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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, September 18, 1913, Image 13

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THE WORLD'S FAMOUS PHRENOLOGIST BARES
MURDER MOTIVE IN HANS SCHMIDT'S HEAD!
By Jessie A. Fowler, Foremost American Phrenologist.
(Copyright, 1913, by the Newspaper Enterprise Association.)
icy 01 the eyes. There is an irregu
The face of murderer Hans
Schmidt strikingly illustrates points
in physiognomical analysis as well, as
in cerebral comparison that "fully
prove that a person carries his own
individual history in his face and
head.
First of all, we recognize from the
photograph that Schmidt's nose is ir
regular in shape and has 'a peculiar
enlargement of the septum, while
the nostrils are exceptionally large
and open. With THIS IRREGULAR
ITY and the LARGENESS of the
NOSTRILS we can see MUCH of the
character of the man.
First, a lack of poise and regularity
of mental action and, on the, other
hand, a strong indication of the char
acteristic that will show itself in the
cerebellum or base of the brain; sec
ond, the fullness of the opening al
ways accompanies a powerful and
animal mind. Where we have found
it on the .faces of keen intellectual
men and women they have shown the
same strength of character only un
der control. The temper "of such peo
ple is generally hard to control.
A second impression that we 'form
from the outline of Hans Schmidt's
face shows itself in the lips, which
are again uneven. The fullness of
the lower Up betokens strong passion
and animality. It corresponds with
the large development of the cerebel
lum and never fails to indicate the
direction of the social brain. We do
not mean to indicate that all persons
who have a large cerebellum murder
their friends, but where there is a
.lack of control or mental balance, as
is evident in the case beforeus, we
would think that it would be quite
possible for this persoitto think more
about the instincts of this organ"than
how to keep it in. check.
The 'third observation that we
make about this face is the peculiar-
larity about the size of the dyes in
the first place and a peculiar expres
sion from them in the second. The
one is larger and more staring than
the other; one is half closed and is
more secretive and cunning in its ap
pearance than the other. It seems to
resemble a person who has some
thing to hide, yet the other eye, being
large and luminous, would like to ex
press that there Is nothing going on
in the mind that should not be there
and there is nothing to secrete. The
two sides of the face appear to be
quite different and represent a double-faced
mind.
Thevfeature that next impresses us
is the long square jaw with a ten
dency to roundness. It betokens ex
ceptional animality, cruelty and hard
ness of mind, also passion distorted
Into baseness and unfeelingness.
The nose shows uncontrolled pas
sion; the lips jealousy and personal
selfishness; while the chin is the basic
principal of the face, shoulders the
responsibility of the whole of the
character, and gives expression to
the intent and desire of the indiv
idual. The ears are .thick and unrefined in
form and give us another impression
of morbidness mat would be likely toj
show itself in the character of the
individual who owned them.
The width of the head is an indica
tion of that type of individual that
Dr. Maudsley calls brutal, with a ten
dency to strenuosity. When this por-
tion of the head is uncontrolled by.
moral influences it reasons that any
action taken would be recognized as
perfectly.- right and sincerel
The height of the head above the"
ears indicates determination and will
power, which in a perfectly normal
head is an excellent power to possess
but if uncontrolled by moral senti-
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