In paging through a battered copy of "Monroe's Fourth Reader,"1 which was published in 1872, I came across a few pages that feature the writing of a long-ago schoolgirl.
Here's a look at the title page...
Joan and I deciphered this together and this is what we came up with:
Miss Carrie E. Donson
in the year
But the back of the textbook is where the true secret is revealed.
Here's the last page of the book...
We think the wraparound pencil-writing states:
On the following page, which is the inside back cover, is this statement:
Of course, we're counting on both (1) Joan and I having deciphered Stella's cursive writing correctly and (2) Stella having known the correct spelling of Jim's last name.
Wouldn't it be great to find out how the lives of Stella, Carrie and Jim turned out?
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- The Gunpowder-Harvest
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