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

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228 Old-time Schools and School-books
Can he swell as large as a goat ?
How many toads would load a cart ?
Grass is mown with a scythe when it is grown.
Pa groans with a pain in his arm.
Is it not perfectly plain that the " toad " in the
picture is a frog? What is the sense of asking if he can swell as large as a goat, or how many would fill a cart ? as if toads were in the habit of swelling monstrously and of being loaded into
carts ; and what is the
A Toad.
From Parsons's Analytical Spelling Book.
matter with Pa ? Has
he been mowing, or
has he been loading toads, or what does cause his
pain ?
Turn a few more pages and we find a lesson that
sounds as if it were intended for humor. I give
several extracts:
A smith can steel an axe by welding a strip of steel on the edge. The Bible says, u Thou shalt not steal." You could be kind if you would. Chairs are made of wood. A dog will scent a fox. James is sent away for laughing. Girls vail their faces in the sun. Brooks run through vales. Hear the horse neigh. One who lives near, is a neigh-bor. Boys need dinner; girls knead dough.
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