This work presents the Universal System of shorthand. Each principle is simply stated and profusely illustrated. When such explanation is desirable, the cautions to be observed in the use of that principle are explained. Exercises are introduced in each lesson at every point that requires application drill. These exercises consist of word lists, groups of sentences and brief business letters, all of which, in their construction, indicate a radical departure from the usual exercise matter, for special attention has been centered on the acquisition of a varied vocabulary, the development of ease in note-taking ability, and on the proper provision for a cumulative review of the theory.