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3. The Qualifications of a Good Grocery Clerk. 4. Some things a Student can do in College to pay
his Expenses. 5. My Trip to Coney Island (tell of some one interest
ing thing you saw there).
THE TURTLE MAN
Since you have asked me to tell of some one thing I saw at Coney Island, I'll tell about a very unusual and peculiar man I saw on exhibition there. He is said to be the only person in the world of his kind. He was known as the “Turtle Man," because in certain respects he resembled a turtle.
He was a small man of about a hundred pounds, and was some four feet tall. He was dressed in a kind of theatrical tights, so that you could see the shape and size of his limbs. It was on account of his peculiar arms and legs that he was called the “Turtle Man." His arms and legs, each, had five joints like the turtle's. His limbs were also shaped like the turtle's. Between his shoulder and elbow was joint; and another between his elbow and wrist. About midway between his hip and knee was an extra joint; and another one between his knee and ankle. So in each limb he had two extra joints. He appeared to have good use of his arms. So far as I could judge, all the joints in his arm bent equally when he drew his arm up. I did not see him stand. I rather think he had less use of his legs than his arms.
He seemed to be in good health and enjoying life
about as well as you could expect a sane person who was an object for curious people to gaze at.
He had never had a fall or been injured in any way that caused him to be shaped as he was. He was born that way. I suppose he is what you might call a "sport," a departure from the normal human class. He was born of Indian parentage in South America. Some English travelers saw him in South America while he was a boy, and persuaded his parents to allow them to take him to England to educate him and bring him up. They took care of him till he was grown. Then he wanted to make his own living. I suppose all the work he ever did, or could do, was to exhibit himself in shows.
(1) Is this a description or an exposition :
(2) Is it full enough for you to understand it clearly?
(3) Imagine yourself in the position of this student: He was called on to give a talk on something that he had probably not thought of in two years. His means of discovering many definite facts about the “Turtle Man" were extremely limited.
71. Final Word to the Student.--Now that you know something of the theory and practice of oral composition, you doubtless see its practical value from both a social and business standpoint, and its importance in our modern life of efficiency and accurate thinking. Th
The one dominant purpose of this book has been to give you ease, accuracy, and fluency in expressing your thoughts through that medium of communication that you will have more occasion to use every day of your life than any other—just plain informal talking.