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

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114 Old-time Schools and School-books
A Schoolroom Corner.
made the most of it till the instructor appeared at the door and rapped sharply with his ferule on the door-post as a signal for them to come in. Just inside the schoolroom near the door was a pail of water and a cup, and the children helped themselves as they entered. Some drank large quantities in part to quench their thirst and in part to make an exhibition of their capacity. Work was resumed, and the rest of the session was spent chiefly in a general "spell," the teacher giving out the words from a spelling-book and the pupils spelling them at the top of their voices.
The afternoon began with reading by the first class from a reading-book, and then the other classes
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