 
take pleasure in keeping them informed any way I can. 

Before attending the Institute I was at times almost speechless and 
the least excitement would make me entirely so; but now I have for- 
gotten I ever stammered. I wish you a long life and continued success. 
Yours very truly, B. G, URflUHART. 

[This young gentleman, son of Dr. Urquhart, of Hastings, 
Nebraska, came to the Institute in consequence of the follow- 
ing answer to a letter of inquiry :] 

Post Office Department, Offjch of Postuastbr General, 
Washington, D. C, December ao, 1889. 
My Dear Sir : 

I know Mr. E. S. Johnston, of Philadelphia, whom you write about, 
and have knowledge of the fact that he is able to produce most wonder- 
ful results upon persons who have suffered from stammering. 

Yours most truly, John Wanamaker. 

Thos. H. Urquhart, M.D., 

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School Days Now Happy 

Lancaster, Pa., October 24, 1901. 
Prof. E. S.Johnston. 

My dear friend ; — I take pleasure in testifying to your success in the 
cure of stammering. I was a stanimerer for ten or twelve years. I 
could scarcely recite at school, or hold a conversation with any one. 
My father corresponded with several institutions for the cure of stam- 
mering, and I learned yours had the strongest endorse men Is. I was also 
advised by R. J. Houston, of Lancaster, to attend your Institute. 

After seven weeks under your treatment I returned home, speaking 
perfectly. It is a pleasure to study and attend school now. I can 
scarcely express my joy after being able to speak perfectly. With 
kindest regards for you and your institution, I am 

Very truly yours, S. Mn.l.O Herr. Jr. 

The Place for all Stamnieiers. 
174 HiC.H .Strrrt, Boston, Mass., October ig, 1901. 
Some years ago, having stammered all my life, I attended Mr. 
Johnston's Institute at Philadelphia, and took his course of treatment. 
I have never failed to feel truly grateful to him for the very great bene- 
fits derived therefrom, as since that time I have been able to talk with 
a freedom before almost unknown. Tbe effects of the course have been 
lasting and are, I believe, permanent. 

Aside from the sense that a cure was being effected, 1 thoroughly 
enjoyed the time spent nader Mr. Johnston's care, and I believe that 
among other advantages, not the least is the benefit derived from the 
moral atmosphere, characteristic of bis institution. I would truly 
recommend any stammerer to take Mr. Johnston's course. 

Vours truly, Chbstkr S. Day. 

"Kvery Cloud Ha,s Ileen Dispelled" 

Harrisbdrg, November 15, 1901. 
My Dear Mr. Johnston : 

It gives me very great pleasure to tell what has been accomplished 
during my brief sojura at the Philadelphia Institule. Like all others, 
I presunie, I came to you in fear and trembling, lest fond hopes should 
fail of fulfillment. But every cloud has been dispelled and I can now 
rejoice in a freedom of uttemnce that is the surprise and delight of my 
friends and the source of supreme happiness to me. The days pass so 
(|uickly and pleasantly that I can hardly realize it. The social atmos- 
phere of j'our school and the deep interest every one takes in the 
personal care and welfare of those entrusted lo your charge and seeking 
vour help tor the strangest of all liuuiau weaknesses, most highly com- 
mends it. I sliall always rejoice to hear of your continued success and 
personal prosperity. With kindly remembrance to all, 1 am, 

Faithfully yours, G. W. Duncan. 

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The Secret of Success 
Mr. Edwin S. Johnston. Wkstport, Conn., October 9, 1901. 

Dear Mr. Johnston : — It is with a very grateful heart that I can 
recommend your school to all stammerers. Vou did more for me and 
my happiness in the three months I was with you than I can ever hope 
to repay. Having been a stammerer yourself, you can enter into and 
sympathize with the perplexities and misgivings of a stammerer, and by 
your woncierful example lead him on to the goal of free speech. 

I am glad to hear that your school is growing larger every day for I 
can see the good work is being passed along. Please accept the heartfelt 
gratittide of one who was a severe stammerer tor many years, 

Yours most sincerely, Hklkn Hurlbutt. 

His Advice to Other Sufferers 
Alfred Humbert a Son, Jewelers, S. W. Corner Eighth and 
Sansom Streets, Philadelphia, October 26, 1901. 
Mv Dear Mr. Johnston : 

Nothing is more pleasing to me thau to write and tell you how 
much I am indebted to you for the comfort I have received from being 
able to speak clearly and distinctly. 

When I went to your Institute, February, 1900, I was utterly hope- 
less of ever being cured. My affliction was so terrible that at times it 
was utterly impossible for me to utter a single word, or even a sound ; 
but from the first lesson you gave me there sprung up a new hope and 
from that time on, under your kindly care, 1 steadily improved, with 
many a fall, 00 cloubt, but always a greater rise after each fall, until, at 
last when leaving your Institute, a few weeks later, I was entirely cured, 
and then it lay with myself whether the cure should be permanent. I 
have since then strictly followed your instructions, given to me and all 
other pupils on leaving the Institute, and being always careful when- 
ever I felt in any way dispirited. Have had no trouble since and am now 
absolutely cnred. I write this not only personally, but with the hope 
that you will show it to some fellow sufferer, who feeb in auy way 
doubtftil of the effectiveness of your systeni. 

I remain, your ever true friend, Rov S. Hu! 

A Dream That Was Joyful Reality 
My Drar Mr. Johnston: Philadelphia, November i 

I will gladly give my testimony. I was a very bad si 
my life ; at times I could not talk one word. I heard of the Philadel- 
phia Institute, and started in, yet thinking at that time that I would 
never be cured. I was here but a few weeks, however, when I went 
home one night and took the daily paper and read aloud for my dear 
parents. That is something I could never do before. After I finished 
reading, they said to me, " Is this a dream ? " I answered, " No, it is 
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truth. I hope all stammerers mil see this and come to this Institute, 
where they can become perfect speakera in a short time. I am verj' 
thankful for what has been done for me Faithfully yours, 

Marquis A. Pinthoff, 
Portrait Artist, 44 North Ponrth Street. Philadelphia. 

"Without a Peer in This Country" 
The New Jersey Herald, Newton, N. J., November 11,1901. 
To Whom it May Concern: 

A tree should be judged by its fruits ; a good man by his works ; 
an institution by what it does ; not by what it says it can do. More than 
ten years ago I received treatment for stammering at the Philadelphia 
Institute for stammerers; Edwin S. Johnston, president. Since that 
time I believe I have passed as active a business life as is given to the 
ordinary man ; but in all those years of activity I have never for one 
hour regretted the weeks passed in his Institute and the genial surround- 
ings of his pleasant home ; nor regretted the money invested in the 
treatment. On the other hand, I believe that when the instructions 
imparted at this Institute are carried out with a will and determination, 
the most severe cases of stammering can be cured, the relief being not 
temporary but permanent. Only last summer I sent my good friend 
Johnston a pupil from this county, assuring him that I believed the 
Johnston Institute without a peer in this country. 

The continued success of this worthy institution is a matter of per- 
sonal pleasure to me. Would that every stammerer could enjoy the 
benefits it affords. Jacob L. Bonnsli.. 

At Work m the Wilds of Africa 
BuLAWAvo, Hatabeleland, Africa, July 1, 1901. 
To Professor Johnston: 

It is with great pleasure I testify to the wonderful change there is 
in my condition, " before and after " — before I attended your Institute, 
twelve years ago, and since leaving it. 

"Before"^! was a fearful stammerer, not being able scarcely to 
speak five consecutive words without stammering. "After"— I became 
and continue a free man in regard to speech. " After"— I entered the 
ministry and devoted my time to speaking in various churches on mis- 
sionary work, which continually threw me among strangers and caused 
me to speak under various circumstances ; yet in it all I had freedom. 

For over two years, accompanied by my wife, I have been on the 
foreign field, grappling with a heathen language, while we itinerated 
among the people, preaching the Gospel. 

Not only by my own experience, but also by seeing the effect 
wrought upon others, I am satisfied that your system is one that cannot 
help but bring complete recovery to every one who faithfully follows 
your instructions- 
It is with gratitude to God and thank^ving to Him for delivering 
me from the bondage of a stammering tongue, I write the above. 

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Rejoicing in Their Freedom 
Again we must give in brief space the substance of many 

letters, all telling the same happy story : 

' ' I was a stammerer for ten years and conld obtain no relief. I was 

with Mr. Johnston six weelts and am now permanently cured." 

" It will be five years next spring since I was at your Institution. 
I shall be most happy to have tny name on your list, as one cured by 
your treatmetit." 

" Yesterday I made an argument before a jury and did not slip on a 
syllable. Had I never been to the Johnston Institute, I never would 
have been able to speak in court." 

" Stammering with me was almost a life habit. I was sin weeks 
with Mr. Johnston and came home so thoroughly cured, one year ago, 
that I have not stammered since and never will again. I most emphat- 
ically endorse his method." 

" I can give the heartiest endorsement of your method. My friends 
are all surprised and delighted and all agree it is wonderful. I feel like 
a different girl and my home is a new place to me because of what you 
have done for me this paat summer." 

" Mr. Johnston can cure any case of stammering he undertakes. I 
have answered over three hundred letters of inquiry concerning his 
methods, recommending all persons affiicted with that most embarrass- 
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Astonished Friends and Physicians 

Miss Laura F. Keely, 1338 Parrish Street, Philadelphia, 
testified as follows : 

' ' Seven years ago my motfaer took me to Prof. H. C. Wood, Univer- 
sity or Pennsylvania, who examined my case in tbe presence of his 
diiiic, and be advised me to go to your Institute for treatment. Dr. J. G. 
McKelway, 1613 Locust Street, Philadelphia, also saw me before tieat- 
ment, with a number of prominent citizens aud clergymen of Philadel- 
phia. My case was one of the moat severe. After a few weeks' treatment 
^it was most wonderful^I was able to speak quite natuially and without 
any hesitation. I have every confidence in your ability to successfully 
cnie any case of stammering or stuttering. 1 shall never regret the 
time nor money expended in attending your Institute. It will give me 
the greatest pleasure to commend your school." 

Note. — Dr. McKelway writes concerning this remarkable case : " I 
remember Miss Keely's case very well. Her condition was quite as she 
has stated, and her relief is ecitire and permanent." 

Other prominent gentlemen, having personal knowledge of the facts, 
and who concurred in the conclusion here given, were W. W. Wallace, 
Muiager of the Philadelphia " Presbyterian '■; H. S. Jones, Private Sec- 
retary to Mr. Wanamaker; Dr. Lewis Adler, and the late Hamilton 
Disston. 



Miss Keely's Latest Testimony 

1338 Parrish StrbBT, Philadelphia, November 1, 1901. 
Dear Mr. Johnston : 

Since my accidental meeting with you to-day, while visiting my 
mother in this city, I have thought it might, perhaps, be of some benefit 
to others, suffering as I formerly did, to write you a few additional 
lines, ezpreasive of my increasing gratitude for what was done for me 
at the Philadelphia Institute. During the thirteen years that have 
passed I have made my living through the full freedom of speech 
acquired under your kindly instruction. There never has been tbe 
slightest return of hesitation in utterance and my happiness has been 
beyond expression. I shall always gratefully speak of your school and 
ita wonderful work. 

Faithfully yours, Laitra F. Keelv. 



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organs is as surprising as it is gratifying, I had almost entirely lost my 
voice and had been unsuccessfully treated by four or five prominent 
practitioners, some of whom pronounced my case incurable. My voice 
was restored and I now speak with perfect ease and fluency. My 
friends regard ray cure as being truly wonderful. I have seen a number 
of persons afSicted most severely with stammering made able by a few 
weeks' treatment in the Philadelphia Institute to speak fluently and 



" J,ast Monday evening I recited before a class and did not hesitate 
on a word. They all said I did finely for the first time. I feel I can 
never thank you enough for all you have done for me. I will surely 
tell all the people of your school, that I know have impediments in 
their speech." 

Note. — Concerning the case of this patient, which was a most 
extraordinary one, an eminent medical specialist wrote as follows : " I 

am of opinion that there is something organically wrong with the 
organs of speech ; probably the circumstances of her birth brought this 
about, or her serious fall. She has exceedingly arched palatal bones, 
and a projection midway between them. Also she has lost. the power 
of the tongue tar back, which produces extreme irregularity of motion. 
The larynx feels to me unusually large. These are the only organic 
conditions which I find in her case ; but they are enough to surround 
the treatment with unusual difficulties." 
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Mrs. Winston's Confinnatoty Statement 
Valley Seminary, Waynesboro, Va., Jaljr ao, 1901. 

My huabaad, Dr. Joseph B. Winston, PTCsident of ValUy Seminary, 
was induced to place himself under the care of Mr. B. S. Johnston, of 
Philadelphia. Dr. Winston had stammered since childhood, and as he 
was fifty years of age, be felt that nothing could be done for him, and 
tHat he must carry the awful burden, which only stammerers can appre- 
ciate, through life. 

But at the earnest solicitation of his family and friends, b* attended 
Mr. Johnston's Institute. He carefully followed the directions, and in 
tbree weeks he was a changed tnan. He spoke with ease, and alter his 
return home, he addressed large audiences in an acceptable manner. 
Life took a different line. His faith in God became stronger each day 
and his spirits as buoyant as a boy's, now that he could speak freely. 

I can not say too much in praise of Mr. Johnston's high Christian 
character and his untiring efforts to aid all who are under his care. Hie 
cures he effects seem more like miracles. I unhesitatingly endorse him 
as one of the purest and best men we have ever known. 

Mrs. Joseph B. Winston. 



Wonld Never Have Known he Stammered. 

Valley Shhinarv, Waynesboro, Va., November 11, 1901. 
Mv Dear Mr. Johnston : 

Your letter has just come, and I hasten to add my testimony in 
regard to yonr wonderful cure of Dr. J. B. Winston. 

As I did not know Dr. Winston before he was cured, I was aston- 
ished to hear that he had ever been a stammerer. Certainly I should 
never have discovered it from conversing with him or hearing him talk. 
In all my acquaintance with bim I never heard him even hesitate in his 
speech or articulation. 

Yours most sincerely, Hugh Uercer Blain, M. A. Ph.D., 

Co-Principal Valley Seminary. 



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easy speech. In this I was no exceptioa, as this is one of the pecnlJar 
phases of stammering, and my astODisbment was profound when, at tbe 
end of a fortnight, I found myself enabled to enter unTeservedly into 
general con versa tio a,, to ask for articles in shops, and perform other 
achievements which, a month previously, I should have regarded a» 
impossible. I cannot sufficiently express my admiration for Mr. John»- 
ton's method, and I am entirely convinced that by the end of six weeks' 
treatment I will be altogether and permanently cured." 

The next young gentlemen, evidently, from his bearing and man- 
ner, an ambitious junior in some profession, in a clear voice, and with 
perfect ease, observed : 

" I entered the Institute a short time ago and considered myself 
perfectly cured in one week, but I have remained a little longer to 
strengthen those organs which had been misused for four and twenty 
years. I have not only been cured of my impediment, but I have 
acquired an excellent enunciation. 1 have been taught to give each 
vowel and consonant its proper value, and feel conGdent that I can now 
enter the very best society without the least embarrassment. My grati- 
tude to dear Mr. Johnston is more than I can express. ' ' 

(The testimony of the fourth member of this interesting group, Hr. 
PinthofF, appears over his own signature elsewhere.) 



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Press Opinions 

Comment of Leading Journals — A Trustworthy 
and Successful Institution 

A Public Need Supplied 
Pkiladelphia Public Ledger 
The Philadelphia Institute for the permanent cure of stammeiing, 
Etutteritig and all other defects in articulation, was founded in 1884 b; 
Mr. Johnston, and is yet under his perGonol chuge. Mr. Johnston 
guarantees to effect a pennanent cure in all cases, except where the 
organs of speech are defective, and he does this after twelve years' con- 
tinuous experience in the training of persons whose articulation has 
been defective. In addition to his own surprising cure, he has been 
successful in permanently curing a large number in these ensuing yeais. 
All who are in any way afflicted with this infirmity will do well to com- 
municate with Mr. Johnston. His institution is considered the lai^st 
and most complete in its appliances of any in the United States. Mr. 
Johnston's cure is so unique, and its need is so sincerely felt in all walks 
of life, that it is not strange that bis prospectus includes letters from 
prominent men in all branches of public life, and in all parts of the 
country. 

A Beneficent Work 
Pkiladelphia Press 
Much misery will be prevented to a large number of people in every 
community by the permanent cure of stammering. Such cures are 
wrought upon hundreds yearly by Mr. Edwin S. Johnston at the famous 
Philadelphia Institute, which is the most successful establishment for 
the treatment of impedimenta of speech that has ever been known. 
Many a man owes the beginning of a bright career, which would other- 
wise have been denied him, to the discoveries of Mr. Johnston. Cliarles 
Kingsley enunciated a truth which every man can verify by reference 
to his own circle of acquaintances when he said : " The stutterer's life 
is full of misery, and always a short one, by reason of the mental depres- 
sion and misdirection of vital energy which is induced tliereby." Surely, 
then, Mr. Johnston must be regarded as a benefactor of humanity since 
he evolved a psychological system, free from surgery, by which he first 
cured himself of the painful stuttering with which he was afflicted until 
he was forty years old, and then founded the Philadelphia Institute for 
the cure of stammering, at which hundreds of grateful people have been 
successfully treated. 

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met with most remarkable success. Mr. Jobaston stammered badly for 
thirty years, but has radically cured himself and many others. He is 
cordially endorsed by professors of the University of Pennsylvania, and 
many prominent phyMciansof Philadelphia, all of whom have personally 
witnessed the effect of Mr. Johnston's treatment. His cures are perma- 
nent, and we commend all thus afBicted to his care. 



All May be Healed 
Philadelphia Evening Telegraph 
Probably there is no a£Biction more annoying to its unfortunate 
possessor than stammering. No matter how t>right the intellect may be, 
if the tongue cannot quickly and easily formulate the words expressing 
thought, the individual is hampered in life's struggle as badly as a swim- 
mer with his hands tied. It was not so many decades ago that stammer- 
ing was looked upon as practically an incurable {diysical defect— a 
handicap which the victim had to bear from tlie cradle to the grave. 
But in these days of wonderful progress in science and the subjugation 
of all the ills that human flesh is heir to, there is no reason why any one 
should trip and stumble in vocal intercourse with his fellows. It 
remained for Edwin S. Johnston to formulate and put into practice a 
system which has lifted the burden of stammering from hundreds of 
men, women and children, and thereby confer a boon upon the race. 
Himself a stammerer for many years, he experienced all the mental 
suffering and physical discomfort which an impediment of the speech 
entails. 

A Cloud of Witnesses 
Northern Christian Advocate 
Demosthenes put a pebble into his mouth and in course of time 
cured himself of stammering. Since then all the world has applauded 
bis act. But the great Grecian orator had the persistence to conquer 
the affliction — a persistence that tew have. In these days science has 
made such rapid strides that the cure is easier, and a method is resorted 
to that does not require a person to have a pebble in his mouth. At the 
Philadelphia Institute stammerers will find that they can be cured. This 
institution was founded in 1884 by Edwin S. Johnston, and ever since it 
has been a great credit to the city. Mr. Johnston's remarkable success, 
in this line of work is known the world over. Hundreds will vouch for 
the excellence of the method, and it is only necessary to say that many 
of them have been under bis care and have been relieved of the afflic- 
tion. The younger Pliny once said that nothing was impossible to man- 
Though Pliny may be somewhat mistaken, still confidence is half the 
cure, and Mr. Johnston inspires confidence in his patients. 
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Success Vouched for 
Philadelphia Inquirer 
It is an easy tliiag to say that stammering may be cured. It is quite 
another thing to demonstrate the truth of that assertion. Mr. Edwin S. 
Johnston, of the Philadelphia Institute for the cure of stammeiing, has 
done both. Mr. Johnston was himself a chronic sufferer from this com- 
plaint front bis boyhood days until he was forty years of age, at which 
time, after long and diligent study, he evolved the psychological 
curative method which has since proved so effective. He first cured 
himself of this infirmity, and then, in the year iS&f, founded the Institute 
at 1033 Spring Garden Street, where he bas since completely cured 
many of his fellow sufferers. Mr. Johnston claims to be able to cure 
any case of stammering not due to defective vocal organs in from three 
to six weeks, generally, and, as previously stated, has demonstrated 
repeatedly that he can fulfill those claims. The success of his method, 
and the wonderful cures he has effected, are vouched for by many 
former patients, prominent physicians and business men. 



Leading the Way Out 
New York Book World 
No weakness or affection is more depressing than a temporary 
paralysis of the organs of speech. It is through this medium thoughts 
are voiced and conveyed to another. When one is deprived, or even 
partially so, of this means of communication, we can readily understand 
and see the seriousness of the deprivation. The subject of stammering, 
lisping or other defects of the organs of speech is one that has long 
since occupied the brain of science and the skill of the medical profes- 
sion. Human effort is still in its infancy in grappling with the great 
mysteries seated in the region of the voice. The origin and first cause 
of stammering is the mystery that is still unsolved. The profession still 
fights on, hoping to find a solution, a way out of obscurity into knowl- 
edge. It is held by the popular mind that the child will "outgrow the 
trouble" as its physical strength increases and its general powers 
develop. This is a fatal opinion. As a matter of fact, if unattended, 
with maturity of life, the chance of relief is most uncertain. It is said 
now, and with a good degree of confirmation, that stammering and 
other defects of the vocal organs can be cured, and permanently so. 
This is a firm conviction, born out of a long and successful experience 
of Mr. Edwin S. Johnston, who is the founder and at the head of an 
institute in Philadelphia avowedly for the purpose of aiding and giving 
relief to the half million in this country who are suffering in some way 
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Need Suffer no Longer t 

Philadelphia Evening Bulletin 
There is no longer reason why mankind should permanently suffer I 

from stammering, or any other impediment of speech, since it has been 
practically demonstrated that this form of affliction readily succumbs to 
proper treatment, and may be completely overcome. The Institute at 
1033 Spring Garden Street, established by Edwin S. Johnston, has 
accomplished some remarkable cures in this direction, and has met 
with a great measure of success. Mr. Johnston's method is essentially 
his own, the fruit of long, personal effort to overcome a defective articu- 
lation from which he had suffered over thirty years. His case was an 
unusually painful one, and he had tried every known system without 
the slightest success. Mr. John,ston's method has never failed when the 
conditions made a cure possible. His treatment is so simple and easy, 
and yet so effective, that one must admit its merits at first sight. Mr. 
Johnston is always glad to meet sceptics. Some of his strongest 
endorsers are people who were inclined to doubt the efficacy of his 
method before they witnessed its remarkable results. 

The Stammering Tongue Unloosed 

Ckrisdan at Work * 

Stammering may seem to the casual observer to be one of the petty 
evils of hfe, but to those who have to stammer in theii own speech or to * 

listen tostammering in the speech of others, it appears in all its reaUty, • 

a terrible infirmity. Happily, there are comparatively few of the 
human race who are afflicted with this infirmity ; but those who are 
thus afflicted esteem their affliction such a burden that they would do 
almost anything to be rid of it. We have heard of many cases in which 
cures of stammering were attempted and failed, and we have heard of 
some which were successfully cured. And we are satisfied that many 
of the methods suggested for cure are not practical. But we have heard 
with pleasure of the success attending the efforts of Mr. E. S. Johnston, 
of Philadelphia. Mr. Johnston's first success was upon himself. For 
years he had been a stammerer, and for years he had been studying how 
to cure his infirmity. At last he found a way. Having obtained com- 
plete relief, he undertook the cure of others who were similarly afflicted. 
In this he has met with phenomenal success, having led into the habit 
of fluent speaking many who were stammerers of the worst kind. Mr. 
Johnston is vouched for by gentlemen whose names are not generally 
seen in testimonials, and who have endorsed him because of the rare 
merits of his system, and of the importance of having stammering cured. 
We cheerfully commend Mr. Johnston to those who are afflicted, assur- ^ 

ing them of the best treatment from a gentleman of undoubted integrity. * 

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Hope for Every Stammerer 
Christian Standard 
Mr. Johnston was a cobfinned and unfortunate stammerer for forty 
years of his life. He obeyed the injunction given in the words, " Phy- 
sician, heal thyself." Only by patience and perseverance and by the 
blessing of God he succeeded in giving to himself free speech, and thus 
opened up life to make it worth the living. Pos-iessed of the knowledge 
which comes through personal experience, study and work, he has since 
the founding of his Institute cured thousands of stammering cases. The 
Institute, located at 1033 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, is fully 
equipped with every facility for its work. As the pioneer in the cure of 
stammering, Mr. Johnston has maintained his position in the first rank 
of specialists. Winter work in Philadelphia, and summer .sessions by 
the sea at Atlantic City, enable Mr. Johnston to lead his pupils along to 
a permanent cure with the comforts of home life and the recreation of 
outdoor pleasure at all seasons of the year. There is hope of cure for 
every stammerer, and the way to its realization is most readily to be 
found under Mr. Johuston's tuition and leadership. 

A Notable Case 
Leisure Hours 
In conversation with one of our most competent general practi- 
tioners, a physician whose ability is second to no other in Philadelphia, 
he brought forward au instance of a wonderful cure, growing out of the 
advance the past ten years in what is known as "Specialty Practice." 
It was so wonderful as to be very entertaining. It related to a patient 
of this doctor's, who was so greatly afflicted as a " stammerer," as to be 
a great bore to every one with whom he came in contact socially. This 
young man had even gone abroad to be under the care of a noted Ger- 
man physician ; not improving, he came back to this country, and after 
B few months, under the care of Edwin S. Johnston, at his private Insti- 
tnte for the cure of stammering, at 1033 Spring Garden Street, he 
entirely recovered. It was our pleasure, since hearing of the ahose 
case, to visit the aforesaid Institute and examine some of the strongest 
testimonials, and the most flattering, that any specialist could possibly 
expect to receive. 



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