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A GOOD FRIDAY PILGRIMAGE.

RIGHT HANDEDNESS.

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RIGHT HANDEDNESS. If asked *.he human body seems chiefly affected by adva ing clViilsati0Ii j wouUbe inclined to ^lamals Sht ^and- At first sight the four- handed mama^nnght be thought to have an ad- vantage an,j j, °Ur. bands are employed both for prehe^ or £ ra;i8 f^otlon> while in the man there la one pa t2ie an » e^°b> man's two hands are worth more *Pe« four. As man rises from «he rudest stag. ^u^h as digging roots, hunting, and tending cattle, to arcs which are hiehlv mechanical tbe right j^jeft^tlT ^re special and serviceable organ that the>1 0 ^atthe loss of it to an engraver, a !r Vrn much more EpPared to the loss of the Jeft> would ba a much re serious affair than it would be to a drcver, who could clutch his stick 0r gesticulate to his dog_ Admin-^ with the one hand as tbe •.•'y.f rooo that, physiologically tboro is a s ig on for the preference of the right hand, aU our toolg and fashions lend them- seives to ^courage its furt^ dexterity. Screws, gimblets, Tonia° the supinating motion of the rightband. loolsof the scissor kind are also made for gD j 'nan^ I have seen a print- cutter s guage made for a left-handed person fetch a very low pnee when it came to ba sold. The slant in wilting, f the hair in boys, the manner ia which buttons and hooks are placed on'clothes, and the system of writing from left to right, all seem re- lated to right-handedness In drawing, the pupil L recommended to,begm at the uppermost corner on the left band side, where the ornament is of a small and re- peating character, so as to avoid fingering the part already olmatter I kn«w was able to detect left-banded boys, when they used the pen with the l ft against orders, by the writing either being straight or sloped the wrong way. Most boys know that it is easier to draw a profile with the face looking towards the left band; yet on looking over the hiero- glyphs in the British Museum the faces will be generally found towards the right, The normal way of writing the hieroglyphs is from right to left, though frequent instances occur of their being written from left to right. I bslieve there is a constitutional reason for the ^re- ference given to the right hand, but I also believe that habit has strengthened nature's tendency, and that as the touch of the hereditary Hindoo weaver has become proverbially fine, so the aptitude of the right hard over the left is greater, with advancing civilisation, than in a state utterly savage. At that period of a child's life when creeping seems a more natural mode of progression than walking, there is no apparent dexterity in the right hand more than in the left, and when man was almost utterly without arts, I can believe his state to have been ambidexter or ambisinister. The elephant is known to employ one tusk more than another in rooting, &c., and when I asked Sir Samuel Baker which tusk went by the name of the servant," he informed me that it was the right tubk generally, but the exceptions to the rule were far more numerous than was the phenomenon of left-handed- ness with human beings. We have no reliable statistics of the proportion of left-handed persons to right in ancient or in savage nations. If Judges xx. 15, lG, is to have any weight, ir the matter, the proportion of left-handed in the trile uf Duiijiimiu nfcitiWH to have batiii gremtr than m tliu [jrwunt tf&y. Left-handednegs is very/mysterious; it seems quite against physiological deduction* and the whole ten- dency of arts and fashion. Prof. Buchanan, of Gks- goiv, who wrote an able memoir on right-handeduet-s in 1862, thinks that, lett-haud dness may be due to transposition of the vis:era, and tells me tbaS his friend Dr. Airken found such a case. But surely transposition cf the viscera must be far rar r than obstinate left-handedneas. In cases of left-handei persons which I have examined, the limbs of the lert side were proportionally larger, just as those of the right side are in normal cases. I have also found that left-handedneas is hereditary.—J. S. in Nature.

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