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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