Statistics for occurrence #1 of “Mr. McNanly” in chapter 2 of Philip Henry Sheridan, Personal Memoirs of P. H. Sheridan, General, United States Army .:

... This feature was more than acceptable to the parents at times, for how else could they so thoroughly learn all the neighborhood gossip? But the pupils were in almost unanimous opposition, because Mr. McNanly 's unheralded advent at any one's house resulted frequently in the discovery that some favorite child had been playing hookey, which means (I will say to the uninitiated, if any such there be) absent...
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