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stimulus of a healthful public sentiment concern- American Institute of Instruction. ing them, they would, doubtless, almost disappear.
THE Thirty Second Annual Meeting of the Perhaps the mere mention of them here will serve American Institute of Instruction will be held in for that “line upon line, which these subjects Brattleboro', Vermont, at the Town Hall, on the seem to require for a due awakening of the public 21st, 22d, and 230 days of August. interest in tl em.
The Board of Directors will meet on the 21st, at " An unusual degree of success attended the 11 o'clock, A. M. Evening Schools of the past winter. There were
The public exercises will be as follows: six in operation during the season, and about nine
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21st. hundred persons reaped the advantage of this im
At 2 o'clock, P. M., the meeting will be organportant department of the public service.
ized for the transaction of business. The usual “ We cannot close this report without alluding addresses of welcome having been made, the Preto an occurrence, which is incidental to the stormy sident will deliver his annual address; after which period of our national history now in progress, but
the following subject will be discussed : which, nevertheless, illustrates a great fact in so.
How many hours a day ought pupils to be concial economy, to wit: that popular inntelligence is fined in school; and should they be required to the safeguard of liberty and loyalty. The seces
prepare lessons at home ? sion legislature of Missouri has recently perverted
At 8 o'clock, P. M., a Lecture by Hon. Anson the school fund of that State from its great pur. Smyth, State Commissioner of Schools of Ohio. pose, for the furtherance of treasonable designs
THURSDAY, AUGUST 22D. against the Federal Government. We are bound
At 9 o'clock, A. M., a Discussion. Subject: The to believe that such a suicidal step as this could Proper Qualifications of Primary School Teachers. only be taken where the standard of education is
At 11 o'clock, A. M., a lecture by H. E. Sawyer, low. The loyalty of the free States is greatly Esq., Principal of High School, Concord, N. H. guaranteed by that intelligence, which is the result
At 24 o'clock, P. M., a lecture by Lewis B. Monof a high standard of public instruction. Rhode
roe, Esq. Subject: The Human Voice. Island has reason not only to be proud of her ex
At 31 o'clock, P. M., a Discussion. Methods of cellent school system, but also to be profoundly Teaching Elocution and Reading. grateful to God for this bulwark of her prosperity.
At 8 o'clock, P. M , a lecture by Calvin Pease, “ In conclusion, we express our earnest convic
D. D., President of Vermont University. tion, that your honorable body has no heavier bur
FRIDAY, AUGUST 230. den of responsibility resting on it than the great
At 9 o'clock, A. M., a Discussion. Subject: Uni. public school trust; and no broader field for benefi- versal Education the Great Safeguard of a Repubcent care and culture, than that which
lican Government. fore it in its almost half century of schools.
At 11 o'clock, A. M., a lecture by D. G. Moore, “Respectfully submitted, for the School Com. Esq., Principal of Public School in Rutland, Vt. mittee,
WILLIAM C. RICHARDS, At 2} oclock, P. M., a lecture by T. D. Adams,
Esq., Principal of Public School, Newton, Mass.
At 8 o'clock, P. M., a lecture by Prof. Edward
North, of Hamilton College, N. Y. Subject: The EXCELLEXT School Books. Among the orders Tuition of Amusements. adopted by the School Committee of this city at Ladies attending the meeting will be welcomed their quarterly meeting last Tuesday, was one to the hospitalities of the citizens of Brattleboro'. from the Committee on Text-Books, for the intro- Those who purpose to be present will greatly oblige duction into all of the Primary Schools of “Eaton's the Committee of Reception, and will avoid perPrimary Arithmetic.” Eaton's Written Arithme-sonal inconvenience, by sending their names, as tic has been used in all our Grammar Schools for early as possible, to Hiram Orcutt, Esq., West the past two years with much satisfaction, and the Brattleboro', Vt., or to the Secretary, West Newadoption by our Committee of the Primary Arith-ton, Mass. metic, so soon after its issue, shows the estimation It is expected that the usual reduction of fares in which these Arithmetics are held.- Boston Tran- on the several railroads will be made, of which due script.
notice will be given in the newspapers.
WM. E. SHELDON, Recording Sec. De Bow's mortality statistics, compiled from
West Newton, June 12, 1861. the last census, show that the people of the United States are the healthiest on the globe. The deaths The Duke of Marlborough, a young nobleman are 320,000 per year, or one and a half per cent. of of England, has giren notice that he will at no disthe population. Virginia and North Carolina are tant day call the attention of Parliament to the the healthiest of the States, and have six hundred state of education in India, especially the exclus and forty-eight inhabitants over one hundred years sion of the Bible from the schools and colleges esa old.
tablished by the government.
“The chair of Physiology is to be filled by Dr. A circular lies on our table giving the directors
Josiah Curtis, whose State Reports and other writand faculty of Dr. Dio Lewis' Normal Institute for ings occupy so large a space in medical libraries. Physical Training. The inauguration takes place
His pupils will derive special advantages from the on the 4th of July, 1861, course to continue vinc varied means of illustration employed by him in a weeks. We can scarcely imagine a more illustri- course so important to those who would become ous galaxy of names than those of the directors, guides in physical training. Each pupil in this demen whose names are synonyms with all that is partment will be required to join a class for recita
tion, and will come under the Professor's direct, worthy of a scholar or citizen. The fa ulty embraces the highest order of medical and physiolo
personal examination. gical talent and experience. The circular thus be
“The chair of Hygiene will be occupied by Dr.
Walter Channing, who held for so many years a gins:
“This Institution is presumed to be the first high professional position in the Medical College ever established to educate guides in Physical Cul
of Harvard University; who is so well known to ture. And it is believed, that, of all schools, none and experience in all departmerts of Sanitary Sci
the profession for the largeness of his observation is more demanded by the exigencies of the times. Teachers, managers of schools, the people them
ence; and whose profound interest in the success
of this movement could alone induce him to leave selves, are awakening to a vivid perception of this
his well earned retirement to engage in a work so vital want, and beginning earnestly to inquire how it can be best supplied. " Books discussing the subject in some of its va
“ The chair of Gymnastics will be occupied by
Dr. Dio Lewis. rious aspects, hare long occupied a place in our libraries; but we have failed to be improved by temen above-named, those of several others among
. Besides the services of the distinguished genthem, chiefly because physical culture, especially the best thinkers in New England. have been sein the department of gymnastics, is one of those
cured for a course on the Philosophy of Education. arts which demand the living teacher. We need a
“ Tickets for the course, $75; matriculation fee, college, in which persons may be taught both the
$5; diploma, $10. art and the science of physical training.
Ladies will be charged twenty-five per cent. “ After due consultation with leading educators, it was lately resolved to organize such a college; made because of the unjust disparity of compen.
less than the above prices, and that reduction is and that resolve, under a statute of the Common
sation which everywhere obtains between male and wealth, has now been carried into effect.
female labor. “ Readers of our educational journals, are, to
" Address T. C. Severance, Secretary, Bank of some extent, familiar with Dr. Lewis's system of
the Republic, Boston." gymnastics; since, in connection with his appear. ance before the American Institute of Instruction, last year, those journals, as also large numbers of
We have received the Report of the School the daily press, gave somewhat full accounts of the Committee of the city of Fall River, Mass., for the principal features of that system. It is a novel year 1867–61. In looking over this report we find system; novel, alike in its pilosophy, and in its that the schools in that city are all in a prosperous practical details. Dispensing with the whole cum
and healthy condition. We can only speak of the brous apparatus of the ordinary gymnasium, its High school, which has flourished under the exs implements are all light, easily managed, and de- cellent government of our friend Charles B. Goff.
The report says : signed less to impart mere strength of muscle than to give flexibleness, agility and grace of movement. High SCHOOL. This school has been in a The exercises are accompanied by music, and all of flourishing condition during the year. At the them so arranged that both sexes participate in close of the spring term, fifty applicants for adeach.
mission into the High School sustained satisfacto“Competent judges acquainted with the corps of ry examinations, and were promoted from the professors attached to this Institution, will deem it Grammar Schools. The number of pupils in atno hyperbolism to say, that an abler, a more earn- tendance has been larger than at any former time est corps could be furnished by no other city in the in its history." country.
“ The Principal, with the approval of the Com. “The chair of Anatomy will be occupied by Dr. mittee, has introduced Dr. Lewis's system of gym. Thomas H. Hoskins, author of the invaluable nastics into this school with very gratifiying rework entitled • What we Eat.' His lectures will sults. The expansion of mind can now go band be abundantly illustrated by skeletons, manikins, in hand with the expansion of body. Mental efmodels, paintings and diagrams. To a judicious fort will now be counterbalanced by physical exer. leadership in physical culture, a knowledge of an- cise. The lassitude of study will now be confrontatomy is much more important than to the practice ed by the vigor of recreation. We hope this exof medicine,"
ample may be imitated in other schools."
8. A. B.
children. When parents have cause to be dissatis
fied with their school and teacher, it is the result In every other department of business men are of what they neglected at the time when it could accustomed to ask what can be done to increase have been helped. the profits; and is it not wisdom for us to ask what we can do to increase the efficiency of our public
Dinquietude. schools? In every district may be found some
DR. CHALMERS says: “If the most anxious and men who may know and realize the value of edu- unhappy men in the worlal were examined as to the cation and the importance of good schools. It is ground of their disquietude, it would be found in no less true, that in every district may be found nine hundred and ninety-nine cases out of the one men, and parents too, whose entire wishes and thousand, that the provision of this day was not views will be fully met, if their school can be sus- the ground of it. They carry their imaginations tained by the money tha: is given them, and they to a distant futurity, and fill it up with spectres of be relieved from all taxation, and not called upon melancholy and despair. What a world of unhapto pay a single cent towards keeping the school in piness would be saved, if the things of this day, operation, with all such, the stereotyped lan. its duties, employments and services, were to occuguage is, “ The old school house is good enough,” |py all hearts, and the issues of the future commit. “ The cheapest teachers are jist as good as any,"ted in quietness to God, trusting that when the day · The old books is the best.” To reason with such comes the provision of the day will come along is almost useless.
with it.” The erection of a horse-shed or a hen-house, The scriptures say, “sufficient unto the day is with many, is far more important than the erec- the evil thereof,” and further, that “one thing is tion of a school house for their children. They set over against another," and a thoughtful person are more concerned in the employment of a man can derive comfort from these considerations. “If to cultivate cabbage-heads, and the like, than they every day doth bave its care, hath not every care are in the employment of a man to cultivate their its day.” children's immortal minds. Fifty dollars would be We are too prone to shun the present moment, spent in purchasing useless things with more free- and not enjoy it, when in fact that time is all we ness than fifty cents would in paying for school claim as our own. We look forward for more sat. books. If the child says to his parent, “The isfaction than this present day affords to us, and teacher says I must have a - book," they seem backwards to bemoan past time as having been to receive it as an insult. It is true that this is more agreeable, when the truth is, that when this not the case with all; but it will apply to very past time was present time, it found us in no betmany. It is said, “ As is the teacher so will be ter temper for favorable thinking of enjoyment the school. First we would say, as are the parents than now. The trials and temptations of that peso will be the school, school-house and teacher. riod are made dim by distance, but its vivid recall The hearty and full cooperation of parents is in- will show at once the futility, not to say the wrongdispensable; for it is within the power of parents fulness, of complaint while passing through our to have their schools much what they desire to present day, have them. If parents are willing to provide a The wind is tempered to the shorn lamb, and suitable school-house, and whatever may be neces- many having passed through affliction will, if cansary for the teacher's and child's use at school; did, admit that they found it true then, but inconif they are judicious in selecting their school offi- sistently think that the next trouble will find them cers; if they manifest an interest in their teacher's unprepared to withstand the blow. Our Father in laburs, and do all they can to cheer and aid him; Heaven has more kindly disposed of his gifts, and if they do what they can to inspire their children's in more equal proportion than any earthly father minds with a true spirit of obedience, respect and has the wisdom, however strong the will, to do. industry, and their teacher is what he should be - Exchange. their school will be just what may be desired. One
INDOLENCE.-If industry is no more than habit, of the greatest hindrances to progress in our schools
'tis, at least, an excellent one. “If you ask me is parents finding fault with the teacher's manage- what is the real hereditary sin of human nature, ment. If there is part of a district, and sometimes do you imagine I shall answer pride, or luxury, or but one or two in a district, who act in opposition ambition, or egotism ? – No; I shall say Indoto the teacher's views, it affects them, their child. lence. Who conquers indolence, will conquer all ren, and the entire school, in a manner that they the rest.” Indeed, all good principles must stage do not realize. If they see and know that the
nate without mental activity. teacher is not doing his duty, nor conducting his school as he should, it would be far better for them AMERICAN METEOROLOGY. — “Now, boy, what and for their children if they would go to the teach- are aerolites?” “Guess they're the remains of er with their complaints, instead of going to those secedin' stars smashed to pieces that have tumbled who know nothing about them, especially their lout of the sky.”-Punch.
The Last of the Plantagenets. history. Humpbacked and with the stature of a
dwarf and a villain, his mind was no less deformed [The following was written by one of the grad- than his body. His ambition, hypocrisy and treachuates of the Classical Department and spoken at ery, his crimes, and even his deformity, have been the Exhibition of the Providence High School in portrayed by the pen of the immortal Shakspeare, May, 1861 :)
and his name rendered infamous for all time. He Among the many monarchs who have figured in aspired to the throne, and to achieve his purpose, the past history of the world, comparatively few nothing was too infamous. At one time the actor have been ornaments to mankind. The lives of of a most ridiculous farce, and at another of a many have been but dark tragedies, far stranger dark and fearful tragedy. To gain the end of his than the creations of fiction. The mind is sicken- dark and cruel ambition he hesitated not to bathe ed with their deeds of violence and fraud, murder his hands in the blood of his innocent kindred. and rapine.
Like the infamous Catiline, he had “a head to Perhaps no people have had fewer base and ty. contrive, a tongue to persuade, and a hand to exerannical rulers than the English nation. Yet many cute the hardiest attempt"; but he faithfully learnkings bave sat upon the English throne who mighted the lesson, "uneasy lies the head that wears a well be classed with the worst of the Roman Em crown,” when obtained by such inhuman means. perors. But of all their sovereigns, perhaps none One by one his nobles deserted him, and the guilty have been guilty of so many revolting crimes as monarch met his just reward at the battle of Bosthe hypocritical and unprincipled Richard, the worth Field. In the grey dawn of the morning a third of the name, and last of the royal line of horse was led up to the church door at Leicester Plantagenet.
across the back of which was fung the body of His family had long ruled the English nation. Richard Third, a base usurper and cruel murderer, Several of them rose to an eminence w'sich was at and the last of the royal line of Plantagenet. once the admiration and the terror of all Europe. The banner of Richard the First had floated in tri- IDIENESS AND Vice. — Young man, awaken umph over Palestine. Long after he lay quiet in within yourself an interest for the accomplishment the grave, his ponderous battle-axe of twenty of a purpose. Cultivate a habit of patient endur. pounds of English steel was a legend among the ance. Let it be your desire to secure the approbaSaracens. When he and his followers had been tion of the wise and good. Link yourself to those dead for many a year, the Arab mother stili quiet- who are doing something in the world, and who ed her restless infant with the name of the lion. compose the frame-work of society, and let your hearted king; and the Moorish rider would ask his motto be determination, activity and perseverance. frightened steed, “ Dost thou think King Richard Sit down, calmly, while you are young, and look is near ?" Under their sway was obtained that over the ground, and get a clear view of what is great charta of English liberty and English law, before you. Then lay your foundation and go to the corner-stone of the most perfect government work. that the world has ever seen. One of their num- If you have been dreaming away your life, wake ber has since been called the Justinian of England, up and take a new start. It is not too late. You and the father of the English constitution. It was can yet make your mark upon the world. These under their rule that the House of Commons was are stirring times, and though we do not, with established, that renowned body of which all other some, think the world on the high road to perfecrepresentative assemblies are mere copies. Then tion, yet we know that this is an age of wonders, it was that the brave sailors of the Cinque Ports an age of progress, and offers an opportunity for first made the flag of England terrible on the seas. every man who wants to work, which has never In the reigns of Edward Third and Henry Fifth the been offered before.—Exchange. banner of St. George was victoriously borne beyond the Alps and the Pyrenees.
A. F. K. writes: • The algebraical question in Nor under their rule were the arts of peace neg- the April No. of The SCHOOLMASTER, solutions lected. Then arose some of the grandest and of which appear in last (May) number, can be noblest of England's architectural monuments. solved by means of the last condition alone. Can Then the English language took its first form. any of your readers furnish the solution ? If not, Then was begun that splendid literature which is I will.” the greatest and the most enduring of England's
Let us hear from A. F. K., as well as others. glories. The same age which produced the Black Prince produced also Geofrey Chaucer, the father We are reliably informed that the annual meetof English poetry, and John Wycliffe, the first of ing of the National Teachers' Association has been English reformers.
postponed uniil 1862, by a unanimous vote of the But the royal line of Plantagenet was destined board of cfficers and committee of arrangements, to an inglorious end. The character of Richard on account of the state of the country at the pres. Third is well known to every reader of English lent time.
Still the most probable, because the most prominent, cause lies in his own mental and physical
condition. We may discover throughout his life, COMUNICATIONS for this Departinent should be ad
in the tone of his intercourse with the world. and dressed to HENRY CLARK, Pawtucket, R. 1.
to a slight degree in his letters and poems, a natur
aland unconquerable shyness or sensitiveness, such NOTE EDITORIAL.-The writer of this note and
as in itself was sufficient to detail pain and suffer. of the following article is author of the whole se
ing on any man. In a letter to M1. Hayley, 1793, ries of papers on English Literature begun in 1857
he intimates a difficulty in the way of his coopera. and published in The SCHOOLMAster, marked by the successive letters of the alphabet, of which the tion with his “dear brother bard," and says: "[
am so made up-1 will not enter into a metaphy. paper below is the closing article. What was intended at first to be a few brief discussions of some
sical analysis of my strange composition in order excellencies in our language, expanded into many eral view of the matter, I suspect that it proceeds
to detect the true cause of the evil; but on a gen. essays, continued rather irregularly through four
from that shynesss which has been my years. It only remains to be said that though all
effectual and almost fatal hindrance the papers in this series did not receive the signature J. W.O., they were all written by the same
on other important occasions.” This
remark is expressive of his inability to compose hand.
verses except in solitude, but the latter part of it For the Schoolmaster.
is sufficiently general to bear general application. The Melancholy of Cowper.
Here let us rest. There was some cause, to us
unknown, that made him not only melancholy but CAUSES - PHENOMENA -SEQUFL
often miserable through life. Whether it was dis
appointment in love or a natural and unconqueraW-Z.
ble shyness or the depravity of his heart, is not SO THEY's life of Cowper gives a kindly and certain so far as his biography shows. Yet one sympathetic description of the malady of this gen- must notice, while reading the account of his life tle poet; but in no place is there distinctly marked already quoted, the exquisite sensitiveness of this any sufficient cause of his melancholy. Neither gentle poet, perhaps above all the natural qualities do the accounts of bibliographers seem to reach the study of his life reveals. This is so apparent, farther than facts, furnishing no clue to the cause and withal so characteristic, that it seems to fall leof them.
gitimately under the general subject I have chosen. If any cause be required of the morbid melau- It was discoverable far back in his early life. While choly that oppressed him, it will be sought in vain at school, at the age of six years, he found the time in his works. His letters give the deepest insight he spent there to be a season of fear and mistrust, into his character, yet nothing opens a direct way mainly through the tyranny of a rude boy, of whom into his heart. It does not appear that he was by reason of his constant acts of abuse he felt in wont often to communicate in confidence with oth- constant fear. “I choose," says Cowper, "to con
ceal a particular recital of the many acts of barIt appears to be the opinion of an author (Mr. barity with which he made it his business continCroft) to whom Mr. Southey refers, that Cowper's ually to persecute me. It will be sufficient to say, disappointment at an early age in his suit for the that his savage treatment of me impressed such a hand of Theodora, his cousin, was the cause of his dread of his figure upon my mind, that I well remalady. But Southey seems to think that the dis- member being afraid to lift my eyes upon him higher appointed lover exhibited no evidence of mental than his knees; and that I knew him better by his suffering on the disruption of this attachmeni. shoe-buckles than by any other part of his dress.
Cowper himself attributed the cause of his aftlic- May the Lord pardon him, and may we meet in tion to the depravity of his heart. But the suffer. glory!” ing he endured was far out of proportion to that of When he expected to be chosen clerk of the jour. common menin similar circumstances, and his let-nals in the House of Lords, after he had arrived at ters and poetry are so uniformly chaste that there the age of a young man, he suffered excruciating is no probability that he was accustomed to what mental pain. Too proud or too delica:e to expose his he krew to be wrong.
feelings, he visited the room where h was to have In all his published letters that I have read, I been shortly engaged, feeling more like a condemnhave discovered nothing more than a hint, yet ed criminal than a candidate to a responsible post. what it indicates is significant. He writes on the Distrusting his own powers, fearing the results of 9th August, 1763, to his friend Lady Hesketh : disappointment to his friends if he failed, impelled “O my good cousin ! if I was to open my heart to by the expectations of those friends to a pretense you, I could show you strange sights ; nothing, I of interest in the duties for which he was preparflatter myself that would shock you, but a great ing, he passed many days in the deepest misery, deal that would make you wonder."
Iseeing no way of escape, but instead, either last