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CITY CHARTERS.-Many cities, among which is Janesville, are limited by their charters in raising taxes for school purposes. . We think this a great mistake; for when the population is greatly increased and it is necessary to amend the charter so as to increase taxation, the people sometimes refuse to do it, thinking taxes sufficiently high for that purpose. If there is to be any limit we think it would be much better to regulate it by the valuation of property; then as an increase in population is accompanied by an increase in property the public would be provided with means to increase the number of their teachers. The Charter of Mineral
Point limited the amount to be raised to twice the appropriation received from the State, and that has been gradually diminishing, as the population of the city has not increased proportionally with that of the State. The Legislature recently amended the charter without submitting it to the people, which is its duty to do in every place where the people are unwilling to provide good public schools voluntarily.
CLIPPINGS.-Wanted- —a young man to take charge of a pair of horses of a religious turn of mind.
A school committee man writes: "We have a school-house large enough to accommodate four hundred pupils four stories high."
A child was run over by a wagon three years old with pantalets on which never spoke afterwards.
Parasol-A protection against the sun, used by ladies made of cotton and whalebone.
Straps-Articles worn under the boots of gentlemen made of
An exchange, describing a celebration, says: "The procession was very fine and nearly two miles in length as was also the pray er of. Dr. Perry the chaplain."
Sr. Louis.-The Missouri Legislature has empowered the Board of Education of St. Louis to levy a tax not exceeding one-half of one per cent. on the taxable property of the city each year.
Grant County Teachers' Institute.
We have received from the Secretary A. W. Barber, the proceedings of the Institute held at Lancaster last week. We condense and publish below all that is of general interest:
The number of teachers and those preparing to teach present was 100, of whom 78 were from a distance. This, considering the extremely bad traveling, was quite an evidence of the devotion of teachers to their avocation. The teachers of the south part of the county made a heroic effort to be present, and a band of twentynine of them spent a day in trying to reach Lancaster; but having neglected to provide themselves with a pontoon train, they were finally defeated near Rockville by the combined powers of mud, floods, and demolished bridges and forced to retire.
The Institute organized Monday evening, April 2d, Supt. Purman presiding. The exercises were very numerous and varied con sisting of usual exercises and drills, and some that were unusual and novel. The fellowing resolutions were adopted:
We, teachers of Grant Co. having passed four days in an Institute at Lancaster, for the purpose of mutual instruction and improvement, do adopt the following resolutions:
Resolved, That we tender our thanks to Supt. Purman, for the energetic and gentlemanly manner in which he has conducted the present association and that we pray him to repeat these reunions of the teachers of Grant Co. as often as twice each year.
Resolved, That we will cultivate in ourselves a local pride and endeavor to make Grant County as justly reputed for intelligence as she is for generosity, loyalty and size.
Resolved, That we acknowledge the salutary influence exerted upon the maners and morals of our pupils by the I. O. of G. T.
Resolved, That teachers should exert themselves to secure improvements in their several school buildings, to obtain the essential articles of school apparatus and be careful to preserve them.
Resolved, That the citizens of Lancaster in boarding the teachers free of charge have ingenuously confessed that the pay of teachers is not sufficient to keep them above charity.
Resolved, That we humbly acknowledge to Almighty God the blessings vouchsafed our beloved land in the past, and devoutly supplicate his guidance through the difficulties which surround us, as a nation in the present.
Resolved, That the people of Lancaster, for their generous hospitality, and their interest manifested by attending our exercises are justly entitled to and do receive our hearty good will.
The following was presented by a local school officer, and adopt
ed by the teachers:
Whereas, with Teachers as with the rest of mankind, money. makes the mare go, or anything else:
And, Whereas the public liberality is our main reliance for financial encouragement, therefore,
Resolved, That, in view of our further educational preparation, we ask School Boards to allow us liberal salaries for our teaching the children.
Adjourned sine die.
AMHERST W. BARBER, Secretary.
A tutor lecturing a young man for his irregular conduct, added with great pathos, "The report of your vices will bring your father's gray hairs in sorrow to the grave." "I beg your pardon, sir," replied the incorrigible, "My father wears a wig."
Sir William Brown, a pompous sort of man, being at a parish meeting, made some proposals which were objected to by a farmer.. Highly enraged he said to the farmer, "Sir do you know that I have been to two Universities ?" "Well," said the farmer, "What of that? I had a calf that sucked two cows, and the observation I made was, the more he sucked, the greater calf he grew."
In a certain school in Minnesota is a boy who is noted for his sharpness. He took his hat one day and walked up to the teacher, who is quite deaf, and said in a low tone, but loud enough to bẹ heard by the scholars-" You're an old fool, ain't you?"—the teacher thinking the boy wished to be excused replied-"Yes, you've been a good boy, you may go."
RACINE.-A memorial tablet to the scholars of the High School who fell fighting for their country during the war was placed in the school-room, with appropriate ceremony, on the 23d ult..
Within five years four Presidents of Harvard College have died— Quincy, Sparks, Everett, and Felton.
The following are the ages of prominent English Writers: Wilkie Collins, 42; John Rankin, 47; Charles Kingsley, 47; Tom Taylor, 49; W. H. Russell, 50; Anthony Trollope, 51; CharlesReade, 52; Robert Browning, 54; Charles Dickens, 54; Alfred Tennyson, 57; Archibald Alison, 66; Mark Lemour, 57; W. E.. Gladstone, 56; Charles Lever, 59; Bulwer, 61; B. D'Israeli, 61; Barry Cornwall, 78; T. Carlyle, 70; Lord Brougham, 86.—Illinois Teacher.
THE NATIONAL TEACHERS' ASSOCIATION will hold its next annual meeting at Indianapolis, commencing on the 15th of August. This announcement is made now in order that the various State Teachers' Associations can fix their time of meeting with reference to it. Full programmes will be published in due time.
J. P. WICKERSHAM, President.
Why does the eye resemble a school-master in the act of flogging? It has a pupil under the lash.
Rev. Harvey D. Kitchell, D.D., of Chicago, has been elected President of Middlebury College, Vt. He graduated at that institution in 1835.
Springfield, Ill., expended for school purposes, during 1865, $100,000.
FLAREL MOSLEY of Chicago, who during his life devoted much of his time to popular education left by his will $10,000 to be added to the Mosley School Fund, for supplying school-books to needy children in the public schools of the city, besides $30,000 for the education of the friendless.
Henry Barnard, LL. D., of Hartford, Conn., editor of the American Journal of Education has been elected President of St. John's College, Annapolis, Md.
UNION COLLEGE.-Rev. Lawrence P. Hickok has been elected
President of Union College. During the latter period of Dr. Nott's life, he was acting as President.
MINERAL POINT.-The Legislature has passed a bill authorizing the Common Council of Mineral Point to raise sufficient money by taxation to continue the schools through the year; the sum not to exceed $4,000. We will now have nine or ten months of school instead of four as formerly. Henry Plowman, Esq., was recently re-elected as City Superintendent.
FLORIDA. A bill for the education of freedmen has been introduced into the legislature of Florida. It proposes to tax the freedmen themselves to the amount required, the sum to be paid into the State Treasury and disbursed by the State and county officers.
PROF. Chas. E. Aiken has been appointed to the Latin Professorship of Princeton College, made vacant by the death of Profess or Giger.
Rev. Samuel C. Bartlett, of Chicago has been elected President of the University of Vermont and State Agricultural College at Burlington.
KANSAS.-Number of children of school age, 45,148. Number enrolled, 26,341. Amount paid for teachers' wages during the past year, $86,892 22, an increase of 68 per cent. over 1864. There are nine graded schools, with forty-four teachers and 3,656 scholars. The State Normal School has two Professors and eighty students. The State Agricultural College has four Professors and 113 students. The average monthly wages of males is $36,74; of females, $24,41.
NEW YORK.-The number of children in the State between the ages of five and twenty-one years is 1,398,789. Attendants of school during some part of the year 916,617. Average daily attendance 365,617. Number of male teachers employed, 4,452 and, female 22,017. School expenses for the year, over $8,700,000.
The State Normal School is now in its twenty-second year number of pupils 223.
Sixty-three institutes have been held during the year with aggregate attendance of 8,987 teachers.