LIFE OF GORDON.
public school. The vouchers were to be properly
filled out and sent to Washington, but Hulda was
the pioneer, in that she broke the ice, and her hand
was the first of all our throng of colored teachers to
smite the rock of the public school fund, from which
so many streams are now pouring forth.
His mother now moves to Perquimans County.
North Carolina, where Charley is compelled to work;
meantime he studied every day and every night.
On rainey days, when he could not work, he would
o-o to school to his sister, who was teaching in the
public schools of that county Thus Charles grap¬
pled with disadvantages and difficulties. He would
enter school in the leisure months, after the crops
were laid by, and study until the crops called him
again ; hence he made use ot every moment ol his
time. Charles had fixed rules to study by. At
nif/ht, when he had finished the lessons that were to
be recited the next day in the school room, he would
ramble amidst his little grabbed-up library for the
best speeches, from which he would select the wisest,
notwithstanding they were hard to commit to mem¬
ory. Whenever the children were called out,
Charles would step forth with something new, fresh
and vivid. In this way Charles B. W Gordon laid
the corner-stone of oratory which was so soon to
distinguish him and make his name so great and