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seeing. At first she thought the
objects that appeared before her
eyes were mental delusions.
"I saw something like a white
film, but I did not think it was the
forerunner of returning sight, for
I had almost given up hope of
ever seeing again, in spite of my
faith in prayer," she says.
"Later I became conscious of
hazy bodies moving in front of
me. Then different objects such
as trees and houses appeared to
mebat then I didn't know they
.were Irees and houses, for I had
forgotten what they looked like.
iMy mental pictures of things
!were so different from what they
"I saw a human being. At first
I didn't recognize it as such. It
spoke to me and I heard my little
granddaughter's voice. I had
never seen her before, though I
had in my blind days often pic
tured her as I thought she was.
(Then it dawned upon me that I
was really seeing!
"Everything appeared so new
and unusual, even the grass, the
sun and the friends I knew years
before I became blind. I didn't
know my own children until they
spoke. Then I recognized the
voices I have been hearing all
"Oh, I could kiss everybody
and everything all for joy joy at
seeing them again before I die."
When operated on for a cata
ract in one eye 20 years ago Mrs.
Thomas was informed that the
other eye would be affected later
and that she might become totally
bHnd, but if she lived.long enough
sight might return to her. The
other eye soon followed the first
Here children were nearly
grown then. Mrs. Thomas prayed
and hoped for returning sight.
For twenty long years she still
sent up her daily prayer. Her
husband died and the children
married and had babies of their
own. In later years the blind
grandmother's one prayer was to
be able to see her grandchildren
even if for but one day.
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The fair amateur palmist look
ed at the left hand of the sweet
young girl long and earnestly.
Breathlessly she waited for the
palmist's next words.
"Ah! I see by your hand that
you are engaged to be married,"
said the palmist. "And," contin
ued the reader of the future and
the past, in a more cutting tone,
"I see that you are engaged to
"Oh ! It's perfectly extraordin
ary," burst out the blushing girl.
"How can you know that?"
"By my long study of the sci
ence," was the reply.
"But surely the lines on my
hand cannot tell you the na "
"Who said anything about
lines?" replied the prophetic one,
with withering scorn. "You are
wearing the engagement ring I
returned him three weeks ago."
"If ye plaze," said the raw re
cruit, "I've got a splinter in my
hand." Sergeant Wot yer been
doing? Stroking yer head?