It is the purpose of Palmistry to teach you how to conquer the ancient art of divination by means of stated rules and not by intuition, These rules work accurately at all times and under all circumstances, while intuition comes and goes at its own sweet will, under the influence of some momentary excitement which developes, in very rare occasions, a state of true clairvoyance, never to be fully depended on Those fixed taws, without which no science is worthy any serious attention, have been formulated, in this XIX. Century, by two men, starting from opposite poles, but meeting on a common ground of conscientious investigation; these men were Captain d'Arpentigny and myself. The former became the creator of this ingenious and startlitigly accurate system that includes, under the name of Chircgnomy, all such observations as relate to the outward physiognomy of the hand, its shape, its finger tips, etc., with' out paying any attention to the lines or signs written on the palm. This added branch of a science as old as the world now forms part and parcel of Palmistry and is almost unrivaled in its precise revelations concerning the disposition and tendencies of body and mind.

No actual events, past or future, however, does it prognosticate, while its elder sister, Chiromancy, freed by me from the heavy fetters of superstitious nonsense accumulated by the XVL and XVII. Century palmists, emerges from its rather chaotic state to the full possession of an orderly and definite status.

But it is only since to its Kabbalitic origin has been added a full and satisfactory demonstration of its solid physiological foundation, that Palmistry has begun to be noticed and discussed in the world of thinkers and searchers. It is true that Aristotle had anticipated the modern discoveries in that direction when he wrote: "Lines have not been traced without cause in the hands of men; they evidently emanate from the influence of heaven and from human individuality." In the powerful brain of the great philosopher the germ of the present doctrine of the aura, the unexplained and imponderable atmosphere that surrounds us, had thus been deposited, to be formulated by the savants of the XIX. Century with the prudent conservatism of modern investigators.

For, indeed, there is a breath - light. heat, electricity - fluid or vibration, that gives life, and the withdrawal of which is made manifest by the state called death. All the great physicians, the renowned physiologists of our time have admitted as much, while finding no proper explanation or even definition for this mysterious primary force. So far, the nearest they have reached to the lighting up of this dark question is formulated in two words; Magnetic electricity. One of the most distinguished among them,

M. Charles Bonnet, wrote:

"Ideas are nothing but vibrations, nothing but changes occurring within us, and they are caused by some external influence transmitted through the nerves to the cerebral fibers."

Thus the existence of the vital fluid is admitted; its mode of transmission through the nerves to the brain is indicated; it will need no long reasoning to demonstate how this fluid penetrates man's body through the fingers, and, leaving its marking in the palm, runs up to the brain.

In the human body every element is combined to form a clear, distinct individuality; the features of the face, the irregularities of the skull, the length or shortness of the limbs, the bearing, the walk, the look, the words, the gestures - everything, even to the handwriting; and above all, the member that traces the writing: the hand.

Aristotle said that the hand is "the organ of organs, the instrument of instru-ments" and d"Arpentigny wrote in his beautiful language:

"There are hands which naturally attract us, and there are hands which excite in us repulsion. I have seen hands which seemed covered with eyes, so sagacious and so penetrating was their appearance. Some, like those of th"e sphinx, suggest an idea of mystery; some betray recklessness and strength, combined with activity of body; others again indicate laziness, joined to feebleness and cunning."

It is impossible to deny that the sense of touch, concentrated in the hands and especially in the finger tips and the center of the palm, constitutes the most indispensable of the five senses and can almost take the place of the other four. The blind, the deaf, the dumb, the unfortunate one deprived of the sense of smell are still kept in communication with the world and their fellow creatures if their sense of touch is unimpaired, if Their hands are still in possession of their Cull capabilities. This undoubted supremacy of the hand prepares us for any revelation that will demonstrate its paramount influence in the absorption and distribution of the vital fluid. In fact, it is the hand whose extreme nervous sensitiveness carries to the brain the double principle that gives birth to thought; it is the hand again which executes what the other senses have merely advised or prepared.

Besides, have not prominent physiologists stated that the fact of the palm becoming burning hot, in the advanced shape of consumption and in all diseases that arise from organic wasting away through irritation, is sufficient evidence that in the hand exists one of the centers of instinctive life? They have added that, in their opinion, this focus of instinctive life resides in the elevations (or Mounts) under the four fingers, wherein (as well as in the hollow of the hand and at the finger tips) are found, to the numbers of 250 or 300, these Pacinian Corpuscles. which are but agglomerations of nervous matter. These Corpuscles act as condensers of innervation, receiving the vital fluid through the fingers, storing it like reservoirs of electricity and endowing the hand with its surprising sensitiveness, commonly known as the sense of touch. Let me add. to this essential statement concerning the Pacinian Corpuscles, that they do not exist in the monkey's so-called hands and are absent, or very few in number, in the hands of the congenital idiot.