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CuoreIncipitAUTHOR'S PREFACETHIS book is specially dedicated to the boys of the elementary schoolsbetween the ages of nine and thirteen years, and might be entitled: "TheStory of a Scholastic Year written by a Pupil of the Third Class of anItalian Municipal School." In saying written by a pupil of the third class,I do not mean to say that it was written by him exactly as it is printed. Henoted day by day in a copy-book, as well as he knew how, what he hadseen, felt, thought in the school and outside the school; his father at theend of the year wrote these pages on those notes, taking care not to alterthe thought, and preserving, when it was possible, the words of his son.Four years later the boy, being then in the lyceum, read over the MSS.and added something of his own, drawing on his memories, still fresh, ofpersons and of things.Now read this book, boys; I hope that you will be pleased with it, andthat it may do you good.