Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1836-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the
National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress. external link Learn more
Image provided by: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, Urbana, IL
Newspaper Page Text
sefl,29? iy'"-yp'g'v? tr-'-,'1.Jg'Vf--r''"''-lt
Motorcyclist (in distress) J don't
see why youvdon' leep your roads in
Granger What fur?
Motorcyclist To bring people in
to your section.
Granger Huh, if the roads wuz in
good condition they'd go right on by.
CAN YOU READ FOUR LINES AT
Can you do it?
THOMAS A. EDISON CAN, Read
ing four lines at once, he covers the
daily paper from headlines to sports
in a very few moments. And he gets
ROOSEVELT CAN. That's the
way he does all his reading. It ex
plains how he accomplishes an in
credible amount of work in a day.
And every school child will soon be
This marvelous "reading-aj-a-glance"
method is being taught in all
progressive schools throughout the
country. In another generation, all
readers will travel like a flash over
the printed page, taking in four whole
hnes at every glance, and learning
twice as much in half the time that
they now give to reading!-
You'd better learn the quick-reading
method. It will quadruple your
efficiency. It has contributed largely
to the extraordinary success of both
Roosevelt and Edison.
Ella Flagg Young, superintendent
of the Chicago public schools, and
America's greatest woman educator,
explains the method in the following
article especially for readers of The
BY ELLA FLAGG YOUNG
We teach the "quick-reading" sys
tem in the Chicago schools, and I be
lieve it is taught in all progressive
schools. It is but one of many efforts
teachers are makins to cut away the
nonessentials and present only the es
sentials in education.
The sentence is the unit of thought.
A word is not a thought at all, and it's
th.e thoughtjjthe gist of the sentece
-i we are tryingto grasp with eye and
mind. TJje-eye can be trained with a
little practice, to see the whole sen
tence instead of the word, and in time
a paragraph may be read just as
easily. The written page pictures an
idea or a thought we try to see the
picture, but we do not waste time on
its verbal frame.
It's the logical way to read, in line
with modem progress.
The newspapers help us to acquire
this faculty. The newspaper column
is narrow, and to cross it the eye
travels in so1 small an orbit that it-;
takes in sentences and even para--graphs
I have all of our Chicago school
pamphlets printed in columns of
newspaper width. When all books
and magazines are printed that width,
we can keep pace with Edison and
The auburn nose of a toper is a
sort of lighthouse to warn others of
the small volume of water passing.
EleDhants sleeD standing ud. When
in a herd a certain number will al
ways stand watch -while the others