Looking up a SchoolToo Young to TeachThe Norton District Stopping Over-night with the FamilyNext Days Experience Home again, DiscouragedHis Mothers View of itUnexpected Call for a TeacherA Providential OfferConsults Uncle AmosThe Wise DecisionExcitement in the DistrictFirst Day of SchoolHow Won his PupilsSumming up of the Winters LabourBoarding RoundAt Home on SundaysBecomes a ChristianReturns to the SeminaryBoards with the Carpenter School-keeping the next WinterTeaching GeometryHow his Trousers were Torn and MendedClose of the School
The next day after James reached home, at the close of the term, he started out to find a situation as teacher.
When will you return? inquired his mother.
When I get a school. Somehow I feel as if it would be a hard matter to get a school.
I hope not, my son, answered his mother, rejoicing in her heart that James was going to be a teacher, and not a sailor.
I hope not, responded James; but I dont seem to feel so elated over the prospect as I did once. I shall do my best, however, and I may be gone several days.
James took the most favourable route, on foot, and made his first application about ten miles from home.
You are too young, replied the committee to his application; we dont want a boy to teach our school.
I have a recommendation from Mr. Branch, Principal of the Geauga Seminary; and he proceeded to exhibit his testimonials.
No matter about that, replied the committee-man.
No doubt you know enough, but you cant make yourself any older than you be; thats the trouble. Weve had boys enough keep our school.
This was quite a damper upon the ardour of James; and he left the man, and continued his journey, reflecting upon the value of age to pedagogues.
The next school district that he reached had engaged a teacher.
If you had come a week ago, Id hired yer, the man said.
It was encouraging to James that he had found a district where age was not an absolute requirement. He thought better of youth now.
Possibly in the Norton District theyve not a teacher yet, the man added.
Wheres that? inquired James.
About three miles north of here, pointing with his finger. Go to Mr. Nelson; hes the man you want ter see. Hell hire yer, if hes no teacher.
James posted away to the Norton District, and found Mr. Nelson, just about dark.
Just found a teacher, young man, and hired him, Mr. Nelson said. Cant very well hire another.
Of course not, answered James; and perhaps the one you hired needs the chance as much as I do.
Perhaps so; hes trying to get an education.
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