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The Committee for Men Blinded in Battle
(1917)

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The Phare de France,
14 rue Daru, Paris
W       ITH over forty rooms, large gardens and a court, the
V V Phare de France is admirably adapted to its work, and
accommodates a considerable number of resident pupils besides
the teaching and4administrative staff. A raised plan of the
house and grounds, worked out by one of the blind officers,
enables the pupils 'to find their way about without difficulty.
The Phare has already given instruction to over three hundred
blind soldiers. Th-ere are classes in braille, stenography, type-
writing,' commerciWl and various other subjects.jIn a stidio, the
men learn modelling and the making of decorative pottery. An
electric printing press, under the supervision of blind printers
and editor, is used for preparing textbooks and other literature
in braille for use'at the Phare. Languages and music are also
taught, and former members of the skilled professions are helped
to take up their work again.
A handicraft department is one of the most interesting and
practical phases of the Phare's work. A large stable belonging
to the house has 'been equipped with knitting machines and
looms for making rugs, and in a very short time the blind men
learn to weave or to operate the machines. It takes only a few
weeks, for instance, for a blind man to become expert at knitting
sweaters; and since an expert knitter can knit a complete
machineq made sweater in an hour, it is easy to see. that such
a trade gives him an excellent means of support-especially
since there is a good market for all these-knitted products.
'Physical work atithe Phare is in charge of a Swedish professor
of gymnastics. Some of the men eagerly learn skating or fencing,
while others play* push ball, ride horseback, and take daily
exercise.in the gymnasium. For other entertainment, there are
frequent concerts and readings at the Phare; a ; blu organized
and directed by the blind men holds meetings; and tickets for per-
formances often come from the Opera Comique and: the theatres.
"Our organization is as model as we can make it," says
Miss Holt in a recent letter. "Nor is there any waste. Every
dollar of the 'money given by our friends in America does hard
vital work. But the work for the blind is very expensive and
demands for supplies are never ceasing. We sincerely trust our
friends will continue their generous support."
Checks may be made payable to Mr. William Forbes Morgan,
Jr, Treasurer, and sent to I7 East 38th Street, New York City


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