The neighbors of a certain woman in a New England town maintain that this lady entertains some very peculiar notions touching the training of children. Local opinion ascribes these oddities on her part to the fact that she attended normal school for one year just before her marriage.
Said one neighbor: "She does a lot of funny things. What do you suppose I heard her say to that boy of hers this afternoon?"
"I dunno. What was it?"
"Well, you know her husband cut his finger badly yesterday with a hay-cutter; and this afternoon as I was goin' by the house I heard her say:
"'Now, William, you must be a very good boy, for your father has injured his hand, and if you are naughty he won't be able to whip you.'" - Edwin Tarrisse.