Vowel mark sighting

On p. 15 of _Supplementary Exercises in Gregg Shorthand_ (1918) There is the following drill sentence : "The tenant says that he will have the lease signed and sent to us tomorrow."  The word 'lease' is written as l-e-s, with the acute mark below the e, apparently to distinguish the outline from 'letters'.

This is interesting, because later in the development of Gregg, (at least by the Anniversary manual) the same ambiguity was solved by setting a special form for 'letters' as l-e-s with an angle between the e and s.  But here we have an earlier solution.

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