THIS text presents in a new, simplified, and modernized rendition, the Graham-Pitmanic system of shorthand; a system which, for fifty years, has been found best tomeet all the requirements of the stenographer from the business office to the mosttechnical legal, medical, and legislative reporting. It is the system used by a largemajority of expert writers. Its principles are easily mastered; it is capable of the highestpossible speed; it is entirely legible.
Our aim has been not to elaborate the system, but to make its presentationcomprehensive and at the same time the simplest and most practical that has ever beenachieved. We have striven to keep in mind the learner's needs. Earnest efforts havebeen expended to see that nothing was overlooked tending to lighten his labors and toincrease his interest in the work.
In this text-book several unique and interesting features make their appearance for thefirst time:
(a) The Suggestive Helps, both in connection with the consonant alphabet andelsewhere, will prove very helpful to the learner in the mastery of the lessons in whichthey occur. (b) The nomenclature, or naming of- outlines, is developed in a practical manner in thesecond and subsequent lessons. (c) The introduction of Nomenclature Word-sighs is an original and important feature.(d) No word for which the principle has not already been explained is to be found inany Reading or Writing Exercise. This is of the utmost importance, as it does away withthe necessity of unlearning or learning anew outlines for numerous words.(e) Very few changes in phrasing are required as the result of the introduction of newprinciples, the development being logical and connected.
To hundreds of experienced teachers and writers throughout the United States andCanada we are indebted for valuable suggestions in the preparation of this work.We trust this book will materially lighten the labor of the instructor, brighten thepathway of the student, and make the mastery of a valuable and useful art a pleasant aswell as a profitable undertaking.
Unitedly and sincerely, The Author and the Publishers.