186 Old-time Schools and School-books
During the years immediately preceding the Revolution, Dilworth's speller was accepted almost universally, but Noah Webster's book presently supplanted it. The next American speller to take the field was The Child's Companion, a small, thin volume compiled by Caleb Bingham. As compared with most of the early text-books, The Child's Companion was bright and attractive. Like all the
From Bingham's The Child'1 s Companion.
older spellers, it contained fragments of rudimentary prose and verse, and every few pages the " Eafy Leffons " for reading made a pause in the column of spelling words. The " Eafy Leffons " consisted very largely of moral advice and reflections selected from the Bible, but in the latter part of the book were a number of fables and stories. Two of the stories follow: —