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THE

STENOGRAPHER:

A MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Devoted to the Interests of the Shorthand
Profession, and to a diffusion of the Knowledge
and practice of Shorthand as a part of an
English Education.

VOLUME VI.

PHILADELPHIA:
STENOGRAPHER PRINTING AND PUBLISHING COMPANY,

1894

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HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY

INDEX.

West, Charles S.
Welch, Charles E.
Whitford, W.
Woodward, E. W.

DEPARTMENTS:

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Celestial Writing
Dement's Pitmanic

108, 133

78, 137, 185, 237

100

234

6, 153, 201

3, 144, 213

33
233

. 46, 197

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107, 241

188

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39
III

14, 52

140, 151

83

13, 51, 84, 116, 165,
10, 49, 80, 112, 161,

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103

189

45

141

44

109

143

207

203

43, 150
109

35

106

2, 5, 57, 89, 109, 152, 194

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123

"Exact" Phonography

66, 128, 222

133

30, 68, 176, 218

26, 70, 94, 130, 178, 230

Gabelsberger
Graham

. 24, 134, 180, 226

· 32, 72, 98, 132, 184
Hints to Shorthand Students-Torrey 220
Isaac Pitman .
Munson .
Osgoodby

22, 64, 92, 126, 172, 214
28, 96, 174, 224.
62, 216

Teale's Light Line.
Thornton's Light Line
Truth.

182
228
6

Typewriting.. 10, 49, 80, 112, 161, 203
Thorne's Law Reporting,

13, 51, 84, 116, 165, 207

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42 State Shorthand Societies

83

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Put Not Your Trust in Word Signs.
The Mastery of Shorthand

The Sloan-McMaster-McGregor Mud-
dle .

The Quickest Yet

Jerome B. Howard and the Missing
Link
Freemasonry
Slovenliness .
Miss Delia Hall

Christmas Tide

Hotel Work, Rates for.
Lucid Shorthand.
Lorelei, The...

Osgoodby's Seventh Edition

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N. Y. Public Library

A.

PHOTOGRAPHS:

Applegate, Francis M.
Bunbury, George W.
Cousins, James H.
Duke, Buford . .
Wellington Typewriter.
Wilbur, Charles E..

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153

F(?) utility of the Phonograph
Graham's Handbook-Revised Edition 234
Howard, Mr. and the Missing Link . . .

137, 185, 237

235

151

152

197
195

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“IN THINGS ESSENTIAL, UNITY; IN THINGS DOUBTFUL, LIBERTY; IN ALL THINGS, CHARITY.”’

PHILADELPHIA, JULY, 1894.

VOLUME VI.

Acquirements of Amanuenses.

BY KENDRICK C. HILL, 117 Duane Street, New York.

CHAPTER III.

READY REFERENCE. Of a ready mind.-Holy Bible.

R

EADY REFERENCE is the greatest time-saver and timeaider.

Time is an inestimable, incomparable recource, so regarded by those who succeed, but woefully wasted by those who are failing. The greatest possession is time, for it is life, and all have this great possession.

We should not only aim to attain that knowledge which is useful, but it should be alphabetical in arrangement and adapted for ready reference; in other words, our minds should be so indexed that the contents thereof might not be hidden treasures of no practical use, but always accessible on a moment's notice and thereby of much value.

*

Ready Reference always has been recognized as an important factor in all departments of knowledge and human activity, but never so much as to-day. Time is so vastly more valuable now than of old, for we are no longer plodding pilgrims, but active doers-we travel by minutes and not by days -we live lightning lives, move by electricity, and have our being daily in a sphere, the scope of which is the whole wide world. The contrast is most marked between the time of the stage-coach, the courier and going afoot, and these times when everything is done by "special delivery," be it our letters, our persons, or our goods.

NUMBER I.

Books of ready reference only are sought after by practical people of the present―e. g., Little's "Historical Lights," 741 pages, index 216 pages; Hoyt-Ward "Cyclopædia of Practical Quotations," 634 pages, index 265 pages.

Although the Encyclopædia Britannica is alphabetically arranged, there is an index in the back of each of the twenty-four volumes, and the twenty-fifth volume comprises a general index of 991 pages. This is to enable a person to find whatever may be wanted, and to find it quickly. What a lesson it suggests and teaches!

V

From this I observe that many men are but books of ready reference, human encyclopædias, as it were, of knowledge and vast information; not merely men who know much, but from whom only little can be gained, but living books, copiously indexed (with cross references and all that), which may be leafed over and over, from A to Z, with the gratifying result of securing whatever information may be desired. They are useful human volumes, bound within the lids of human life. Such men succeed and do not live in vain. In fact, the present age has no use for a person who is not ready, and who, when referred to and leafed over and consulted, cannot meet the requirements of the occasion then and there. It is now or

never.

*

A set of books kept little by little each day, is a complete history of a firm's business, even to the most minute detail, and all adapted to ready reference, too-otherwise said books would be virtually useless to all practical purposes. From the book of original entry (Day Book) to that of debits and credits (Journal), all the way through to "the merchant's encyclopædia" (Ledger), it is one mammoth index of countless thousands of business transactions, and so we

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