Education: Ghost School

The townspeople gave their schoolhouse a new coat of paint inside & out; the well water was tested, and the grass was cut. On the first day of school the teacher, Mrs. Norman Melius, unlocked the doors and sorted out the textbooks. Not a pupil appeared. Every day for a month she showed up at the schoolhouse, but still no pupils came. Mrs. Melius was not surprised: it had been that way for three years.

Last week Mrs. Melius (who has no children of her own) went back to being a housewife again. The taxpayers of tiny (pop. 53) Mount Washington, Mass,...

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