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Blind Tom.

The concert on Friday night and the matinee on Saturday concluded the series of entertainments in Richmond by the wonderful negro boy, Tom. While here he drew full houses, as he has done in other parts of the Confederacy during the past winter, and a large portion of our music-loving citizens have had an opportunity of listening to his marvelous performances. A negro child, born of ordinary plantation hands, still a boy, blind, almost imbecile, very low down in the scale of humanity, without a single trace of intellectuality, he still possesses powers that are given to few of more favored natures and gifted minds. At an early age, seemingly by intuition, he has mastered one of the most difficult musical instruments, and is able to perform complicated compositions with all the accuracy and rhythmic beauty of the great masters. With a nervous system terribly acute, and with immense powers of imitation, he is enabled, after a single hearing, to repeat the difficult productions of Dreyschock, Talberg, Lieut, or Wagner. A single evening with this blind negro boy is sufficient to stamp him as an unaccountable prodigy, and no amount of examination can explain the reasons for his singular powers. Although his eyes are entirely closed to the light, he rarely makes an error, or strikes a false key. His performances here have been very entertaining and amusing, and have drawn well. We understand he will return again to this city after a short tour elsewhere.

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