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farm, just outside the village of Somerset, where he dwelt until his death in 1875. My father's occupation kept him away from home much of the time during my boyhood, and as a consequence I grew up under the sole guidance and training of my mother, whose excellent common sense and clear discernment in every way fitted her for such maternal duties. My mother has died since the above was written.--P. H. S. When old enough I was sent to the village school, which was taught by an old-time Irish master --one of those itinerant dominies of the early frontier — who, holding that to spare the rod was to spoil the child, if unable to detect the real culprit when any offense had been committed, would consistently apply the switch to the whole school without discrimination. It must be conceded that by this means he never failed to catch the guilty mischief-maker. The school-year was divided into terms of three months, the teacher being paid in each term a certain sumthree dollars, I thi