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 - BOY HAD BEEN DRINKING WINE. He Was Kot Admitted...
BOY HAD BEEN DRINKING WINE. He Was Kot Admitted to a Jersey , City Pnblle School. Mrs. Frederick Pltchard of 256 Jewett Avenue, Jersey City, recently sent a cor-plaint cor-plaint cor-plaint to the Board of Education, saying that her seven-year-old seven-year-old seven-year-old seven-year-old seven-year-old son, Frederick, had been refused admission to Public School No. 12. . on . Crescent Avenue, by Miss Maggie Van Winkle, Principal of the primary department, department, on the ground that he drank beer. Mrs. Pltchard was very indignant. She denied that he had been drinking beer, but said that he did drink, a glass of i claret mixed with water at lunch. Superintendent Snyder yesterday made ah investigation, and learned the following facts: The boy was first sent to the school Monday, Sept. 14, at the opening session. Being a new pupil, he was told to return In the afternoon. When he went back he seemed to be daxed, aceording to Miss Van Winkle's statement. While questioning the boy. Miss Van Winkle said she accidentally smelled his breath. She asked him what he had been drinking, and he sold Be?r." Miss Van Winkle denied that she refused to receive the boy as a pupil because he had been drinking. He was. denied admission because there was no room for him. When she felt assured that the boy had been drinking, she told him to go home and tell his mother that beer was not a good drink for little boys. When the lad went home and told his mother what had occurred, she went to the school, and a stormy Interview followed between between her and Miss Van Winkle, after which Mrs. Pltchard filed her complaint with the board. Superintendent Snyder said last night that he was satisfied that Miss Van Winkle's version of the affair was correct, and that no further action would be taken In the matter. " . Mrs. Pltchard says her son did not tell Miss Van Winkle that he drank beer. She says he told her that he drank wine and water, and that Miss Van Winkle said she guessed it must have been beer. "I think It is a shame," said she, "for teachers to smell the breaths of pupils, and then accuse them of having drunk something something they did not drink." Mrs. Pltchard is a Frenchwoman, and says she occasionally gives her children claret and .water, but she never uses beer and does not have It In the house. -

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  1. The New York Times,
  2. 23 Sep 1896, Wed,
  3. Page 8

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