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

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120 Old-time Schools and School-books
the eyes of the mothers, by petting the children, particu­larly the youngest; and he would sit with a child on one knee, and rock a cradle with his foot for whole hours together.
In addition to his other vocations, he was the singing master of the neighborhood, and picked up many bright
Ichabod Crane at his Boarding-place.
shillings by instructing the younger folks in psalmody. It was a matter of no little vanity to him, on Sundays, to take his station in front of the church gallery, with a band of chosen singers ; where, in his own mind, he completely car­ried away the palm from the parson. Thus, by divers little makeshifts, the worthy pedagogue got on tolerably enough, and was thought, by all who understood nothing of the labor of headwork, to have a wonderfully easy life of it."
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