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DEAF AND DUMB. No definition is requisite, as the words are sufficiently known. A person deaf and dumb is doli capax but with such persons who have not been educated, and who cannot communicate, their ideas in writing, a difficulty sometimes arises on the trial.
     2. A case occurred of a woman, deaf and dumb, who was charged with a crime. She was brought to the bar, and the indictment was then read to her, and the question, in the usual form, was put, guilty or not guilty ? The counsel for the prisoner then rose, and stated that he could not allow his client to plead to the indictment, until it was explained to her that she was at liberty to plead guilty or not guilty. This attempted to be done, but was found impossible, and she was discharged from the bar "simpliciter."
     3. A person, deaf and dumb, may be examined as a witness, provided he can be sworn, that is, if he is capable of understanding the terms of the oath, and assents to it and if, after he is sworn, he can convey his ideas, with or without an interpreter, to the court and jury. Phil., Ev. 14.

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When he was only twelve years old and still a student, he began to work at the Ontario Institute for the Deaf and Dumb in Belleville as a clerk and telegraph operator.
The Kentucky Asylum for the Tuition of the Deaf and Dumb, founded in 1823, was the only school for the deaf in the South until a school opened in Virginia in 1839.
9) William Henry Simpson lost his hearing as a boy and then attended the Old Kent Road School for the Deaf and Dumb in London, where he later became a teacher.
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This was something of a turnabout in how the deaf and dumb were regarded; hitherto, the deaf and dumb were deemed closer to brutes in intelligence than they were to "speaking" people.
Duncan Campbell: A Gentleman Who Tho' Deaf and Dumb, Writes Down Any Stranger's Name at First Sight; With Their Future Contingencie of Fortune.
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One of his daughter namely Aleeza (5) was blind, deaf and dumb and could not walk due to physically disability.
During this time, George met Almena Knight, another deaf woman: "She was the first deaf and dumb person I ever saw, and immediately we were drawn together by the mysterious tie of sympathy" (13).