Education: Miss Bender's Ten Nights

When Janet Bender, school librarian for the town of Stroudsburg, Pa. (pop. 6,300), first heard of the strange bequest, she scarcely knew which way to turn. Where ever would she get hold of ten copies of Ten Nights in a Bar-Room, and What I Saw There—the 19th century's gruesome lost-weekend tract? Unless she did, her two school libraries might never be able to profit by the $25,000 left in trust by the eccentric old ex-schoolteacher, Samuel Schoonover. An ardent, lifetime Prohibitionist, Schoonover had stated, in effect, in his will: no Ten Nights, no bequest.

Miss Bender soon learned that the book had...

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