On April 1st, 1899, thirteen-year-old Christina Young recorded the following in her diary:
Sara Murphy and I came near catching it today. She is one of my chums, but she lives one and a half miles from here. We sit together in school.
The teacher was standing with his back to our seat and we were seeing how close we could come to his back with a pin without his knowing it. Sara had the pin almost through his coat, and I didn’t hardly know I was going to do it, but all of a sudden I gave her arm a shove.
The teacher jumped about a foot high, and turned around and brought his strap down BANG on the desk. We were pretty scared, but he just looked at us pretty sharp for a minute, and then turned around quick and didn’t do a thing to us. We behaved after that.