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his own experience and the example of his il- school or some sort of cemetery here;" and lustrious father, who is now, in his ninetieth then, as I looked along down, and saw the year, possessing extraordinary vigor of body names of four M. D.'s, said I, "It is a cemefor a man of that age, and vigor of mind for a tery, sure!" (Great merriment.) I entered man of any age. At the last Commencement the door, and I must confess that my feelings in Cambridge, Mr. Quincy made a speech that were quite relieved when I saw a very jollyexhibited a vigor of mind and a play of imagi- looking sexton standing at the door, and still nation and wit, quite equal- I won't say to his more when I had conversed with him only five best days, because I think his best days are minutes. "Ah," said I, "there must be a now but to his strongest physical days. And cemetery there; here is a sudorific to begin there cannot be a more striking example to be with." (Laughter.) By-and-by, out came the found of physical exercise conducted at so late clubs; and bearing in mind that this was a cema period of life. Indeed, all the virtues adorn etery, and the sexton was playing his cards, I the character of that great man, and 1 wish that said to myself, "Clubs are trumps, surely." his example might be set forth, in all its details, to the young men of this city and this nation, now and hereafter.

(Renewed laughter.) When the wands made their appearance, I began to feel better; everything was graceful and magic-iike; I said, "After all, this is a very pleasant lot to be buried in." And then, as we passed on, too, the eloquence of the wooden-headed dumb-bells spoke to me a language which was exceedingly encouraging, not only to my self, who might perhaps take those hard old exercises which fat men can't- not

My friend Mr. Hagar is present, and, by authority, I call upon him to say a word or two. Mr. D. B. Hagar. Mr. Chairman, 1 submit to the authority. Yesterday, sir, I had the pleasure of taking a ride in the country with an esteemed friend of mine, who, I suspect, must be a distant relation of Mrs. Partington. As only encouraging to me, but the rising genera

we passed an elegant estate, said he to me,


Bishop So-and-so has purchased this estate." Looking at this matter of gymnastics, Mr. "Ah!" said I, "for what purpose?" O, Chairman, in a serious way, I may say that, for he is going to establish a school here, or some some years, the subject of physical education sort of cemetery." (Laughter.)

has commanded my attention. We have had, in The words have been running through my our educational associations, a great many lecmind ever since. As I went home, and passed tures on the importance of physical education. my school-house, I said to myself, "A school, Every teacher, lady or gentleman, has always or some sort of cemetery!" And as I got up been ready to admit the importance of physical this morning, and went to my school-room, and education. The great question has been, how We admit that saw the seventy or eighty boys around me, I will you accomplish that end?


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said to myself, again, "A school, or some sort the body should be educated; we admit that of cemetery! To-night, as I left my house, we cannot have full mental vigor without bodiin order to come to this place to witness the exly vigor; the question is, how shall we get this ercises which have so delighted us, I was met physical culture? Gymnastics were proposed, by a gentleman whose daughter entered my - the old fashioned gymnastics, and they school as a pupil three or four days ago, and have been introduced into some schools - but during that time has learned and recited, I be- into very few, on account of the expense attendlieve, only one lesson. Said this gentleınan to ing the apparatus. Teachers came to the conme, with tears in his eyes, "Mr. Hagar, my clusion, very generally, that it was impossible daughter is a very nervous girl; she came home to introduce the kind of gymnastics that have to-day, and began to cry about her lessons." been already referred to. "Why," I replied, "she has not begun to recite, yet." Said he, " Yes, but she is afraid she won't recite well, and is crying about it." I said to myself, "Then I must look out, or my school will be some sort of cemetery' to that girl."

Dr. Lewis, a year ago, presented his gymnastics before the American Institute; and I think it is perfectly correct for me to say, that the way so long desired has been pointed out, the course has been marked out, and to-day many eminent teachers have taken that course, and are pursu

As I came up the stairway to-night, I took ing it with the most excellent results. I say, out my card, and read, "Normal Institute for not only in my own name, but in behalf of maPhysical Education," "Ah!" said I, "any of my fellow-teachers, that we recognize the

debt due to Dr. Lewis. I know, from personal I wish to add, further, some very important observation, that in many schools in this city, observations as to the illness of children. It is and towns around this city, this system of Dr. frequently supposed that hard study is very unLewis has been introduced, and the results have healthy, and it is even supposed, by some, that been all that could be desired. It is necessary, young people kill themselves by hard study. I of course, that any system which shall be adopt- wish to say, emphatically, that all those stories ed in our public schools shall be such as can be are monstrous fabrications; that no child, girl, made use of in our ordinary school-rooms, be- boy, man or woman, ever died of hard study, cause the most of our school buildings are so or ever injured themselves by hard study; and contracted as to afford only the ordinary study that all the complaints made against schools, of and recitation rooms, not affording a hall in injuring the health of students by hard study, which exercises of a general character might be are utterly caluminous and false; and that had, not more difficult than such as have been among the most healthful exercises, the exerciwitnessed to-night. ses that most promote vigor, strength-physiI am happy to add my word of endorsement cal vigor, physical strength is the exercise of to what the Doctor has said; and if the time the human brain—which is itself a physical permitted, I should wish to make some remarks organ-only it must not be exercised alone. on the ways and means of promoting physical But the pale and puny student, who flatters his

culture in our schools.

self-conceit that he is suffering dyspepsia, and I am satisfied, furthermore, that the charges all the ills that come with it, because he is so which have been brought against teachers, that intellectual, may not " lay that flattering uncthey have been murdering the innocents, are, as tion to his soul" any longer;-it is because he is a general fact, without foundation; that the a fool, it is because he is a fanatic, it is because cause of the illness of school-children lies far he has not exercised his brain, and neglected the back of the teacher; it arises, in a great many other parts of his body also. (Applause and cases, from the ill-health of parents; it arises, laughter.) With a sound system of physical in many more cases, from the injudicious course exercise, and healthy modes of living, that same of treatment received at home. If children are pale and self-fancying intellectual being would allowed to eat when and what they please, to go accomplish twice, four times the intellectual when and where they please, and to study as work that has brought him to death's door little or as much as they please, it is hardly fair and he prides himself on being in that very to charge teachers with having been their mur- pleasant position.

derers, if they go to their graves early.

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It has been proved, by statistics, that among I hope that our friend Dr. Lewis will feel en- the longest livers, as a general rule, are the most couraged by the results of his efforts in this intellectual. It is not -"Whom the gods love, city; and I know that he has been the means die young"; "Whom the gods love," live of doing us teachers and our pupils a vast deal longest, as shown by the case of the illustrious of good, and if we do not profit still more by friend who has already been spoken of here. what he has shown to us, it is not his fault. "Whom the gods love," live longest: it has President Felton. What Mr. Hagar has said been proved by the statistics of universities. about the cemeteries reminds me of an anecdote. Professor Pierce, of our University, examined Some years ago, the Turkish minister visited the subject, and he found, somewhat to the surthis city, and among other of our institutions, prise of a portion of the community, I won't he went to see the cemetery at Mount Auburn. say what portion, that, taking classes in the On his return, he was entertained with a mag- average, those that are the first to die are those nificent dinner at the Revere or Tremont House; who are the dullest and stupidest and most irand one gentleman present asked him, through regular during their college life; while, as a an interpreter, what he thought of Mount Au- general rule, of course there are exceptions, burn. "I thought it a very pleasant place for but exceptions prove the rule in this as all other a short visit." (Laughter.) Now, the sort of things, the good scholars, those who exercise cemeteries that Mr. Hagar referred to are very their brains constantly, thoroughly, faithfully, pleasant places for short visits, no doubt; but I and have performed all their duties conscienhope, by the introduction of this system, or some system that will act as efficiently on our tiously, are the longest lived. I think these are muscles, that remark can no longer be applied facts really worth being impressed upon the to them.


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The School-Mistress's Story.

"Entertaining angels unawares."

When I

Miss Abby W. May, (daughter of Samuel May, Esq.,) a member of the Graduating Class, then read a valedictory address, a considerable portion of which was devoted to the subject of I was born and brought up in this little vildress, as affecting the health of women, and, lage of Somertown, from which I have never through them, the race universally. The ad- travelled so far as a hundred miles. dress was admirably written, full of vigorous was a child, we lived on a farm about a mile thought, clearly and tersely expressed. In confrom the church, but after my father's death, we moved into the little house where I now live. clusion, Miss May referred to the teachers connected with the Institute in the following terms: My father was a good man, but he had in some "Classmates, the time has come for us to bid way got into debt, and it worried him until he

farewell to our teachers, and to one another.

died of a broken heart.

My mother was at first much cast down, but It were idle to linger over the word. The gold- being naturally of a brave spirit, she soon ralen hours of summer have borne forever into the lied. She sold the farm, and took a small house past the nine weeks of earnest purpose that have at the foot of Stony Hill, and sent my brother held us together here. They have been weeks Willy to her brother, in Boston, who had promof unbroken harmony; of much labor, of a ised to find a situation for him. kind that was new to nearly all of us; but of Our new house was small, but it had a little a wholesome and increasing satisfaction that I garden behind it, and two great elms which think I may say we never knew before. To our stood before the door gave it a pleasant look. teachers, we owe our hearty and respectful It was just on the borders of the village, and an thanks. Where each one has been so able in easy walk from the meeting-house. his own department of science, and each so de- As we found ourselves quite poor after my voted to our service, it were invidious to single father's debts were paid, my mother took in out any one for an especial thank-offering, were sewing, and we managed to get comfortably it not that he who is the founder of this Insti- through the first winter. In the spring, Miss tution has, by the nature of his relation to it, Colby, the school-teacher, was married, and been called upon to make the greatest sacrifices went away, and my mother urged me to apply of time and strength for our welfare: all of for the school. I was only seventeen, but I was which he has done with a zeal and patience a good scholar, and had always liked study, and which have been a daily surprise, even to those she thought I could teach as well as Miss Colof us who, from previous acquaintance with by, for Willy had not learnt half so much from him, had been led to expect very great devotion. her, as he did when I taught him at home. So Henceforth, we shall delight to think of him as mother went to the minister and spoke to him one who holds our welfare very near his own; about it, and he thought it a good plan, and we shall turn to him for sympathy and encour- promised to use his influence for me. In a day agement in our failures, and shall love to bring or two he came to tell me there was a meeting our successes to him as belonging more to him of the selectmen that morning, and I must be present. I went with him, frightened enough, "We part to-night, never, in all probability, but he was very kind, and made me feel at ease to meet again. Our country, soon, we trust, to after a few minutes. Squire Lee asked me a be united and free, offers a wide field for our great many questions, the others very few, and exertions. In our own unaided strength, we then they said that they were satisfied that I can do little; but let us go forth to our work was competent. So the next Monday morning with full assurance that He, in whose service

than to ourselves.

we are to labor, will make us strong unto the I began life as a school teacher.

end, if we put our trust in Him."

At first it was very hard for me, and I would A benediction was then pronounced by Rev. come home tired out. By degrees, I learned to Dr. Kirk, and the exercises terminated. It will manage the children, and when the minister not be doubted, by any who were present, at least, that this Institute will be of inestimable and Squire Lee came to visit the school, they value in promoting the physical well-being of found it much more orderly than in Miss Colall who come within the sphere of its influence, by's time, and praised me for my good disciwhether in immediate connection with it, or pline. If I had not been able to keep the through the intelligent and well-instructed

teachers which it shall send forth into various school-room still, I should have given it up in parts of the country, to spread the knowledge despair, for above all things I loved quiet. I of this new system, and on whose steps shall often sat hours together at home, without saytread close, health, purity and happiness. ling a word; for I was not talkative, nor very

cheerful. Among the girls of my own age I but he had his own reasons, and presently made had no friends; when with them I was moody his appearance in the village. He soon became and unsociable, and for this they avoided me. a great favorite with old and young, and all the I know now that all this was wrong, and that I girls were delighted with so pleasant an accescast away some of the sweetest experiences of sion to the small number of village beaux, but life in shutting up my heart to those who might I neither knew nor cared to know him. Yet have learned to love me. I did it consciously, there was something so attractive about him, for none of those around attracted me, and I that the impression he made upon me at our was too unattractive myself, to induce any of first meeting, which was in his own store, has them to make any great effort to gain my good never been removed. will, and of this I was sometimes painfully conscious. I was not so self-sufficient that I did not long sometimes with a feeling of agony for his eyes were gray, and his wavy brown hair some sympathizing friend, some one who would understand me intuitively, and love me in spite of my plain, sad face.

He was rather tall; his pale face would have been handsome if it had not been quite so thin;

was very abundant. But nothing in his face attracted one so much as his happy expression, his ready smile. It was as if he had a fountain

The hard work in the school room was good of gladness in his heart, which was ever bubfor me, for it kept me from thinking too much bling up to the light. Such was Arthur Brownabout myself; but soon I became accustomed ly. His face has never left my memory, long as to it, and it lost its arousing power. After the it is since it met my sight.

novelty wore off, and I had a regular routine of Some time after this, as I walked listlessly duties, I began to sink back into myself again. home from school, one pleasant afternoon in the to do my work mechanically, and to speak and late spring, I was startled to see the doctor's smile less than ever. Life seemed to me a very gig before our door. Fearing my mother was dreary thing.

Now and then some rebellious boy or mischievous girl would raise an uproar in the school; this would excite me, and for some time I would feel better, but only to sink into my old lethargy again. The children feared, but did not love me. Not that I was severe, but I repulsed them with my indifference. I did not try to win their love, I only tried to teach them as well as I could, not knowing that love is the best teacher.


sick, I hurried forward, but she met me as I entered. A terrible accident," she said, “had happened. Mr. Brownly's horse had run away, coming down Stony Hill, and thrown him, and they had brought him in there, and the doctor was with him now." Soon Dr. Payne came out and said he hoped he was doing well, but it was a very bad fracture. He could not be moved on any account; so if my mother pleased, she must keep him there a little while. My mother was glad to be of any use to Deacon Brownly's nephew, and said she would do all she could to keep him comfortable.

I had been teaching about two years when Deacon Brownly died. He was a good man, For several days I kept away from the sick who kept the village store, and having no fam-room. My mother was an excellent nurse, and ily, had laid by quite a sum of money. My moth- was in her element, with some one to care for er felt very badly when the old deacon died, for and tend, and I felt that I could be of no use. he had been very kind to her; often when we But her anxiety infected me, and each day I were sorely pinched, sending us a present of walked more briskly home from school to hear provisions, "for his old friend,my father's, sake." how Mr. Brownly was.

We heard that he had left his store and all his At last, one afternoon, my mother asked me property to his two nephews, to be divided be- to go in and sit with him, for she thought he tween them as Arthur, the oldest, thought best. felt a little lonely, and she had to go down to the If he chose to take the money. Charles must village on an errand. So I went in carrying take the store, and carry on the business, for some fresh flowers in my hand. His bed had he wished that kept up; but if Arthur chose the been made on a large, old-fashioned lounge; he store, Charles was to have the money. These lay there looking paler than ever, propped up two nephews lived in Boston, and we soon heard by pillows. His smile was so bright as he welthat Arthur Brownly was to take his uncle's comed me in, that the rather gloomy room business, and Charles was to have the money. seemed lit up with a sudden radiance, or was it People said that Arthur was very foolish, for only that the window was thrown wide open, he might have established a much more profita- and the sunset glowed through the lightly-stirrble business in Boston with his uncle's legacy;led branches of the elm tree.

"I hoped you would come in and see me my usual lethargy. I saw the enjoyment this sometime," he said, and smiled again. man had in the common things that lay around "I have brought you some flowers," I said. him, and I felt that it was partly my own fault "I am very sorry for your accident. Do you that my life had been so joyless.

suffer much?" As I walked to school the next morning, I "Sometimes very much, and it is hard for a thought of Arthur lying on his couch of pain, man to lie so still, but as you came in I was and knowing that he could see the sky from his reading a verse that makes it easier to bear." window, and marvelled at the beautiful blue, And he read from the Bible which lay open be- and the soft white clouds, as I had never done fore him:-"Even so, Father, for so it seemeth before. At school, the children he had spoken good in Thy sight." of drew my attention, and I watched them as

I was touched at his cheerful patience, and they developed, in the course of the day, the the tears rose in my eyes. He began to admire little traits he had mentioned, with a new inthe flowers. "What a beautiful rose!" he said, terest. "and how lovely those violets! You must have When noon came, I took my little lunch baskfound them under the large stone, near the top et, and climbed the hill to find the bed of violets of the hill. I saw a perfect bed of them there of which he spoke, and sitting down there, I the last time I rode up. The violets will be all thought over all he had said to me. No one gone the next time I go up the hill. I think I but mother had spoken very familiarly to me never saw them look so lovely as they did that before, and his kind words had taken me by surday, so close under the shadow of that beauti- prise. I sat there thinking long that noon, not ful stone, all covered with mosses and creeping dreary, gloomy thoughts, as usual, but wondervines. And you have some lilies of the valley! ing questions to myself, of how many things beHow beautiful they are! And now, will you side the violets, had grown up so beautifully add to the favor by putting them in a glass of in my path, while I had been with closed eyewater, near me, where I can see and smell lids. them ?"

I was late at school that afternoon, but teachI had never cared a great deal for flowers, ing was pleasant; and though I walked home and I was surprised to see how much pleasure quickly, yet the sky and the grass, and the fresh these few that one of my scholars had brought tender green of the trees, were impressed on my me, could afford to him. I noticed how con- hitherto dull heart, as I went. I took Arthur stantly he turned towards them, and with what the violets I had gathered for him, and enjoyed delight. his pleasure, and his cheerful thanks, and could

He talked to me easily and pleasantly, as if not refuse when he asked me to bring my sewhe had known me for years, and asked me ing and sit with him. many questions about my little scholars. He "It was such a relief to have some one to talk seemed to know them all; for he spoke of An- to," he said; "he was tired of keeping still." nie Robbins' beauty, and Jenny Parsons' sweet So I came and sat near his couch, and listened disposition, and Lizzy Jones' stately demeanor, while he talked. He told me of the different and Charlie Swan's unselfishness, and the two places he had visited, of rambles on the White Denton's love for each other, and Sammy Hills, of wild ravines and laughing streams and Green's handsome, saucy face, until I was snowy cascades, describing them with such enashamed to see how much of interest he found thusiasm, that I forgot my usual reserve, and in those children who had seemed so uninter- questioned and laughed as I had never done beesting to me. He told me little anecdotes of fore. them, showing that he had had many a chat with them when they came to the store on errands.

"You must be very fond of children," said I. "Oh! yes," he answered, “are not you?" and looked a little astonished as I said:

"Not very."

He then drew my attention to the sunset, and its wonderful blending of gorgeous hues, and I wondered that I had been so blind to this daily glory.

And then he told me of his brother, an artist, now in Italy, and how fortunate for him the good deacon's legacy had been, coming just as he longed to go abroad, but had not the means, and I, seeing at once the reason why Arthur had chosen the store, honored him for his choice.

The next day was Saturday, and as I was going down the street I stopped to ask if I could do any errand for Mr. Brownly.

"O! yes," he said eagerly, "if I would stop at the store and see if any letters had come, and

I went out of that sick room aroused from ask Sam Johnson to bring some of his things

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