Abbie B., age 23, Kansas


Yesterday at recess—the children came running in yell­ing that the roof was on fire. I could not get up or do anything to put it out. Then I asked George to climb up the lightening rod. By holding to the places where it was fastened to the house. I helped him up to the first place—and then he could reach the rest.  When up he pounded the fire out with his hat.

George is the N. Y. boy, he was here early this morning and we had quite a visit before school time. The children have been bring­ing cat tales to school, and he told me by soaking them in coal oil, they make good torches. He also said he had gathered and stripped them for pillows.

When I told about the fire at the supper table, I learned there was much bad feeling about the location of the school house, some wanted it moved, others did not, and some wished it would burn down.  Well, I thought—not while I am teacher if I can help it.  *(kansasmemory.org, Kansas State Historical Society, copy and reuse restrictions apply)