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Though not counting up so fast as lists of names, we are pleased with these single subscriptions, as indicating that there are many teachers who do not need to be prompted to send forward their names.
We wish to drop a hint to each subscriber--namely, that a neighboring teacher or two may be recruited if urged a little, and that a few families may be found in every district who will find the JOURNAL acceptable, if their attention is called to its character and claims. Friends please try the experiment. We have a considerable number of subscribers already outside the ranks of teachers, but not so many as we hope to get. We still have a plenty of the July No.
CORRESPONDENCE. Hox. J. L. PICKARD,
Dear Sir.-In behalf of many of your friends we have the pleasure to hand you one hundred “counterfeit presentments” of your person, for yourself and family. The accompanying Circular will explain how some of these friends occupied a portion of their time while you were rusticating in Maine. Should you think they have taken liberties, the excuse must be that when the master goes out, the scholars are apt to play.
With the assurance Sir, of our own respectful regards and kind wishes as well as those of the many friends who have joined us in this matter, and whose names we shall collect and hand to you at a future day,
Very Truly Yours,
C. H. ALLEN,
J. B. PRADT.
OFFICE OF SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION,
Madison, July 25, 1864. MESSRS. C. H. ALLEN and J.-B. PRADT:
Your favor of the 23d inst., with the accompanying present from the Teachers and friends of Education throughout the State is thankfully received.
I have always given you credit, Gentlemen, for possessing a good degree of cautiousness, but it really surprises me that a matter so public as to warrant the issuing of a Circular should be kept so profound a secret from the only person who could really furnish you the basis of the present. It suprises me yet more, that a subscription paper should be in circulation to which it was considered necessary that my name should not be attached. This whole proceeding gives the lie to the statement, that “a secret can not be kept when more than two share it. You will remember the story of the two friends who were discussing this matter of keeping secrets. A. marks, while B. says, “I know it, that is one.” (1). , “ You know it-that is two." (2). "We will tell John Smith, that will be"-(111 three). “No, it reads One Hundred and Eleven.” Till now, I had full reason to believe that this tale was founded on fact.” If so, I was not of the One Hundred and Eleven. To the many other good qualities which I knew my Teacher friends to possess, I must now add this not the least important, the ability to keep well a secret.
You will please express to the generous donors my gratitude which in its best sense is “the memory of the heart." The gift is a pleasant expression of affection from those whom I love to esteem my friends. My sympathies, my interests, my affections are all in unison with those of the earnest Teachers and friends of Education throughout the State. I trust the engraving which each donor will receive, will remind him rather of what I should be than of what I have been.
The remembrance of the many acts of kindness at the hands of the School Officers and Teachers of Wisconsin during my official connection with them, will incite re to greater effort to become worthy their esteem.
Let our trust be in Him, who alone can give success to our work, and let us live nearer to the Great Teacher that His likeness may be seen in our daily lives, and that our names may be graven on His hands.
With kindest wishes for the prosperity of all who have through you so kindly remembered me,
Yours Very Truly,
J. L. PICKARD.
The above illustrates that the unsuspecting are not always on their guard. We confess to having eliminated a leaf from one June number of the Journal of Education, and erased a reference to said leaf in another place. The owner is now entitled to a perfect copy.
HISTORICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL.-- A more extended History of the State Association for the first seven years of its existence, was published in the Journal four years ago; but the condensed Sketch, reprinted in this number, from Barnard's American Journal of Education, comes down to the present time, and is accompanied with notices of the Presidents. It will be convenient for reference to those who wish to know what the Association has done duricg its first decennary. We shall be glad to follow it up with brief notices of the organization and labors of the County Associations, if those who can, will help us.
INSTITUTES.-Some changes will be found in the Programme, as printed on a former page, and some good suggestions from Mr. McMynn, Agent of the Normal Regents. At Plover, a meeting is called we see, to make liberal arrangements for Board an example to be commended.
HO FOR THE EAST !-Several of our teachers we hear have already taken their flight thitherward, and those who have not yet done so, will find some hints on a former page as to improving their opportunities, from one who has been over the ground. If permitted to go on this pilgrimage, we hope to meet at least as many pilgrims at Milwaukee, on Saturday morning, August 6, as Chaucer did at the inn in Southwark.
DR. CALVIN CUTTER, the well-known author and Institute laborer on the subject of Physiology, has returned wounded from a three years service as Surgeon' in the Army, and purposes to resume bis old work again. His post-office address is West Warren, Mass.
PROF. BLAISDELL, of Beloit College, who is at present serving as Chaplain of the 40th (hundred days) Regiment, has been transferred from the Chair of Rhetoric and English Literature to that of Intellectual and Moral Philosophy.
EDUCATIONAL REPORT.-We received for
publication late last month, a Report of a Committee on Education, read before the N. W. Association of Seventh Day Baptists, at Albion, June 26, 1864, by A. B. Prentice, Chairman of the Committee. From it we learn that the Academies at Albion, Milton and Walworth are under the care of the Association, all of which are reported in a prosperous condition. The Report urges the necessity of a higher ministerial education, which, though an important subject, is not exactly suited to our pages. The writer says very properly : “The hopes of the ultimate success of the institutions of our country cluster around and center in the interests of Education. The great want of the age is intelligence-an intelligence that will lift the masses to a position where there shall, no longer, be any danger in the administration of self-government."
DR. LEWIS' NEW SCHOOL.-We take pleasure in calling attention to the ad. vertisement of Dr. Lewis. If any thing is needed in the educational world, it is a revolution in female education such as will make physical training the basis of all other culture. Parents proposing to send daughters away will do well to look at the merits of this school. Amherst College on the occasion of its recent Commencement, conferred upon Dr. Dio Lewis the honorary degree of Master of Arts. Says an Eastern paper: “This recognition on the part of old Amherst, proverbially chary of its compliments, must not only be very gratifying to Dr. Lewis, but is another proof of substantial and increasing interest in physical education. It is another prophecy of the restitution of that symmetrical and noble culture which gave immortality to Greece.”
BELOIT NORMAL CLASS.-- The High School is to continue in charge of Alex. Kerr, who is we understand an accomplished teacher. Rejoicing as we do in every effort made to give to young teachers some training for this work, we take pleasure in calling attention to the advertisement of a Normal Class in connection with this school.
A SITUATION WANTED.—We have had opportunity of knowing something of the skill and success of the Gentleman and Lady who seek a situation as teachers, and can speak favorably of them. They furnish also good references.
SHELDON & Co.This well established and reputable firm call attention to their list of School Books. We believe they will generally well stand the test
of comparison with others and have a large sale. In nothing is improvement more marked of late years than in school-books--thanks in part to a brisk competition for a remunerative trade.
Morton's Pens.-We have been using one of Morton's Gold Pens for some time past, and it is the first one that ever gave entire satisfaction. Henceforth steel pens are to us among the things that were. We recommend Mr. Morton to advertise his pens with us in this region.
DAVIES' UNIVERSITY ARITHMETIC. Revised Edition. Barnes & Burr, New York, 1864.
In this work the veteran author presents the subject as a Science. Younger pupils under ordinary instruction, do and will learn much of arithmetic mechanically. It is desirable, if possible, to have them review the subject when the mind is somewhat matured, in a different manner. To this end the work before us well adapts itself, being close, clear and logical in its discussion of the properties of numbers. With the issue of this edition, the author takes leave of the “teachers of the United States," by multitudes of whom he will be held in grateful remembrance.
BARNARD'S AMERICAN JOURNAL OF EDUCATION.-We intended to take occasion from the presence in the June number of this admirable work of matter relating to Wisconsin, to urge its claims somewhat at length upon Wisconsin teachers, but must content ourselves at present with giving the contents of the number; our readers will see that it contains portraits of two of our pioneer teachers. ($3.00 a year. Address H. Barnard, Hartford, Conn. Contents of No. X, (New Series) June, 1864:
I. GREEK VIEWS OF EDUCATION, Aristotle.
A CALL.-Since the foregoing pages went to press, we learn by the State Journal that Hon. J. L. Pickard has been unanimously appointed by the Chicago Board of Education, as Superintendent of Schools in that city, at a salary of $2,500. Unfortunately for Wisconsin, her constitution fixes the salary of the State Superintendent at less than half that sum. The Journal says Mr. Pickard regards the appointment favorably, but has not yet decided whether to accept it.
ERRATA.—Last month, in Mr. Searing's article, page 4, near the middle, “infirmity” should read inferiority; and a few lines before the types mis-spell Madame DeStael's name. The increase of cattle in La Plata (p. 21), will be rendered probable by reading 1556 for 1855. In the Book Notices the “Free Gymnastics” should have no “ Bell” about them.
NOTICES OF THE PRESS.
We do not think highly of the ordinary "puffs” of the day, the art of pro curing which we never cultivated; but the following page of unsolicited friendly notices may with propriety be presented to our readers :
From the Grant Co. Witness : WISCONSIN JOURNAL OF EDUCATION.-This valuable Educational Journal after a stop. page oo account of the withdrawal of the State aid, has concluded to start forth again on its own book, relying upon the enlightened support of the teachers of Wisconsin to sustain it. The first number of the series just received presents a very creditable appearance-better we think than formerly, being printed on new type
and containing a greater amount of reading matter. This number contains also a very fine steel portrait of Hon. J. L. Pickard, State Superintendent of Schools.
The Journal is the only educational organ in the State. It is ably conducted, and its pages are full of interest to all classes. No teacher should think of teaching school without it any more than without a certificate.
From the La Fayette Co. Independent : We are in receipt of the first number, Vol. 1, New Series, of this valuable Journal. On opening it, we were highly pleased to see a perfect engraving of our State Superintendent. The engraving is worth the subscription price of the Journal.
A vigorous effort is being made to secure for the Journal a more liberal patronage. We suggest that the teachers of this county do wbat they can for its support. The subscription is only one dollar per year, and its value to every teacher, school-officer and parent is incalculable. If you wish to secure the first number containing the splendid portrait above referred to, send on your name with the cash, addressed to the Journal of Education, Madison, Wis.
From the Mineral Point Tribune : We have received ihe July number of this truly valuable magzine. It is improved and enlarged, but one of the most attractive features of the present No. is the excellent portrait of Hon. J. L. Pickard, State Supt. of Public Instruction. Teachers throughout the State, and all others who are interested in the cause of Popular Education, should subscribe for the Journal. It is furnished at the very moderate sum of $1.00 a year.
From the Racine Advocate : We have before us the July number, beginning the ninth volume, or number one of a new series. The Legislature last winter robbed Peter and did not pay Paul. They took away the appropriation from the Journal, to give it to a Normal School, but failed to give it. Meanwhile the Journal falls back upon the interest of live teachers and friends of education in tbe State, who ought to sustain it. The present number is fully up to the established reputation of the Journal, and is embellished with a steel engraving of our excellent State Superintendent Mr. Pickard.
From the Dodge Co. Citizen : WISCONSIN JOURNAL OF EDUCATION.--This excellent journal for July is on our table. It bas been supported by the State for the last eight years, but is now on its own resources. It is equal to the best of its kind published in other States, and should be