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ness, and his improvements on organs and other masical instruments. He died in 1823, at Sprotborough, Yorkshire, in the thirty-eighth year of his age.
WILLIAM CLEMENTSHAW, Was blind from his youth, and was organist of the parish church of Wakefield, in Yorkshire, which situation he held for upwards of forty years. He died in 1822, and was buried in the above church, and, at his own request, the following epitaph, which was composed by himself, was inscribed on his tomb-stone;
Now like an organ robbed of pipes and breath,
HENRY HATSFIELD, IN 1825, resided in Pott's Grove, Pennsylvania, and was blind from his youth, caused by the small-pox. He was a respectable citizen, and kept a public-house, and, besides attending to this business he made baskets of all descriptions, of a superior quality. What was most singular he would go alone, as far as six miles from home, with his axe, into a wood, where he would single out saplings of small trees, such as answered his purpose of making splits, and cut them down to such lengths as suited him. He would then hide his axe in the leaves or branches of the trees, and start off to a neighbouring farmer, employ his waggon and horses to carry his wood home, and then return and take his axe from the place where he had hidden it : and this he would do without
individual to assist him. He has been repeatedly seen a considerable way from home, travelling on the public road, and if he was asked where he was, or where he was going, he always answered correctly. He was the best player on the violin in those parts, and could keep the instrument in as good repair as any person.
He was a native of Corinth, and descended from one of the noblest fainilies in that city. His military talents first became conspicuous, in an expedition of which he was appointed commander, and which was sent into Sicily by the Corinthians, against Dionysius, tyrant of Syracuse. After a series of almost uninterrupted successes continued through a number of years, Timoleon was enabled to expel the tyrant from his throne, and had the satisfaction of seeing peace and prosperity restored in the island, where he spent the remainder of bis days,
After so much prosperity, when he was well advanced in years, his eyes began to fail him, and the defect increased so fast, that he entirely lost his sight. Not that he had done any thing to occasion it, nor was it to be imputed to the caprice of Fortune, but it seems to have been owing to a family weakness and disorder, which operated together with the course of time.
It is not to be wondered, that he bore his misfortune without repining; but it was really admirable, to observe the honour and respect which the Syracusans paid him when blind. They not only visited him constantly themselves, but brought all strangers who spent some time amongst them to his house in the town, or to that in the country, that they too might have the pleasure of seeing the deliverer of Syracuse. And it was their joy and their pride that he chose to spend his days with them, and despised the splendid reception which Greece was prepared to give him, on account of his great success. Among the many votes that were passed, and things that were done in honour of him, one of the most striking was that decree of the people of Syracuse, “That whenever they should be at war with a foreign nation, they would employ a Corinthian General.” Their method of proceeding, too, in their assemblies, did honour to Timoleon. For they decided smaller matters by themselves, but consulted him in the difficult and important cases. On these occasions, he was conveyed in a litter, through the market-place to the theatre; and when he was carried in, the people saluted him with one voice, as he sat. He returned the civility; and, having paused a while to give time to their acclamations, took cognizance of the affair, and delivered his opinion. The assembly gave their sanction to it, and then his servants carried the litter back through the theatre; and the people, having waited on him with loud applauses, despatched the rest of the public business without him.
With so much respect and kindness was the old age of Timoleon cherished, as that of a common father; and at last he died of a slight illness, co-operating with length of years. Some time being given the Syracusans to prepare for his funeral, and for the neighbouring inbabitants and strangers to assemble, the whole was conducted with great magnificence. The bier, sumptuously adorned, was carried by young men, selected by the people, over the ground where the palace and castle of the tyrants stood, before they were demolished. It was followed by many thousands of men and women, with the most pompous solemnity, crowned with garlands and clothed in white. The lamentations and tears, mingled with the praises of the deceased, showed that the honour now paid him was not a matter of course, or compliance with a duty enjoined, but the testimony of real sorrow and sincere affection.
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