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China (China) (search for this): chapter 8
looks, He finds no eye raised from the proper books. In vain he sudden whirls, east, west, north, south; Sits a wise gravity on every mouth. Back seats nor front, nor boys nor girls once vary From studious diligence most exemplary; Each pays great heed to his peculiar labors, And no one sayeth aught unto his neighbors. A model school: why surely at this rate All soon will know enough to graduate. This lasts till five o'clock. Alas! to tell The fate of him, unhappy sentinel. Listen a tale Chinese: Where Yang-tse-kiang flows There is a sort of folk, the story goes, Who live on boats or rafts and keep a stock Of ducks, tame ducks, for profit. This, their flock Daily goes out to eat what it can catch, But home it comes to sleep and lay and hatch. The summons is the ringing of a bell; Each drake and duck and duckling knows it well, And when they hear afar its nightly tinkling, Whate'er may tempt, obey it in a twinkling. They crowd, they push, fly o'er each other's backs, And the whole
Charles (Massachusetts, United States) (search for this): chapter 8
ne of ten pounds was ordered in 1680. The record reads: It was agreed at a meeting of the whole town, that there should be land sold of the common for the gratifying of Mr. Corlet for his pains in keeping of a school in the town; the sum of ten pounds if it can be attained, provided it shall not prejudice the common. The common probably means any undivided lands held in common by the proprietors of the town. The land actually sold under authority of this order was on the south side of Charles River. As Mr. Corlet, in addition to his other duties, prepared Indians for college, this gratifying does not seem excessive. Cambridge is then, in 1680, provided with a schoolhouse and a schoolmaster. Now as to pupils. In that year there were nine, perhaps a fair proportion as compared with that college class which, as we know on high poetical authority, consisted of the nephew of the President, and the Professor's son. To complete the proper school equipment, we find an order, to
Grampian Mountains (United Kingdom) (search for this): chapter 8
t, sometimes our losses. But say, to them who, in life's earnest fight For victory strive, brings any triumph quite The overflowing, unalloyed delight, The joy, as when our side spelled “phthisic” right? My sketch were faulty, with entire omission Of our great crowning glory, Exhibition. Though scarce could you expect one of my age All that was spoke in public on the stage To recollect, yet Shylock's knife, Lochiel, And Young Pretenders haunt the memory still; And one named Norval of his Grampians vaunting, And grinding organs — nor the monkey wanting. One beau worth having I remember well; Shall I confess?--the bow of William Tell. Nor is it soon forgot how once a quarter Sore trembled every mother's son and daughter. The vain, the timid, all felt perturbation Upon the morning of Examination. For there would come that day strange visitors, Part conscript fathers, part inquisitors, Not men susceptible of mirth or pity, Not friends and ministers — but the Committee. How truly awful
Dana Hill (Massachusetts, United States) (search for this): chapter 8
t John Bridge shall take care of all the families of that side the highway his own house stands on; Sergeant Winshepe is to see to the families on the other side and all the families in the lane going from the meetinghouse down to the river and so Watertown-ward; George Cooke to take care of all the families between the way appointed for Russell to see to [Russell's directions are worn off from the record and cannot be read] and the highway going from the meeting house into the neck. All Dana Hill was part of the Neck, and the meeting house was about where Dane Hall now is. The record continues-My brother Oakes all on the other side the river. Is not this a rudimentary school committee? They cannot be mere truant officers. In after years we have regular annual appointments of reverends and honorables, with bills from the Anchor Tavern or other inn for the dinner with which their labors were invariably alleviated. At these dinners, liquors of different kinds were served, accord
Addison, Steuben County, New York (New York, United States) (search for this): chapter 8
do. The schoolroom itself — there was but one (a fine contrast to the spacious halls and classrooms of today) was furnished with clumsy desks or tables having a narrow shelf beneath and long benches. It accommodated perhaps sixty children. In the middle of the room was a huge stove for burning wood; also a long crack useful for keeping a class in line. The floor above our room belonged to a lodge of Freemasons. We never soared so high, but continued groundlings, as the phrase was in Addison's day. What sums we ciphered! For it pleased the fates To bind us close to slate pencils and slates, Adams' Arithmetic before our eyes. (He made it after he left Paradise. We cannot fancy that in scenes Elysian Adam and Eve knew ever Long Division.) Oft-times we stood in rows with aspect solemn, Convulsive adding up some figured column. Sad grew one heart I knew, and ever sadder, To find on every side a swifter adder. And when sometimes a sultry south wind blew, Our Baker found too hot hi
Oliver Wendell Holmes (search for this): chapter 8
There was another school, spoken of seventy years ago as the C. P. P. G., which, being interpreted, is the Cambridge Port Private Grammar, and this has no slight claim to remembrance. James Freeman Clarke was at one time its principal, and Dr. Holmes has touched it with his luminous pencil in one of his papers in the Atlantic. Besides the Poet-Autocrat it reckoned among its pupils Richard H. Dana, who was by and by to write his Two years before the Mast, and later to become eminent in many directions; and Margaret Fuller, the most remarkable woman that Cambridge has produced. It is doubtful if any or all of our existing grammar schools have names to conjure with like these of Holmes, Dana and Margaret Fuller. Yet the C. P. P. G. did not count hundreds: we were but thirty. Those of us who rank among the undistinguished were of course mighty and most honorable, howbeit as is said in the Book of Samuel, we attained not unto the first three. Our schoolhouse stood on the south si
To bind us close to slate pencils and slates, Adams' Arithmetic before our eyes. (He made it after he left Paradise. We cannot fancy that in scenes Elysian Adam and Eve knew ever Long Division.) Oft-times we stood in rows with aspect solemn, Convulsive adding up some figured column. Sad grew one heart I knew, and ever sadder, To find on every side a swifter adder. And when sometimes a sultry south wind blew, Our Baker found too hot his oven grew, Sent out his living things by two and two, As Noah from his ark was glad to do. There sat the boys and ciphered in the shade, And the soft air about their temples played. Busy and happy ones; all smoothly went, While with their tasks legitimate content, But from the narrow way the least deflection Is pretty sure of no remote detection. The square is drawn; its characters you know, Nine minor squares to fill with X or 0, And he says, “Tit, tat, too,” who gets a row. “Tit, tat,” says James, and marks it down, but hark “Too,” shouts the
r's backs, And the whole river is alive with quacks. The secret of this haste, this fluttering, skipping, Is plain to see: the last duck gets a whipping. School done, without a moment wasting, Our flock poured out glad, careless, hasting, But our last duck had a most thorough basting O happy days and wise! I need not tell How hard we worked when “choosing sides” to spell. Now wins the enemy, now our ranks swell; 'T is almost night, yet still the conflict rages, And heavy batteries fire from Walker's pages; Now here, now there, the favorite champion crosses, Sometimes our gains are great, sometimes our losses. But say, to them who, in life's earnest fight For victory strive, brings any triumph quite The overflowing, unalloyed delight, The joy, as when our side spelled “phthisic” right? My sketch were faulty, with entire omission Of our great crowning glory, Exhibition. Though scarce could you expect one of my age All that was spoke in public on the stage To recollect, yet Shylock's
William Tell (search for this): chapter 8
alloyed delight, The joy, as when our side spelled “phthisic” right? My sketch were faulty, with entire omission Of our great crowning glory, Exhibition. Though scarce could you expect one of my age All that was spoke in public on the stage To recollect, yet Shylock's knife, Lochiel, And Young Pretenders haunt the memory still; And one named Norval of his Grampians vaunting, And grinding organs — nor the monkey wanting. One beau worth having I remember well; Shall I confess?--the bow of William Tell. Nor is it soon forgot how once a quarter Sore trembled every mother's son and daughter. The vain, the timid, all felt perturbation Upon the morning of Examination. For there would come that day strange visitors, Part conscript fathers, part inquisitors, Not men susceptible of mirth or pity, Not friends and ministers — but the Committee. How truly awful was the warning hum, And the announcement, “Here they are, they come!” The boys look bold and saucy, and each girl Gives the last f
George Cooke (search for this): chapter 8
e know on high poetical authority, consisted of the nephew of the President, and the Professor's son. To complete the proper school equipment, we find an order, to see to the educating of children as follows: it is ordered, that John Bridge shall take care of all the families of that side the highway his own house stands on; Sergeant Winshepe is to see to the families on the other side and all the families in the lane going from the meetinghouse down to the river and so Watertown-ward; George Cooke to take care of all the families between the way appointed for Russell to see to [Russell's directions are worn off from the record and cannot be read] and the highway going from the meeting house into the neck. All Dana Hill was part of the Neck, and the meeting house was about where Dane Hall now is. The record continues-My brother Oakes all on the other side the river. Is not this a rudimentary school committee? They cannot be mere truant officers. In after years we have regular
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