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poor relation. Many more ideas than these Ex-GOVERNOR BOUTWELL told the followpassed through the aching head of Archime- ing at a recent Educational Convention in des as he slowly prepared to enter the bath. Pittsfield : The philosopher, following the advice of “A Yankee schoolmaster went over from Priessnitz, before whom he lived some two Massachusetts into York State last fall, and thousands of years, took a douche bath ; but, engaged a sehool. He was told that there wonderful to relate, as bis head hopped above was one family of unruly boys who had turnwater, he spluttered out a very ambiguoused the last teacher out of doors, and would Greek word, then again shouting it like an try the same game on him. The new master Indian war-whoop, sprang from his tub, scat- resolved to begin with a firm hand, and estabtering the fluid in every direction, and scamp-lish his authority at the outset. On the first ering to the door, bolted out, and ran, shout- day of school, all went on smoothly; none ing like an excited fireman, from one end to of the rebellious family - the Litchfields the other of the broad street of Syracuse, were there. The next day the same. On the leaving the tub alone.
third day, a stout young fellow of eighteen or While he was gone the water very quietly nineteen appeared ; and when the teacher askseeking its equilibrium, became as calm as if |ed his name, to record it, he learned it was nothing had happened, although it had sunk Litchfield. “Ah, your name is Litchfield : half a cubit or more below its former height. Just step out here. And bringing him into
Archimedes was not mad. He probably the middle of the floor, he commenced whalreturned again to his bathing tub, finished his ing him with all his might, till the frightened bath, meditating, the while, as follows: youth fled for his life.
A piece of gold, of a certain size, being • There,' said the triumphant pedagogue, denser, is heavier than a piece of silver of "I understand those Litchfields threaten to equal size.
turn me out of doors, but we'll see who is So a certain weight of gold will occupy less master here!' space than the same weight of silver.
The boys laughed, and seemed to enjoy it Consequently, if I balance the crown with so much, that the excited hero of the birch a piece of gold, I shall expect to find that the demanded an explanation, and found to his crown, if of pure gold, displaces as much wa- dismay that he had flogged the wrong youth ter as the piece of gold and no more. a very inoffensive lad of a highly respectable History states that Archimedes alternately
family, whose name had led to a mistake. The plunged the crown and an equal weight of
schoolmaster thought •a stitch in time would gold in a full vessel of water, ascertained that
that save nine,' but unfortunately he took it in laced more water than the pure the wrong place.” gold. “Hence,” remarked he, “it is not sufficiently dense for pure gold: hence it is WOMEN have more power in their looks alloyed.” Thus the deception was exposed, than men have in their laws, and more power and thus the tale of a tub of water ends. in their tears than men have in their judg
The most secret acts of goodness are seen There is healing in a smile, and laughter is and approved by the Almighty.
I medicine to the mind.
EDITOR'S DEPARTMENT. cellent; and taken altogether, it has an exceed
ingly neat, airy and attractive appearance. The Providence Conference Seminary. new building occupies a site a short distance to
the west of where the old one stood, and comITS HISTORY.
mands as fine a view of the surrounding region This institution of learning has, by its own of country as often meets the eye. It is in fact intrinsic merits, risen to the first rank as a New encircled with a beautiful and highly cultivated England Academy, classical and English, and to valley, and from the top of either tower may be the rank of the largest and most important in- seen, in a clear day, Providence, Newport, Brisstitution of the kind in our state.
tol and Warren. The walls are built of North It was founded about the year 1800, and was River pressed bricks, the windows trimmed with long known as the “Kent Academy.” It was free stone, and the inside wood-work, such as incorporated in 1803, and entirely refitted and doors and casements, is made of hard pine, and refurnished in 1804. In 1839 it was purchased instead of being painted, is simply oiled over by Rev. Daniel G. Allen, of North Kingstown, and thoroughly dried. The interior spaces, or the building repaired, and an entire change made halls, are spacious, are easily reached from the in the course of instruction and general regula- adjoining rooms, and afford ample passages for tions of the institution. This eminent instructor, the transmission of currents of fresh air.” having placed the academy on a permanent ba- | The building is furnished throughout with gas, sis of prosperity, in 1841 sold it to the Provi- land is heated by Gold's patent steam-heating dence Conference of the Methodist Episcopal
apparatus. Church, in whose hands it has since remained,
“The Rhode Island Steam Heating Company, and to whom the people of our state are largely
the people of our state are largely manufacturers of the Gold's patent, have furindebted for its present high character and ex- | nished the heating apparatus, and from the basetensive usefulness.
ment it is carried into every room in the buildA large and commodious building has recently ling. It has worked admirably, and given, to been erected at an expense of about $20,000, I those who have felt its effects, the highest degree which has been mainly obtained by voluntary
of satisfaction. It leaves the air in its natural subscriptions. This fact shows the strong hold condition; it only heats it; adds nothing to it, the institution has upon the hearts of the peo- and takes nothing from it. It brings into the ple.
room neither dust, nor smoke, nor gasses. It THE NEW BUILDING.
does not vitiate the air by bringing it in contact The foundation of the new building was laid with intensely heated iron, or by burning the about three years ago, but the entire structure particles of vegetable or animal matter that are was not completed until very recently. It is in usually afloat in it, or by depriving it of the size, at its base, 564 feet in breadth by 81 feet in moisture which naturally belongs to it, and is esdepth, with a tower at each end north and south, sential lo healthful respiration. It admits also 12 feet square and 58 feet high.
of almost immediate increase or diminution of The main building is three stories high, rest- the temperature of the room ; of gauging it, by ing upon a very spacious basement, which at thermometer, to any desirable degree, and holdpresent is used only for the heating apparatus. ing it there." "The chapel, covering the whole width of the
THE DEDICATION. building, is 55 x 57 feet in size, and 15 feet high. The new building was dedicated on Tuesday, It is used for daily prayers, public occasions, June 29th, with appropriate ceremonies. lectures and addresses; and will seat comforta- On the platform were many gentlemen of disbly from 600 to 800 persons. The walls are hard tinction, among whom were: His Excellency finished, the light is ample, the ventilation ex- 'Governor Elisha Dyer; His Honor William M. Rodman, Mayor of Providence; Rev. Dr. Sears, His Excellency, Gov. Dyer, followed in a beauPresident of Brown University; Rev. Dr. Joseph tiful speech upon the rise and progress of the Cummings, President of the Wesleyan Univer- Methodist denomination. sity, Middletown, Conn.; John Kingsbury, LL.D. The closing address was by John Kingsbury, Commissioner of Public Schools, ; Gen. A. C. LL. D., State Commissioner of Public Schools, Greene, of Providence; and many other individ- who spoke as follows: uals distinguished in the professions.
“Mr. Principal, and ladies and gentlemen :Rev. Geo. W. Quereau, Principal of the Sem
em I am happy to be here to-day. It gives me pleasinary, introduced the exercises by an “ Address
ure to see these ample and beautiful arrangeof Welcome,” which was conceived in the very
ments for the accommodation of this institution best taste and delivered with ease and grace.
of learning. It is wise to make the places where Prayer was offered by Rev. William Livsey,
sey, our children are to be educated, whether comafter which the following hymn was sung by the
mon schools or higher seminaries, both comfortchoir. It was composed by Miss A. E. Reming
able and attractive. Money thus expended - if ton, of Warwick, a pupil in the Seminary:
expended wisely - will bring a better revenue No costly pile to mammon reared,
than the largest dividend paying stocks, when No lofty temple grand
the income is nothing but money. There is no Is this in which, with grateful hearts
better index of the improvement of the age in And prayerful lips, we stand.
which we live, than the liberality which builds Upon no idol altar we
good houses for our public schools, and enriches Our votive offerings lay,
our colleges and academies with the means for The work our God's rich blessing crowns We dedicate to-day.
a thorough and a generous culture. But this
liberality, and the results of it, so far as these Man, blessed by God, toils not in vain;
results are confined to endowments for buildings, How nobly and how well
libraries and other external arrangements, are The earthly builder's work is wrought
nothing more than an index. They cannot of The great result shall tell,
themselves make a good institution of learning. Where Learning's votaries here shall crowd, Their earnest vows to pay,
They are always secondary events at their highAnd Wisdom's children throng the halls
est estimate. The great moving power must be We dedicate to-day.
mind - the mind of the teacher. - He may live Religion, white-robed, here shall walk
and become immortal without endowmens or With Science, hand in hand,
buildings of any kind. That noble old Grecian And harvests from the seed we sow,
who presided over the first academy had no othBe reaped in every land.
er place than the grove of his garden wherein to The star of truth shall ever beam
gather and instruct his scholars. Rugby was With pure and fadeless ray,
one of the richly endowed institutions of Eng. And brighten with its light the halls
land long before the days of Thomas Arnold.' We dedicate to-day.
But he has given it a name far above all its enThe Dedicatory Address was now delivered by | dowments and all its previous history, a name President Cummings, of the Wesleyan Universi- that will never die. And of all the endowments ty, Middletown, Ct. “Its design and scope was by which a teacher can make himself a moving to show the close connection between a right ed- force in the history of the world, that of char. ucation and religion in its highest form.
acter is by far the most potent. This does not Hon. William M. Rodman was then introduc- consist in learning, or genius, or eloquence alone. ed, and delivered a Poem. Its theme was,- |Neither does it consist in fidelity, industry, or “ The Harmony which exists between Nature and even morality. In order to be a perfect moving the Bible should teach Christian Unity.”
power it must be a combination of all these
yea more, a combination of all the faculties and in a singularly felicitous vein, with great profit, powers which God has given a human being. and infinite delight to the whole company. Just so far as a teacher is lacking in any of the In the evening, Bishop Clark addressed the qualities which are necessary to form a great young ladies' society, the “Thugatresophia,” and good man, so far will his influence as a mov-(Daughters of Wisdom.) His subject was feing power in other minds be impaired. There male culture, which was treated by him with his must be talent, but talent which commands con- usual ability, and most warmly appreciated by fidence. I cannot better illustrate my meaning those to whom it was addressed. than by recalling to your minds two names which On Wednesday morning the annual address have become imperishable in British history-before the “Philonothion Society” was delivWilliam Pitt and Charles Fox. They were ri-ered by Rev. E. 0. Haven, D. D., editor of vals and antagonists. No one will say that Fox Zion's Herald. Topic -“What should be the was less eloquent than Pitt — nay, there were system of American Education ?” times when the former would rend the arguments In the afternoon were the exercises connected of the latter into shreds, and tear away every with the graduation of the senior class. restige of reasoning, - yet Pitt even then would The closing exercises of this interesting annibear away the suffrages of parliament, so much versary were held in the chapel Wednesday eveweightier was character than logic or eloquence.ning, at which time, A. G. Remington, Esq., of
Such should be the character of the teacher, New York, addressed the “Adelphian Club.” that he may always confer honor upon the insti- His theme was — " The Harmony of Beauty in tution in which he labors, rather than that the Art.” institution should confer honor upon him. Then We exceedingly regret to inform our readers will the teacher, in the language of one of our that the accomplished and highly successful ablest educators, language which has become a principal, Rev. G. W. Quereau, has tendered to household word, be able to make his mark upon the trustees his resignation, which, after the most those whom he instructs. This institution, I am urgent remonstrances, they finally accepted. happy to believe, has kept this principle in view; They subsequently elected, by a unanimous and it is owing to this that it has made its mark vote, Rev. Prof. Robert Allyn, late Commissionof blessing upon so many of those who have en-er of our Public Schools, and Editor of The joyed its advantages. It gives me great pleasure SCHOOLMASTER, to fill the place to be vacated by to say that I find in almost every part of the Mr. Quereau. state, not only school teachers, but school com- The latter gentleman, whose resignation, we mittees and other friends of education who name understand, does not take effect until after the this as the place where their minds were perma- coming term, has an urgent call to take charge nently awakened to feel a deep interest in edu- of a new Western Seminary, accompanied by cation. Long may this institution enjoy the very flattering offers. He will carry with him smiles of a kind Providence and continue to wherever he goes the ardent attachment and sinbless our state and the denomination of Christ cere respect and esteem, not only of his numerians which is so nobly sustaining it.”
ous former pupils, but also of the good people of At 3 oclock, the officers, trustees, faculty, stu
Rhode Island, together with the most grateful dents, orator, poet, and a large array of invited remembrances of what he has done in the noble guests, proceeded to the Updike Hotel, where a cause oi education in our beloved state. sumptuous banquet was prepared. Here follow- We sincerely hope Prof. Allyn will accept the ed a "feast of good things,” only as a prelude post so heartily offered him, and that ere long we to the still better "feast of reason and flow of shall be thus enabled to greet him again and welsoul.” A series of rich toasts were responded to come his return to our state, where he has so by the various distinguished gentlemen present, 'long and successfully labored 1 eretofore.
National Teachers' Association. spectfully requested to insert this notice.
Further particulars may be had by addressing The First Annual Meeting of the National | the president, Z. Richards, Washington, D. C., Teachers' Association, will be held in Cincinnati, or the Secretary, J. W. Bulkley, Brooklyn, New Ohio, commencing at 10 o'clock A. M., Aug. 11. York.
A. M., Aug. 11. | York. By order of the Board, At this Meeting, lectures are expected from
J. W. BULKLEY, Sec'y. the following distinguished educators, viz:
Introductory address by the President, Z. Richards, Principal of a Classical School, Wash
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July 17, 1858. associations are respectfully invited to send del
INSTITUTE FOR TEACHERS, egates. Members and delegates are requested There will be an Institute at Newport in the to report themselves, on their arrival at Cincin-early part of autumn. As it will be the only one nati, at the office of A. J. Rickoff Superintend of the season, all teachers are earnestly requestent of Schools.
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All educational journals, and other papers a rich feast of good reading. We cannot say friendly to the objects of the Association, are re-l anything new for the Atlantic. All that is ne