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[135] far beyond the school. In every village the schoolteacher is the natural ally of all civilizing agencies — of the librarian, the lecturer, the clergyman. That which is claimed for the established church in any country, that it secures the presence of at least one cultivated person in each small precinct, is in a quiet way accomplished by the presence of the teacher in every school district. And if it be claimed that she does not make a life-work of this pursuit, as a man would do, the answer is that men usually pass as rapidly through teaching to some other profession as do women to matrimony; and that statistics taken in several different towns have shown that there is no great average difference in this respect between the sexes. It is also to be noticed that when a man leaves this vocation for some other, he often quits teaching altogether; but that when a woman leaves it for marriage she soon resumes it in another form, and applies her finer force in the nursery instead of the school-room.

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