Anecdotes of the Deaf A Novel Situation
During the past year a gentleman had occasion to visit a c...
Uneducated Deaf Mute's Ignorance Of God
Vauncey Thompson wrote after having been under instruction...
At the great Exhibition in 1851 there was exhibited a set of ...
The Earl Of Shaftesbury
At a meeting in aid of the deaf and dumb held in Dundee, at w...
In Derby Police Court
A few years since the Head Master of the Deaf and Dumb Ins...
A Clever Gymnast
Walter Stevens, a member of the British Mission to the Deaf a...
A Deaf And Dumb Sculptor
There has just been placed outside St. Saviour's Church, for ...
Speed Of Manual Spelling
In reply to a question "What is the number of words a good...
A good story is told of ex-governor Magottin, of Kentucky, wh...
A Happy Death Bed
Not long ago there died in the county Wexford, in Ireland, a ...
A Sad Case
T---- L---- lived near Derby. Hers was a sad case--deaf, d...
Cork Temperance Exhibition
The following were won by deaf mutes:--Both certificate and p...
Robert S Lyons
Robert S. Lyons went about Ireland last summer visiting the d...
On entering the school room one morning, one of the little de...
A Young Genius
(From the Journal of the Society of Arts, May 1, 1874.)
The Bachelor Of Science
A fact without precedent has just happened at the Sorbonne. A...
Alexander Ferguson The Famous Deaf And Dumb Swimmer
Alexander Ferguson, a dock mason of Dundee, (though now in...
At a meeting held in a country village in aid of the Deaf and...
Pictures By Deaf And Dumb Artists In The Royal Academy 1876
No. 1301. "Despatches." T. Davidson.
" 30. "...
The Age Of Deaf Mutes
The question is frequently asked, "Is there a greater mortali...
One of the best educated and most distinguished deaf mutes was Massieu,
who gave the following remarkable replies to questions put to him by
"What is hearing?" "Hearing," said he, "is auricular sight." Another
party asked him whether he made any distinction between a conqueror and
a hero? "Arms and soldiers made a conqueror; courage of heart a hero.
Julius Caesar was the hero of the Romans; Napoleon the hero of Europe,"
was the answer he wrote on the blackboard, without hesitation.
In reply to the following questions, he instantly wrote answers. "What
is hope?" "Hope is the blossom of happiness." "What is happiness?"
"Happiness is pleasure that ceaseth not; and misfortune is grief that
endeth not." "What is the difference between hope and desire?" "Desire
is a tree in leaf; hope is a tree in flower; and enjoyment is a tree in
fruit." Another pupil standing by wrote, in reply to the same question,
"Desire is the inclination of the heart; hope is a confidence of the
mind." A stranger asked Massieu, "What difference do you think there is
between God and nature?" His reply was "God is the first maker, the
Creator of all things. The first beings all came out of His divine
breast; He has said to the first beings, ye shall make the second; to
the second ye shall make the third beings; His wills are laws; His laws
"What is time?" "A line that has two ends, a path that begins in the
cradle and ends in the tomb." "What is eternity?" "A day without
yesterday or to-morrow, a line that has no end." "What is God?" "The
necessary being, the sun of eternity, the mechanist of nature, the eye
of justice, the watch-maker of the universe, the soul of the world." The
deceptive and acute question, "Does God reason?" was put to him, it is
said, by Sir James Macintosh, Massieu at once wrote, "Man reasons
because he doubts; he deliberates, he decides; God is omniscient; He
knows all things; He never doubts; He therefore never reasons."
Lucien Buonaparte once asked Massieu, "What is laziness or idleness?"
"It is a disgust from useful occupation; a disinclination to do
anything; from which result indigence, want of cleanliness and misery,
disease of body and the contempt of others." In writing this answer the
gestures and looks of Massieu were in perfect accordance with the ideas
that might be supposed to exist with him and the words he was writing.
When he had finished the last word he turned round, and then his whole
person, with his countenance and his eyes, exhibited one of the justest
pantomimic representations of laziness which it is possible to conceive.
After he had a moment dwelt upon this personification, which his fancy
suggested to him, he made an expressive transition to the looks and
manners of a person filled with that dread and abhorrence which the idea
of laziness should ever inspire.
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