A LESSON IN ARITHMETIC.
Parents, ai a general thing, do not an* . pteolate the troable teaohers bare m making ohildren learn and comprehend,, their lessons. Some boys are phenomenally, dull, and it requlrea muoh perseverance and skill to make them oomprehend avail' the simplest lessons. Colonel Verger, of Austin, Texas, has • son named Tommy, who is a little obtuse ln arithmetic, as will ba seen by the ioW lowing conversation j Tekoher : " Suppose, Tommy, yaa ham a atooklng on one foot and you pat another '. stooklng on the other foot, now many stooklngs will yon have V Tommy t "Pa don't let me wear no stooklngs m summer." "Supposp, theß, it was winter, and yon did wear stooklngs, how many would yon have? How maay did you wear last • winter?' 11 1 forgot. It's so long ago." " Well, how many feat hava yon got! 7 ' " Same as always." ' • I'll try something else, Suppose yonr father has one pig m a pen, and ha bnytf another pig and pots it ln the pan, too. how many pigs will he have 1" •' Dad don't keep no pigs," ' * Bat suppose ha did, how many would you have then V " I danno, but I'll aik him If yon as* so." * Tha teacher blew a heavy sigh from hta tired lips, wiped tho presplratlon from hla heavy brow, and then went at It again* ••Suppose, Tommy, you hava on a Jacket, and at Christmas yonr pa glvaa you another one, how many jaoketa will - yon have then ?" " I'll have to wait till next Christmas before I answer that. I didn't get no jtoket last Christmas." " Suppoes your mother gives yon one peaoh, and yon have one already, how many will yon have then ?" " I won't have none, 'oos I'll a*t '«m up." . The teacher was not a man to be dll • oouraged by trifles. He began to suiptet tbat Tommy waa beginning to losagroand la mathematlos, bnt he resolved to givi Tommy one more chance. " Tommy, If a poor little beggar boy hsi a oake, and you give him one mow. how many will he have 1" 11 1 don't nasd no beggar boy to eat my oake. I oan do that myself." "lommy, yon oan mn oat and play." — American paper.
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