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As my article is suggested by the dangers dagger, to pierce him at the very moment he to the school houses chiefly, I will hint to had forgotten but an only word, the teachers, male and female, the importance A Venetian lady, well known by her eruof making themselves thoroughly acquainted dition, when asked for the sermon she had atwith whatever mode of warming their school- tended in church, repeated scrupulously ev. rooms the committee see fit to adopt, and ery word. not remain so ignorant upon this very im- Racine knew by memory all the tragedies portant subject, as to be obliged to depend of Euripides, Bayle the whole work of Monupon the assertions of a workman, that the taigne, Hughs Doneau the Corpus Juris, Mebuilding is perfectly safe from fire. Your re- tastasio the entire Horatius, and Carteret, sponsibility is so great in this respect that no Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland, all of the New hesitation should be felt at suggesting im- Testament, from the first chapter of Matthew provements, or, at least, of investigating the to the end of the Apocalypse. The learned question for your own satisfaction. School Scotchman, Thomas Dempster, affirmed he committees, who have had meetings since the knew not what it was to forget; and Scali. New York catastrophe, have proposed altera- ger is told to have apprehended within twentions in the arrangements of doors, stairs and ty-one days the whole Homerus, and within fire apparatus.
four months all the Greek poets. The State Prison and Athenæum, in this ci
The notorious and mysterious Count of St. ty, are warmed by water passing through iron Germain surpasses them all. Any newspaper pipes. The temperature seems agreeable, and he read once he knew by memory, and was the mode of warming safer than furnaces or furnished with such a gigantic, comprehensive stoves.
power of numbering that he retained a series G. H. T.
of a thousand numbers, which he could recite forward, and backward, and pulled out
from the middle. From the court of Henry Momory.
III. in Cracow, he demanded one hundred Mithridates, king of Pontus, knew each packs of picket-card, mixed them together in
disorder, let him tell all the successions of the one of his eighty thousand soldiers by his
cards, ordered it to be noticed exactly, and right name. Seneca was able to rehearse two thousand repeated their names, following one after the
other, without being wrong once. words, which were given to him in the same order.
He played almost every musical instrument Hortensius kept in his memory all the prie
of the world, was an excellent painter, and ces paid on a day of auction.
imitated any hand-writing in the most illusive Hugo Grotius, on being present at a review manner. He had but one passion-playing of some regiments in France, re-called all the
all games with absolute mastery. In chess names of the single soldiers which were there no mortal has vanquished him, and in faro he
could break every bank by calculation. Justus Lipsius ventured to rehearse the works of Tacitus from the first word to the The parent who would train up a child in last, forward and backward, even when some- the way he should go, must go in the way he body was standing before him with a drawn I would train up his child.
A School Without a Master.
I say it is employment that makes the peo- In the annual report of the Board of Edu. ple happy. This great truth ought never to cation of Massachusetts, Secretary Boutwell be forgotten; it ought to be placed upon the gives the following account of a self-govern. title-page of every book on political economy ing school : intended for America, and such countries as “ In Chilicothe there is a high school withAmerica. It ought to head the columns of out a master. It contains about seventy puevery farmer's magazine and mechanic's mag- pils of both sexes, whose ages average between azine. It should be proclaimed everywhere, fifteen and sixteen years. They assemble tonotwithstanding what we hear of the useful- gether in a hall, where the studies assigned ness, and I admit the high usefulness, of by the teachers are pursued. The recitations cheap food—notwithstanding that the great take place in the adjoining rooms. Two recitruth should be proclaimed everywhere, should tations daily are conducted by the Superin. be made into a proverb, if it could, that where tendent of the Public Schools in the city; the there is work for the hands of men, there will others by teachers appointed for that purpose. be work for their teeth. Where there is em- I entered the school-room unobserved, and ployment there will be bread; and in a coun- though there was no teacher present, there try like our own, above all others, will this was no appearance of disorder nor neglect of truth hold good; in a country like ours, where study. The school has been managed upon with a great deal of spirit and activity among this plan for two years, with entire satisfaction the masses, if they can find employment, there to the teachers and to the public. I had no is always great willingness for labor. If they opportunity to become acqainted with the incan obtain fair compensation for their labor, tellectual character of the pupils, but a school they will have good houses, good clothing, in which the power of self-control is so early good food, and the means of educating their and so thoroughly developed, cannot be un. children from their labor, that labor will be worthy of public notice.” cheerful, and they will be a contented and happy people.-DANIEL WEBSTER.
IF a Teacher can do no more than repeat
the printed questions at the bottom of the The Cambridge Chronicle has the following: text-book, and hear the ready-made answers
he had better quit the business. Copy of an address of a letter remaining in the Post Office in this city for pre-payment:
If there be any such art of teaching, we ask
how it came to pass that a man shall be con«Misturs Jimi flins bruthir
sidered fully qualified to exercise it without a rale rode wuks
day's practice, when a similar attempt in any bac his hous
other art would expose him to ridicule. Nuten Korrur
He who occupies two years in teaching Americy
what might as well be taught in one year, Mass."
does his pupil a great injury. He not only
abstracts from the pupil's acquisition, that A man can to more believe with another bears improvement, but all the knowledge man's faith, than he can satisfy his hunger by which would have been the fruit of it for the socing another eat.
remainder of his life.-FRANCIS WAYLAND.
I AM COMPOSED OF EIGHTY LETTERS.
For the Schoolmaster.
My 23, 34, 57, 41, 76, 29, 52, 12, 47, 44, 42, Pawtucket; Rosa, Marblehead, Mass: ; C. J. 61, 56, 70, 58, 57, 26, 77, 80, 67, is a palace
in Persia, the front roof of which is sustained C., Charles, Westerly; 0. A. T., Uxbridge, Mass.; M., A., R., A., Talbot, Z. B., Jabez, by a double row of columns, 40 feet in height Providence; Minnie, Slatersville ; P. B., N. and each standing on the united backs of four
lions of white marble. S. B., T.J.B., Burrilllville; Nellie, Cleveland.
My 50, 67, 51, 64, 38, 47, 65, is the city Pacific, Obi, Sicily, Ural, Slave, The Dead
containing the above palace. Sea, Mt. Ararat, Europe, Hoste, Bay of Bis
My 19, 3, 17, 43, 64, is an island on the cay, Siam, Cod, Mt. Hope.
north coast of Africa, containing a pyramid My whole—The Discovery of America by of human skulls 30 feet high. Christopher Columbus.
My 67, 20, 8, 36, 1, 74, 15, 9, 25, 67, is a: Hoste ISLAND, better known as Terra del town of France, the ancient burying-place of luego, is 90 miles in length, from east to west, her kings. and 50 miles in its greatest width, separated
My 55, 11, 7, 18, 4, 39, is an island in the eastward from Narvarin Island by Ponsonby Pacific ocean containing the ruins of an anSound.
cient fortification, supposed by some to be the
work of Spanish pirates. ANSWERS to “ Enigma” received from Z. My 6, 24, 52, 28, 59, 67, is a city of TurB., Manfred, Talbot, Jabez, Providence; Myra key, formerly containing a bronze statue, one and Marie, Bristol; Rosa, Marblehead, Mass.; of the seven wonders of the world. Minnie, Slatersville ; I. S., P. B., Burrillville. My 19, 35, 55, 49, 27, 78, 69, 17, is a cele
brated fortress in the south of Spain. Philosopher, Egg, Icy, I can try.
My 67, 46, 53, 20, 45, 11, is a mountain on My whole-Egyptian Hieroglyphics.
an island of Italy ascended by more than 500
steps cut in the rock. THE “Curious Inscription" has been read by My 34, 73, 77, 76, 27, 31, 42, 54, is a town S. C., Pawtucket ; Manfred, Marshall, C. A., and castle on the above mountain. Z. B., E. II. B., J. II. A., M., A., R., A., A. My 76, 2, 72, 17, 55, 44, 79, 45, 10, is a seaE. D., Providence; Myra and Marie, Bristol ; port of France containg a break-water 4120 Rosa, Marblehead, Mass. ; M. A. M., Nan-yards in length, 102 feet in breadth at top, and tucket, Mass.; 0. A. T., Uxbridge, Mass. ; in water 60 feet deep. Charles, C. J. C., Westerly; Jabez, Provi- My 10, 33, 63, 10, 22, 62, is a town in Britdence ; Minnie, Slatersville; S. E. B., Mohe ish India, built on three rocky hills, and congan; P. B., T. J. B., I. S., Burrillville. taining a seven storied tower.
My 13, 17, 29, 9, 66, is a city of Austria The letter E.
surrounded by embattled walls, and containPERSEVERE YE PERFECT MEN,
ing an old Gothic castle of vast extent. EVER KEEP THESE PRECEPTS TEN. My 68, 46, 6, 19, 32, 77, 21, 48, 34, 65, is a
mountain on a small island of Norway, about In his pocket-book was found a printed slip, 200 feet high, perforated near the centre by an apparently cut from a newspaper, of which immense cavern, 6000 feet long, and 600 feet the following is a copy: high. On the top of the mountain is a small “Keep good company or none. Never be lake.
idle. If your hands cannot be usefully emMy 37, 11, 5, 17, 67, is a city of France, ployed, attend to the cultivation of your mind. containing the finest bridge in Europe, which Always speak the truth. Make few promises 1423 feet long, with 15 arches.
Live up to your engagements. Keep your My 40, 39, 53, 74, 72, 80, is a canal in Neth- own secrets, if you have any. When you erlands, 50 miles long, 125 feet broad, 21 feet speak to a person, look him in the face. Good deep.
company and good conversation are the very My 14, 8, 26, 57, 64, 71, is a town in Asiat- sinews of virtue. Good character is above :c Turkey, the modern representative of an- all things else. Your character cannot be escient Babylon.
sentially injured except by your own acts. If My 28, 60, 16, 12, 79, 67, is a castle in any one speaks evil of you, let your life be so Scotland of great antiquity.
that none will believe him. Drink no kind of My whole, is one of the most daring ex- intoxicating liquors. Ever live (misfortunes ploits ever performed by the United States excepted) within your income. When you Navy.
retire to bed, think over what you have been doing during the day. Make no haste to he
rich, if you would prosper. Small and steady For the Schoolmaster.
gains give competency with tranquillity of Enigma Literary.
mind. Never play at any game of chance. Avoid temptation, through fear you may not
withstand it. Earn money before you spend My 10, 12, 4, 22, recently wrote a work in it. Never run into debt unless you see a way wo volumes, and formerly travelled in India, to get out again. Never borrow if you can Egypt and Europe.
possibly avoid it. Do not marry until you My 6, 2, 13, 1, 16, 18, 5, 9, is the author of can support a wife. Never speak evil of any a favorite poem beginning, “Blessings on thee, one. Be just before you are generous. Keep little man."
yourself innocent if you would be happy. My 12, 21, 7, 19, 8, 11, 15, can write, he Save when you are young to spend when you thinks, as well as the author of Maud. are old. Read over the above maxims at least
My 19, 20, 14, 6, 3, 17, is a popular writer once a week.” of yellow-covered literature. My whole is the name of a newspaper pub
For the Schoolmaster. lished in the English language.
M. S. G.
0 AM COMPOSED OF TWENTY-TWO LETTERS.
What is that which, in an instant, forms a A Piece for the Pocket.
bad or a good character which it can as quick. Among the victims of the Henry Clay was ly change, and though so fickle when acting, Stephen Allen, Esq., an aged man of the pu- that it is always running from one thing to rest character, formerly Mayor of New-York, another yet when left to itself, never alters its beloved and esteemed by all who knew him.'position.
For the Schoolmaster.
which they contained, the Governor, with a Cloud and Sun.
smile of complacency, as on a young pupil of
science, said to him, “Well, Mr. Franklin, I The lively Cricket chirpeth merilee,
am told by the Captain here, that you have a The Robin singeth from the old elme Tree,
fine collection, too." Ah, well may Bird and Insect praise the Day!
« Only a trunk full, sir,” said Ben. But when the Sun long veiled in Clouds hath beene
“ A trunk full !” replied the Governor. The Bird and Insect wil be sad, I ween,
Why, what use can you have for so many Although in sunshine they are glad and gay.
books? Young people at your age have selAlike is Man. In Sunshine doth he sing, dom read beyond the 10th chapter of NeheBut cloudy Skye a drooping head doth bring. miah." Deth taketh where the Sun doth shine alway.
“I can't boast,” replied Ben, “of having
read any great deal beyond that myself; but Franklin and the Dead Languages
still, I should be sorry if I could not get a
trunk full of books to read every six months.” FROM WEEMS' LIFE OF FRANKLIN. At this, the Governor regarding him with a
look of surprise, said, “You must then, “G. BURNET's compliments await young though so young, be a scholar ; perhaps a Mr. Franklin, and should be glad of half an teacher of the languages.” hour's chat with him.”
“ No, sir," answered Ben, “I know no lan“ G. Burnett !" said Ben, " who can that
guage but my own." be ?"
“ What, not Latin nor Greek ?" Why, 'tis the Governor,” replied the Cap- “ No, sir, not a word of either." tain, with a smile. "I have just been to see Why, don't you think them necessary ?” him, with some letters I brought for him from " I don't set myself up as a judge. But I Boston. And when I told him what a world should not suppose them necessary.” of books you have, he expressed a curiosity “ Aye! well, I should like to hear your reato see you, and begged I would return with sons.” you to his palace."
Why, sir, I am not competent to give Ben instantly set off with the captain. reasons that may satisfy a gentleman of your
The Governor's looks, at the approach of learning, but the following are the reasons Ben, showed somewhat of disappointment. with which I satisfy myself. I look on lanHe had, it seems, expected considerable en-guages, sir, merely as arbitrary sounds, or tertainment from Ben's conversation. But his characters, whereby men communicate their fresh and ruddy countenance showed him so ideas to each other. Now, if I already posmuch younger than he had counted on, that sess a language which is capable of conveying he gave up all his promised entertainment as a more ideas than I shall ever acquire, were it lost hope. He received Ben, however, with not wiser in me to improve my time in getting great politeness, and took him into an adjoin- sense through that one language, than waste it ing room, which was his library, consisting of a in getting mere sounds through fifty languages, large and well-chosen collection.
even if I could learn as many?" Seeing the pleasure which sparkled in Ben's “Here the Governor paused a moment, tho' eyes as he surveyed so many elegant authors, not without a little red on his cheeks, for harand thought of the rich stores of knowledge'ing only a minute before put Ben and the 10th