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DEAF, DUMB, AND BLIND. A man born deaf, dumb, and blind, is considered an idiot. (q.v.) 1 Bl. Com. 304; F. N. B. 233; 2 Bouv. Inst. n. 2111.

DUMB. One who cannot speak; a person who is mute. See Deaf and dumb, Deaf, dumb, and blind; Mute, standing mute.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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I believed we could walk down to Wa"ggis or Vitznau in a day, but I knew we could go down by rail in about an hour, so I chose the latter method.
Then Rapunzel let down the braids of her hair, and the enchantress climbed up to her.
Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had plenty of time as she went down to look about her and to wonder what was going to happen next.
"No, Mamma, I will lie down here on the floor," Natasha replied irritably and she went to the window and opened it.
"Don't you read ahead, now," he warned, as he passed around the house and took the trail that led down the wall of the canon.
It was pretty close to the shanty, and I thought I heard the old man coming all the time; but I got her hid; and then I out and looked around a bunch of willows, and there was the old man down the path a piece just drawing a bead on a bird with his gun.
At last he withdrew; and as he knew by this time that the soldiers were firing, and many people must have been killed, he went down into Holborn, where he heard the great crowd was, to try if he could find Hugh, and persuade him to avoid the danger, and return with him.
I looked down and saw him in the main fork of the tree crouching close against the trunk.
Think ye that ye have heart enough to clamber down this cliff?"
'Wait a bit, I'll arrange a flag as well,' he added, picking up the kerchief which he had thrown down in the sledge after taking it from round his collar, and drawing off his gloves and standing up on the front of the sledge and stretching himself to reach the strap, he tied the handkerchief to it with a tight knot.
Down below there was a noise of nut crackers, and a fat squirrel voice and a thin squirrel voice were singing together--
"Aye!" she answered, looking down upon him as he lay doubled up at the bottom of the boat.