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by July 5th in our Tampa college ; must be
well up in English and willing to start low
and bnild : permanent employment in fine
school. Tampa Business College, Tampa.

WANTED — A Business Manager for college
in large northern city. Must be a man
of polish, enthusiasm and of strong person-
ality; a man who can meet keen competi-
tion, create new business and advance the
best interests of the school in a masterful
spirit. Only applications from the most
able men in the profession wil 1 be consid-
ered. Salary proportionate to ability. Col-
lege located in elegant building, delightful
surroundings, beautiful city.

We also have opening for strong com?
mercial teacher W. and R. system, and for
a shorthand teacher, Isaac Pitman system.
Applicants must send photograph, stating
age, educational advantages, experience,
sa'ary expected, and every detail in first
letter. Address Unusual Opportviiiitv, oare
of P. A. Journal.

L. P. W. STIEHL, owner and proprietor of
the Spencerian Business College. Wash-
ington, D. C, will buy, sell or exchange
school property of all kinds ; also place
worthy and well qualified commercial and
shorthand teachers. Mr. Stiehl is directly
interested in a number of Business Col-
leges, ranging in prices to suit all classes of
dealers. Address as above for full informa-

WANTED — Experienced business college so-
licitors. Address Williams Business Col-
lege, Milwaukee. Wis.

Shorthand. English branches and acad-
emic training, open to a position. Address
"W." care P. A. Journal.



This is .May 6. April brought G5 calls for
teachers; 125 openings now. It was C. C.
Lister, Baltimore, that we sent to the A. Nf.
Palmer Co., at the top-notch salary for pen-
men. C. G. Price, also of Baltimore, goes
to Packard's, New York; J. P. King, Orange,
X. J., to the Euclid School, Brooklyn: O. T.
Johnston, Parkersburg. W. Va., to The Brownsberger, Los Angeles (sec-
ond one this year); Geo. J. McDaniel, formerly with McDonald Business
Inst.. Milwaukee, to the Philadelphia B. C; C. D. Slinker, Des Moines, to
the Kansas State Normal School, Emporia i Summer Term onlv, as substi-
tute) ; J. C. Logan. University of Ottawa. Can., to the Modern Com"
School, Brockton, Mass.— salaries from $loo to $175 per month in these
positions; and this is but a fraction of our splendid April business. Space
is too expensive to tell of all the positions at from $60 per month to $95
per month that we have recently filled. WE NEED BADLY MORE
HIGH-GRADE TEACHERS. No charge for our services unless we find
for you a position you are willing to accept. Full information free. Tell
us something about your qualifications when you write.

A Specialty by a Specialist E. E. Gaylord, Manager. 1 1 Baker Aye.. Beverly. Mass.


Manager, Denver, Colorado



4 Ashburton Place

NEW YORK. N V. 156 fifth ham
WASMN6I0N. DC. 1505 Penn Avenue
CHICAGO. 201 Michigda Avenue

MINVAPOUS. 414 Cenlurv Building
DfNVER. COL. 405 Cooper Buildmt
SPOKAM. WASH.. 114 Rookery Bk

POMIAND, ORE . 1200 Williams Avenue
BERKflfY. CAL. 414 Studio Building
10S ANGELES. CM.. 238 Douglas Building



Eighteenth year same manage]
has many calls for commercial
men and women paying good sal-
aries in High and Private Schools. Don't you want a better position? Shall we
recommend you? Write now for our "Money back" plan. Mention Journal.



For active and definite co-operation in securing just the kind of position you want, try the
"Central." Give training and experience in first letter. Write today. E. C. Rogers, Mgr.


We have vacancies for commercial teachers in almost every state in the Union.
Write to-day. Address


Bowling Green, Ky.

Free Registration if you mention this paper.

FOR SALE — A new Spencerian Compen-
dium in the original package just as it
came from the publisher. Price, $10. These
books are very rare, and have sold for as
high as $15 each. Address P. A. JOURNAL,
2:29 Broadway, New York. •

FOR SALE — In large New England city.
well established, good paying business col-
lege. Address for particulars, L., care of
P. A. Journal.

FOR SALE — One-half interest in an estab-
lished business school : best fitted and lo-
cated school in city of 125,000 : present
circumstances offer an exceptional opportu-
nity to extend business. Address M. J. M..
care of P. A. Journal.

FOR SALE. — A well-established Business
Co'lege in Eastern Pennsylvania, in city
of twenty thousand inhabitants. School
running over twenty, years. Proprietor go-
ing out of business to look after other In-
terests and investments. Address G. M.,
care of P. A. Journal.

FOR SALE — Half interest of good business
and normal college: good location: Middle
West. Address "College," care of P. A.

:ommand instant attention,
and are the best illustrations for the space
they occupy that a commercial school can
use in newspaper or circular advertising,
and when artistic, they are not out of
place in a catalogue. We have good ones
and a large variety. Tell us what you
want and we will fill the bill. Send today
for a catalogue.

22g Broadway New York


To "Kill tarn birds with one stone."
Send us (early) $2.00 and we will mail you
" Ellsworth's Theory and Art of Penman-
ship" (275 pps., 1000 cuts); and also a
subscription to this or any $1.00 Journal,
Magazine or Book you choose. Address,
The Ellsworth Co., Publishers, 127 Duane St., N. Y.

In answering advertisements please mention the Penman's Abt Joi unai..




Miss Xellie M. Wood.

In our last issue we published the photograph of Miss Xel-
lie M. Wood, official stenographer of the Superior Court of
Massachusetts. At the time the photograph appeared we
were unable to secure any data concerning Miss Wood and
her work. It is with a great deal of pleasure that we present
herewith a brief auto-biographical sketch of this talented
shorthand reporter. We trust that it will be read by all of
our young readers and that it will be an inspiration to them.
It will be seen that Miss Wood has climbed the stenographic
ladder by dint of hard work. She learned her shorthand in
an evening school. However, her own language needs no
emphasis. The following is her own account of her work:

"My first interest in the subject of shorthand was awak-
ened while a student in the high school by seeing a series
of lessons published in one of the magazines. Shortly after,
at the age of sixteen, I began the study of the Isaac Pitman
System of Phonography in the Lowell Evening High School,
entering at the opening of the Fall term. I pursued the
course there that Winter, working during the day, and in the
Spring entered a private day school, where I could progress
more rapidly. The following July I took my first position, as
an office stenographer, at the munificent salary of $5 a week.
I continued, however, to study shorthand evenings, complet-
ing the two years' course in the evening high school and re-
ceiving private instruction, and the following Winter term
was appointed assistant instructor in the shorthand depart-
ment of the evening school. Meanwhile I had secured a
slightly more remunerative position during the day. The
same year that I became a teacher in the evening high school
I entered the employ of the private school where I had
studied, taking charge of the typewriting and general report-
ing work which was conducted in connection with it. While
in this employment, at the age of eighteen, I reported my first
case in court.

"I stayed with this school for three years and then went
into business on my own account, establishing a shorthand
and typewriting school, with a general reporting and type-
writing office, in the Central Block in Lowell. This business
steadily increased, so that I was obliged to employ teachers
for the school and give my time wholly to the reporting and
financial management. During this period I actetl as official
stenographer in the Supreme Court for the County of Hills-
borough, New Hampshire, and also did reporting in the
courts of other counties in that State and in Massachusetts,
besides reporting hearings before auditors, inquests and such
varied matter as falls to the lot of the general reporter. I
still continued to teach, however, in the evening high school,
where, after a few years, the head instructor resigning. I
took charge of the shorthand department, which I conducted
until my appointment as official stenographer for Plymouth
County necessitated my leaving Lowell.

"In December, 1902, hearing that a competitive examination
was to be held in Boston for the appointment of an official
stenographer to fill a vacancy in the Massachusetts Superior
Court, I took that examination, with twenty-eight others,
and receiving, in the judgment of the committee, the highest
rank, was appointed official stenographer for the County of
Plymouth in January, 1903. The following October I was
promoted to the same position for Bristol County, which

position I hold at the present time, court being held in tne
cities of Fall River, New Bedford and Taunton.

"During the Summer vacation for several years I have been
engaged officially in reporting the religious addresses deliv-
ered at the Northfield Summer Conferences. I have also oc-
casionally acted as official stenographer for other large re-
ligious conventions, such as the Ecumenical Missionary Con-
ference in New York in 1900, the Inter-Church Conference
in 1905, and the Student Volunteer Convention in Nashville
in 1906."

C. P. Gehmax.

We are pleased to present in this issue the second member
of the trio of experts who qualified for the championship
cup, C. P. Gehman.

Mr. Gehman was born in Frostburg, Md., July 29, 1875.
His boyhood days were spent in his native city and in small
towns in Iowa and Kansas. He graduated from the high
school at sixteen years of age. It was while attending school
that he began the study of Graham shorthand in 1890.

From 1892 to 1901 he was variously employed as book-
keeper, stenographer and confidential clerk, and reading law,
doing occasionally a little reporting, but occupied largely in
matters in which shorthand took no part. From March, 1901,
until May, 1902, he was assistant cashier of one of the largest
industrial corporations in the West, leaving that employment
to become vice-president of a local manufacturing concern.
The vicissitudes of fortune have brought him to court re-
porting, and since January, 1904, he has been official stenogra-
pher of the Eleventh Judicial District of Colorado, making
his headquarters at Denver. Between court terms he does
such general reporting as comes to his hand, but that does not
seriouslv interfere with his recreation.






ANTED — Teachers everywhere to know that the Rochester
Business Institute has completed arrangements for the most
thorough and comprehensive summer school course for the professional
training of commercial teachers that has ever been attempted by any
educational institution.

All the commercial subjects of study will be treated
pedagogically and exclusively by capable and experienced
specialists, who have achieved marked success in their
work and who know how to teach others.

Such specialists as Professor J. F. Forbes, for many
years president of Deland University, Florida, and an
acknowledged master of Psychology, Pedagogy and
Methods; Fred G. Nichols, principal of the commercial
departments of the Rochester High Schools, and a man
who has organized some of the most successful high
school commercial departments in the Eastern States;
Edward C. Mills, the noted script specialist and teacher
of penmanship, whose work is known throughout the
whole country; Luther B. Elliott, an expert advertiser,
who has given courses of lectures on advertising before
the students of the Rochester Business Institute and the
business men of Rochester during the last three years,
which have received wide attention from the press and
public, and who has been solicited to give the lectures in
other cities, and D. Curtis Gano, L. L. M., a member
of the Rochester Bar, on the aid which teachers of com-
mercial law may secure from members of the legal pro-
fession, will be associated with the faculty of the Roches-
ter Business Institute in conducting the course.

Especial attention will be given to the problems con-
fronting the commercial teacher in giving instruction in
the various systems of bookkeeping, shorthand, penman-
ship, commercial law, commercial geography, etc.. under
the varying conditions existing in high school commer-
cial departments, private business schools and other in-
stitutions teaching the commercial subjects.

This special Summer school will open June 17 and
continue in session for ten weeks. Prospective commer-
cial teachers, unable to enter on the opening date, may
arrange to commence June 24 or July 1. Others who
may be able to spend but a few weeks can do so with
great benefit, and may learn in advance just what sub-
jects they can cover in the time at their disposal.

This special Summer school will be conducted as a
department entirely distinct and separate from the other
departments of the school. The regular departments of
the school will continue in session, however, affording an
opportunity for instruction in our regular courses to
those desiring it.

A complete syllabus of the Summer school, giving the
names of the instructors, the subjects they are to teach,
and the dates and hours allotted to each subject, also a
prospectus and catalogue of the Rochester Business In-
stitute, will be mailed promptly to any address.



another. To aspire to success in the complete handling of this
study one must throw his whole soul into the work, so to
speak, and firmly believing that he can accomplish what others
have, no wiser than himself, he need have no fears of making
a failure.

The ideal amanuensis — if such exists — is the one who has
profited by the experience of others ; who has learned that to
ply the shorthand pencil with any degree of success requires
the outlay of considerable time for practice; who acknowl-
edges that an education based upon broad and liberal prin-
ciples is an indispensable requisite; and who has early learned
the necessary minutiae of his chosen vocation.

Our advice to the young amanuensis is, labor long and earn-
estly to build a reputation as an accomplished and capable
wielder of your art; strive to learn everything that will prove
of value in your work : and learn to appreciate the great
value of a familiarity with the principles on which a success-
ful business of any kind depends.


The question of possible speed has been one of absorbing
interest to him. He has not for years had access to good
readers, except at rare intervals, but upon several of those
occasions he has reached a high rate of speed, and this was
done before he had done much reporting, and, indeed, he has
never yet passed through that grind of reporting work which
is so necessary not only to make one a finished reporter, but
to enable one to get the full technical benefit of his short-
hand. It will be seen that practically all of his reporting has
been done in the past three years.

We cannot refrain from expressing the belief that the
worthy examples of these industrious young people, Miss
Wood and Mr. Gehman, cannot help to exert a great in-
fluence over the coming generation of shorthand reporters.

The reader of these short life stories who does not feel
impelled to resume his practice is surely beyond hope and
should seek success in some other calling.


By W. P. Steinhaeuser,
Principal, The School of Business, Alma (Mich.) College.

The successful amanuensis does not become such except
through patient, persevering effort. To master the study of
shorthand requires work — real hard work. Some people have
an idea that shorthand may be absorbed, but we are obliged
to contend that such is not the case, for to acquire skill in
any art requires honest application and incessant labor to
bring it to a successful issue.

Stenography is a pretty theory, and a successful and fas-
cinating art as well. To acquire a knowledge of the theory is
one thing, and to put that theory into active practice is quite


The Brooklyn (N. Y.) Business Institute requests the pres-
ence of yourself and friends at an illustrated lecture to be
given by Glen Arnold Grove, on "Belgium and Holland,"
Thursday evening, April 11. 1907, at 8 o'clock.

To have the honor to meet His Excellency Governor Curtis
Guild, Jr.. at the dedication of the new Holyoke (.Mass.)
Armory, Company D, Second Regiment Infantry. M. V. M.,
invites the Penman's Art Journal to be present Tuesday
evening, April 30, 1907. at S o'clock. We are indebted to
Captain A. F. Foote. of the Holyoke (Mass.) Business In-
stitute for the foregoing invitation. .





Not long since while visiting a school we spoke to a young
man busily engaged in his bookkeeping work. His desk was
covered with stock certificates, statements and blanks of all
sorts. We asked him what he was doing. "Keeping books
for a trust," he said. His eyes glistened and his countenance
was aflame with that imaginative glow which produces as ex-
hilarating an effect as does real participation.

Keeping books for a trust ! Now the fact of the matter
was that he was simply doing some work in corporation ac-
counting; but he had his mind upon the biggest corporation,
not the smallest. After all, is not that a pretty good way to
lead the young? The student who has his mind on a small
business will find his life eventually spent in such surround-
ings, unless Dame Fortune, by dint of physical propulsion,
kicks him upstairs into something bigger and better.

Shorthand students, however, are most inclined to fail in
this respect. The student in the business practice department
becomes used to dealing with large sums and placing large
orders. While his stock is imaginary and the evidences sym-
bolic, yet the figures and statements are real. On the other
hand, the shorthand student fixes his gaze upon the goal of
seventy-five to one hundred words- per minute in shorthand
and twenty to twenty-five on the machine, and when he at-
tains this speed all effort to progress ceases because he is un-
aware of the rich rewards for those who climb greater heights.

Too much has been said about bookkeeping and shorthand
being "keys to employment" and "stepping stones to better
things," and not enough about their being desirable occupa-
tions for life. The student is somehow led to feel that if by
the use of either of these arts he is permitted to enter a busi-
ness office, then he will be given some real work to do —
his bookkeeping and shorthand serving as a passport to the
position of office manager or treasurer of the institution. The
fact of the matter is that the only bookkeepers and stenog-
raphers who are ever promoted to responsible positions are
those whose excellence in their respective callings is so con-
spicuous as to compel attention. The lightning of promotion
never strikes a member of the ambitionless class we have in
mind now.

The government of the United States is calling loudly for
experts, and so is every city and every State. The profession
of accountancy and the profession of shorthand reporting
each offers inducements in the year 1907 that outrank, so far
as financial returns are concerned, any of the learned profes-
sion-;. It would seem rather reckless to make the claim that
the expert accountant or reporter is paid larger fees than the
average teacher, doctor or lawyer, but he is, and facts can be
given to prove it.

The shorthand profession may be likened to a large field
subdivided into smaller enclosures. The enclosure for those
who can write sixty to eighty words per minute is large and
full to overflowing, but the overplus fall outside of the entire
field, and are obliged to support themselves by manual labor

or otherwise. The enclosure for eighty to one hundred words
per minute is not so large, but it, too, is crowded, and the
"Standing Room Only" sign is constantly hung out. From
one hundred to one hundred and twenty words there is ample
room for all to secure desirable positions, and the one hun-
dred and twenty and one hundred and fifty class look like a
happy, prosperous lot of stenographers.

The one hundred and seventy-five to two hundred words per
minute class are independent. They are members of the Na-
tional Shorthand Reporters' Association, have laws passed by
the various State Legislatures fixing the amount of their fees.
They ask good prices and get them. You see their names in
the telephone books and the local papers mention their com-
ing and going and speak of them as "one of our leading citi-
zens." Frequently they are officers of some local fraternal
organization and occasionally are the recipients of political

The two hundred to two hundred and fifty class all wear
medals. People come to see them. They seldom hold a meet-
ing because of the lack of a quorum. They are a happy and
contented lot of people, too. Lawyers and statesmen fre-
quently consult with them on important matters or ask for
information or advice. Congressmen and Senators are proud
to associate with them, and the President confides to them
great state secrets and has been known to appoint them to
Cabinet positions.

Each enclosure is surrounded by a fence, but some of the
fences are low and have many holes, thus permitting easy
ingress and egress. In the eighty word a minute enclosure
about as many are coming out as going in. "They walk right
in and turn around and walk right out again." They are sore
on shorthand and advise all their friends to let it alone. Their
watchword is, "The jobs are all taken." A few, however,
have taken a peep into the one hundred word a minute en-
closure, and after consulting their text-books a little, have
taken some speed work at home or in night school have vault-
ed over. They like their new surroundings better.

They see another fence, however, labelled one hundred and
twenty words per minute. Some of them quit now and others
go to work harder, and in a little while are over this one. By
this time they have the habit and never stop unless some dis-
cerning employer side-tracks them into a responsible mana-
gerial position.

It is absolutely unnecessary, however, to enter the more
exclusive enclosures by the way of the others. The school
room offers a far superior and more expeditious method. All
the student needs to do is to remain in school until he can
write his one hundred and fifty words a minute with ease
on any kind of matter, and the gatekeeper at once escorts him
to where he belongs by means of a secret passage-way.

It is in school that the pupil must decide what his destiny
in shorthand is to be. for it is almost impossible to increase
one's speed in actual business.

"Not failure, but low aim is crime."


A RIBBON of three colors

-^*-and a small lever that
brings the color desired
between the type and
the paper — that's the
three-color feature of

which enables it to write

black record for documents,
purple copying for letters and
red for emphasis or display.

It is so simple that the wonder is
it was never discovered before. The
ribbon-changing lever is as access-
ible as the keys, making it possible
to change from one kind of type-
writing to another in an instant.

A stenographer equipped with a Tri-Chrome Smith
Premier can produce in proper manner every kind
of typewriting any business office demands.

The price is the same as that of all Smith Premier models.


Syracuse, N. Y.

Branch Stores Everywhere.

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