1891.] Method of indexing Finger-Marks. 542
The forefingers are the most variable of all the digits in respect to their patterns, their slopes being almost as frequently abnormal as not (see Table II); the third fingers rank next; the little finger ranks last, as its pattern is a loop in nine cases out of ten. I, therefore, found it convenient not to index the fingers in their natural order, but in the way that is shown at the head of the column of figures on the left side of fig. 2. There, the sequence of the numerals that express the
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