A WONDERFUL BLIND CARRIER.|1867-05-04|The Brecon Reporter and South Wales General Advertiser - Welsh Newspapers Online
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A WONDERFUL BLIND CARRIER.

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A WONDERFUL BLIND CARRIER. A local contemporary has the following :-A stranger passing through Godalming on any day, save Sunday, t about noon, could not fail to be struck with the appear- ance of a cheery-looking old man, with a number o 1' parcels and bundles hung about him in all sorts of im- possible ways, and a small twisted brass horn slung from his neck. On closer inspection he would perceive that this little liale old man, posting along at a rapid rate, with a stout stick in his hand, but making no uncommon use of it, is blind, although an extraordinary intelligence lightens up the features and takes away that painful and melaacholy look which often accompanies blindness in those who are the subject of that greatest of depriva- tions. This is old George Harden, who for upwards of 20 years has acted as carrier between Hambledon and Godalming. During the whole of that period lie has been totally blind. He is now considerably over 70 years of age, and yet he daily trudges between these places, which are four miles apart, calling where- ever he is required, and discharging the responsible duties of his vocation with unerring accuracy. The road which lie traverses is exceedingly intricate, being chiefly paths across commons, and otherwise involved, and lie often has to make divergences to the residences of persons living off the main track. But old George never stumbles. A blast from his little horn makes known his approach and whether at the cottage of the humble or at the mansion of the rich, there are few more welcome visitants, for lie is a great importer of news and gossip, and never arrives empty handed. During the severe snowstorms of last winter, when the paths which lie traversed were completely. obliterated, and it would have puzzled the keenest-sighted in- dividual to have made the journey, George Marden never missed a day, and it is believed never wandered out of his road an inch. Indeed, the old fellow's other per- ceptive faculties are wonderfully acute, and the inha- bitants of Godalming declare that he knows every one of them as he passes, even though they do not speak-a belief which gains strength from the fact that he salutes them by name, and never errs. It is said that he makes fewer mistakes than any other carrier in or out of the town and there is no one who is more implicitly relied on for the performance of those numerous little com- missions so often entrusted by the denizens of a village to the carrier to the nearest town. Old George enjoys excellent health, and is reported never to have missed a day since (nearly a quarter of a century ago) he first entered on his career as a carrier.

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