Anecdotes of the Deaf Draughts
Mr. James Wyllie (the Herd Laddie), the greatest living draug...
Deaf Dumb Blind And Lame
David Simons, of Boston, is deaf and dumb; he is also blind; ...
A Deaf And Dumb Clergyman
Among those who were ordained deacons on Trinity Sunday last ...
On entering the school room one morning, one of the little de...
Poor Sam Tranter
The lot of the uneducated deaf and dumb in this world is a pi...
A Deaf And Dumb Councillor
Kapotrine Moller, a Russian Councillor of State, son of Gener...
Sir Walter Scott On The Deaf & Dumb
Sir Walter Scott in his novel "Peveril of the Peak," uses the...
Entertainment By Deaf And Dumb
The inhabitants of Mansfield had some most enjoyable meetings...
A poor deaf and dumb man, who might be said to be entirely...
Rapid Bicycle Travelling
Yesterday week a young man named Sydney Cornwall, of Coventry...
This gentleman, who is now senior professor in the Paris Inst...
Ask A Blessing
A little boy was admitted as a pupil into the Institution for...
One of the best educated and most distinguished deaf mutes wa...
Like The Copy
Florence B----, a little girl in the Deaf and Dumb Institutio...
Deaf Mutes In The Town And Country
Wilhelmi tried to ascertain by means of his statistics in wha...
A Deaf And Dumb Sculptor
There has just been placed outside St. Saviour's Church, for ...
The Bachelor Of Science
A fact without precedent has just happened at the Sorbonne. A...
The Earl Of Shaftesbury
At a meeting in aid of the deaf and dumb held in Dundee, at w...
A Cat Assisting A Deaf And Dumb Woman
The chill wind was moaning, the rain falling drearily, and da...
A Deaf Mute's Heroism
About five o'clock on Sunday afternoon several gentlemen s...
Helen Silvie was a Scotch girl. She was born in the village of Dunblane,
situated on the beautiful banks of the river Allan.
She lost her hearing by fever when about five years of age, and two
years after she was sent to the Edinburgh Institution for the Education
of the Deaf and Dumb.
She was a very shy child, and would not speak any words after she became
deaf, so she soon forgot how to do so, and when her education was begun,
she was nearly like a child born deaf.
For a time she was peevish and discontented; her mind was dark. But so
soon as she began to understand, it was as if light shone into her mind,
and she became cheerful and happy like her companions.
At first she did not seem very clever. But after two years she began to
improve fast, and soon was one of the best pupils in the Institution.
She was very amiable and affectionate, and a great favourite with her
When she grew up she became an assistant in the school, she taught one
of the junior classes in the early part of the day, and instructed the
girls in sewing in the evenings. For some years she was thus usefully
employed. But her brother wished her to go and live with him, and keep
house for him at Bannockburn, and she consented and left the
After a time Helen wished to return to the Institution. So she wrote a
letter to a friend and asked her to find out if she would be allowed to
become a teacher again. But the Superintendent of the Institution was
ill, and no answer was sent to her letter. Then Helen thought she would
go herself to the Institution and see if they would employ her. It was
winter. She set out from Stirling in a steamer on the last day of the
year 1845, and arrived at Granton Pier at night. It was dark. A
gentleman offered to conduct her up the pier, but he did not know the
way. He should have turned to go towards the town, but he led her
straight on. They came to the edge of the pier, and in an instant both
were plunged into the sea. They were soon picked up, and carried to the
hotel. Helen soon seemed quite well, and she was sent on to the
Institution. She felt so happy at being again among her old friends that
she did not soon go to bed. She thought herself much better than she
was. She caught a very bad cold. In a few days inflammation of the lungs
came on. Her sufferings were very great, but, she bore them patiently;
and on Sabbath morning, the 18th of January, 1846, her spirit took its
flight to her Saviour's bosom.
Her pastor, who visited her on her death-bed, was much pleased to see
how fully she trusted in Jesus. He said of her after she died "I think
of her as one of the spirits of the just made perfect."
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