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

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296 Old-time Schools and School-books
which makes you wink so ? What do you call it ? Hush, my son, it is medicine. This inquiry was put by a sweet looking child, as I was entering the door of a grocery to purchase a few articles for my family.
The tradesman had just drained his glass, and leaning on a cask, in which was burned the word Brandy, was wiping his mouth on the sleeve of his coat; while the little one stood watching his motions with a sweet affectionate look of the son, blended with the curiosity and simplicity of childhood. u Excuse me," said I, u but oh, tell your inno­cent reprover, that /'/ biteth like a serpent and stingeth like an adder. Deceive him not."
The man looked abashed and with a private admonition, I left him.
The lesson closes with appropriate comments, but what the drinker did is not stated.
Sir Nicholas Gimcrack who "spread himself out on a large table, and placing before him a bason of water with a frog in it, he struck with his arms and legs as he observed the animal do." Thus he learned " to swim on dry land ; but he never ventured himself in the water."
From The Intelligent Reader, 1834-
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