won the confidence of those who were his patients. He died July 15, 1885, in the 76th year of his age.
Mr. Vaille was accustomed to wear a pair of green goggles, which prevented the boys from seeing whether he was looking at them or not; if they made any noise or were not in their seats he was quick to detect it, much to their surprise.
James N. Sykes, of Suffield, Conn., and the Literary Institute, a graduate of Brown University in 1839, succeeded Mr. Vaille, and conducted the school about one year, receiving a salary at the rate of $500 per annum. Mr. Sykes, was very popular with the scholars, and his kind and pleasant ways deeply attached them to him. After leaving the school Mr. Sykes was ordained a Baptist minister in North Reading, Mass., in 1842; was called to Bristol, R. I., in 1843. At this time he was greatly interested in education, and became a prominent member of the school board. In 1848 he received a call to Chelsea, Mass., where he remained about three years. He was pastor in East Boston for eight years; also a member of the Boston school board during his residence there. He spent eight years in Newburyport, Mass., and was a member of the school board. From thence he removed to Painesville, Ohio, and was a member of the school board for about three years. He was pastor of a church in Greenville, Conn., for three years. At this time, his health having become much impaired, he retired from the ministry. Mr. Sykes took a great interest in educational work and wherever he was located was always called upon to take an active part in its duties. "Of a genial disposition and fond of a good story, he was ever ready with an anecdote suitable for the occasion." He died at Agawam, Mass., Sept. 27, 1880, aged 68.
Charles C. Burnett, of Worcester, Mass., a graduate of Brown University in 1839, was the principal for about six months previous to its close in the spring of 1840. His salary was at the rate Of $750 per year. After leaving the school Mr. Burnett became the principal of Connecticut
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