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The “ Diplograph.”— The diplograph is an apparatus invented by M. Recordou for enabling the blind to communicate in writing with each other and with the “ outer world ” with greater ease than is possible under the system at present in use. Hitherto they have been obliged, for this purpose, to have recourse to characters given in relief, generally formed of a certain number of points, not exceeding six, distributed in three lines according to a certain order. Their sense of touch being extremely delicate and acute, the blind rapidly acquire the power of reading and writing by the aid of this system. But seeing people find great difficulty in mastering it, and written communications between them and the blind, which shall be legible by both parties, are consequently rarely feasible. This difficulty is said to be now overcome by the introduction of the diplograph, an instrument which simultaneously produces the writing in two different ways, and two distinct leaves of paper—the one impression being intelligible to the blind, and the other to the seeing. The apparatus consists of two discs. bearing the respective signs or characters of the two styles of writing, and either party using the instrument produces, together with the letters intelligible to himself alone, a verbatim transcript in different characters for the use of his correspondent. Truth is stranger than Fiction.— “Lynx,” in the “Tasmanian Mail,” writes: —Would any one imagine that in these days of usury and keen competition for the “ bawbees,” a man would allow a cool thousand to remain in a bank for thirty years or so without making any use of it, and moreover without getting any interest ? Such a case has just come to light in Hobart Town, and curiously enough, too. An old man, whose appearance brtokened anything but affluence, bid for a number of shares at a recent sale, and offered the knight of the hammer his cheque for £BOO in payment. Very doubtfully the paper was presented at the bank upon which it was drawn, when it was explained that the bank had 1 a large sum of money to the credit of the name of the drawer, but, as the depositor had not been heard of for the last twentyseven or eight years, the presentation of the cheque caused no little surprise. Enquiries were, however, instituted, and the ! buyer of the shares duly proved his 1 identity, and secured the transfer of the ■ cash. I have not heard whether the i bank has made the simple-minded de- * positor a present in return for the > gratuitous use of his savings during so many years/'

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, 16 October 1879

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Untitled Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, 16 October 1879