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20. What would be done in Rhode Island in such a case ?

The Governor would forthwith convene the General Assembly at Providence, for the choice of Electors to fill such vacancies by an election in Grand Committee. 21. How many Electors is a State entitled to ?

As many as it has Senators and Representatives in Congress. Rhode Island is entitled to four, New York to thirty-three, and Nevada to three. 22. What is meant by “ Electors at Large”?

Each State is divided into as many Congressional Districts as it has Representatives in Congress, from each of which an Elector is nominated, and the remaining two Electors are selected without regard to the District they reside in, and are called • Electors at Large.” The “ Electors at Large” in New York, on the National Union ticket, were Horace Greely and Preston King. In Massachusetts, were Edward Everett and Whiting Griswold.

23. Where do the voters of the Second Ward, (any town or ward,) in Providence, cast their votes ?

In the Hall of the Engine House on Benefit street. 24. Who receives the ballots ?

The Warden, (Moderator,) an officer duly elected and qualified. 25. Who checks the name upon the voting list ?

The Ward Clerk. (Town Clerk.) 26. At what time do the polls open and close ?

In Providence, they open at 10 o'clock A. M., and close at 8 o'clock P. M. 27. What is done with the votes ?

They are assorted, counted, and, with an election certificate properly filled and signed by the warden and clerk, are made into a sealed package and returned to the Governor at the Secretary's office within ten days after election. The Governor counts the votes in the presence of the Secretary of State, and notifies the Electors of their election.

28. If any of the Electors of Rhode Island decline the said office, or are presented by any cause from serving therein, how are their places filled ?

The other Electors, when met in Bristol, shall fill such vacancies, and shall file a certificate in the Secretary's office, of the person or persons by them appointed. 29. What is meant by the Electoral College ?

The assembly of the Electors of a State for the purpose of voting for President and Vice President. 30. When do the Electors meet?

On the first Wednesday in December following their election. The Electors of all the States meet the same day. 31. Where do they meet ?

At the place designated by the State legislature. Generally at the capital, but in Rhode Island, at Bristol. 32. How many votes do they cast ?

Each Elector casts one vote. 33. What is done with the record of their vote?

The Electors make and sign three certificates of all the votes by them given, seal up the same, certifying on each that a list of the votes for President and Vice President is contained therein. They appoint a person to take charge of, and to deliver to the President of the Senate, at the seat of government, before the first Wednesday in January next ensuing, one of the said certificates. They send another certificate to the President of the Senate by mail, and cause the other certificate to be delivered to the Judge of the District in which they meet.

34. Suppose the certificates sent to the President of the Senate fail to reach him within the prescribed time?

The Secretary of State shall send a special messenger to the District Judge in whose custody such list shall have been lodged, who shall forthwith transmit the same to the seat of government.

35. If the President of the Senate is absent from the seat of government when the State-messenger arrives, what is done with the list of votes in his custody?

He shall deliver them into the office of the Secretary of State to be safely kept and delivered over, as soon as may be, to the President of the Senate. 36. When are the electoral votes counted and declared ?

On the second Wednesday in February next following the election. 37. By whom

By the President of the Senate, in the Representatives' Hall, in the presence of the Senators and Representatives.

38. Who will be our next President ?
• We have good reason to believe Abraham Lincoln will be.
39. Is he now elected ?

He is not.
40. When will he be ?

On the second Wednesday in February, if at all. 41. What constitutes the election of President :

A majority of the electoral votes as deciared by the President of the Senate. 42. If there be no election by the Electors, how is the President chosen ?

By the House of Representatives. · 43. Within what time must the Representatives elect?

Before the fourth of March next ensuing. 44. If they fail to elect, who then becomes President ?

The Vice President. 45. Can there be an election of President and not of Vice President by the Electors, and vice versa.

There might be. 46. Can there be an election of Vice President, by Congress, and not of President?

There can be. If the Electors fail to elect a Vice President the United States Senate elects him, choosing from the two having the highest number of electoral votes, and the presiding officer has a vote when there is a tie. 47. What is necessary to constitute a quorum ?

A member or members from two-thirds of the States must be present, and a majority of all the States shall be necessary to a choice. 48. Do the Representatives vote by States or as individuals ?

By States; the representation from each State having but one vote. 49. When does the President take his seat?

On the fourth of March. 50. When and where is he inaugurated :

In Washington, on the fourth of March. 51. What is meant by the President's Inaugural ?

The address on the condition of the country, which he delivers after having taken the oath of his office. It also sets forth the policy of his administration.

52. When and where was Washington inaugurated.

In the city of New York, April 30th, 1789. The oath of office was administered by Robert R. Livingston, Chancellor of the State of New York. 53. How is the President nominated ?

By a national convention of delegates from each State. 54. How are such delegates chosen ?

By a State presidential convention. 55. How are the delegates to the State convention chosen ?

By the voters of the several towns and wards in primary meetings. 56. Rhode Island is entitled to how many delegates in the national convention ?

Four; but to the last convention she sent double that number. 57. Where was the recent convention held that nominated Abraham Lincoln for President?

At Baltimore, Md. 58. Where the one that nominated George B. McClellan ?

At Chicago, Ill. 59. What is the “ Platform"?

The resolutions adopted by a convention as embodying its leading principles. 60. Does the Distriet of Columbia participate in the election of President?

It does not; neither do the territories. 61. Are the Electors appointed in the same manner in all the States ?

In South Carolina they are appointed by the Legislature. 62. Which set of candidates for Electors in Rhode Island received a majority of the votes Nov. 8th, 1864 ?

The Electors on the National Union ticket. They were — Robert B. Cranston, William S. Slater, Rowse Babcock, and Simon H. Greene. 63. When were they officially notified of their election?

On or before the first Wednesday in December last. 64. When did they meet in Bristol ?

On the first Wednesday in last December. Congress designates the time of their meeting and the General Assembly the place. 65. What is the “ White House”?

The residence of the President. 66. Why was the fourth of March originally selected as the day for the inauguration of the President ?

67. What is the duty of those teachers who are not lending their aid to crush this wicked rebellion by actual camp service ? .

To instil into the minds and hearts of their pupils such a love of country, such a reverence for law, such a devotion to the rights, liberties and education of the whole people, such a hatred to slavery and injustice, that it will be impossible for such a rebellion to occur again.

Miss LOUISE PASSMORE, of Providence, has gone to take charge of the girls' department of one of the Grammar schools at Norfolk, Virginia.

The Council and Aldermen of the city of Providence have voted to add a sum not exceeding 25 per cent. to salaries of the teachers in the public schools of that city.



THE session of the Teacher's Institute commenced in the Methodist Church, in Warren, on Friday afternoon, Jan. 6th, according to appointment. Quite a respectable number of teachers, of both sexes, were present at the opening.

The meeting was called to order by Mr. Mowry, the President, who, upon taking the chair, gave an impromptu address to the teachers and visitors, congratulating them upon the auspices under which the Institute commenced its session.

Prayer was then offered by the pastor of the church, after which the first question was proposed for discussion: “Under what circumstances, if any, ought a pupil to be expelled from school.” The debate was spirited and interesting. It was opened by Mr. Kendall, of the Normal School, and participated in by our worthy School Commissioner, Dr. Chapin, and the Rev. Mr. Talbot, of Bristol.

Before the discussion was finished, the President called for the order of the day, which was an address by Mr. Kendall. The theme might be entitled, “Good Morals in and out of School,” for the learned gentleman took a wide range. It was eminentiy instructive, not to teachers only, but to parents and school committees. It was not only sweeping in its scope, but it was faithful in details. The teachers of the State should request it for publication and general circulation.

In the evening, there was great disappointment over the non-arrival of Professor Edwards, of the East Greenwich Seminary, who was announced for an interesting Astronomical lecture.

During the hour of waiting, the audience were entertained by some excellent music drawn from the organ by that skillful organist, Mr. Pierce, of Warren. At seven o'clock, the regular programme was taken up. The choir sang Addison's beautiful hymn, commencing

“ The spacious firmament on high ; ''

after which Rev. Mr. Dean led the opening devotions. The choir then sang Mrs. Hemans' well-known New England song, beginning

“ The breaking waves dashed high

On a stern and rock-bound coast.”

Then an address followed, given by Dr. Swain, of Providence, upon “Puritan Education.” It was delivered with the reverend gentleman's well-known earnestness and strength of thought, occupying three-quarters of an hour. It was listened to with the marked attention of a respectable sized audience, and was appropriately ciosed by the choir singing the “ Marseillaise Hymn.” The evening services were then closed with the benediction, by Dr. Swain.


The weather being very unfavorable, the teachers were rather behind time. The President called the Institute to order about 9 o'clock. Prayer was offered by the Rev. Mr. Horton.

The President then announced for discussion the subject, " What shall we do with the Dull Ones ?”.

Mr. Kendall, of Bristol, opened the discussion. He thought the first thing to be done was for the teacher to divest himself of all feeling of impatience because of the dull ones; that he should remember that in many cases dullness existed only on certain subjects, while on others great intelligence would be manifested. Again, dullness might exist up to a certain age, and then would disappear.

Mr. Cady, of Warren, thought many scholars were rather slow than dull of comprehension, and they should receive, for a time at least, extra attention from the teacher, even if the time must be given after school, and sometimes shorter lessons should be given to those pupils.

The subject was further discussed by the President and Messrs. Bicknell, Snow and DeMunn, of Providence,

At 11 o'clock, Mr. T. W. Bicknell was introduced, and gave a lecture of more than an hour in length, on the Teacher's Compensation. It was a well-written lecture, full of high and noble thoughts and suggestions.

At the close of the lecture, the Institute adjourned.

At 21 o'clock the Institute reassembled, the President in the chair.

“ What Improvements can be made in our present Modes of teaching Geography?" was taken up for discussion.

Messrs. Bates, of Bristol, Aldrich, of East Providence, and Snow, of Providence, spoke on the question.

The subject of the morning, “What shall we do with the Dull Ones?” was resumed, and Dr. Chapin was requested to give his views on the subject. He said the subject was a broad one, and required that the teacher should understand all the circumstances of the pupil, both special and general, physical, social, mental and moral; whether he was voluntarily or involuntarily dull. The Dr. suggested several remedies, and was followed by Mr. Kendall.

Dull teachers came in for their share of criticism.

At the close of Mr. Kendall's remarks, Mr. Aldrich, from the Committee on Resolutions, presented the following which were unanimously adopted :

Resolved, That we, the members of the R. I. Institute of Instruction, do hereby cordially thank Messrs. Kendall and Bicknell and Rev. Dr. Swain, for their able and eloquent lectures.

Resolved, That we also extend our thanks to the M. E. Church for the free use of their church building, and also to the citizens of Warren for their bountiful hospitality so kindly shown to the members of this Institute.

Resolved, That we feel a deep sense of indebtedness to the Committee of Arrangements for the thorough and able manner in which they have discharged their duties.

Adjourned to the Annual Meeting in Providence.

On repairing to the cars, and while endeavoring to get on board, the person in charge of the train gave the signal for starting, and quite a number were left behind to partake of the hospitalities of the citizens of Warren for the Sabbath. Such cul. pable disregard of the travelling public who use that road should receive the rebuke of its controlling officers or directors. One lady came near being thrown under the wheels of the car by the suddenness of the starting. It is sufficient to say that the regular, gentlemanly conductor, Burnham, was not in charge of the train.-Press.

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