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he will resign a state office for a subordinate one in a city—a doubt, very likely, only to be dispelled by a matter of salary. If the Badgers do not pay $2,500 a year, they will undoubtedly lose their man. Should he decide to come, he will receive a hearty welcome from the Illinois teachers, with whom, through his attendance at our state meetings, he is already a favorite. Of his qualifications there can be no doubt."
Since the foregoing was written, and our last form all put in type, a letter has been handed to us by Mr. Pickard, for publication in the Journal, in which he takes leave of us, with some words of parting counsel, and which will also show that it was not a question of salary alone which was involved in the resignation. It will as appropriately appear however in the October number, as his resignation will take effect on the 1st day of that month. In the mean time he will be making arrangements for removal to his new home.
Hon. W. H. WELLS.—Mr. Wells, Mr. Pickard's predecessor, fitly finishes his educational work, as President of the National Teachers' Association over whose deliberations he has just presided. We trust his retirement may not prove to be final, but that with a change of occupation may come re-invigorated health, and further service in the educational field, where such men are so much needed.
THE NEXT STATE SUPERINTENDENT.—It is we understand the expressed wish of Mr. Pickard that his Assistant, Mr. Craig, should succeed to his place, and fill out the Term. This will be by appointment, till the close of the year, and by election, to be held in November, for 1865. Mr. Pickard's wish is largely seconded by the educational public, and the view seems in itself very just. Upon the resignation of a Principal officer in other cases, his Second, usually succeeds to his place, and we see no reason why the rule is not applicable here. A term of office has about it a certain unity of purpose that will be best secured by adopting this rule or analogy at this time, and thus making it a precedent. Besides, Mr. CRAIG (now absent in the Hundred Days Service) has proved himself capable and efficient, is of course familiar with the duties of the office and its further contemplated work for the Term, and is perhaps more thoroughly conversant with the school laws than any other man in the State; and it would seem to us an additional misfortune to that incurred in losing Mr. Pickard if any of the various aspirants for the place were pushed over Mr. Craig to fill the vacancy.
Mr. McMynn, who is not an aspirant for the place, and who we doubt not has too much self-respect to be an office-seeker at any time, would be warmly supported by many friends, if known to be a candidate ; but as he holds a more lucrative (if not more dignified) position, as Agent of the Board of Normal Regents, it seems to be thought doubtful whether he would accept the office if tendered to him. We have no authority however for saying that he would not accept.
And just here is made apparent the short-sightedness, at which we have often wondered, of fixing the salary attached to this office by constitutional provision. Twelve hundred dollars is less now than the salary paid to many a clerk whose duties require very little brains. It is idle therefore to expect that in future years, men of first class character and capacity will usually be elected to this important position, if the salary remains as it is.
THE FORTIETH IN A Fight. In the late affair at Memphis, the Fortieth (100 Days Men) had an opportunity of being under fire, and behaved themselves with most commendable coolness. The long roll called convalescents to their feet and all turned out with a will. By letters received here from Adj. Craig, and Capt. C. H. Allen, it appears no casualties occurred, except one man wounded. Teachers and students undoubtedly make plucky soldiers. The regiment has lost 12 or 15 members by death.
The 39th and 41st, also containining a considerable number of our Superintendents, teachers and students, were less fortunate. The 39th had three killed and both regiments a number wounded.
STATE TEACHERS' ASSOCIATION.-It has been suggested that a meeting be held this Fall-perhaps at Milton in November, in connection with the Institute. The Executive Committee are mostly we believe in Memphis-whence we wish them and all “the boys” a safe return.
RESIGNED.—Mr. Jacob Wernli, Superintendent of Waupaca county, has resigned and accepted a call to the Second Ward School, Milwaukee. We regret this exceedingly for Waupaca, but doubt not Mr. Wernli will make himself useful in his new field of labor. Mr. J. McGregor is favorably mentioned as his successor in the Superintendency.
NOTICE.-Parties who have sent in subscriptions for the Pickard Portrait Fund without the names, are requested to furnish the latter, as it is desired to collect them together and hand them to our retiring Superintendent. A few more nares and half dollars are needed to fill up the amount. A report of the fund will be made at the next meeting of the State Association.
STATE UNIVERSITY.—The Normal Department opens with a good attendance. Miss Moody remains as acting Principal until the return of Prof. Allen from Memphis, and Miss M. S. Merrille, long the Assistant Principal of the High School in Fond du Lac, takes Miss Moody's place as Assistant, and she returns to her school in Geneva. Miss Merrille is one of our very best teachers, and we know of no one who will do better in the place which we are sorry Miss Moody feels obliged to leave. 0. V. Towsley, A. M., late Principal of a school in New Albany, Indiana, has been appointed Tutor, we understand, in place of Mr. Parkinson, who resigns to enter upon professional studies.
WAYLAND UNIVERSITY.- -The Fall Term commenced August 31st. In addition to the Preparatory and Scientific Courses of study, the Trustees have decided to open a Young Ladies', Department. Particular attention will also be given to those wishing to prepare themselves for teaching. The Institute is under the care of Prof. H. K. Trask as Principal. The average attendance during the past year has been about 100, and the prospect is encouraging.
RACINE COLLEGE.—The corner stone of the new Chapel was laid, with appropriate ceremonies, on the 17th ult. We do not know of a safer or more desirable place for boys who are to be sent from home to school than this Institution! Dr. De Koven, the Principal, has the gift, not common, of making them truly obedient.
GALESVILLE UNIVERSITY re-opens September 12th, under H. Gilliland, A. M., late Principal of Battle Ground Collegiate Institute, Indiana.
A New COLLEGE.—A German Lutheran College and Theological Seminary is to be established at Watertown. Funds have been raised, ground purchased, and some progress made, we believe, in the erection of buildings.
,: WISCONSIN FEMALE COLLEGE.-This school continues under the care of Miss C. A. Bodge, assisted by Miss M. L. Crowell. The Fox Lake Gazette speaks of its condition as hopeful. The Fall Term opens September 8th. The terms appear to be very reasonable.
OconomowOC SEMINARY.-This excellent school for young ladies continues in charge of Miss Grace P. Jones as Principal. Parents have been well satisfied, we believe, who have placed their daughters there. The Fall Term opens September 14th. i PLATTEVILLE ACADEMY.--The Fall Term opens September 6th. Here not only 2 Normal but a Model Class is maintained, to give student-teachers an opportu. nity for practice as well as theory. This is highly important-indeed, we may gay indispensable to any satisfactory Normal training.
EVANSVILLE SEMINARY.—We learn from the Principal, Rev. H. Colman, that the prospects of this school for the Fall Term are quite flattering.
WATERLOO ACADEMY.—The Catalogue for the past year shows a total attendance of 115 pupils. Attention is paid here also to the wants of teachers. An additional building is to be erected and the prospects of usefulness are encouraging. The Fall Term opens Sept. 6, under Rev. A. M. Stephens, Principal.
At Milton the Fall Term opens September 6th; at Allen's Grove, Sept. 7th.
BELOIT.-As advertised in our last number, a Normal Class will be maintain. ed in the High School, under Mr. Alex. Kerr. Teachers in that quarter will do well to take note.
At Fort Atkinson and Sheboygan, Normal Classes will also be made special features for the Fall Term. Mr. Pierce remains at Fort Atkinson.
CHANGES. -Mr. Hutchings succeeds S. M. Lockwood as Principal of the High School at Janesville; A. Markham, is called to Kenosha; T. N. Wells, late in Milwaukee, succeeds Benj. Newell in Waukesha; W. M. Colby F. B. Williams in Madison ; Miss A. Torrey, Miss M. S. Merrille as Assistant Principal in Fond du Lac.
A. W. Whitcom (formerly the Co. Supt.) has a Private School at Sheboygan Falls; W. Reynolds, former Principal of the High School, has one at Green Bay, and R. W. Seaman, at Watertown. We hope these are not indications that these towns are not inclined to keep up the Public Schools with proper interest.-D. McGregor, late Principal at Waupaca, is raising a company.
Not CHANGED.-M. O. Baker we inadvertently located in the 9th Ward of Milwaukee last month. He is still doing a good work in the 8th. S. D. Gay. lord resumes his work in Sheboygan on the 19th-casualties of war at Memphis excepted. The school here is highly spoken of, W. 0. Butler of Plymouth finished the last term very acceptably, after Mr. Gaylord's enlistment.
-G. T. Fletcher is re-engaged at Berlin, and is building up the school there on a solid foundation. -John Megram remains in charge at Stevens Point, I. A. Sabin at Plover and J. Pound at Wausau. We like these instances of permanency. Frequent changes are bad policy.
INSTITUTES.—Col. McMynn, Agent of the Normal Board, has just held an Institute at Oconto, of the result of which we have not heard. The first two weeks of this month he is at Plover, and J. C. Pickard has charge during the same interval at Platteville. The remaining Institutes of the season, under the Normal Board, are announced in our last number, p. 61. The Institute set down for Hartford however is changed to. Waukesha.
NORMAL CLASSES.—The usual Report of the result of the Examination last year
has not been sent to us for publication. We have heard that Waupaca High School stood first, but have not seen the figures. The usual Classes are in training for examination again this Fall we believe, but we cannot enumerate them correctly.
EDUCATIONAL COLUMN.-Devoting a column weekly in a newspaper to education, is an excellent plan. We see that it is adopted by the Berlin Courant, Mr. G :T. Fletcher, Principal of the High School having charge. We have marked some articles for insertion in our pages.
Next month we shall attend again to matters abroad, including the National Teachers' Association.
OUR SUBSCRIPTION LIST. The weekly additions are encouraging, but we wait for the harvest to be reaped at the Fall Examinations and Institutes before presenting again a county table. We beg to assure our friends that we are struggling to keep up the Journal, not in the expectation of making a living by it, which is out of the question, at a subscription price of $1 a year, but in the hope of making it live till better times. This is for the interest of every one else as well as ourselves, and we therefore feel justified in asking somewbat earnestly that suitable efforts be made, at all gatherings of teachers as above, and otherwise, to fill up the quota of 2000 in each county which is needed. Many counties have already done their part, and some more ; but these do not embrace many of the large counties, and we are in the mean time taking the risk of printing copies for them, in the belief that they will respond in due time.
We would suggest that at all Examinations, &c., a committee be appointed to solicit subscriptions,-not only from teachers, but school-officers and citizens.
The State has supported the Journal eight years, and it is but justice that teachers, school-officers and all who really have the cause of education at heart, should repay this debt in some degree. If two teachers out of five, or a less number, with some districts, clerks and parents, will subscribe, the number we ask for can easily be obtained. If 2000 be thought a large subscription, we remark that 1000 subscriptions, all paid in, will not pay expenses of publication, unless the price is raised, as in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. We believe the present rate will be acceptable to a much larger number, in these times.
The attention of our friends is asked to the appeal of the State Superintendent to District Clerks to support the Journal. (See p. 90). Will not our subscribers and non-subscribers, as teachers, each second this appeal, and get the clerk or the district to subscribe ? Five thousand districts should yield at least five hundred subscriptions."
Please remember that the New Volume of the New Series begins with the July number, which contains a fine portrait of Mr. Pickard-our “gift” to each subscriber; and don't forget that the Dollar in advance, or soon forthcoming, is needful to pay the printer !
SCHOOL MEETING.-The State Superintendent has suggested to us that the newspapers of the State will do the public a service by calling attention to the topics discussed in his remarks to District Electors, in the present number. The best way to do this will be to publish the article entire as some have already done. Since the withdrawal of the State patronage, the Journal of Education reaches a comparatively small number of the District Officers or Directors.
We are under obligations to many papers for friendly notices, and shall feel very thankful for any notice of the above exposition of the affairs of our own publication.