For a critique of the Barstow piece, read Andrew Ferguson, in Commentary.
The Barstow Unified school district in California had just voted to close two schools to cut costs.
The little face that Molly made at her father wasn't quite respectful, but Mr. Barstow only laughed at it.
Write to him, Barstow, and ask him if he wants to come up here.
We've just had shoals, and now father and mother say they really can't help it, and Barstow must settle them for himself.
He had written to Barstow, he said, asking when they thought he might be needed.
It came to be known in the restaurant that the stranger's name was Barstow, and very soon he had ceased to be a stranger.
The scene somehow reminded Barstow of one of Poe's landscapes.
Always orderly and quiet, Barstow gradually, however, established pleasant and even joking terms with the waitresses.
When Barstow had reached the hotel again he went in to his supper.