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that she had a separate cell for herself, which
For the Wreath. escaped our search. So she saved her own
ENIGMA. life, but she lost her little ones.
I am composed of 35 letters.
My 6, 10, 17, is a river in Germany.
My 27, 2, 31, 34, is one of the United States.
My 29, 8, 14, 17, 24, is a mountain in EuMR. EDITOR:- I feel slighted. You are Iron all writing for the “ Wreath," but not a soul! My 13, 31, 15, 6, 24, 9, 24, 21, is a lake in of you has asked me to contribute to your in- South America. . teresting paper. Why is this? IIave I not! My 20, 14, 1, 20, 34, 30, 9, is a sea which heard some of you say that I know as much forms a part of the boundary of Europe. as many human bipeds of the same age: My 4, 16, 22, 25, 6, is a city in Asia. Don't I understand almost everything that My 29, 3, 12, 33 27, 10, is the capitol of you say to me? And if I only could talk, one of the United States. would n't I rattle away as fast as any of you?! My 19, 2, 26, 11, 16, 23, is an island in the I bet I would. If I don't talk, it is n't be- | Mediterranean. cause I've got no ideas, depend on that. But My 18, 1, 35, 5, 21, 17, 7, is a city in France. you see I can write, although perhaps you did! My 10, 16, 28, 32, 27, 10, is a river in Britnot know it. But fearing I am an intruder, Jish America. I will stop.
To my whole the readers of The Home
WREATi are greatly indebted for superior For the Wreath. teachers.
G. H. THE SNOW.
Answer in the next number of THE WREATH. HURRA!! The snow has come! Now won't we have fine times! I like to see it come thick and fast, and bury everything up.
Gleaning 8. How curious it is, to see the woods, and fences, and stones, and roofs, and fields, and Digest what you read. It is not what you hills, covered with the pure white snow ! cat but what you digest that gives nourishWhat fun it is to roll and tumble in it! I ment to the body; so with the mind. Young like to have the roads all blocked up, so that people sometimes run through a book, and we can't get anywhere, not even to school. are not able to tell afterwards what they have Then what fun it is to break out the ways! | been reading. We have a large sled, with a plow lashed to John." said the schoolmaster, “ you will the off side. Then we hitch on six or eights
on six or eight soon be a man, and will have to do business, yoke of oxen, and are ready for a start. The What do you suppose you will do when you boys load up the sled, and a lot of mon go I have to write letters, unless you learn to spell. ahead to shovel through the deep drifts, and better. “O, sir, I shall put easy words in so we go all over town till the roads are brok- I them." en out.
"Dick, I say, why do n't you turn the luf.
falo robe t'other side out: -- hair is the warmFor the Wreath. A WARNING.
"Bah, Tom, you get out. Do you suppose A young lad who had, caused his widowed the animal himself didn't know how to wear mother much trouble and anxiety on account his hide ?”. of his bad conduct, was drowned last Sabbath in the pond near Highburg. He ran
| As two children were playing together, litaway from home in the morning to avoid go
|tle Jane got angry and pouted. Johnny said ing to the Sabbath school, and having bor
to her, “Look out, Jane, or I'll take a seat rowed a pair of skates of another bad boy, |
or up there on your lips." "Then,” replied Jane, attempted to amuse himself upon the pond.
"I'll laughi, and you'll fall off.” But while skating across the channel the ice
A New IIampshire man, who was at the broke, and he went to the bottom. Let all
gold diggings in Iowa, says three days explorremember that the Bible says, “The way of lation with a spade had enabled him to discorthe transgressor is hard.”
er “ several very small grains of gold and
several tons of exaggeration." For the Wreath.
| " Mr. President,” said a member of a school SPELLING SCHOOLS.
committee (out West), “I rise to get up, and ARE we not to have some spelling schools am not backward to come forward in the this winter? We scholars think them pleas- cause of edication. Had it not been for edi. ant and profitable, and we hope THE HOME cation, I might have been as ignorant as your. WREATH will favor them. SPELLER 'self, Mr. President."
EDITOR'S DEPARTMENT A few weeks since I heard a distinguished and
educated D. D. make the following remark from Close of the Volume.
the pulpit : "As far as intellectual attainments
are concerned the words of the Apostle are apWith this number we close the year 1858, and plicable, We brought nothing into this world, it has been deemed best to close the volume with and it is certain we can carry nothing out. A the year. This is done for several reasons. All philosopher will be no better off than an idiot in publications of this kind should commence the another world if his philosophy perish with him, year with January. Many persons suppose the and perish it must. It would be rubbish in hearvolume commences with January and order it en, it would be fuel in hell.' accordingly. We have a series of articles in If the subject comes within the limits of your contemplation upon Rhode Island Schools, which journal, and you and your correspondents will should commence with the volume, and we wish give your opinions upon it, you will gratify to insert the first -- upon the Providence High
A TEACHER.” School, with an original engraring of the building
It is not surprising that a teacher should be in the January number. Many wish to subscribe,
startled by such an announcement from the saand wish their subscriptions to commence with
cred desk. To one who has toiled for years to January and with the volume. It is the best
attain the necessary knowledge, and culture, and time, also, for the friends of THE SCHOOLMASTER,
who has labored with equal zeal and with greatwho wish to see it succeed, to solicit subscrip
er fatigue to impart that instruction to others, it tions. We shall therefore with our next issue
must appear a chilling and discouraging doc. commence volume V.
trine that the results of such laborious and selfThis change will not affect the present sub- sacrificing efforts must all be brushed away by scribers. They will receive their numbers until the rude hand of death. We can scarcely conMarch, when bills will be sent for the following ceive of a more discouraging thought to a teachyear. Their year will of course be closed with er. But can this view be true? Is it possible February, and the new year with them will be that our Creator, who is all-wise and infinitely gin with March, the same as though no change benevolent has so decreed? We do not believe were made in respect to volumes. If any choose it. Dr. Thomas Dick, in his Philosophy of a to pay their bills at the commencement of the Future State, has the following: year, we shall not refuse to accommodate them.
"A great outcry has frequently been made,
by many of those who wish to be considered Permanence of Intellectual Attainments. of Intellectual Attainments. as pious persons, about the ranity of human
science. Certain divines in their writings, and The question whether our intellectual culture various descriptions of preachers, in their pulwill be of any avail in another world is one pit declamations, not unfrequently attempt to which has doubtless often arisen in the minds of embellish their discourses, and to magnify the all. No one can have attained to any considera
truths of Scripture, by contrasting them with ble degree of mental improrement without ask
what they are pleased to call the perishing ing: “Will this knowledge which we acquire on treasures of scientific knowledge.' "The knowlearth be lost to us in our future state of exist-ledge we derive from the Scriptures,' say they, ence ?" Our attention has been called to the
to the 'is able to make us wise unto salvation; all othsubject at the present time by the following note : er knowledge is but comparative folly. The
“ Dear Sir:- It has often been a matter of knowledge of Christ and him crucified will enthought with me whether the education which dure forever; but all human knowledge is tranwe labor so hard to obtain and to impart to oth- sitory and will perish forever when this world ers, will be of any value to us in another world. 'comes to an end. Men weary themselves with
diving into human science, while all that results whose reading and observation have been conto them is vanity and vexation of spirit. Men fined within the narrowest range, who are most may become the greatest philosophers, and have forward in their bold and vague declamations ou their understandings replenished with every this topic. We never find, in any part of the kind of human knowledge, and yet perish for- Sacred Records, such comparisons and contrasts ever. What have we to do with the planets and as those to which I allude. The inspired writers the stars, and whether they be peopled with in- never attempt to set the word of God in opposihabitants ? Our business is to attend to the sal tion to his works, nor attempt to deter men from vation of our souls."
the study of the wonders of his creation, on the "Now, although some of the above and similar | ground that it is of less importance than the assertions, when properly modified and explain- study of his word. On the contrary, they take ed, may be admitted as true, the greater part of every proper opportunity of directing the attenthem, along with hundreds of similar expres- tion to the mechanism and order, the magnifsions are either ambiguous or false. But, al-cence and grandeur of the visible world; and though they were all admitted as strictly true, their devotional feelings are kindled into rapwhat effect can the frequent reiteration of such ture by such contemplations. When the Psalmcomparisons and contrasts have on the mass of ist had finished his survey of the different de the people to whom they are addressed, who are partments of nature, as described in the CIT. already too much disinclined to the pursuit of Psalm, he broke out into the following devotiongeneral knowledge -- but to make them imagine al strains : 'How manifold are thy works, 0 that it is useless, and in some cases dangerous,
ome cases dangerous, Lord ! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the to prosecute any other kind of knowledge than earth is full of thy riches, so is the great and what is derived directly from the Scriptures : wide sea. The glory* of the Lord shall endure And what is the knowledge which the great ma- forever, the Lord shall rejoice in all his works jority of those who attend the public services of I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live; I religion have acquired of the contents of the Sa- will sing praises to my God while I have my becred Oracles ? It is too often, I fear, exceeding- ing.' For the visible works of God display the ly vague, confused, and superficial; owing, in a same essential attributes of Deity, and of his great measure, to the want of those habits of superintending providence, as the revelations of mental exertion, which a moderate prosecution his word; and it is one great design of that of useful science would have induced.
word to direct men to a rational and devout con"Such declamations as those to which I have
templation of these works in which his glory is now adverted, obviously proceed from a very
so magnificently displayed. And, therefore, to limited sphere of information, and a contracted
attempt to magnify the word of God by degradrange of thought. It is rather a melancholy
ing his works, or to set the one in opposition to eflection, that any persons, particularly preach
the other, is to attempt to set the Deity in oppoers of the gospel, should endeavor to apologize
sition to himself, and to prevent mankind from for their own ignorance, by endeavoring to un
offering a certain portion of that tribute of adodervalue what they acknowledge they have nev
ration and thanksgiving which is due to his er acquired, and therefore, cannot be supposed
. name." to understand and appreciate. For, although
The Christian world generally, we believe, adseveral well-informed and judicious ministers of mit this view presented by Dr. Dick. He supreligion, have been lead, from the influence of poses that the sciences, and whatever tends to custom, and from copying the expressions of Sh
one of show to created beings the extent and greatness others, to use a phraseology which has a tenden
“ * That is, the display of the divine perfections in cy to detract from the utility of scientific knowl
the material world, as the connexion of the passage edge, yet it is generally the most ignorant, those' plainly intimates."
of God's universe, His power and goodness, and “Can we suppose, for a moment, that an igall His attributes will be subjects for study and norant profligate, who has been brought to recontemplation in the future world. It certainly | pentance, and to the knowledge of the truth,' seems derogatory to the character of God that only a few days before his entrance into the He should annihilate all which we have learned world of spirits, shall, at the moment he has arin this present state of existence, on the moment rived in the world of bliss, acquire those enlargof our entering upon another sphere of being. led conceptions of Divine truth, which an Owen, “ The faculties we now possess will not only a Watts, i
a Watts, a Doddridge, or a Dwight, attained at remain in action, but will be strengthened and the same stage of their existence? or that a invigorated; and the range of objects on which Hottentot who had been brought to the knowl- . they will be employed will be indefinitely extend-edge of*Christianity, only during the last month ed. To suppose otherwise, would be to suppose
of his life, shall enter into heaven with the exman to be deprived of his intellectual powers, pansive views of a Newton or a Boyle? Such a and of the faculty of reasoning, as soon as he supposition would involve a reflection on the entered the confines of another world. * When wisdom of the Divine administration, and would we enter that world, we carry with us the moral lead us to conclude, that all the labor bestowed and intellectual faculties, of which we are now by the illustrious characters, now alluded to, in conscious, and, along with them, all those ideas order to improve in the knowledge of Divine and all that knowledge which we acquired in the subjects, was quite unnecessary, and even somepresent state. To imagine that our present fac- what approaching to egregious trifling.” ulties will be essentially changed, and the ideas. It is a glorious thought, one full of encouragewe have hitherto acquired totally lost, would be ment and consolation to the teacher, that the nearly the same as to suppose that, on entering improvement of our intellectual faculties is not the invisible state, men will be transformed merely for this short life, and that it will give us into a new order of beings, or be altogether an- enlarged views and expanded faculties in the nihilated. And, if our present knowledge shall world to come; that our progression and develnot be destroyed at death, it must form the lopment in that world will be accelerated by our ground-work of all the future improvements we diligence in the cultivation of the faculties God may make, and of all the discoveries that may has given in this. be unfolded to our view in the eternal state.” We have preferred to quote thus largely from
Our labor in the improvement of the mind, so distinguished a man as Dr. Dick, to using therefore, gives us a more enlarged and expand words of our own; and will close this article by ed basis of improvement in the future world. the following fitting extract from the same Dr. Dick asks the question:
“Not only will the views of the saints in heav" * An old Welsh ininister, while one day pursuing en be different in point of expansion and extent, his studies, his wife being in the room, was suddenly but their love to God, and the virtues and graces interrupted by her asking him a question, which has which flow from this principle, will be diminishnot always been so satisfactorily answered - John
ed or increased, or, at least, somewhat modified Evans, do you think we shall be known to each other
by the narrowness or expansion of their intelin heaven?' Without hesitation he replied – To be
lectual views. If it be admitted that, the more sure we shall,- do you suppose we shall be GREATER
we know of God the more ardently shall we love Fools there, than we are here?'- If the reader keep in mind that our knowledge in heaven will be INCREAS
him, – it will follow, that in proportion as we ED, and not diminished; or, in other words, that we acquire a w
acquire a comprehensive and enlightened view shall not be greater fools there than we are here,' he of the operations of God in the works of creawill be at no loss to appreciate all that I have hitherto tion, in the scheme of Providence, and in the stated on this subject.»
plan of redemption, in a similar proportion will
our lore and adoration of his excellencies be ar- We are sorry to say that our attempts to place bedent and expansive. In this point of view, the fore our readers the song of “The Deep-Heaving • the saints in light' will make improvement in Sea," which pleased so many at the institute at holiness throughout all the ages of eternity, Newport have been unavailing. Mr. Blanchari :hough, at every stage of their existence, they personally solicited the song and the music from will enjoy pure and unmingled bliss. Every the publishers, but it was refused. Had the pubscience they cultivate, and every stage to which lishers given permission it would have been pubthey advance in intellectual improvement, will lished, words and music, in this number of Tai enable them to discover new glories in the SCHOOLMASTER. We hope to be able to present Divine character, which will raise their affections school-songs and music to our readers regularly to God still higher, and render their conformity next year. We may be disappointed in this, but to his moral image more complete.”
we hope not.
Arrangement of Clauses in a sentence. The report of Mr. Gulliver's lecture, and an
extract from Mayor Rodman's poem will appear Nor infrequently do we find most ludicrous
in our next. ideas conveyed by the careless manner in which many persons construct their sentences.
SCHOOL EXERCISES. A newspaper recently gave the following startling announcement: “A man was saved from drowning in the dock with a larye iron safe in
Questions for Written Examination. his pocket!” when the writer merely intended to state that the man who was saved from death | 1. Write in figures, twenty-four hundred and six had in his overcoat pocket the well-known house-thousand nine hundred and ten, and seventyhold article, a flat-iron.
three ten thousandths. A clergy man informed his eongregation one 2. Add thirty-five and four-tenths; five husSabbath afternoon that on that very morning he dred twenty-nine and seven millionths; sixty. saw a woman, while he was preaching in a state nine, four hundred and sixty-three thousandths: of beastly intoxication. His audience must have two hundred sixteen and two hundreths; nine been induced to inquire whether their minister hundred seventy-seven and two-tenths. was really sober when he said that.
3. From 37 11-15 take 3 5-7 of 1-3. A teacher informed a friend the other day that! 4. If 42 horses eat 70 bushels of grain in is there was hanging in one of the rooms at the 2-3 days, how many bushe's will 41 horses eat in High School, a map drawn by a boy seven feet 21 days? (To be performed by analysis, and er. long and four and a half feet wide!
planation to be written out.) Reader, beware or you may get caught in some 5. If 3-4 of a bushel of wheat cost 7-8 of a expression equally in felicitous.
dollar, what part of a bushel can be bought for
3 5 of a dollar? (Explanation to be written What is an Angle ?
out.) Ix reply to this question from a correspondent! 6. How much money would be received at a from New Hampshire, who is not satisfied with bank, on a note for $2714 93 payable in 30 days the definition given by Webster, or by Legendre, at 6 per cent. interest, and how many pounds of we would offer the following:
tea would this last purchase at 37 1-2 cents per 1. An angle is the opening between troo straight lb. ; and by selling the tea the day the note belines met.
| came due, at 50 cents per 11., how much would 2. An angle is measured by the difference in be gained by the transaction, after paying 1-2 per direction of two straight lines, which meet at a cent. for brokerage, and $7 59 for truckage and common point.
storage and the note at the bank ?