Recognized HTML document

Statistical Investigations   353

11. Has he any special aptitudes, or the reverse, such as in mimicry, sense of the ludicrous,

taste in colours, music, poetry, dancing, calculating power, keenness of sight or hearing, quick

ness of observation, manual dexterity, horsemanship, ability to tend cattle?

12. Is he naturally polished and self-composed in manner or rude and awkward ? 13. Is he modest and self-reliant, or servile and cringing? Is he vain ? 14. Is he solitary or sociable; morose or cheerful ?

15. Is the passion of sexual affection strongly developed in him, or the reverse? 16. Is he fond of children, and are children fond of him ? 17. Does he cherish malice for long periods, or does he forgive frankly? 18. Is he liable to outbursts of rage?

19. Did he for long show uneasiness at the restrictions of civilised life, or did he readily accept them; such as keeping regular hours, acting on a steady system, wearing shoes and other clothing ?

20. Children of savages, who have been reared in missionary families, have been known to throw off their clothes, and quit the house in a momentary rage, and to go back to their people, among whom they were afterwards found in apparently contented barbarism. State authentic instances of this, if you know of any, with full particulars.

21. Has he a strong natural sense of right and wrong, and a sensitive conscience?

22. Does he exhibit to his religious teachers any strong conviction of an original sinfulness in his nature, or the reverse?

23. Is he much influenced by ceremonial observances, such as those of the Roman Catholic Church ?

24. Is he a willing keeper of the Sabbath?

25. Has he any strong religious instinct; is he inclined to quiet devotion? 26. Is he ascetic, self-mortifying and self-denying, or the contrary? 27. Is he inclined to be unduly credulous or unduly sceptical? 28. Is he active or impassive in social duties?

29. Is he much governed by superstitious feelings, such as [are indicated by the use of] charms or omens of good or ill luck?

30. Has he any tendency to be sanctimonious and hypocritical? 31. Is he honest, truthful and open, or cunning and intriguing? 32. Is he grateful or ungrateful?

33. Does he, in conversation, make frequent use of abstract terms? Does he adequately understand their meaning when he employs them ?

34. Are there any other marked peculiarities in his character or intellect? Please address copies to


42 Rutland Gate, London.

This is a schedule which-if the employers of native labour could be induced to fill it up accurately in large numbers-would still be certainly of much value.

Francis Galton's next venture was entitled

Inquiry into the alleged Darkening of the Hair of the English
in the Present and Recent Generations.

The explanation of the reason for the inquiry is given on the back of the
schedule. It had been alleged that on the whole the hair of English
children was darker than that of their parents, and it was asserted that the
English race was gradually but surely becoming dark-haired. The object of
the inquiry was to test the truth of this statement. Galton remarks that it
is probable that the recent and rapid changes in English habits may have
caused certain sub-types, that were previously repressed, to prevail in the
roII   45