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A Book for Teachers.
The works of Horace Mann, in four volumes, are books that should be in every town, city and school library, as well as in that of every teacher. No educator has lived in America who has done more for public schools than the author of these works, Horace Mann. The best years of his life were spent in the advance of the cause of public education. He was for twelve years Secretary of the Board of education for Massachusetts, and in that time he infused new life into her public schools and to him more than any other man is due the praise of the excellent school system now in force in that state. As a leading paper in Massachusetts says:
"The man is dead, but his spirit still lives in his educational lectures and reports, as fresh, animating and intrepid, as full of practical wisdom and moral inspiration, as when his tireless activity was felt among us in his visible presence. That spirit needs to be diffused now by all the means the Legislature can command. We have no lack of persons who can aid the cause of popular education by excellent thoughts and plans; but the firey soul identifying its own being with the cause it adopts, working on the wills as well as on the minds of men, and mak-. ing its wisdom and humanity contagious,-in short, the man of genius turned schoolmaster,-this we cannot expect to have more than once or twice in a century."
The first volume of this book we have received and examined and no words of ours can add to its popularity. The name of its author is alone a sfficient guaranty of the merits of the book. Any one desirous of acting as agent for this work or of subscribing for it will address Mrs. Horace Mann, Cambridge, Mass., or JOURNAL OF EDUCA TION, Mineral Point, Wis.
GRAMMATICAL.-At a Teachers' Institute held at Ozaukee county about four months ago, quite a controversy arose on the analysis and construction of the following sentence:
"The lamb thy riot dooms to bleed to-day,
It seems that the
It is a complex interrogative sentence. Would he skip and play is the principal clause.
"Thy riot dooms (which) to bleed to-day," is an adjective sentence, tells what lamb. [Clark's Gram., p. 228; Kerl's, 247.] "He" is the "Would skip and play,"
"The lamb thy riot dooms to
"He" in the first sentence.
Subject, Predicate (compound). bleed to-day," is a logical adjunct of
"Lamb" is a noun in the nom, case, in apposition with "He" (Pin, neo's Anal. Gram., p. 157).
"Riot" is the
Object (omitted by ellipsis.
Pinneo's Eng. Teacher," p. 194).
"Had he thy reason," is a subordinate conjunctive sentence
"If" is a conjunction (omitted by ellipsis).—(Kerl's Eng.
THE trustees of the Soldiers' Orphan Home have elected Mr. F. B. Brewer, now residing in Milwaukee, as superintendent and financial manager of that institution, to fill the places of Mrs. Harvey and Gen. Harnden, resigned, and appointed Mrs. Brewer matron. The interests of the children under their care will, doubtless, be well looked after.
THE labors of Mr. A. S. Kissell, now of Minneapolis, seem to be highly appreciated, as we are informed that his salary has recently been increased to $3,000 per annum. A paper recently received contains a flattering account of the schools under his supervision, as well as of their able superintendent.-Iowa School Journal.
MAJOR WHITTLESEY, of the United States army, spent a couple of days in in New Haven last week, to consult with the officers of Yale College in relation to a project to connect the regular army more closely with our principal literary institutions by establishing military professorships in them, and making a certain number of their graduates officers in the army. Major Whittlesey is a commissioner of the War Department to obtain the views of the leading colleges on this subject, to assist in the preparation of a bill to be presented at the next session of congress.
WAUPUN, March 8, 1867.
MR. EDITOR: I send you a solution of the example given in the March number of the JOURNAL:
Let 2X, 2 X, and 3X, represent the shares contributed, then 2X +2}X+3X=1644; whence 16X +23X +28X=1314; or 67X =1314, hence X=£19,41-67, 2X=£39,4 32-67s, 2}X=£56,7 46-67s, 31X=£68,12 56-67s. Verification £39,4 32-67s. ++£56,7 46-67s+ £68,12 56-67s.-£164,5s. Respectfully yours, J. C. L.
A REVIEW of the Congressional Land Grant for the establishment of Agricultural Colleges, shows that of fifteen states enumerated, nine -viz., New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Michigan and Wisconsin have donated the proceeds of the grant to existing institutions; three others -viz. Massachusetts, Iowa, and Minnesota, have established separate and independent colleges; and three more-viz., Ohio, Indiana and Missouri, have taken no final action. Pennslyvania and Michigan had agricultural colleges in operation when the grant was made, and the proceeds went to increase their endowments. In Massachusetts the fund was divided, two-thirds going to the agricultural college and onethird to the "Institution of Technology," in Boston:
Local and General Intelligence.
A THREE-STORY school house is to be built in Fountain City this
KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY-We learn that there are about 450 students in all the departments of this institution.
A LADY BACHELOR OF SCIENCE.-The Faculty of Paris has just conferred the degree of "Bache-lere-es-Sciences" on a young lady named M'lle Marie Brapetti.
THE Appleton Post learns that the faculty of Appleton University, except the President and Prof. Jones, will leave at the close of the present term, their pay being insufficient.
PROF. BENJAMIN PIERCE, of Harvard College, has been appointed Superintendent of the U. S. Coast Survey, as successor of Prof. Alexander Dallas Bache, who died in February last.
MINERAL POINT.-A new school house will be erected in this City this year, to cost $5,000, exclusive of lots. This City already has one of the best school buildings in the State.
NEW SCHOOL HOUSES.-According to present indications there will be more new school houses erected this year than have been erected in any year since the State was admitted into the Union.
PERSONAL.-President Paul A. Chadborne, of the Massachusetts Agricultural College, is seriously ill at his home in Williamstown, Mass., and probably will be unable to discharge the duties of his office for some months to come.
GRANT Co.-A Teachers' Institute was held at Platteville: on the 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th of April. Institute exercises were given by Supt. Purman, Profs. Allen, Wernli and Guernsey, of the Normal School, and by other teachers of the county. A motion was made and carried to request Supt. Purman to call the next Institute in the latter part of August. The exercises were interesting and instructive.
IN point of educational financial economy, Philadelphia claims the cheapest system, but pays its teachers low salaries. Philadelphia has fewer schools in proportion to its population than any other large American city.
AMHERST COLLEGE.-The catalogue of Amherst College for 1866-7 shows that there are annually awarded thirty-six cash prizes, amounting in the aggregate to upward of $800.00. There are fifteen scholarships, aggregating $1,380.00. The total attendance is 225.
THE Indiana Legislature has located the State Normal School at Terre Haute, and appropriated $50,000, toward the building. The citizens of Terre Haute donated beautiful grounds, and $25,000 in cash.
PENNSYLVANIA.—In this State there are thirteen colleges beside the Agricultural College and the Girard and Polytechnic colleges in Philadelphia. Whole number of students for 1866, was 2,000; volumes in college libraries, 110,000; value of apparatus, $60,000.
SAUK COUNTY.-The Sauk Co. Teachers' Association met and organized at the Baraboo Collegiate Institute, Monday, April 8th, Mr. R. B. Grandall County Superintendent presided. There were fifty teachers present. Supt. McMynn was also present and added much to the interest and profit of the exercises.
PHILADELPHIA.-The city has sent a committee to visit the schools and school buildings of the principal western cities and make a report. They visited the schools of Chicago and Milwaukee and have gone to St. Louis, Columbus and Cincinnati. They pronounced themselves well pleased with the schools of Chicago, especially with their musical proficiency. The Philadelphians are bound to improve their schools,
ILLINOIS.-The last General Assembly ordered that “All returned soldiers, who, during the late war, entered the army while in their minority, shall be allowed to attend, free, any public schools in the districts where they severally reside, for a time equal to a portion of their minority spent in the military service of the United States." Acts to establish a "Home for the Children of Deceased Soldiers," and a Reform School, were also passed. Springfield has six schools, with 1,712 pupils, and an average attendance of 1,593, or 92 per cent.