"We who chronicled the birth of Volapück now mourn over its untimely decease. Some two years ago we watched by its cradle. It is now our task to weep by its bier. Volapück, it may be remembered, was to become the language of the whole commercial world. It is now numbered among the dead languages. The society bearing its name has ceased to exist. The rise and fall of the universal language of the nineteenth century can be told in a few words, if it be ever told at all, and the chief moral of the tale will be this: Don't doom any language which you may create by declaring it to be the language of commerce, for that fact alone will prevent a considerable section of the "educated" public from even attempting to learn it."