Adventures of a Deaf-Mute and Other Short Pieces
Publication Year: 2017
Published by: Gallaudet University Press
Title page, Copyright
Kristen C. Harmon
Each summer in the three years immediately following the end of the American Civil War, Deaf New Englander William B. Swett (1824–1884) worked as a carpenter, handyman, and guide for the famed Profile House, a hotel and tourist destination in the Franconia Range of the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The hotel took its name from a craggy collection of rocks on top of Cannon Mountain that resembled the profile of an old man, and this iconic image, known...
Part One: Adventures of a Deaf-Mute in the White Mountains
the year 1865, the proprietors of the Profile House,
in the Franconia Mountains, finding repairs and additions
necessary to their hotel, advertised for a large gang of
I received a pressing invitation to go up and work. The wages were good, and expenses paid both ways.
I hesitated—there was work enough at home; I had never been out of work a single day, having always been sought for to do all kinds of work both in and out...
The Travelling season at the Mountains begins about the last of June, or by the middle of July, and ends in September, or early in October. While at home, during the summer or fall, waiting the close of the travelling season, that I might return to the Mountains and watch the approach of winter, I laid my plans, and provided things which experience and observation had taught me were necessary in mountain wanderings: strong clothing, not easily torn by bushes and briars...
the spring, I was again called to return to the Profile
House. Bitter experience, in former seasons, had taught me
that I might expect snow-storms and wintry weather, and so I
took the precaution to be provided for such contingencies. A
thick riding-blanket and warm mittens are excellent companions on such a journey.
Arriving at Franconia by stage, from Littleton, I was not a little amazed to find solid cakes of ice, large and small, scattered all over...
My Last Adventure, and a Trip around the mountains
was approaching, and the work so far
completed to the satisfaction of the proprietor of the hotel,
all the workmen were dismissed, and informed their services
would not be required next year; so I concluded on bidding
adieu to the Mountains.
I had calculated on making further explorations, in other inaccessible places, if I had time and opportunity, but finally gave up the idea, getting somewhat wearied...
Part Two: Mr. Swett and His Diorama
Address by Mr. Swett
[We gave a notice in the last Annals, of the miniature Battle of Lexington, constructed by Mr. William B. Swett, a former pupil of the American Asylum. Mr. Swett came to Hartford, and exhibited his work to the pupils and teachers of the Asylum, on Christmas day, and at the same time delivered an Address, which he had previously committed to writing. We insert it here, not merely for the gratification of his friends and fellow mutes; the frank simplicity with which he has laid...
Part Three: Manual Alphabets and Their History, with Sketches, Illustrations, and Varieties
acquaintance with the manual alphabets which
are contained in this book [see pages 83, 84] much amusement and instruction may be derived. Their use, by hearing
and speaking children, directs attention to the written form of
words and greatly aids them in forming the habit of spelling
correctly, which is of so much importance to them in after life.
Deaf-mutes, for whose benefit these alphabets were at first invented, frequently misplace words, and construct their written sentences...
Varieties of Language
doubtless, was the first form of language; reading
and writing came long afterwards. Deaf-mutes, in all nations,
were long regarded as inaccessible to language: that idea was
long since exploded. “Necessity is the mother of invention,”
and the modes of expression are now almost as various as the
thoughts to be expressed. There is written language, spoken
language, the language of signs, and many others.
To understand fully the importance or value of anything it is only necessary to...
Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet
man, whom every deaf-mute regards as a benefactor in no small degree, and whose name and memory are cherished by that unfortunate class all over the country, was born
in Philadelphia, Pa., Dec. 10, 1787. His family early removed
to Hartford, Conn., which city was ever after the residence of
His attention was early called to the existence of a neglected and unfortunate class of people called deaf and dumb; his warmest sympathies were enlisted in their behalf, and he...
This compeer and associate of Dr. Thomas H. Gallaudet, to whom the latter owed much of his success in exciting an interest in the public mind in the education of the deaf and dumb, was born in La Balme, Canton of Cremieu, Department of Isere, France, December 26, 1785. At the age of twelve he entered the Institution for the Deaf and Dumb in Paris, then under the charge of the Abbé Sicard, and ultimately came to be one of the best teachers...
Photo of the Old Man in the Mountain
Page Count: 128
Illustrations: 4 figures, 1 illustration
Publication Year: 2017
OCLC Number: 967557266
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