Memorymen Of India

INDIA has always been a land of wonders, among which the memory feats of the Ashtavadhanis have long been conspicuous. An article in The Theosophist magazine for 1886 reports an occasion on which a memory expert of South India simultaneously kept in mind and did the following eleven things and afterwards correctly repeated the whole.

1. Played a game of chess, without seeing the board.

2. Carried on a conversation upon various subjects.

3. Completed a Sanskrit verse from the first line given him.

4 Multiplied five figures by a multiplier of four figures.

5. Added a sum of three columns, each of eight rows of figures.

6. Committed to memory a Sanskrit verse of sixteen words—the words being given to him out of their order, and at the option of the tester.

7. Completed a "magic square" in which the separate sums in the several squares added up to a total named, whether tried horizontally or vertically.

8. Without seeing the chess-board directed the movement of a knight so that it should make the circuit of the board within the outline of a horse traced on it, and enter no other squares than those.

9. Completed a second "magic square" with a different number from that in the above named.

10. Kept count of the strokes of a bell rung by a gentleman present.

11. Committed to memory two sentences of Spanish, given on the same system as No. 6.

The writer of the article, Colonel H. S. Olcott, went on

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