I had expected to alight at a town, but the station was a lonely place, a wagon-maker's shop, the company's building and a few shanties. I asked the station master if he knew where the school teacher was wanted, and he answered that from the people thereabouts one must be needed in every household.
"And I should think," I replied, giving him what I conceived to be a look of severe rebuke, "that a teacher of common decency and politeness is most needed of all."
"I reckon you are right," he rejoined. "Is he the man you are looking for?"
"I don't want to get into trouble here," said I, "but I insist upon fair treatment and I'm going to have it."
"All right, sir. Now, what is it you want to know?"
"Why, I was told that there was an opening for a school teacher in this neighborhood."
"And so there is, but don't you know that no neighborhood could be proud o