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A Lesson in Arithmetic.

Parents, as a general thing, do not appreciate the trouble teachers have in making children learn and comprehend their lessons. Some boys are phenomenally dull, and it requires much perseverance and skill to make them comprehend even the simplest lessons. Colonel Yerger, of Austin, Texas, has a son named Tommy, who is a little obtuse in arithmetic, as will be seen by the following conversation: —

Teacher: “ Suppose, Tommy, you have a stocking on one foot and you put another stocking on the other foot, how many stockings will you have ?” Tommy: “Pa don’t let me wear no stockings in summer.” “Suppose, then, it was winter, and you did wear stockings, how many would you have? How many did you wear last winter ?” “ I done forgot, it’s so long ago. “ Well, how many feet have you got?” “ Same as always.” “ I’ll try something else. Suppose your father has one pig in a pen, and he buys another pig and puts in the pen, too, how many pigs will he have ?” “ Dad don’t keep no pigs.” “ But suppose he did, how many would he have then ?” “ I dunno, but I’ll ask him if you sayso.” The teacher blew a heavy sigh from his tired lips, wiped the perspiration from his weary brow, and then went at it again. “ Suppose, Tommy, you have on a jacket, and at Christmas your pa gives you another one, how many jackets will you have then ?” “ I’ll have to wait until next Christmas before 1 answer that, I didn’t get no jacket last Christmas.”

“Suppose your mother gives you one peach, and you have one already, how many will you have then ?” “I won’t have none, ’cos I’ll eat ’em up,”

The teacher was not a man to be discouraged by trifles. He began to- auspect that Tommy was beginning to I«sq ground in mathematics, but he resolved to give Tommy one more chance. “Tommy, if a poor little beggar boy has a cake, and you give him one more, how many will he have ?” “ I don’t need no beggar boy to «at my cake. I can do that myself.” “ Tommy, you can run out and piay.”— American paper.

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A Lesson in Arithmetic., Issue 7912, 21 May 1889

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A Lesson in Arithmetic. Issue 7912, 21 May 1889

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