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A Country Schoolmaster's Lot.

A teacher in a Northern special settlement applied recently to the Board of Education for a change. He said he had been there for two years, and although he got a bedroom to himself at his lodgings, there was not a single chair in the houseboxes doing duty for that article of furniture. The chairman of the Board, to whom he unbosomed his sorrows, suggested that he should import a chair; but the young teacher said that freight was high, and owing to the lack of a good road it was difficult to get anything up to the place. The Education Board granted the teaoher's request for a change, and resolved to give some other young man " a show to sit on the box." The experience of another teacher at a country settlement, who desires a change, is also instructive, as showing the perils of teaching life in the country. He is at present living in a raupo whare, and the chairman of the Board asked him why is this thus ?

Be replied, more in sorrow than in anger: " This is how it came about. I once lived in a boarded house, but one night the settler's wife gave a hostage to fortune. The child was washed in the hand-basin. In a day or two I descried the ' old man,' who believed that cleanlineEß was next to godliness, washing his feet in it; and on the day of the feßtive scene over the advent of the little stranger to my dismay I saw the useful domestic utensil pressed into service once more for scone-making. I don't object to the basin—everything in this world has its uses—but I 'drew the line' at the scones 1" Tho teacher is to get a change at the hands of the Board ; and, as there is no one " next in scones," he will have to rusticate in the raupo whare. Those who think that a country teaoher's life is all beer and skittles will now probably come to a different conclusion. It goes without saying that the Board do not send young lady teachers to settlements where such primitive oustoma are in force.—Auckland ' Herald.'

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A Country Schoolmaster's Lot., Issue 7960, 16 July 1889

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A Country Schoolmaster's Lot. Issue 7960, 16 July 1889

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