l8 AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOHN FRITZ
he had seen snowballing the shutter and ordered them to stand in line. He then took down one of his choice rods, of which he kept a number on a couple of pins in the logs back of his desk, stepped to the front, and addressed them. I do not remember the words, but their substance is clear in my mind, and knowing liim well as a man and neighbor, and being familiar with his disposition and his manner of talking to the boys, I think I can give quite a clear idea of what he said, but probably more certainly of what he thought. He at all times greatly magnified any offense the boys were so unfortunate as to commit. He said, " You seem to be possessed of a mahgnant spirit and prone to do evil. The defacement of property used as a place of worship by a God-fearing and unassuming people, to whom you are indebted for the use of this building for a schoolhouse (in which I yet hope to teach you aU to see the evil of your ways), is not only a great outrage against the Society of Friends, but also against the community, for which offense you must be punished. Wlnle I greatiy regret that you have committed this outrage, it gives me some pleasure to administer to you the chastisement you so richly deserve." He began at one end of the Kne, and gave every boy a severe whipping, sending each one to his seat as he completed the punishment. He then returned to his desk with a benignant smile on his face, as though he had done his duty, but somewhat exhausted.
Being looked on as rather a leader of the younger boys, I must confess this was an anxious period for me. As I was not sure that the teacher had not seen the younger boys in the same act and that some questions might not be asked who commenced it, I quite naturally supposed that I might be called on to answer that question. Had I been asked I should have promptly said, as we had entire confidence