against his wish.
Mr. Caldwell closed the minority report with, I was now fully satisfied that the present majority of the Committee were proceeding without regard to expense or the interest of the town. . . . I refused taking any further responsibility. . . for I was convinced that the whole thing from the beginning was a selfish speculation, Conceived in iniquity and brought forth in sin.
And so at last the house was begun.
Historian Brooks tells of the corner-stone laying on the sixth of August.
Let us trust that the prayer of the good Baptist clergyman helped still the warring factions.
Fortunately the swath the tornado cut two weeks later was a little southward, and the new schoolhouse escaped the fate of the old. On Forefathers' Day, very cold, and a heavy snowstorm under way at its close, the dedication exercises were held.
This time the senior clergyman of the town, Dr. Ballou, made the prayer.
Mr. Brooks mentions on each occasion original poems recited by pupils.