Woman of the Century/Myrtle E. Furman
FURMAN, Miss Myrtle E., professor of elocution, born in Mehoopany, Pa., 8th November, 1860. losing her sight in her fourteenth year, she went to Philadelphia and entered upon the seven-year course of study in the Educational Institution for the Blind. So rapid was her progress that in a little more than four years she had finished the studies in that institution. Manifesting a decided inclination and talent fur dramatic recitation, the faculty gave her the privilege of taking private lessons in elocution. Her advancement was marked. She entered the National School of Elocution and Oratory in Philadelphia, from which she was graduated in two years with high honor, receiving a diploma, a silver medal and the degree of Bachelor of Oratory. A few days afterward, in June, 1884, she received a diploma and the highest honors awarded for scholarship from the Institution for the Blind, having finished the curriculum of studies in both educational institutions in less than the seven years usually given to the latter. Miss Fumian enjoys the peculiar distinction of being the only blind graduate from the School of Elocution and Oratory, and it is believed that she is the only blind person in this country, or in the world, who ever accomplished a similar course of study and physical training. F"or two years after her graduation she gave many successful elocutionary entertainments in various cities and towns of Pennsylvania and New York. In 1886 she accepted the position of professor of elocution in a young ladies' school in Ogoiitz, near Philadelphia. She remained there two years. For the past four years she has filled the chair of elocution in Swarthmore College. Miss Fumian has been successful as an instructor. Her methods are abreast with those of the best educators, and her work is thoroughly and conscientiously done. Although entirely sightless, Miss Furman enjoys travel and has a more enthusiastic appreciation of the beauties of nature than many who. having eyes, see not.