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“NY . Things to Know and Do 155 It takes a good-sized dictionary to give all the signs in use, and a dictionary you must have, if you would become an expert. A very pretty Woodcraft sign is given as follows: First, give the Question sign, then make an incomplete ring of your right forefinger and thumb, raise them in a sweep until above your head, then bring the ring straight down to your heart. This is the Indian way of asking, “Is the sun shining in your heart? ”— that isa “Are you happyP”—your answer will be made by the right hand and arm standing up straight, then bowing toward the , left, followedby a sharp stroke of the right fist knuckles past those of the left fist without their touching, which means: “Yes, the sun shines in my heart heap strong.” Picture-writing The written form of Sign Language is the picture-writing also called Pictography and Ideograp , because it represents ideas and not words or letters. It is widely believed that Sign Language is the oldest of all languages; thatindeed it existed among animals before man appeared on earth. It is universally accepted that the ideography is the oldest of all writing. The Chinese writing for instance is merely picture-writing done with as few lines as possible. Thus, their curious character for ”Hearing” was once a com- plete picture of a person listening behind a screen, but in time it was reduced by hasty hands-to a few scratches; and “War,” now a few spider marks, was originally a sketch of “two women in one house.” , To come a little nearer home, our alphabet is said to be descended from hieroglyphic ideographs. “A,” or “Ah,” for- example, was the sound of an ox repre- sented first by an outline of an ox, then of the head, which in various modifications, through rapid writing, became our “A.” “O” was a face saying “Oh,” now simplified into the round shape of the mouth. Sm: INDMNScouT PIGTOGRAPHS gnu-j” ."u gun or'ch, CUfl‘¢J‘¢t "9°" "helm funk