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Hypnotizing a Cobra
Bj GARRETT P. 8EKV1SS.
T hynotlxe a person or an animal, la
simply to put the subject of 4he eperl
ment to sleep. The word comet from the
Oreek hypnos, meaning aleep. One may
this la "eutohypno
tlsm." In a general
sense we hypnotise
we do anything
which causes va to
fall asleep, such as
repeating a long
series of monoton
ous verses, dray's
becomes an excel
lent hypnotlser. It
la better and safer
than most narctles.
and It has long
twtn tnv tiill.hv
on sleepless nights. Singing a baby tq
aleep la pure hypnotism.
Children are easily hypnotised, and so
Is any animal that can be approached
without too greatly alarming It. Barn
yard fowls are peculiarly subject to hyp
notic influence. The experiment of a
Jesuit priest, rather Athanaslus Klrcher,
In the middle of the seventeenth century,
haa become famous In the literature of
this curious subject, and the story fre
quently turns up In books on magic and
Father Klrcher's discovery was that If
a rooster be placed on a table, with his
legs tied, and a white chalk mark De
drawn on the table, starting close to the
fowl's beak, the bird will become mo-
"tlonlesa, and then If released from Its
bonds will remain In a kind of sleep
from which It can with difficulty be
Similar experiments may be
performed upon hens, as well as upon
various other birds.
The cower of serpents to fascinate
small birds, rendering them unable to
fly away, undoubtedly rests upon hypno
tism. Tha victim Is put to sleep by the
monotonous motions of the serpent's
head and neck, rendered more effective
hv the rlltter of Its eyes, the flicker of
its forked tongue, and the reflections of
Us colored scales. In the sclentmo ex
periments in hypnotism of Charcot and
his aids and successors a glittering ob
ject kept In maxy movement was one of
the chief mechanical agents employed to
put the patients to sleep.
In tha Insect world there are probably
thousands of Instances of hypnotism pro
duced by fright and terror, such as could
seldom ba matched by any similar oc
curence among larger animals. Even
human beings are sometimes paralysed
by fear at the sight of a tiger, a lion,
a bear or a panther. This paralysis re
sembles. In Its effect, a partial falling
asleep. ' "
In the little world under our feet the
contrasts of physical magnitude among
the creatures and the aspects of "frlgh-
...i - a-reater than at 'Tie
' level on which we live, and wa can read
ily Imagina tha hypnotising Influenct
' that tha sight of a spider, for instance,
would produce upon some little so.t
bodled Insect, to whose eyes the eight
legged monster would appear relatively
as huge as an elephant appears to a man.
Here may be the explanation of tha
very common phenomenon of "felgn
' Ing death" which we see among Insects,
as well as among the small animals.
Quite likely there Is no Intentional feign
ing, but simply a hypnotic effect.
Among animals which may be hypnot
ized by man l the deadly cobra of India,
When seised by the neck and grently
pressed the serpent stiffens and remains
in the motionless state for a considerable
time. Fasten a frog on a board and then
turn It swiftly over and It goes Into a
trance. Finch the tall of a llxard or the
foot of a frog and the animal becomes
motionless for several minutes. In many
of these cases fear la the hypnotising
In experimenting upon human beings
fear Is never employed. The favored
agent is monotony acting upon the ner
vous system. This may be produced by
genUe stroking, by eye-strain, by visible
motion, or by sounds. Patient may be
In the case of the lower animals the
second step In what is popularly spoken
of as hypotism la never taken. This sec
ond step Is suggestion. To a human
being In a state of hypnotic slumber sug
gestions may be conveyed, either by
voice or writing or gesture, which will
be acted upon by the patient after awak
ening. These suggestions are received be
cause of the more or less complete re
laxation of the self-control of the sleeper.
In the hands of a capable physician the
most important effects may be brought
about by suggestions made In this way.
They become Incorporated, so to speak,
Into tha mind of the patient They In
fluence his will and his actions as if they
had originated within himself. It Is as
serted by physicians c( the highest stand
ing that such troubles as Intemperance,
vicious habits, sleeplessness and many
nervous disorders csn be successfully
treated by hypnotic suggestion.
That hypnotic sleep does not essen
tially differ from natural sleep seems to
be proved by such experiments as this
of Maury, a French savant. He had a
friend remain at his bedside and stirau- j
late certain of his senses while he was
asleep. For Instance, a bottle of eau de
cologne wss put under h s nose, and
thereupon he dreamed that he was In a
perfumery shop, the scene of the dream
changing to a baxar in Cairo. Maury
concluded that hypnotic suggestions sre
strictly comparable to dreams.
flood roads invite uto speeding.
Individuality Is often another name for
The bachelor's fear of women always
increases with age.
Tha best compliment a widower can
pay his wife is to marry again.
Kind words never paid a bill, but they
can often stand off the collector.
Even the scientist will never be able to
tell how long he is going to be dead.
Those who travel at a rapid pace are
hurrying the footsteps of Father Time.
People who are ready with an excuse
for every criminal are not prompted by
sympathy. They simply want an argument.
Poor Gran' dad
"Somewhere I saw that crinolines were com
ing to stay. I've seen that more than once
but I laughed ha ha, and believed there would
always be room enough for a chap to sit out a
dance with the girl he adored, on the very same
btnch!" The staid, glum men may have railed
at the narrow skirt that seems to have died
but here before my eyes was a young one who
was heart and soul for the dead, and arently
lined up against the live wide one. "I wish
they'd go back to 'em the frocks that were
Booiewhere near a girl's own size! Last night
the girl I've thought of most In my spare min
utes and maneuvered to see alone for a blessed
fiw instants wore a little affair that was a
By BEATRICE FAIRFAX.
Change Is one of the characteristics of
modern life. There U a gradual tendency
for changes to come more and more rap-
Idly, so that they fairly tread upon one
another's heels, and a large amount
of our happiness depends on our ability
to adapt ourselves to them. An indi
vidual of cast-Iron habits, who Is deter
mined not to change if It can poBS'bly be
helped, wilt find the times hard Indeed.
The world Is full of people who di-tur-mine
to act "just as usual," no matter
what happens. They may reconcile them
selves to that, but the world regards
them either as bo re some nuisances or
selfish prigs, and snubs them accordingly.
Oliver Wendell Holmes once said,
"There are certain thoughtlessnesses with
regard to others that become habitual to
moirt of us. They are of no particulai Im
portance, though they contribute to make
life slightly harder. At times, however,
these little, irritating babita become seri
ous. A thoughtlessness that is ordinarily
tolerable becomes Intolerable at times."
The modern habit of dwelling In apart
ment houses is made endurable chiefly
because many people are adaptable, ana
free from the thoughtless selfishness that
a lack of this quality brings.
How many of us have Ueo wakened
up from a restful esrly-to-bed night by
neighbors who bad an Inspiration to start
:- -: By Nell Brinklcy
. dream all white shimmer and fur that roun
f' clayed out at the bottom In a fetching stiffness.
I liked It. And the marvel of all marvels hap
pened she shrugged her shoulders and looked
up at me LOOKED UP AT ME and said she
was tired and would like to rest this one! So
I towed my little white and black yacht Into
a cove behind a great clump of chrysanthemums
where there was a broad, deep sheltered seat
oh plenty big enough! And my dream slipped
Into It! Lady! her little frock filled It full and
flowed over! Like the whipped cream on top
of a Charlotte-rugae. There wasn't room for
me. So I leaned above her and fluttered her
fan and was for narrow skirts!
How Adaptable Are You?
plsying fox trots at 11 30 p. m.I How
many of us are made miserable by the
heavy tramping of the tenant on the floor
above who feels frae to come In as noisily
at 1 a. m. aa at the hour after midday!
But most- of us who suffer these
annoyances, either with martyr-like urv
happiness that is ev'dent to all observers
or with bitter volubility that makes the
renting agent's life a bore, never stop
to think thst we, too, fall to adapt our
selves. If you have been brought up in a
mansion with servants at your beck and
call and are reduced to living In a board
ing house your presence there Is toler
able to yourself and others only as you
adapt yourself to the conditions of the
Adaptability seems to be a combina
tion of common sense and unaelflahnesa.
And the lack of It reacts on the one
who fails to possess the quality and on
all who come in contact with him.
The woman who goes to a bargain sale
and insists on the prompt attention of
the poor, tired clerk who is trying to
placate nineteen other excitable women
fails utterly to adapt herself to the basic
principles of bargain sales. Buying on
Tuesday, when linen shirtwaists are five
dollars, secures just one dollar ana two
cents' worth of comfort and nronrot at
tention. Buying on Monde., when
slenderer purses may require tha same
waists for I3.M, requires adaptability to
pty for the discomfort of the bargain
sale. And that serves as an example of
Adjusting yourself to your circum
stances Is so necessary that almost any
tsne person might ba expected to m.k. .
business of doing it. And most people
make a business of trying to adjust
circumstances to themselves. Well
enough, if you are strong enough and
clever enough and determined enough to
do it. But If .you are not. the very next
best thing is to- adapt yourself to any
set of circumstances which must be tem
porarily accepted, with the mental res
ervation that you are going to Improve
them later on.
It never pa to become "set In your
ways." It never pay-to fall to see the
good points of the new conditions thst
are rising from day to day. Change
ought to be considered and weighed, and
when it must be accepted It is always
wise to adjust yourself to the ready
made coat you have to take until you
can afford to have one "ut to
Consider His Father
By POROTIIY BIX
A chorus girl who Is suing her father-in-law
for alienating her youthful hus
band' affection from her gives this esse
"Never marry a
man until you
know his ps rent a
They sre the peo
ple who can make
or break a mar
riage." This matrimonial
aphorism goes dou
ble, as our sporting
friends say. I'n
doubtedly the atti
tude of one'a In
laws has much ef
fect on one'a d
mestlo welfare, and
to be popular with
your wife's or hus
band's people Is a
safe guarantee that
the dove'of peace
will roost upon
s ' .
your roof pole.
But the main reason why you should
never marry Into a family with which
you are unacquainted Is because ninety
nine time out of a hundred a man and
woman make Just exsctly Vie same ett
of a huaband or wife aa their parents did.
No matter how different from their fore
bears a youth and maiden may seem
when they are young, they are pretty
sure to revert to their type as they grow
older. Heredity, environment, example,
teaching, are too much for them. They
unconsciously turn back to Ideals that
were bred In their bones.
For thlsi reason It Is part of prudence
for every girl who Is contemplating mar
rying a young man to get herself Invited
to (visit In his home, so that she may ob
serve his father and how his father
treats his mother.
If prospective mother-in-law Is a tired,
meek, brow-beaten sort of a woman who
doesn't dare to call her soul her own; It
her husband sneers at her opinion; If he
Is always nagging about the housekeep
ing, and forever lambasting women's ex
travagance, let tha girl take this aa a
warning sent her by her guardian angel,
and break the engagement no matter
how much she thinks she loves the youth
nor how desirable a catch he Is.
He will make exactly the same kind of
a husband aa hia father. He has never
seen a woman treated with any gener
osity or tenderness, and it simply won't
occur to htm that a wife haa a right to
expect any consideration from her hus
band. On tha other hand, If father-in-law Is
still a lover to hla wife, and if mother-in-law
la on of those glad-faced women
who can throw more real feeling Into
celebrating their silver wedding than
they did their first one; If father-in-law
stUl bestows upon mother-in-law delicate
little attentions, and considers her pleas
ure in all things, then let the girl grab
their son by tha hand and rush with him
to- tha altar, lest peradventure auch a
good thing might get away from her.
The son of such a father will make
a huaband whose wife will arise and call
him blessed arery day of her life, be
cause he will follow In his tather'e foot
steps. 'Believe me, son, that even as Mabel Is,
mother was at her age, and as mother Is,
o will Mabel ba when she gets Into the
desolate fifties. Mabel will get fat like
mother. Mabel's bralnlessness will be
Just aa appalling as mother's when she
loses tha youth and beauty that excuse
an other faults In a woman. Mabels
talk will get Just aa much upon your
nerves aa mother's when you get It In
forty-year dosea, instead of forty min
utes. Bee what kind of a wife a glr's mother
makes before you sign up a Ufa contract
with her, young man. If mother Is ex
travagant and works her husband to
death to provide her with finery, daugh
ter will expect to keep your nose to the
grindstone also. She's been brought up
to believe that all that a huaband Is
good for is to ba a shopping ticket for his
wife. If mother is a first-class nagger,
consider well If you are of the breed
of men that take kindly to hen-pecking.
If mother is a slatternly housekeeper, re
flect that your fate will ba to eat out
of tin cant and delicatessen bags If you
marry ber daughter, because aha will
have been brought up to no standards
of cleanllneie or order or good cooking.
But If mother is a real helpmate to her
husband, f.f aha la thrifty and Industrious
and a good manager; If she Is sweet tem
pered, and sane, and reasonable, and
broad and sympathetic, why, pop the
question before you leave the house.
That kind of a woman raises up the
kind of girls that make good wives.
It's a safe rule to pick out your In
laws first in matrimony.
"The Business Woman No Bar to Mat
rimony," will be Dorothy Dlx s next ar
Advice to Lovelorn
' mr ftavanuca taxmwax
sboald Ilava pass Directly Jlvamr.
Dear Miss Fairfax: I have two lady
friends: one la married and the other
single. Both were going to the theater
one evening and mat two men, whom
they knew welL going to the same thea
ter. After the theater they went to a
cabaret and then home.
It is proper for a married woman to
go to any amusement place without her
husband T M. F.
Since your friends chanced to be going
to the same theater whloh those men
were going to attend, their accepting the
men as escorts to their destination was
not wrong. But they should have gone
home afterward. No married woman
should deliberately go to some place of
entertainment with a mere acquaintance.
or even a very good friend, unless she
does so with her husband's full knowl
edge and consent.
Have mm t'aderstaadlas.
Dear Miss Fairfax: I am 23 and I have
been going agout with e young man for
six months, ilefore he mot me .. vm
engaged for nearly four years. He does
not keep ail appointments with me ana 1
know he goes to see his former flnaoee.
is he worth worrying over, or snail 1
give him up? ANNA W.
I Your stituation Is a sad one and one
'that unfortunately is not very unusaut.
I You would probably ba happier if you
could get up your courage to have a plain
talk with the young man. The uncertainty
of your situstion is what makes you un
happy. Once you knew you had to give
him up 1 am sure you would find the
courage to d- so. Don't permit this situ
ation to drag along. You must either
trust the man absolutely or corns to aa
understanding with him.
' The world la so full of a number of
things" that many of us neglect entirely
to discover ourselves! Of course there
are plenty of self-centered Individuals In
the world who are selfishly concerned
with nothing but themselves, but even
they have probably really never made
the great discovery of their own power
Whenever an Individual becomes abso
lutely sure of the fact that he Is really
an Individual, that he la capable of
standing on his own feet and walking
forward on them toward the things
which he wsnts to wrest from life, then
the conclusion of Stevenson's quotation
la true, and he ought to he as happy as
l.ne of the greatest tragedies of ex
istence Is that most of us Imagine that
life would be very happy If some one
else would mske It so. Happiness dues
not depend on whether some one Is kind
to you, or whether some one loves you;
It depends entirely on whether you are
strong enough to stand or fall by your
own merits and whether you are de
termined enough to put up a fight that
shall enable you to stand rather than to
"None but yourself shall meet on the
highway of fate," says a philosopher-
poet. In assuring yourself of that. In be
lieving that, and In living up to it you
have taken the first step toward hap
piness and success.
It Is so easy to Imagine that, given
a fair chance, you would succeed. "If
only," says Jim, "I could get to tha head
of tha company. If he would Just inter
est himself In my behalf and give me a
decent chance I'd show what I'm made
of. I'd work if I Just got a little recog
nition and the encouragement of a fair
Jim, you will succeed only when you
discover yourself! As soon as you know
not to think, not Imagine, but know
that you are a man with tha ability to
succeed lying in yourself and not In the
outside world and the chance It gives
you, you will succeed. Your success
does not depend on having the president
of the company praise you or give you a
it depends on your wsklng up some
morning to the consciousness that you
are a man atrong enough to make your
fight and willing to exert yourself and
go on fighting until you have climbed
j t obstacles to the plaoa where your
ability absolutely Illumines everything
that lies about you. Then you won't
have to ask for recognition to enable
you to sucoeed. Your success will bring
Says Kate, "Oh, I might ba a fine
woman if I had a fair -chance. But I'm
working like a slave for 116 a week, and
I'm young and pretty and I might so
easily be happy. And what make every
thing else worse is that for two years
I've just idolised Arthur, and, after play
ing fast and loose with my affection, he's
thrown ma over. I was born Into pov
erty and ' haven't even had a square
deal in love. What can you expect of
I expect everything of you, Kate, when
ever' you wake up to the fact that you
Heod this Christmas sug
gestion and plan now tho
Big Gift for your family.
Nothing can bring greater
or more lasting happiness
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can get It and get It for yourself! ,,.
Suppose you were born Into poverty.
Now you have managed to work your
self ip to the living wage of $15 a week
Yon have gone by all the pathetic H'.tl
creatures who have to exist on perhaps
only a third of the sum you are earning.
You have had love, and that In itseif Ik
Now try to discover yourself. You sr
pretty, you are young, you are able to
compel love (even If In one Instance yo.i
failed to hold It); you have anility, and
with all these potentialities and powe s
sre you going to ask life to stop ant
make a special case of you, when. - If
only you were convinced of It. you might
make a special and admirable case of
Arthur's love waned; well, then. It
probably wasn't worth having. Either
Arthur was fickle or you failed to hold
the gift that was given you. Love will
come again, and when It does yon will
be wiser to choose and stronger to hold.
You are able to earn J16; well, then, you
are able to earn more. The point Is, j-oti
have to believe In yourself and your
ability. Don't whine, don't ask thing
of life go and get them. They are your3
for the taking.
"None hut yourself shall you meet o
the highway of fate." No one can make
or mar you. That Is for you to do.
Discovering yourself means recognis
ing the fact that you are an Individual
strong enough to work and win and fo
oonquer failure and defeat. Discovering
yourself means a serene acknowledge
ment of the fact that the days are go
ing to be filled with varying experience's;
there will be sunshine and gloom; there
will be falling and rising again.
Every one stumbles a bit when walk
ing the highway of life. To be able to
laugh when you stumble, and to go on
without hesitating means that you are
not so Intent on the roal you walk that
you have failed to discover that you are
an Individual walking that road.
"I am a person." says a little girl I
know. We are all "persons." The point
Is to know it. to aak very little of other
"persons" and everything of ourselves.
Of all officials the vice president seems
to get the least for hla money. 1
Every defeated political candidate can
explain all about the double cross.. ''
A woman can often have tesrj in her
eyes without having any In her soul
One comfort Is left the man wha ber
gins at the bottom. He can sink . no
lower unless the bottom falls out.
Small minds appear to run In the same
Eternal suspicion gives one who har
bors It a bad advertisement, .
Borne men are like the popular song.
Mighty tlreaonjp after a few. Interviews.
A lot of this canned muslo would
sound more pleasing If allowed to fer
ment a little. 1
- EE YOBB
Just fits the average