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speeches, that pays no attention to the speeches on the other side--all evidently written and memorized beforehand-and one which recognizes and meets what an opponent has said. Demosthenes, for example, the prince of all orators, not only wrote his speeches so that they sounded, as he said such speeches should sound, as if "spoken on the spur of the moment,” but he never failed to weave through these prepared speeches replies to what his opponents had said.
If you ever become a lawyer, you 'll just have to acquire the habit of remembering what your opponents say, what the witnesses testified to, and the rulings of the judge; although you can help yourself, to a certain extent, by taking notes. Similarly, at meetings of citizens to discuss public questions. And in the discussions of business men in their chambers of commerce, and at meetings of the directors of corporations, you 'll have to acquire this habit of paying attention and remembering, or you 'll be out of it when it comes to taking part in affairs. So why not begin now? You ’ll find it 's lots of fun when you get into it as good as any game.
“We do our best easily and in sport,” says Emerson; so get all the fun you can out of it.
do for "exams." While a good meal makes you feel good all over, an overloaded stomach means trouble. The food does n't digest properly; and in case of an overloaded mind, it does n't either.
6. They don't tease and annoy their memories, as the cramming type of student is apt to do; for the latter knows he is n't giving his memory a square deal, and is afraid it will go back on him at the critical moment. A contemporary said of Lord Stratford, “His memory was naturally great, and he made it greater by confiding in it." And says Thomas Fuller, in that dear, quaint way of his:
Spoil not thy memory by thine own jealousy, or make it bad by suspecting it. How canst thou find that true which thou wilt not trust?
7. The trained mind learns, in paying attention, not to make this a strained attention; not to get over anxious. Good golf-players learn that it does n't pay to get too worked up over a drive.
“But,” you say, "how are you going to take it easy when you don't feel easy?"
Just do. Begin by trying, and after awhile-usually a little while-you can. You simply let them alone, the things you've been trying to remember,these tricky elves of memory land, that would n't come when you called them,and, like the sheep of Miss Bo Peep, they 'll finally come trotting home, bringing all their little details behind them!
8. In memorizing, don't dwell too long on a given topic, but go on and come back to it. The Little People of the brain, to whom you keep repeating, seem to get annoyed about it and say:
“Yes! Yes! Yes! That 's ten times you ’ve told us that. We heard you the first time. This nagging habit of yours simply confuses us. And besides, you make us weary. You ought to know the memory can't work when it 's weary; have n't you often heard the expression, 'I'm so sleepy I don't know my name?'”
So say the Little People; and they 're entirely right. This nagging habit-a common fault of young folks who put off getting their lessons until the last moment, and then rush things-really wastes their time and wastes the Little People's time, and sets them against you—if you 're of that sort.
THERE are several reasons why educated people learn more quickly the things worth while, retain them better, and can do things with what they remember. Here are some of these reasons:
1. They have trained themselves to concentrate; to pay attention.
2. They fix things in their minds by recalling from within-looking into their minds to see that things find their way into the proper compartments, instead of just repeating over and over, without these "look-ins.”
3. They increase their interest in things by thinking them over. This thinking things over--not just repeating themresults in:
4. The formation of connections between new things and related facts and ideas that are older residents in the mind. If given a chance, as a result of the "thinking-over" habit, these old residents are most hospitable in welcoming and taking in their new kith and kin.
5. Properly educated people don't cram, as foolish young people sometimes
9. And here is a final caution-one of for the strange fact that, in spite of the frightthe most important of all. In the quota ful nausea of the first cigar, the smoker, later, tion from Darwin,-back on the first lights another; that the dyspeptic persists in page,-he spoke about his memory. In eating things he ought not. another place in his autobiography, When you prepare for a debate, have n't whence the quotation is taken, he says: you noticed that, in hunting up facts and I followed the rule, whenever I came across
arguments, you are apt to overlook those a published fact, observation, or thought that
that favor the opposition and to exaggerate was opposed to my own conclusions, to make the number and importance of those that a note of it without fail and at once; for I support your side? And, possibly although had found by experience that such facts or
the thing itself is an unpleasant memory and thoughts were far more apt to escape from the memory than favorable ones.
therefore slippery—you recall how your side
has lost debates for that very reason! The mind has a tendency to forget or over
Remember what Darwin did. That's the look not only things that oppose our views, way to do, if you want to get to be a scientist but unpleasant things in general-unless they or a successful business man,
-as you 'll see are so painful or so terrible, so associated with when we come to the Story of the Magic some dear friend, that they leave a scar, as Penny,--or a successful lawyer, or anything. Professor James used to say. This accounts And what 's to hinder you?
By WALTER DE LA MARE
As I came out of Wiseman's Street,
By RALPH HENRY BARBOUR
SYNOPSIS OF PREVIOUS INSTALMENTS NED and Laurie Turner, twins, new boys at Hillman's School, decide that it is their duty to go in for athletics, although both are inexperienced, and the privilege of upholding the honor of the Turners on the gridiron falls to the unwilling Ned. "Kewpie” Proudtree, a candidate for the team, currying favor with the captain, introduces Ned as a star player. Ned protestingly accepts the role and manages to conceal his ignorance. Kewpie gives him private instruction in punting and soon declares that he is a born kicker. CHAPTER VII
two years older than Laurie, a big, rather
raw-boned fellow, with a mop of ash-colored HIGH SCHOOL ACCEPTS DEFEAT
hair and very bright blue eyes. A WEEK passed, and the twins began to feel George Watson was sixteen, an upper like old residents. They had ceased being middler and, as Laurie frequently assured "the Turner twins" to acquaintances, al him, no fit associate for a respectable fellow. though others still referred to them so, and To the latter assertion, George cheerfully their novelty had so far worn off that they agreed, adding that he always avoided such. could enter a class-room or walk side by side He came from Wyoming and had brought across the yard without being conscious of with him a breeziness of manner that his the rapt, almost incredulous, stares of the acquaintances, rightly or wrongly, described beholders. To merely casual acquaintances, as "wild and woolly." Of the four, Kewpie they were known as Ned and Laurie; to a and George were more often found in comfew friends they had become Nid and Nod. pany with the twins. Kewpie was responsible for that. He had There had been four lessons in kicking on corrupted "Ned" into "Nid," after which it an open lot behind the grammar school, two was impossible for Laurie to be anything but short blocks away, and while Ned had not “Nod." Laurie had demurred for a time, yet mastered the gentle art of hurtling a demanding to be informed who Nod had football through the air, Kewpie was enthusibeen. Kewpie could n't tell him, being of astic about his pupil's progress. “Why, the hazy belief that Nid and Nod were geewhillikins, Nid,” he broke forth after the brothers in some fairy story he had once fourth session, "you 're a born kicker! Honread, but he earnestly assured Laurie that est you are! You 've got a corking swing both had been most upright and wholly and a lot of drive. You-you've got real estimable persons. Anyhow, Laurie's ob- form, that 's what you 've got. You underjections would n't have accomplished much, stand.
stand. And you certainly do learn! Of for others had been prompt to adopt the course, you have n't got it all from me, nicknames and all the protests in the world because you've been punting in practice two would n't have caused them to drop them. or three times, but I take some of the credit.” These others were n't many in number, “You 've got a right to," responded Ned. however: Kewpie and Thurman Kendrick "You 've taught me a lot more than I 've and Lee Murdock and George Watson about learned on the field. Gee, if it had n't been made up the list of them at this time.
for you I'd have been afraid even to try a Kendrick was Kewpie's room-mate, punt over there! You ought to see the smallish, black-haired, very earnest youth puzzled way that Pope looks at me someof sixteen, which age was also Kewpie's. times. He can't seem to make me out, Thurman was familiarly known as “Hop,” because, I suppose, Joe Stevenson told him although the twins never learned why. He I was a crackajack. Yesterday he said, was a candidate for quarter-back on the 'You get good distance, Turner, and your eleven and took his task very seriously. direction is n't bad, but you never punt twice Lee Murdock was one of the baseball crowd, the same way!'” and Laurie had scraped acquaintance with "Well, you don't," laughed Kewpie. him on the diamond during a practice game. “But you 'll get over that just as soon as I The word "scraped" is used advisedly, for can get it into your thick head that the right Laurie, in sliding to second base, had spiked way 's the best and there 's only one right!" much of the skin from Lee's ankle. Of such “I know," said Ned, humbly. “I mean to incidents are friendships formed! Lee was do the way you say, but I sort of forget."
“That 's because you try to think of too reached his goal that afternoon. Ned and many things at once. Stop thinking about Laurie wounded him deeply by declaring your leg and just remember the ball and keep that there was no apparent improvement in your eyes on it until it 's in the air. That's his appearance. the secret, Nid. I heard Joe telling Pinky Ned saw the game from the substitutes' the other day that you 'd ought to shape up bench, and Laurie from the stand. High well for next year.”
School turned out a full attendance and, since "Next year!" exclaimed Ned, dubiously. Hillman's was outnumbered two to one “Gee! mean to tell me I'm going through all "O. H. S.” colors and cheers predominated. this work for next year?''
Laurie sat with Lee Murdock, who, as a base"Well, you might get a place this year, for ball enthusiast, professed a great scorn of all you know," replied Kewpie, soothingly. football. (There was no practice on the dia"Just keep on coming, Nid. If you could mond that afternoon.) Lee amused himself only-well, if you had just a bit more speed by making ridiculous comments in a voice now, got started quicker, you know, Pinky audible for many yards around. would have you on the second squad in no “That 's piffe!” he declared on one occatime, I believe. You 're all right after you sion, when the ground was strewn with tired, get started, but-you understand."
panting players. “The umpire said, 'Third “I do the best I know how," sighed Ned. down,' but if they are n't three quarters “I suppose I am slow on the get-away, though. down, I 'll treat the crowd! The trouble Corson is always calling me down about it. with those fellows is that they did n't get Oh, well, what do I care? I don't own it.” enough sleep last night. Any one can see
"I'd like to see you make good, though," that. Why, I can hear that big chap snoring said Kewpie. “Besides, remember the honor 'way over here!” Again, “That, brother of of the Turners!”
yours is playing better than any of them," he Ned laughed. “Laurie will look after asserted. that. He's doing great things in baseball, "Ned? Why, he is n't in! He's on the if you believe him, and it would n't be right bench down there." for us to capture all the athletic honors.” “Sure! That's what I mean. You don't
"You make me weary!" grunted Kewpie. see him grabbing the ball away from Brattle "Say, don't you California chaps ever have and losing two or three yards at a time. No, any pep?”'
sir, he just sits right there, half asleep, and "California, old scout, is famous for its makes High School work for the game. pep. We grow it for market out there. Every time he does n't take the ball, Nod, he Why, I've seen a hundred acres planted to saves us three or four yards. He 's a hero, it!”
that 's what he is. If Mulford would get all "You have, eh? Well, it 's a big shame the rest of them back on the bench, we might you did n't bring a sprig of it east with you, win." you lazy lummox! Some day I 'm going to "You 're crazy,” laughed Laurie. drop a cockle-bur down your back and see if During the intermission, Laurie's wanderyou don't show some action!"
ing gaze fell on two girls a dozen seats away. Hillman's started her season on the follow One, whom he had never seen before, dising Saturday with Orstead High School. As played a cherry-and-black pennant and neither team had seen much practice, the belonged unmistakably to the high-school contest did n't show a very high grade of cohort. She was a rather jolly-looking girl, football. The teams played four ten-minute Laurie decided, with a good deal of strawquarters, consuming a good two hours of colored hair and a pink-and-white skin. Her elapsed time in doing it, their members companion was evidently divided as to spending many precious moments prone on allegiance, for she had a cherry-and-black the turf. The weather was miserably warm ribbon pinned on the front of her dress and for football and the players were still pretty wore a dark-blue silken arm-band. For a soft. Kewpie derived great satisfaction moment, Laurie wondered why she looked from the subsequent discovery that he had familiar to him. Then he recognized her as dropped three quarter pounds and was with Polly Deane. The two girls appeared to be in a mere seven pounds of his desired weight. alone, although some boys in the row behind Had he played the game through, instead of were talking to them. yielding the center position to Holmes at the So far, the twins had not been back to the beginning of the last half, he might have little shop on Pine Street, but Laurie re