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362 Old-time Schools and School-books
atlas; and in a few years the i2mos had been en­tirely abandoned. The chapters of the National Geography were enlivened with poetical introduc­tions, and there were occasional other verses. The following selection, the last I have to make from the geographies of our forefathers, is this jingle descrip­tion of " a general custom of moving, in the city of New York, on the first of May."
Bustle, bustle ! Clear the way ! He moves, they move, we move, to-day; — Pulling, hauling, fathers calling, Mothers brawling, children squalling, Coaxing, teasing, whimpering, prattling ; Pots and pans and kettles rattling; Tumbling bedsteads, flying bedspreads, Broken chairs, and hollow wares, Strew the streets — 'Tis moving day !
Battle of Lexington.
From Mitchell's A System of Modern Geography, 1850.
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