Lectures, Discussions, and Proceedings Volume 14
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1844 edition. Excerpt: ...purpose. In examining quite a large number of these declining monuments of ill-adapted ingenuity, I have found that a few prominent characteristics mark them all. It seems to have been deemed essentialthat these edifices, built for the accommodation of all, should have a place in the very centre of the district, determined by actual admeasurement; and wherever the rods and links should fix that point, whether hill or valley, forest or meadow, "highway or byway"--there, and there only must the edifice go up, and thither must the children wend their course, perhaps far away from the village, far away from the principal road, (an object of no small consequence, particularly in winter), far away from a suitable site for any building, to gain their first impressions of school. It would seem also to have been considered quite essential that each of these buildings should be furnished with the most ample fire places "gaping wide, ." and at the same time with slanting floors--the seats rising one above another, suggesting to the modern visitor the idea that they were designed for vast roasting places, in which each victim could have an equal chance to see and appreciate the towering flames, as they rose in columns to the elevated mantel piece and roared up the incandescent flue. Of the capacity of these fire places, none can better judge than those who have taken their " turn" of a winter's morning, to "make the fire" for a country school, some twenty-five years ago. VVho does not well remember the rotund back-log of a fathom long; the ample bowlders from a neighboring stone wall for andirons; the " forestick" of a sled's length, to support the superincumbent mass of clefts, ...
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