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Swan, Brewer & Tileston,

A Hand-Book of Classical Geography, Chronology,

Mythology and Antiquities. Prepared for the use of Schools, by T. P. ALLEN and W. F. Allen. 12mo. 131 pp.

Price, 50 cents. A Liberal Discount will be made to Teachers and the Trade.

This book will prove to be the most complete and useful Land-Book, in this department of learning, extant. It is printed on beautiful paper, ju the highest style of the Cambridge press, and contains: Ancient Geography, Ancient Chronology, Grecian Mythology, Roman Mythology, Egyptian Mythology, Grecian Antiquities. Roman Antiquities, Miscellaneous, Tables, Genealogies, etc., etc. Copies will be sent by mail, postage paid, on receipt of the price.

Manual of Agriculture. Prepared under the direction, and published with the sanction of the Mass. State

Board of Agriculture.

An Elementary Treatise, comprising the Principles and Practice of Agriculture, including the Composition of Soils, the Atmosphere, water, Manures, etc., the Preparation of Lands, the Culture of Special Crops, the Principles of Rotation, the Diseases and Enemies of Growing Plants, the Choice and Management of Farm Stock, and the General Economy of the Farm and the llousehold. For the use of Schools, Families, and Farmers, by GEORGE B, EMERSON, for many years connected with the Massachusetts Board of Education, and author of a valuable Report on the Trees and Shrubs of Massachusetts, – and CHARLES L. FLINT, Secretary of the Mass. State Board of Agriculture, author of a Treatise on Milch Cows and Dairy Farming. Grasses, and Forage Plants, etc. Illustrated by many Engravings.

This work supplies a want loug and deeply felt in our public schools, and the fidelity, care, and practical good sense with which it has been prepared, cannot fail to commend it to general favor. The Board of Agriculture of Massachusetts, after a most careful and thorough revision, have given to this Manual the following full and hearty endorsement:

* Resolvei, That this Board approve of the Manual of Agriculture, submitted by its authors, Geo. B. Emerson and Charles L. Flint, and recommend its publication, by these gentlemen, as a work well adapted for use in the schools of Massachusetts,"

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Outlines of Universal History. From the Creation of the World to the Present Time. By Dr. GEORGE WEBER,

Professor and Director of the High School, Heidelberg. 8vo. 575 pages, price $1.67. Sent by mail on receipt of price

The English Edition of this work was translated by Dr. M. Behr, Professor of German Literature i in Winchester College, and the American edition was prepared by Professor Bowen, of Harvard Col

leje. This work has met with unprecedented favor, and has become the Standard Text-Book in many of the Colleges, Academies, and High Schools in the United States. The recommendations received by the publishers would fill a volume. All wmite in saying that it is the best compend of Universal History ever published. A valuable lodex has recently been added, wherein the pronunciation of the names mentioned in the work is accurately represented.

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School Dictionary, 58 cents; Worcester's Elementary Dictionary. 75 cents; Worcester's Comprehepsive Dictionary, $1.12; Worcester's Academic Dictionary, $1.75; Worcester's Universal and Critical Dictionary, $3.50; Worcester's Quarto Dictionary, $7.50. A liberal discount will be made to the trade, to teachers, and to schools.

These Dictionaries have received the approval of the most eminent literary men, both in England and America. The Royal Quarto Dictionary, althouch first published in January, 1860, has already become the standard work in most of the literary institutions in the country; while the smaller works, especially the Comprehensive and the Primary School Dictionaries, have been extensively introduced into the best Academies and Common Schools in the United States.


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A new and improved text-book on Geology, especially designed to furnish an ELEMENTARY OUTLINE of the science of Geology, and a course of study adapted to the limited time allotted to the subject in the majority High Schools, Academies, and Colleges.


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I. HOW PLANTS GROW; Botany for Young People. 500 cuts.
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Not many weeks since, a number of teachers from the interior of the State devoted a couple of days, allowed them for the purpose in term time, to the business of making observations among the justly famous Public Schools of Boston. It was our privilege to make one of the company, and we propose to record some of the impressions occasioned by the visit, not for the purpose of flattering our Boston friends, who are probably quite above that, but to stimulate such of our fraternity as find it feasible, to do as we did, and perhaps to afford some benefit to those who can not. By the courtesy of Mr. Philbrick, the Superintendent of Schools, and of Mr. Capen, the Secretary of the School Committee, we were furnished with all the necessary information respecting localities, and enabled to proceed without delay or difficulty to such schools as we severally desired to visit. Dr. Brewer, a member of the Committee, acted as guide to various places of interest, and his attentions are gratefully acknowledged. The time of the writer of this article was devoted to the three High Schools—the Boys' English, the Latin, and the Girls' High and Normal. It is of these that we shall speak, not in detail, but to specify some things worthy of consideration, if not of imitation.



In the Boys' English High School there are five rooms, each containing thirty-five or forty boys, seated at single desks and reciting in all regular branches to one teacher. The advantages of this system are obvious. The teacher has a limited number under his almost absolute control ; he knows what they are doing in all their studies; they are constantly under his eye; there is no trouble about arranging recitations so as to prevent interferences ; and when a recitation commences, all in the room can be required to give exclusive attention to the exercise. We have heard it averred, by

. one who has given it a trial, that this method enables a teacher to accomplish one-third more, with equal expenditure of time and labor. On the other hand, this refinement of system seems to render the business more mechanical, suggesting a comparison between the fabrication of a well-disciplined mind and that of a bale of cotton sheeting. The raw material passes from hand to hand, through its various stages of manufacture; and the interest of the operator in each individual piece is much weakened by the reflection that it is only one of hundreds constantly passing through his hands, and which he may never recognize again. It is, perhaps, the remembrance of our own school days which makes us partial to the family idea of a school, where for four, five, or six years, you sat looking upon the same benign countenances of instructors, and for the most part, the same familiar faces of schoolmates, until the whole scene, with its surroundings, has become inseparably linked with the idea of “home.” Materially, in point of intellectual drill and mental improvement, the advantage may be with the former system; socially and morally, we incline to the latter.

A noticeable circumstance was the high degree of mental activity attained. Every pupil was expected to know what was going forward, and to be ready to take up a demonstration or other recitation at any stage of its progress, and carry it on as if he alone were responsible. The drones, if any were there, were by no means conspicuous. Much of this wide-awake manner is the consequence of external circumstances, but it is here constantly stimulated and called into exercise. Recitations are fired off with a briskness which in many schools would be thought entirely unattainable. Distinctness of utterance in some cases was sacrificed to volubility. This rapidity is commendable as at least a time-saving method, and to

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