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means the participation of each man and was imperfectly acquainted. A student woman who can read in the experiences rose to read a paragraph, his book in his of the human race, so that each individual left hand. “Sir," thundered Blackie, may profit by the lives of all his fellow“hold your book in your right hand !" men far and near. The common school and as the student would have spoken- means the acquisition on the part of each “No words, sir! Your right hand, I boy and girl, whether rich or poor, of the say!” The student held up his right necessary knowledge required to read the arm, ending piteously at the wrist. "Šir, newspaper, and when grown to be men I hae nae right hand,” he said. Before and women to make use of the railroad to Blackie could open his lips there arose a exchange the products of their own instorm of hisses, and by it his voice was dustry for a share in the products of the overborne. Then the professor left his world's industry. place and went down to the student he had unwittingly hurt and put his arm The Ladies' Home Journal has given around the lad's shoulders and drew him its readers selections from Henry Ward close, and the lad leaned against his Beecher's "Unprinted Words.” Of heredbreast. “My boy," said Blackie-heity he says: “It seems hard that when

spoke very softly, yet not so softly but a man does wrong his children should be that every word was audible in the hush put under almost irresistible inclination that had fallen on the class room—“my to do wrong ; it seems hard that when a boy, you'll forgive me that I was over- man drinks spirituous liquors his children rough? I did not know-I did not and his children's children should find know !” He turned to the students, and, themselves urged by a burning thirst, with a look and tone that came straight which they can scarcely withstand, from his heart, he said: “And let me say toward indulgence in intoxicating drinks; to you all, I am rejoiced to be shown that it seems hard that diseases should be I am teaching a class of gentlemen. transmitted, and that because a man has Scottish lads can cheer as well as hiss, violated the laws of health, his children and that Blackie learned.

should be sickly and short-lived-these

things seem hard so long as we look at Dr. W. T. HARRIS, U.S. Commissioner them only on one side ; but what a power of Education, says that the three char- of restraint this economy has when every acteristics of modern civilization are the man feels, “I stand not for myself alone, railroad, the newspaper, and the common but for the whole line of my posterity to school. The railroad means the connec- the third and fourth generation ? tion of each part of the country with the And of life here and hereafter: "Hardly anything that could be desired in this womanly beauty; but when the pale face life has been withheld from me; I have was tinged with a faint flush of tenderhad that which many covet and seek for ness or animation, when the wonderful in vain; my life all through has been a eyes were lighted up with eager passion very happy one; it may be said, without and the mouth melted into curves of unexception, taking it from beginning to utterable sweetness, the soul itself seemed end, to have been a life of extraordinary to shine through its framework with a prosperity and happiness, although í radiance of almost unearthly power, so have been a man of war. But there is that a stranger seeing her for the first nothing in this world, it seems to me, time asked why he had never been told that is to be desired for one single mo- she was so beautiful. ment in comparison with the life beyond. If that life is all that we have been taught “He was an amiable man. He was it is—and I believe it to be that and fond of me, and I loved him." This is abundantly more-then let no man wish the reason given by the venerable poet, to stay here. It is true that the going of Dr. Holmes, why one of his instructors one and another leaves a wound in the had influence with him. Here is a truth heart of those that are left behind; but it which is very fundamental. A knowlis true, also, that God heals such wounds edge of just how the mind works, of the speedily."

relations of percepts and concepts, of the

most extensive knowledge possible of sciThe investigation of color blindness in ence and philosophy, the teacher may various countries has shown that in all possess; but if he is without that virtue civilized countries there are to be found, that binds the child to him, his teaching, on an average, four color blind persons so far as it touches motive or develops in every one hundred men, but only one power, is very near zero-certainly but who is color blind among five hundred wo- the tinkling of a cymbal. So that we men. It thus appears that color blindness have no hesitation in saying that she or is twenty times as frequent among men as he who has not this gift had better be among women. No reason has been as earning his living in some other way signed for this, except the use of tobacco. than that of labor among youthful minds. Tobacco using has been recognized as a And this is no cant. We do not believe common cause of eye defects of various in mere sentimentalism, and we have no kinds, among the most frequent of which patience with that hypocrisy that talks is color blindness. Color blindness is, in about the 'dear children,' and, at the fact, the first symptom of tobacco amau- same time, sees always the shining dolrosis. Color blindness is found to exist lar in everything he does in their behalf. among the North American Indians in Neither do we admire very much that the proportion of less than one per cent. equally sickly sentiment that would drive The use of tobacco must be condemned, from the school-room all earnest work, on on every ground of healthy living, as a the ground that work is drudgery and source of race-deterioration.-Health. childhood is the period for play-and we

might add, to complete the thought, of An English woman writer says it is to shirking burdens. But we do believe be feared that posterity will never know that teaching means influence, that the exactly what was the living aspect of imparting of knowledge is merely inciGeorge Eliot's face. Only a very great ) dental, and that there can be little influpainter could have seized at once the out- ence with the youthful mind unless there line and something of the varying expres- is between teacher and child that certain sion; and her reluctance to have her por- mysterious power--call it what you please trait taken, her private person made to a -that binds lieart to heart, and, therecertain extent public property in that fore, mind to mind.-Educator. way, has deprived us of any such memorial. Future generations will have to My scholars filled me with despair as draw on their imagination to conceive a morning after morning I gazed into their face cast in the massive mold of Savona- unemotional faces, which remained stolid rola, but spare and spiritualized into a and unchanged as plaster casts, in spite closer brotherhood with the other Floren- of my frantic efforts to brighten them by tine of the Divina Commedia. The feat- a pleasing thought. To arouse them I ures might be too large and rugged for have resorted to many new plans, one of

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which I give herein, hoping it will aid except to din the ears; yet they may have some other teacher who is similarly af- a place in the grand economy of life, flicted. Before opening one day's session while the more efficient workers are toil. I placed on the front board this list of ing in thoughtful silence.-S. S. Times. mottoes : I. I will,

THROUGH the week we go down into 2. Try, try again,

the valleys of care and shadow and toil. 3. Never say fail,

But our Sabbaths should be hills of light 4. Onward and upward,

and joy in God's presence.

And so, as 5. Dare to do right,

time rolls by, we shall go from mountain 6. Perseverance conquers ;

top to mountain top, till at last we catch and told my pupils they were to vote for the glory of the gate and enter in to go a school motto in regular public election no more out forever ! — Henry Ward style, using the mottoes for candidates Beecher. and allowing the ladies to vote; no canvassing for favorites would be allowed. The following from one of our secular A short explanation of election terms and exchanges is worthy to be passed along : usages was then necessary before proceed- "School directors through the country ing. Three of the older pupils were ap- should see to it that the school-house and pointed to serve as clerks of the election. school grounds are kept in comfortable These distributed the slips for ballots, and healthful condition. As a rule not collected, counted and recorded the votes, enough attention is bestowed upon the and brought in the election returns. cleaning and painting of the school buildthis case, "Never say fail," carried the ings. Dingy school buildings and dirty

“ election by a large majority, and was grounds are bad educational surroundduly installed in office above the front ings; and cleanliness should be one of the board, clad in a gala dress of colored branches taught in our common schools. crayon work. That morning I changed

That morning I changed Some little fellows get their first and only their expression. I can recommend the lesson on this subject in the school room. little diversion as worth trying.-Popu- Let it be the best that can be given.'' lar Educator.

A LOCAL paper is the authority for the A TEACHER at Wellesley College has following: At a recent school examinaprepared for the benefit of her pupils a tion for girls, one of the tasks was an eslist of words to be avoided, among which

Boys," and this is one of the the following appear :

compositions just as it was handed in by "Expect" for "suspect." i ;

a girl of twelve : “ The boy is not an an“First rate” as an adverb.

imal, yet they can be heard to a consid“Nice" indiscriminately.

erable distance. When a boy hollers he "Had” rather for “would” rather. opens his big mouth like frogs, but girls * Had” better for “would” better. hold their toung till they are spoke to, "Right away" for "immediately." and then they answer respectable, and "Party" for "person.

tell just how it was. A boy thinks him'Promise" for assure.'

self clever, because he can wade where it Posted” for “informed.”

is deep, but God made the dry land for "Postgraduate” for “graduate.” every living thing, and rested on the “Depot” for “station."

seventh day. When a boy grows up he Stopping” for “staying."

is called a husband and stays out at “Cunning” for “smart, ' dainty.” nights; but the grew up girl is a widow Cute" for “ acute."

and keeps house." “Funny” for “odd” or unusual.'.'

EDISON when asked concerning his Noise and bustle and stir are not the first watch said, “I never owned a watch surest indications of work in progress. in my life. I never wanted to know One grasshopper on a fence will make what time it was." According to the more noise than a dozen oxen grazing in story, a gentleman introduced his son to a field. The grasshopper has his place in the famous electrician, and in the course the world, but he is good-for-nothing in of the conversation suggested that he a yoke. So there are noisier bustlers should give the young fellow a motto for among men, who seem to have no mission the business career upon which he was

say on

about entering. Edison was silent for a in very truth, and receiving that Spirit moment, and then said, “Never look at and living as His children. All life has the clock !"' Probably the boy was more this for its issue. We are not put in life or less mystified by this laconic utterance, that we may heap up money and leave it but he will not be long in the company for other people to look after. We are of clerks or day-laborers without discover- not put in life that we may pass from the ing that those who take so little interest cradle to the grave, leaving no trail bein their work as to be continually asking hind us, like a trackless bird or a ship on what time it is, are not the ones to get on the

ocean. Life is a great school. We in the world. Success is not for the lazy enter at the cradle, we graduate at the or indifferent. As some one has said, grave; and all through it there is one “The carpenter who stays fifteen minutes lesson that we are learning. That one after hours to finish a job is working to- lesson is God-God in sorrow comforting, ward a shop of his own.”

God in perplexity enlightening, God up

lifting, God through all. We are learnThe United States sells its forest lands ing God because we are learning truth at $2.50 an acre, lumber companies in- and righteousness and honor and mandirectly acquiring a square mile of land hood and love.-Lyman Abbott. for a little over $1,600, while the timber on it is often worth over $20,000. The “ALL one's life," says Ruskin, “is a French government forests return an music if one touches the notes rightly and average profit of $2.50 cents an acre an- in time." A young girl who was dissatnually for timber sales, or forest land to isfied with her home life, and always provide a continual timber supply to two talking of her grievances, and showing and one-half per cent. interest on the her discontent in voice, look and manner, value of the land. The United States surprised a friend whom she met one day now owns only enough to supply its with her quick step, and bright smile, and present population, if forests are managed happy voice. "How are things at home?") and lumber used as in Germany. The the friend asked, thinking that some good United States is exactly in the position of news had made the change. “Oh. everya man making large drafts upon and us- thing is just the same, but I am different, ing up an immense idle capital, which, if was the reply. properly invested, would return an interest sufficient for his expenditures. In “The disposition to give a cup of cold 1885 the Government of Bavaria sent an water," says Dr. Holmes, “is far nobler expert forester to study the timbers of property than the finest intellect." A the United States, who stated: “In fifty little girl dropped a package she was years you will have to import your tim- | carrying, and the contents several ber, and as you will probably have a pounds of sugar--were scattered on the preference for American kinds, we shall

pavement. The passers-by laughed. now begin to grow them, in order to be Some said, “Poor girl, it's too bad ;" but ready to send them to you at the proper no one offered to assist her, until a newstime.”Century.

boy came along and saw the wreck. He

promptly stopped, and kneeling down, he PERSONAL religion is not thinking took a couple of the evening papers that right things about God, though it is very he had paid for, gathered up what sugar important that we get at the truth as he could, wrapped it up neatly, and, tying nearly as we can. Personal religion is the bundle, gave it to the little girl and not worshiping God in the church, though started off. I believe that many of us get the inspiration of the divine presence in the church, There is nothing better than to be · which we can carry out through all the happy ; joy is the real root of morality; week. Personal religion is, first of all, no virtue is worth praising which does hearing God's voice, and obeying it; sec- not spring from minds contented and conondly, taking God as the ideal we wish vinced, and free of dread and gloom. No to be like; thirdly, seeing more or less religion was ever divine which relied on clearly life from his point of view; fourthly terror instead of love; and no philosophy and lastly, thrilling ourselves with the will bear any good fruit which propounds thought that His Spirit may follow us, despair and deduces annihilation. This and we ourselves may be the sons of God is where, by their own true instincts, the

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great poets have done so much more for about a class of people who stand out mankind than most of its benefactors, de- from their fellows because of great power lighting as they do in life, and preserving of thought, skill in using faculties and amid its deepest mysteries and hardest depth of experience, but who have had puzzles a divine serenity about its origin little schooling, that they lack education. and purpose.

Observe our English We often hear it said of men in important Shakespeare! How calm, how compla- positions in school work, who "by force cent, how assured his glorious genius al- have made their merit known" but have ways abides ! A page of him taken al- not gone through the formal college curmost anywhere-set beside a page of riculum, that they lack education. The modern pessimism-is like the speech of superintendent of a school who brings a prince in his pleasure-house compared all his energies to bear on the problem with the moanings of a sick wretch in a before him may be therein deprived of Spital. All genuine poets, from Homer pursuing Latin, Greek and mathematics to Browning, are radically joyous. Keats in a college, but in these days, when one writes :

subject is thought to have as much eduThey shall be accounted poet-kings

cational virtue as another, if properly Who simply tell the most heart-easing things. pursued, who will admit that such a man

And Hafiz says: “It is whispered of lacks schooling? Does education consist me in Shiraz that I was sad, but what in knowing certain definite things, or in had I to do with sadness?" Art in all power and versatility of thought and its highest forms bears no message so im- emotion, which elevate the life into truth perative as to emphasize the beauty and and virtue, and which may come from maintain the dignity and delight of life ; any form of true and deep experience a and you may judge first-class writers and person has with the world about him ? painters, as we shall some day judge Shall we revise such a man's education, or philosophers, by their fidelity to this our own notion of education ?--Indiana wholesome errand of joy.-Sir Edwin

School Journal. Arnold.

It is often said, “Boys are naturally "Lost yesterday, somewhere between cruel," but I do not believe it. Some sunrise and sunset, two golden hours, boys do, it is true, find pleasure in toreach set with sixty golden minutes. No menting cats and dogs, and other helpless reward offered, for they are gone forever.”' animals, but not all boys care for that -Horace Mann.

kind of fun (?); and most boys have gentle hearts, though they are sometimes

very thoughtless. We are but minutes-little things

A lady, whose little girl had the misEach one furnished with sixty wings, fortune to be sadly marked about the face, With which we fly on our upseen track; hesitated about sending her to school, And not a minute ever comes back.

fearing the boys would make fun of her. We are but minutes; yet each one bears Persuaded by the teacher to make the A little burden of joys and cares;

trial anyway, the little one was sent, and Take patiently the minutes of pain

timidly came into the school-room one The worst of minutes cannot remain.

morning after all the pupils were seated. We are but minutes; yet we bring

To their honor it may be said that, instead A few of the drops from pleasure's spring, Taste their sweetness while yet we stay

of “making fun," or even smiling slyly, It takes but a minute to fly away.

every boy in the room, after a hurried, We are but minutes; use us well;

pitying glance at the marred face, quickly For how we are used we must one day tell.

looked the other way; and the little one Who uses minutes has hours to use;

has never met with any but the kindest Who loses minutes whole years must lose. treatment, and has never been made to

think herself different from the rest of the SHAKESPEARE's lack of education has children. That is true politeness, and is often been referred to. It is said that he far removed from cruelty. knew a “little Latin and less Greek;' that he did not know the classic writers. And Here is another incident, told by the some one replies that, what was of great Detroit Free Press: On the corner of one moment, the classic writers did not know of the business streets of the city the other Shakespeare. It is a current remark morning a shoe-black had just finished

THE MINUTES.

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