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dialogue was as follows: "You have had an this negro's calculation of the latitude, the excellent teacher of navigation, young man ; longitude, and the true time, which he had and you could not well help being a good worked out on the passage. He answered all scholar. In making the Straits of Gibraltar, my questions with wonderful accuracy, not what was the error in your reckoning?' The in the Latin of the caboose, but in good set young man replied, “Six miles.' You must terms of navigation. This cook had been then have got your longitude very accurately: round the world, a cabin boy, with Captain how did you get it?' • First by our chron-Cook on his last voyage, and was well acometers, and afterwards by lunar distances.' quainted with the particulars of his assassi• What! do you know how to take and cal- | nation at Owhyhee, on the 14th of Feb. 1779.” culate the longitude by lunar distances ?' The young captain seemed somewhat nettled

For the Schoolmaster. at my question, and answered me with a

Simplicity and Bombast. scornful smile, - ' I know how to calculate the longitude! why, our cook can do that!' | MR. BLUNT. Here, Jim, take my horse, • Your cook!' Here the owner of the ship and water him and feed him, and I'll pay you for the old captain assured me that the cook on it. board could calculate the longitude very well,

Mr. Exquisite. And now, Mr. Ostler, I that he had a taste and a passion for it, and require your strictest attention for a fleeting did it every day. There he is,' said the moment. I surrender and commit to your young man, pointing with his finger to a ne- special care this exceedingly beautiful dapgro at the stern of the ship, with a white pled-grey quadruped. Receive him as an apron before him, and holding a chicken in important charge. Circumambulate him one hand, and a butcher knife in the other. around this spacious mansion, this renowned

Come forward, Jack,' said the captain to public house ; let him imbibe a few aqueous him : the gentleman is surprised that you particles; then cast before him a small amount can calculate the longitude, - answer his of vegetable nutriment, and when he has saquestions. I asked him, • What method do tiated his appetite, I will render to you, for you use to calculate the longitude by lunar

his recuperative refreshment, pecuniary redistances?" "His answer was, · It's all one to

muneration. me; I use the methods of Maskelyne, Lyons, Witchel, and Bowditch ; but, upon the whole,

The Smiths. I prefer Dunthorne's. - I am more used to it, and can work it quicker.' I could not express

SMITH, the razor strop man, is about again. my surprise at hearing this black face talk in

He is not ashamed of his patronymic - he this way, with his bloody chicken and knife rather glories in it. In the course of a rein bis hand. "Go,' said Mr. Crowninshield

cent harangue in our city, Smith administerto him, lay down your chicken, bring your

ed the following consolation to the great fambooks and your journal, and show the gentle

ily to which he has the honor to belong: man your calculations. The cook soon re

“ Gentlemen, my name is Smith, I am turned with his books under his arm. He proud to

proud to say I am not ashamed of it. It may had Bowditch's Practical Navigator, The be that no person in this crowd owns that Requisite Tables, Hutton's Tables of Loga- very uncommon name. If, however, there berithms, and the Nautical Almanac. I saw all'one such, let him hold up his head, pull up,


his dickey, turn out his toes, take courage,

The Boomerang. and thank his stars that there are a few more left of the same sort.

Tuis curious weapon, peculiar to the na

tives of Australia, has often proved a puzzler Smith, gentlemen, is an illustrious name, And stands very high in the annals of fame,

to men of science. It is a piece of carved Let White, Brown and Jones increase as they wood, nearly in the form of a crescent, from will,

thirty to forty inches long, pointed at both Believe me, Smith will outnumber them still. ends, and the corners quite sharp. The mode

Gentlemen, I am proud of being an origin- of using it is quite as singular as the weapon. al Smith ; not a SMITHE, nor a SMYTH, but | Ask a native to throw it so as to fall at his a regular, natural, and original s-m-i-t-h, feet, and away it goes, full forty yards before Smith. Putting the Y in the middle, or the him, skimming along the surface, at three or E at the end won't do, gentlemen. Who ever four feet from the ground, when it will sudheard of a great man by the name of Smyth,

denly rise in the air, forty or sixty feet, deor Smith-e. Echo answers who? and every

scribing a curve, and finally drop at the feet body answers nobody. But as for Smith,

of the thrower. During its course, it revolves plain s-m-i-t-h Smith, why, the pillars of fame

with great rapidity, as on a pivot, with a whizare covered with that honored and revered

zing noise. It is wonderful that so barbarous

a people should have invented so singular a Who are the most racy, witty, and popular

weapon, which sets laws of progression at deauthors of this country? Horace and Albert fiance. It is very dangerous for a European Smith.

to try to project it at any object, as it Who the most original, pithy, and humor. / may return and strike himself. In a native's ous preacher? Rev. Sidney Smith.

hand, it is a formidable weapon, striking To go further back, who was the bravest

without the projector being seen; like the and boldest soldier in Sumpter's army, in the

Irishman's gun, shooting round the corner

equally as straightforward. It was invented Revolution : A Smith.

to strike the kangaroo, which animal is killed Who palavered with Powhattan, galivant

by it with certainty; and, though a copse ined with Pocahontas, and became the ancestor

tervene between the hunter and the animal, of one of the first families in Virginia ? A

the boomerang comes round the corner, and Smith again.

breaks the animal's legs. And who, I ask — and I ask the question seriously and soberly — who, I say, is that

Dog Days. A schoolmaster asked a class, man, and what is his name, who has fought

how many dog days there are? The question the most battles, made the most speeches,

passed from one to another, without a satispreached the most sermons, held the most of

factory answer, until one bright looking boy fices, sung the most songs, written the most

replied, that he thought there must be a great poems, courted the most women, kissed the

many; for he had heard " that every dog has most girls, ran away with the most wives,

| his day.” Who can give the correct answer: and married the most widows ? History says, you say, I say, everybody says, John Smith.

KINDNESSES are stowed away in the heart

like rose-leaves in a drawer, to sweeten every Never permit your energies to slumber. 'object around them.

EDITOR'S DEPARTMENT Rhode Island outside of Providence. It has

subscribers in all of the northern and western OUR SUBSCRIBERS who are in arrears will find states, including California, and in several of the their Bills in this number. The times are

southern states. But the teachers in the vari

ous towns of our own state have not patronized hard,friends, but they are harder for The

their journal as they ought. There are now SCHOOLMASTER than for his subscribers. So, more teachers in the towns of Rhode Island who please be so kind as to send that doliar right are not subscribers to it than who are. along. He needs it to buy paper and pay his! We are aware that the past has been a remarkprinter. Don't lay aside the bill and forget it,

able year. Rhode Island never before saw the

time when business was so paralyzed. Being but send the $ at once and call it square.

emphatically a manufacturing state, and all or

nearly all manufacturing having been suspendTo Our Readers.

ed for a part and much for all of the year, of

course our people have found unusually “hard A YEAR has now passed since the present edi- times,” so that many have been compelled to tor entered upon his duties in connection with send an order of discontinuance, accompanied this journal. It was then temporarily suspended, with expressions of regret that they were obligand never would have seen the light again had ed to do so. not the financial flurry deprived him of anything Thus we have had to struggle through unprebetter to do than to furnish a journal of educa- cedented difficulties. Add to this that the subtion to the people of our good little state. scription list was at its lowest point when we

This he undertook to do. He put his hand to took the charge of the journal, and that the state the plow and has not dared to look back. He has never given it any patronage, such as is exdid not believe the teachers and families of tended by other states to similar publications, Rhode Island would suffer the only magazine in and our friends may have some idea of the effort the state to die for want of a single dollar, if it necessary to sustain THE SCHOOLMASTER. We were worthy of patronage. He has labored ear-have succeeded in sustaining it thus far, but nestly to furnish a journal which should be word with no remuneration for services, and not yet thy of support. He has endeavored to improve

receipts sufficient to cover expenditures. its mechanical appearance ; to procure from the We therefore call upon the teachers of Rhode best writers in the state, original articles of in- Island and the friends of THE SCHOOLMASTER terest and value; and to select from exchanges everywhere to aid us in increasing the subscripand from books the best articles possible for such tion list. The fall schools are now commenced a publication. In short, he has endeavored to and all are making arrangements for the winter furnish a magazine which should be welcome to schools. It is a time, therefore, when many new the teachers and the families of the state - not subscribers may be obtained. On another page forgetting the children - and to all in other may be found a letter from Missouri, the writer states who should chance to meet with it. This of which sent a new name with his gold dollar. has been his aim. How well he has succeeded We send bills to our friends in arrears, and will he leaves his readers to judge.

they not send the gold or the paper dollar accomTHE SCHOOLMASTER has been faithfully re- panied with the names of one or more new submembered by its contributors, special, regular scribers ? and occasional.

Will not, also, all who love THE SCHOOLMASThe subscription book has been well patroniz- TER ask their friends and neighbors, and scholed by other states, both far and near. The Penn-ars, and brother teachers, and sister teachers, sylvania list is nearly as large as the list from who have not already subscribed, to hand them


one little dollar to forward to the editor with nal, has presented year by year so long a list of which to “pay the printer ?”

names to be placed upon its subscription books. By so doing they will insure the continuance of Nor did his interest cease till his death. During the publication, increase its efficiency, and have the past year, while unable to appear in the the satisfaction of the assurance that they have streets, he sent not unfrequently notes of enhelped maintain the Rhode Island State Educa- couragement to the editor and short articles for tional Journal.

our readers.

We understand that in former years he was

himself a teacher, and for many years a member Letter from Missouri.

of the school committee of this city. Our Rhode Island teachers will be gratified to learn the estimation in which THE SCHOOLMAS New School House at Taunton. Ter is held in “foreign parts." We are in receipt, not unfrequently, of letters like the fol- A New school house was dedicated at Taunlowing. Are there not many Rhode Island ton, Mass., on the 15th ult., with appropriate teachers yet unacquainted with THE SCHOOL- ceremonies. Addresses were delivered by severMASTER? We shall be very happy to give them al distinguished individuals, among whom were an introduction.

Secretary Boutwell, and Ex-Governor Morton.

The building is three stories above the basement, “KANZAS CITY, Mo., 17th August, 1858. lis divided into ten school-rooms and a hall, and My Dear Sir:

cost, with the grounds, $25,000. “ Enclosed please find one dollar for my! The school is to be under the charge of Geo. SCHOOLMASTER. Excuse me for not sending it|c. Wilson, Esq., formerly of Woonsocket, a before. I would not be without this magazine | worthy man, an accomplished gentleman, and a for five times the amount. On Friday I select successful teacher. articles to read to the whole school, and some of my girls look for the book now with as much in

THE ATLANTIC MONTHLY for October conterest as "Please send THE SCHOOLMASTER with mine

tains some excellent articles. We have no heart, to — of this place.

however, to read them, much less to admire J. H. L.”

them, we are so grieved that the “Autocrat"

has gone into matrimony. We were in hopes George H. Tillinghast, M. D. he would keep up his nice stories about the

"morning walks," until another summer, esIn the last number of THE SCHOOLMASTER pecially as he always had something to tell appeared an article on “ The Importance of a about the Schoolma'am. We could then conscilonger Course at School,” which was the last entiously recommend the work to teachers, butcontribution from the pen of an old teacher, a will you believe it — The Autocrat of the Breakworthy man, and a warm and efficient friend of fast Table was married on the last day of sumof this journal. GEORGE HOPKINS TILLING- mer to the School Mistress ! HAST, M. D., died in this city August 28th, ag-However disappointed that this event has taked 62 years. He was a graduate of Brown Uni- en place so soon, we would extend our congratversity of the class of 1814, and has been long ulations to him, and wish the School Ma'am a known as an earnest advocate of popular educa- very pleasant walk in the “ long path.” tion. He has been one of the most efficient friends and co-workers for THE RHODE ISLAND | We hope the teachers will all remember the SCHOOLMASTER since its establishment. No oth- Institute at Newport, commencing Oct. 4th. It er person, not directly connected with the jour-'is the only institute of the season.

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Providence Schools.

ing and arranging of schools, that pupils can be

far better taught, and better governed, in rooms THE ANNUAL REPORT of the School Com-containing from fifty to sixty scholars, than they mittee of this city presents some interesting facts can be in rooms of one hundred and fifty and in relation to the schools and some important two hundred scholars. * * * suggestions with reference to the grading and “By the recent returns from the Prospect classification of schools.

street and the Arnold street Grammar Schools, The matter of popular education has recently which are under the old system, it appears that engrossed more than the ordinary attention there are 392 pupils in both of these schools. which our people are wont to give to the subject. And this is about the average number for the

It is well known to the friends of education in year. The cost of instruction alone, in these this vicinity that some change has been effected schools, is $4,500 a year, – $2,400 being paid within the last two years in relation to the grad- to two Principals, and $2,100 to six Assistants. ing and classification of the schools. In a ma- The number of pupils in the Elm street Gramjority of the Grammar Schools the old plan of mar School, which has been altered and placed two or three hundred scholars in one room,-un- under the new system, is 388, while the cost of der the care of a principal and assistants, the instruction alone, in this school, is at the rate latter occupying recitation rooms, while the only of $3,300, which is $1,200 less than is paid former conducts his recitations in the main for the instruction of but four more scholars in room, - has been given up, and the plan of sin- Prospect and Arnold street Grammar Schools. gle rooms with one teacher and fifty or sixty Here is a gain of $1,200 a year in the cost of inscholars substituted in its stead. Of this plan struction, while the expense of the change was the Superintendent in his report to the Commit- but $1.250." tee speaks as follows:

of the system of classification the Superin“From the examination of the different Gram-Itendent remarks: mar Schools, there is indubitable evidence that the alterations that have been made in two of

“From the frequent and careful examinations the Grammar School buildings, have very ma

that I have made of the several grades of schools, terially increased the value and the efficiency of

I am fully satisfied that their efficiency may be these schools. All the benefits and advantages very muc

very much enhanced by a more complete and that were expected when these changes were perte

perfect system of classification. There are evils proposed, have been fully realized. The Princi-growing out of our present system that ought to pals of these schools, who have taught under

be remedied. There is now no uniformity in both systems, are very decided in the expression

schools of the same grade. In some schools of their opinion in regard to the superior facili

there are four classes, in others there are seven ties which these schools afford, when compared

and eight. The time devoted to each study, also with those under the old system: and their ex

varies very much in the different schools; hence perience is in perfect accordance with that of arises a difficulty in bringing these scholars tohundreds of other able teachers, who have made se made gether in one class when they are promoted to

* a similar trial. I have never known a teacher, schools of a higher grade. * * who has had a good opportunity of judging of “The plan which I would recommend, and both systems, who has not given his decided which I am confident will remedy the evil that is preference to the one recently introduced into now so often complained of is this: to establish our schools. During the last few years, this sub- definitely the number of classes in each grade of ject has been so thoroughly and ably discussed schools, and to assign a precise course of study by the devoted friends of education, that it has to every class for each term. By this arrangenow become an established principle in the grad-'ment, the amount of study in the corresponding

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