Education: Nickel's Worth

The master couldn't keep order in study hall. The boys pitched pennies and lumps of coal around the room. So the headmaster fired him, and hurried off to Yale for another. In Harry Alfred Peters, only 23 but lean and hard, he found his man. Peters began his teaching career by tossing the two toughest troublemakers out on their ears.

It was no reformatory the new teacher came to, but University School, for sons of well-to-do Clevelanders. Six years later, Harry Peters thought he was getting no place as a teacher, decided to try...

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