28 AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOHN FRITZ
the schooUiouse, and whose sons were so fortunate as to have had the advantage of both winter and summer schools; besides this, our teacher had attended an academy for two terms, and was quite a well-educated man for that time; he seemed to be a good teacher, was very generaUy Uked by the scholars, had good order, and used the rod but Uttle in comparison with the previous teacher. There was Uttle or no change in the books or in the system of teacliing, especiaUy during the first winter. The boys generally seemed to be getting along quite weU with their lessons and were pleased with the new teacher. In spelUng and defini¬ tions I was doing so well, standing at the head of the class in winch I was the youngest, a large majority of the class being from sixteen to eighteen years of age, that I became ashamed of standing at the head, or rather sympathized with the others, and asked the teacher to let me stand at the foot of the class as long as I missed no word in either spelUng or definition, with the understanding that if I missed any he should place me in the class, where, in accordance with the rules, I properly belonged. He agreed to do this, and it was so rarely that I failed that he let me remain at the foot permanentiy, and it seemed to have a good effect on the older boys.
In arithmetic I got along quite weU and I was very fond of it; my father told me that it would be very useful to me in the future, consequently I did my best. But five days in the week for three months in the year, is too short a time for the proper study of Bennett's Arithmetic. The teacher, however, was weU satisfied with the progress I was making. This pleased me very much, and my parents also, and their satisfaction added much to my previous stock of pleasure. But this was not aU that was in store for me. Bemg handy with the baU, and Uvely on foot, I was asked by the older boys to take a place with them in their baU game, some-