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"I cannot make brains," is the invariable cry of the pedagogue who has signally failed in the task of advancing his pupils. No, sir, you can not; but you can muddle, and crush, and squelch, and befuddle brains like oxen puddling brick; and your impudence in such a case is equaled only by your impotence.

J. Mahoney
"Dunces," The Illnois Schoolmaster
November 1870, p. 335