14 AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOHN FRITZ
sessing a moral firmness, which she skillfully appHed, always reproving with kindness and in the most gentle manner, endeavoring at all times to command the confidence and respect of the children, which is so essential for the success of both teacher and pupil; this she accomplished in an eminent degree, not only with the children of the school, but also with all who knew her.
The winter school was some two and one-half miles from where we lived; the snows were much deeper than those we have now, and the roads were generaUy so badly drifted that it was scarcely possible for one of my age to attend regularly. The next summer Miss Clark failed to get a sufficient number of scholars to warrant her enough com¬ pensation for her labor. This was owing to the establish¬ ment of a school at the other end of the district, which I was compelled to attend, in consequence of Miss Clark's failure to secure a school. I was disappointed, and, as the teacher was incompetent, I learned but little. Probably it was much my own fault. Miss Clark was an ideal teacher, greatly loved and respected by aU her scholars. As I was compelled to go to an indifferent teacher who was not Hked, satisfactorj'- results were not likely to be fully realized. As one of the objects my father had for leaving the farm (that of giving me an opportimity for an educa¬ tion) was in a measure a failure, as his business required him to be from home so much of his time that he grew weary of it, and as he was fond of his family and all were happy when he was with them, it was agreed aU round that it would be best for him to go back to the farm.
I was now nearly ten years of age, stout and healthy, and was able to do much of the farm work. The farm or lot we had formerly Hved on was small, and as quite a family of children were growing up, both father and mother thought it very desirable to have more land. Consequently, they