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Arthmr Lo Weblb9 In the Hyp
miotic Magazine, Tells
How to Practice It.
Confidence that you can do what you
try Is necessary to success. It you
haven't absolute confidence, assume as
much as you can, when trying your
first subject. Get you a person.somoono
who Is willing, and toll him you will,
If he does what you tell him, put him to
sleep. Impress upon him the Idea, that
you can do whut you say you will. Be
fore .beRlnnlns operations, tell him that
you will clve him a bright object to
loo): at, and that ho will, after looking
at It awhile, become drowsy, then more
and more drowsy, until finally he will
be compelled to close his eyes and to
sleep. Be sure you tell him that he will
notice nothing unusual about the drow
siness; tell him that It will be just as
natural as anv sleep that he has ever
enjoyed. Let him not expect anything
unusual to occur; for such will distract
his attention ,and make him to some
extent less passive than ho should be.
If the subject happen to be a friend
who knows your purpose, It may be
necessary, In order to gain his consent,
to say that you will let him sleep only
a few minutes, and that you will not
make him do anything ridiculous while
under your Influence. Of course, you
Intend to make him sleep a long time,
and you mean to make him do a great
many funny, If not ridiculous things
excusing yourself by the reflection that
you are guilty of the fiction for the
sake and benefit of science. You will
after awhile become so Interested In
making experiments, that you will feel
no stirring, much less pricking, of con
science" for a deceutlon which Injures
n(j one. After assuring your subject
that no harm can come to him, you will
place him In an easy position, bring his
.hand about four Inches from his eyes,
having placed In It some bright ob
ject. I usually take n bottle-stopper
of cork and cover It with tinfoil; though
a coin, or even an object not bright,
will do as well. Tell him to look right
at It; and to never, under any circum
stances, look away from it, but to con
tinue, no matter who comes Into the
room or around him to look straight
at It, Say such words as these: "Keep
on now looking right at It, and direct
ly you will become drowsy, your eye
lids will get heavy, and then heavier,
and heavier; then you will close your
eyes and sleep. Now keep on looking,
and do everything I tell you to, but
nothing else." Pause a moment or two
and let him have time; for you will fall
If you try to hurry too much at first.
He will think It more natural If you
give him a moment to get sleepy. No
wide-awake person can become sleepy
In a single moment. Again repeat:
''Now your eyes are getting heavier
Btlll you are getting more and more
sleepy directly you will sleep but do
not close your eves until I tell you.
Now you can scarcely hold them open;
but keep looking at It. I will tell you
Mien, to close them." Keep making
such suggestions, and be deliberate and
positive In making them. Make them as
If you knew them. Give him no time
to think after he really begins to get
sleepy. Let him only listen. As soon
us you observe his eyelids really grow
ing heavy, say: "Your eyes are al
most closed now," making your words
long' drawn out, and spoken in a tone
which will not arouse him, but will, in
stead, Indicate that you are yourself
sleepy and almost gone. Continue as
lollovs: "Directly your eyes will just
have to close you Just cannot keep
them open see, they are closing now
they are almost ready to close now
they will close and you will sleep. Close
them." Pause a moment, then say:
'.'Sleep." Give the comand to sleep In a
cjulet, yet firm and masterful, way.
. 5fou will see that the eyelids may
qulfer for a few seconds, sometimes
.for a minute; but very soon the subject
"will settle back In his chair, freiiuent
ly with a sigh, und the Cyes will be
come quiet, and his limbs show perfect
relaxation. Let him remain so for
some minutes, saying nothing to him
atoll. When you are ready to operate, it
Is well for you us a beginner, especial
ly If you have a new subject, to con
stantly make suggestions. For In
stance, you say, "Nothing will wake
you, and nothing will hurt you. You can
open your eyes, but you will stay
asleep. Now I am about to raise your
arm, but you won't wake up. Nothing
will wake you." Hub the arm n few
.times and say, "Now you can't take It
down see, you can't. You are sound
asleep and you will do everything
tell you to do; but you' will not wake
up you can't wake up till I tell you."
The arm will remain In the position In
which it Is placed, and, if you tell him
that no one can take it down or bend
it, you will find It true that no one
can. I almost always begin operations
in that way, placing both arms In up
lifted position, with both legs out
stretched in same manner. "When you
are' ready to take them down, rub them
Gently but firmly (though In a differ
ent manner from the way you stroked
them in making them rigid), and say,
"Now you can take them down see,
you can you will do everything r tell
yqu. You will have to do so. No One
can wake you except myself."
Some people say that the eyes must
be opened or a shock must be given,
before the subject will became
cataleptic; but they are entirely mis
taken. I have, with the subject's eyes
insult uiusi-u, aaneu people to try ti
uend a rigid arm, and even though!
they exerted their whole strength in
the effort, they have invariably failed.
Again, I have had a subect, while In the
cataleptic state, tempted by an offer of
reward to move his hand or other part
of his body; but in every instance the
arm has failed to be moved. For ex
ample, I have, amusing my friends by
giving a private exhibition, taken a
new subject provided by them, and,
having hypnotized him, asked in n
whisper someone to offer him money If
he would only take it. Often the sub
ject a fingers would move very, very
slightly at the tips, but never haB' one
succeeded In taking the money. Again,
after I have suggested to the subject
that he may hear others talk but that
he Will not understand them, because
he will listen to me alone, I have found
it always to bo the' case that he really
could not understand others. For In
stance, I once had a boy hypnotized
who was dreadfully afraid of his fatti
er. This fact was known to a friend
of mine who happened to come Into
my olllce at the time; and knowing that
I had told the boy he could not wake
unless I commanded him, and that I
had told him he could not understand
anyone except me, he shook him and
told him that his father was right there
with us. The boy did not move, even
when my friend shook him ns hard as
he could, nor would bo make an effort
to take a five-dollar coin when placed
In his open palm; though he was told
that he might have it for his own if he
would only take it. Not oven his finger
tips twlched. This proved to my
friend, who had been prior to that time
somewhat skeptical, that there was
more in hypnotism than he had be
lieved. I tried an experiment once with
this same subject, the result of which
has since been verified by numerous
other experiments, to see If a person
hypnotized at one time can remember,
at a subsequent time when he Is hypno
tized, what he did when he was under
the Influence at the first time. I once
told him that a stick, holding It before
him, was a snake: and when I moved
the stick toward him, ho exhibited
signs of alarm. I told him that he
would always know, whenever he might
see It, that It was a snane. After I
had aroused him, in a manner to be re
lated hereafter, he did not remember
a. single thing which he had done while
hypnotized; and when the stick was
shown him and he was asked what It
was, he at once said It was a stick.
Some time afterward, I think about
two weeks after, I had another chance
at him; and when he was thoroughly
hypnotized, I held the stick up before
him; ho at once Jumped quickly back
and asked me not to let It bite him. I
moved It toward him and he cried
aloud, begging me all the while to take
It away. When I asked him what It
was, he at once said: "It's a snake, it's
a snake." Yet, when he was aroused
after this trial, he know the stick only
as a stick. This suggests an experi
ment which I will be glad to try, or
have tried, and show him a stick. I
do not know myself what would be the
result, but I take It that if ho remem
bers one thing while hypnotized, that
he has done at another time while In
the same condition, lie will also remem
ber everything. To further prove the
fact that one remembers In this way
what he has previously done, I will give
another Illustration. I once told a
young lady while hypnotized, to count
after me thus, "one, two, four, five,
.six," etc., being careful that I should
leave out the number three. Then I
told her to count In the same way by
herself, and she left out that
number. After arousing her she count
ed properly, much to my surprise, as
will hereafter appear. She was not told
that she had counted wrong, or that she
had been made to count at all, while
asleep. Some weeks afterward I hyp
notized her azain and, after trying a
number of other experiments, said:
"Count." She, without the slightest
hesitation, counted as follows: "One,
two, four, live, six," etc. 1 had, fre
quently, before that, told p person un
der the influence to count, leaving out
a certain number always suggesting
to him that ho was counting right.
For Instance, I would say: "Count, one,
two, four, five, six," etc. Then I would
say: "There is no sucli thing as three
you will always remember that there
is no three, and when you are waked
you will count one, two, lour, live, six,
etc. Now, count again." Invariably,
until my experience with the young lady
before mentioned, the subjects have
counted wrong after being waked. The
strange part about It is the fact that
they will not remember a single other
thing that they have done. I have told
them to count off on their fingers; and
they will, to the amusement of the spec
tators, skip one linger of the hand, or
will put two lingers together and count
them as one. I am not sure why the
lady counted properly after being wak
ed, but I have reached the conclusion
that I failed to make the suggestion
that she would, after belnr, waked,
count as she had while hypnotized. Sly
mind Is not, however, altogether clear
on this point. Somewhat similar to this
experiment is nnother which, when you
practice It, will astonish you. For' In
stance, you say to the subject that ho
will not know you when ho wakes, but
that he will think you are some other
person. Invariably (I have never
known it to fall) he will, after being
waked, think you are that other per
son. I have had subjects to ask me
where I had gone, even though I was In
plain evidence before them. This Is
true of new subjects as well as old ones.
I have told a subject that her sister,
who was sitting beside her, was some
other person (naming the other), and
that when she waked she would know
her sister as that other person, Sure
enough, she would declare, even Insist
Indignantly, that her own sister was
someone else. The effect of this would
necessarily wear off after a time; but
to avoid any possible harm that might
result to the mind of one left In such
confusion, I always re-hypnotize the
subject und remove the false impression
by proper surgestloh. It I happen to
be the one who disappeared, I simply
say: "I have come back now, and
when you wake up you will know me."
To re-hypnotlze I do not use any
bright object, but simply tell the sub
ject that I am going to put him asleep
again. I leave no time for argument,
but proceed, often over their objections,
to make a few rapid passes with my
hand, touching their face, forehead and
eyes, always making the proper sug
gestions, such as "you are getting
sleepy ycu will sleep very soon oh,
you ure so tired you want to rest to
sleep to sleep and you will sleep you
aro about to sleep now you are almost,
almost, almost asleep." Pause a mom
ent and then say: "Now you are asleep;
sleep till I wake you." If a subject
ever becomes hysterical, ho can at once
bo quieted by simply suggesting that
,he will sleep quietly and wltjiout
What 1 have said proves that a cer-
tain kind of Influence can continue to
bo exerted upon one by the operator af
ter his subject has been waked; no, not
by the operator (for I believe his Influ
enceas a hypnotist ceases ns soon as
his subject Is aroused), but that the op
eration Itself may exert Its Influence
over subsequent notions. Uninformed
persons protend that a hypnotist can
compel a man to commit a crime nftcr
being awakened from his trance. I say,
emphatically, and I nm Sure every prac
tical hypnotist will bear me out In the
assertion, that a hypnotist cannot make
a good man act, after he has been arous
ed, contrary to what his conscience dic
tates. Whether or not a good man will
do wrong, by suggestion while In the
"trance," I regard as still being open
for discussion. I have made many sub
jects steal und hide things away In their
pockets, and after being waked and
having their pllferings discovered, their
confusion and chagrin have been pain
ful to behold. These persons have
borne good reputations and are ap
parently good men; but who can say
with absolute certalnlty that they were
as good as they seemed. From the very
nature of the thins, the question will
remain always somewhat unsettled.
I do believe, however, that a
good subsequent Influence can be
exerted, mid that those morally
bad can be made to reform
to some extent. In fact, by making
this kind of jtn experiment several
times on the same person, I have been
successful In curing a subject of bad
It Is also true, when you have a per
son hypnotized, you can make him
have a false Impression of something
that has happened before ho wa3 put
asleep. For Instance, I have made
agreements with now subjects who re
fused to be hypnotized without re
muneration, to pay them some certain
amount; and while they were asleep I
have told them that they would not
remember what I had promised to pay
them. In such case they would not
remember, and I could afterward pay
them just whatever I pleased. I have
also told them that they would remem
ber what I had promised to give them,
and I would then name a much smaller
amount, and tell them that, when they
waked, they would know that the
smaller amount Was what I had prom
ised to pay them. Invariably, they
would name this smaller amount. I
have seen no mention made anywhere
of an experiment of this kind, and I
know of no beter one to try when an
operator wants to convince his friends
that hypnotism Is no fraud. Let your
friends make a contract with some
person to be used ns a subject; and,
when he Is hypnotized, change the
amount by suggestion. If he Is a sub
ject with whom you have had no con
versation, and whom you have not
previously known, there can be no
room for doubt In the minds of your
audience, when the subject demands,
and Is contented with, a much smaller
amount, than they hud agreed to pay
him. I always pay such subjects, as
have been deceived In this way, enough
to raise their renumeratlon to what I
had really agreed to pay; but I always
do It as a gratutloua contribution. A
person who would take advantage of
such a situation and rob a man in this
condition would be the very meanest
und most degraded in the whole cate
gory of mean and degraded thieves.
Once I made the mistake of telling a
boy, whom I had frequotly deceived in
this way, the real reason why I had
given him more, as he supposed, than
I had agreed. Afterward, whenever I
wanted to hypnotize him, he would
refuse to allow me to do so until he
had written down the amount on a
piece of paper and had carlred It down
the street to some particular friend. He
would always tell his friend to give It
to him whenever he should see him
again. I sometimes would tell him to
write the amount on the paper and put
It in his pocket; but he would say that
I could make him tear It up and forget
having done so, which, of course, I
could have done. Another subject, a
friend of this one, thought he would be
safe In hiding the paper on which he
had written the amount I had agreed
to give him; so, before being hypno
tized, he carried It down from my olllce
and hid It very safely away. The most
of you who hour me by reading this,
have really hidden them from yaur
which you wanted to keep very, very
secuie; and sometimes you have suc
ceded so well In hiding them that you
have really hlden them from your
selves. Just eo with this bov; he hid
his paper so well that he has never
found It since In fact, he has never
thought of finding It. It is needless to
say that he was Paid oven more than
I had promised to pay him. I mention
the circumstance merely to show the
wonderful possibilities of this strange
Influence. In this connection, I must
tell a joke on myself. I once told a
subject that he would remember a
much larger amount than the one I had
really agreed to pay. When he waked
he stoutly declared that I owed him
the larger amount; and he was honest
In his contention. I was sorry the rule
worked both ways, though 1 should
have known It would; nevrtheless, I
paid him the advanced rate, because
I knew he would otherwise always be
lieve that I had cheated him.
Such experiments suggest a fruitful
field to scientific investigation. Query:
Can an event that took place a month
or more before be, by hypnotism, so
changed that It will appear to be a dif
ferent thing, or to be forgotten alto
gether? Suppose a man sign a note for
$100 and, afterward, while hypnotized
be made to sign one of the same date
as the first but for a larger amount.
Supposet hen, the first note Is desroyed
and the man is made to believe that
he gave a note for the Increased
amount. Will this belief be permanent?
I know such false Impression of some
thing happened Immediately before will
be uedmnnent; for I have proven such
to be the case In a great many harm
less experiments.
A few evenings since, I gave an ex
hibition for the pleasure of my friends,
and I expected, in order that I might be
perfectly successful and they might not
be disappointed, to use a subject whom
I have hypnotized before. As has been
often said, a subject works better af
ter having been hypnotized a few'
times. Thoughtlessly I had told a
friend of this subject a few of the
pranks we had been playing on him
at various times while we had him
asleep. Well, the friend let the cat out
of the hag. It waB the subject's first
Information upon the real nature of
the affair, as I had always told him
that I wuld only make him go to
sleep and that I would not make him
perform ut all. The consequence was,
being afraid that I would make him do
some tricks to amuse the company,
that he did not appear, Someono vol
unteered to get another person; und
one whom I had never seen was brought
In. I was entirely successful, and his
antics amused those present very much,
For instance, I would open his mouth
and tell him that ho could not close
It; nor could he. Then I would toll
him that bees .were gglng into It. He
would not close his .outh, but ho
used his hands with rap.u und repeat
ed motions at the imaginary bees. I
told him his nose was made of India
rubber, and, tnklng hold of It, made
pretence of pulling It out as I would
a rubber band. When I told him I
would let It go, ho begged me not to do
so, and cried uloUd when I did let go.
And It was the same way with his car;
he would feel It and rub It, and his ex
pression showed very clearly his sur
prise at finding It made of India-rubber.
I made him assume the ridiculous
positions of a man fishing with a broom
stick, which Is a very common experi
ment. 1 took his hand and forced a
needle completely through It, and he
did not move a muscle or show any
sign whatever of discomfort. After I
had told him that ho could not feel
anything, 1 rubbed his eyeballs with
my linger; yet he did not make a mo
tion. As physicians say, "reflex action
of the nerve was not present," and a
surgical operation could then have been
performed without pain to the patient.
To continue: I made his limbs rigid,
nnd no one could bend them. I put u
chair somewhat removed from the one
on which he was seated and told him he
was getting stiff all over; and he did
at once become cataleptic and lay
stretched out, with his head (not his
head and neck but his head) on one
chair and his heels on the other. In
this position I placed a heavy nlano-
stool on him, and he bore the weight
easily, and would have borne much
more. I am sure the editor will say
that ho does not approve of such fool
ish experiments; and I agree with him.
A much better experiment Is to make
a subject become cataleptic, by sugges
tion, while lying full length upon the
floor. Then you can take him by his
feet and raise them, without his body
bending in the least, until he Is stand
ing directly upon his head,
To continue, I told the subject that
the chair on which ho sat was getting
hot and that, as soon as I counted
three, it would be red-hot. When I
said three, he bounced up and rubbed
the seat of his trousers In a very nat
ural maimer; and no one could force
him by main strength to touch the chair
again. As soon as I counted two and
said, "Now It is cold," he sat down
again with evident relief. The company
was very much amused by his descrip
tion of heaven. I asked him if he
wanted to go there with me nnd he
declared that he did. Perhaps It may
not be sacrilegious for me to say that
I was desirous of obtaining the credit
of being the means of at least one
person reaching heaven; so I touched
his shoulders with my hand and told
him that I had given him wings. Be
ing unaccustomed to flying, he pro
ceeded to use his pinions in a very un
graceful manner, in the Imaginary
flight through space. Soon I told him
that wo had reached the place, and
he looked all around him with eyes
wider open than any I have ever seen.
His delight made his face almost shine.
He was, there is no doubt of it, really
happy. He saw angels, heard music,
Joined himself (at my suggestion) In
the chorus, danced and shouted. The
cows browsed upon grass that was puro
gold; the stars also were of pure gold,
except, as he expressed It, their
"points," which were made of dia
monds as largo and brilliant as the sun
In the sky. It seems to you, doesn't
It, a shame to carry a person from so
beautiful a place to condemn him to
the horrors of the world or condition
called hell? I think so myself; but
wait till you are yourself making those
experiments and you will also be, un
der the excitement and Interest of the
moment, unnaturally cruel.
I told him we would leave, that we
were sinking, falling falling faster
and fnster, and on that we had passed
our own world and that wo would soon
be In hell. I then said, "Now, when I
count three, open vour eyes and you
will be there." I then counted three
and he was, to judge from his express
ion and his movements, really there.
His expression was one of alarm, ac
companied with the utmost horror. I
told him the devils were after him, and
he struck at them frantically every
where around him. I myself personat
ed the devil (and some tender-hearted
and good person who reads this will
think the substitution could easily have
been made without loss of character
to myself) and told him I would throw
fire on him. As soon ns I made a
movement of doing so, he begged mo
not to do It, crying aloud and knocking
at his clothes as If they were burning.
I then took a broom and, telling him
It was a fiery serpent, chased him
around the room. I told him then that
if he' was wicked he would come to
live In that jilace forever; and he was
very ready to assure me that he would
always be poor. I tried to atone for
my cruelty to him by teaching him
in this way a lesson In good, moral
conduct. All this occurred at the home
of a prominent nttorney, all of whose
sons are also attorneys. It so happened
that one of them, an able practitioner,
had defended this particular subject
In a case where he had been charged
with committing a criminal offense.
I was asked to learn If be really com
mitted the offense. Placing my hand
on his head, I told him he would tell
me the truth about whatever I asked
him that he would have to do so. I
then asked him If ho had committed
the crime, and ho told me yes. I made
him tell me then In circumstantial de
tail all about It, omitting nothing at
He had been acquitted of the charge,
a jury having declared him to bo not
guilty; yet he made n complete con
feslon, without hesitation or shame,
before the whole company. I assured
him he would forget telling us about
it, and when he was waked he denied
that he had committed the offense. He
said that people had accused him of It,
but that he had not done; and he per
sisted, and vet persists, in declaring
that he Is innocent.
While speaking of compelling sub
jects to tell things which their good
common sense would prompt them to
preserve secret, I am reminded of one
occurrence that shows how particular
a person should be In pursuing this line
of Investigation. One day, upon his own
suggestion. I hypnotized a young man
who defied mo to make him tell any
thing while I had him asleep. He
thought he had too much sense to say
anything that ought to be kept secret.
Having his consent, I made him tell mo
who was his sweetheart anil to tell
me their secrets. Had the name he
disclosed been that of one whom I
knew, or wus likely to know, I would
have allowed him to go no further. To
my astonishment, a man who had ac
companied him to my office was about
to strike him. and would have done so
had I not prevented him. He said It
was ,hls cousin tliat. the boy was talk
ing about. As a consequence, though
the boy knew nothing at all about It
after waking up, they had a quarrel,
and do not speak as they pass,
To continue the recital of the partic
ular case which I have been discuss
ing, I will say that there was absolute
ly nothing suggested which he did not
at once readily do, I told him that a
spider waa in his coat mid ho quickly
threw. It off; then I told him It was in
his vest and he threw that off. The
spider stopped In the vest to the great
relief of the subject and, doubtless,
also, to that of the company. I then
made him put his coat under a rug
upon the floor, and told him that when
he waked he would remember that he
had put It behind the piano, which was
In a different part of the room. I took
also a quarter of a dollar and told him
that It was u five-dollar gold piece (to
which he assented), und made him put
It, with his eyes open, Into the shoe
of his left foot. I told him that ho
would remember when he wakened
that ho had put a live-dollar gold coin
In the right-hand pocket of his pants.
I then told him that he would remem
ber absolutely nothing else except these
two things. When I aroused him from
his slumber he was much mortified to
find himself stretched upon the parlor
floor without his coat, In the presence
of so many ladles. To the amusement
of the company, he went nt once around
behind the piano to find his coat. Not
finding it ho thought some one had tak
en It away. A few moments afterward,
when a reward was offered him if he
could find tho coat, he went again to
the plAno to search more closely for it.
He never did find It, and declares until
this day that he put it be
hind tho piano. When asked If anyone
had given him anything while ho
was asleep, he answered that someone
had' given him a five-dollar gold piece,
but when told that he might have It If
he could find It, ho at once ran his hand
Into the right-hand pocket of his trtints.
Yet this man was made to forgot every
single thing that he had done and said',
except these two thliies. which he re
membered, but In a wrong and different
way from that In uhlch they occurred.
It Is very strange; yet It Is true! I
have tried the same experiment In as
many as twenty-live cases, and the re
sult has always been the same they
may be made to forget somo things and
to remember others and those others,
If you wish them so, wrong.
I have detailed our work with the
foregoing particular subject, because
ycu can, If you try, do the very same
things; and what you do with one you
can do with all. I have In as many as
thirty cases done the very things de
tailed In tho foregoing Instance. Many
things will suggest themselves to you
as interesting experiments, and you will
make many wonderful discoveries as
you proceed.
I have not yet told my method of
arousing the subject, and I will now do
so. Whenever you are ready to arouse
him, merely tell him that you are go
ing to wake him very soon. This gives
his mind preparation for the chnnge
not that he would not at once awake
if you should simply command him,
but I have decided that It is best to give
this notice. I usually say: "Now, I
am about to wake you; you will feel
perfectly well; you will feel even bet
ter than you did before you became
asleep; you will not have any headache
at all. Now, when I count three, you
will open your eyes and wake up, and
you will be wide-awake. Now pay at
tention to me. Do you understand me?
All right. One. two, three open your
eyes wake up." Tho lust words should
be spoken in a quick, clear, decisive
Do not be alarmed if occasionally a
subject who has been long In a profound
lethargy seems to be drowsy and only
half awake. Talk of him and ho will
very soon be all right. There Is abso
lutely no danger of fulling to wake a
subject. I have read somewhere that
you have to snap your fingers before
them, or blow In their face. These
methods, accompanied by tho proper
suggestion, will certainly work, but I
think a gradual transition Is always
best for the subject. He is not then so
Some people have wondered at my
uniform success in making my subjects
completely forget what they have done
while under my lnlluei.ee. 1 do not
know how it happens, unless It be for
this reason, viz., I always make them,
just before waking, slumber very pro
foundly. I say, "Now, 1 am going to
let you sleep soundly for awhile, and
you will forget every single thing you
have done while you were asleep." If
I want to make some exceptions I name
them again to the subject and tell him
to be sure that he will remember those
things, but that he will forcet every
single thins else. 1 then let him sleep
for a few seconds, or a minute, being
careful to not make him perform any
more afterward. Then, before I pro
ceed to wake him, I tell him he has
forgotten those things. Sure enough,
when he wakes he has no recollection of
them. This has been true of every sin
gle case which I have tried. I have
never had a case In which the subject
was only partially hypnotized.
Again, I have seen it written that a
pei-son can wake of his own volition
whenever he wishes. This is not so, if
you impress the subject with the sug
gestion that he cannot wake until you
tell him to do so; and that no one ex
cept you can possibly wake him. 1
have several times had persons to beg
with persuasive pleading that I wake
them. Yet these same persons would
continue to be responsive to my sug
gestions, and, after being waked,
would have forgotten everything that
occurred during the sleep sometimes
contending that they had not been
asleep at all, and denying that they had
done any of the ridiculous things of
which we told them. I once told a sub
ject tiiat no one could wake him except
mvself; and after I had Impressed him
with the suggestion I left him lying
prostrate upon the floor. Ton or fifteen
minutes afterward, nt one time an hour
after, I had sent some men, one after
another, to tr to wake him; and every
single one had failed, een though all
had shaken him vigorously.
I was cruel enough once to mako n
youth, without waking him, walk Into
a lake of water to the depth of his
throat. 1 wunted fur my own benefit to
see It it would wake him; so I
told him it would not. I did,
however, tell him that the water
was a cornfield, and that he would go
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aii uieai
out Into It and gather mo some corn,
it was at night and I made tho experi
ment In opposition, I am sorry to say,
to the wishes of some ladles who were
present. Tim iom,.... ....... ...., ...i t
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Kenw no harm could result. At the sug
gestion, the subject at once walked out
into the water without tho slightest
hesitation, nnd did not stop until I told
lllm. I do llOt ImrlU' U'lmtlim. ,,. ttnt In,
would have gone ueyond his depth; for
I would mnke no such experiment, and
I advise ull who rend this to make none
such. It Is always criminal to trifle
with human life, even If crime may not
result from the trlllllng.
At another time 1 mndo a boy sit
down ou a hot stove without seeming
discomfort, and with no apparent dam
age beyond tho scorching through of
two pairs of pants which ho was wear
ing, and which I replaced by two pairs
of new ones. It was a very cold day,
and he did not wake. Such foolish ex
periments as those were made only dur
ing the first days of my experlence.when
I was testing the phenomena of hypno
tism. I had read no hooks upon the sub
ject and none were. In fact, available.
I was anxious to learn what one could
do with hypnotism.
I am almost through,' but I must, be
fore closing, take Issue with those who
claim that the hypnotist is a person of
supernatural possibilities. Anyone who
will practice with patience the rules
hero laid down can successfully typno
tlze; but you need not expect, even If
you should so desire, to hypnotize a per
son against his will, at least not In the
first instance. I have, after hynotlzing
one subject quite a number of times,
say fifteen or twenty times, succeeded
repeatedly In mesmerizing him In op
position to his will and against his phy
sical resistance; but I believe such
cases are rare.
Nor can you possess the mystical and
mythical power of Svengall! If a per
son has not music In her soul, she can
neither sing nor play (oven though hyp
notized) at the dictation of a Svengnll
the lamented Du Marnier and many
sentimentalists to the contrary not
withstanding! You may have a person
hypnotized ever so thoroughly and that
person cannot read your mind nor the
mind of anyone else; nor can the per
son hypnotized foretell events, nor tell
what Is happening In another part of
this or any other country, though spir
itualists and charlatans think other
Hypnotism Is not something unreal;
It Is not something now. It Is only a
mental phenomenon, long discovered,
though not yet understood, being now
put to practical use. In the hands of
physicians the good to mankind of this
force, this phenomenon, this mental
condition (or whatever It may be
called), Is Inestimable. I myself have
quit practicing It; and-to me many of
Its mysteries will bo mysteries forever.
I have never studied the philosophy of
the subject, and I shall not. I have
learned what I know from practical ex
perience, and I want no more know
ledge and no more experience. Not
that I know all about the subject, for I
do not, nor does anyone; but my deci
sion has been made fioin the firm be
lief that It Is not well for a layman to
practice hypnotism. sincerely believe
that It should be used for tho benefit of
humanity, and not ieroly to gratify
the- curiosity of the operutor and for
the amusement of his friends. I know
how to hypnotize, but I do not know
how to apply Its use to the benefit of
mankind; therefore, with this treatise
(if It may be dignified by the name) t
leave the subject and Its practice for
Will I5c Kun by Shatp Pointed Wheels
Ilctwecn the Itunncrs.
Tho first heavy snowfall in New
York and Paris this winter will see the
arrival of a most novel Invention for
tho sleighing season a horselesi slriyh
Heretofore the horseless wagon has
a monouolv of transportation sensa
tions, but French Ingenuity has sub
stituted rumiPis for wheels s-nJ devel
oped tho "two-and - a - half-seated
sleigh" two - and - a - half-seated be
cause there Is a little seut for the driv
er In front und room for four persons
at the rear.
Perhaps It may seem a little out of
place to talk about diving a horseless
sleigh, but If un engineer drives an en
gine, why Is It not possible for a pretty
girl to drive a sleigh propelled by a
gasoline motor? That Is just what Is
going to happen, anyway.
In general appearance tho horseless
sleigh does not differ from the regu
lation sleigh that wo see every winter.
Heneath the body of the vehicle Is the
mechanism that mover the runners. A
sharp-toothed wheel there situated digs
into the frozen earth and pushes the
sleigh along, us side wheels propel a
The testh of this wheel are very
strong. A paving stone has no terrors
for them, and as for asphalt pavement,
the wheel makes merry with it. ' Pos
sibly this may be considered an argu
ment against the horseless sleigh, but
what's the use of borrowing trouble?
Just back of the wheel Is the motor.
It Is under the Inst seat, and the gaso
ollno which moves It Is contained In a
little tank. The steering apparatus re
minds one of that of a hook and ladder
truck or a cable car. To guide the
sleigh It Is only necessary to turn a
There Is no danger of tho sleigh run
ning away. There is nothing about the
steering nparatus or the motor Itself
which the simplest mind cannot com
prehend. AVhether or not New York
takes to tho horseless sleigh remains
to bo seen. A well known carriage
manufacturer has the American lights
and Is going to find out. It Is to be
hoped that tho winter will be kinder
to us In the matter of snow than usual
tor New Yorkers like novelties quite
as much ns do the gay Parisians.
about the house, paint, floors, pots
and pans, dishes and glassware,
silver and tinvare, can be done
better, quicker 'and cheaper with
than with any other cleausing
compound, largest package
greatest economy.
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Three tours to CALIFORNIA nnd tho
PACIFIC COAST will leave New York
nnd Philadelphia Jan. 27, Feb. 21, and
March 27, 1807. Flvo weeks In California
on tho first tour, nnd four weeks on tho
second. Passengers on tho third tour
may return on regular trains within nlno
months. Stop will bo made at New Or
leans for MarUI-Qrus festivities on the
second tour.
Kates from Now York, Philadelphia and
points east of Pittsburg: First tour.
$310.00; second tour, $3M.00; third tour,
$210.00 round trip, and $150.00 ono way.
Jacksonville tours, allowing two weeks
In Florida, will leave Now York nnd Phil
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9, 1S97. Hate, covering expenses en routo
in both directions, $j0,00 from New York,
and J1S.00 from Philadelphia.
Tours, each covering a period of threo
days, will leave New l'ork nnd Philadel
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11, April 1 nnd 22, and Mny 13, 1S97. Hate,
Including transportation nnd two iiuys'
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hotels. $14. SO from New York, and $11.50
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Returning Direct ur Via
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nnd April 15, 1S97.
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address Oeorgo W. Boyd, assistant gen
eral passenger agent, Droad Street Bta.
tlon, Philadelphia.
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of tho shopping district, convenient to places of
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Broadway and I;lcentli St., New York,
Opp, Grace Church, -Huropcan Plan.
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