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'Tis said our life below
that a gentleman so bedecked with silks and Is like the rolling year :
perfumes, should, notwithstanding, be such a If so, then I will bring
child., Presently, however, as in all the tranEach season's fruit to thee.
sports of a grand discovery, the wigmaker In childhood's early spring,
cried out to Dr. Franklin, that he had just My heart's first buds were thine; found out where the fault lay— Not in his I fondly gave to thee
wig as too small ; 0 no, his wig no too Affection's tenderest flowers. . small; but de docteer's head too big;Soon shall the summer come ;
great deal too big.” Franklin, smiling, reThen thou shalt share with me
plied, that the fault could hardly lie there; The sunlight of my joy,
for that his head was made by God Almighty My glory and my fame.
himself, who was not subject to err. Upon The harvest-time of life,
this the wigmaker took in a little; but still Rich golden fruit shall yield,
contended that there must be something the And fields of ripening grain ;
matter with Dr. Franklin's head. It was, at All these shall be for thee.
any rate, out of the fashion. He begged Dr.
Franklin would only please for remember,
dat his head had not de honeer to be made in Around thy heart shall twine
Parree. No, for if it had been made in Affection's evergreen.
Parree, it no bin more dan half such a head.
“None of the French Noblesse,” he swore, Dr. Franklin's Wig.
“ had a head anyting like his. Not de great
Duke d’Orleans, nor de Grand Monarque himFROM WEEMS' LIFE OF FRANKLIN. self had half such a head as docteer Frank.
lin. And he did not see,” he said, “what ON DR. FRANKLIN's arrival at Paris, as business any body had wid a head more big plenipotentiary from the United States, dur-dan de head of de Grand Monarque.” ing the revolution, the king expressed a wish
| Pleased to see the poor wigmaker recover to see him immediately. As there was no go-l his good humor. Dr. Franklin could not find ing to the court of France in those days with-lin his heart to put a check to his childish §Â?Â?Â2 ÒtiņòÂòÂ?2ti2?§Â2/22/\/2Â§Â2Ò2Â
rant, but related one of his fine anecdotes, of course was sent for. In an instant a rich
which struck the wigmaker with such an idea ly dressed Monsieur, his arms folded in a
of his wit, that as he retired, which he did, prodigious muff of furs, and a long sword by bowing most profoundly, he shrugged his his side, made his appearance. It was the shoulders, and with a look most significantly king's wigmaker, with his servant in livery, alarch he said: long sword by his side too, and a load of
“Ah, docteer Frankline ! docteer Frank. sweet scented band-boxes, full of " de wig,” |
line! I no wonder your head too big for my as he said, “de superb wig for de great docteer Franklin.” One of the wigs was tried on
wig. By gar, I 'fraid your head be too big
for all de French Nationg.” a world too small! Band-box after band-box was tried; but all with the same ill-success! The wigmaker fell into the most violent rage, He who will not reason is a bigot; he who canto the extreme mortification of Dr. Franklin 'no., is a fool; and he who dares not, is a slave.
EDITOR'S DEPARTMENT and on Mr. Allen, but were obliged to leave those
schools for a future day. We were pleased to C We send bills in this number to our sub-learn that all of the schools in Pawtucket are in scribers. Many of them have paid very promptly, good condition and successful. Mr. Peaslee, we but a large number have not yet remembered us.
understand, has now closed his first term, and Kind friends, we have to work very hard to sustain
had an exhibition, the proceeds of which were the SCHOOLMASTER, and if you could see our bills
devoted to the “ Aid Society.” as they come in every week, staring us in the face 80 impudently, you would each go right home and send us a more modest and, to us, better looking
The Woonsocket High School is an honor to BILL. You will GREATLY oblige us (and our | the place. It is under the charge of Mr. H. R. creditors too) by a prompt remittance. Remember
Pierce, who has a rare faculty for teaching. He the printer's bill ; face it now, and it will not face is devoted to his profession. We have called you in the future.
twice at his school, and we venture to tell our
friends that it will repay any of them for an hour Schools Visited Last Month.
Although the school has been very full, like DURING the past month we have visited some all other public schools the past winter, the orof our Rhode Island and Massachusetts schools. der was good, the system complete, the machin
ery simple, and-the true test—the lessons were Here we spent a half day with Mr. Willard well learned and accurately recited, showing a and Mr. Robbins. Mr. Willard is a veteran in knowledge of the subject, and not merely of the the ranks. He may well be called an “old text-book. soldier," and faithfully and well has he waged The Grammar Department of this school has the contest. He has armed himself with the had the advantage of the same teacher for severwhole armor in the teachers' warfare, and wield- al years. During several administrations of the ed the sword of wisdom not in vain. His school High School, Mr. Perley Verry has been faithappeared a model of order and diligence. fully at work preparing his classes successively
Mr. Robbins, although "just over the river," and successfully for promotion. His school preand beyond the control of our little state, is yet sented the appearance of a well drilled and long a real, live, Rhode Island Teacher. He has had disciplined company. Every one knew his place, charge of the Grove Street Grammar School for and was found “at his post." It is a pleasure half a dozen years, we believe, and we have had to visit such schools. the pleasure of spending many half hours with
MILLVILLE, MASS. him, and sometimes could not get away in four
The people of this thriving village, which, alhalf hours. He is a well-trained, vigorous, faith-I though not within our state, is so near as to seem ful teacher. His success has been marked, and
like a Rhode Island village, have suffered from the people of Pawtucket would miss him much,
a constant change of teachers. The true motto were they to lose his services. We were much lis “ Festina lente ;” and we should learn a lespleased with the general sentiment and spirit of
son from the pin-makers: the school. No great good can be done in a
"" "Twill employ school where the teachers pull one way and the
Seven men, they say, to make a perfect pin. scholars the other. Here, they appear to pull Who makes the head, content to miss the point ; together—" a long pull, a strong pull, and a pull / Who makes the point, agreed to leave the join. altogether.”
| And if a man should say, I want a pin,
And I must make it straightway, head and point We intended to have called on Mr. Tolman, of
His wisdom is not worth the pin he wants. the High School, on the Massachusetts side; on
on the Massachusetts side ; on Seven men to a pin, and not a man too much! Mr. Peaslee, of the Central Falls High School, 'Seven generations, haply, to this world,
To right it risibly a finger's breadth,
the East; and recently the successful principal And mend its rents a little."
of the only “Young Ladies' High School” in So with the school. It may take seven terms, Connecticut,—at New London-he is eminently or even seven years “ To right it visibly a finger's qualified to succeed Mr. Kingsbury, our present breadth," and the teacher who wishes for success School Commissioner, as principal of the "Young in teaching must work, work, work, -patiently, Ladies' High School,” in this city. We are perseveringly,-and even ploddingly, if need be. glad to know that Mr. Perry has entered the But some communities think they must have school under favorable auspices. His school is, the "seven generations” of teachers, and the considering the prostration of business, and the quicker they are through with them the better. consequent diminution of numbers in every priThe sooner they find out their mistake the bet- vate school, well patronized. We wish him that ter for them and for their schools.
abundant success which he richly merits from The Grammar school in Millville has been en- this community. trusted, during the past winter, to Mr. I. O. Seamans, recently of River Point, in this state.
What Our Exchanges Say. Although Mr. Seamans found the school, as we were informed by the people of the place, in From the many notices of our last number, a state of great disorder, we have rarely been in- we take the following extracts : side of a school-room where every thing seemed
“We take pleasure in saying that this work in better order, or under more complete control, would do credit to any community.”-Newport than did this school on the day of our visitation.
Mercury. It presents a good illustration of what an ener
“The Schoolmaster is conducted with indusgetic teacher may accomplish, when sustained in
try and ability; some of the best writers upon his efforts for improvement by the local commit- education in the state contribute to it. It is a tee having charge of the school, and the influen
hon / valuable aid to our system of instruction, and is tial men of the place. Could Mr. Seamans, or
eminently worthy of the public support.”—Prov. any one energetic teacher, remain in the same
Daily Journal. school for a few years, there would be a marked
“There is a decided improvement in the Schoolimprovement in the public sentiment, habits, master. It has a large variety of excellent manners and morals of the school, and a higher matter, adapted
matter, adapted not only to teachers, but much grade of scholarship attained. But so long as a to interest the general reader. Its mechanical new teacher enters the room with new rules, and
d execution has also been much improved.”—R. I.
Pendulum. new methods of instruction and of school-keep
“The Schoolmaster is an efficient aid to the ing every term, the rank of scholarship will be
cause of education in this state, and should be found, from year to year, in statu quo.
liberally sustained.”- TVoonsocket Patriot. We must not neglect to say that the primary and intermediate schools exhibited careful train
“Number one, of volume four, has just been ing, under a mild and judicious, but firm system.
issued, and maintains the previous good character of the periodical. Mr. Mowry has evidently
entered upon the undertaking with the determiAmos PERRY.-We are happy to welcome back | nation to succeed. The pages of the present numto our siate, and to this city, Amos Perry, Esq., ber bear the evidence of a knowledge of what is so long and favorably known as a devoted, ener-needed to circulate among the friends of educagetic and successful teacher. A graduate of tion. This organ of the teachers of Rhode IsHarvard; for many years identified with the edu-l land should have a wider circulation; no better cational interests of Rhode Island, while principal
investment can be made by one who is engaged of the Summer Street Grammar school, in this in teaching, or who is connected with our school city; having travelled extensively in Europe and 'system."--Providence Erening Telegraph.
“The Rhode Island Schoolmaster, for the little unassuming monthly, compares favorably present month, comes to us embellished by a with any work of its class that comes under our beautiful engraving of Brown University, alone observation. One leading feature in it we adworth a good part of the yearly subscription to mire particularly, namely: the linking closely this excellent magazine. We are sorry to learn together, or keeping continually in view, moral from its pages that a number of its patrons have as well as intellectual improvement. It is sad to discontinued their support, in consequence of admit, but nevertheless unquestionably true, the hard times. The times are hard, we that the mere education of intellect, where the know, but they are not to be improved by parsi-moral powers are left untutored, is oftentimes a mony towards the Schoolmaster, and inasmuch curse instead of a blessing, not only to the indias the function of this periodical measurably cor- vidual but to community.”—Fall River News. respends to that of its indispensable namesake, we hope that the deficiency will speedily be more To Our Subscribers, who wish to Disconthan made good by the friends of education.”
tinue. Warren Telegraph.
Since the last number was sent out, we have “The Rhode Island Schoolmaster enters up
learned that some of our subscribers do not unon its fourth volume with the March number,
derstand the rule, that periodicals are sent until which is now before us, fresh from the hands of
ordered discontinued. This, however, is the case the printer. The Schoolmaster, we can assure
with nearly all our periodical publications. The our readers, has come to be one of the best con
law also holds subscribers responsible for the ducted, and most interesting, as well as best ap
subscription until arrearages are paid and such pearing, of the many educational journals in our
order for discontinuance has been sent to the country. It is a mgazine for the family, as well
Publisher. A few magazines, like Godey's Laas for the student and teacher, and should be
dies Book, Peterson's Magazine and others, bewelcomed and cherished by every parent in our
gin only with the commencement of the volume little state. The number before us presents a
and stop when the year expires. The Massachubeautiful engraving of Brown University, and a
setts Teacher, and all similar publications with highly interesting article of eight pages, from
which we are acquainted, send to all subscribers the pen of R. A. Guild, Esq., librarian of the in
until arrearages are paid and an order given to stitution, giving briefly the origin, progress
discontinue. This is the only rule that could and present condition' of dear old Brown.'||
well be applied. It takes you but a few moments, Other articles of a local character give much in
friends, if you do wish to have the SCHOOLMASterest to this number. Orders for the magazine
TER discontinued, to write us a single line to that should be addressed to William A. Mowry, edit
effect. We have sent each of you a circular and or, to whose judicious management and untiring
printed envelope, so that you might, with but little labor, we should not neglect to say, it is indebt
trouble, either send your dollar (with as many ed for its present excellence.''-Prov. Daily Post.
others from your friends and neighbors as you “ The March number of this ably conducted please,) or an order to discontinue. periodical is adorned with a beautiful engraving It is the duty of each Postmaster to notify the of Brown University. The minuteness, chastity | Publisher, if the magazine be not taken from and truthfulness of delineation apparent in this the office. Failing to do this, he is responsible “perfect gem of art,' reflects great credit on the to the Publisher for the subscription price. artistes engaged in its execution. The number
It is very strange that persons will send their opens with quite an interesting historical account subscription or an order to discontinue, without of the University from its commencement up to I telling us where they live. We think such people the present time, and contains, besides, a varie
are like the boy who was so amused that his new ty of valuable articles in small compass. This 'acquaintance did not know his father,
“Do not know my father ? You do not know with our children who are in school. For their my father? Why, I know him just as easy !" growing bodies to enlarge steadily and in the due
So, many of our subscribers seem to think we proportion there must be the best and most immust know where they live, they “know just as portant elements daily afforded. Hence oxygen,
which can only be obtained from the fresh air, When you send us money, or an order to dis- must be had for it continually. But still more continue, (we hope by all means it will be the strlkingly does this appear to be needed when former, and by no means the latter !) will you be we consider that the brain is to be momentarily very particular to write distinctly your post office supplied with all the materials to make it healthaddress ?
ful and vigorous, in order that it may think.
There must be momentarily something to keep Heating and Ventilating School-Rooms. up the tone of this most delicate organ, and the
one most necessary in the vital economy. OHIO UNIVERSITY, Feb. 13, 1858. DEAR SCHOOLMASTER :
But this subject is very well understood as to When I wrote my last letter-or rather my
its importance. Every body concedes that, in orlast rhapsodic, prosaic revery—I did not reckon
der to the proper development of man and his on its being so long before I should again resume
body and mind, he must be allowed an unlimited my pen to write a few more lines. When I be
amount of fresh air in which to breathe while gan my last note I fully intended to write a few engaged in his i
te for engaged in his manual or mental work. But words on the subject of ventilation in school
how to supply a room in which fifty, sixty or a rooms. This, if I remember rightly, was the
hundred young children, who have vigorous way I came to run off as I did, into such a queer
lungs and growing bodies, with a proper supply sort of a strain about coal and coal fires. So
of this good air, when they are confined in the now let me come back to my intentions and write
school-room, is the great question. It has not a few words on this topic, so important and so
yet been answered to the satisfaction of any inabsolutely necessary to the health of all children. / telligent man.
There are many plans which It is qurte certain that very many of the diseases promise much, and many which do really effect of our people are owing to the fact that our wo
much. But as yet none does command the apmen and children are so little accustomed to the probation of any one, and not one plan-unless open air and to good fresh invigorating oxygen. it be very expens
it be very expensive and be driven by some sort It cannot be too strictly nor too often insisted of machinery–will work in all situations, and in upon that those who are growing in body, and at all weathers. There is no necessity to enumthe same time who are exercising their minds. erate these plans nor to go over with their demore than all others, need a full supply of pure fects. They have done vast good, and will acair. When the body is daily growing there must complish much, and all that is now in the range be in some way a proper supply of all the mate- of our design is to state some of the conditions rials of flesh and blood, in order to make the of ventilating and heating school-rooms. . person to be healthful. The man or the woman And here we say, first, that one of the greatwhose body does not grow—which only needs to est objects to be aimed at, is so to heat the school repair the daily wastes of the system, may get in winter as not to use up the oxygen of the air along without so large and so constant supply of in making that heat. It is thus that the sun every element. But when the body is growing warms the atmosphere. In some way its rays and therefore is absorbing daily much more than fall upon the earth, and the air or earth is heated it wastes, and when it is laying that up for future with no diminution of oxygen it contains. But use, there most be a still more constant and reg- I in our common school-room fires we use a large ular as well as a larger and more varied supply part of the oxygen the atmosphere contains, in of all the elements of the body. This is the case 'making the heat which we use to keep the schol