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and the title was so printed on the back of the volume. To the younger scholars the title was a puzzle. They could understand having " watts" on the hand, or even "watts" on the nose; but to have " watts " on the mind did not seem possible.
Neither this book nor the others concerned with advanced and special studies impressed themselves on the pupils as did the more elementary studies which have been particularly my theme. With few exceptions all the books showed narrowness and crudity, but time brought a steady improvement. By 1850 the formative period in the manufacture of school-books was over ; yet while the later books are much better than the old, they have not the picturesque interest and antiquarian charm that belong to beginnings, and they do not come within the scope of this record of Old-time Schools and School-books.