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not capable of an easy interpretation. The sky of thy life, dispelling the dark clouds of carliest coin found in Britain has inscribed evil, and bringing the bright sunshine of gladupon it the letters sego, possibly for Segonax, ness and joy wherever thou goest. In Heavone of the four Kentish monarchs, who at- en's sight they shall be accounted worthy of tacked Cæsar's camp at the time of the inva- high honor. sion. It also has the word Tascio upon it, Be good. Let thy life be pure and spotless, which is found upon many other ancient coins suffer no eyil to take root in thy heart, allow known to be British.

no outward circumstances to contaminate It seems that the art of counterfeiting and thee. Then shall thy heart-strings ever dismaking bad money was practised in olden course sweet melody, soothing thy spirits ; times, for Rollin tells us “that in the first pay- then shall the well-spring thereof ever gush ment made by the Carthaginians for the sum forth in sparkling fountains, refreshing thy to which the Romans had condemned them, | inmost soul, and thy path through life shall at the end of the second Punic war, (about be strewn with the flowers of gladness and 200 B. c.) the money brought by their ambas- ljoy; cheerfulness shall scatter her blossoms sadors was not of good alloy, and it was dis-l around thee, and love surround thee with a covered upon melting it that the fourth part perpetual wreath of perennial blossoms. was bad. They were obliged to make good! When thy spirit leaves this mortal mansion the deficiency by borrowing money at Rome.” | bright angels shall attend thee, and in the im

Thus we have given a limited sketch, com- mortal thy Father's glad welcome shall greet piled from standard authorites, of the ancient thee, “ Well done, good and faithful servant, coins of various nations. We have aimed at enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.” accuracy more than originality, for on such a

Rosa. subject a correct description is all important. We have not given a detail of the inscriptions

For the Schoolmaster. these coins bear, for our limits will not allow

My Living Schoolmates. anything but a concise account. Some day, if we chance to feel in the humor, we will en

BY JOE, THE JERSEY MUTE. deavor, in our humble way, to enlighten you

There is but little in the history of my livmore in regard to these antique coins. We

ing schoolmates to interest the general reader, intend to speak, ere long, in relation to early

yet I must be permitted to tell it in my own American currency, but we reserve it for

way. Should the heroes or heroines of the future article.

following story see reflected from the light of

my pen their private actions, and the peculiFor the Schoolmaster.

arities of their persons and minds, they will Do Good and be Good

doubtless thank me, for they receive much Do good, and the deeds thus performed pleasure from flattery. I am, however, not shall be like a necklace of choice pearls fast- disposed to flatter my friends or enemies. The ened about thy neck, glistening with inno- names of the persons to be introduced here cence and purity ;-like a garland of sweet must be ficticious. flowers, encircling the brow with beauty and William is now in the far distant Paradise dropping ambrosial fragrance around thy of America, as California is figuratively callpathway ;-like a rainbow shall they span the 'ed. He was the first mute who set foot on

the shore of California. The acquisition of language, and a fervid imagination. Her last wealth is the all-absorbing passion of his soul, letter, though written in prose, is fraught with though he stands a poor chance of realizing all that constitutes true poetry. I would be his fondest hopes. His motto is, “ sink or most happy to publish it, but it is strictly priswim." Upon the news of the gold discovery vate. She looks love in a cottage” in evein Australia, he repaired thither, in the hope ry lineament of her face. Many men go and that in that quarter he would meet with bet- see her, but it is doubtful whether she will ter success ; but his hopes proved futile. He consent to marry and keep house, she is so returned to California, and has resided there strenuously attached to liberty. She possesever since. In 1855 he published an account ses what the world would call a handsome of his adventures in Australia, which found face. Vive la Jane. its way into the report of the Philadelphia James, now assistant teacher in the Deaf Deaf and Dumb Institution for that year. In and Dumb Asylum at Hartford, Connecticut, a literary point of view it does not come up with a salary of one thousand dollars a year, to the point of merit requsite in compositions had quite a number of fights with me, arising of that kind. William, however, writes bet- from his jealousy. He was one of the largest ter than most persons similarly situated. He

boys in the institution ; but what a remarkais a well made man; his brow lofty, his eyes

ble change has taken place in his character ! gray and bright.

see his elevation to the post of teacher, with Angeline,* of Maryland, has a form that

a fair salary into the bargain. I rejoice at his is the necromancy of female loveliness ; it is

good luck. He is a handsome man, affable divine,-no other word can sufficiently ex

iently his manners, and agreeable in conversation. press its magnificent proportions, and even the His wife, also a mute, looks pleasant, exceedterm “divine" seems ridiculously feeble as I ingly. Several years ago I received a letter write it. Her beauty draws around her crowds from him. which was remarkable for gramof suitors, who are of one opinion, that she

matical accuracy. Common sense prevails in is the most beautiful girl this side of the grave. lit throughout. His forehead is very broad A bachelor of my acquaintance, on seeing and high. her, involuntarily exclaimed, “ Thunder

| Hannah—now Mrs. Hannah, for she marand lightning, I cannot resist the power of

ried the ideal of her soul last summer—well, those eyes. Such black eyes ! and beautiful,

Mrs. H. is indebted to nature for those qualitoo !” Perhaps her form rivals in outline that

ties of body and mind which so adorn her. of Aspasia, but her literary attainments

Her style of writing nearly approached, withamount to nothing; every line which she pens

out positively reaching, the masculine. As a swarms with grammatical blunders. “It is

proof that her literary tastes lean to the masnot all gold that glitters.”

culine, I here inseet her last communication : Jane, of the same State, has seen much affliction. She reads much, and writes perhaps

“A man in Kentucky pushed a little girl as much. All the specimens I have seen of

into the gutter, but he did not pick her up. her prose, indicate a remarkable command of

A large and powerful dog saw the affair, and

immediately attacked him by seizing his * Since writing the above, I have learned that Ange

throat with its mouth. Several men who line has married a schoolmate of ours, whose parents stood by, went to save him from the dog. move in the best society.

| The girl was injured by the fall. The people thought that he had been sufficiently punished singularly, is a blank. No one can hate him. by the noble dog for treating the girl unkind- He is love personified; he loves everybody. I ly. What a sagacious dog it was !" delight in his eccentric virtues, and cannot help

John, of the sunny south, went to Califor- considering him one of the best Christians nia, in common with the gold-stricken yan- here below. I wish I were half as good as kees, but returned home penniless and dis-he. tracted. He came to me and lectured on the FRANKLIN, of New Jersey, like a good boy, vanity of earthly glory. “Riches are noth-married a " sweet sixteen. ” and has three ing in comparison with a contented mind," children. He possesses talent, and converses said he, “gold cannot bestow upon you true fluently. Frank is a noble specimen of young happiness and peace of mind.” I could not | America. He works on the farm. and lives but smile to hear him talk in this lofty strain; comfortably. I thought it strange that a man who spoke so

Magaret rejoices, as she should, in the poseloquently on that topic, should have gone on

session of a wealthy, and, what is best of all, running after the “ filthy lucre." John is a

an affectionate husband. She is beautiful and good natured fellow after all.

lady-like. I saw her many years ago; her Robert is trying to get a name by writing

teeth are whiter than I had ever before seen occasionally for the papers. Such of his

teeth in a human head. I have had the privpieces as I have seen, show some talent, al- |

ilege of reading several of her letters, and though they betray that want of literary acu

could not help falling in love with them. men which is the curse of many young writ

Grace and common sense are characteristics ers. He ought, however, to persevere. “Prac

of her letters. Her brother, who studied with tice makes perfect. A poem, so called, from

me, stands alone in the wide, wide world, his pen, consisting of about ten lines, and

without a Mrs. to take care of him. Poor which was published in a country paper, was

fellow! I hope, though, that he will marry a miserable performance. He ought to write

before he dies. Margaret, albeit though sevonly in prose, as it seems to suit his mental

eral years his junior, writes ten fold better calibre.

than he. ANDREW keeps store—and he a mute! He

Ellen, red-haired Ellen, owns an excellent makes money, and ere many years he will be

heart, she supports her aged mother single rich. His wife is able to hear and speak. A

handed, sweet angel. She writes pleasantly, more economical wife I do not know of. An

Her brother, deaf, lives in the southern part drew is bound to succeed. His brother, also deaf, is engaged in the hardware business,

ELIZABETH, justly called the belle of the In. and is going up hill. He once taught school,

stitution during her pupilage, set her cap for that is to say, he was employed as an assist

| a handsome young man, and succeeded, hurant teacher in the Philadelphia Institution.

rah! She looks her prettiest when she talks Thomas has a brother and a sister both deaf

with her dearly beloved husband. from birth. He has once been a ruler in a Baptist church. He goes about doing good. But something too much of the “ dum. He tried to open a Sunday school for mutes, mies." I will content myself with saying, in but it was no go. He talks of preaching-in addition, that my next communication will what way I am not informed. His mind, treat of my dead schoolmates.

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The peaceful night's offended shade
Hath known no peace, the hosts invade,-

V Girls' Schools.---No. 1.
The cannon's vapor skirts the morn,
And louder rings the bugle horn.

" Ye mak' it not what is she?'but what

has she !'”—Scotch PROVERB. Jf stillness lap the crimson fields, 'Tis for the crop death's harvest yields,

The principles I advance here are not new. And then anew the strife is born,

They have been inculcated, again and again, And louder rings the bugle horn.

by the best thinkers. But they have not, I If right demand, and country needs,

believe, been applied exactly and in detail to Then fall the gallant forms like reeds; this practical purpose, and it is especially here And hearts from loving breasts are torn, that they are needed. And louder rings the bugle horn.

Their daughters' education is so very imUp, soldier, and unsheath your sword, portant a subject to mothers, that they will The voice of freedom is God's word ; probably never tire of it, and will be glad to Of foemen let your fields be shorn,

keep the best theories constantly before their While rings the blast of bugle horn.

minds. It is very necessary that they should Still, there are peaceful homes afar

be able to distinguish a good school from a Protected by these shocks of war,

bad one, and I propose to suggest how to do And babes within their bosom born Fear not the ring of bugle horn.

Parents will assent with promptitude to my assertion, that most girls' schools, as at pres

ent conducted, are very unsatisfactory instituPEACE. Peace, the life of God in man expanding,

tions, having false aims, and pursuing them Unto the sphere of love out-lasting time,

with feeble ill-directed efforts, and generally Transmutes the soul to sympathies commanding,

with no method at all. Something above our own terrestrial clime. They seem to be patronized for two reasons. Her harvest home, a garner for all beauty,

| First, that the young ladies may be kept out That makes the storm of fate benignant balm ; / of mischiei. Second, that they mi

of mischief. Second, that they may be cramKindles our faith 'mid life's distempered duty. med with miscellaneous facts, such as will

To know the fullness of her sacred calm. best enable them to avoid appearing uneduThe laurelled hero with his sword may gain thee, cat

cated in society. When the invader's foot usurps thy shore. It is unnecessary to mention the weighty Yet scarcely routs the myriads that profane thee, reason that “everybody goes to school, and

When raves the tempest fiercer than before. it would be so odd not to."


Parents and guardians, reflect, since your times. Indeed, it is becoming the fashion to girls must be placed in expensive establish- advocate a return to the system of the “good ments, must spend years in irksome study, old times," when women spent their days at must risk strength, beauty, and the health of the spinning wheel and knitting-needles, at the future generation by close confinement least accomplishing something, and being through the years of adolescence,-whether it more effectually “ kept out of mischief.” does not behoove you to see that money, and Education is of course of incalculable benetime, and health, and future happiness are fit to women, but they do not appear to attain not thrown away?

it through the channels provided for them. Are the ends above stated worth the price. There must be some mistake, then, somewhere. now paid for them ?

Where lies it, and its remedy? “ Certainly,” you say, “it is important that

| I offer a few suggestions. Girls' schools our children should be kept out of mischief,

are at fault at the very start; they do not aim and that they should acquire general knowl

right. They do not even see the true end to

| aim at. Mrs. Browning says: edge, so as to avoid appearing ignorant.” Then, since the ends are worthy, do the

“Behold, who blames means used secure them? The general voice

A crooked course when not a goal is there,

To round the fervid striving of the games ? answers: “No; for such of our young la

An ignorance of means may minister dies as are dependent solely upon fashionable

To greatness—but an ignorance of aims education in schools, and have not the natural

Makes it impossible to be great at all.” advantage of sound, vigorous minds, or sensible, restraining parents, are not kept out of

The reasons given for girls going to school mischief-if ridiculous extravagance in dress, are very well, but they are aside from the if idleness, which because it squanders such true

cs such true point. There is a nobler and to-be-strivvast powers of benefit, has the mischief of a /en-tor main

of a en-for individual perfection,-for we are comcrime,' if unprincipled devotion to the follies manded by

Ollies manded by Jesus to aim at that—"Be ye perof fashionable life, to the neglect of home

fect.” And Solomon says, “ With all thy duties, be mischief. Besides, they are notori

getting, get understanding,-not miscellanously the fools and imbeciles of the world, to

eous knowledge to ever so great an amount, whom no man in his senses will talk anything

but understanding, power, and comprehension but foolishness! Witness the ordinary con

of mind. versation of such young ladies, either with The true idea of a school, is a place where gentlemen or each other. Every one knows every intellectual trait of the pupil is discernit is confined to scandal, dress, and soft non- ed and developed ; not where feeble minds are sense, or flattery. The result of their schools crammed with food to repletion, but where is to make Flora Finchings of them-or at strong minds are grown, who will snatch least it does not prevent that laughable, but hungrily at food themselves, digest it, and deplorable catastrophe. Even at the best, the thrive upon it. knowledge they acquire is such as they natur- The teacher of such an institution must ally forget in a few months after leaving combine in himself a knowledge of mental school, having no use for it in actual life and philosophy in general, and an acute percepfeeling no real interest in it.”

tion of the idiosyncracies of mental power in We have heard such remarks a hundred I the individual,-ingenuity in devising and

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