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THE NAVAL OFFICER & THE LITTLE GREY BOOKS.’ UST prior to the War, a brilliant young naval officer had a bad break-down, a break-down so complete that it looked as though his career were at an end. JHe was ordered an entire and protracted rest-not only from professional duty but from every form of work. But war broke out, and his services-he was a clever expert-were urgently needed. He rejoined. Despite his anxiety to serve, however, he found that he was utterly incapable of performing his duties. He was keen to give that service which he knew was in him, but neither his professional pride nor his eager patriotism enabled him to overcome his handicap. He wrote to the Pelman Institute, and became a student of “the little grey books.” Within a few months that officer had so distinguished himself by ability and zeal that he was promoted to an important command over the heads of senior offcers. lie generously gives the credit to Pelmanism. This officer’s experience is remarkable, but by no means unique in the Pelman records. Letters are constantly being received by the Pelman Institute from Army and Navy officers, business and professional men and women, telling of extraordinary advantages directly resulting from a few weeks’ study of “the little grey books,” in which the simple principles of Pelmanism are so interestingly expounded. IS “PELMANISM” WORTH WHILE? Let any man of commonsense reflect upon the fact that nearly one hundred Admirals and Generals, as well as considerably over z5,ooo other officers and men, are now Pelmanists. Would one of these waste a moment of their scanty and hard-won leisure over the study of Pelmanism unless they were convinced by plain evidence and by the private testimony of brother officers that Pelmanism is unquestionably worth while ? The extracts from letters published by the Pelman Institute during the past year or two constitute the most remarkable volume of evidence of its kind that has ever been made public. There is not a class or rank-from the highest to the humblest- from which there has not come voluntary evidence that the Pelman System-duly practised-NEVER FAILS TO PRODUCE ALL THE BENEFITS THAT ARE CLAIMED FOR IT. An amusing instance of the thoroughness with which scepticism is dispelled by an acquaintance with the System is supplied by the record of a professional man who, before enrolling, expressed incredulity of the statements made. ” It was impossible,” he said, “that such benefits could be attained by the study of any books or by a correspondence course of instruction. The claims are fantastic.” Nevertheless he enrolled, in order to satisfy his curiosity Within a month that sceptic had written three letters in terms of the most enthusiastic praise of the Pelman System. “A single one of the lessons,” he declared, “would be cheap to me at £oo.” Comment is unnecessary. But it should be pointed out that the benefits of Pelmanism are not confined to any particular class. Every class is benefiting. Clerks, typists, salesmen, tradesmen, and artisans are benefiting in the form of increased salaries and wages. Increases of ioo per cent. and zoo per cent. in salary are quite frequently reported; in several cases 300 per cent. is mentioned as the increase of salary due to Pelmanism ! Professional men find that ” Pelmanising” results not only in an immense economy of time and effort, but also in vastly more efficient work. It says something for Pelmanism when members of such different professions as solicitors, doctors, barristers, clergymen, architects, journalists, accountants, musicians, and school- masters have all expressed their emphatic appreciation of the value of Pelmanism as a means of professional advancement. Members of Parliament (both Houses), peers and peeresses, men and women high in social and political life, famous novelists, actors, and artists, scientists, professors, and University graduates and tutors-the “little grey books” have ardent admirers amongst all of these. Even Royalty is represented-and by several enrolments I A NATIONAL INSTITUTION. Look where you will, the new movement is permeating every section of the community. The Pelman Institute has become, in effect, a national institution, and there are many who predict that, sooner or later, it must become so in fact. But State control could add nothing to the efficiency with which the work of the Institute is carried on. The instructional staff includes psychologists of the highest reputation on both sides of the Atlantic; every one of our great Universities is repre- sented thereon. And the organisation of the instructional work is, in itself, a splendid tribute to Pelmanism, for every student receives individual consideration, and his or her problems or difficulties receive the close attention of a capable, practical psychologist. All sorts of problems-some of them new and some of them familiar-are being brought every day to the Pelman Institute for advice and help; and it is safe to say that no ” Pelmanist” has yet been disappointed with the assistance given. WOUNDED OFFICERS “PELMANISING.” There must be some thousands of wounded officers and men throughout the country who are studying ” Pelmanism ” whilst in hospital, and these speak of ” the little grey books” with real affection, not only as a source of present interest and pleasure, but also as a definite assurance of a more certain future. Indeed. quite apart from any other advantage, the course is welt worth ten times the time and money simply for the stimulus it gives. “The little grey books” fill one with a new sense of power, a new and greater belief in possibility. It is not, however, merely a question of financial, business or professional gain that makes “Pelmanism ” so desirable a training. Great as its achievements are in those directions, they are altogether transcended by the extent to which the System enables one to add to the interest and pleasures of existence. Some day, it is to be hoped, an eloquent pen will do justice to this theme-the higher values of Pelmanism. Here is a characteristic letter bearing on the point. It was written by a University man, now in the Army:- “Thi Cm.mm hm m.. t p mw. . h..m a.mk ad adl..lamd dalmi yn Army uM.- “ti. is. me vi, tm dmmuer I ma I imt mema . elar. them., ragwms “~mbd l playigd thim amse ma IrIm-dmdmy .isd a thim Emi s taempment. “md rmm./ p..m mm…ra mi.mim 5. mmm .. m ..b. m. . eas n s….r.’ ……mm “Slmw-b- t I m!ei sa. t s .mmmmdm.e.” Testimony of a similar nature comes from a member of the gentle sex:– “Thug lIadding a far, Ni.. my lams I. kkmed, a ememmd. M, Mmt l- smend,. “hl1 P.am mmsebd wra m. tbmirem. I- s.4 way r pa. eml srmm t . ly mt “Igm…. m, mm. . ma d a m . mee .. iwhe, at ibm a~ s ed yr, we.. I brt. “hmmbmn d 4. m. nd t.. “”I ma. tmd tibm Cmmm. ant md m.e lotem.timg ba kemn, bhe mmlastmd te di. a “ms.t .slml md amme ma d l ammgi so mmm’s s’Al whl& b I what mwb t “p m md ttb e er at mr m mg.” Letters such as these, no less than those which speak of salaries doubled, positions and promotions gained, or other material advantages, make it clear that Teufl was well justified in declaring that “the work of the Pelman fnstitute is of national importance”; they also explain why such distinguished public men as Sir Robert Baden-Powell, Sir James Yoxall, M.P., Mr. George R. Sims, and others have not hesitated to endorse the methods and pricples of the Institute. There is no man or woman who has expressed dissatisfaction with the result of his or her dealings with the Pelman Institute. “Mind and Memory” (in which the Pelman Couarse is fully described, with a synopsis of the lessons) will be sent gratis and post fre, together with a full reraint of Truen’s famous report and a form entitling readers of The llustrated Ladmdn News to the compete Pelman Course at one-third less than the usual fee, on applicatiou to the Pelman Institute, 53, Pelman ome, Bloomsbury Street, London,W.C.i

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Issue 4125. - Vol CLII

May, 11 1918

Illustrated London News