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wagon there is a country boy, with short quaker-like dress, and especially his “ Blue pants, a short jacket, and gray stockings, Yarn Stockings.” But it soon appeared as whistling Yankee Doodle.' On the Fourth of though he had been introduced upon this July he comes to town, and says he “means splendid theatre only to demonstrate that to have some fun.” He has some spending great genius, like true beauty, “needs not the money which he has earned by hard labor. foreign aid of ornament.” The court was so When he gets home he tells his parents how dazzled with the brilliancy of his mind that he has enjoyed his visit to the city. He says they never looked at his stockings. And he would like to live in the city very much, while many other ministers who figured in all because he would have more sport; and, be- the gaudy fashions of the day are now forgotsides, he would like to go to the Public School. ten, the name of Dr. Franklin is still mentionSome cold day in winter, perhaps his mother ed in Paris with all the ardor of the most makes ginger-bread, and then in the evening, affectionate enthusiasm. as they are all gathered around the fire, she hands them a piece of ginger-bread, and they
Our Language. all have a drink of cider, which is very pleasant to the taste, I am sure.-C. L., in New The Dublin University Magazine says :Brunswick (N. J.) Pub. School Journal. Dictionary English is something very differ
ent not only from common colloquial English, The Blue Yarn Stockings. but even from that of ordinary written compo
sition. Instead of about 40,000 words, there FROM WEEMS' LIFE OF FRANKLIN. is probably no single author in the language
from whose works, however voluminous, so When Dr. Franklin was received at the
many as 10,000 words could be colleeted. Of French court as American minister, he felt the
the 40,000 words there are certainly many some scruples of conscience in complying with
more than one-half that are only employed, their fashions as to dress. “ He hoped,” he if they
if they are ever employed at all, on the rarest said to the minister, “ that as he was himself
occasions. We should any of us be surprised a very plain man, and represented a plain re
to find, if we counted them, with how small publican people, the king would indulge his
a number of words we manage to express all desire to appear at court in his usual dress.
that we have to say either with our lips or Independent of this, the season of the year, even with the pen. Our common literary he said, rendered the change from warm yarn
English probably hardly extends to 10,000 stockings to fine silk, somewhat dangerous.” |
words, our commun spoken English hardly to The French minister made him a bow, but said that the fashion was too sacred a thing for him to meddle with, but he would do himself the honor to mention it to his Majesty.
Puzzle.—Here is an Arithmetical Puzzle, the The king smiled, and returned word that
hot solution of which we commend to the ingenuDr. Franklin was welcome to appear at court
as welcome to appear at courtity of our readers : in any dress he pleased. In spite of that del.
If you take
Nine from six icate respect for strangers, for which the
Ten from nine French are so remarkable, the courtiers could
Fifty from forty not help staring, at first, at Dr. Franklin's! There will then six remain.
For the Schoolmaster.
leaf; “ lady-bugs, sitting in the rose's heart," The Deserted Mansion.
and plain dressed ants, going by with a heavy grain of corn";” jumping, joyous grasshoppers, and dignified, motherly-looking bee
tles, were each and all alike greedily approOld Time who wanders o'er the earth Has found these arches green ;
priated, and breakfasted and dined, and supAnd many a death and many a birth
ped upon, by the insatiable Billy—till, at last, These ancient walls have seen.
he came to be feared so much in that part of How mournfully the footstep falls
the forest, that when his faintest“peep" Within these ancient walls !
was heard in the distance, the worms and 0, lone deserted heart of man,
bugs, every mother's son of them, would reWhat scenes of joy and pain
tire with particularly hurried steps within the Have passed in thee since life began,
shadow of the nearest toad-stool, clover-blosNe'er to return again!
som, or chickweed, till long after their maOh! sad and solemn mem'ry calls
rauding neighbor had disappeared among the Her echoes from the naked walls !
But a day of vengeance was at hand, A The Undesirable Neighbor.---A Fable. hawk, who was a firm believer in circular
justice, took up the matter one day, and the A GREAT many million years ago, there liv- | chicken also; and he who had picked up and ed in the borders of a dark forest, a little devoured so many of his fellows, was himself chicken named Billy Bogles. He had yellow also picked up and devoured. legs, and a yellow bill, like other little chick
| Reflection. — This chicken did not da as ens, and said “peep, peep,” in much the
e he would be done by.—Grace Greenwood's Litsame way. Now, Billy, innocent as he look
tle Pilgrim. ed, had some habits which made him very unpleasant company to certain of his fellow beings who also dwelt in the borders of the
Anecdote of the Stork. dark forest. Sometimes, when a gentleman
Tuis bird, after spending its summer in ly young cricket had gone with his satin vest
Europe, migrates in the fall to Africa or Asia. and best brown coat, to give a serenade to his
A Polish gentleman having caught a stork beloved, just as his heart had begun to swell
which lived upon his estate, put around its with self-satisfaction and affection, out would
neck an iron collar, with these words on it: rush this monster chicken from behind some
- This Stork comes from Poland,” and then mullen stalk, and gobble down the unfortu
set it at liberty. The next year the stork nate musician at one mouthful. If a plump,
came back again, with a gold collar on. The house-keeping spider spread her table with
gentleman caught it again, and found on the the finest damask, for the entertainment of a
colar, in the Hindoo language, “ India sends passing fly, ten to one if she could be permit
back the Stork to the Poles, with gifts.”ted to serve at her own feast, before the dread
PARLEY. ful Bogles would appear, and swallow both hostess and host. Snails, out for a leisurely morning walk; caterpillars, admiring the Make truth credible, and children will believe beauties of nature as seen from a mandrakelit; make goodness lovely, and they will love it. EDITOR'S DEPARTMENT. | Socius B. " What's that. Fire cold "
Philosopher. “Yes. 'Tis of a cold natur, and We would respectfully solicit from Rhode Is- I can prove it. Now, you take a cold flint, what's land Teachers and others, items of educational laid out in the snow all day, and strike it on that intelligence, such as the appointment of teachers, frozen iron rail, and it 'll strike fire. Don't that removals, change of salaries, reports of school prove that fire's of a cold natur! Now the sun, committees, &c.
that heats the earth so, is the coldest planet in
the universe." Natural Philosophy.---Fire.
Socius C. “ What! the sun cold, too? I don't
believe that, any how." On a cold day in January, we had occasion to Philosopher. "Well, 'tis; and I can prove that, ride with a friend some miles, in southern Mas- too." sachusetts, to a railroad station. Our friend had Socius C. “I should like to hear the proof business to transact with the station agent, and that the sun's cold. It never felt verr cold to me.” while he was engaged thus, we sat by the stove, | Philosopher. “ Well, now you go up towards endeavoring to gather up a sufficient quantity of the sun, and you'd almost freeze. Go up a mile caloric to defend us from the attacks of old Jack and it would be awful cold. I guess two miles Frost on our journey homeward. The anthracite would freeze you stiff. There's Miss Johnson, was under full headway, the hot air roaring up what went up in a balloon, the first of anybody the funnel at the rate of 2.40, when we were in this country. It was 38 years ago last 4th of aroused from a reverie by the following conversa- July. Right in the middle of summer. She tion, which took place among the by-sitters who went right up out of sight, at Phiadelphia. I were sharing with us the protection and comforts was there an' see'd her, and when she came down, of the flaming carbon. The conversation is re- over in the Jerseys, there was eye-sickles on the ported almost verbatim et literatim et “pronuncia- balloon. Then agin, the sun is millions and tim.” It was committed to paper immediately af- 1 millions of miles nearer to us in the winter than ter our arrival at a pen and ink station. For in the summer. That's what makes it so cold! convenience we will designate our learned friend Now, don't that prove the sun to be the coldest Philosopher and his companions Socri.
I planet in the universe." We fully agree with the remark of our friend
ndal Socius C. “Well, I don't know, I guess there on our relating the conversation, which we did lis something in that, that's a fact.” immediately after getting comfortably seated in
Philosopher. “Well, you can draw fire right the sleigh, "homeward bound,” – that “Had.
neward bound, that "bad out of ice!!” the common school given that man half a chance,
NAJ a chance,
Socius B. "I don't believe you can do that, when he was a boy, he would have made a phil.,
py, he woulle have made “ P*Iany how." losopher 'as is a philosopher.'”
Philosopher. “Well, it's jest so, you can do Socius A. Holding in his hand a friction it any time. That's the way fire was first dismatch. “This is curus philosophy, that this covered. It was in Austria, on the northwest match will give out fire."
coast. They took a clear piece of thin ice, and Philosopher. “Yes, 'tis so. Behold how little held it up in the sun, and got it to a focus, and a thing a great fire kindleth. L-e-t's s-eee- lit a fire with it. You can do it, jest as easy, I believe that's right, aint it?"
| only get it to a focus. Now don't that prove fire Socius A. “Yes, I believe so—some how so. to be of a cold natur. Ice, the coldest thing we Behold how little a matter a great fire kindleth." know of, and the sun, the coldest planet in the
Philosopher. “Well, there's something cur- universe, jest git the ice to a focus, and draw fire us in the natur of fire. Now, fire in itself is the right out of it. Do you suppose you could, if coldest thing we know of.”
fire war’nt of a cold natur ?"
Dedication of a School House in Foster prayer. Previous to which he stated that he was
| present at the dedication of the old building, Foster, May 18th, 1858. thirty-six years ago; that he preached the first YESTERDAY was a day of great interest to the sermon in it, and also the last. He closed his friends of popular education in this town. Dis remarks by alluding to the advantages which trict No. 18, in Foster, and half district in Glo- the present generation enjoy for obtaining a good cester, have formed a joint district, having the education. local name of Mount Hygeia. This part of Fos- Mr. Kingsbury, the Commissioner of Public ter was the residence of the late Dr. Drown, by Schools, then addressed the audience. He paid whom the local name was given. It was here a well merited compliment to the building comalso that the Hon. Theodore Foster resided, from mittee, for the manner in which they had diswhom the town was named. This district have charged their duty, congratulated the district on just completed the repairs of their school house, possessing so excellent a place for the education which have for some time occupied the building of their children, spoke of the importance of a committee. These have been so thorough that I wise economy in building school houses, dwelt nothing but the frame of the old building re- particularly upon the reasons which should inmains. Every thing without and within indi-duce tax-payers who have no children to edcates that it is really a new building. A glance ucate, to feel that a good school will contribute will be sufficient to show that it is one of the to their pecuniary interest, enumerated the remost tasteful, well-arranged and excellent build-quisites of a good school, and concluded by urgings of the kind in the state. Special pains haveing the people of that district if they would been taken by the committee, not only to have make the most of their present advantages, to the materials good, but also that they should be strive to be harmonious and united. put together in the most thorough and workman- | Mr. Colburn, the Principal of the State Norlike manner. The desks and chairs are made mal School, then addressed the audience. After somewhat after the pattern of Ross, whose school
corroborating the remarks of the Commissioner, furniture is so widely known and used, though she proceeded to give an account of the school they are not made by him. The desks are cov-Thouse of his boyhood. After several attempts ered with green enameled cloth, and so arrang- I to make the old house answer by repairs, all of ed that it can be easily replaced whenever it which failed to give satisfaction, and ended in shall be so injured as tā require it. The walls
the waste of money, the district erected a subof the room are neatly papered, except that por | stantial and suitable house and furnished it in tion below the windows, which is painted in pan- | the best modern style. So great was the care nels. To those who are familiar with city prices, taken to prevent it from being injured that the the whole cost of the school-house, together with
new house became evidently an economical opthe necessary out - buildings, is marvelously eration. This description was bold, graphic and cheap. Indeed, in this respect, it will bear a
humorous—a style in which Mr. Colburn excelsmost favorable comparison with any school house, and elicited from those who
| and elicited from those who were present mani either in the city or the country.
festations of pleasure. Many persons subseMonday was the day assigned for the dedica- quently remarked that had he known all the histion of this school house. Though the weather tory of the district, he could not have described was unfavorable, a considerable number of per- their house and all the circumstances attending sons was present, and the exercises, though they | its last years, more perfectly. Mr. Colburn, afwere continued for about two hours, were sus- ter presenting several points of much practical tained by unfaltering attention till the close. value, closed his address by showing the great Elder Williams, a well known and highly esteem. advantages which arise from the frequent visitaed minister of the Free-Will Baptists, offered' tion of schools by parents and others.
A select choir were present and enlivened the Annual Exhibition of the Providence exercises by two very appropriate pieces of mu
High School. sic. In closing this already extended notice, it is
THE Annual Exhibition of the Providence not inappropriate to add that this enterprise High School occurred on Wednesday afternoon, must necessarily have a very important influence May 5th. The following was the order of exerin elevating the standard of school houses in
cises : this and the adjoining town; and it is not too
SINGING. much to hope that the influence may be felt Oratio Latina — "De Socrate," J. M. Addeman, throughout the State.
Boys' Sen. Class-Classical Department.
| A Man is known by his Metaphors, H. Angell, We must again call upon our delinquent sub
Girls Sen. Class. scribers to pay the printer. Our bills are x+y, The Angel's Search, E. J. Sayles, Girls Senior while our receipts are only x. We must there
Class. fore receive x, and not x–50, 2-100, or —, which would be nearer the truth, 2—200. We would Oration — “ Universal Peace,” Henry Essex, also respectfully, but most earnestly and persist-| Boys' Sen. Class-English Department. ently request teachers and all friends of educa- Oration — “ The Influence of the Orator,” John tion (including all our friends) to exert them- | Totlow, Boys' Sen. Class-Classical Dep't. selves to increase the subscription list of the
SINGING. SCHOOLMASTER. Where is Fall River, R. I.? | The Waste of Life, E. J. Waterman, Girls' SenWe have not yet heard from it.
ior Class. One friend in the interior of Pennsylvania re- Oration — “Characteristics of the Age,” Wm. B. cently sent up nine subscribers; will not others Avery, Boys' Senior Class-English Dep't. “go and do likewise"? To-night we have re
SINGING. ceived a subscription from Minnesota, a few days Oration — " Individual Greatness,” John T. ago a gold dollar from California-so they come,
Blake, Boys' Sen. Class Classical Dep't. but Rhode Island is not yet up to the mark. Discussion – “Le Sainte Alliance des Peuples,"
Written by A. H. Childs and J. A Kimball,
Girls' Senior Class.
SINGING. writing books, by the addition of two new num
Oration — "Influence of Literature on National bers. No. 10 has copies in a large bold hand,
Character,” Samuel A. Hazard, Boys' Sen
ior Class-English Department. suitable for Day Book and Ledger headings. No. 12 is a thorough. systematic treatise on Ord | Oration —"The Mechanic Arts," Wm. D. Marnamental Penmanship. It is the most scientific
tin, Boys' Senior Class-Eng. Department. book on this department of chirography that we
SINGING have ever seen. We cheerfully commend these Poetical Patch-Work, E. O. Abbott and J. A. new books, and the entire series to the attention Kimball, Girls' Sen. Class. of teachers.
Young Ladies, H. A. Stowell, Girls' Sen. Class.
Brown, Boys' Sen. Class-Classical Dep't. THE ATLANTIC MONTHLY for June has arriv
SINGING. ed. “Richer and more rich.” The article on The Modern Poetess, A. Hale, Girls' Sen. Class. Letter Writing, and the Polit cal article, are, ac-Wither Away-In Memorium, M. W. Rhodes, cording to our taste, delectable. The Autocrat
Girls' Sen. Class. of the Breakfast Table is always good.