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CHAPTER III EARLY SCHOOLMASTERING Education, like literature, is
the common refuge of men who have found no other vocation. Almond
drifted into schoolmastering. He had made an unsuccessful attempt
to pass into the India Civil Service, and was enjoying his youth
thereafter in a round of cricket-matches amid the green slopes and
pleasant woods of Torquay, when Mr. Townsend Warner, who had a
tutorial establishment in the neighbourhood, fell ill, and desired
his assistance. Almond complied; found, to his surprise, that the
boys liked him; felt that here, in education, there was something
that might be worth a life's work?something, at all events, that
interested him; and, in fine, resolved to try the venture in that
field. His fellow-Exhibitioner at Balliol and distant relative,
Charles Langhorne, had recently joined his two brothers in taking
over from their father, the Doctor, the management of ' Loretto
House School, ' as it was then called, in Midlothian. Almond was
offered the post of Mathematical teacher under the new triumvirate,
and betook himself to Loretto in that capacity early in the year
1857. Of this first appearance of Almond at Loretto it is
unnecessary to speak at length. The School was then little more
than a preparatory for the English public schools, or for entrance,
upon a somewhat low standard of attainment, at the Scottish
universities, which were at that date mainly occupied, in their
Arts classes, with what is now regarded as secondary school work.
From the time of its establishment under Dr. Langhorne in 1829 it
had always had a good social connection. Among the sixty pupils
whom the Doctor handed over to his successors were a number of boys
of good family. Of the new headmasters one at least, Almond's
college companion already mentioned, was...
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