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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 7

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, November 9, 1937
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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 1937 BLYTHBVII.LE. (ARK.)' COURIER NEWS .:' Painstaking Tests Used to Determine Mental Development of Quints EDITOR'S NOTE: Tills is tbe sixth of a series of articles telling for the first time what science lias learned about tbe Dlonne quintuplets. The article? are based on .scientific papers read before Canadian a n d American .scientists at a special meeting in Toronto. BY BRUCE CATTON JVKA Service Staff Correspondent (Copyright, 1937, NEA service Illc , TORONTO, Out., Nov. 8. - In case you have ever wondered. Miss Yvonne Oionne is the brightest of tl.u five famous quintuplets, flccord- • tng to tests made by psychologists An elaborate study of the quintuplets' .mental development has been made by .scientists from the University or Toronto, one of the series of studies aimed at finding out all the pertinent facts about the fjuints, its conclusions are sum- nmrlml in a paper written by Di W. E. Blatz, director of St. George's school for child study, in Toronto, and liis assistant, Miss Dorothy Mil ) (champ. Dr. Blatz and Miss Milllchamp have studied the quintuplets over a period of ttvo years, applying the tests devised by Dr. Arnold Gesell famous Yale University psychologist, along with other tests. • Their' report, to repeat, is that although the sisters are almost identical, physically, they are verv farm from being identical, mentally The.way in which the scientists set out to determine tlie quints rating in the world of childhood makes an interesting story. When you set out to measure Ihe mental stature and progress of a baby whose chief concern in life is getting its big toe into its mouth you cnn't adopt the .saiue tactics you would use with a school-age child. Even when the child reaches Hie age of two or three, the job of finding out hoiv much or a mind il has and what it is doing with it, is a bit difficult. Examinations of the ordinary kind arc out. A Fine New Game Dr. Blatz and Miss MUlichamp who started to work on the quints shortly before those engaging young ladies had passed their first birth- k days, took along as equipment a fe« reams of paper, a set of unused sheets of charting paper, and a whole -stiitease full of toys. The J quints decided that this was 'going,a line-new game, and entered Into the spirit of the thing' 1 with" zest. First of all, the psychologists wanted to test the quints' motor development — their control over their muscles. By getting the answers to a lot of questions that sound unimportant to the layman, they would learn whether the girls' equipment of nerves • and 'muscles wer e functioning in the proper teamwork. So, from time to time, they sought, lo find out things like these; Could a 15-month-old quintuplet walk backward, if properly coaxed? Could ii quint at the age of two pile six blocks up in a reasonably straight tower? (The quints could, did, and hated to quit.) At 30 months, could a quint sttmd on one foot? * * * At regular intervals over a period of two years the psychologists performed such tests, tabulating their findings and reducing the answers to a series of graphs. Next came the matter of adaptive behavior, which the quints accepted as something special in the way of a lark. For it was here that Miss MUlichamp unstrapped her suitcase of toys. Just Like Games Miss MUlichamp would unstrap It.'that is, if the quints didn't get hold of it first. For the five maids from Callander quickly learned that taking "these tests was just )ike •? playing games with delightful toys, .and as soon as she showed up with her suitcase they would cluster around her, impatient to get the thing away from her and open it up. Scientific Dignity Upset All of this was just a little trying lo her professional dignity. A psychologist is supposed to be a cold- blooded and hard-boiled seeiwr after truth, capable of administering even the most bizarre of tests with a straight face. But when she got a quint at the table and began the tests she could maintain her professional aloofness no more than any one else. "look at that picture." says Dr. Blatz, indicating a photo of Miss Millichamp putting a small Dionne through her paces. "You're supposed to be objective and unemotional. And what, are you doing? You're grinning at the kid— 'positively beaming on her." •Which was quite true; aud Rises From Wreckage Of Tornado - April 3, 193G—Bntlrred by (lie full Gainesville, above, was iillcct with i Within the city limits <)22 structures were nnmnged- low the • - of a ConKwrale veteran, standing In t of a tornado dial claimed 200 lives, llio after storm and (Ire hnil lakcn 'their loll was estimated at more than $10.«KI,<XJO. Only middle of the ,„.,„.,„..,„,„ «..„,„, , B ""- """"" Ol " ie S( l l ">''« I""", escape.! unscalhcii. Ambulances, fire trucks and rescues' automobile., crowdAl Ihe cliaollc scone i(! , t |,™, & , of Kl ,rvlvor« picked their way through the wreckage. Gainesville, of Gfiincsvil today—Shining new stores, repaired pavements, am] freshly laid lawns hide all traces on Nov. 24, President Roosevelt will dedicate this new "Roose,: . • , .-, destruction, and the of a newer nnd more prosper- city. Only Ihe broken Irces,. in the park, above the statue of the Couleilerale veteran remain as ;- ,, , lmi!e testimony of the tornado's deslnictive 'power. '.""•""''. SPECIAL Merchants- /• A Plate /lllp Lunch TUl* HOTEL NOBLE "Where Hospitality I s a K*allty." Psychologht Millicliainp's only defense was a murmnr that she'<l h'ke to see how anybody could do anything different where a quin- is involved. A quint would, for example be given a green board containing, in mortised recesses, a red triangle, a red square and a red circle. She would be invited to take these out; then the board would be turned (he other end lo. and she would be asked to put them back in the proper recesses. Would she have the wit to see that the triangle, which had come from a recess at the right end, now belonged at the left end? Or—to vary the game—Miss Millichamp would hand her little playmate four cubes, one after another. Would the young lady hang on lo them until she had all four, or would she get mixed np and drop the ones she had in order lo take the new one us it wits offered to her? Or (to take one more example) Miss Millichamp would build a simple bridge out of blocks; then the quint would be given a similar set of blocks and urged to build one like it. How Handy Is She? These lests showed wide variations in the girls', behavior, some of them could do one thing, some could do another. Sometimes one ofthe quints would put on a siul- spurt nnrt masler problems that npproxlfnnloly two months ° r • -• —~ i*-u "vi, ik- nvviv! UL LIIUU. ociure tiny iillcntntr to r she might lag and see one of compare their progress with that SKtei-s on nlioci/1 'TH, rt ..~ , i -,r .Til - 1-1] . of other children could be made, trncted from- their chronological her sisters go ahead. There seemed what the quinl.s could or could not (lo in this field. lastly, the psychologists tested the girls in what psychology calls peronal-social behavior — which might be boiled down by sayin" that such ~- j — -ti --• •-- -_••*«t-j int. t{(fififeujjrcis IILIS . -- - discover made things hard for thorn'-sin»le whether a girl is handy nbout the chldren develop faster .than Uvuis ho,™ m,,i „ i, rf ,» /„ .„„„.„.. (io> s i, 1C e.-children 'of identical a a es do not'.stimulate eneli oilier mentally as much as do children of varying ages. The quints have never associated regularly 'with any children but each other—nnd so If twins have a harder hoe limn single children have, it Is obvious that the going Is even harder for quintuplets. 1 Ml ' Fi L Essy i . Fas moi bus FU Life Insu house and a help to mother. Thus: nt 15 months, should be able to use a spoon while eating. The quints all could. At IS months, she should be able to turn tlie pages of a picture book. At 21 months, she ought to be at lensl trying to turn tlie knob when .she wants to open a door. At 24. she should be able to tell people about her little experiences. At the age of three, she should be able to open n door and put on Her shoes— though not. necessarily at th e same time. They're Catching Up At the start, Yvonne had them all beat, in this field. A little later on, cccile and Annette caught, up with her, then passed her. Tlie handicaps that the quintuplets faced in their development from infancy to babyhood arc emphasized in the paper, For example: they were born ARKANSAS & MISSOURI FARM & CITY LOANS Low Interest Rates Easy Payments-Long Terms Fastest closing service of any mortgage loan company doing business in these states. FLORIDA BROS. & CO. nce . . Fire Insurance Investment Securities. ARK. ° f Bcfore age. Jn ,, words, the quints iren't really as pld as Ihe cnlcmlm says-they ,are. ' . Par another example: liic mere fact that -they, nrn't ' Half Year In .Making, $750,000 Orcliestra Is HV NOKMAN S1KOIJ|, M:A Scrvlcn Kndlu Killlur NKW Y011K. Nov. B.— N!ncly-l«'o ' Younghusb'and's No. 5 'Perfect' l)y Ilic National llromlcaslliig Co, mi Suturdny nlp.lils to thrill Ibr "ilium's music lovers wllh a rmllo series of line music played by line musicians. The new NBC Symphony On'h.'Min, In tin' making for the pasl six months, will burst forth with a crescendo on Nov. 13. Shortly after Ihe famed Arluro Tdcanlnl ii'slRiied from his post will) Ihe Nt'iv York I'hlllmrmonlc Orchestra, NI1C signed the peer cf all living conductors to lead a m>\v symphony. Tlu>n the mil work luul lo pruvkle him with the symphony. n«' (ask of building Ihe orchestra for (he mat'stro was turned over to Arlhur llixl/liiskl, vibrant leader of the Cli'veliind Orchestra anil favorite of Toscanlnl. Rodtflnskl's trained t r llsicuwl to 700 musicians, picked 93. For the past five weeks he his been drilling them In NUC's Imse studio'on the eighth door of Hiullo cily. D'liicku- Hod/lnskl will lurn over lo 1'lerre Moiiteux for the opening 80-iiilnuto concert. The French dl- uctor will conduct the first UIITO programs. ltoil?,lnskl will then ro- lurii to the podium for tlie next, three broiulcn.'ils and on Christmas night Toscaulm will lake ovnr Ilic direction for 10 concerts, Hndv.hiski will mjnlii return In the spring lor the liist seven broadcasts. $750,000 Outlay This neiv radio orchestra, which Is costing NBC about $750,000, Is u hand-picked musical aggregation. Key men from all the great symphonies In the country were signed for places In it. Hod/.lnskl considers the siring section the (Inr-si in the iiorld. it is headed by Mlscha Mis- chnkorr. former concert master of the Chicago Symphony and long hailed as the best first-chair, man I" t«e country, The other members are equally prominent for their symphonic work. The one girl ju the orchestra Is Laura Newell, harpist, who hns played wllh the Do- troit, Clerclmid 5>\inplionles. Cincinnati these In auditioning taltnt for Ihe super orchestra. Director ruxlzlnskl discovered n notable lack of first and third trombonists, fourth horn and double bass players. Ho advises music students to study brasses Instead of Hie more ,„, solo inslriinienls. He contends it is easier to make a living in the musical world with them. "Everybody wants to be n Hel- fetz," Director Dodzinski Raid lo the writer in • explanation, "it is iinazliijr with the number of bauds iiow Jittle material there is iii tlie brass Instruments:" Toscanlnl Eager for Debut Very feiv'of Ihe'newmen in Ihe orchestra built for • Toscanlnl have over played.under, his direction, ^as Toscanini's old orchestra, the-New York Philharmonic, 'was not.raided tor the netc group. Many of the nen Imvc never played together before, but Rodzlnski found little difficulty In putting the orchestra Into shape. He would spend three clays a wweek in New York Having found his "pcrlcct mnte" nt lost, nftei font "bud slnru,* J. Leslie Voiinglmsbnnd, wenlthjr Chicago cosmetic .manufacturer, has announced his enijngcmeiit to Louise liano, former dancer, with whom he Is shown obove. News o( his selection of the tlflh Mrs. Younghusbnnd set nt rest rumors Hint he mlrjhl remnrry wife No, 3 who aided him In divorce proceedings brought by wile No. 4. them,and the other four In Cleveland will) hl.s own orchestra, "How Is Ilic now orchestra?" Toscanlnl uskcil him the moment they met In Iwly last summer. Hodzlnskl's report ftetirly caused the mneslro lo drop evetytlilnjf tuid catch the first bout buck lo the States to lead his new symphony In rehearsal. Tosctvnlnl won't hcur the oncnlMij concert on the 13th ns lie Is enroulc to Palestine to direct Hie symphony there, which Is composed •largely of German refugees, nut, on Dec, 25 TrAScnnlni will receive his musical Christmas present when lic faces the microphone with his many "trays" and one "girl". 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