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were listened to with the greatest interest and warmly applauded. The “Hollandish National Hymn," and the parting song (in three parts), closed the exercises of the evening, the Association adjourning to re-assemble the next morning at nine o'clock.


The Association convened in closing session at 9 o'clock this morning, the President in the chair. The attendance was nearly as large as the previous day. The exercises were opened with prayer by Rev. Dr. Walker, of the Bowdoin, Square Church.

The chair announced an invitation to the Association, from the officers of the Boston Society of Natural History, to visit their Museum on Berkley street, any time between 10 o'clock A. M. and 5 o'clock P. M.

The following officers of the Association were then chosen for the ensuing year:

President C. C. Chase of Lowell.

Vice-Presidents A. A. Miner, Boston; Lucius A. Wheelock, Boston; E. A. Hubbard, Springfield; Chas. Hutchins, Boston; Granville B. Putnam, Boston; Birdsey G. Northrop, Saxonville; J. W. Dickinson, Westfield; Charles Hill, Newton; Daniel B. Wheeler, Cambridge; Albert G. Boyden, Bridgewater; Albert Tolman, Lanesboro'; Harris R. Green, Worcester; H. F. Harrington, New Bedford; Abner J. Phipps, Lowell.

Recording Secretary McLaurin F. Cooke, Boston.

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Corresponding Secretary R. C. Metcalf, Boston.

Treasurer - James A. Page, Boston.

Councillors - Charles Hammond, Monson; D. B. Hagar, Salem; J. D. Philbrick, Boston; John Kneeland, Roxbury; Henry C. Hardon, Boston; Josiah A. Stearns, Boston; John Jameson, Boston; M. C. Stebbins, Springfield; Wm. E. Sheldon, Boston; C. Goodwin Clark, Boston; A. K. Slade, Fall River; G. T. Littlefield, Somerville.

A class of about forty boys, with ages varying little from twelve years, from the Eliot Grammar School in this city, marched upon the platform and went through the evolutions of Lewis' system of gymnastics in a most creditable manner, which elicited warm applause.

After their departure from the hall, the chair announced that he was gratified to see on the stand the originator of the Massachusetts State Teachers' Association, Mr. D. P. Gallup of Lowell, and proposed three cheers for him, which were given.

Mr. D. B. HAGAR of Salem, on the Committee upon an amendment of the Constitution, which will change it so as to admit female teachers to membership, reported favorably, recommending that such change be made.

A humorous discussion arose in regard to a different amount for initiation fee for ladies from that now fixed.

Mr. BRADBURY of Cambridge, wished to move that the admittance fee for ladies be fixed at one-third that of gentlemen on account of the smaller salaries which they received.

The subject was finally decided to be out of order for the present, and the amendment proposed by the committee was unanimously adopted, and an opportunity immediately afforded the ladies to sign the constitution and become members, which was taken by a large number.

It was then ordered that the paper read by Mr. D. B. Hagar of Salem, on Friday, upon the subject of" The proper limits of memorizing in teaching," be printed for circulation in the Association.

Mr. FISHER, President of the Board of Education in Cincinnati, Ohio, was introduced to the Association and addressed it briefly, claiming that Cincinnati paid a larger salary to its female teachers than any other city in the Union.

He was followed by Mr. J. W. BUCKLEY, Superintendent of Public Schools in Brooklyn, N. Y., who assisted, twenty years ago, in the formation of the Massachusetts Teachers' Association.

Mr. WILLIAM R. DIMMOCK, of the Latin School in this city, then read a paper upon "The study of the classic languages."

At the conclusion of the reading of this paper it was unanimously ordered that it be printed for circulation through the Association.

Mr. L. W. RUSSELL of Watertown, then read an interesting paper upon "Teaching composition in schools."

At their conclusion the Treasurer announced that nearly a sufficient number of ladies had already signed the constitution, and thus become members of the Association, to outnumber the male members.

A series of resolutions was then presented which gives the thanks of the Association to both branches of the city government for their kindness, cordial welcome, and the manner in which they had provided for the sessions of the Association; to the Superintendent and Committee of the schools in the city for their warm interest; to the Faculty of the Institute of Technology and the officers of the Natural History Society for their invitations; to the hotels and railroads for the reduction of their prices; to the teachers who had furnished them with addresses; to the scholars of the public schools, for their exhibitions; to the officers of the Association for their faithfulness, and the Press for their support. The resolutions further request that the Legislature be memorialized to make the days of the sessions of the Association holidays for all the schools in the State. They also give the thanks of the Association to the School Committees throughout the State who closed their schools this year, during the session.

A resolution fixing Boston as the place and the middle of October as the time for holding the annual meetings of the Association gave rise to considerable discussion, and was finally stricken out, and the whole resolutions were then adopted.

The following Committee was appointed to memorialize the Legislature: C. C. Chase, J. A. Stearns, H. F. Harrington, D. B. Hagar, A. J. Phipps.

The newly elected President of the Association, Mr. C. C. CHASE of Lowell, was then introduced and briefly addressed the Convention.

Mr. PHILBRICK, on retiring from the office of President, which he has so effi

ciently and acceptably filled, returned his thanks to the Association for their courtesy toward him while in office.

The Convention then finally adjourned, a large portion of the members repairing to the steps of the State House, where they were photographed as an Association by Mr. Whipple.

We have received a prospectus of a new educational journal from a State not yet provided with such an organ, our sister State of Maine. It is to be published at Farmington, and edited by the Principal of the State Normal School, recently established there. We wish our friend Gage all success in his labors, but may we not be allowed to enter a protest against his title? We cannot yet find in the dictionary any such noun as normal, meaning either a periodical or a teacher. Nor can we imagine either of them as " a straight line perpendicular to the tangent of any curve." We hope, to be sure, that their walk will be always in the straight and narrow path, and that their principles will not be oblique, but perpendicular, — but would it not be better to call the magazine the Normal Teacher? We leave the question for our Maine friends' consideration.

We ask the attention of our readers to the programme of our friend Professor Bôcher's Course of French Lectures and Readings. The terms are low, and one course is expressly intended for teachers. His programme may be found at the office of The Teacher.


THE AMERICAN UNION SPEAKER, by John D. Philbrick, Superintendent of the Public Schools of Boston. Boston: Taggard & Thompson, 1865, 12mo, pp. 588. THE PRIMARY UNION SPEAKER, by the same author. Boston: Taggard and Thompson, 1866, 16mo, pp. 159.

Mr. Philbrick's two volumes of selections have been made with good judgment and conscientious care, and are distinguished beyond almost any others by the fact that they are fully up with the times, that the compiler has ventured to take many of his best pieces from living authors who breathe the spirit of to-day and deal with subjects interesting at this hour. We have extracts from the speeches of Charles Sumner and Wendell Phillips, of Gov. Andrew, and Gen. Butler, and Senator Wilson, and Richard H. Dana, and Horace Mann,- along with other recent names from which the author perhaps found it more difficult to make a suitable selection,-side by side with standard passsages from Webster and Burke and Chatham and poems from Whittier and Bryant and Lowell and Holmes, along with those from Scott and Campbell, without which a Speaker could hardly be a Speaker. Our author has even ventured to anticipate the verdict of posterity, when the bitterness of sectarian jealousy shall be at an end, and to

insert noble and beautiful words respecting the Bible, from the pen of one whom New England is beginning to honor as one of her truly great men, Theodore Parker.

We know of no books of the kind that contain so much true life as these. The eloquent prose all tends to nourish a love of freedom and of truth; the poems are selected with a very just notion of the taste of school-boys for what is lively and vigorous. We know of no books better calculated to be popular with school-boys or whose influence would tend more strongly to inspire just and noble sentiments. They are in striking contrast to a rather notorious series, not much used, we are happy to say, in New England, which, if report speaks true, were carefully constructed to give no offence in Southern latitudes.

O Novo GUIA da CONVERSAZao en PortugUEZ E INGLEZ, par José da Fonseca e Pedro Carolino. Paris: Ailland Monlon e Ca. 1855. The New Guide of the conversation in Portuguese and English. Paris: Ailland Monlon & Co. Booksellers to their Majesties the Emperor of Brazil and the King of Portugal. If complaint should be made that we are late in noticing this invaluable assistant in learning that too-much-neglected tongue, the Portuguese, we can only plead that till very recently, though we had heard much of the fame of the work, it had never been our fortune to set eyes on it. It lies now, we assure our readers, upon our desk, and we hasten to give them some idea of the boon which Don José da Fonseca and his friend have bestowed upon the world.

It would be in vain for us to impart the plan of the work in terms half so graphic as are contained in the preface: "A choice of familiar dialogues clean of gallicisims and despoiled phrases it was missing yet to studious portuguese and brazilian youth and also to persons of other nations who wish to know the portuguese language, we sought all we may do to correct that want composing and divising the present little work in two parts. The first includes a greatest vocabulary proper names by alphabetical order: and the second fourty-three Dialogues adapted to the usual precisions of the life. For that reason we did put with a scrupulous exactness a great variety own expressions to english and portuguese idioms: without to attach us selves (as make some others) almost at a literal translation; translation what only will be for to accustom the portuguese pupils or foreign to speak very bad any of the mentioned idiotisms. We expect then who the little book (for the care what we wrote him and for her typographical correction) that may be worth the acceptation of the studious persons and especialy of the Youth at which we dedicate him particularly."

This, to use an "idiotism" which we recommend to the ingenious authors for their next edition is "as clear as mud." Our space will only allow us to give one dialogue and one story. We only hope the Portuguese is half as rich as the English.

"Dialogue 18. For to ride a horse. Here is a horse who have a bad looks. Give mi another i will not that. He not sall know to march, he is pursy, he is foundered. Dont you are ashamed to give me a jade as like? he is undshoed he is with nails up: it want to lead to the farrier. He go limp he is disable he is blind. That saddle shall hurt me. The stirrups are too long very shorts.

"Your pistols are its loads?

"No: I forgot to buy gun-powder and balls. Let us prick. Go us more fast never i was seen a so much bad beast; she will not nor to bring forward nor to put back.

"Strek him the bridle hold him the reins shorters. marsh him.

Pique strongly make to

"I have pricked him enough but I cant make march him.

"Go down i shall make march.

"Take care that he not give you a foot kick's."

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From among the stories we select that touching one of the two friends: "Two friends who from long they not were seen meet one's selves for hazard How do is thou? told one of the two.-No very well told the other and i am married from that i saw thee " "Good news!" "Not quit because i had married with a bad woman"—" So much worse!"-" Not to much great deal worse; because her dower was from two thousand louis"-" Well, that comfort."-"Not absolutely; why i had emploied this sum for to buy some muttons which are all deads of the rot."-" That is indeed very sorry."—" Not so sorry because the selling of hers hide have bring me above the price of the muttons."-" So you are then indemnified "—"Not quit because my house where I was deposed my money finish to be consumed by the flames."—"Oh! here is a great misfortune!” "Not so great nor i neither because my wife and my house are burned together." A striking story! We think no more unique volume ever proceeded from the Paris press. But lest our readers should all rush immediately into the study of the Portuguese, in order to avail themselves of its assistance, we are sorry to be obliged to inform them that, as might be expected, the work had an immense success, and is already become scarce, doubtless to the great satisfaction of the worthy authors, and the reward of their learned philological labors.

MARTYRIA: or, Andersonville Prison. By Augustus C. Hamlin, late Medical Inspector U. S. Army, Royal Antiquarian, etc. Illustrated by the author. Boston. Lee & Shepard, 12mo, pp. 254.

Another version of the terrible story of Andersonville. It is a painful task to read such books, and yet it may be a wholesome and necessary one, for it is the fiends in human shape who committed these atrocities, — atrocities which cannot be paralleled in the history of civilized, if indeed they can be in that of savage, warfare, it is fiends like these that the brutal and treacherous man who now accidentally disgraces the presidential chair is laboring to restore to place and power.

The book is finely printed, and contains seventeen wood-cuts illustrative of the horrible slaughter-pen.

AIDS TO SCHOOL DISCIPLINE. Schermerhorn & Co., New York. A box containing "100 certificates, 150 checks, 250 cards, and 100 single merits and half merits," a sort of currency, each different kind of card having ten, twenty, or a hundred times the value of the other. They are prettily printed in red, white, and blue, and are intended" to secure the results of school records, weekly

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