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WHJ TH K SHUTTKKS AliE UP

OLD SCHOOL CUSTOMS.

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OLD SCHOOL CUSTOMS. The schools of our country one hundred years ago, would hardly be recognised as schcols by the children of to-day. The fchoolhouses were small end one-roomed, frequently hexagonal, that is, six-sided, like a bee's honey-cell. At first there were no desks, rude benches being used instead, while great logs took the place of chairs. But the holidays came round as regularly L then as they do now, and commencement day was no doubt looked forward to with as much delight and eagerness. There were no excretes," with dreadfully long speeches, but all feasting and merrymaking. A great picnic was given at the schoolhouse. On this grand occasion the children drossed in their best bibs and tuckers," came early with their parents and families, and the ministers fnd authorities of the community were al- ways present. The school-teacher presided at the feast, and paid for the food with pennies that had been brought to him during the whole year. It was the custom for each pu- pil to bring a penny, or some small sum, which enabled the teacher to furnish the treat. If he lived in a generous neighbor- hood, his gave him quite a little sum above the cost of the feast. This custom gave rise to the name "potation" or "drinking-penn.}' They had all the good things to eat and drink that one could think of. They had buns, jiim-tarts, gooseberry-pies, I.nd cakes made in all shape-s-dogs made of cake, birds made of cake, end gingerbread men,of course. Then, they had figs and dates, brought to the colonies in trading vessels, and ale and cider of their own making. This old custcm the colonists brought from England. There is a record of it in the statutes of Hartleburv, VV orcesterchire, the seventh year of our Sovereign Lady Queen Elizabeth The said schoolmaster shall and may have, use, and tako the profits of all such potations as are commonly used in schools, and such other gifts as shall be freely given them. and beside their wages, until their salary and stipend shall be augmented." In some of the counties of England this is sti'l continued.

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