National Geographic : 1947 Jul
Drums toDynamos ontheMohawk "The Ears of theDeaf Shall BeUnstopped ...and the Tongue ofthe Dumb Sing" Isaiah's prophecy comes tomind asone beholds such scenes asthis attheCentral New York School for the Deaf, at Rome.The little girl's eyes light with joy asthesound ofherown voice penetrates awall of dreary silence. Individual "mikes" and earphones enable theclass tohear and learn tospeak. spaghetti restaurantsmake itespecially appro priate today. The rich "black earth" muck lands around Rome are largely cultivated by Italian families whosehard work isrewarded by lush crops of celery, lettuce, and onions (Plate XI). Last year thesonofanItalian pastry-shop proprietor conducted an86-man symphony orchestra at theageofnine. Representative of another type ofAmerican was an 80-year-old man with whom Ifellinto conversation near downtown Dominick Street. One of his ancestors was aHessian soldier and others were among the early arrivals inthis region from New England. "See these wide streets," hesaid. "Domi nick Lynch laid 'emout. Town used tobe known as Lynchville." He spoke as if of apersonal friend, though Lynch was a contemporary ofWashington, who called him "thehandsome Irishman." But history is hardto photograph. What Tony wanted was scenery, hills. "Pretty flathere," heobserved. "IseebytheNew York State Guide that schoolteachers inRome used touseananthill toshow their pupils what ahilllooked like." "This isanoldlake bed," Ireminded him. "Farther down theValley you'll seeplenty ofhills." AttheArmy AirDepot wefound anAT-11 (advanced trainer forbomber crews) taking offonatest hop. Eager foranairview oftheValley, wetalked ourselves into aride. Tony satflatonthefloor oftheplane, with histoes sticking outtheopen door and arope around hiswaist, just incase. Resting onhislong suffering lapwas abigblack cannon ofanaerial camera weighing 42/2 pounds. Where aVanished Niagara Roared Ribbon-straight ranthecanal beneath us,with anoccasional skein ofriver near byassurplus water flowed outthrough spillways and briefly followed itsown free will (p.72).