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ry, if you don't mind your p's and q's, I shall William, a gentleman of good address, said, not give you any more clothes. Alarmed at in his usual bland manner : “ Mr. H– was his threat, I promised that I would hereafter my teacher. Having no inclination to study, study hard. I did not fail to fulfil my prom- I wasted my hours in gossiping. Mr. H. at ise. My teacher wrote to my father, speaking first bore with my idleness, but at last his pawell of my attainments. After my education tience could hold out no longer, and he threw was finished, my father gave me a well stocked me down upon the floor, and bound my hands farm and a fine carriage ; besides which, my behind me. He then made me walk up and teacher sent me two splendidly bound books. down the room for several hours ; he would I expect to marry a beautiful young lady in not release me until he had extorted from me two weeks from to-morrow."

a promise that I would be a good boy. Let Eliza, a beautiful lady, and who is one of

me say that I was as good as my word. My the few who are born with silver spoons in

in teacher was as much opposed to corporal puntheir mouths,” was called on to favor the

ishment as I am to spitting tobacco juice in company with an account of her school-girl

the face of a lady." days. After a few minutes reluctance, for she

The whole company were convulsed with is naturally bashful, she said: "My teacher. I laughter at the story of William. “Marganow dead, -peace to his ashes, say 1,-myret, dear,” said they to a small lady, who is teacher was a mute. I was proud, overbear

modest—not to say bashful, “ were you ever ing, and could not bear contradiction. One

whipped when you were at school ?" day my teacher gave me a lesson to learn in

“Never !” replied she, blushing deeply. the evening, but I did not attend to it until]" 1 am

it until I am an orphan. You know, my friends, next morning. He asked me why I did not

that I am married to a man who was my commit to memory the lesson he had given

teacher. I loved my mother so well, that me. I refused to answer him. I well remem

im. I well remem. when I went to school, I could not bring myber how his face turned. I kept my eyes fix

self to grieve her by neglecting my mind. I ed upon the floor with an air of stern resolve.

therefore employed my hours, both in and out All the pupils turned their eyes to the teacher,

of school, in reading; and I succeeded, let expecting that he would chastise me ; but he

me say, beyond the most sanguine expectaneither whipped me nor scolded me. He gave

tions of my teacher. As I wished to be all lessons to all the girls except me, nor did he

that my dear mother was, I formed myself speak to me. He avoided teaching me for

after her pattern. I studiously avoided talkseveral days; while I was obliged to sit on

ing in the schoolroom, for I knew that my the bench a silent spectator of the exercises of

mother wished me to acquire everything esthe pupils. I at length burst into tears, but

teemed worth knowing. I loved my teacher he took no notice of my tears. I could not

not so much on account of his haudsome figbear this state of things; I begged his par

ure as because he exerted his best endeavors

to advance me rapidly in my studies. Though don, promising to do better. From that time

I had no idea of setting my cap for him, he till the completion of my education, he treat

was pleased to marry me. To be frank, I feel ed me as a child, and I, him as a master. Our

myself one of the happiest of wives.” regret at parting, when my term at the asylum was ended, may be better imagined than de- A gentleman is one who combines a woman's scribed.”

tenderness with a man's courage.

For the Schoolmaster.
The Power of Kindness.

For the Schoolmaster.
The Records of the Pilgrims.



Who does not cherish with a fond remem

The Records-Enumeration-Bradford's Jourbrance some loved one whose voice was ever

nal-Bradford and RobinsonFaithfulness heard in accents of gentleness and love; and

of the WritersConclusion. from whose eyes ever beamed a light and Is it possible that the physical endurance of love, expressing in silent language, the a man is manifest in the vigor and tenacity of thoughts of a heart guileless and pure. Life his written phrases ? It is not impossible that is short ; but, if on our brief journey, we im- in the good old times of ministers who preachpart to earth's pilgrims a kind word and look ed in the tone and introduced seventeenthly of love, many a bright spot will gladden our before their finally, that the virtue of patience vision, and its close be peaceful and happy. was quite as common to their hearers as it is

now to holders of cushioned seats in modern Be gentle and kind, whate'er be thy lot, In school-room, in palace, or lowlier cot,

sanctuaries. The writers of the chronicles of Whatever thy mission, whatever thy sphere,

our forefathers seem to have been possessed Its power will prove magic to lighten each care.

not only of this rare virtue, but of steady and

durable pens, and withal, of a strong desire Dispense to each traveller thou meet'st by the

to inculcate moral and religious truth, in seaway A share of thy graces, that he may ne'er stay

son and out of season. In the paths of unkindness, disunion and strife,

| One of the most complete and reliable comThus shading with sorrow the journey of life. crow the journey of life. pilations of their writings is the Chronicles of

the Pilgrim Fathers, by Alexander Young. But if o'er a brother misfortunes dark stream

Other and good works exist, by Hubbard, Hath rolled like a ffood, blotting out each bright

Hutchinson, Holmes and Baylies. Banvard's dream Which in youth may have been far more brilliant

Plymouth and the Pilgrims is a smaller and a than thine,

good work, containing the more important Ere the tempter beguiled and he knelt at his records and valuable original matter. shrine;

The records which remain consist of jour

nals by Gov. Bradford and by Governors Extend in all kindness, a hand that will guide

Bradford and Winslow, the account of the And raise him above the dark swelling tide.

loss of a boy and the colonists' search for him, With a voice full of love bid him turn from earth's

a brief account of the reasons for settling in To the pleasures of Heaven, which will welcome

the new country, together with letters written him there.

by their pastor in Holland, John Robinson,

and replies by the colonists. There is also a So when thy ephemeral existence is o'er,

long and quaint dialogue between the ancient And thy frail bark is launched on eternity's shore,

s shore, and the young men of the colony, concerning A light, not of earth, will illumine thy flight

doctrines and duties. To those realms of bright glory where “God is

Some of the most valuable papers are copthe light.”

ies of original documents. When the Old No man can be sound in his faith, who is South Church was held by the British, some of unsound in his morals.

the records were lost which have not yet ap


peared. The Plymouth church, however, fur-ing of the Pilgrims at Plymouth, witnessed nishes on its books what is a copy, without the introduction of slavery on the soil of the doubt, of Bradford's journal, made by a con- New World. Tares and wheat have grown temporary. This is enriched by the copyist with up together. Every descendant of the Pilnotes and seems to contain, besides, his own re- grims looks with eagerness for the harvest flections and explanations, incorporated in the when those tares shall be plucked up by the text. This account, and Winslow and Brad - roots. ford's journal are both full and circumstantial. The days of Cavaliers and Roundheads have The reasons for the removal from England and passed into historic times. Puritan and bigsettlement in Holland, the projects for emi- oted Churchman sleep quietly in death. It is gration, together with their reasons for select- not for their descendants to disturb their rest. ing America, the incidents of the departure Still the spirit of liberty which they possessed and of the voyage are all explicitly given in cannot decay. It must remain fresh and vigone, while the other journal and the various orous, although it be choked by oppression letters mainly relate sufferings, trials, employ-or stunted by political extravagance. . ments into which they were led after their ar

J. W. o. rival in America. Bradford appears, in these simple but earnest accounts, as a man of for

For the Schoolmaster. titude and of moral and religious excellence.

Slips of the Tongue. Robinson, their pastor, never saw his flock after he bade them farewell on their departure

NORMALITES of the Providence dynasty may from Holland, but he continued his counsel |

remember the spasmodic attempts, one day, of

a diffident member of Professor Greene's by means of his earnest epistles, which breathe that spirit of true piety and trust in God

class to furnish an example of a " subordinate which the colonists, notwithstanding their in

connective,” commencing a sentence.

" When Columbus discovered America"tolerance, seem to have possessed. Indeed,

the scholar rashly began; then ensued an awkmany of the first settlers retained an unbroken and reverential regard for the mother who had

ward pause, followed by a desperate effort to forced them to relinquish, for conscience' sake,

complete the sentence. “When Columbus her careful teaching for their rough, but wel

discovered America,” - “ America was discome discipline in the wilderness.

covered!The sensation was as profound as

when an unfortunate young lady spoke confiIt is from these records that the history of dently of the exports, from a certain state, of the settlement of New England has been cul- the products of the diary. led. They bear internal evidence of their cor-| Nobody but ourselyes and the parties conrectness in the exactness of their relations, the cerned witnessed the following rich illustracarefulness and evident deliberation of their tion of the benefits of test questions in text diction, and the spirit of honesty which they books, which occurred in a Grammar school exhibit.

in our state. The hundred hardy souls who filled the lit- Teacher,-reading the questions from a poptle Mayflower, surely planted seeds of freedom ular Primary Geography,—~ What settlement in those colonies which they assisted to found. in the south of Australia ?” This seed has sprung up, though sown by the 1st Pupil. "Port Jackson, or Botany Bay." Wayside. The same year that saw the land. So far, very good. But an unintentional

' transposition of the questions resulted as “ the teachers in such and such a school had follows :

scholars from the vicinity who were further Teacher. “What are found here ?" advanced at the same age, and if they could

2d Pupil. “A coarse dark race, in a bar- not put the children as far forward in their barous state."

studies, it would be necessary for a change to Teacher. (Putting the previous question,) be made in their children's school.” What “. By whom is New Guinea inhabited ?" reply could a teacher make, satisfactory to

3d Pupil. (Vociferously,) “ Parrots and this ignorant parent? Far easier to his popbirds of Paradise !”

ularity, although not to his conscience, to Teacher. (Somewhat confused,) “What fall into the common current and swim with are found here?"

the stream of more accommodating teachers 4th Pupil. “Papuas."

in aiming at speedy results. Ignorance must Teacher. (Perseveringly,) “What do they not be attributed to the teachers concerning the consist of ?"

value of this important remark, but necessity 6th Pupil. (Desperately,) Frizzled hair!" knows no law and they are compelled to do

It is but fair to state that this incident is as others do, or perhaps, in too many instantrue, and it is perhaps unnecessary to add that ces, lose their situations, for the school comthe class had the same lesson for the next day. mittee cannot support a teacher long, whose Was the teacher or the book-maker responsi- course, however judicious, is not approved by ble ?

a majority of parents,-for in our country the

greater number will rule. The change, then, For the Schoolmaster.

from our prevalent system must originate with “ Arriving at Speedy Results.” parents, and intelligent educationists ought to

seek every opportunity to inculcate the most No remark made at the “Dedication of the correct notions of teaching on the minds of Normal School Building, Bristol,” impressed

the more ignorant parents, and thereby preitself more indelibly upon my memory than / vent any interference with a system of study the one at the head of this article. This can be approved by the wisest and most experienced attributed to my having had children in the

teachers. public schools, and by frequent visits ascer

| Aiming at speedy results would not, then, tained the course of instruction pursued in

present its unsatisfactory cause as now, so them. They all adopted the erroneous sys

I prominently, and parents would learn in what tem of “arriving at speedy results.” I took

the true value of teaching consists. the liberty, as a member of the school committee, to remonstrate against this practice, and was told that the majority of parents preferred a rapid progress in studies as indicat- Mental pleasures never cloy ; unlike those ing more improvement in their children. The of the body, they are increa ed by repetition, teachers, then, were not to be blamed for approved of by reflection and strengthened by yielding their better judgments to the more enjoyment. ignorant requirements of a majority, for if they attempted to argue in favor of not “ar- He that voluntarily continues in ignorance is riving at speedy results," as most of them did, guilty of all the crimes which ignorance prothey were met by the plump declaration that 'duces.




For the Schoolmaster.
The Voice of the Past.

For the Schoolmaster.
Letter from Minnesota.



Dear Sir,—The accompanying letter, from The voice of the past is borne to our ears

our old school-mate and mutual friend, w. By the parting breath of the steeds of the years,

W. T., has afforded me much amusement, and And away o'er the waves of Time's billowy stream Reach its tones like a vanishing dream.

I doubt not will be acceptable to your read

ers. Those of them, at least, who are acThe heroes of old have from earth passed away, |

n earth passed away, quainted with its author, will readily recogAs the last beams that linger at close of the day,

' nize the spirit of by-gone days. And the dim stars arise pale and cold on the tomb,

J. D., JR. Where the light of the past has slept in its gloom. O'er the ruins of Greece, the first cradle of lore,

Good MORNING, FRIEND JAMES. The genii of Science will flit nevermore,

Minnesota, 1858. And the fame that was gained at the red Mara « How true it is that to-morrow never comes. | thon,

For the last some time I have set it apart as Is mirrowed above in the poet's wild song.

the day to answer your very welcome, but And Rome, haughty Rome, whose banners un

long neglected letter. I have concluded, this furled

morning, if you will accept of fifty per cent. Their eagles of might o'er a down-trodden world, of what I owe you and throw in the interest, And looked in her pride from her seven hills to balance accounts with you, and begin down,

anew. While natiors afar turned pale at her frown.

We are having a regular New England JanHe too by the mighty at last was laid low, uary thaw-a thing very uncommon here, And she bowed to the Goth, her rude northern Winter has suspended, the snow banks have foe,

gone into liquidation, there is a great run on Though vainly she tries for her power as of old,

the river banks, and it is feared they will both Like the giants consumed 'neath Ætna's huge

have to go under. The clouds have discount

ed very freely, but that, instead of helping it, We may seek for a tale of the past to learn,

hastended to unsettle the ground on which they By the side of old Egypt's lofty urn;

were founded,-everything seems to be going But the Nile's dark waves in silence weep, down stream. This winter-most of it—has And the desert sands their promise keep. been the pleasantest one I can remember for And history turns from the shadowy age,

the last fifty or sixty years ; very little cold For the morning light to illumine her page;

weather, from four to six inches of snow, and In vain she sighs for a power so vast,

excellent sleighing. As to list to the voice of the distant past.

• The panic,' which took you by surprise

at the east, has been here also, but we heard To be swift to hear and slow to speak, is an of it in time to make sonie preparation. When evidence that a man loves truth, and opens we saw it coming we retreated behind our six his heart to receive it; but to be swift to months' bills and discharged a number of speak and slow to hear, is an evidence that he rounds of golden shot, which soon brought the loves his own opinion better than the truth. 'fearful creature to terms. All of us were


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