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united arias are 5,934 square miles, with a population of 970,000.' There, I'm glad I've done with that. Now for the sum."
For awhile nothing was heard but the scratching of the pencil, and a gentle rustling sound, as the breeze blew the long flower-starred jasmine branches across the window.
“Oh, mamma, my head does ache; can't I finish this sum to-morrow, or ask Mr. Lee to excuse it?"
“No, dear; it must be done. You know papa wishes you to push on, and learn as much as you can.” And Mrs. Denton put another leaf into her Berlin work, and went on with “Queechy."
The little fingers closed over the pencil once more, and the sleepy eyes bent down on their task. But time conquers most things; and when eight o'clock struck the last lesson was mastered, the last verb learned, the last line construed ; and, with a languid “Good-night, mamma,” and a confused conglomeration of Sachsen duchies, verbs, fractions, parts of speech, and Latin numbers, Frank went up stairs to bed.
“Lessons all prepared ?" said Mr. Denton, as he came in from business, and stretched himself in the great easy chair.
“Yes, all of them. Don't you think, my dear, Mr. Lee pushes Frank on a little too fast? You know he is but a child yet-not nine years old and he does not seem well; besides
“Nonsense, my dear, nonsense. Why, when I was a boy, I did twice as much. I mean to ask Mr. Lee next quarter about his learning Greek. He's a clever child, and it's a pity he should not be kept up to the mark;
besides, you know, he'll never get on when he goes to the grammar school without a good knowledge of the classics, and I'm determined to make a scholar of him-nothing like keeping children up to the mark.”
So the subject passed. Mr. Denton was away on business all day, and when he came home Frank was generally gone to bed, so he did not notice the heavy eye and flushed cheek, nor the pale forehead and trembling hand; he only knew that his little boy had begun to construe Cæsar and work sums in fractions, that he had taken the first prize in history, and could match his compositions with those of the biggest boy in the school; he was going to be a scholar, a credit to the family, as Mr. Denton had made up his mind he should be, and that was quite sufficient.
“From the centre A, at the distance A B, describe the circle B C D,” murmured little Frank, as the tides of sleep drove back life's weeds and and pebbles on the bright shores of dreamland. Yes, he was “pushing on;' but where? That was another question altogether.
Mrs. Dale, the lady who lived at the cottage a little beyond Mr. Denton's was also a woman who had her own views of education, and always paid the best price for it. She expected the best article too, though not so particular as Mr. D. about having plenty of it. So, though Harry Dale was more than eight years old, he never went to school more than two hours in a day, and the rest of the time was spent in roving with his mamma and sisters through the glens, and woods, and meadows that cluster so closely
round the town of H-, gathering wild flowers, ferns, and mosses, and arranging them in vases at home (Mrs. Dale was not so fastidious as some ladies are about having flowers littering the parlor,) learning their names the while, or examining their delicate structure, and listening with eager interest, as his mamma told him stories of distant lands, their trees, and birds, and flowers, and then led him on from this to the kind and loving Father who gave the forest its glowing tints, the birds their voices of music, and all nature its loveliness.
People laughed at Mrs. Dale for calling this education, and expatiated largely on the folly of parents who sent their children to school only a quarter of the time, and yet paid full terms. Divers were the shrewed predictions as to the harvest which would be reaped from a seed-time so irregular, and many the far-seeing hints which were dropped on the subject. They knew what would come of such vagaries." “Talk of educating children in fields and meadows--such nonsense.” “Sure to make the boy idle and useless." But Mrs. Dale went quietly on; she had her own views of the case, and acted according to them. So at eight years of age Harry had never seen the inside of a Latin grammar; could not, for the life of him, have got further than the second column of the multiplication table; was ignorant of geography, except from his mamma's conversations and the stray books he had picked up on the parlor table; parsing, dates and dictation were strange words to him; and he knew nothing of French, save from
a the little songs Mrs. Dale sometimes sang to him, with an accent so pure and true. But Harry had a fresh, bright, intelligent soul within him. He would listen, with quick appreciation, as you told him of the wonders of nature and art, of the great men who lived in distant ages, of the strange inventions of genius, and the noble results worked out by patience and perseverence. He was learning to enjoy life, that when time came he might use it wisely and well. There was rich promise of future energy and vigor in those clear, honest eyes of his, the firm bounding step, the guileless, unsuspecting confidence, the fearless innocence with which his glance met yours-promise which after years failed not to realize.
So much for Harry Dale. And the pushing on — - whither had that tended? There was another grave in the H- cemetery, and the neighbors, as they read on the marble head-stone the touching inscription, "Aged eleven years," said, “Very astonishing, isn't it, how soon these clever children always die!”
Practical Education.—There is no greater want of the present day,
than that our experienced teachers should give through the medium of the press, their modes of teaching, and illustrating the various sciences, in order that beginners in the profession may be furnished with a safe guide to success. Experience can sometimes be attained without experiment, which with the tyro, is at best dangerous to his own and his pupils' future. Will not our correspondents give us the result of their labors in the school-room ?N. Y. Teacher.
SHEBOYGAN COUNTY TEACHERS' ASSOCIATION.
PROCEEDINGS OF THIRD MEETING.
SHEBOYGAN Falls, Oct. 15th, 1857. The association met at 10 a. m., agreeably to notice. Few members being present, in consequence of the inclemency of the weather, the exercises were not conducted according to programme.
On motion of Mr. D. J. Holmes, J. B. Pradt was appointed President, and E. L. Bissell, Secretary pro tem.
On motion, Mr. McMynn, of Racine, was invited to take charge of a drill exercise in Arithmetic; after which the association adjourned to half-past 1, p. m.
Half-PAST ONE O'CLOCK, P. M. Association met, and the Executive Committee reported the programme of business, which, on motion, was laid on the table, pro tem.
On motion, the association resolved itself into a Teachers' Meeting for the afternoon, under charge of Mr. McMynn. Exercises were conducted in Spelling, Reading, Mental Arithmetic and Grammar; connected with which were discussions upon the methods of teaching those branches.
The weather continuing very inclement, it was, on motion, and after some discussion, voted to hold no evening session; whereupon the association adjourned to 9 o'clock the next day.
SECOND DAY. Association met at 9 o'clock. Prayer by Rev. J. B. Pradt. Minutes of the Secretary were read and approved. Executive Committee reported a programme for the morning.
W. O. Butler, acting Treasurer, reported the association 25 cents in his debt. Report accepted.
The Librarian being absent, Mr. Pradt reported for him; when, on motion, it was voted to re-distribute the books among the members.
On motion, the association proceeded to ballot for Vice-President, that office being vacant.
N. C. Farnsworth. President, appeared and took the chair.
On motion, the balloting for Vice-President was suspended till the constitution was read and new members were enrolled; when, the balloting being resumed, W. O. Butler was, on the second ballot, declared elected.
The chair proceeded to appoint the following committees :
W. O. Butler read an Essay on “ The Conditions affecting Intellectual Progress.”
Association then discussed the late act of the Legislature, making provision for normal instruction in academies and colleges. Remarks were made by Messrs. Pradt, Butler and Holmes, when, on motion, the discussion was suspended, to be resumed at the call of the Executive Committee.
An Essay was then read by Miss Emily Gerrels; subject, “ Does Study injure the Health ? "
An exercise was then conducted in Mental Arithmetic by Mr. Holmes (in place of Mr. W. E. Cady, who had been appointed, but was absent); after which, the methods of teaching long division were discussed.
On request of the chairman of those committees, Rev. Mr. Canfield was added to the Committee on Resolutions, and Mrs. H. N. Smith to the Committee on Criticism.
The Committee on Criticism made a report, which gave rise to some pleasant discussion.
Committee on Resolutions reported the following:
Resolved, That more attention should be paid to the character and regulations of amusements in our schools.
On motion, the Chair called upon the members to speak five minutes each, whereupon Messrs. Holmes, Pradt and Butler, and Miss Bissell, made remarks; when the resolution was adopted.
Executive Committee reported a programme for the afternoon.
The Committee on Criticism again reported, and the association adjourned to 11 o'clock, p. m.
HALF-PAST ONE O'CLOCK, P. M. Association met, and an Essay was read by Miss E. L. Bissell; subject, " Why we need Female Schools.” Brief remarks were made upon the subject of the Essay by Rev. Mr. Canfield and others.
An Essay was then read by Miss E. Lundegreen.
Mr. C. H. Briggs conducted an exercise in Geography, and Map-Drawing and other methods of teaching Geography were then discussed.
The subject of Physiology being next in order, suggestive remarks were made, at the call of the Chair, by various members, particularly upon the proper ventilation of school-rooms and the effect of continuous reading and study upon the eyes and brains of young pupils.
D. J. Holmes read an Essay; subject, “ Higher Branches."
The association then took up the subject of instruction in Natural History in public schools. Remarks were made by various members upon the moral and intellectual benefits of the study; and some suggestions were offered by Miss Palmer and others in regard to the collection and preservation of insects, birds, &c.
On motion, Mrs. H. N. Smith was requested to make suggestions in regard to laying out grass-plots in school-house enclosures, and the transplanting of trees, shrubs, &c.
Committee on Criticism again reported, when the association adjourned to 7 p. m.
EVENING SESSION. Association met according to adjournment. The Committee on Resolutions reported the following:
Resolved, That the late act of the Legislature, providing for normal instruction in colleges and academies, is insufficient to mcet the wants of the schools.
After some remarks by Geo. S. Graves, Esq., and others, the resolution was adopted.
The following resolution was then presented :
Resolved, That the Legislature should provide for the establishment of a system of Normal Schools.
The resolution was discussed by Messrs. Pradt, Graves, Holmes, Farnsworth and Canfield; when Mr. Graves offered the following amendment:
Resolved, That the Legislature ought to devote the whole income of the School Fund to the support of teachers for our common schools.
Both the amendment and the resolution were lost; whereupon the following resolution was offered and adopted :
Resolved, That Teachers Institutes' should be encouraged by legislative aid.
THIRD DAY. Association met at 9, a. m., Rev. Mr. Canfield in the chair, who opened the exercises with prayer.
Minutes were read and approved.
On motion, the number of teachers present was ascertained, and reported to be twenty-seven.
On motion of Mr. Holmes,
Resolved, That some member of the association visit each district in the county, and obtain information and statistics in regard to the schools, and that the Secretary furnish forms for the purpose, and receive the returns and report the same at the next meeting.
Whereupon various members volunteered to serve in the foregoing capacity.
Committee on Unfinished Business presented the following resolution, which had been laid over for future discussion at the meeting in February last:
Resolved, That this association is in favor of the creation of the office of County Superintendent of Schools.
After remarks by Messrs. Pradt, W. E. Cady, Holmes, Butler, Gerrels, J. H. Cady, and Canfield, the resolution was adopted.
Mr. Gerrels then conducted an exercise in Written Arithmetic.
On motion, the Executive Committee were requested to call the next meeting of the association at Greenbush.
On motion, the 5th article of the constitution was so altered as to require