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An Illustrated history & description Of Schools in the 18th & 19th Centurys.

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The District Schools                      111
For each writer the master set a copy at the top of a page in the pupil's copy-book This copy in the case of a beginner would be simply straight lines; but a little practice on these sufficed, and then the master changed the copy to " hooks and trammels' that is, to curved lines which received their name from their resemblance to the kitchen fireplace implements on which pots and kettles were hung from the crane. For the more advanced pupils the
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master wrote, in a large round hand, " Procrastination is the thief of time," " Contentment is a virtue," or some other wise saw. Every writer was expected to fill out a page daily in imitation of the master's copy. Occasionally a master had narrow slips of engraved copy that he could distribute among the writers. The first series of these copy slips put forth in this country was prepared and published by
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