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order to baffle his unwearied pursuers; but he said to him, 'Monsieur l'Ambassadeur, have did baffle them; and it was not till the sun had you any children ?' 'Yes sire,' he replied: 1 Ve. for some hours passed the meridian, that Henry ry well, then I shall finish my race round the found himself on his road homewards, but alone, room.?" and at some distance from his palace.

" Was hé a brave king, mother?” asked He blew his bugle, to summon his attendants, | George. “I like valiant monarchs." "He was and was riding slowly on, when he was accost: bold and intrepid, George, from his childhood: ed by a countryman, who was seated at the foot and his education did not tend to diminish his of a tree, with these words: “Do you think, naturally brave character. sir, there is any chance of our good King Henry's "He was brought up amongst the mountains passing this way? I have walked twenty miles of Berne; where he was dressed in plain appa. to see him." Why, there is some chance," rel, fed on the coarsest food, and early accus. said Henry; “but if you could go to Fontain: tomed to many privations. He used to sit un. bleau, you would be sure of seeing him there." der a fock, when he was a boy like you. Eg. "Ah! sir,” said the old man, who was no other bert, and eat his barley bread and cheese with than Jacques Dussuin, “I am so weary!" as great a relish as if it had been the daintiest "Well, then," said his majesty, “get on my morsel in his father's palace. The end of this horse, behind me; I will take you towards it." good king, who was indeed the father of his

Jacques accordingly mounted, and, after rid- people, was most melancholy. He was stabbed ing some way, asked the king, how he should to the heart, by an assassin, named Ravaillac. know his majesty from his courtiers. “ Easily as he was in his carriage, and almost instantly enough,” replied the king; “his majesty will expired. Few kings have been more deeply or wear his hat; his courtiers will be bareheaded." | universally lamented by their subjects.Par. This satisfied Jacques, and they rode OR; when ley's Magazine. Henry asked him what he had in his basket. “O, sir,” said Dussain, “ they are some straw.

THE SWEARER REBUKED. berries of my little Marie's, which she has sent as a present to our good king." "Strawberries are they? I dare say, the king will not object to my

AN ANECDOTE OF GENERAL WASHINGTON, taking a few, for I am very thirsty: let me taste On a certain occasion, General Washington them, friend?" " Willingly, sir,” said Jacques, invited a number of his fellow officers to dine handing him the basket.

with him. While at the table, one of them ut. The fruit was very refreshing, and gradually tered an oath. The general dropped his knife disappeared; and the king, returning the empty and fork in a moment, and in his deep underbasket, said with a smile, “You see I have more tone and characteristic dignity and deliberation, than tasted them.” “I am sure, sir, I do not said, “I thought that we all supposed ourselves grudge them to so kind a gentleman, and Marie to be gentlemen.He then resumed his knife can send his majesty some more." At this mo- and fork, and went on as before. The remark ment, the attendants rode up, and, though much struck like an electric shock, and, as he intend. surprised at King Henry's companion, awaited ed, did execution, as his remarks, in such cases, his commands with their hats off, in respectful were very apt to do. No person swore at the silence.

table after that. And after dinner the officer re“0, mother, how very funny!" exclaimed ferred to remarked to his companion, that if the little Gertrude, unable longer to restrain her general had struck him over the head with his glee. “How pleased Jacques must have been! | sword, he could have borne it ; but the home thrust But did the king take him to the palace on the which he gave him was too much. It was too same horse?" "No, my love; he procured him much for a gentleman. And it is hoped it will a horse, and, when arrived at the palace, be too much for any one, and every one who Jacques was so kindly treated, that, as he after- pretends to be a gentleman.-Dr. Edwards. wards told his wife, he several times thought it must be all a dream. Before his departure, the next morning, the king sent him a louis d'or, (a

INDUSTRY. piece of money,) with a fine milch cow for little Marie, in return, as he said, for the refresh.! Every young man should remember that the ment her strawberries had afforded him; and world always has, and always will honor indus. the delighted Jacques returned home, and could try. The vulgar and useless idler, whose ener. attend to nothing, and talk of nothing, for three gies of mind and body are rusting for want of whole days, but his adventure with the king: exercise-the mistaken being, who pursues though, he said, it took that time to convince amusement as a relief to his enervated muscles, his wife that he had actually been on the same or engages in exercises that produce no useful horse with his majesty."

end, may look with scorn on the smutty laborer "I think I should have liked that king, mo. engaged in his toil. But his scorn is praise. ther,” said Egbert; "he must have been very His contempt is an honor. Honest industry will good-natured." "He was of a most amiable secure the respect of the wise and good among disposition, Egbert; and so fond of children, that men, and yield the rich fruit of an easy con. he used frequently to join in the amusements of science, and give that hearty self-respect which his own little family.

is above all price. "One day, when this great monarch, the re- Toil on then, young man. Be diligent in busi. storer of France, and the peace-maker of Eu- ness. Improve the heart and the mind, and you rope, was playing on aii-fours, with his little will find the well-spring of enjoyment in your son on his back, an ambassador suddenly enter- own souls, and secure the confidence and respect ed the apartment, and surprised him in this at. of all those whose respect is worth an effort to titude. The monarch, without moving from it, I obtain.

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Julius continued in the nest for a few minutes

longer, but did not feel very comfortable, so Julius and Henry were brothers. Julius was presently he said, “ Well, come, Henry; you may six, and Henry four years old. One day, not be the young one again." long after dinner, an old gentleman came in, After all the raisins had been eaten up, their whom the little boys were always glad to see. mother called Julius to her, and took him on her They ran to him directly, and climbed one on lap. "Have you had a good time playing with each knee, " Ah, ha! my fine fellows,” he call. | your raisins ?": asked she. ed out, “ glad to see you. So you are for tak, “Yes, mother." ing your old place, are you? but I can't stop | “Do you think you feel quite as happy as you a minute, just come to see your papa on business; would have done- if you had given Henry as but stay, let me see what I can find in my pock. | many as you eat yourself?

Julius hung down his head, but made no an. So saying, the old gentleman drew out a hand. swer. ful of raisins from his pocket, and putting them “What does the Bible say we must do to othon a newspaper which lay on the table, told ers?the little boys to eat them. Directly after, he “It says we must do what we want them to went away.

do to us. "Stop, Henry,” said Julius, after they had "Well, have you done so this afternoon?enten two or three; let us play with them." I Would you like to have Henry do as you have “ Well, what shall we play ?!

done to him?" "Why, you shall be the little bird, and I will "No, ma'am." be the old one; and I shall come to the nest and " You see you did not remember what the feed you."

Bible says, at the right time; will you try to “o well, but where's the nest ?"

think of it and obey it next time?" " Here it is," replied Julius; and he turned Yes, mother, I will;" and the next morn

chair over on its side, and pointed to the space ing he gave Henry the largest of two pieces of between the rounds. “There; that is the nest; orange which his mother had given him for his come and get into it."

brother and himself.”—Com. School Journal. So he helped Henry to scramble into the nest, which was altogether too small for so large'a | HOW TO TEACH CHILDREN TO TEAZE. bird.

** Now." said Julius, “ you must keep your Childrer are taught to teaze very much as mouth open as if you were waiting for some they are taught to cry. With all his little wants, thing to eat, and you must make a little peeping real or imaginary, the child runs to its mother. noise, just as the birds do."

They are matters of importance to him. He Henry began to do as he was bid, and in the wants a definite and decisive answer-one which meantime Julius ran all around the room, pre will settle the question-and his mind will be on tending to be looking for something very ear- the rack till he has it. It is not the nature of nestly, and saying, “Where can I find some. the child to feel otherwise. He will have no thing for my little bird to eat? Odear, I must peace himself, and therefore will give his mohave something for my young one to eat." ther no peace, till he understands and knows

At last, he preten ted to see the raisins for the that the point is settled, and how it is settled. first time, and running up to them; took one and If you give him no answer till he has spoken ten put it intó Henry's mouth. Henry laughed very times, he will speak ten times, and then, if he much at seeing him, and thought it was a fine has any reason to suspect that speaking twenty play. But after he had fed Henry two or three times more will obtain an answer more favora. times. Julius began to see that he was not get- ble to his wishes, he will speak twenty times ting any raisins him'self'; so he said to his broth more. And this soon grows into a habit. But er, "Come, Henry, you get out now and be give him an answer the first time he speaks, and the old bird, and let me be the young one" he will not be obliged to speak a second time to

"Well." said Henry, in a tone of great satis obtain one; and never alter your decision for faction. He wanted to go round and pretend teazing, and he will soon give it up as of no use. to be looking for something as he had seen Ju. If you have leisure, and the occasion seems a lius do. So the little boys made the exchange, proper one, you may let him argue his case be. and Henry liked it so well that he went on feed for you decide it, but not afterwards. Indeed, ing Julius with the raisins, till they were nearly | if he has learned by experience that your deci. all gone.

sions are final, he will seldom, if ever, attempt 17 But. Julius," said his sister Margaret, who it. He will consider it an answer. His mind was a few years older, “that is not fair; you will be at rest on that point, and soon find somemake Henry feed you all the time, and he has | thing else with which to amuse himself. no raisins. You ought to let him he the young | RESS one again."No,” said Julius, “ I want to be; he don't

Wistrict School Journal. care."

Is published on the 1st of each month-Office New “How selfish you are, Julius ! I am ashamed

State Hall of you," replied his sister.

TERMS. "Is that the best way to speak to him, my For a single copy for one year, ....... ...... $0 50

12 copies to one order, for one year, each....... dear child ?" asked her mother, softly.


100 copies to one order, for one year each, ....... 0 25 Margaret looked up and smiled, in reply to Payable in advance in all cases. Postmasters will her mother's kind smile, but she sighed at the forward silver without charge. same time, and said to hersell, “I wonder if I ever shall learn not to speak so impatiently ?” ! Steam-Press of C. Van Benthuysen & Co.

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We are authorized by the Superintendent of

Common Schools to lay the following communi. TO THE TOWN SUPERINTENDENTS. cation from Mr. W. Wright, the capable and

faithful county superintendent of the southern The school commissioners having heretofore returned the libraries of those districts, a part

section of Washington county, before the public, of whose territory lay in their respective as the most efficacious remedy for the flagrant 'owns, the same libraries have been reported conduct of the individuals implicated in the from two and even three different towns, thus transaction complained of. causing a great error in the educational statis. tics of the State. •

Cambridge, August 4, 1843. You are therefore directed to return the num-/ DEAR SIR-On the 11th day of July last, at ber of volumes of those districts only, whose the special request of the town superintendent school houses are situated in your respective of common schools of the town of Easton, I met

ns, on or belore the first ol November en him, in his regular visitation, at the school. suing, lo your several county superintendents, I house in school district No. 4, in said town, for and herealer in your several annual reports to the purpose of inspection, &c. We found the the county clerks.

house locked against us, and incidentally learned

that the teacher had dismissed her school for IG Your attention is also required, to secure that day, to avoid the intended visit and exami. the regular reception and careful preservation of nation." the School Journal. It will hereafter be direct. On the evening of the same day, a letter was ed to the trustees of the several districts by their addressed to the teacher, citing her to appear official title merely, and the number of their before me, at the house of the town superinten. district; and unless these officers are especially dent, on the 18th of that month,“ to show cause, apprised of this change, and of their duty to in- if any she had, why her certificate should not form themselves, through the Journal, of the be annulled.” On the day appointed, the teach. school laws and the regulations of the depart. er appeared, and assigned as her apology for ment, it will be impossible to secure the harmo. I dismissing her school on the day above specified, nions and energetic administration of the schools. that " she had never taught school before ; was A large part of the appeals and school difficul.

| ignorant of the law, and acted under the instruc. 3 which daily come before this department, tions of Edmund Rice, one of the trustees, who arise from the neglect of the trustees to inform told her to dismiss her school on that day, and themselves of their duty; and since the expense | she thought she must obey him”! of the Journal is defrayed by the State, and its

From this statement of facts, I thought proper pos stage is a charge upon the district, there can to dismiss her case, upon a promise never again be no excuse for any failure on the part of

to attempt to avoid a visit from either town or the district officers, to obtain, bind and preserve

county school officer, with only a mild admoni. the volume for the use of the district.

tion as to her duties and responsibilities.

Before leaving, an appointment for another TO THE COUNTY SUPERINTENDENTS.

visit (on the 4th August,) was made, and a po. Your Annual Reports to the Department may lite written invitation forwarded to the trustees, be delayed until the 5th of November, to insure stating, that "inasmuch as the State was doing the return of the libraries, as contemplated in liberal things for the improvement of our com. the above order to the town superintendents. mon schools, it was confidently expected that

The post office address of the several town those to whom the interests of these primary superintendents, and of the districts, must he nurseries of education were more immediately forwarded at once, in all cases where the orders entrusted would not be unmindful of their duties; of the Department have not been complied with. and it was therefore hoped that they would

SAMUEL YOUNG, make it convenient to be present on that occa.

Sup't of Com. Schools. sion."

At about half past 9 o'clock on the morning of sible feeling prevailed among scholars, teachers, the day appointed, the town superintendent and parents, and all. It was, we trust, the commyself, together with one of the inhabitants of mencement of a new era in the history of our the district, met at the school-house, where we common schools ; in short, it was the proudest found the door again locked against us, and the day in the history of Portage. teacher standing under the wood-shed awaiting In haste, respectfully yours, our arrival ! From her we learned, that she

R. H. SPENCER, “ came to the school-house as usual that morn.

Co. Supt. Com. Schools. ing; opened it, preparatory to the duties of the Hon. SAMUEL YOUNG, day, and that a few scholars had collected, when

Supt. Com. Schools. Edmund Rice, one of the trustees, came, turned

P. S. At a recent convention of town superher out of doors, and directed the scholars to intendents, in the northern part of this county. take their books home, as there would be no it was resolved to make an effort to establish a school; and then locked up the house and left”! Ti Tea

“ Teachers' Institute," similar to the one in No other reason was assigned, and none are T.

Tompkins county. If possible, we intend to known to exist, except that he was determin.

assemble the teachers for that purpose next ed that the county superintendent should not


R. H. S. visit their school !" The teacher could not be induced, the second time, to dismiss her school,

REPORTS OF COUNTY SUPERINTEN. to avoid an examination, and so this redoubtable

DENTS. trustee determined thus summarily to dismiss her !! How far the disgraceful conduct of this individual, “ clothed with a little brief authori. |

[We continue our extracts from these valua. ty," will receive the sanction of the district, I ble reports, regretting, as we turn every page, am unable to say. I fear, however, from the that we are unable to spread the whole before general condition of the district, that this Mr.

: the people.-Ed.] Edmund Rice is the mere instrument of carrying out the nullifying doctrines of those whom he


QUALIFICATION OF TEACHERS. The visit by the town inspectors and myself, to this school, last winter, was made without

It gives me pleasure to say, in general terms, any previous notice. It is understood that it that very many of the teachers, whose schools was owing to that fact that the house was not

I have visited, afford evidence of an ability and

zeal in the discharge of their duty in some good locked against us at that time! We found, however, an interesting state of things-boys

degree commensurate with their responsibilities. and girls indiscriminately mixed up throughout

The order, love of study, and the cheerful dili. the school; general insubordination, and a

gence manifested in the pursuit of it on the part three months' accumulation of filth' upon the

of their schools, are clearly indicative of faithfloor !" " because," said the teacher, “I cannot

iul instruction and of efficient discipline. It is

in this class more than in any other, that get the trustees to furnish me with a broom!" WM. WRIGHT,

we observe a desire to become acquainted, not Co. Supt., Washington.

only with the branches they are to teach, but Hon. S. YOUNG,

also with the best modes of teaching, and the Supt. Com. Schools.

best means of exerting a wholesome influence

and discipline over the mind of the pupil. ALLEGANY COUNTY.

But while we speak thus, in commendation

of the qualifications and efforts of some, we are SCHOOL CELEBRATION.

compelled to state, that a large proportion of

our teachers, perhaps a majority, are comparaExtract from a letter dated

tively indifferent to the great interests which Portage, Allegany Co., July 17, 1843. | they are engaged to sustain. They seem to put " The cause of common schools is eliciting forth little persevering and successful effort in much more attention from the people than at the acquisition of knowledge, or enlightened any former period, in this county. I have zeal in communicating it. It is a sad truth, that much to encourage and cheer me in my labors, many of our teachers have not the acquaintance At a recent common school celebration in this with character, the cultivation of mind, or the town, (and it is nothing but a country town, you maturity of judgment, that would enable them are aware,) there were assembled some fifteen to stem the current of ignorance and prejudice hundred children and adults. More than seven which they are sometimes compelled to meet. hundred scholars, with their teachers at their | When the pupil says that he has been accus. head, were formed in a procession and march. | tomed to this practice or that, erroneous as we ed, with their banners waving, in splendid | will suppose, and that his parent wishes him to style, on to an island in the Genesee river, continue it, the teacher often seems to take it for where they were all seated in a beautiful | granted that it must be so, and that he must shade, together with their parents and specta. submit. Another teacher with little care or tors. They were then appropriately addressed discretion, and little knowledge of human nature, by several individuals, scholars, teachers, and arbitrarily declares, that he will have his own parents; after which they were marched some way, and he fails more signally than the formforty or fifty rods on the same island to a table | er, because he opposes so unceremoniously the some two hundred and fifty feet long, which wishes of his employers. was spread in fine style, with such articles In a certain district in this county, the teacher of food as the inhabitants from the several introduced a black board into his school, an arschool districts had brought in. The best pos. | ticle of apparatus entirely new to the inhabi.

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