Four girls signed the front of the book: Frances Douglas, Katie Caldwell, Maria Caldwell and Margaret McNeirney. It's impossible to say whether the students who used this textbook were suitably inspired in their mathematical studies, or whether they had their young minds on other pursuits. The concluding pages and inside the back cover are covered in short poems expressing school-friend wishes, such as those scrawled in yearbooks today.
Jennie C. writes:
"Remember me and bear in mindAn unsigned, and rather maudlin verse:
That a true friend is hard to find,
But when you find one just & true,
Change not the old one for the new."
"May the roses of LoveOne more:
Encircle thy cot
And flourish long after
This friend is forgot."
"When distant land divide us,
And you no more see me,
Remember it was Eliza that wrote these lines to thee."