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  1. For those who can't see the Google books, here is Mr. Rutherford's poem:

    "A Song of Light-Line"

    Of good shorthand systems, we've many a score,
    And each month some author produces one more,
    With pot-hooks and hangers, and thick strokes and thin,
    They ring all the changes, and make quite a din.
    But 'though they may boast much, vow each superfine,
    There's none can compare with Gregg's modern LIGHT-LINE.

    Oh! Why should a shorthand slope this way and that?
    To write thus in longhand, you would be a flat!
    An elbow turned out, and a pen held askew,
    Are awkward and ugly, and not nice to view.
    Just think how much better to have one incline–
    They write all ONE SLOPE, in Gregg's modern light-line.

    Oh! Why should a shorthand fly hither and there!
    To write so in longhand, you scarcely would dare.
    This form written sky-high, the next one below,
    You bob here and there, like a bear in a show.
    'Tis all for from natural, take this as a sign''
    They write ONE POSITION, in Gregg's modern light line.

    Oh! Why should a shorthand be thick now and thin?
    To write a thick up-stroke, would cause one to sin!
    To try to write swiftly, with thick strokes galore,
    'Tis bound to be guess-work to read your notes o'er.
    So dispense with all shading in shorthand design–
    They have but ONE THICKNESS, in Gregg's modern light-line.

    Oh! Why should a shorthand omit all the vowels,
    And leave you to guess, if 'tis "tells", "tales" or "towels"?
    'Tis not natural to write in this absurd way,
    And thousands of students on this go astray.
    You can read every letter, each word can define,
    'Cause VOWELS ARE INSERTED in Gregg's modern light-line.

    Now, if you are wise, and would shorthand acquire,
    Just throw your old text-books straight into the fire.
    Then take up light-line–in the matter of speed–
    There's nothing can beat it, of this take good heed.
    'Tis most easy to learn, to read, and in fine,
    No shorthand can equal GREGG'S MODERN LIGHT-LINE.

    Write for particulars.
    Head office: Gregg's Shorthand, 94 Washington Street, Chicago
    New York: St. James Building, Broadway and 26th St.

  2. Love it!

    Although after only a bit of Pitman study, the main confusion wasn't which vowel (there's about the same guesswork as in Gregg), it was where the vowel went. S-T-R and have an "a" in in almost any position, especially if there's an unstressed vowel somewhere else.

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