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Chiropractic Journal of Australia : CJA December 2012
152 Chiropractic Journal of Australia Volume 42 Number 4 December 2012 To be able to do this he used the locally produced Victor Stereopticon.42 He also created a store which had for sale all that a student would need.43 More Offerings The PSC Record Club had an average of 400 subscribers who each month receive an average of 150 pages of lecture notes. The Record Club reporter had been a court reporter. One of the reasons for recording all sessions was to be able to prove when new ideas and thoughts were frst discussed, and in case of a trial every progressive step could be proven.44 Public Relations The Times-Democrat (New Orleans, La.), Feb. 18, 1912 published: PALMER SCHOOL PARTY HERE IN SPECIAL CAR. The Carnival crowd was increased by twenty more when the handsomely equipped observation rail car, carrying the Palmer School of Chiropractic, was parked in Elysian Fields Street Friday night. The party attracted considerable attention, as all carried on their arms the PSC pennant and viewed the various interesting sights of the city in a body. Dr. B.J. Palmer, founder of the institution, has charge of the party. The Palmer School, which is situated in Davenport, Ia., specialize in brain, spinal and nerve diseases, and has a free clinic in which hundreds of patients are treated. After the Mardi Gras the doctors will spend several days visiting Pass Christian, Biloxi and other Gulf towns, returning home after visiting Mobile.45 The Davenport Daily Times of 20 April 1912 printed: DR. PALMER'S IDEA ATTRACTS ATTENTION. Progressiveness of President of Big School Recognized.--- Students in All Parts of the City Reading Messages in the International Signal Code. It is remarkable how a clever idea carried out in a live progressive manner will attract attention, and yet when one stops to consider the originality there is little reason why so much interest is aroused. Reference is made to the idea originating with Dr. B.J. Palmer, president of the Palmer School of Chiropractic, who conceived the possibilities of interesting the school children of Davenport in something of both an entertaining and educational nature. A steel fag pole rising into the air 104 feet and situated on the highest spot of land in Davenport was recently placed on the campus of the Palmer School on Brady Street. Nothing particularly original or clever can be seen in the mere erection of a steel pole, but when your gaze travels to the top you are at once attracted by the many fags and pennants, which make you feel as if they were placed there for a purpose. Every fag carries a meaning, and if you know the meaning of each you could read the thoughts of the originator. Each fag that goes to make up the 10 to 20 that are hoisted every morning, represents one letter of the alphabet. Put the words together and you have a word or combination of words. The question will at once arise, “How do I know what each fag represents?” The answer is simple. The system is identical to that used all over the world. It is the international code system. Attracts Attention of All. Interest that indicates the educational trend of minds of the students of the schools of Davenport is being displayed in the code signal system. Students in all parts of the city are fnding time to visit the Palmer School campus or studying the signals by means of a telescope of feld glasses from their own homes. They are not only reading the signals because they are interested, but because Dr. Palmer has in his usual progressive way offered them some inducement. Will Give Prizes. A prize of $5 is to be given each month to the boy or girl who successfully reads the signals that are daily hoisted to the top of the pole. A daily record must be kept, and at the end of the month the frst to show the correct readings for the 30 days is awarded the prize. Since the recent announcement that Dr. Palmer would give a prize to the successful boy or girl it has been interesting to watch the close attention that is paid to the signal system. Boys and girls of all ages, some of the students from the High school, can be seen alternately gazing at the code and the fags and pennants on the pole. When they have completed their observations they pass on, anxiously awaiting the arrival of tomorrow, when they will again have an opportunity of reading the message. Palmer Students Interested. That the older people of Davenport as well as the students of the Palmer school are taking up with the idea is noted. Even grown people have been seen deciphering the message. That the fag is ideally located, and can be seen not only from every point in Davenport, but in the tri-cities, is evidenced by a telephone conversation in which Dr. Palmer and a gentleman from Rock Island were the principals. Inquiry was made of the doctor as to the last two fags on the string, the gentleman from Rock Island being unable to make them out clearly. From a distance of several miles he was able to make out all but two of the letters through a telescope. He was undoubtedly one among many who had been interested and was able to read the message from a distance. New Flags Each Day. Daily a new set of fags is run up, and the competitors must decipher the words. Records are kept, and at the end of the month each solution must be presented at the offce of Dr. Palmer. In deciphering the words the students soon become familiar with the fags representing the 26 letters of the alphabet. The THE YEAR THAT WAS 1912 PETERS
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