The Inventor of the Numeral-type for China: By the Use of which Illiterate Chinese Both Blind and Sighted Can Very Quickly be Taught to Read and Write Fluently

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Downey, 1899 - Blind - 189 pages
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A biography of William Hill Murray.

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Page ii - God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; and base things of the world, and things which are despised hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: that no flesh should glory in his presence.
Page 139 - Blessed be thou, O Lord God, for ever and ever. Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth, is thine : thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all. Both riches and honour come of thee, and of thine own do we give unto thee.
Page 134 - ... wrought by prayer Than this world dreams of. Wherefore, let thy voice Rise like a fountain for me night and day. For what are men better than sheep or goats That nourish a blind life within the brain, If, knowing God, they lift not hands of prayer Both for themselves and those who call them friend ? For so the whole round world is every way Bound by gold chains about the feet of God.
Page 24 - ... separate arrangements of dots. Selecting a poor little orphan blind beggar, who was lying almost naked in the streets, and who, notwithstanding his loneliness and poverty, always seemed cheerful and content, Mr. Murray took him in hand, washed and clothed him, and undertook to feed and lodge him, provided he would apply himself in earnest to mastering this new learning. Naturally, the boy was delighted ; and we can imagine his ecstasy, and the thankful gladness of...
Page 41 - ... extraordinary facility. When the sheet is taken out of the frame, each rea,ds off his part, and rarely makes any mistake. One of these boys now plays the harmonium at the Sunday services in Chinese, the others forming an efficient choir. " Of course tidings of the wonderful gift thus conferred on a chosen few have brought others who, being able to maintain themselves, have come as self-supporting pupils. Thus one blind man arrived who had travelled 300 miles to put himself under Mr. Murray's...
Page 42 - Murray's care, and in a few months she had mastered the mysteries of reading, writing, and music. Both bride and bridegroom are Christians. Another very satisfactory pupil is a young man who lost his sight when he was about twenty. He rapidly acquired the blind system of reading and writing, and then set to work to stereotype an embossed Gospel of St. Matthew in classical Mandarin Chinese, which is the lingua franca understood by all educated men throughout the empire. ' Of course, in a country where...
Page 2 - THOSE who have attempted to master the excruciating difficulties of any of the numerous dialects of Chinese, or the terrible array of intricate written characters which the weary eye must transfer to memory ere it is possible to read the simplest book, can alone fully appreciate the boon which has been conferred on the legion of the blind in China by means of the patient ingenuity of a Scotch working man. Since in...
Page 72 - ... he was cordially welcomed by Mr. Li, the village schoolmaster, who expressed his pleasure that 'the pastor had at length arrived,' and told him how Ch'ang had gone forth on what, since his return from Moukden, had been his daily occupation, namely, that of travelling from village to village (across the muddy swamps and over the steep hill paths, which had proved so difficult and wearisome to the foreigner giftefl with sight), in order to tell the people about
Page 33 - ... acquaintance, and it struck me as intensely pathetic, as we stood at the door of a dark room — for it was night — to hear what I knew to be words of Holy Scripture read by men who, less than four months previously, sat begging in the streets, in misery and rags, on the verge of starvation. No wonder that to their countrymen it should appear little short of miraculous that blind beggars should be thus cared for by foreigners, and endowed with apparently supernatural powers ; consequently,...
Page 138 - Scripture-readers, who year by year may be sent forth from this school, to read the Sacred Message in the streets of Pekin and other great centres of heathenism, holding forth to others the light which has gladdened their own lives.

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