August 1907 ...

The Friendly Companion

What is the most delightful emotion?” asked an instructor of a deaf and dumb institution of his pupils, after teaching them the names of our various feelings. The pupils turned instinctively to their slates to write an answer, and one, with smiling, counte­nance, wrote, “Joy.” Another, “Hope.” A third, with a beaming countenance, wrote “Gratitude.” A fourth wrote “Love.” One turned back with a counte­nance full of peace, and yet with a tearful eye, and the teacher was surprised to find on her slate, “Repentance.” He turned to her with signs of wonder, and asked, “Why?” “Oh,” said she, in the expressive language of looks and gestures which mark these mutes, “It is so delightful to be feelingly humbled before God!”

A little deaf and dumb boy was asked by a visitor in writing, “Who made the world?” He wrote underneath the question, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” The visitor continued, “Why did Jesus Christ come into the world?” A smile of delight rested an the countenance of the little fellow as he wrote, “This is a faithful saying, that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners.” A third question was then proposed, eminently adapted to call his most powerful feelings into exercise, “Why were you born deaf and dumb, while I can hear and speak?” “Never,” said an eyewitness, “shall I forget the look of holy resignation and chastened sorrow which sat on his countenance as he took his chalk and wrote, “Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in thy sight.”

The superintendent of a deaf and dumb institution in Paris was, by a friend, asked permission to propose an inquiry to the children under his care, with a view to ascertain the extent of their mental im­provement. Having received permission, he wrote the question on the wall, “Does God reason?” One of the children im­mediately wrote, “God knows and sees everything. Reasoning implies doubt and uncertainty; therefore God doth not reason.” Another pupil in the same institute, being desired to express his idea of the eternity of the Deity, replied, “It is duration without beginning or end; existence, without bound or dimension; present without past or future; youth without infancy or old age; life without birth or death; today without yesterday or tomorrow.”

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