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learned ''second-sight" from the man who
taught it to Heller. He was an illiterate
fellow, a Polish Jew, and I always doubted
his statement that he invented it.

" Max," I once said to him, " tell me the
truth, if you can. Where did you get
' second-sight * ? I know you didn't invent
it, for it's too deep for you."

" Veil, me tear poy," he answered, " as I
hobe to liff, Itreamdid:*

Whether he " treamd id " or not, I think
all who read the following details will admit
that it is a highly ingenious trick.

" Second-sight " is a combination of five
different methods, which accounts for the
fact that it has baffled the most astute

The first step toward acquiring the trick
is to learn the positipn or number of each
letter in the alphabet so perfectly that the
moment a letter presents itself to the mind,
its number is at once associated with it
For instance, if I is thought of, 9 will in-
stantly be suggested; if M, 13; T, 20; and
so throughout

Having thoroughly mastered this, which
can be done in half an hour, the next step
is to memorize certain arbitrary words or
cues, which represent the letters of the
alphabet and their corresponding numbers.
A long experience proves that the following
are the best words for the purpose :

Carm represents A

Look " B

Hurry up or Tell me " C

Make haste or Tell us " D

Well " E

Please «« F

Say «* G

Anstver, Call OT Called « H

Now " /

Let me know " J

Can you see " X

Try « L

Right away ** M

Do you know ** N

Goon " O

Letushear •« P

At once « Q

See " Ji

Look sharp " S

Let us know " T

QuUk " U

Will you look « V

Do you see " W

Be smart " X

I*d like to hum « Y

Whatisit « Z

There «

/ want to know **
















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With this short vocabulary properly com-
mitted to memory^ any two aspiring ama-
teurs could easily astonish their friends, for
there is nothing which they could not
describe. For instance, let us suppose that
a vfaUh is handed to the performer. He
would ask a question something like this :

^ Do you see (W) what this is ? Come (A),
Ut us know (T)." Then a short pause,
foDowed by an impatient " Hurry up (C),

The assistant catches the cues, — the other
words, added merely for effect, he pays no
attention to, — and answers, '* A watch."

** Nino (9) teU us (4) the Hme. WeU (5) / "

" It is a quarter of ten."

** TeU me (C) what this is. Go on (O),
jww (I). Do you know (N) / "

** That is a piece of money."

" Omu (i), what is it worth t "

« One dollar."

Had the question been ''What is its
vahte f " the answer would be " One cetit^^
the words value and worth representing
respectively cents and dollars.

In this way, as will be seen, anything
can be spelled out^zxiA for amateur entertain-
ments, where no great time can be devoted
to study, this will be found to answer
every purpose.

For professional conjurers, however, some-
thing more is necessary. With us it is bus-
iness, which means hard work and continual
study. We use the spelling system occasion-
ally ; but for general use it is too long, and
so we employ a second method. This
cooststB of a list of such articles as are com-
monly <^ered by an audience. This list is
a^abetically arranged, and divided into
triplets, each triplet having a distinguishing
nomber. Now, were I to ask one of my
readers to make out such a list, the result,
in all probability, would be one containing
about a third of what is necessary. It is
wonderful how many things are brought out ;
hot, that my readers may judge for them-
selves, let them read the following, compiled
from actual experience :






Aooordion, Album, Almanac.
Andior, Apple, Apron.
AwU BMige, Bag.
Ban, Banana, Beads.
Bean, Bell, Belt

BO) of Exchange, Bodkin, Bonnet
Book, Memorandom-book, Boot
Bonqnet, Booqaet-holder, Bottle.
Smefling-bottle, Box, Cap-box.
Dredsing-box, Match-box, Music-box.
Sonfl-Dox, Tobacco-box, Bracelet
Bread, Brooch, Brush.
Nafl-bnuh, Tooth-brush, Budde.























Bullet, Bullet-mold, Burner.

Button, Button-hook, Sleeve-button.

Cable-charm, Cake, Calipers.

Candle, Candy, Cane.

Cap, Card, Card-case.

Piece of Carpet, Cartridge, Caustic.

Certificate, Chain, Chalk.

Charm, Check, Baggage-check.

Saloon-check, Checker, Chessmen.

Chisel, Chocolate, Cigarette.

Cigarette-holder, Circular, Clam.

Clarionet, Cloth, Coal

Colander, Collar, Comb.

Compass, Contract, Cork.

Corkscrew, Counter, Coupon.

Cracker, Crayon, Crayon Drawing.

Cross, Cufi^ Dag^r.

Diary, Die, Domino.

Draft, £arj)ick, Ear-ring.

Emblem, Envelope, Epaulet

Fan, Feather, File.

Fish-hook, Flafc Flint

Flower, Flute, Fork.

Tuning-fork, Fruit of some kind, Gauge.

GimleC Eye-glass, Looking-glass.

Magnifying-glass, Opera-glass, Opera-glast

Glove, Gouge, Grain.
Grapes, Graver, Guide.
Railway Guide, Steam-boat Guide, Gmn.
Gum-drop, Gun, Gunpowder.
Hair, Hair-dye, Hair-net
Hammer, Handbill, Handkerchief.
Hat, Head, Animal's Head.
Dog's Head, Human Head, Heart
Hinge, Hook, Ice.
Ice-cream, India-ink, India-rubber.
Inkstand, Jelly, Jew*s-harp.
Key, Bundi of Keys, Door-key.
Night-key, Safe-key, Watch-key.
Kmfe, Knife with i blade. Knife with 2 blades.
Knife with 3 blades, Knife with 4 blades,

Knob, Lace, Lancet
Lease, Lend document. Lemon.
Letter, Likeness, Licorice.
Locket, Lozenee, Magnet
Mallet, Mao, Marble.
Match, Meoal, Meerschaum.
Piece of Metsl, Microscope, MineraL
Mitten, Mouth-harmonicon, Muflf.
Sheet-music, Monogram, Nut-pick.
Nail, Nail-trimmer, Necklace.
Necktie, Needle, Needle-case.
Knitting-needle, Note, Nut
Nut-cracker, Oil-silk, Ointment
Orange, Oyster, Ornament
Paint, Paper, Blotting-paper.
Newspaper, Sand-paper, Passport
Parasol, Peach, Pear.
Pen, Pen-holder; PendL
Pencil-case, Pencil-cover, Pencil-sharpener*
Slate-pendt Perfume, Photograph.
Pickle, Pill, Pin.

Pin-cushion, Hair-pin, Safety-pin.
Scarf-pin, Shawl-pm, Pipe.
Pistol, Plaster, Pliers.
Pocket-book, Pop-corn, Portfolio.
Postd-card, Powder, Powder-horn.
Prescription, Programme, Punch.
Purse, Picture, Quill.
Rattan, Receipt, Keticule.
Reward of Merit, Ribbon, Ring.
Snake-ring, Seal-ring, Rivet

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86. Rubber Band, Role, Printer's Role.

87. Saiid, Sash, Sausage.

88. Saw-set, Scarf, Scissors.

89. Screw, Screw-driver, SeaL

90. Sealine-wax, Cigar, Ciear-case.

91. agar-holdcr, Cigar-lig^ter, Sewing-silk-

92. Shawl, Shell, Shoe.

93. Shoe-peg, Shoe-string, Shot

94. Slate, Slung-shot, Snuff.
9c. Soap, Spectedes, Spectacle-case.

96. Sponge, Spool of Ootton, Spoon.

97. Spring, Stamp, Postage-stamp.

95. Revenue-stamp, Stick, Stone.
99. Strap, Strin|^ Stud.

100. Sugar, Surreal Instrument, SwiveL

loi. Sword, Synnge, Tablet

102. Tack, Tag, Tape.

103. Tape-measure, Tassel, Thermometer.

104. Thimble, Thread, Ticket

105. Ball-ticket, Bath-ticket, Excursion-ticket

106. Ferry-ticket, Lottery-ticket, Pawn-ticket

107. Pool-ticket, Railway-ticket, Tinder.

108. Tin-foil, Tobacco, Tobacco-pouch.

109. Uppet, Tool of some kind, Toothpick,
no. Toy, Trimming, Trowsers.

111. Tumbler, Tweezers, Type.

1 12. Umbrella, Umbrella-cover, Veil

113. Vest, Violin, Violin-bow.

114. Violin-string, Vegetable, Wafer.

1 15. Watch-guaid, Water-color Sketch, Wax.

116. Whalebone, Whip, Whistle.

117. Window-catch, Wire, Wrench.

If the first article in any triplet is offered
by the audience, the perfonner merely gives
the cue corresponding to the distinguishing
number of the triplet, affixing some such
sentence as " What is this ? " to make the
question natural. If it be the second article
of the triplet, he adds the word here ; and
if the third article^ he substitutes or uses thcU.

To give an example : Suppose a glove is
offered. This is the first article of the
fortieth triplet. The question would be:
« Tell us (4) what this is, there (o)."

Should the second article in the fifteenth
triplet be offered, the question would be
either, "JKrr^f, what's this ? Go on (15)," or
'' Come {i),^\i2X'si\i\s here f ^<r// (5) / " and
the answer in either case ^*A button-hook'^

It sometimes happens that two articles
of the same kind are offered either in imme-
diate succession or in the same performance,
for the purpose of detecting whether the
question is identical in each mstance. But
we are prepared for this, and avoid the
snare. If, for example, two fans should be
offered, one immediately after the other, for
the first we would give the number cue, and
for the second use merely " This ? " which
is known as a repeating question. If the
second fan should not be offered until later
on, it may be politely declined on the
ground that '* we had that same article but
a Uttle while ago " ; or, if the owner be per-
sistent, the word can be spelled out.

It may be urged by those who have never
exercised their memory to any extent, tha.t
it would be almost impossible to memorize
such a list as the one given. But that prao-
tice makes the memory wonderfully acute,
we have plenty of proof. Many actors
have such a "quick study" that they can
learn the longest part in two days, and the
late J. W. Wallack, Jr., on one occasion
appeared in a character, the "lines" a<"
which he had neither heard nor read until
the afternoon of the day on which the play
was produced. In our own day we see
many cases of excellent memories, notably
that of Mr. Burbank, the elocutionist, who
recites the entire play of Rip Van Winkle
without once referring to a book. For my
own part, my memory has so improved by
constant practice in "Second-sight," that,
after three readings, I can repeat any hun-
dred words, selected at random by an
audience, not only from first to last and
vice versa^ but also give the numbers of the
order in which particular words are placed,
as the tenth, twentieth, etc Most wonderful
of all is the work of the " assorters " at the
New York Post-office, each of whom remem>
beis about 20,000 names, can tell at a glance
what letters belong to box-holders, or can
give the number of any business firm's box.

In exhibiting " Second-sight," a very
wonderfiil effect is reached by combining
the two systems of the triplets and of spell-
ing. Suppose a necklace, bearing the name
" Jane," is offered ; this is the way in which
the question would be asked : (Rememb^
that necklace is the third ifi order of the
sixty 'fourth triplet^

"WhatisMtf/,/i5faj^(6)/ MakehasU{/^Y

" That is a locket"

" Krj, that's ^^^/"

" It is a goldXw^itX., and has a name on it"

The yes and good, which sound merely
ejaculatory, being respectively the cues for
gold and name,

" Let me know (J) the name. Come (A),
do you know (N) it ? WeU (E) / "

These questions may look strange on
paper, but when asked in an abrupt, dis-
jointed way, sound perfectly natural.

So much for spelling and the triplets. Of
course, there are many other cues which are
not here given ; as those for a torn or broken
article, colors, dates, countries and initials;
these are simply matters of pre-arrange-

In order to still ftirther mystify the audi-
ence, the performer picks up a call-bell, with
the remark : " As many imagine that my

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questions convey the name of what is offered
to me, I shall dispose of that theory."

Picking up some article, he taps the bell,
and the answer comes as readily as if a
question had been asked. This is continued
six or seven times, and then even the bell is
put aside. The assistant on the stage turns
fais back to the audience, and the performer
merdy points ^t or picks up the articles.
And yet they are described.

For the first of these methods, it is merely
necessary to memorize six or seven ordinary
autides, such as are found in every audience,
as a hat, £ui, handkerchief, etc. These are
taken up in a pre-arranged order, and con-
stitute the bell-questions. In a mixed audi-
ence so many things are offered that a choice
is very easy. For the dumb business^ a third
person is brought in. This person is in
some position where he can see whatever is
ofiered to the performer, — generally at a
"peep-hole" under the stage, — and, by
means of a speaking-tube leading to the
assistant on the stage, communicates the
names of the artides.

The fifUi and last method — the one with
which the trick is generally concluded — ^is
what is technically known as the hat-fake^
"fake " being showman's slang for " trick,"
Although inmxluced at the end, this part of
the trick is begun when the performer first
comes on the stage, and before the assistant
appears. A soft felt hat is borrowed, and the
performer requests the loan of a few artides.
Gmsideiable fuss is made in collecting these,
and they are gathered from various parts of
the house. As a rule, not more than three
Of four things are taken ; but with them are
placed four or five odd artides bdonging to
the performer, such as a curious coin, a pin-

cushion with a certain number of pins in it.
Finally, the hat is placed where all can see
it, and the performer goes off for the assistant
As he passes behind the wings, he whispers
to his assistant the names of the three bor-
rowed articles. The trick is now introduced ;
it' proceeds through its various phases of
speUing, triplets, bell-questions and dumb
business, until at length the hat is reached.

" As a final and condusive test," says the
performer, " let us go back to the hat, which
has never once left your sight. Will some
lady or gentheman ask the questions ? "

The articles are handed out singly ; of the
borrowed ones, merely the name is given ;
but of those belonging to the performer, of
course, the minutest details are fiimished.

The trick is done. The assistant retires,
and the performer comes down to the foot-
lights for his conduding speech.

" Now, ho w is this done ? " he asks. " Well, I
don't mind telling you, with the express under-
standing that it ^oes no further. It is neither
mesmerism, spiritism, ventriloquism, rheuma-
tism, or any other ism. It is brought about
by the action of arcane-dynamics, subject-
ively submitted to the action of the passive
agent, and the result, as you have seen, is a
stentorophonic reproduction of the original
idea ! I'm afraid it's not yet quite clear to
some of you. Well, then, in other words,,
it's a system of mental telephony. When
an article is offered to me, I seize it ; and
then my assistant, he sees it. Ah ! you
smile — ^you understand it; but, remember,
not a word outside as to how it's done."

The performer bows, the curtain falls, and
the audience retire as much in the dark as
ever, except those who have read this
explanation of the secret.


Sometimes, dear Love, you murmur, "O, could I
But snare with words the thoughts that flutter through
The thickets of my heart ! Could I, like you.
Bind with sweet speech the moods of earth and sky ;
Or turn to song a smile, a tear, a sigh!
Alas! My springs of thought but serve to do
The mill-stream's common work. I may but view
Afar, the heights of song to which you fly."
For me, I shape firom all my heart's best gold
These skill-less cups of verse. They have, I know.
No grace save this, — ^unto your lips they hold
Love's dearest draught. I hear your praise, but lo !
One smile of yoius, one kiss all-eloquent.
Shames my poor songs to silence. Be contefit /

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The shrill treble of a girl's voice, raised to
its highest pitch in anger and remonstrance,
broke in upon the scholarly meditations of
the teacher of the Ridgem6nt grammar
school. He raised his head from his book
to listen. It came again, mingled with
boyish cries and jeers, and the sound of
blows and scuffling. The teacher, a small,
fagged-looking man of middle age, rose
hastily, and went out of the school-house.

Both grammar and high school had just
been dismissed, and the bare-trodden play-
ground was filled with the departing schol-
ars. In the center a group of boys had
collected, and from this group the discordant
soimds still proceeded.

. " What is the meaning of this disturb-
ance ? " the master asked, coming near.

At the sound of his voice the group fell
apart, disclosing, as a central point, the
figure of a girl of thirteen or fourteen years.
She was thin and straight, and her face, now
ablaze with anger and excitement, was a
singular one, frill of contradictions, yet not
inharmonious as a whole. It was fair, but
not as blondes are fair, and its creamy sur-
face was flecked upon the cheeks with dark,
velvety freckles. Her features were sym-
metrical, yet a trifle heavy, particularly the
lips, and certain dusky tints were noticeable
about the large gray eyes and delicate
temples, as well as a peculiar crisp ripple in
the mass of vivid red hair which fell from
under her torn straw hat.

Clinging to her scant skirts was a small
"hunchbacked boy, crying dismally, and
making the most of his tears by rubbing
them into his sickly face with a pair of grimy

The teacher looked about him with dis-
approval in his glance. The group con-
tained, no doubt, its fair proportion of future
legislators and presidents, but the raw ma-
terial was neither encouraging nor pleasant
to look upon. The culprits retiumed his
wavering gaze, some looking a httle con-
science-smitten, others boldly impertinent,
others still (and those the worst in the
lot) with a charming air of innocence and

"What is it?" the master repeated.
" What is the matter ? "

"They were plaguing Bobby, hCTe," the
girl broke in, breathlessly, — ^** taking his mar-
bles away and making him cry — the mean,
cruel things ! "

" Hush ! " said the teacher, with a feeble
gesture of authority. " Is that so, boys ? "

The boys grinned at each other frutively,
but made no answer.

" Boys," he remarked, solemnly, " I — I'm
ashamed of you ! "

The delinquents not appearing crushed
by this announcement, he turned again to
the girl.

" Girls should not quarrel and fight, my
dear. It isn't proper, you know."

A mocking smile sprang to the girPs lips,
and a sharp glance shot from, under her
black, up-curling lashes, but she did not

" She's allers a-fightin'," ventured one of
the urchins, emboldened by the teacher's
reproof; at which the girl turned upon him
so fiercely that he shrank hastily out of sight
behind his nearest companion.

" You are not one of my scholars ? " the
master asked, keeping his mild eyes upon
the scornful face and defiant little figure.

" No 1 " the girl answered, shortiy. ** I
go to the high school ! "

" You are small to be in the high school,"
he said, smiling upon her kindly.

" It don't go by sizes ! " said the child,

" No ; certainly not, certainly not," said
the teacher, a littie staggered. "What is
your name, child ? "

"Lilly, sir; Lilly O'Connell," she an-
swered, indifferentiy.

" Lilly ! " the teacher repeated, abstract*
edly, looking into the dusky face, with its
flashing eyes and fallen ruddy tresses, —

" It ou^ht to have been T^srr-Lily ! " said
a pert voice. " It would suit her, I'm sure,
more ways than one 1 " and the speaker, a
pretty, handsomely dressed blonde girl of
about her own age, laughed, and looked
about for appreciation of her cleverness.

" So it would ! " cried a boyish voice.
" Her red hair and fireckles and temper !
Tiger-Lily ! That's a good one ! "

A shout of laughter, and loud cries of

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" Tiger- Lily ! •* immediately arose, mingled
with another epithet more galling still, in
the midst of which the masta^s deprecating
words were utterly lost

A dark red sm-ged into the girl's face.
She turned one eloquent look of wrath upon
her torm^itoTS, another, intensified, upon
the pretty child who had spoken, and walked
away from the place, leading the cripple by
the hand.

"Oh, come now, Flossie," said a hand-
some boy, who stood near the blonde girl,
" I wouldn't tease her. She can't help it,
you know."

'* Pity she couldn't know who is taking
up for her ! " she retorted, tossing the yellow
braid which hung below her waist, and
sauntering away homeward.

** Oh, pshaw ! " the boy said, coloring to
the roots of his hair ; " that's the way with
you giris. You know what I mean. She
can't help it that her mother was a — a mu-
latto, or something, and her hair red. It's
mean to tease her."

''She can help quarreling and fighting
with the boys, though," said Miss Flossie,
looking unutterable scorn.

" She wouldn't do it, I guess, if they'd
kt her alone," the young fellow answei^,
stoudy. "It's enough to make anybody
fed savage to be badgered and called names
and laughed at all the time. It makes me
mad to see it Besides, it isn't always for
henelf she quarrels. It's often enough for
some little fellow like Bobby, that the big
feOows are abusing. She is good-hearte<^

They had reached by this time the gate
opening upon the lawn whiph surrounded
the residence of Flossie's mother, the widow
Fairfield. It was a small but omate dwell-
ing, expressive at every point of gentility
ai^ modem improvements. The lawn itself
was weU kept, and adorned with flower-beds
and a tiny fotmtain. Mrs. Fairfield, a youth-
kl matron in rich mourning of the second
stage, sat in a wicker chair upon the veranda,
reading and £uming herself with an air of
elegant leisure.

Miss Flossie paused. She did not want to
quanel with her boyish admirer, and, with the
tnic instinct of coquetry, instandy appeared
to have forgotten her previous irritation.

** Wont you come in, Roger ? " she said,
sweetly. " Our strawberries are ripe."

The boy smiled at the tempting sugges-
tion, but shook his head.

" Can't," he answered, briefly. " I've got
a k>t of Latin to do. Good-bye."

He nodded pleasandy and went his way.
It lay through the village and along the
fields and gardens beyond. Just as he came
in sight of his home, — a square, elm-shaded
mansion of red brick, standing on a gende
rise a littie farther on, he paused at a place
where a shallow brook came creeping through
the lush grass of the meadow which bounded
his father's possessions. He listened a mo-
ment to its low gurgling, so full of sugges-
tions of wood rambles and speckled trout,
then tossed his strap of books into the
meadow, leaped after it, and followed the
brook's course for a litde distance, stooping
and peering with his keen brown eyes into
each dusky pool.

All at once, as he looked and listened,
another sound than the brook's plashing
came to his ears, and he started up and
turned his head. A stump fence, black and
brisding, divided the meadow fi-om the ad-
joining field, its uncouth projections draped
m tender, clinging vines, and he stepped
softly toward it and looked across. It was
a rocky field, where a thin crop of grass
was trying to hold its own against a vast
growth of weeds, and was getting the worst
of it, — a barren, shiftless field, fitiy match-
ing the big shiftless bam and snjall shifdess
house to which it appertained.

Lying prone among the daisies was Lilly
O'Connell, her face buried in her apron, the
red rippling mane falling about her, her
slender form shaking with deep and unre-
strained sobs.

Roger looked on a moment and then
leaped the fence. The giri rose instantly to
a sitting position, and glared defiance at
him firom a pair of tear-stained eyes.

" What are you crying about ? " he asked,
with awkward kindness.

Her face softened, and a fi%sh sob shook

" Oh, come! " said Roger; " don't mind
what a lot of sneaks say."

The girl looked up quickly into the honest
dark eyes.

" It was Florence Fairfield that said it,"
she returned, speaking very rapidly.

Roger laughed uneasily.

" Oh ! you mean that about the * Tiger-

"Yes," she answered, "and it's true. It's
true as can be. See ! " And for the first
time the boy noticed that her gingham
apron was filled with the fiery blossoms of
the tiger-lily.

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