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Restoration, for his connection with Crom- bands never to play it on pain of death. Our well and his devotion to liberty, was lifted by lown “Hail Columbia,” if its stirring strains it above the disappointments and trials which were heard in times of peril, would nerve he experienced into the upper firmament of every soul to deeds of noble daring. These thought, - into a brighter, purer region, are the outpourings of heated imaginations, where he could rejoice in the creations of his of ardent, earnest, enthusiastic minds inspirown genius, and dwell in a paradise more ed by a love of freedom. blessed than that of Eden. By it he could

Even the calm, dispassionate, argumentawing his adventurous song, as he says, that

tive John Foster bears his testimony to the with no middle flight intends to soar above

necessity of this earnest and soul-absorbing the Aonian Mount, while it pursues things

spirit. In speaking of Howard he says, “ He unattempted yet in prose or rhyme. Milton

felt an inconceivable severity of conviction had a profound mind, and everything was

that he had one thing to do, and that he who made luminous by his glowing pen.

would do some great thing in this short life He threw himself into the struggle between

must apply himself to the work with such a liberty and crowned oppression, and like a

concentration of his forces as to idle specta: moral giant battled for the right.

tors, who live only, to amuse themselves, He was a ripe scholar, a wise statesman, a seems like insanity." Let then e true, reaspowerful reasoner, a peerless poet, and a con- onable, persevering, and holy enthusiasm go sistent Christian. He was always and every- unrebuked. Let all men of every employ. where an earnest an! enthusiastic man; and ment and profession remember and obey the he was animated by a quenchless desire to injunction of the apostle, to be “not slothbenefit his fellow-beings, and write something, ful in business, fervent in spirit.” Let the age As he says, which the world would not wille riculturist strive to make his soil the most fer. ingly let die.

tile, his fields the most productive, his system Poetry is eminently the language of enthusi- the nearest perfect, his fruits the most luscious asm. It is condensed thought; or, as one and abundant, his grounds tủe most beautiful, has said, “ It is the grandest chariot in which and his home the most attractive. Let every king-thoughts ride.”

| mechanic endeavor to be the best; and every A few words uttered with poetic terseness implement of husbandry, every weapon of and vigor will often move the heart and rouse war, every domestic utensil, every carriage the soul more than the most elaborate appeal. for daily necessity or luxurious pleasure, eveThoughts made molten in the heated crucible ry bridge and every railcar, every steamboat of a poet's brain are moulded in a form and and every locomotive, every humble dwelling spoken in a language which shall electrify of the poor, every stately mansion of the opand ennoble. The “ Marseilles Hymn" ulent, and every temple for the worship of found a response in the heart of every French- Jehovah, — let these all be perfect in their man, and will still enkindle a fire in every kind. And, if a man be blessed with genius French bosom. The national song of the above his fellows, let him labor enthusiasti. Swiss often produced such an effect when cally to realize the conceptions of his active heard by their soldiers in other lands that it working mind, until a discovery shall be made caused them to desert, and to such an extent which shall add incalculably to the happiness that Bonaparte commanded his regimental l of his race and the permanent prosperity of

his country. Let him bid defiance to misfor

School House Building. tune and discouragement, the neglect of friends and the ridicule of enemies, poverty In building, stop not as too many do, with und want; let him hold steadily to his pur- merely getting up a house, but persevere in pose. -- until, after long years of unrequited the good work until it is enclosed with a toil shall have rolled away, he shall at last good substantial fence, and furnished withi attain the object of his highest hopes, and be the requisite out-buildings, and the whole paint-crowned with an unfading laurel by his ad- ed or whitewashed, to the end. Now how many miring country, and hailed as a benefactor by among the enterprising rural districts, will do a grateful world.

this much for their children – not piece-meal,. Let the teacher forget that he is engaged in and during the course of five or seven years, a vexing, thankless, and life-exhausting pro- but right along, in the first instance of buildfession, and laboring for an unrequiting re- ing? Not one we fear, where hundreds muneration ; but remember that deathless should. We do not, in traveling, see oneminds are given him to cultivate, and with a such thoroughly completed institution in all its resistless energy, an ardent zeal, and an all-parts, to a county, and they seem quite as of. absorbing love, let him devote himself to do- ten lacking in the wealthier and more advancing good to his pupils. Let his soul burned neighborhoods, as in those of medium or within him, as he meets their smiling and in- limited ability. Such a state of things arises telligent countenances, and witnesses the dai- much oftener from a lack of taste and public ly developments of their growing minds. Let spirit, than from the lack of money or means. his eye brighten as he reads their destiny in Wealthy farmers with their hundreds of acres the future. One may yet guide the helm of spreading right and left, and shutting out state, like Washington, or like him lead the neighbors, are sometimes inclined to feel, and armies of his country to battle. One may to exercise an overweening arrogance in relayet, like Franklin, represent the wisdom of tion to all these matters, which is anything his country at foreign courts. One may pre- but creditable to them. It is a species of side on the bench of justice, like Marshall ; fundamental meanness that their neighbors or lead in the councils of state, like Webster ; ought to remember of them, at other times, or sway the minds of the masses, like Clay; and in other places, and especially when they or plead at the bar, like Choate ; or deliver a perchance come forward for fat and honoramessage from the Most High, like Whitefield. ble offices. We repeat, let the man who looks Or there may be some “ who shall tread the down upon the district school, and neglects firmament with a Newton's step, or strike the its interests and gives it the cold shoulder, harp of song with a Milton's hand.” And, when he comes up for any office that he thinks. higher and nobler than all, they are candidates more creditable or profitable, be marked and for the society of angels and glorified spirits held either a hollow-hearted or hollow-headed in the court of the King of Kings. — Massa- fellow, who is not safe to be trusted; such is chusetts Teacher.

our opinion of him, to say the least. — Wis

consin Farmer. Modesty is more becoming, and always esteemed more valuable than beauty. Beauty No man can be provident of his time who perishes, but modesty never decays. 'is not prudent in the choice of his company.

Uncle Sam's School.

A PARODY — WRITTEN FOR THE SCHOOLS.

In this mighty age of steam. With the match' of Education

All the world is set on fire, And we knit our thoughts together With a telegraphic wire.

Then come along, &c.

Parodies are usually not worth printing, but the following is an exception. It is worthy not only of printing, but of re-printing and circulating to be sung in our schools. Let the teachers take the hint. of all the institutions

In the East or in the West, The glorious institution

of the school-room is the best. There is room for every scholar,

And our banner is unfurled, With a general invitation

To the people of the world. Then come along, come along, make no delay, Come from every dwelling, come from every way, Bring your slate and books along, don't be a fool, For Uncle Sam is rich enough to send us all to

school,

While Europe's in commotion

Her monarchs in a fret-
We are teaching them a lesson

Which they never can forget.
Ah ! this they fast are learning,

Uncle Sam is not a fool;
For the people do the voting -
And the children go to school.

Then come along, &c.

The wise in every nation

Are joining, heart and hand,
To spread the love of knowledge,

And of freedom o'er the land;
And Uncle Sam is anxious

That his children all should be of the wisest and the bravest, And most worthy to be free.

Then come along, &c.

Come from where the mighty waters

Of the broad St. Lawrence flow; Come from Florida and Kansas,

Come from Maine and Mexico. Come and welcome to the school-room,

From the wide Atlantic shore, To the golden region, where they hear The old Pacific roar.

Then come along, &e.

Come join our swelling numbers,

And advance with us along — We will all in friendly union,

Sing in wisdom's way a song; Until every land re-echo

With the free and joyous call, Come ye to the fount of knowledge me There's a welcome for you all.

Then come along, &c.

We will read, and spell, and cipher;

Write, and think when thoughts are free ; And in study, with attention,

Carve a noble destiny.
Our motto is Excelsior ;

And with our motives true,
We will leave the world the wiser
When we pass our life-time through.

Then come along, &c.

Leaves have their time to fall, And flowers to wither at the north wind's

breath, And stars to set; but all, Thou hast all seasons for thine own, Oh

Death !”

Our fathers gave us liberty,

But little did they dream Of the great results to follow

Your word is your servant so long as you retain it; but it becomes your master when you suffer it to escape.

FIRESIDE DEPARTMENT.

A Transposition.

The young readers of The SCHOOLMASTER TO TRY THE SKILL OF THE TRY COMPANY. have missed the customary Enigma for the last three months, which the editor has with

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For the Schoolmaster.
Philosophical Enigma

Object Lessoñ.--- No. 2.

COFFEE

INITIALS. My 1 is the initial letter of an author of a modern school book on mental philosophy. I Mother. Here are some Coffee-berries.

My 2, of the discoverer of the circulation W. What nasty looking things! -- they of the blood.

don't look nice and brown, like the coffee in My 3, of an ancient philosopher who claim- | papa's cup. ed to have laid the foundations of philosoph

M. That is because they have not been ical science.

roasted. Tell me some of the qualities of My 4, of a rare and essential quality, per- | these berries. sonified by the ancients, said to lie in a well. W. I should be ashamed of my qualities

My 5, of a notion or mental conception. if I were a berry. In the first place, they all My 6, of the most profound knowledge. have a dirty yellow color; in the second place,

My 7, of the parts of a proposition or of they have not half so nice a smell as the the divisions of a school year.

brown berries - indeed they have no smell at My 8 and my 11, of subtle elements which, all. chemically united, form a common and useful

1. So, they are in-odorous. Let me taste compound.

them. Bah! They have a very nasty taste. My 9, of an ancient philosopher, one of the

le 1. So you may say of the coffee-berries pupils of my 10, whose works are now con

which are not roasted, that they are of a dinstantly used as academic text-books.

Igy yellow color ; inodorous; disagreeable to My 12, of one of the four essential quali- the taste — and, yet — the qualities which ties of a good essay or discourse.

render coffee so nice to drink, must be in My 13, of an English philosophical writer these berries — for the mere roasting could who diligently studied the works of Bacon. not make them taste so. Now – here are

My whole, is a question that none can fully some roasted berries for you. Let Lucy exanswer, but which all thinking men usually amine them. ask themselves.

Į L. They have a brown color.

W. What sort of a brown ? There are so I think I know now, what an effect is. It is many "browns."

something that is done to you. L. A rich deep brown, a chestnut brown. w. It is not that exactiy. It is that which Secondly, they break easily — almost as easi- comes after anything that is done to you. ly as the brown crust of bread – so they are Because — listen -- if I strike you, I give you crisp. Thirdly, they have a nice smell. I a blow -- that is what is done to you. The should call it a peculiar smell — it is very pe- pain comes after the blow and that is its efculiar. It is not sweet, like the smell of a fect. flower.

I. Yes, and my crying would be the conW. Let me smell it, please. It is not a sequence of the pain — the effect of it. And sweet smell, and yet it is rich. It smells that which comes after the crying is redness in something like spice. What do you call such my eyes — so red eyes are the effect of crying. a smell, mamma?

I know now. The effect is -- the consequence M. We say it is aromatic. Tell me some of a thing the consequence of an action thing else which has an aromatic smell. done to you.

L. Nutmegs have, mamma, and cloves, M. This may be very true ; but you have and cinnamon — and, all spices, I suppose. all spices. I suppose.

forgotten th
forgotten the coffee : that is the effect of talk.

ing about things which do not belong to your I. And camphor has, and myrrh, I think.

subject. Now, suppose, Wiffie, that you M. Yes. This scent is peculiar to the

drank two cups of strong coffee - when you spices, and one or two other productions of

| had performed the action, what would be the hot countries.

effect of it: L. The taste of the berries, mamma, is

W. I cannot tell, mamma ! for I never did rather bitter, but still it is agreeable. So I

drink two cups of strong coffee. Just let me shall say that roasted coffee-berries are of a

perform that action, and then I shall see. d'eep brown color, crisp, aromatic, and agree.

M. No, Willie, I am afraid it would have able to the taste.

a bad effect upon you ; it would make you ill. M. There are more qualities yet. You

But if a man were tired, and were to drink cannot, however, find them out by observing

some strong coffee, it would make his blood the coffee-berries themselves. You can only

| circulate more freely, and appear to stir him discover them when you have taken the cof

up. fee into your stomach, and begin to feel its |

ents 1. And what are we to call cofee, mameffect on your body —

ma, because it will stir up a man? . 1. What is an effect?

M. There is a Latin word stimulare, which W. I can tell you, Ion. Suppose I were

means to stit up; and from that word we call to strike you — then you would feel a pain the coffee stimulating. that would be the effect of my striking you.

youel L. Then, mamma, beer, gin, and wine are 1. And I can tell you another effect. stimulating, I should be angry with you.

M. Yes; but you must understand that w. Yes, and if I were to hurt you much, these things which stimulate, or stimulants, you would cry. That would be an effect — as they are called, are not often good things ; the effect of the pain.

their pleasant effects do not continue for a long 1. Then, my eyes would be red, that would time ; indeed, their effects change and become be another effect - the effect of the crying. I unpleasant.

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