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The St. Louis Republic. [volume] (St. Louis, Mo.) 1888-1919, October 23, 1904, PART IV, Image 29

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Marvelous Blind and Deaf Girl, Who Once Was Dumb, Tells Her Impressions of St. Louis Persons Who Met Her Regard Her as the Ideal Type of American
Womanhood, Her Mind Triumphing Over Physical InfirmitiesSlender and Girlish, She Is the Embodiment of Grace.
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Her Book, "The Story of Hy Life," Is an Cloqueat
Tribute-to Her Tutor,: ilisr Sulliva Jnts-.
ly Expressive Fa'c, Often Lighted by the
Rarest of Smile, .Tells Her Hearers
What Words Fail to Convey. '
Whan Hcln Keller, tha WlrxJ, fleai anA
once nmb girl, left St Lonte, eltcr a visit
to tb Woria'a Fair. JTaesday nliht. she
Mid to thoaa who were "there 'to bid her
'It la a, ironderful ironderful place,
roar WorWa Fair. I do sot think I hvo
cythlna- acre beautiful."
of i the- pextr looked at each
ether and then at thla girl, -who had so
erea with which to aee and no ears that
could hear, and their own eyes grew dim
with a mlat that would not go away.
It waa true, however, that sbe'had aeen,
and aha had mora carefully seen the won
ders of 'the World's Fair thanthousands
of Tialtora, possessed of all their faculties.
Miss. Keller had a glorious time. She
was feted and petted everywhere during
herTlsIt to the World's Fair, and she saw
through the eyes of" her teacher, Miss
Anne Sullivan, all the beauties of the Fair
and, unlike' many -visitors, she appreciated
them to the' fullest extent.
Thla ability 'on the part of MUs Sulli
van to Impart to her pupil the finest
shades of meaalnjpwith the deft touch of
fingers, taking theplace of spoken Ian
Koago. was the one" thing that deeply In
terested those who saw Helen Keller. Miss
Sullivan is all but a part of the being of
Helen Kellei? In "The Story of My Life,"
written by Helen Keller, she says: "But
for Miss Sullivan's genius, tintiring perse
verance and devotion Jt could not have
Progressed so far as I .haVSitoward natu
ral speech." frW V,
Miss Keller's fund of knowledge and the
diversified character of her education also
deeply interested those with whom she
came In contact in St. Louis. Think of a
girt who- Is totally deaf, blind and who
has acquired language, without even hav
ing heard It, yet who reads ('Aesop's
rabies" in tha original Latin, who trans
lates Schiller's wonderful poems from the
OerxBaa and who can enjoy French -writ-
at their best-in their own French
During bar stay in St Louis Helen Kel
ler was the darling of the people. People
followed after her wherever she went
On every band her wit, her intelligence.
bar beauty and grace and her perfect
wwiaiiliiiixl were the theme of the hour.
Tci, beside Helen Keller walked as truly
a great and wonderful woman. Miss Anne
Helen Keller's wonderful accomplish
ments are bat the reflection of the mas
ter mind of Anne Sullivan. Not in all
the universe Js' there a more spontaneous,
merry laugh than that Of Anne Sullivan.
It is a rippling laugh. Miss Sullivan pos
sesses a strong personality, yet charmlngj
and gentle manners. Surrounded by suoh
influence, how could Helen Keller help
but being the perfect creature, the Ideal
' wonaan she is? T
In her book, "The Story of My life."
: nam Keller tells of her "Ms of temper"
-'ly dominate over playmates and of her
r'-j--'Tessulaueiit of her baby sister. Had one
'.X ht-t m. dUferenti tenroerament than that of
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A-. i reseit.have been the sarna?
yif83-Say Helen Keller stands as the Ideal
-.Vfw.et American womanhood. The night
' la " Mr reception at the Missouri buiiamg.
lrgwm m Her snowy white dross, her lace
lArmlUnOr happy, she! reminded ono
'xsr weee-Hnes
P iAad yet aaelrit still uid brisht
J-Jgiii WR semsflung or .an aagd light.
rSThe.:3y' an4 happinaes which Helen
s"eSer;eelJls Kpressedin her face.
Lsm i ef "the rarest of smiles. She
her-"aeewhn speaking to anyone
what her words fall to convey. Human
speech cannot express what Helen Kel
ler's 'face can. 'when the expression Is of
joy and gratitude.
In form she Is slender and girlish, of
about the average height She is splrltuelle
Jn appearance and the embodiment of
grace. She does not have the shuffling,
feeling steps of the blind. Her walk Is
graceful and full of freedom. Her nature
is srmpathetlo and her disposition lov
able. Her Intellect keen and alert
Her sympathetic nature was best por
trayed when ahe greeted those afflicted
as she herself Is. Her friends tried to
shield her from meeting and shaking
hands -with the public, but as if by in
stinct whenever a deaf-mute or a blind
person drew near, Helen Kdlcr knew It,
and the willfulness of her childhood an
serted Itself, and she clasped them by the
hand and gave to them the message of
hope and cheer. Hers is a generous dis
position, and ahe would willingly tax her
frail strength to cheer the darkness of an
other's life, or to give words of cheer by
the touch of the band to the deaf.
L Her loving disposition Is best known by
her manner toward ner beloved teacher.
Her touch, her attitude toward Miss Sul
livan Is burdened with' love and gratitude.
Another striking Incident of this charac
teristic was her greeting to her benefact
or, William Wade.
As he touched her hand she recognized
him, and she threw both arms around his
neck and kissed him, as a child would her
father. Nor was she content, unless Mr.
Wade was sitting near her, so that she
might put her hand out and touch him.
It was when Mr. Wade was near her that
Helen Keller's face wore the most radi
antly happy smiles. Words cannot ex
press, nor brush paint Helen Keller's face
the moment ahe met William Wado the
night of her reception at the Missouri
Her love for children seems to tell her
when they are near. Frequently she
would be walking, holding to the arm of
her escort when she would turn and walk
from him toward a mother holding her
babe In her arms. She would kiss the
baby and utter words of endearment to
It such as only a lovable nature can
utter. Chubby little hands would clasp
the soft, delicate fingers unwilling to let
go, for babies know people who are truly
gentle and great
Helen Keller's address at the Hall of
Congresses was perhaps the most talked
of speech that has been yet delivered on
the grounds.
"X come notor aught that I have done.
but for what has been done fob me to
raise me to the level ef those who see
and hear. I testify to what the good and
the strong hare done tor deprivation and
"I bring my evidence that men and
women are doing their beat to unstop the
ears of the deaf, open the eyes of the
blind, put speech upon dumb lips and
bring the light of intelligence to dark
ened minds. I enter with you Into com
munion of living speech, and for the Joy
of speech I express my heartfelt grati
tude that the Impediment of dumbness
has been removed from my tongue. Such
la my brief message to those who have
asked me to come and. to those who alt
before me."
This Is the greeting whicHden Seller,
who, though blind, and deaf, and once
dumb, is poasessedUet gifts, accomplish
ments and abilities 'Dot. within" the" scope
of all the faculties jOf the more favored,
gave to 'the thousands' who thronged the
Congress Hall at the World's FairSn
Helen Keller Day. It 1 her.'snettaaf
the world. It la characteristic of Helen
There was nothing in the exhibits, but
what she understood with a conception
that made the wondering crowds gasp
with amazement Her comprehension of
the subjects explained to her was the
marvel of all who heard her, and the de
light of the person who was lucky enough
to have the good fortune to talk to Miss
She Is thoroughly familiar with the ag
ricultural products of her country. She
can tell the Staees that produce the best
corn, the best wheat and the best potatoes.
By the. touch she ran tell the nama of
the finest gram. She can distinguish, fruit
by the touch, and flowers.
She is passionately fond of flowers. She
loves to Inhale their fragrance.
Through her desire to be as seeing peo
ple are. Miss Keller has acquired a re
markable source of information on tha
current topics of the day and of the his
tory of other countries. She would ex
press a desire to see certain exhibits.
"Take me to the Varied Industries
building. I want to see the Japanese ex
hibit I have" read so much about their
wonderful work. I want to see their
cloisonne ware and their flna embroideries.
And I want to see the rare collection of
rugs, potteries and Jewels in the Persian
eaMMt". ahe said. . .. ,..,
"Where is the Persian exhlbitr asked
one of her party.
'In the Varied Industries building." an
swered Miss Keller with the assurance of
one who knows, when Miss Sullivan asked
Miss Keller If he knew.
"The entire Exposition Is wonderful, It is
beautiful, but I think the exhibit in the
agricultural, line Is the greatest I never
knew before that there wero so many
different varieties of corn, oats and wheat
It la wonderful. What fin? potatoes Ne
vada has produced. I am glad they are
Irrigating that waste' land and making It
fertile. One would make a dinner for a
large family?'
"Tobacco." said Miss Keller as she
sniffed the air. "We must be near Ken
tucky or Virginia, perhaps It Is Tennessee.
Let mo see the tobacco?"
She was led to the Tennessee exhibit
and there she found the tobacco which
she praises as being "fine leaves."
When asked why she took such a keen
delight In the agricultural exhibit ahe re
plied. "Because my country leads the world
In agricultural products.. and I want to
know an about them. Besides, it 'it were
not for the agriculture of the country we
could not exist The farmer Is the king
of men. He does more for mankind than
any other."
The visit of Helen Keller and her teach
er. Miss Bulllvan, to St Louis and the
World's Fair, has' brought the blind that
are in our midst to our attention, the
pepUaof the Missouri School of the Blind,
Every morning at 8:30 an Easton ave
nue car stops In front of the Missouri
School for the Blind, No. 1837 Morgan
street, and fifty blind pupjls, ranging
from the age of 8 to 20, -ftUh a corps of
teachers, enter the car and are taken to
the Education building at the World's
Fair, where they give practical demon
strations of how the blind are taught
There aro classes In manual training and
domestic science, in music, and in all
grades of school work. Including a High
School class, for four bright young men,
George Dieter of St Joseph, Walderman
Keitel, St Louis; Edward Golterman, St
Louis, and Irwin Lindner.
Every morning the principal of the
High School, Miss Harriet Rees, makes a
bulletin of the St Louis Ttopublla head
lines in bralle. The pupils read the head
lines and then tell Miss Itees the 'stories
they wish to hear. The first thing- is the
war news.
The pupils of Miss Rees's High School
class are thoroughly posted on the war
news, and all that Is going on In the
world, although they cannot see. They
are perhaps the best posted in the city
of Bt Louis upon current topics. Miss
Rees Is a great believer in that tho daily
newspaper should be a factor of the school
education, especially in that of the blind.
Each day Miss Rees takes her pupils
sight-seeing through the Fair. Tbey see
through her eyes and their sense of feel-,
mg things that the vast crowds have not
looked upon. Judging from the Interesting
papers which they write dally upon the
various exhibits.
Thoy were present when Helen Keller
made her address In Congress Hall. The
next day. In the presence of several hun
dred people. Miss Rees called for a paper
on the address and the Impression Helen
Keller had made upon them. She gae
them twenty minutes In which to writs
the paper.
The following Is the paper written In
braille by George Dieter and read by
him to the visitors at the Missouri blind
school exhibit
It was afterward translated by little
Margaret Wade, 12 years old, this being
her third school year,. Margaret has had
three months' Instruction In typewriting.
She is totally blind, but her sense of
touch is remarkable, and her intellect un
usually bright:
The exercises in Congress HaU In honor
of Miss Helen Keller were opened by an
address by President Francis, followed
with one by Miss Keller herself. The
following are some of the interesting and
Impressive things she said:
"lender stand the locomotives which an
nihilate distance, there are the Irrigation
processes which annhilate the desert,
here are the educational exhibits, show
ing the enlightmcnt brought and placed
within the grasp of all, and all tha forces
displayed In this great Exposition are but
testimonials of what man can achieve
when his spirit is willing and his arm Is
"I come not here for aught that I have
done, but for what has been done for
The World's Fair received Its greatest
compliment from her own lips when she
said that a new vocabulary would be
needed to describe Its beauty and greatness.
Miss Keller Is an Inspiration and an eje'
couragement to all who have the gw.
fortune of hearing her utter one sentenne.
t J&da,i
Womea and Children Coatrlbata
Part of Their Harming to tke
War Faada.
"The Japanese are confident of victory.
and every woman and child who can
a few yea contributes to the war fund,
though to travel through the country one
would see no evidence of the life-end'
death struggle In which defeat for Japan
means a menace of her national exist-
ence," said Thomas D. McKay of Yoko
hama. Oriental agent of the Union Pad do
Railroad, in discUFslng'the Russo-Japanese
war at the Planters Hotel yester
day, i
"The mills and manufactories are being
operated Just as they were before the
war began, but instead of men doing the
work women and children arc employed
to a great extent, and every one of them
makes a weekly contribution to the war
fund. Each lctory is celebrated with a
parade, even children, headed by a band,
marching through the streets singing the
national anthem. These celebrations are
always marked by a display of fireworks,
marvelous In conception.
"And when the Japanese take Port Ar
thur, which they will eventually do, there
will be such a demonstration as Japan
has never seen. 'For some time Iron bar
' have been run along the principal streets
of Yokohama, Nagasaki, Kobe. Toklo and
other cities, and the moment the news la
received of tho fall of Port Arthur thi
roads will be strung with fireworks, which!
will attract the people, and then will fol
low grand parade.
"The war news is conveyed to the peo
pie by means of extra editions of the pa
pers. These extras are delivered some
times only ten minutes apart and the
carriers are dressed in red. wearing a
belt to which Is attached bells. Ha comes
up tho street on a run. and tho ringing
of the bells attracts the people to the
streets to learn the news.
"If the victory should be an important
one the musicians are hastily summoned
ar.d a parade, growing in numbers, fol
lows the messenger through the streets,
the band playing and the marchers sing
ing and shouting.
"I don't think there is any doubt about
Japan having ample funds to prose cute
the war, and If she hasn't there will be
little difficulty for the Government to ne
gotiate the necessary loan. It has cost
hundreds of millions to carry on the war
to date, but the Japanese troops In the
field are well provided for, while the peo
ple of Japan would, in their patriotism, da
without themselves in order that tha
fighting men might have the required pre
visions, clothing, etc
"The valor of the Japanese troops ha
been remarkable, but with such patrio
tism at home and ao much depending naess
the result In Manchuria the dsr&c ef
the men Is not to be wondered at Taa
soldiers realise that they are Bghtraa; fM
national existence, and a Japanese vie
tory means much to the world. Itsaaaaa
the development of China, wktok la oa t
the richest countries la the warld s
natural resources, and the whole sretM
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