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  • ASHLAND, July 18 — Mrs. Louise Francis Spaller, of Chicago, an extensive traveller throughout America and abroad, occupied the Round Table hour on Medford Day at the Chautauqua assembly and was greeted with the largest audience of the season. Her subject was "Brain and Character Building," the facts presented were gathered by her in a public work of education and service extending over 19 years.
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  • ASHLAND, July 18 — Mrs. Louise Francis Spaller, of Chicago, an extensive traveller throughout America and abroad, occupied the Round Table hour on Medford Day at the Chautauqua assembly and was greeted with the largest audience of the season. Her subject was "Brain and Character Building," the facts presented were gathered by her in a public work of education and service extending over 19 years.
    Mrs. Spaller's address was practical and told with the freshness and earnestness of one reciting facts gained by direct, personal contact, and was especially interesting to parents, teachers and pastors.
    She explained the law of brain building and showed how any stimulus to the brain finds an outward expression. In education stimulus awakens the emotional centers of the brain, these in turn awaken the will which seeks expression in some act, such as drafting, building, etc. In all work along moral and religious lines, the general trend is simply to present stimuli that awaken the emotions, and nothing is presented to stir the will and quicken it to express the emotionality in some beneficent or helpful act. This the speaker deemed as one of our greatest brain leaks of the present day and explains why so many good things said by ministers and reformers are wasted, as they awaken only the emotions and find outward expression in the same instead of in deeds of honesty, conscience and service to the needy. Helpful suggestions were given telling parents and teachers how to train and educate the character building brain centers so that stimuli of a moral nature would be expressed in right conduct.
    Many illustrations were given of building brain centers, some of them interesting experiments of Prof. Elmer Gates on animals and the defective, also the method employed in educating the feeble minded, and the speaker's personal association with Helen Keller and her instructor. What a suggestion is and its potentiality in character building was given and practical lessons given of its application in prefixing the character and overcoming undesirable traits. Following this, many specific directions were given for strengthening and developing different brain centers. The address climaxed with an appeal on the power of love as the key note of power in saving a life, a people or a nation.
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