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Pupil in Class Seen to "Scamper like a Boy at Bass-ball"

Salience Peripheral
Tags Newspaper Coverage
City/State/Country: NY, United States
Game Bass-ball
Immediacy of Report Contemporary
Age of Players Juvenile

Under the heading "School-boy Anecdote," this item tells of a "pupil in one of the common schools in New-York" who responded in an oral spelling quiz with an indistinct answer.  The teacher pressed him on his answer:  "Did you say 'a' or 'e'?"

"Why, you take ary [sic] one on 'em!" said the boy, and he scampered [to the front of the classroom] "like a boy at bass-ball, and placed himself at the head of the class."


Carried in the New-Hampshire Statesman and Concord Register, [Concord, NH], June 6, 1829, page 4, column 3:  Attributed to the Berkshire American (no date given).


One source identifies the Berkshire American as being published in Pittsfield MA 1825-28.

Pittsfield is in westernmost MA and within 10 miles of the New York border.  It is about 35 miles SE of Albany NY.

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