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for their towns, both for the Reports of the District Clerks and Town Saperintendents.
According to a provision of the School Law, each Town Superinten. dent, and each District Clerk, is entitled to a copy of the Wisconsin Journal of Education. From and after the April Number the Journal will be sent postpaid. Town Superintendents will please forward immediately to this Office, the names and address of any District Clerks who do not now receive the Journal. Very respectfully,
S. H. CARPENTER, Assistant State Superintendent.
SCHOOL FUND APPORTIONMENT.
9816 96 Portage,
The following is a correct list of the several sums apportioned of the School
Fund Income to the several counties of the State: Counties. Children. Apportionm't. Counties. Children. Apportionm't; Adams, .. 2271 $1454 44 Marathon,
214 40 Bax AX,........... 3053 1953 92 Marquette,........
2753 1761 92 Brown,
4776 3056 64 Milwaukee, 19,533 12,501 12 Buffalo,.. 713 456 32 Monroe,
1411 20 Calumet,
645 412 80 Chippewa,
2819 1804 16 Clark,
6548 4190 72 Columbia, 8887 5687 68 Pepin...............
392 32 Crawford, ......... 2794 1788 16 Pierce,....
664 32 Dane, 15,082 9652 48 Polk,...............
184 32 Dodge,.......... 15,339
1951 1248 64 Door,..... 335
8434 5397 76 Douglas,.......... 174
111 36 Richlands........
3656 2339 84 Dunn,
14,023 8974 72 Eau Claire,
1331 851 84 Fond du Lac...... 11,944 7644 16
Sauk,.............. 6707 4292 48 Grant, ......... 11,010 7046 40
32 00 Green............... 7280 4659 20
9165 5865 60 Green Lake,...... 4598 2942 72
351 36 Iowa, .... 7226 4624 64
Walworth,......... 9895 6332 80 Jefferson, 11,208 7173 12
Washington....... 9119 5836 16 Jackson,
978 625 92
Waukesha......... 10,211 6535 04 Juneau,...... 2837 1815 68
3247 2078 08 Kewaunee, ..
Waushara, ........ 3213 2056 32 Kenosha, 5092 3258 88 Winnebago, ..... 7913
5064 32 La Crosse,.... 2915 1865 60 Wood, ...
530 339 20 La Fayette........
7100 4544 00 La Printe.......... 37
264,352 $169,185 28 ManitawoC........ 7005 1483 20
The following Circular from the Superintendent will show the reason for the decrease per scholar from last year.
66 OFFICE OF SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIO INSTRUCTION.
Madison, March 23d, 1854, " To Town Superintendents :
“This year the apportionment per scholar is 64 cents, eleven cents less than last year, which is thus accounted for :—There is an increase of 23,000 children, while there is a decrease of the amount apportioned, in round numbers, $12,000. The Legislature last year transferred 25 per cent. of the Swamp Land Fund from the School Fund, and thus added to the Drainage Fund over $261,000, the annual interest on which amounting to over $18,000, is so much of a diminution of the School Fund Income. The Legislature, which has just adjourhed, passed an act extending the time of paying interest on dues to the School Fund, which has considerably lessened the amount now apportioned. Very respectfully,
"LYMAN C. DRAPER.
Supt. of Pub. Instruction."
TO TOWN SUPERINTENDENTS.
Section 76, chapter 23 of the Revised Statutes, which permits Town Saperintendents, in their discretion, to set apart a sum, not exceeding ten per cent. of the gross amount of the school money apportioned to the several school districts in their respective towns, has been repealed by the passage of the new Town School Library Law. This new law, from the nature of the case, can not go into effect until next year. A full account of it will be given in the May Number of the Educational Journal,
THE BURNS' PRIZE POEM.
It was announced at the Centenary Festival at the Sydenham Crystal Palace, London, that the prize of Fifty Pounds, offered by the Company, had been unanimously adjudged, from among six hundred and twenty competitors, to Miss Agnes Oraig. So little was the successful competitor in expectation of this result, that she was not aware of the fact, announced in the newspapers of the previous day, that the prize had been award
ed to the poem bearing her motto, and she was not present at the Festival when it was read by Mr. Phelps, and a loud call was made for the author. Miss Craig is a native of Edinburgh, and during several years has contributed poetry to the Scotsman under the signature of " Isa.” Litue more than a year ago a volume of her poems was published by Messrs. Blackwood, and favorably received. In Edinburgh she earned a livelihood as a dressmaker, and her poetical talent and nnassuming demeanor, joined to other excellent qualities, were appreciated by many friends with whom she was brought acquointed through her writtings in the Scotsman. About two years ago she removed to London, where she now resides, to become one of the Secretaries to the Association for the Promotion of Social Science. Her success on this occasion must be a source of gratification not only to her personal friends, but to all who rejoice in seeing humble and unpretending worth meet with its just reward. It is peculiarly appropriate, that the tribute singled out on such an occasion should be from the hands of a woman. The poem, we think, is eminently worthy of the honor awarded to it. The ode is a difficult form of composition, difficult to appreciate as well as to write. Miss Craig, we think, has succeeded admirably in a style in which many first class poets have failed. There is nothing strained, nothing turgid in her lines; the language is simple, and the thought has a pure and sustained fervor. It is curious to remark that both in the case of the Sydenham and Baltimore prize poems the successful competitors are from Edinburgh, and both belong to the working class.-[Scottish American Journal.]
ODE ON THE CENTENARY OF BURNS.
WE hail this morn,
A Poet peasant-born,
Unto his country brings,
As lamps high set,
Than the sphere-lights they flout-
While no star waneth yet;
was made during ta e signatzy as was puiki -trgh sheet In assamitek atel by er writing
A gentle boy-
Quick tears and sudden joy-
His father's toil he shares;
Hid in her heart she bears,
on most in to all who
ch an Ocean
The God-made King
Of every living thing; (For his great heart in love could hold them all); The dumb eyes meeting his by hearth and stall
Gifted to understand
Knew it and sought his hand :
Could she his heart have read,
on of compa
we thinks share
e languages It is cara
timore both beliau
Though he may yield,
Forsaken on the field;
He is a King for all.
Against temptation's dart's!
With vain presumptuous hearts,
Tears have not ceased to flow;
To think above that noble soul brought low, That wise and soaring spirit fool'd, enslav'd
Thus, thus he had been sav'di
It might not be!
Had been too rudely rent;
By no hand could be tun'd,
Its every string who knew,
Who unrewarded gave
The land he trod
Where dearer are the daisies of the sod
The hoary hawthorn, wreath'd