Anecdotes of the Deaf International Exhibition
(From The Graphic, May, 1874.)
Messrs. Doulton and Co., wh...
The Little Deaf And Dumb Preacher
In a small town in Germany lived a locksmith and his wife,...
William De Courcy
This boy was educated at a Deaf and Dumb School. He was fond ...
A Deaf And Dumb Boy And His Brother
Brownlow Harrison, a bright little boy who had spent a few ye...
Corot And His Pupil
Corot the Artist had a deaf and dumb pupil. The young fellow ...
Poor Sam Tranter
The lot of the uneducated deaf and dumb in this world is a pi...
Robert S Lyons
Robert S. Lyons went about Ireland last summer visiting the d...
Canon Farrar With The Deaf And Dumb
The Washington Post gives an account of Canon Farrar's vis...
On entering the school room one morning, one of the little de...
A Deaf Mute's Ideas Before Instruction
The following extract from the correspondence of a deaf and d...
At the great Exhibition in 1851 there was exhibited a set of ...
I Must Help
The following little incident will show how interested the...
Ask A Blessing
A little boy was admitted as a pupil into the Institution for...
A Supposed Lunatic In Derby
At the Borough Police Court this morning, a man, who said ...
A Russian Deaf And Dumb Youth's Reply
A young Russian, of great talents, though deaf and dumb, who ...
A Deaf Mute's Beautiful Answer
The Rev. R. Stewart says: "I knew of a gentleman who went to ...
Helen Silvie was a Scotch girl. She was born in the villag...
A Deaf And Dumb Man In The Revision Court
On Thursday afternoon a singular scene was witnessed during t...
The Coming Mayoralty
The state coach for the Lord Mayor elect will be furnished by...
In St. Modwen's Churchyard at Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshir...
Poor Sam Tranter
The lot of the uneducated deaf and dumb in this world is a pitiable
one, and their isolation is keenly felt. Often have we seen some of this
portion of suffering humanity unable to plead for themselves, or tell
their tale of woe or hardship. Such was the condition of poor Sam
Tranter. Though Sam was never in a Deaf and Dumb Institution, his skill
and plans for worldly prospects were extraordinary. In his boyhood he
was left friendless and uncared for, but persuaded a shoemaker to give
him work, at which poor Sam was fairly successful; owing, however, to
the man's ill treatment he had to leave, and, to save himself from
starving, went in the workhouse. After a brief stay he again went forth
to try his hand as a shoeblack, and after various attempts to shift for
himself, he began to master difficulties by wonderful energy and
perseverance, and there is no doubt had the poor fellow been properly
taught in a Deaf and Dumb Institution, he would have risen in life.
After a time Sam commenced selling cockles, mussels, and oysters.
From a small beginning he increased, and in course of time he took a
shop, and employed five women, at which he said he had made as much as
L20 some weeks. Owing, however, to his lack of education, the poor
fellow was continually robbed, and eventually got into trouble through
debt, and was worried with summonses; hence his failure as a cockle and
oyster merchant. He then took a stall, and afterwards a shop for the
sale of gingerbread, &c.; this was also doomed to failure. He then tried
street-hawking with a barrow, to keep himself from the workhouse; but
this also failed, and his barrow was seized for debt.
Poor Sam was again penniless, friendless, and homeless, which compelled
him once more to seek refuge in the Union, where he afterwards died
after great suffering, at the age of 60 years. His remains were followed
to the grave by a few deaf and dumb friends. Poor Sam might have said
with David "Whilst I would do good evil is present with me."
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