How we have changed! Long before we curtailed physical discipline in the public school system, the teacher had the upper hand. Stories from the past are filled with episodes where the teacher took the switch to the backside of an errant student. The above story tells of the general approval the powers that be gave to a teacher who washed out the mouth of a boy who used foul language.
(Yes, I had the bar of soap thing when I was a boy.....Palmolive, as I recall. Quite tasty!)