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ard of education for the sex has been constantly rising in the United States; and the great, felt, pressing want has been ample endowments, to secure to Female Seminaries the elevated character, the stability and permanency of our best Colleges."

Military Education.—The North Carolina Journal of Education, (April No.,) publishes an essay on Military Education, which occupies, in fine print, more than fifteen pages. The object of the essay is, “ to show the benefits of Military Schools, and their peculiar fitnesse and adaptation to our Southern Youth.Is it a wise policy, to encourage the predominance of the military orer the scientific, in any state or country? Is anything gained by cul. tivating a military spirit, to the neglect of that moral and intellectual culture, calculated to fit our youth to become peaceful citizens, in a law abiding community, and to discharge the duties of political, civil, and social life? We think not. An exclusively military education tends to create a warlike spirit and a military despotism. A thorough system of common schools, we think is better adapted to the genius of our government.

Prof. Milo P. Jewett, has been appointed President of Passar Female College.

O. NOTICES OF BOOKS, PUBLICATIONS, &C. Our Journal.Owing to circumstances, not connected with the war, but beyond our control, the paper and printing of the Journal have not answered our expectations. After this month, wu have promise of improvement.

We are indebted to the Hon. John D. Philbrick, of Boston, anil Hon. James Denman of San Francisco, Cal., for interesting reports of the public schools, in their respective cities.

The Polylingual Journal, a Quarterly Magazine, in French, Spanish, Italian, German, and English.

The New Series of this Journal is published in the regular octavo form. The French, Spanish, Italian, and German, are published in separate MAGAZINES, composed of the best productions of some of the leading writers of France, Spain, Italy, and Germany. These Magazines are published quarterly, with a Supplement of Instructions for private learners, at one dollar a year each, in advance,

Hiram C. Sparks, Editor and Proprietor, and Author of Sparks' Analysis of the French Verbs. Students in either of these languages, will find this Journal to be a valuable aid. The Editor's experience as Professor of Modern Languages, and his intimate acquaintance with the peculiarities and idioms, in each of the language es represented in his Journal, admirably fit him to give valuable and timely help to the studious inquirer.

Merry's Museum and Parley's Magazine, Vol. 41, No. 5, for May 1861, is before us. This illustrated dollar Magazine, appears to us, to be just the work for children and youth. Among its leading features, we find articles upon History, Geography, Geology, Natural History, Travels, Biography, and Puzzles. "It seeks to aid in the formation of character, establish good principles, cultivate right feeling, promote correct habits, and store the mind with useful knowledge”. Published by J. N. Stearns & Co., 111 Fulton St., New York.

Godey's Lady's Book, Peterson's Lady's Magazine, and Arthur's Home Magazine, for June, come promptly to our table, with their usual variety, offering to their readers, much that is useful, or entertaining. For the housewife, they abound in receipts, suggestions, patterns, etc.

Rutland Daily Herald.--The enterprising publishers of the Rutland Weekly Herald, Messrs. Geo. A. Tuttle & Co., have within the last month commenced the issue of the above named daily. It is a handsome sheet, containing each day's news in a condensed form. See the advertisement for terms, etc.

Atlantic Monthly for June. Contents ; Agnes of Sorrento, Greek Lines, The Rose Enthroned, A Bag of Meal, Napoleon the Third, Concerning Things Slowly Learnt, American Navigation, Denmark Vesey, New York Seventh Regiment, Arpy Hymn, The Pickens and Stealin's Rebellion, Recent American Publications. Address Ticknor & Fields, Boston.

Iarper's New Monthly for June, presents the following: Coast Rangers of California, Recrimination, Adventures in Gorrilla Land, Apple Blossoms, Orley Farm and Philip (continued,) George Rogers Clark, Charty Spangler, What is best ? Clergyman's Adventures, Audience of Queen of Spain, On Being Found Out, Monthly Record of Current Events, etc. Harper & Brothers, Franklin Square, New York.

Our interest in the cause of Physical Culture leads us, readily, to give the following note a place. Read the advertisement algo.

Boston, May 20th, 1861. Editors of the Vermont School Journal :

Permit me to say to your readers, that we are making the most complete preparations for the Normal Institute for Physical Education, to open on July 4th, of this year.

In this Institution, Ladies and Gentlemen will be ared to teach Gymnastics in the most thorough and scientific manner.

The course will consist of one hundred and eight lessons, and a regular course of lectures, upon Anatomy, Physiology, Hygiene, and Gymnastics, by four able Professors.

Those who cannot attend a full course, upon the first visit, can finish at another.

Let all those who desire to know the detail of our plan, send for a circular, enclosing stamp.

Please address Your Ob’t Servant, DIO LEWIS.

Teachers' Institutes for the Counties of Orange, Windsor, Windham, Bennington, Rutland and Addison, will be held as follows:

At Randolph, June 4-5; Chester, 7–8; Wilmington, 11-12; Arlington, 14-15; Fairhaven, 18-19; Orwell, 21-22

The Institutes will each continue in session during two days, having evening sessions, and each daily session will commence at 9 A. M.

All friends of Education are invited to attend, and as punctually as possible.

Clergymen are respectfully invited to give notice from their Pulpits.

Town Superintendents, as co-agents of the State, are earnestly requested to notify Teachers, and urge their attendance; and also to notify clergymen. Teachers are reminded that time spent by them in attending the Institute of the County where they teach, is, by law, considered to be spent in the service oftheir schools, and so is not, in any sense, lost.—What character our Common Schools shall aim to impress upon the children of the State, is a question of very apparent importance in these times so full of peril to our country,

J. S. ADAMS, Sec. Vt. Board of Education. Washington County Teachers' Association.— The next meeting will be held at Northfield, on Friday and Saturday, June 7th and 8th.

Superintendents of the Common Schools in the County, are requested to invite the Teachers of the respective towns to attend, and they are also solicited to be present, and take part in the discussions.

Chittenden County Teachers' Association.- The next meeting of this Association will be held at Winooski, on Friday and Saturday, the 7th and 8th of the present month.

It is earnestly hoped that all the Teachers of the County, and all others interested in the objects of the Association will be present. The people of Winooski cordially tender their hospitalities to thu members of the Association.

SCIIOOL JOURNAL AND FAMILY VISITOR.

VOLUME III.

JULY, 1861.

NUMBER VII.

SHALL PARENTS ACCUMULATE WEALTH FOR

THEIR CHILDREN ? This seems to be the end and aim of a majority of pa. rents. They toil, not merely for a competence, but for abundance, and often grumble at the dealings of Providence, if not successful. Many refuse to educate their children, not because they have not means to do so, but from fear they shall not be able to leave for them a fortune, when compelled to take care of themselves in life. But a greater mistake could not be made. Thouglı prompted by a deep solicitude for the welfare of their children, yet such parental kindness, is entirely misapplied. All experience, and, in some instances, bitter experience, goes to show the folly of such views and conduct. Allow me here to introduce one example and to let the parent tell his own story. An hundred more might be cited to enforce the same truth,

“Said a friend to us, on a recent occasion, 'I never saw but one man in my life, who acknowledged he had quite as much money as he knew how to dispose of. I had called at his house one day, when a gentleman present urged him to a scheme from which he might realize a large profit. “You are right,' said he, 'as regards the probable success of the speculation, but I shall not embark in it; I have too much money now.' This very uncommon re. mark struck me most forcibly, and, after the gentleman had retired, I asked Mr. P. to explain. "Yes,' said he in reply, 'I would not cross the street to gain thousands. I should be a happier man if my income were less. I am old, and in a year or two whatever I possess will a 7 vil me

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my daughters are dead, and I have three sons upon whom I look with a father's pride. My own education had been neglected, my fortune was gained by honest labour and careful economy; I had no time for study, but I resolved that my sons should have every advantage. Each had the opportunity of gaining a fine classical education, and then I gave them the choice of a profession. The eldest would be a physician; the second chose the law; the third resolved to follow my footsteps as a merchant. This was very well—I was proud of my sons,

and hoped that one day I might see them distinguished, or at least useful to their fellow men. I had spared no expense in their training; they had never wanted money,

for I gave each a liberal allowance. Never had men fairer prospects of becoming honored and respected; but look at the result. The physician has no patients; the lawyer, not a single client; and the merchant is above visiting his counting house. In vain I urge them to be more industrious. What is the reply? There is no use in it, father—we never shall want for money ; we know you have enough for all.' So look at my disappointment. Instead of being active, energetic members of society, my sons are but idlers, meu of fashion and display. True, they have few vices—perhaps not so many as their associates ; they have never done anything to bring disgrace upon my name; but I had expected them to add to the little reputation I may have gained. It is not the money that I care for; as my sons say, I have enough for all. But let the physician attend to the poor, and the lawyer see that justice is done to those who have not the means of paying the enormous fecs now required by the members of the bar. The merchant may not need the reward of his labors, but there are a thousand benevolent institntions to the support of which it would be a pleasure for me to see him contribute. They would at least he useful, each in his vocation, to those around them; now, selfish amusement is their only aim. This is the burden uçon

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