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A. E. LEAVENWORTH A. M., ) Evito R8 AND PROPRIETO R5.
STATE TEACHERS' ASSOCIATION.
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Address all business letters, remittances, articles intended for publication, and eduldunges, to the Editors of Tur VERMONT SCHOOL JOURNAL, West Bratteboro', Vt.
Among the teachers and students of Vermont must be many who are nobly ambitious of raising their minds to the highest standard. To such the publishers of the “ Living Age” offer the company of a weekly visi. tor, which has been welcomed by President Adams, Justice Story, Chancellor Kent, the historians Prescott and Bancroft, and thousands of enlightened men in all parts of the country. The following is one of the “Star Papers” of the Rev. Henry Ward Beecher :
Since the days of the Gentleman's Magazine, and the pet Spectators, Ramblers, Idiers and Adventurers, what an advance has been made! There are more books tbar ever before, and as good ones ; the quarterlies are but books jointly composed by several co-operating authors, and coutain papers, often, which represent the ripe results of a whole lifetime's experience or retlection in every department of learning. The monthlies, if less stately, are harly less able; and all this is without prejudice to the weekly and daily newspapers, which command some of the best táinkers and writers in tiigland anii America
It was a happy thought, to select from this wide range of matter the best articles in every dejariment, and by bringing them together in a new work, to give to the people at a very moderate sum, the cream of a hundred different inaccessible and ("xpensive magazines and papers But this Mr. Littell has done, and done so well as to have deserver and earned for himself the thanks and esteem of all grateful readers, Our readers have doubtless seen the stereoscopic boxes which contain from twenty: five to a hundred plates, which, revolving, come up in succession before the eye and present living pictures from every part of the world "This is just what Mr. Litteil dues for us in literary matters. His Living Age is a stereoscopic series of the learned and literary doings of the world. It comes every week with a new set of pictures, reflectmy every side of the writing world, scientifie, philosophical, historic, didactic, critiC:), statistica, poetic: narrative, biography, stories--in short, every thing except siupid you and smart immorality,
Out of so wie il field to select with taste and good judgment, requires a talent, in its way, quite as iade is that which produces a brilliant article. Every plouder cannot select wisely. It dennds great industry, multifarious reading, a nicety of taste and fact, which are none the ics praisewordy because so fow think to praise them. Read(rs are an ungrateful set. 11y chdem thing of their obligations to those who preprepare for them the endless treasu ( ofthe printed pige. They seem to think that an author or compiler should be gratcilind satisfied if they only lony and admire. But there is for nobler natures a payment in coin de gross but more precious. If we were to express the sense of love and gratite which we feel to the authors that have cccompanied with us, tirst as teachers, and since as reverend companions, we should scarcely find words or space for the fullness of ile olering! We love to cherish a sense of mpayable obligation to great hearts. Aun ere is no man who performs the humblest service in the realm of learning and literature, who has not a right to the Honors and gratitude of benefactor.
Mr. Titteli i 1101 pursuing a new or recent thing: As long ago as 1836 we became subscribers to the aiuseim, a work similar to the Living 150, published monthly at l'liladelphit. This was the beginning of a second series. We know hot when the first one began. What a period between 1836 and 1859! And what a treasure is a consecutive series of volmes made up of the best matter which has appearee in that long period of more than twenty years!
Of the Living Age we have a complete set upon our shelves, and we find it univer. sally popular and useful. For invalids, on whose hands time langs heavily, and whose capricious taste every day needs some new resource, these bomo volumes must be invaluable. For those who resort to the country in summer, and wishi an abundance o: miscellaneous reading: for long voyages--for those who love to go back to other years and read ot'u vests which are now listories, but then were uanspiring, we can contially commend inis tailin ily interesting series. Every par they grow more interesting, not only by the progressive contenir, laut because as verecede from past years, we find it deligliutuu to have the means of recalling them. Those who have full sets of the Edinburgh Revientthe Quarterly, and who can read the articles which were written upon the aparance of Byron's prems, Scott's, Crables, the Waverly Novels, etc, know low tieeply interesting that contemporanicous criticism becomes with every vear that lengthens the period between us at it. But we pust 1100 trespass pon the space', wthr in this busy week. And we perforın bout a duty, While it is a pleasure', ini saying that he congratulate loim who has, and pily him who has not, ipon luis shelves the 104 almost little library--Littell's Living Ave.
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SCHOOL JOURNAL AND FAMILY VISITOR.
HOME As a source of educational influence, cannot be over estimated. It is the home of our childhood. If there is any thing sacred in memory, any thing dear to the human heart, that has felt its inspiring influence, any thing that bafiles eulogy, it is the genius of home. If there is any thing that stirs up the deep fountains of the soul and holds its willing victim spell-bound and silent, it is the melody of "Sweet Home.''
It must follow, therefore, that a healthful home influence has an untold power for good in the formation of character. Such was the Puritan home of New England. We know of no model that compares with it. No matter how homely and uncomfortable that cabin which was the home of the Puritan family-it was their earthly paradise. Its rough walls shielded them from the northern blasts, its blazing fire upon the sacred hearth-stone shed upon them its genial light and heat. This family was a circle unbroken by discord. Harmony and confidence robed in purity, dwelt there. Parental and filial affection shed over them their genial influence from day to day and year to year. In the Puritan family each member occupied the place assigned by Heaven. The father at the head was revered and obeyed as counsellor and judge, yet loved as parent and friend. The mother “opened her mouth in wisdom and in her tongue was the law of kindness." In counsel and discipline, the father and