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A Cultinated Memory.

A Mr Perry, after a lecture at Auckland on the training of the memory, showed what he had been able to do with his own memory, by some sure tests. He called over 19 rows of figures of 12 each, which were on a large blackboard m view of the audience, but. obscured from himself, without one single mistake. A large number of cards were distributed among the audience, with the names of tha planets on them, and numbers of nine figures under each. The name of the planet was called out by the holder of a card, and Mr Perry called out the number without any apparent difficulty. The same was done with 100 other cards—the numbers called out by the holders, and Mr Perry replying with the row of six figures under each. A collection of various articles was made to the number of 25. They were phced on a table, and Mr Perry looked at them for a few minutes, then walked away and repeated the names of each m the order m which they were placed without the slightest difficulty. A very clever feat m addition was accomplished, the audience giving the figures, and these being put on the blackboard m two rows of six each by two gentlemen out of the audience, then Mr Perry went behind the board and called upon some one to make the addition. This being done, he requested that the figures should be covered with a cloth. This was done, and Mr Perry advanced to the front and wrote down the answer. Upon the cloth being removed, the answer was found to be correct, viz , 1,322,184. Again 20 names were called out by the audience, Mr W. Cole writing them down upon the blackboard, with a number to each word. Then Mr Perry retired out of sight of the board, called out the names m the order m which they were upon the board, and repeated them backwards. Numbers indiscriminately were called out by the audience, and Mr Perry gave the name it was attached to, and this was done without any hesitancy upon his part.

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A Cultinated Memory., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2525, 23 September 1890

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A Cultinated Memory. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2525, 23 September 1890

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