“Never before has the problem of finding employment for blind men been so vast as at present, when the European war has added tens of thousands to the already large number of such unfortunates. Recently, however, the French have also endeavored to create various diversions for those whom the war has deprived of their sight, among which is fencing. To the lay mind it is indeed difficult to conceive how an active sport such as fencing can be indulged in by sightless persons. Yet fencing tournaments in which blind men are the only participants are now common in Paris.”
—Scientific American, April 1916
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