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was $75,810 75; last year, $863,478 49; this year, $1,127,191 67—increase in valuation since last year, $263,713 20.

Teachers' Wages.—Nine years ago, the average of wages paid to male teachers per month, was $15,22, and to female teachers $6,92; last year to male teachers $24,60, and to female teachers $15,16; and this year to male teachers $27,02, and to female teachers $14,92—an increase on male teachers of $2,42, and a decrease on female teachers of 24 cents."

The report is an able and very interesting document, and we shall comment further on its suggestions and statements in our next issue, being precluded at present for want of room.

CHANCELLOR BARNARD, who was expected here on the first of January, has written that important business will prevent him from leaving Connecticut before the last days of January, and that he may be expected to arrive in Madison about the first of February. His inauguration is set down for the 8th instant, and an interesting time is confidently anticipated. We give this month the biography which we promised, from which our readers will learn that he is a most valuable acquisition to our corps of educators.

EXCHANGES, MAGAZINES, ETC.—Moore's Rural New Yorker. We heartily commend this well known agricultural, literary, and family journal to our readers. We consider it the best paper of its class with which we are acquainted. We copy a portion of its prospectus for 1859, and feel assured that the promises therein made will be amply fulfilled:

“The Tenth Volume will be printed and illustrated in superior style, while the Contents will vie with its improved appearance. All who desire a paper which ignores trash, humbug, and deception, and earnestly seeks to promote the best interests, and Home Happiness of its myriad of readers in both town and country, are invited to try the model Farm and Fireside Journal.

FORM, STYLE, AND TERMS. The Rural New Yorker is published weekly, each number comprising Eight Double Quarto Pages. An index, title page, etc., is given at the close of the vol


Terms, in advance.-Two dollars a year; Three copies for $3; Six, and one free to club agent, for $10; Ten, and one free, $20; Thirty-two, and two free, for $40 (or 30 for $37,50), and any greater number at same rate-only $1,25 per copy. Club papers sent to different post offices, if desired. Address:

D. D. T. MOORE, Rochester, N.Y.

Emery's Journal of Agriculture and Prairie Farmer.

This wide awake journal commences its second year under favorable auspices and promises to become a first rate farmer's paper. It is issued weekly, and fur nishes a large amount of interesting and useful informaticn.

Terms, in advance.--One copy, per annum, $2; Three copies $5; Six copies

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$10; Ten copies (and one to the getter up of the club) $15. The publishers also give several premiums to those sending the largest list of subscribers. For particulars send and get a copy. Address :

EMERY & CO., 204 Lake Street, Chicago.

MADISON PAPERS.—To accommodate those of our readers who would like to take a paper published at the capital of the State, we have made arrangements by which we are enabled to furnish the Weekly ARGUS AND DEMOCRAT, STATE JOURNAL, or WISCONSIN PATRIOT, with the Journal of Education, for $2, a year. As the subscription price of these papers is $1,50, each the Journal of Education cost the subscriber but fifty cents.

MATHEMATICAL DEPARTMENT.—We have been obliged to omit this department this nth, but will endeavor to do it justice in our next issue. We have solu. tions of several problems, also some new problems, on hand, still our friends will please to send on their favors, and we will attend to them as soon as possible.

TEACHERS' ASSOCIATION.-A County Teachers' Association was formed at the Village of Friendship, in Adams Co., in October last, and a report of the proceed. ings has just reached us, with a request for publication. It is impossible to comply with the request in the present Number, but we will attend to it in the next. We also have a report of the proceedings of a teachers' meeting in Clarno, Green Co., which must be put over till next issue.

New ADVERTISEMENTS.-Our readers will notice the advertisement of new and valuable books in this Number, by James Challen & Son, Philadelphia.

“THE CITY OF THE GREAT KING"_"PALESTINE PAST AND PRESENT" & "THE CONQUEST OF MEXICO," are interesting and very attractive works, uniform in size and style of binding, and are afforded at prices to suit the times. They will be forwarded by mail or express, prepaid, at 25 per cent below the retail price.

W. B. Smith & Co. have one new page this month, and Hickling, Swan, & Brewer have two pages, setting forth the merits of Worcester's Quarto Dictionary and Pronouncing Spelling Book. Though Webster is the acknowledged standard in orthography and orthoepy in this State, yet a large proportion of the best educated men of New England have never adopted his peculiarities, and it is believed by many that Worcester's work is in some respects decidedly superior to Webster's. at any rate, every scholar will wish to possess both works, that he may compare them, and adopt that one as a standard which shall, on the whole, prove to be most in accordance with the practice of our best speakers and writers.

Just as the form was going to press, we received an advertisement of Milton Academy,which our readers who have sons or daughters for whom they wish better advantages than they can give them at home, will do well to read. Situated

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in the beautiful village of Milton, in Rock County, on the line of the Milwaukee ·and Mississippi Rail Road, in the midst of an intelligent and Christian community, and presided over by faithful and accomplished instructors, this Institution presents many inducements to those of our youth who seek instruction, to enter its halls devoted to science and art.


The Farmers' High School of Pennsylvania will be opened on the third Wednes day in February. Students must be sixteen years of age. Applications for the admission of one hundred students from the different counties of the State, in pro portion to their taxable inhabitants (ratio 5,796), will be received up to the 15th January

[When shall we have one in our Wisconsin.-Ed.]

BERLIN.- The Courant, in remarking upon the close of the fall term of the High School in that place says:

“We are happy to able to express the prevalent opinion, that this school is imo proving and progressing remarkably well, and are glad to see the hearty and growing interest in its prosperity and advancement, manifested by the parents and guardians of the scholars and the community in general.”

Rev. Mr. McIntire is principal of the school.

FOND DU LAC. A High School has been organizcd in this city, and has commenced operation with over seventy pupils. C. E. Johnson, principal.

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NEW YORK CITY.-From the report of the Snperintendent we learn that the public schools of the city and county of New York comprise a Free Academy for the collegiate education of boys; four normal schools for the training of teachers, 57 ward schools, including 51 grammar schools for boys, 49 grammar schools for girls, and 55 primary departments for both sexes; besides 35 primary schools; 42 evening schools—23 for males and 19 for females—10 corporate schools, 1,400 teachers are employed in these schools, of which number 1,200 are females. The expenses of these schools the past year was $1,166,256,99. An advance in both grade and scholarship beyond last year is reported. Also, in the male departments

of the grammar schools the classes were found "decidedly inferior" in proficiency and advancement to those in the female departments.--Exchange.

HARRISBURG, SAUK Co.A teachers' meeting was held in this village on the 8th ult., Rev. Benj. Jackson presided, and Joseph Lester acted as secretary.

During the meeting the following questions were discussed : What is the best method of commencing school? Should teachers have a regular code of rules? What is the best method of teaching the common branches? The subjects of

of government, school visitatiou by parents, and the duty of a Town Superintendent to license only such persons as can produce certificates of good moral charac ter, were also discussed.

After appropriate closing remarks by D. V. Crandall, R. Londsdale, and the Chairman, the meeting adjourned to meet at the school-house, on Cassell's Prairie, on the 29th ult.


PLATTEVILLE, Jan. 3d, 1859. MR. EDITOR:-Our County Institute has just held its winter session. In spite of storm and slippy roads, a goodly number were in attendance. We spent four days together very pleasantly, and I trust very profitably.

Prof. D. Parsons and lady, of Tafton Collegiate Institute, B. C. Rogers, of Mil. waukee, H. W. Palmer, of Lancaster, and J. L. Pickard, of this place, took leading parts in instruction. Addresses were delivered by Rev. A. M. Dixon, of Tufton, and B. C. Rogers, of Milwaukee.

S. Page, of Lancaster Institute, presided over our deliberations.
Discussions upon interesting topics were participated in by nearly all present.

The principal topics discussed were: Suppression of communications in schools. Propriety of teachers attending public balls; Use of tobacco by teachers; Extent of responsibility of teachers, etc., etc.

The spring meeting will be held at Hazel Green.
Interest in common schools is increasing throughout this county.

P. The friends of education in Grant Co. are wide-awake in the cause of education. In addition to the County Teachets' Association, from which we have so good an account, they have several local associations. In November last the "Platteville Teachers' Association," was organized. Permanent officers were elected as follows: Hamner Robbins, President; L. M. Crist, Vice-President; E. Leach, Secretary; A. McFall, Corresponding Secretary; A. Rewey, Treasurer.

The meetings of the Association are held on the 3d Saturday of each month.

The tax-payers of New York are assessed $1,744,395,71 for the support of Common Schools for the year 1858. This is nearly one-quarter of the whole tax.


We learn from the Argus that the examination at the close of the Union School, in that place, passed off in a very satisfactory manner.

The examining committee consisted of Hon, Chas. H. Larabee, Revs. H. M. Robinson and J. Delany, C. D. Davis, and W, H. Butterfield. We quote the following from their report:

“The school has fully maintained the character which it has so justly deserved There has been no abatement of substantial progress in any department, while we have witnessed evidence of more than usual improvement. The examination of Mrs. Hargrave's department of little ones showed that there had been no falling

off in the successful management of her difficult charge. Here is being well laid the foundation of that educational structure which is to succeed in the higher classes of the school.

“We observe a marked improvement in the management of Miss Daggett's des partment. It is governed with an ease that attests a mutual confidence between pupils and teacher, which, as it always must, has produced the best results. The good will of pupils is the best of ground in which to implant the seeds of science The proofs of such implantation is quite evident in Miss Daggett's classes.

It is sufficient for us to say that the classes under the immediate charge of Mr. Pickett and Mrs. Pickett have in no way fallen behind that degree of advance. ment which might be well expected from previous examinations,

“The highest class, which, during the past term, has for the first time Spursued Physical Geography, Natural Philosophy, and Geometry, has made a commendable beginning in those branches.

“We were pleased that so much attention had been devoted to vocal music, in all the departments of the school, and with results so satisfactory."

UNPRECEDENTED SUCCESS. We are glad to learn that the Atlantic Monthly is meeting with great favor from all sources. Though the publishers printed nearly thirty thousand copies of the January number, this large supply was entirely exhausted on the very day of publication, thus compelling many new subscribers and others to wait a few days, but with their present facilities they will be able to supply the demand, however large it may be. Their subscriptions, received by mail alone, from all parts of the country, have averaged more than one hundred a day for some time past, Mrs. H. B. Stowe's now serial, “The Minister's Wooing," is immensely popular, as indicated by the success which is thus attending the enterprising publishers efforts to make the Atlantic the embodiment of all that is entertaining and instructive.—Boston Traveler.

MADISON.- The friends of education in this city have organized a Public School Association, the design of which "Is to awaken a deeper and more lively interest in behalf of the public schools—to create a public sentiment, which shall more correctly estimate their importance, and to co-operate with those who have their interests more especially in charge, in such a manner as to secure the highest advantages of a 'Free School System.'

“It is proposed to furnish the citizens of Madison with a series of weekly lec tures, upon such topics as may be best calculated to benefit all who hear them.”

Wm. Hough, Fsq., is President of the Association.

A Grecian Doric column and statue is about to be erected at Cromarty, Scotland, to the memory that true geologist and brilliant writer, Hugh Miller.

DIED—At her cottage called Bridgehouse, on the banks of the Doon, near Ayr, Scotland, Dec. 14th, Mrs. Isabella Burns Begg, the youngest sister of the poet,

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