The Queen And The Deaf And Dumb

Not far from Osborne House, Isle of Wight, there lives a poor man in a

small cottage, who a few years ago had a deaf and dumb daughter, who

used to do a great deal of knitting for the Queen. Her Majesty

frequently visited this woman, and used to talk to her on her fingers.

The deaf and dumb woman is now dead, and during her illness the Queen

visited her and talked to her for her comfort. Her Majesty apologised

that she
could not now talk so fast as when she was young.


Vauncey, a little deaf and dumb boy, was admitted to the Institution, at

Derby, and night and morning he would watch with keen interest the other

boys kneeling at the bed-side, and spelling on their fingers their

prayers. In a few days the little boy learnt the alphabet, and the head

master on going upstairs to look round, was surprised to see him

kneeling reverently by his bed-side, eyes closed, and spelling on his

fingers the alphabet right through. A strange prayer, the reader will

think; but not so to our Heavenly Father, who doubtless would accept it

as the poor boy's best offering.