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    A new book, a slim volume of about 80 pages, the pages being rather on the small size. In those pages is the entire theory with examples which, as most shorthand books from the 1890s assumes, would be practiced ad nauseam.

    This book what I'm assuming is J. N. Kimball's version of Pitman shorthand. To help "fix" the brief forms and special forms in his system, he created the following which contains all of those brief and special forms. I thought Anniversary Gregg was bad; this seems even worse. The memory load was tremendous. Remember, you're only seeing part of the entire piece and I skipped over the parts with words that were out of fashion and/or infrequent today. Like last month, this piece is not easy. I have the feeling you'll be headed for your shorthand dictionary and your regular dictionary to look up a few definitions as well.

Phonography, J. N. Kimball, 1897, p. 76-77

          Young Gentlemen:  I would have you believe that frequently extraordinary mental mistakes are misdemeanors, the characteristic effect of which in the experience of a democrat or republican is to prejudice public opinion and preserve the popular prerogative of universal privilege. . . .
          These things generally form indispensable but somewhat antagonistic controversies among intelligent evangelical people who are usually citizens of San Francisco and, as I recollect, beyond the jurisdiction of the legislature of Massachusetts or New York.
          Collect wealth I charge you, for a deficiency of three dollars may qualify or develop the peculiar pecuniary responsibility of your brother-in-law, the Reverend Dr. Long, Jr., who is, I think singularly destitute of sympathy, worthy of condemnation, and not altogether an angel.
          Nevertheless, cover the question of universal brotherhood and endeavor to distinguish between the facts and products of different circumstances prejudicial to the aristocracy, who acknowledge beforehand that the number of celestial objects is practically correct.  Cross-examine your customer accordingly and advertise the bankruptcy of the Southern Transportation Company.
          Notwithstanding the fact that the revolutionary captain did almost swear at the cabinet and began to question with familiar interrogatory every member belonging to the Catholic government of Great Britain, yet his remarks, though lengthy, were probably worth much to them, especially to the capable jurisprudence of the Kingdom, but I infer that his singular language upon the subject of insurance gave surprise and astonishment to several architects and a large proportion of the country members, when the contingency could be well understood. . . .
         

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