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an overwhelming joy was mine! The from it with a loathing too deep for very air rested down upon me a heaven. words. One day I was holding her little I heard the glad music of the angels. hand in mine, and I breathed in her face. She was my diamond, and the light of She turned from me as one oppressed heaven came flashing gloriously through with a deathly sickness. I inwardly her upon my rapt vision. God! how I swore, at that moment, that I would loved that child." I breathed continually never touch the weed again. The mothe thought of the Poet:
ment the firm resolve was made, the work
was done. My mind became calm and “ The soil is ever fresh and fragrant as a clear, just in proportion as I became free
from the poison. I remembered HowThe skies, like one wide rainbow, stand on
ard's treatment when I was laboring ungold; The clouds are light as rose leaves, and the der paralysis. I built a shower bath, and dew,
was greaily benefited by it. The purga'Tis of the tears that stars weep, sweet tory of privation was soon safely passed, with joy ;
and I began to feel myself a man, and to The air is softer than a loved one's sigh; be thankful for the boon of existence. The ground is glowing with all priceless
Years passed. That sweet bud of heaAnd glistening with gems like a bride's ven, young Emma, blossomed into wobosom;
manhood, and became the cherished wife The trees have silver stems, and emerald of my heart's only love. Our daughter,
Ellen, is a transcript of what her mother
was at eighteen. Few wives are happy
enough to be beautiful at fisty-eight, but With such a pure love in my heart, I my Emma is beautiful. She is the ripe, found it impossible to be a tobacco user, sunny peach--Ellen is the graceful peach especially when that blessed child turned blossom.
BY H. H. CLEMENTS.
Clouds, like drifts of snow, are taking
God had not an Angel purer,
still retained in part, there is a foundation years, and bad previously had the adfor its further improvement; and so far vantage of the best instruction for ten as lost, the revival of a power once pos- years,” besides the constant and devoted sessed is a different task from newly im- attention of an intelligent female relative. parting the same. Of instances favorable Mr. W. says: in these respects, there are more or less in all institutions for deaf mutes, and
“He spoke more agreeably than any enough for the purpose of exhibition though still his voice was not a pleasant
congenitally deaf person I had before seen, where articulation is taught. In any ap- one. I could understand more than half he parent case of success in the acquisition said, in common conversation, readily ; but of spoken language by a deaf mute, the the other half was often unintelligible. He ascertainment of the fact on these points could also understand me, when speaking is absolutely essential to the formation of deliberately, and with special care, to perany conclusion of value.
haps a greater extent ; yet there was freFrom information derived from care
quent need of resorting to signs, dactylolo. fully prepared statistical tables, it will gy, or writing, and we soon by tacit consent be sufficiently correct for our purpose to
used one or the other of these means of state, that as many as one-half of the communication, more than speech." whole number of deaf mutes are such He met in London, also, a lady, deaf from birth ; half of the remainder, or likewise from birth, but who had enthree-quarters of the whole, from a period joyed still greater advantages—all indeed under two years of age, and eleven- that abundant wealth and parental af. twelfths under five years. Of three-quar- fection could furnish—who used only ters of the whole, then, few could have articulation and reading on the lips in made a beginning, and none more than her ordinary intercourse with others. barely a beginning in learning to speak; of Her voice, however, was very unnatural the others, deaf from under the age of five and disagreeable. « These two,” he years, a large part would be in the same says, “ were by far the best examples of predicament. Few of these do, in fact, the use and the understanding of articuretain any. considerable knowledge of lation, among the really deaf and dumb speech. The same is true, even, of a from birth, that I met with where the considerable portion of the remaining English language was spoken." Mr. twelfth of the whole. We have thus Day gives much the same account of the only a small fraction retaining much first of these cases, (p. 92,t note); and knowledge of speech. Of the different says also, (p. 177), that he met in degrees of partial deafness, we have no Germany with “a few instances in which statistical statements ; but we know, that pupils born deaf, so far as was known, the proportion of those who can distin- articulated better than would be expectguish articulate sounds at all by the eared,” but in every such case, it appeared, is very small. Besides those having an on inquiry, that extraordinary advantages advantage in these respects, there are bad been enjoyed, as in the examples rare instances of those, deaf from birth, above mentioned. possessing extraordinary quickness of Such advantages are, however, not al. perception, and superior discrimination ways attended with even this degree of and force of mind, combined with un.
Mr. Weld met a gentleman, common command over the muscular who had been fourteen years a pupil of organs, which will enable them to pass the London Institution, one of the most far beyond the limits of possibility for celebrated articulating schools in the their companions of only average pow. world, and had enjoyed the best advan
tages at home. He was a barrister by In reviewing the facts in evidence, let profession, being employed as chamber us take first those rare instances in which counsel, and in the management and a degree of success is reached, far trans- settlement of estates, and had made ex. cending that ordinarily realized, even traordinary attainments in general know. by the best portion of those instructed in ledge, having more or less acquaintance oral language.
with sixteen languages. Yet his ability Mr. Weld mentions (p. 42) the case of to articulate was so imperfect, that he & gentleman in London, “ of superior tal. spoke but little in his interviews with ents, who had been a teacher for six Mr. Weld, the attempt being evidently
* See particularly the Twenty-Eighth Report of the Americun Asylum. † We use the New
and not the one printed for the Assembly. VOL. III.-NO. V.
embarrassing; and they both preferred still retained. Two of these, at least, had to conduct the conversation by writing, enjoyed more than usual advantages of or the manual alphabet.
instruction. Of those not born deaf, Mr. Weld What is the average success in acmentions (p. 91) a person, who lost quiring articulation, realized by the more hearing at the age of a year and a half, successful portion of the pupils in the and who had been for twenty years con German schools, we learn from the folnected, as pupil and teacher, with the lowing statements of Mr. Day. institution at Leipsic.
“A considerable number of those who “In this case there was an ability to lost the power of hearing after three years articulate and to read on the lips, which of age, so far as they have fallen under my was valuable to the possessor, in an un own observation, are able to a good degree, usual degree, and an amount of general to make themselves understood. Their knowledge which fitted him for agreeable articulation, indeed, is not that of other intercourse with society, and made him a men; it is imperfect, and more or less unuseful and happy man.
natural; it is necessary for them to make “ Another case of this general kind, was considerable use of pantomimic signs, and that of a young lady, an assistant teacher now and then to resort to writing, but at Cologne, who spoke, wrote, read and still the power of speaking they actually taught well, as I understood. But she lost possess, provided it can be retained, must hearing at six years of age, and therefore be admitted to possess a certain degree of did not owe all her knowledge of language, value.” (p. 173.) or of.other things, by any means, to the “On the whole, then, it may be said, that instructions of the institution. These those pupils in the German schools who sucwere extraordinary and very interesting ceed to any considerable degree in speakcases, the only ones I recollect, of deaf ing, were either already to some extent in mutes being employed as teachers in the possession of spoken language before they German schools. I met with several others lost the power of hearing, or are only parwho were superior in their acquisitions, tially deaf, or in addition to extraordinary and almost always so, I think, in the cir- aptitude for learning, have received a de. cumstances under which they had been gree of attention, very far beyond what it is enabled to make them, especially some one possible to devote to most of the deaf and or two among the pupils of almost every dumb. Without affirming that all the school.”
pupils who belong to these classes, are The case of Habermaas, so often men favorable specimens of what can be done tioned, was of this kind. He became in articulation, I feel safe in expressing the deaf at the age of four or five years, and opinion, that a considerable number would had previously learned to speak well.
be able to make themselves understood by Mr. Weld also saw a gentleman at
their friends and those with whom they Paris, and a lady at Geneva, of whom he daily associate. In a very few instances,
the attainment might be somewhat greater; gives the following account (p. 70):
but as a general rule, this is the farthest “ Neither was a deaf mute from birth. limit ever reached, in return for the time The one became so between four and five employed, and effort expended, in teachyears of age, and the other at six. Both ing articulation, in the German instiwere educated in Paris; both had en tutions for the deaf and dumb.” (p. 177.) joyed the advantages of much private instruction; both were highly intelligent, ful bear to the whole? Says Mr. Day
What proportion do those thus successand in their intercourse with their familiar friends and daily associates, used oral (p. 178): “Of those, to whom, in conselanguage principally; resorting, however, quence of peculiarly favorable circumto dactylology, signs or writing, to a greater stances, articulation promises to be of or less extent, when holding intercourse use, and of whom success, in the modi. with others. Still, these were favorable fied sense just explained, can be prediexamples of the success of teaching those cated, the proportion may be one fifth.” to articulate and to read on the lips of Of the London Institution, he says (p. 92): others, who became deaf in childhood.”
“ According to a very intelligent gentleMr. Weld was introduced 10 several man who had been ten years connected individuals, who had been educated at a with that institution, not one-fourth can British school in which articulation is be taught to speak.” Of another school taught to a portion of the pupils. Three in Great Britain, “whose present veneof these were able to articulate well; rable head bas held that situation more they could read on the lips but little. than thirty years,” says Mr. Weld One had lost hearing at twelve years of (p. 39): “Out of seventy pupils, not more age, another at five, and the third was win ten now receive any instruction of born with imperfect hearing which he this kind. Formerly, articulation was
paper in the next edition of the Encyclo- aristocratically slender that now hold the pædia Brittanica. Cicero set forth some pen, hint plainly of the ills that flesh is bad pretensions. Horace could not pros- heir to. My coats have become greattitute the Latin language to anything coats, my pantaloons are turned into so infra dig. Ovid's attempt as he set trowsers, and by a worse bargain than forward to the town of Tomi was so bad Peter Schlemil's, I seem to have retained that it is good, and so good that it evan my shadow and sold my substance. In esced in utterance, and cannot be now short, as happens to prematurely old told. Nero began by amusing, bimself port wine, I am of a bad color, with in this way, and at last became hardened
“ But the best fence to what bloody work! It is said that a against care is a ha! ha! subject of Queen Zenobia was charged lungs crow like Chanticleer,' and as with perpetrating a thing of this kind, like a GAME-cock as possible. Smiles and she consulted her prime minister are tolerated by the very pinks of po. Longinus, who deemed him worthy of liteness; and a laugh is but the full. death. This is nearly the history of the blown flower of which a smile is the bud." art down to Quid rides. Then ii took a Grotesqueness, for the most part, is new start, and by force of that very sneer looked on by a Janus-face; outward set everybody riding it (some few derid- plaudits are in proportion to the inward ing ) as a hobby. Then the great Dr. silence and contempt. But here are triJohnson, by a single burst of dogmatism, fles which lead you not to turn away, overwhelmed it with contempt. A few from the harlequin, but to come up and stragglers kept up the succession; the grasp the hand of the man. What the Prince, Beau Brummel, and his surround- cynic would sneer at is the irrepressible ing wits brought to light a few novel- freshness of a heart glad as a child, who ties, and the last Apollo, Canning, in this leaps and laughs on his way to those way sometimes relaxed his bow. The hard tasks which he will presently turn Latin punio, and English punish, are into a pleasure. Better is the luxury similarly derived ; and another Punicum which bears trimming, than the beggary bellum we hope the world will never which cannot be supplied. The great again witness. A mere verbal pun, like Shakspeare, when he has accomplished the above is the boldest invention. It the triumph of some of his noblest parts, only lies in the coincidence of sound. sports through a variety of scenes with A better kind is that which arises out of a careless assurance, as if he had the a coincidence in thought or comparison. right. We say that the beautiful is exHood's worst perpetrations (if any can pressed by the general action as well as be called even bad) are but the wayside by the set phrase. True Genius shows talk by which he beguiles the time, until in this way the symptoms of its perpethe conducts you to something beautiful. ual youth Mark his words in that somewhat melan
νέα γαρ φροντις ουκ αλγειν φιλει. choly “ Inaugural” written in his last illness, wherein he recommends a cheer. Thus much may be said of the Comic ful philosophy. “ How else could I Andual, and those
many “good things,” have converted a serious illness into a trifles, which are not trifles, since they comic wellness—by what other agency arise out of and are sure to reach the could I have transported myself, as a kindly heart. We put stress on somecockney would say, from Dullage to thing beside this. Our author has Grinage? It was far from a practical wrought out some creations of small joke to be laid up in ordinary in a foreign bulk, but of grand conception. We land, under the care of physicians quite speak of them as fraught with the same as much abroad as myself with the case; expression as the “dying Gladiator” at indeed, the shades of the gloaming were Roine. He has represented the PEOPLE, stealing over my prospect; but I re as one body, in the throes of that suffersolved that, like the sun, so long as my ing which has so long racked the frame, day lasted, I would look on the bright the big muscle of English labor swelled side of everything. The raven croaked, to the utmost tension, a picture of gigan. but I persuaded myself that it was the tic agony. We have not the work at nightingale ; there was the smell of the hand, nor have we seen it for a year but mould, but I remembered that it nour. carry a distinct impression of its energy, ished the violets.” And what says he of with scarce the remembrance of a word. his own person? “ The very fingers so We know that it was the picture of a