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with unkindness; with love, and thou shalt
have love. Send forth sunshine from thy Nae shoon to hide her tiny tae,
spirit, and thou shalt never have a clouded Nae stocking on her feet;
day; carry about thee a vindictive spirit, and Her supple ankles white as snaw,
even in the flowers shall lurk curses. Thou Or early blossoms sweet.
shalt receive ever what thou givest, and that Her simple dress of sprinkled pink, alone.” Always is that child in the mounHer double, dimpled chin,
tain passes—and every man and woman is Her puckered lip and baumy mou, that child.
With nae one tooth between.
At a temperance meeting in Philadelphia,
some years ago, a learned clergyman spoke in
favor of wine as a drink, demonstrating it She is the budding o' our love,
quite to his own satisfaction, to be Scriptural, A giftie God gie'd us; We munna luve the gift ow'r weel,
gentlemanly and healthful. When the cler. 'Twad be nae blessing thus.
gyman sat down, a plain, elderly man arose,
and asked the liberty of saying a few words. Returned Answers.
Permission being granted, he spoke as follow:
“ A young friend of mine," said he, “who Hear the story of the child which went had long been intemperate, was prevailed on, forth into the mountain ravine. While the to the joy of his friends, to take the pledge of child wandered there, he called aloud to break entire abstinence from all that would intoxithe loneliness, and heard a voice which called cate. He kept his pledge faithfully for some to him in the same tone. He called again, time, though the struggle with his habit was and, as he thought, the voice again mocked fearful, till one evening, in a social party, him. Flushed with anger, he rushed to find glasses of wine were handed round. They came the boy who had insulted him, but could find to a clergyman present, who took a glass, saynone. He then called to him in anger, and sing a few words in vindication of the pracwith abusive epithets, all of which were faith-tice. Well,' thought the young man, if fully returned to him. Choking with rage, I clegymen can take wine and justify it so well, the child ran to its mother and complained why not I? So he took a glass. It instantthat a boy in the woods had abused and in- ly rekindled his fiery and slumbering appesulted him with many vile words. But the tite, and after a rapid downward course, he mother took her child by the hand and said : died of delirium tremens-a raving madman!" “My child, these names were but the echoes The old man paused for utterance, and was of thine own voice. Whatever thou didst | just able to add :-" That young man was call was returned to thee from the hill-side. my only son, and the clergyman was the Rev. Hadst thou called out pleasant words, pleas- erend Doctor who has just addressed the asant words had returned to thee. Let this be sembly.” . thy lesson through life. The world will soon be an echo of thine own spirit. Treat thy fel. He is a wise man who strives to correct his lows with unkindness, and they will answer'errors.
EDITOR'S DEPARTMENT the buildings than could be shown in the engrav
ing. The accompanying historical sketch will The New Volume.
prove of permanent interest and value, and may
be relied upon as remarkably correct in its stateSo now, here we are again, kind friends, shak
ments. ing hands with you once more, wishing you a
We shall endeavor to improve on the appearHappy New Year, (March begins our year) a lance and value of each number, in every manprosperous seed-time and a plenteous harvest. Iner in our power. Friends, will you assist us, There, we hear you returning the compliment,
ent, by your contributions, your subscriptions, and “I wish you the same.” Thank you. Neither
subscriptions from your friends ? If so, you will is an unmeaning compliment; ours is not cer
give us the power to make improvements, which tainly, for we speak from the heart when we
we greatly desire to make, and which we feel aswish you the rich blessings of heaven. But how
sured will prove highly acceptable and of great do you like our looks this time. We do not be
value. lieve in flounces and furbelows and gewgaws, but we have a frank, open heart, which warms at the cries of suffering hunger.-physical, intellectual! THE NEXT TERM OF THE R. I. NORMAL or moral-and at the necessities of humanity
School will commence March 30th, and not anywhere; and this frankness must manifest
April 6th, as heretofore announced. This school itself in the countenance; so we present you
presents unusual advantages. It is located in this time a more open countenance, that you
one of the most pleasant, picturesque, healthful may read us more readily.
towns in New England. The Narragansett Bay
is noted the world over for the beauty of its OUR ORIGINAL ENGRAVING.
scenery, and the salubrity of its atmosphere; How do you like it? It has been pronounc-l and we are sure no spot on this beautiful bay can ed a “perfect gem.” Is it not so? We have
it not so? We have be found more favored by “Old Dame Nature" labored assiduously to get a good view of those than Bristol and its surroundings. buildings and grounds, and to have the work! The school is under the care of the same well done, that it might present a faithful repre-teachers as heretofore, and we do not hesitate to sentation of those old “Halls of Learning." say as competent and successful instructors as We are happy if you are pleased with the result. can be found in any school, in any state. We You will all, we doubt not, say that great credit ought to be proud of our State Normal School. is due to the artists employed. Should you with- | More full and complete arrangements are hold that meed of praise, you would do them made for the coming term and year, for an adgreat injustice.
vanced course, including all the higher studies, The trees so obstructed the view that a photo and especially in the male department. graph alone would not suffice. We therefore We hope the young men of Rhode Island will obtained the services of our worthy friend and patronize this school, than which, we are sure, townsman, Mr. J. C. Thompson, map and land- a better cannot be found. scape delineator and wood engraver, to make an accurate pencil sketch. With the photograph in THE NEW AMERICAN Cyclopædia, of which addition to this sketch, the engraver, Mr. Free- mention was made in our last, is for sale by D. man, of Boston, was able to produce a picture, Kimball & Co., What Cheer Building, Market which, we think, reflects great credit upon him Square, who are the sole agents for Rhode Isas an artist.
land. We hope this valuable work, the first It gives a very accurate and truthful view of volume of which we have received and value the buildings and grounds, with a single excep-more and more each day, will soon be found tion. There are many more trees in front of' in many school-rooms in this state.
Report of the State Auditor. taught, as to supersede the necessity of private
schools altogether; since the influence of disWe have received from our worthy and effi- tinctions which exist between such public and cient State Auditor, Hon. WILLIAM R. Watson, private schools, must ever be, in various ways, a copy of his semi-annual report, communicated of a most unfavorable character. Education to the General Assembly at the last January ses- never manifests the dignity of its high mission sion. We copy below that part of the report to greater advantage than in the general diffuwhich relates to our public school system, andsion of knowledge among the whole people. would commend it to the careful attention of all
Our state is eminently fitted by more favorable our readers.
local circumstances and greater comparative ma“It is a matter of just congratulation, that terial wealth, to take the lead of her larger sis our public school system, though, in my opinion, ter states in so advancing her system of public too limited in its range of instruction, is in suc- l education as to afford higher advantages of more cessful operation in all parts of the state. And I various and more liberal studies than the preswithout intending the least disparagement of ent short terms of the public schools in this and the important services of the gentleman, who other states will now warrant. This is a kind of has, for the last three years, so ably, and faith-competition which Rhode Island can well enter fully discharged the duties of the office of Com-l into with larger communities-a generous rival. missioner of Public Schools, and who has re-lry for higher popular intelligence, superior cently been called to another field of labor in a means of social order and refinement, and more distant community, I must be permitted to say,
ennobling influences of individual and municipal that I consider the selection of the new Commis
character. sioner, who has had long and large experience in
In a republican state and country, where the successful educational employment, and who is,
people are supposed to make and manage their in every respect, admirably fitted for his present
own political institutions and are presumed to important position, a most fortunate one for the
| exercise all the rights and powers of sovereignty; cause of public education in our state.
where the first, foundation principle upon which Having been for several months past, in inti- I the whole government structure rests, is self mate communication with many of those, in all government ; the character of such institutions parts of the state, to whose care the interests of
must always necessarily take their stamp from, our public school system are entrusted, and
and their relative position in the scale of exceltherefore learned much of its working, I can
lence according to, the character of the popular bear personal testimony to the good fruits which
majority, which shapes and controls them. Unthis portion of our annual expenditure is pro
der such a political system, every citizen should ducing. The only cause of regret is, that our | be educated to such a degree of intelligence as state finances will not, with the other annual ap
to qualify him to form correct opinions for him. propriations now made, admit of the expense of
self, in all matters of public concernment; and longer terms of the grammar schools in the ru-l should be trained to suc
should be trained to such a degree of moral firmral districts of the state, for additional instruc
ness and manly independence, as would altion in a higher grade of studies, which would
ways enable him to maintain and carry out such ensure a better and more generous culture of independent and really individual opinions, in those, who must, in a few years, take into their all his public action. Until this be done, we own hands the direction of public affairs. I may have a kind of semi-republican oligarchy
It is of the greatest importance, also, it scems or aristocracy, but the great idea of true repubto me, that our system of public school educa- lican, self-government cannot be fully realized. tion should be so elevated, both in the character The enlightenment and elevation of the whole of its instruction and in the grade of studies 'people, intellectually and morally, by means of generous systems of popular education, are, | What They Say of the Schoolmaster in my opinion, vital elements of true republican
Abroad. government, and must, in the nature of things, ever constitute the condition of our American | We wish the good people of Rhode Island, liberty. The history of every other experiment and especially the teachers, to know what people of free government proves the truth of this and say of the only magazine published in Roger furnishes lessons of salutary and solemn admo- Williams' land. nition. The condition of Mexico, and of the An exchange says: “It stands near the head South American States; the republican failures of our educational journals." of revolutionary France, as well as the fate of! The superintendent of the public schools of an ancient republics, are strong beacon lights in enterprising city in one of the middle states our progress to a higher and better civilization. writes to us: “I have taken the Schoolmaster
If the moderate pecuniary contributions, made from the first and shall continue to takę it to the by the tax-payers of the several towns, for the last. There is no school journal that pleases me support of public schools, were made with no
so well.” higher object than for the protection which the
| “It aims, by a choice combination of literary maintenance of law and social order gives to the and moral excellence, to instruct the mind and rights of property alone, under a popular gov
qoy heart of its readers, and to fit them for the propernment like ours, it would, in my opinion, be er performance of life's duties. It is suited to money well and wisely expended. For it seems every age, and is a valuable and exceedingly into me that there is no truth in mathematical | teresting publication."
teresting publication."-Wisconsin Jour. of Ed. science more perfectly demonstrable than that “The selections are judiciously made, and the in proportion as the great mass of the people of contributions show the work of experienced wria republic advance in intelligence and Christian ters. The work deserves, as we hope it receives, morality, just in the same proportion will such a an extended support.”-Maine Farmer. government acquire dignity, safety and stability.” | “The friends of education ought to see that
This report strongly recommends various reso valuable an aid to the cause receives such forms, which the Auditor thinks will save to the support as will put it, and keep it, in a flourishstate several thousand dollars, without doing
ing condition.”-Pawtucket Gaz. and Chronicle. any detriment to any public interest. The house | “The February number of the Schoolmaster of representatives has directed the judiciary comes as near our idea of a popular educational committee of that branch of the legislature to journal as anything we have seen.” — Boston bring in bills in conformity with each of these Congregationalist. recommendations.
The Secretary of the Board of Education of The report shows that the state is free from one of the New England states, writes to us : debt, and closes with a strong appeal against the “I think, and have frequently expressed such contracting of a state debt for any purpose what- opinion to teachers, when holding institutes, ever. The following is the closing paragraph of that the R. I. Schoolmaster is the best pubthis appeal :
lication for practical teachers now published for “ With liberty, law and social order secured : 1 the subscription price.” the heart of honest labor gladdened by just and We have only to add for ourselves that we generous rewards, and public schools showering wish the teachers and the people of our own the rich benefits of education upon the minds of state would subscribe as liberally for the Schoolits children, the proudest position which any master as the teachers and the people of other state, in my opinion, can maintain in the confed-states do. Our list would be greatly increased. eracy, is that of entire freedom from foreign and Teachers of Rhode Island, will you not supdomestic indebtedness.”
port your own journal? We are compelled ear
nestly to solicit you each to send in a dollar for Rhode Island Institute of Instruction. yourselves, and get a dollar from your friends. We know you will be the wiser and the better for The annual meeting of the Rhode Island Init, labor more diligently, and efficiently, sleep stitue of Instruction, for the choice of officers more sweetly, and, we think, live the longer. and the transaction of other business, was held Try it.
on Saturday, Feb. 6th, at the office of the Super.
intendent of Public Schools, in Providence. The OUR SCHOOL COMMISSIONER.-We learn from meeting was called to order by the President, the report of the School Commissioner, recently Prof. S. S. Greene. The record of the last ansubmitted to the General Assembly, that although nual meeting was read by the Secretary, A. W. but recently released from the duties of his Godding. The Treasurer's account was receiv. school, he has since his appointment visited ev-ed, audited, and accepted. The officers for the ery school district in the towns of North Provi- officers for the ensuing year were then elected dence, Johnston, Cranston, Scituate, Warren, as follows: Bristol and Barrington, and nearly every dis- | President-Prof. Samuel S. Greene. trict in Smithfield and Cumberland. “This vis- |
Vice Presidents—1st. Hon. Elisha R. Potter; itation the Commissioner expects to continue till 2d. T. R. Hazard. Esg.: 30, Hon. Elisha Harris; he has seen every district, and, if possible, every
4th, Rev. S. A. Crane, D. D.; 5th, Rev. A. H. school in the state.”
Dumont; 6th, Rev. T. Shepherd, D. D.; 7th, We trust he will meet with a cordial reception
John Kingsbury, LL. D.; 8th, Rev. John Boyden. wherever he may go, as he has received wherever
Corresponding Secretary-A. W. Godding. he has gone.
Recordiny Secretary-E. H. Magill. The Commissioner will make the SCHOOLMAS
Treasurer-C. T. Keith. TER the medium of communication with the Executive Committee-Prof. William Gammell, teachers of the state, and we shall soon hope to
H. Patterson, Samuel Austin, A. M. Gammell, favor them with something from his pen.
Rev. Daniel Leach, Rev. G. W. Quereau, G. A.
Willard, Edmund Gray, jr., N. B. Cook, John The subscriptions for volume 4th are coming
* H. Willard, Rev. 0. F. Otis, Dana P. Colburn, in well from some places, but we must ask our
Rev. E. M. Stone, Thomas J. Potter, Amos Perfriends everywhere to bestir themselves, and aid
ry, Lucius A. Wheelock, Charles M, Hutchins, in increasing our subscription list. We are at work
Wm. G. Crosby, Rev. J. B. Breed, Merrick Lyon. with our “might, mind and strength,” but the
| Committee on Meetings–S. S. Greene and Dan. times are hard, and many of our friends, reluc
iel Leach. antly though it be, feel obliged to order the
"] Committee on Expenditures-S. S. Greene and SchoolMASTER discontinued. Their places must
A. W. Godding. be made good, and more than good, by new names.
1 A vote was passed, authorizing the payment Friends, will you not work for us ?
of certain necessary expenses of the Institute Mass. TEACHER.-The Mass. Teachers' As- from the income of the fund. sociation, having recently assumed the entire The following resolution was offered by Amos charge of that journal, have notified us, through | Perry, and passed : their treasurer, that “At a meeting of the Resolved, That as the Rhode Island Schoolfinance committee it was decided that we could master is a journal calculated to promote the afford to let the Teacher go with the School- cause of education in our State, a committee of MASTER to new subscribers (at the reduced price,] three be appointed to express to its editor and but not to old subscribers, and to new ones only proprietor the sympathy and confidence of this one year.” This, of course, obliges us to with- association in his enterprise, and to aid him in draw the the Teacher from our club list. any other way in their power.