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Master of the shoe-Shop-Rufus Lewis daughters. Wilson Whiton and James L.

Mistress of the Tailors' Shop — Margaret Wheeler, of the corps of teachers, are both Greenlaw.

mutes, and have each a salary of one thouThe Gallaudet High Class was originated sand a year, which certainly goes a great way within the walls of the institution a few years towards relieving them from a harrowing sense ago, for the instruction of the most promising of

ising of their inferiority, in a pecuniary point of pupils in the higher branches of an English view. May He who saith, “ The laborer is education, such as Rhetoric, Astronomy, Phi- worthy of his hire," bless the directors of the losophy, Civil Engineering and Physiology.

institution for their liberality in placing them Mr. Ayres, the instructor, as before observed. I on an equal footing with their hearing assoof this class, is married to a deaf and dumb | ciates. Mary A. Mann and Sarah W. Storrs lady.

are both deaf. Nancy Dillingham, one of the

assistant matrons mentioned in the catalogue Laurent Clerc, whose name heads the list

of the officers, is a deaf mute. Her sister, of instructors, was born deaf, and is a native

also deaf, was employed as assistant teacher of France; having been taught by the cele

cere in the Deaf and Dumb Institution of Philabrated Abbe Sicard. He had the degree of

delphia when it was in its infancy. She is A. M. conferred upon him by the trustees of

well connected in Philadelphia. Yale college, while yet a young man. He

The list of pupils from the commencement was biographed in the December number of

of the institution in 1817, who had left prethe New York National Magazine for 1856, | and his likeness also appeared therein. His

vious to May 16, 1857, (the date of the rewife was educated in the Hartford institution.

port,) covers more than 28 pages, giving the One of his daughters is the wife of the mayor

residence, cause of deafness, and occupation of that city. One of his sons now ministers

of each pupil. I glean from this list the fol.. in St. Louis. Laurent Clerc's salary is not

lowing items : far from $1200 per year. Samuel Porter edits Levi S. Backus is publisher and editor of the “ American Annals of the Deaf and the Register,” and not the “Radie," as statDumb,” a quarterly periodical of decided ed in the list. John Brewster, now dead, merit, which contains in part contributions was a portrait painter. George W. Caldwell from deaf mutes. Edward M. Gallaudet, the is a bookseller. James J. Chamberlain is a youngest son of the late Rev. Thomas H. Gal. conveyancer. John W. Compton is a clerk in laudet, LL. D., and scarcely twenty-two the U. 8. Treasury, with a salary of $1500 a years of age, has recently been appointed year, and married one of three mute sisters. principal of the Deaf and Dumb Institute in John Everson is a nurseryman and seedman. the District of Columbia. He is assisted by William Genet is master of the cabinet-shop his mother in the general supervision of the in the Deaf and Dumb Institution at New female department. She is a mute. Her oth- York. George Homer is a custom-house boater son, Thomas Gallaudet, besides being a man. Derwin Langdon is a merchant, doing teacher, breaks the bread of life to the mute business at Kennebunkport, Maine. Miss, or portion of the population of New York every Mrs. (I don't know which) Laura A. MerriSunday afternoon. Like his father, he is man is represented as a clock-face painter. married to a deaf lady; whose brother hot Philip H. Neilson, besides being a farmer, long ago married one of her (Mrs. Gallaudet's) holds the office of postmaster at Warm .

Springs, N. C. Olivia J. Record is a teacher is pleasant to know there are many who are of drawing. H. Scovel is a pedlar. worthy exceptions to this cruel treatment of

Thus, it will be seen, that the graduates of animals; noble-minded persons who would Hartford Institution fill different spheres of scorn to degrade humanity by stooping to life, some of them, doubtless, with credit to such low acts. How common, yet how rethemselves. I had almost forgotten to say volting a sight, to one of tender feelings, is that Mr. Edmund Booth, formerly a pupil and that presented by a horse taxed with the lasubsequently a teacher in that establishment, bor of bearing burdens to which his strength is employed as editor of the “Eureka,” in is wholly unequal. Even the most patient Iowa.

and docile of animals will, at times, resent

the harsh and unjust treatment of a cruel For the Schoolmaster.

master, but the man who is merciful to his Our Life.

beast gains all his love and gratitude ; which,

in the hour of danger, combined with the saBY N. A. W.

gacity which all animals have in various de

grees, may be of great service to him.With change on change doth roll The wave of human life,

Many of the brute creation are known to have Bearing onward to the goal,

been the medium through which life was savIts freight with beauty rife.


How constant and unchanging is the atIt is a common lot;

tachment of a faithful animal to his master, To all the fate is given, That here our home is not;

and that his companionship and love are not Oh ! look for one in heaven.

to be lightly estimated, many a person who

has been deprived of human society might And where are we to-day ?

testify. I have read of wild animals being so Have we the power, if will,

touched by the helplessness and dependence The unrelenting flood to stay?

of their prey that their brute natures were The hidden strife to still?

made subservient to their compassion, but I Our life is but a little space

have seen a man, or one who had arrived at For preparation given,

the years of manhood, who, having been ofThat when we've run our earthly race, fended by some person, expended his terrible We may find rest in heaven.

anger in beating a poor, defenceless beast.

Cruelty to animals is by no means signifi. For the Schoolmaster.

cant of bravery. Far from it, Cruelty to Animals.

“ The coward wretch whose hand and heart How often may be witnessed, in almost

Can bear to torture aught below,

'Is even first to quail and start every place, and especially in large towns and cities, public exhibitions of this most detest

From slightest pain or equal foe.” able vice. It is strange that men who are in- | Children should always be taught to treat debted to the noble animals which they own with tenderness and care the creatures which for both pleasure and profit, are mean and God has made and placed here. We often cruel enough to repay them for their val- hear of desperate characters who commenced uable services, with kicks and blows. But it their course of wickedness by inflicting pain





upon the smallest insect, and it is certain that or if they have nothing to cling to but shiftthose who are kind to animals will extend that ing sands. But let them have a fixed pusikindness and love to suffering humanity. The tion or a permanent soil, and they will have knowledge that we are dependent upon a the means of growth; they will flourish in Supreme Being for all that we have, and all vigor and beauty. Roving tribes of men have that we are, should teach us to be kind to ev- uniformly been barbarians. No people ever ery creature dependent upon us.

came out of a state of barbarism without choosing a permanent residence-without es

tablishing certain fixed principles of life-cerFor the Schoolmaster,

tain rules of national policy. Fickleness has Frequent Changes in Educational Policy | been the bane of France. Unfavorable to Mental Improvement.

| Let this condition of excellence be regarded in our state and city policy in respect to our

system of education. Change is not reform. MEN, in order to rise to civilization and re-| Experimenting is not progress. finement, must have a fixed abode. Committees that would develop the intellectual pow

For the Schoolmaster. ers of their youth must rely on no chance

William Shakspeare. or spasmodic efforts in behalf of education. Government should establish and cherish institutions of learning-should pursue a steady His Memory-IrvingCriticisms of Hallampolicy-one looking to remote results. The Dryden and Jeffrey-General Meriis-Consupplies, the means for sustaining our schools, clusion. should be as unfailing and as reliable as the There are three rivers Avon on the map of government revenue. Change of policy, fic- England. That which flows by Stratford, kleness in plans and principles in relation to the birth-place of Shakspeare, rises in the inour system of education will be destructive terior and joins the Severn above Gloucester. of all true and healthful progress, of all per- William Shakspeare has lain in his grave in manent good. A rolling stone gathers no the chancel of Stratford Church many long moss, neither does the mountain-top that is years; his mulberry tree has been metamor. swept by ceaseless winds. The ocean's beach, phosed in snuff-boxes and walking sticks, his shifting its sands and washed by restless and portraits have been smoked, weather-faded, ever-returning waves, presents no verdure. restored and retouched, but Shakspeare lives Lands subject to the influence of the winds to-day as truly as ever author lives, in the and driven before the tempest are a perpetual life pictures which his productions everywhere desert. But give those waste places rest, let exhibit. Poets and essayists, no less than the spirit of quiet brood over them, and little the drama, have joined to keep his memory by little vegetation springs up, and they are green. clothed with verdure. A fruitful soil covers The style of Irving was never more pleasthe sands; the once barren rock is adorned ing than when he paid that beautiful tribute with vegetation, and the once dreary desert to the memory of the poet which he records smiles in living beauty. Neither the delicate on his journey to his birth-place. It is a plant nor the sturdy oak can take root if they spontaneous acknowledgment of his own idea must be subjected to continual transplantings, of the poet by which he invests the old house, the church, and his tomb with an interest and bombast. But he is always great when some a beauty which show that Irving himself | occasion is presented to him."

sherished the memory of the bard of Avon.* ! " The most exquisite poetical conceptions,

Quoted, and following in the order of men- images and descriptions are given with such tion, are passages on the subject placed at the brevity and introduced with such skill, ag head of this article from the writing of Hal- merely to adorn without loading the sense lam, Dryden and Lord Jeffrey. Respect to they accompany. Although his sails are purthe opinions of such men is a sufficient apolo- ple and perfumed, and his prow of beaten gy for this course, even if it were not vanity gold, they waft him on his voyage, not less, and folly to attempt an imitation of what able but more rapidly and directly than if they pens have done before.

had been composed of baser materials. AU “ The name of Shakspeare is the greatest in

his excellencies, like those of nature herself, our literature; it is the greatest in all litera

| are thrown out together; and instead of inture. No man ever came near him in the

terfering with, support and recommend each

other. His flowers are not tied up in garcreative powers of the mind : no man had

lands, nor his fruits crushed into baskets, but ever such strength at once, and such variety of imagination. Others may have been as

spring living from the foliage in which they

lurk, and the ample branches, the rough and sublime; others may have been more pathetic; others may have equalled him in grace

vigorous stem, and the wide-spreading roots and purity of language, and have shunned

on which they depend, are present along with

them, and share, in their places, the equal some of his faults; but the philosophy of Shakspeare, his intimate searching out of the can

ntimate searching out of the care of their creator.” human heart, whether in the gnomic form of Minds which are not sufficiently developed sentence, or in the dramatic exhibition of to see these merits in Shakpeare, cannot of character, is a gift peculiarly his own." course, appreciate them. To the general read“ He was the man who, of all modern, and er

full modo onder are apparent, first, the genuine wit and the perhaps all ancient poets, had the largest and

rare conceptions of character which the poet most comprehensive soul. All the images of

has at command ; afterwards, his unusual nature were still present to him, anıı he drew

power of description which makes the most them not laboriously, but luckily. When he

careless thoroughly acquainted with the perdescribes anything, you more than see it

sons introduced before the first act is finished. you feel it, too. Those who accuse him to

The beautiful Miranda, the ugly Caliban, half have wanted learning, give him the greater man

man, half beast, are perhaps the characters commendation. He was naturally learned ; | Strongest ana

strongest and clearest delineated in the Temhe needed not the spectacles of books to read

pest. Shylock, in the Merchant of Venice, nature ; he looked inwards and found her.

Beatrice, in Much ado about Nothing, be

come at the first, well known and interesting I cannot say he is everywhere alike ; were he 30, I should do him injury to compare him

personages. But in King Lear, Macbeth, and with the greatest of mankind. He is many

Hamlet, are those exquisite delineations of times flat, insipid; his comic wit degenerat

feeling which charm and surprise the reader. ing into clinches, his serious swelling into

Other dramatists present to us images, pict

ures, but Shakspeare acquaints us with per• Sketch Book.

Isons who seem to be living, breathing, actu


al; they are men and women; not figures or In vain the sweet illusion binds representations.

To earth's scenes all so fair, We cannot praise Shakspeare as a man; he

Time soon life's brittle thread unwinds, doubtless had excellent qualities, and, being

And ends his record there. human, possesst d faults; but this age knows Great God, within whose mighty hand most and cares most for him as a writer. In Our destinies abide, this character he efficiently sustains the part Lead us into that better land which he acts. The greatest critics award Beyond the mortal tide. him deserved praise. Shakspeare was born April 23, 1564, and

For the Schoolmaster. died on his birth-day, 1616. No lineal de

Burning School Houses. scendant remains.

Tie notices lately inserted in the papers He so sepulchred in such pomp dost lie

concerning the fires in school buildings, and That kings for such a tomb would wish to die.

Milton, 1630.

the risk incurred from the present mode of
constructing the warming apparatus ought to

receive immediate attention.
For the Schoolmaster.
What is Life ?

The agent of an insurance office told me that when he was requested to insure a new

house, he replied that he would first examine Oh, what is life,ma restless dream

the furnace by which warmth was procured. That death will waken soon,

He afterwards assigned as a reason for refusand fading mist, a passing gleam

ing to issue a policy, that the furnace was 80 A morn without a noon.

constructed as to render the building liable to

destruction from the brick and stone work Oh, what is life,-~'tis like the breath Of summer's withering flowers,

being so near to the wood work. The owner, la vain we bind the rosy wreath,

who, like the majority, did not know about It dies e'er evening hours,

furnaces, told the insurance agent that the And far upon the night winds sad,

furnace was built by one who had erected a Each falling leaf is borne,

number in Providence, and, of course, had So is it with life's visions glad,

the reputation of being capable of suitably So with the hopes we mourn.

arranging a warming apparatus. The agent Oh, what is life,-'tis like the light

explained the defect, and told him that he had That paints the closing day,

seen twelve furnaces constructed after the 'Tis lost amid the deepening night, same pattern, and, of course, liable to bum • Soon gone its last pale ray.

the wood-work as soon as it becomes dry, Above the night-cloud's deepening shades

which would require but a short time. The Another day will dawn,

owner had his furnace altered as the agent The light of life forever fades,

suggested, and then the building was insured. Death's night proclaims no morn. How many school houses and dwellings are Oh, what is life,'tis like the star

now exposed to be burned, will not be known; That glimmers o'er the wave,

but surprise will be frequently expressed that And lures the traveller's eye afar,

this calamity should be so common, when, But leads him to his grave.

apparently, the work was so securely done.

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