Mar/Apr 2015 • Vol. XXXVII No. 2 Poetry |

Franklin Arithmetic

Springfield, Mass., 1832 How many hands have a boy and a clock? Take Ε away from the word HOPE, and how many letters would be    left? And what would it be then? A man had seven children; two of them were killed by the fall of a    tree; how many had he left? Four rivers ran through the Garden of Eden, and one through    Babylon; how many more ran through Eden than Babylon? George Washington was 6 feet high; his shadow at noon was in    summer 2 feet long; how long then is the shadow of a steeple    150 feet high? A boy played three days in a week; how much did he work? A bird can fly 60 miles an hour; how far in 10 hours? To fly from    Providence to Jerusalem, how long? In eighteen hundred and thirty we had in the United States 2000    thousand slaves, but in seventeen hundred ninety, only 100    thousand; by how much did the slave trade go up? Adonibezek said, "3 score and 10 kings, having their

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