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For the Advertiser.
Yes, there rest, unending rest,
Beyond life's stormy main,
Where ransomed spirits never taste
The cup of woe again.*'
Rest, where the fell destroyer, sin,
Can cast no withering blights
Where care nor pain can enter in.
But all is pure and bright.
»Tis there the aged piljrriiu finds
Rest, when his journey's none—
The battle fought, the conflict o'er—
Through Christ the vicl'ry won.
TremMing, perchance, he trod the brisk
Of Jordan's swelling wave
The rest in view, destroyed death's sting,
The terror of the grave.
Here we may mourn the early
Love's fondest ties are broken
Oft are the tears of sorrow shed,
And parting words air spoken.
But when we wing our Heavenward way,
We iiiuet no more to sever,
And dwell in realms of emileat day
Forever, aye, forever.
Safe in the l*aradise of God,
Transplanted by His care,
And watchcd by angels, many & ImI
Unfolds its beautie- there:
Their fragrance cheered us but an hour
Death's chill th^ir petals closed,
Atel borne thence to some heavenly bower,
To bloom by "Sharron's Kose."
Then can we wi.-h them back r».jaio,
Who've found the proinis'd rest'.'
Their strife renew with sin and
Who an supremely blest?
No let us seek that long rcpoa%
And crave our sins forgiven,
T%it we with them when life shall close,
May taste the joyi of Heaven.
C. J. Boy»K».
October, 1853.
Laura Bridjrman was born in Hano
rer, New Hanip»hire, on the 21st Dec.,
1829. For a few months nfter birth she
was a sprightly infant with Hue eyes,
tut bviiig of a weakly constitution, and
(afflicted with severe fits, her parents hw!
littler hope of rearing her. When eigh
teen months old her heahh improved,
and she advanced considerably in intel
ligence but soon relapsed disease ra
ged violently during five weeks, and her
eyes becoming inflamed, they suppura
ted, and their contents were discharged.
At the same time she lost the seme '»f
hearing. She was now, at two years of
ogt-, blind and deaf. But this was not
all her misfortune. The fever having
continued to rage, after a few months
h^r sense of smell was almost destroyed,
and her taste was much blunted. She
was also so greatly reduced in strength,
that it was a year belore she could walk
unsupported, and two years before she
could sit up all day. It was not until
she was four years of age that her health
was entirely restored and yet in that
condition she was' placed—-deaf, dumb,
blind, and possessing only a slight con
sciousness of smell and taste! Every
avenue of communication with tbe exter
nal world might be said to be gone, ex
cept feeling. The deprivations having
taken place when she was an infant of
two years erf age, she consequently re
tained no recollection of having either
seen or heard and as her eyes were
destroyed, any hope of restoring vision
was out of the question,
What a bituation was hrro f* observes
Dr. Howe, in the account of poor Laura's
case. The darkness and the silence of
the tomb were around her no mother's
smile culled forth her answering smile,
no father's, voice taught her to imitate his
sounds brothers and sisters were but
forms of matter which resisted her touch,
l»ut which differed not, frcm.the furniture
of tho room, save in warmth and the
power of locomotion, and not even in
these respects from the dog and the cat.
But the immortal spirit which had been
implanted within lier, could not die, nor
bo maimed nor mutilated awl though
most of its avenues of communication
with the world were cut off, it began to
manifest itself through the others. As
soon as she could walk, she began to ex
plore the room, and then t&e house: she
became familiar with tlie form, density,
•he was occupied about the house and
her disposition to imitate led her to re
peat every thing herself. She even learn
ed to sew a little, and to knit.
At this time I was so fortunate as to
hear of this child, and immediately has
tened to Hanover to see her. I found
her with a well formed figure, a strongly
marked nervous-sanguine temperament,
a large and beautifully shaped head, and
the whole system in healthy action. The
parents were easily induced to consent to
her coming to Boston, and on the 4th of
October, 1837, they brought her to the
For a while she was much bewildered,
and after waiting about two "weeks until
she became acquainted with her new lo
cality, and somewhat familiar with its in
mates, an attempt was made to give her
knowledge of arbitrary signs, by which
she could interchange thoughts with oth
ers. There was one of two ways to be
adopted: either to go on to build up a
language of signs on the basis of Un
natural language which she had already
commenced herself, or to teach her the
purely arbitrary language in common
use that is, to give her a sign for every
individual tiling, or to give her a knowl
edge of letters by combination of which
she might express her idea of the exist
ence, and the mode and condition of ex
istence, of anything. The former would
have been easy, but very ineffectual the
latter seemed very difficult, but if accom
plished very cifectuaL I determined there
fore to try the latter.
"The first experiments were made by
taking articles in common use, such as
knives, forks, spoons, keys, &c., and
pasting upon them labels with their names
printed upon them in raised letters.
These she felt very carefully, and soon,
of course, distinguished that the crooked
lines o o n s differed as much from
the crooked lines k y, as the spoon dif
fered from the key in form. Then small
detached labels, with the same words
printed upon them, were put into her
hands and she soon observed that they
were similar to the ones pasted on the ar
ticles. She showed her preemption of
i s s i a i y y a y i n e a e k e y
upon the key, and the label o on up
on the spoon. She was encouraged here
by the natural sign of approbation- pat
ting on the head. The same process was
then repeated with all the articles which
she could handle and she very easily
learned to place the proper labels upon
them. It was evident, however, that the
only intellectual exercise was that of im
itation and memory, Shs recollected that
the label book was placed upon a book,
and she repeated the process first from
iinitaticn, next from memory, with only
the motive of love of approbation, TTut
apparently without the intellectual per
ception of any relation between the
u mmm—m—mmmmmmmma ft* mrnm mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
After a while, instead of fetak, the
individual letters were given to her on
detached bits of paper they were ar
ranged side by side, so as to spell book,
key, &c. then they were mixed up in
a heap, and a sign was made for her to
arrange theru herself, so as to express the
waris fctoJc, k*yt &c. and she did so.
Hitherto the process had been mechani
cal, and the success about as great as
teaching a very knowing dog a variety
of tricks. The .poor child had sat in mute
amazement, and patiently imitated every
tiling her teacher did but now the truth
began to flash upon her her intellect
began to work. She perceived that here
was a way by which she could herself
its light upon her countenance I
lay her hands upon. She followed her! ble labor were passed bofore it was effec
mother^ aud feit bcr L^uds and atutf aa'uidu
"Wh«-n it was said aUwe that a sign
was made, it was intended to say that
the action was performed by her teacher,
she feeling his hands, and then imitating
the motion. The next step was to pro
cure a set of metal types, with the differ
ent letters of the alphabet cast upon their
ends also a board, in which were square
holes, in which hole* she could set the
types, so tliat the letters on their ends
could alone be felt above the surface.—
Then, on any article being handed to her
—for instance, a pencil or watch—she
would select the component letters and
arrange them on her board and read them
with apparent pleasure. She was exer
cised for several weeks in this way, until
her vocabulary becamc extensive and
then the important step was taken of
teaching her how to represent the differ
ent letters by the position of her fingers,
instead of the cumbrous apparatus of the
board and types. She accomplished thi*
speedily and easily, for her intellect had
begun to work in aid of her teacher, aud
her progress was rapid.
make up a sign of anything that was in no occupation, she evidently amuses her
her own mind and show it to another! self by imaginary dialogues, or by recall
mind and at once her countenance light
ed up with a human expression. It was
no longer a dog or parrot it was an im
mortal spirit eagerly seizing upon a new
link of union with otlu spirits! I could
almost fix upon the moment when this
truth dawned upon her mind,$ and spread
Co. SNeros-Ccttcr.
Tiiis was the period, about three months
after she hud commenced, that the first
report of her case was made, in which
it is stated that 'she has just learned the
manual alphabet, as used by the deaf
mutes and it s a subject of delight and
wonder to sec how rapidly, correctly and
eagerly, she goes on with her labors.—
Her teacher gives her a new object—for
instance, a pencil—first lets her examine
it, and get an idea of its use, then teach
es her how to spell it by making the signs
for the letters with her own fingers. The
child grasps her hand and feels her fin
gers as the different letters are formed
she turns her head a little on one side,
like a person listening closely her lips
arc apart, she seems scarcely to breathe
and her countenance, at first anxious
gradually changes to a smile as she a mi
prehends the leoson. She then holds up
her tiny fingers, and spells the word in
the manual alphabet next 8he takes her
types and arranges her letters and last,
to make sure that she is right, she takes
the whole of the types composing the
word, and places them upon or in contact
with the pencil, or whatever the object
may be."
The whole of the succeeding year was
passed in gratifying her eager inquiries
for the names of every objcct which she
could possibly handle in exercising her
in the use of the manual alphabet in ex
tending in every possible way htr knowl
edge of the physical relations of tilings
and in proper care of her health. At the
end of the year a, report of her case was
made, froru which the following is an
extract:—"It has been ascertained, be
yond the possibility of doubt, that she
cannot see a ray uf light, cannot hear
the least sound, and never exercises her
sense of smell, if she have any. Thus
her mind dwells in darkness and stillness
as profound as that of a closed tomb at
midnight. Of beautiful sights, and sweet
sounds, and pleasant odors, she has no
conception nevertheless she seems as| with doubt and anxiety,
happy and playful as a bird
and the employment of her
faculties, or the acquirement of a new
idea, gives her a vivid pleasure which is
plainly luarked in her expressive features.
She never seems to repine, but has all
the buoyonoy and gayety of childhood.—
She is fond of fun and frolic, and when
playing with the rest of the children, her
shrill luugh sounds loudest of the group.
When left alon«', she seems very happy
if she have her knitting or sewing, and
will busy herself fur hours if she have
ing past impressions. She counts with
her fingers, or spells out names of things
which she has recently learned in the
manual alphabet of the deaf-mutes. In
this lonely self-communion she seems to
reason, reflect, and argue if she spell a
word wrong with the fingers of her right
hand, she instantly strikes it with her left,
that the great olmtacle was overcome, as her teacher does, in sign of disappro
and that henceforward nothing but patient bation if right, then she pats herself
and persevering, but plain and straight- upon the head, and looks pleased. She
forward efforts were to be used. Tbe re-J sometimes purposely spells a word wTong
suit thus far is quickly related and easily! with the left hand, looks rougish for a
conceived, but not so was the process for moment ana lauglis, and then with the
weight, heat, qi every article she could many weeks of comparatively unprofita- right and strikes the left, as if to correct -they arrived at the threshold, where she
dexterity in the use ol the manual alpha- ron, nl whom he i* wry !"iid. rra«|J
bet of the deaf-mutes *\nd she spells out' ed her with One hand, holding on crtft
the words and sentences which she knows
so fast and so deftly, that only those ac-
imcs to paint their thoughts and feelings gar|}
During this j'ear, and six months af
ter she had left home, her mother came to
visit her, and the scene of their meeting
was an interesting one. The mother
stood some time gaeing with overflowing
eyes upon her unfortunate child, who, all
unoonscions of her presence was playing
alwut the room. Presently Laura ran
against her, and at once began feeling
her hands, examining her dress, and try
ing to find out if she knew her but not
succeeding in thia she turned away as
from a stranger, and the poor woman
could not conceal the pang she felt at
finding that her beloved child did not
know her.
She then gave Laura a string of beads
which she used to wear at home, which
were recognized by the child at onct
who with much joy put thoin around her
neck, and sought rac eagerly to say she
understood tbe string was from ber
The mother now tried to caress her,
but poor Laura repelled her, preferring
to be with her acquaintances. Another
article from home waa now given her,1
uid she began to look much interested
she examined the stranger much closer,
and gave me to understand that she
km-w she came from Hanover she «veu
endured her carrcsses, but would leave
her with indifference at the slightest sig
nal. The distress of the mother was
now painful lo behold for although she
had feared that she should not l»e recog
nized, the painful reality of being treat
ed with cold indifference by a darling
child was too much for woman'* nature
u bear.
After a while, on the mother taking
hold of her a^am, a va7u» idea seamed
to flit across Laura's mind that this could
not be a stranger she therefore felt her
hands very eagerly, while her counten
ance assumed an expression of int* n»»
in'tervst shVbemmo vpry Ihea
suddenly si-vsnetl
k e
and never were
I .• i dresses herself with great neatness, and
or a lamb contending emotions more strongly parnt- ...
,i .7
intellectual ed upon the human face. At this mo- ... ,r
incut of painful uncertainly A. mother
drew her clow W I*, .ide, «d kissed V*"™*
NO. 2.
vulsively to her mother with the o»h**r,
and thus she stood for a inomeu! tbm
customed to this language can follow with!
she dropped her mother's liand, pot W
the naked eye the rapid motions of her
fingers. But wonderful as is the rapidi
ty with which she writes her thoughts
ujwn the air, sti'l more so is the ease and
accuracy with which she reads the words
thus written by another, grasping their
hands in hers and following every move
ment of their fingers, as letter after let
ter conveys the meaning to her mind.—
It is in this way that she converses with
her blind playmates, aud nothing can
more forcibly show the power of mind in
forcing matter to its purpose than a meet
ing between them for if great talent
and skill are necessary for two pantonv
handkerchief to her eyes, and lurninf
round, clung sobbing to ihe matron, while
her mother departed with emotion* ai taf
us thuse of her child.
Her social feelinsfs and her aTecuow
ar very strong, and w hen she sitting
at work or at her studies by the sidd of
one of her little friends, she wiU break
oil"from her task every few moments to
hug and kiss them, with an eamestnes#
and warmth tiiat is touching to I ehoid
When left alone she occupies and ap
parently amuses herself, and seems quite
contented and so strong aeetns to bo
the natural tendency of thought to put on
by the movements of the body, and the oq„jZ(.s jn t)K. finger language, slow and
expression of the couritenace, how much
greater the difficulty when darVn""-:
shrouds them both, and tbe one can hear
no sound!"
thai she often soli!-
tedious as it is. But it is only when
alone that she is quiet for if ?he become
sensible of the presence of any one near
her, she is restless until she can sit close
beside them, hold their hand, and Con
verse with them by signs. In her intel
lectual character it is pleasing to observe
an insatiable thirst for knowledge, and#
quick perception of the re
latum* of
things. In her moral character ii
beautiful to behold her continual glad
ness, her keen enjoyment of existence,
her expansive lone, her unhesitating con
fidence, her sympathy with suffering, he*
conscientiousness, .xutbfulnesa, and toft*
was given to tn€
have been ii?ued,
thai I*aura contin
i in proving uunatt*
Since this account
world, other reports
from which we learn
ues a contented and
of the asylum for the blind at Boston.—
She now writes a legible hand, and call
express all simple ideas in *ords, uni
ting nouns with adjectives ami verbs in a
manner perfectly intelligible. She write#
with a pencil in a grooved line. At
first she was putzled to comprehend the
meaning of the process to which she wa»
subjected but when the idea dawned
upon her mind, that by means of it the
could convey intelligence to her mother,
her delight was unbounded. Sho ap
plied herself with great dillig»*nce, and
in a few months actually wrote a legible
letter to her mother, in which die con
veyed information of her being well, and
of her coining home in ten weeks. It
was indeed only the skeleton of a letter,
but stiii it expressed in legible charac
ters a vague outline oi the idtat whicb
were passing in her mind*
We are told that she lattcily improved
very much in personal appearance as
well as in intellect her countenanc*
beams with intelligence she is always
active at study, work, or play sh«
never repines and most of be* time
is gay and frolicksome. She is now very
expert with her needle, she knits easily.
nr*'u' c* rf"r"J
docile, has a uutok sense of propnHv,
a. .u- is a wavs correct in htr deportment.—
... .i n i aud the enjoyment of the advantages
her tondiy, when at once the tnafl flash-1 ,,
i i u a w e a a u a e n a o v e a n
ed upon the child and all mistruet and
anxiety disappeared from her face, as
''f", *1
with an expression of exceeding joy,| ... ,.
.1 i. .i i i i sing, than it does to this bereaved
she eagerly nestled to the bosom ot her
wliy is more contented and cheerful, t«J
whom existence seems a greater I les
te t-u'ieriy ui-ouru vu uunuiu ui nvi
if i i ture, for whom the sun has no light, the.
a e n a n y i e e e s e o e o n
air no sound, astd the flower* i* color
After this the beads were all unheeded
the playthings offered her were utterly
disregarded her playmates, for whom
but a moment before she gladly left the
stranger, now
mother and though she yielded her usual! jUs father.
instantaneous obediance to my signal to. by from attending school as formerly, and
follow me, it was evidently with painful 'n the fulness of hi* i uth, he determined
reluctance. She cU* do* toa. «j«° J- 1""-'
to which he had doubtless been taught tar
bewildered arid leartul and when, after,
a moment, I look her to her mother, she, the simplicity ef his heart, he sal down
sprang to ber arms and clung tn ber wiib1 and gravely wrote a letter to hi*. Redeem
eafer ioy. jer, thinking, perhaps, that so formal a
.. xuede of preferring his requests would
The subsequent parting between them •, °.•
showed like the allectwn, the intelligence! gurpme oi the postmaster, Win. N.
and the resolution of the child. Laun Friend, Esq., ou di*c«v«ring
accompanied her luother to the door, contents oi his letter-box, .'»n-= morning
clinging close to her all the way until lately, a ...iisaveducted U.'J^ChnVt
,, Ope rung it. he read the story o» Hie bov
it. |pau3ed and felt around her to ascertnrir*! env»-Jop tbe amoMut n qutreifc
During tbe yew, sbe has attained great who was near her. Perceiving the mat-land directed it to ibe youn^ supplicant.
Toecm?«?r~t?fciDEST.—Tlie Peter*-
VI ,, ,* i burgh Democrat tells a story of a littltr
vainly strove to pull! her ^\)f ,hal
uly who ha,,n.,
j()uk fof ()l!u,r Rn(1 hjghcr
i|lly luft
)und hiinsoti debarred there*
e e w i e a e a e n i o n V V w a s
Ope rung
want with a noble kmdn«'Si», dt-po*.-

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