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FOUR hundred years ago the great double-continent of America was discovered, and almost contemporaneous with that event was a second discovery of, perhaps, less apparent but no less real importance. In the fifteenth century Rodolphus Agricola recorded the first instance of a deaf-mute who learned to read and write, and not long afterwards Girolamo Cardano, a fellow-countryman of Columbus, insisted that the instruction of individuals thus afflicted was possible though difficult, and, going farther, stated clearly the principle on which such instruction depends.

Histories of American Schools for the Deaf, 1817–1893.

Edited by Edward Allen Fay In three volumes (Washington, D.C.: the Volta Bureau, 1893.)

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