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gentle, and affectionate, and obedient, and diligent, you can make him understand that God loves and approves of him.
I do not wish you to try to write down upon the slate about all these things yet, but you ought always to be able to talk by signs about things before he can learn to write about them; and if you and I can but go on making out this way of talking with him by signs, I will go on by degrees, helping you to the way of teaching him to put these signs into words. Signs alone will not do, because he will often be with people who do not know how to talk by signs. And, besides, you must wish very much that he may be able to read the words of our Saviour in the Bible, and to put his signs to these words, so as to take the meaning of them into his mind.
And now I must give you a few more words to teach him. He does not yet know the names of the days of the week; but perhaps he has counted the days between Sunday and Sunday, and you'will easily make him understand the day for going to Church is called Sunday. Copy out on a board or slate or large paper (which you can paste against the wall) the names of the days of the week, just in the manner you read them here.
one Week. 6. Friday
7. Saturday: Let the sign for the seven days, or week, be, joining, at the ends or tips, the thumb and four fingers of the right band and the thumb and first finger of the left hand, thus you will have the two
Instruction of the Deaf and Dumb. 399 thumbs and five fingers for the seven days, which when spoken of together are called a week.
Every morning, point out to your child the name of the day on your board, let him spell it on his fingers or on the slate, and let him write-to day is Sanday,—or to day is Monday, or Tuesday or whatever day it may happen to be : then shew him the name on your board of the day before and write yesterday * was Monday, or Tuesday, &c. Point out the name of the day following, and write to-morrow will be Tuesday, or to-morrow will be Wednesday, always making the signs for to-day, to-morrow, and yesterday. The signs for the different days of the week, may be the first letter of the name shewn on the finger,-or when you are talking of a day of the week, you may join the fingers together for the sign of the word week, and then just lift up the thumb of the right hand for Sunday,—the first finger for Monday, the middle finger for Tuesday, and so on, the thumb of the left hand will be raised for Friday, and the first finger of the left hand for Saturday. Remember that whenever you are talking of the present time, the sign of the palms of the hands opened before you, will be the sign; when you are talking of past time, you will throw your hand over your shoulder as if throwing something behind you; and when you speak of future time, you will point out straight before you.
I will now give you a list of little sentences, which speak about things as having happened at a time which is past, or of things which will happen in a future time, as well as about things which are happening in the present time, and when you teach your child these and such like sentences, use the signs I have described.
* The signs for yesterday, to-day, and to-morrow, have been given in the Number for March.
I was good yesterday.--My brother was naughty on Sunday,ře did cry.--I did not cry yesterday. - Yesterday was not Sunday.—Yesterday was Friday.-To-day is Saturday.--To-morrow will be Sunday.--My brother will go to church.— I hope I shall go to church with him.-—The sun does not shine to-day.-The clouds are covering the sun to. day --The rain did fall on the ground yesterday.The wind did blow yesterday.--I think the sun will shine to-morrow.-I did drink milk for breakfast.-I shall have tea for supper, and bread and butter.
In this way write down little sentences about all he did the day before and all he expects to do the next day, and when you use the words did, was, were, throw your hand back for the sign of the past time. When you use the words shall or will, point your finger in a straight line before you. In my next letter I will try if I can make this matter a little more clear. Remember to go on counting. . I hope you try to teach your child to write a very fair good hand, but do not press him or scold him about his writing or counting : make it all as easy and pleasant as you can, he will go on well if you can invite and win him to learn, but if you drive him to it, he will stand still.
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This most savage affair took place at Warwick, one day in the month of July. A man named Wombwell, a keeper of wild beasts, bad a noble Jion, which, from the number of persons who came to see it, helped to contribute to the man's support. And yet this man, for the sake of gaining money, actually allowed this noble animal
401 to be torn and wounded by a number of savage dogs. He was to be attacked by six dogs, three at a time. This noble creature with all his natural strength and courage about him, would have demolished all the dogs; but, being tamed and having bis natural fierceness subdued, he made no attack upon the dogs, but allowed them to tear his mouth and his lips, in a fierce and furious manner, whilst he never attempted to bite them, but merely tried to defend himself and to put them away with his paws. The dogs had been trained to fierceness, and been encouraged in that savageness of disposition so necessary for such a conflict. We shall not attempt to say more of the particulars of this fight,-but we' never 'can help feeling ashamed that any creatures in the shape of men should be found to encourage such brutality ;that the noble character of an Englishman should be so degraded and disgraced. One step of cruelty and ferocity leads on to another; it is nothing more than the continuation of the prize fights, and other such disgraceful scenes. The heart becomes hardened, and all Christian feeling, and all gentle feeling, is at an end.
The following letter from a Quaker to Mr. Wombwell does honour to the writer.
6 I have heard, with a great degree of horror, of an intended fight between a lion (that has long been exhibited by thee, consequently, has been long under thy protection,) and six bull dogs. I seem impelled to write to thee on the subject, and to entreat thee, I believe in Christian love, that whatever may be thy hope of gain by this very cruel, and very disgraceful exhibition, thou wilt not proceed. Recollect that they are God's creatures, and we are informed, in the Holy Scriptures, that not even a sparrow falls to the ground without his notice; and as this very shocking scene must be to
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gratify a spirit of cruelty, as well as a spirit of gambling, (for it is reported that large sums of money are wagered on the event of the contest,) it must be marked with Divine displeasure. Depend on it that the Almighty will avenge the sufferings of his tormented creatures on their tormentorsfor, although he is a God of love, he is also a God of justice, and I believe that no deed of cruelty has ever passed unpunished. Allow me to ask thee, how thou wilt endure to see the noble animal thou hast so long protected, and which has been in part the means of supplying thee with the means of life, mangled and bleeding before thee. It is unmanly -it is mean and cowardly to torment any thing that cannot defend itself-that cannot speak to tell its pains and sufferings—that cannot ask for mercy. Oh! spare thy poor lion the pangs of such a death as may, perhaps, be his. Save him from being torn to pieces have pity on the dogs that may as likely be torn by him. Spare the horrid spectacle -spare thyself the suffering that I fear will reach thee, if thou persist. Shew a noble example of humanity. Whoever has persuaded thee to expose thy lion to the chance of being torn to pieces, or of tearing other animals, are far beneath the brutes they torment-are unworthy the name of men, unworthy of being ranked among rational creatures. Suffer thyself to be entreated for thy own sake. Whatever thou mayest gain by this disgraceful exhibition, will, I fear, prove like a canker-worm among the rest of thy substance. The writer of this most earnestly entreats thee to refrain from the intended evil, and to protect the animals in thy possession from all unnecessary suffering. The practice of benevolence will afford thee more true comfort than the possession of thousands. Recommend the practice of benevolence to others, and always remember that He who gave life, did not give it to be the sport of cruel