Talking With Your Hands, Listening With Your Eyes

Ten Days With the Deaf and Dumb, continued

along a terrace of the precipitous bank, is away down out of sight. And how, turning away from the broad sunny lawn that stretches before the building and the groups of noble forest trees that surround it, let us go in.

The general appearance of the edifice is stately and imposing. The main building fronts west; it is about one- hundred and fifty feet in length, and fifty or more in width. The two principal wings stand at right angles with it at the north and south ends respectively, and are joined to the central edifice by towers at the corners. There are three stories above the basement. The material is chiefly brick, with granite finishings.

We enter a fine lofty hall, some twenty feet by thirty-five, which intersects a corridor running length wise of the building. Just beyond the intersection, in an octagonal spate which, like the hall itself, is lined with glass cases containing a fine cabinet, rises, the central staircase. The reception-room, which is also the library, is at the left hand of the entrance; the parlor is upon the right. The private apartments of the superintendent and some other officers occupy the southern portion of this floor, while the northern is devoted to offices. Upon the second floor are the teachers' apartments and the guest-chambers; the third floor is used for an infirmary.

The south wing is occupied by the girls, the north by the boys. On the first floor of each there is an immense room more than a hundred feet long and forty-five feet wide, where the pupils study or play in the evenings, or whenever they are not occupied elsewhere. In the girls' room there are sewing-machines; and as the girls are there taught at certain times to do their mending, the apartment is often called the sewing-room. At the east end of these apartments are passages leading to the school-rooms, and also communicating With the dining-room, as well as stairs leading to the dormitories above.

Besides the two wings already described, there is a third, extending into the court from the centre of the main building, to which it is joined by a sort of isthmus. In the first story of this central wing, and directly above the kitchen, is the pupils dining-room, which is about seventy feet in length by sixty in breadth. On the floor above is the chapel. Having thus glanced at the general plan of the establishment, and finding ourselves attracted to further investigations by the universal air of neatness and good taste, let us set about learning precisely what the State of New York does to educate her deaf-mutes.

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