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The diminutive thing commenced with the alphabet and proceeded with words for spelling, arranged according to the number of their syllables, from one to five or six. Then came several pieces of poetry, not of the most attractive


type, and, last of all, the above-named catechism. It had wooden covers like all other schoolbooks of that day. And its cuts! They must be seen to be appreciated, since nothing can be found in modern pictorials to compare them with. A forest seen through a fog would aptly symbolize their distinctness of outline.

Though that work emanated from a Medford printing-press, it is hoped that Medford schools had something better for teaching the ‘art of reading’ and spelling.

With the dawn of the nineteenth century came also the dawn of wiser methods of educating. It was but a dawn, however, and the day came tardily on.

Before 1807 Medford had maintained but one public free school, and that was generally kept but a small fraction of

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