CHAPTER III. SCHOOL LIFE.
My father, having attained celebrity in his trade as mill¬ wright and machinist, and being pressed by people who were greatly in want of his services, decided to devote his time whoUy to his calling. Doubtless thinking I was rather fresh to become a fuU-fledged farmer, he concluded to put the farm, or rather lot, in some other hands to work it for a time.
I was then over eight years old and as I had had but little schooling my parents were both anxious to get where I could have the benefit of six months' schooling in a year. This was a number of years before the time of free or pubUc schools, and the only opportunity of securing an education was limited to three months in the summer and the same in the winter. It was before pedagogy had become a science, and the teachers were not so well qualified for the discharge of their duties as they are at the present time.
We moved to a place much nearer the school than where we had formerly lived, so near that I could attend in all kinds of weather. For three months of the time in summer I was very fortimate in attending a school kept by a lady, Miss Rebecca Clark, who was educated at the Friends' School, at West Town, Chester County. She was a born teacher, and I am sure that I learned more in the three months that I attended school with her, as teacher, than in three times three months with any other teacher I was ever with. She was a lovely woman with a magnetic and commanding presence, kind-hearted, and gentle, yet pos-