Trenton Times, January 13, 1890 : Front Page

Publication: Trenton Times January 13, 1890

Trenton Times, The (Newspaper) - January 13, 1890, Trenton, New Jersey S voi- VJIT. NO. i he Perils pf an Parly Peda- gogue. PBENTICE MULFORD'S NOTE BOOK Tewhlng the Vonng idea wnlle in ger of Being Shot Bow I Knook.d Out English Grammar Vulgar Prohibited. [Copyrlehted, Kft. by the Author.) WAS not confident of my ability to teach _ even a "common school" when the situation was offered mein alittle Tuolnmne county mining camp. I said so to my old friend, Pete who had secured me the position-. said he, after a reflective panse, "do you retain a clear recollection of the twenty-six letters of the alphabet? For, if you do, you are eqvwl to any educa- tional demand this camp will mate on you." It was a reckless "camp." No of life was viewed or treated serionnly. They did walk their horses to the grave slowly at a funeral, but how they did race back I It leg-illy necessary, however, that I should be examined iw to my ability by the school trustees. These were Dr. D., Bill K.., a saloon keeper, and Tom J., a miner. I met them in the justice's office. The doctor WHH an itnpoi appearing man, proud, pompons, well dressed and upectacled. He'glared at me with an ex- pression betwiTt sadness and severity. I saw he was to be the chief inquisitor. I expected from him a searching examina- tion, and trembled; it was years since I had seen a school book. I knew that in geography I was msty and in mathe- matics musty. Before the doctor lay one thin book. It turned out to be a ajjelling book. The doctor opened itr glared little to make one habituall use coirect language, nnd that a taste for reading and constant association with correct English speaking people does a great deal. As for spending time in I think it would be better to line that force in leaming the boy to shoe horses and the girl to make bread, or le the girl shoe the horses if she wants to and the boy make the bread. The labor pf teaching the alphabet to ten calling them up once hour "to say their is, in my estimation, gi eater than that of swing- ing a pick in the surface gold "diggings.1 I have tried both, and infinitely prefer the pick. It is not so much work when you are employed with them as when you are occupied with the other pupils. Then these poor little alphabetical cherubs can do nothing but squirm on their low benches, catch flies, pinch each other, make and project spit balls anc hold up their hands for another drink oi water. I could not let them out of doors to play in the sand, where they bhouk; have been, because the North Amencan parent would have considered himqcll as defrauded of a part of his infants schooling were they not impiisoned the whole six hours. Neither can you set a child to studying A or M or any other letter. There is not an idea in A or B. During the two of my administration I wrought'will? one child who never could get success- fully beyond F Her parents questioned my ability as a teacher. Some days slit would repeat the whole alphabet coi- rectly. I would go home with a load off my mind. The next day her mind would relapse into an alphabetical blank after F. She grew to be an eyesore to me The sight of her at last made me sick I held public examinations every six months, and waq careful to do all the examining myself. An interloper among I invited did me great dam age on one of these memorized peiforui- ances by asking a simple arithmetical question of the show off geographical boy. The urchin was brilliant in dealing with boundary lines, capes and islands, but his head was one that mathematics could not readily be injected iuio. On- the other hand, my specimen giammar- ian was as likely to describe an island as a body of land surrounded by land as by water. I had no heart to find fault with this poor barefooted urchin who, when in rlass, was always tiying to stand on one leg, like a crane, and send- ing his right big toe on pxploring scratch- ing expeditions up-his left tronser. 'He had been bom and brought up in an in- land cotmUy, where no body of water was to be seen save occasional fleeting mud what earthly concep- tion could he form of the ocean and its islands? Bui thft attended exhibitions of stuffed memories were struck at the proficiency of the progeny; and retired with the impression that their children knew a great deal because they had parroted off so much that was all Greek to them; and after I had been in this occupation a year I would sit in my empty theological school house when they had gone and try.and convict my- self profound humbug, and one, too, compelled, in order to get a living, to encourage and foster a system which hud so much humbug in it. The California schools not then "graded." They were conducted on the "go as you please" plan, sometimes go- ing as the teachers mmetirpeB us the parents pleased, sometimes an the pupils pleased. The parents of the youth- ful brains I was trying to develop into and presidents wanted me to many things. ,pne father wished his son taught It is bring- ing extremes pretty near each other to teach Latin and A B CTs. But I "taught" the young man Tpatin as I wai "taught" many things at school. I Blurted him committing to memory t.he declen- sions and conjugations, and than heard aimt "say his lesson." If he got any- hing out of it I don't know what it was, tough work. He never reached any translations of the classics, for sev- eral reasons. Another father was annoyed because exercised his son mathematically in what, in those days, were called "vulgar fiactions." "I don't said he, "my n to have anything to do with frac- ons, anyway. They're no Use in biz- ss. Ennything over hah! a cent we i ill a cent on the books, and ennything under it we don't call nothin'. But I int Thomaa to be well grounded in 'ro and trPt fio I grounded Thomas in "tare and ot TTr. f took to evil ways, was hi i, igilanco committee roracwhrir in California. A boy who Fitnnnnr- il' close of a summer term. This was a im- ported from the extreme southwestern part of what some call "our bf'oved Union." Returning trom dinner Pfouud the doors and windows of the university closed agHinst me, I parleyed at oue of the windows a few feet from the ground. I rrjet by a delegation of the two biggest boys. They informed me I could get in by out with a dinhurso rafint of to treat the school to nuts, candies and cakes. I did not accede, smashed the window' and went in. Moat of the went suddenly out. I clinched with the biggest boy. The other, like a coward, ran away. The two together could easijy have mustered me. Order was restored. The mutiny did not hang well together: It was not a good "combine." The northern bred scholars did not quite understand this move, and did not really enter heai tily into it. Their backing had been forced by the two big boys, nnd therefore had not good stuff in it. The big boy had a cut face. So had I, still bigger brother met me a few days after and wanted to pick a quar- rel with me about the affair. A quarrel with his class always lay within easy ap- proach of knife or pistol. Besides, I was a Yankee. He wasa-'Tpran. And this was in 1862, when the two sections in Oalifoniia were neighbors, not very war'" friends, and about equal in num- bers. PRKNTIUH Mui.ffonn. iec (Jure II you have up your mind, to buy Hood's Sarsaparllla do not be Induced to take any other. A Boston lady, whose einmple Is worthy Imitation, tells her experience below In one store where I went to buy Hood's Barsaparilla the clerk tried to Induce me buy their ovm instead of Hood's; he told me their's would lint longer; that I might take it on ten Presents in the eley-int form THE AXATIVE AND NUT RITIOU8 JUIOH or FIGS OF CALIFORNIA, Combined with the medicinal virtues of plants known to be most beneficial to the human system, foi tiling au agreeable and effective laxative to peiiua- nently cure Habitual Consti- pation, and the many ills de- pending on a weak or inactive condition of the RIDNCYS, LIVER AND BOWELS. It is M., most excellent remedy known to "LEMSE THE SYSTEM EfffCTUALLr When one ts Bilious or Constipated PURE BLOOD, REFRESHING SLICP. HEALTH and STRENGTH NATURALLY FOLLOW. Every one is using it and all are delighted with it. ASK YOUR ORUQQI3T FOR "VittTj.- flt-t-mt MANUFACTURED ONLY DY CALIFORNIA FIG SYRUP CO. SAH FRAKCISCO, GAL. KY HEW YORK N t. Xpetlal 10 Cct days' trial; that If I did not like It I need not pay anything, etc. But he could not prevail on me to change. I told him I had taken Hood's Sarsaparilla, knew what It was, was satisfied with It, and did not want any other. when I began taking Hood's Sarsaparilla I was feeling real miserable with dyspepsia, so weak that at times I could hardly I loud'v stand. I looked like a person In consump- tion. Hood's Saraaparina did me so much good that I wonder at myself sometimes, and myfrtends frequently speak of It." MBS. A. GOFJT, 61 Terrace Street, Boston. Ouroaparilla Propped only by C. I. HOOD 4 CO., Apotheo.nM, Lowell, IOO Doses One Dollar HOT. IDAY PRESENTS We- thing in the tfmuy Giikxls Urn-, oua of the oldaU flmm In Tren- hulieve we kpiow jnit the very thing that the people like to others a Holt- Ftoflont In our line of bnsintu, tnt ieiebj mention a fow of onr Icding item n-mely: Oar g.-nd itook of cnatom-mada fine Umbrellxi, with ill ver gold or btun- hpnuHm, at such enr- u to be sure of appro- Onr are too numerous to mention in particular, but we oil attention to our newly-Jald-ln wortn.ent ol Gentt' Bilk Hnnlea Bilk Gents' 811k rite, from 60o. up to LtdiM' All Styles Of chleft, frum 4e, Fine Tjice Pillon ni, T -ao other Tidiw, Bureau COT and Scurft, 4e., Ac, Children's mte' Full, Complete Supplies. Also, the fci_t made Gloves and Fine Onr DOT.T.8! DOTJfl! are the Yerj bt-t. TTtnrl.vji.r t jrt.nent In the 'hole State, and all our at prlccato efy oouipetltlon. T-ook in onr win- dl} PEERLESS Oftt 111 )f OP TRENTON, 'otice of Intention to Connltuct North As- Banplnk Intercepting Sewer. Pninnnnt to a resolution of Common Conn- il, pairoit December 24th, notice fa hereby iven tlinf it is the intention of Common xmncilto build a sewer, beginning nt Front ad (now South Broad) streets, at 10 end of that portion of the said orth sewer con- rnctcrl muint ordinance of Common Coun- 1, Ti ly 12th, 1887, Mid running cast- rly tlirniu li J i street a distance of about 721 fp-' f point in Front strut or ear tin- r torjy line of the landn of the )olnri i i "niftn canal; thonronorth- nxfirl i i >ndn of the T> -i Company, n rtiifinci of point in f Omul RVenno; tlion'i r 'J r.rl Bvonno i icrops i Cornnfi ipsny 'M) feot to int In 1 nun; thoTKM norMiorly Clinton n dis- "f to P (.1 In tho i

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Publication: Trenton Times

Location: Trenton, New Jersey

Issue Date: January 13, 1890