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WASHINGTON Irving - We have only space enough to record the death of this gifted author, which took place at his residence on the Hudson, the 28th ult., in the 77th year of his age. One of the most genial and gifted of American writers, in a ripe old age he is taken from the scenes which he described and loved so well, to a brighter and better world.
The following statistics which we are permitted to copy from Mr. Draper's forthcoming annual report will give some idea of the magnitude of our educational interests, and of the extent of the supply provided for our educational wants : number of School Districts in the State, 3538; average number of months schools have been taught, 51 ! Total number of children over 4 and under 20 years of age, 278,871; average amount of wages per month paid to male teachers, $22.93; average per month paid female teacheus, $14.29; amount of money paid for teachers wages, $536,860.66; amount of money expended for other purposes, $147,175.54; amount of money raised by tax and expended on school houses, $144,328.79; amount of money raised by tax and expended for other purposes, $80,220.50; total value of school houses, $1,176,191.73; highest valuation of any school houses, $20,000; lowest, $.25; No. Select and Private Schools other than incorporated Academies, 210; average number of pupils attendiog such schools during the year, 7772.
Beloit COLLEGE.—We have received the annual catalogue for 1859–60, from which we learn that there havo been in attendance upon the different classes of the institution for the year past, Seniors, 8 ; Juniors, 8 ; Sophomores, 21; Freshmen, 23; Preparatory Students, 97; total 157. Of these 69 have been in the Normal Class, which is in a flourishing condition. The winter vacation commences the 21st inst.; the winter term January 4, 1860; spring term April 19th; commencement July 12.
THE LADIES' HOME MAGAZINE for December is a capital number, and brings the year to a fitting close. We recommend the magazine as the best with which we are acquainted for family reading. It is edited by T. S, Arthur and Miss Virginia Townsend, both writers of established reputation, and, besides the literary department, comprising tales, sketches, etc., has a mothers' department, a health department, a children's department, a work department, a fashion department, etc., etc., and is beautifully illustrated with engravings, fashion plates, etc. Single copies $2 00 a year; $1 25 to clubs of eight and upwards. We will furnish it to our subscribers with the Journal for $1 25.
WISCONSIN FARMER. --The twelfth volume of this valuable magazine commen. ces with January next, and it is to be published semi-monthly hereafter. Its general character and policy will remain unchanged, and we commend it to all our readers as a good family Journal furnishing reliable information in all departments of the industrial arts, to which it is devoted. Terms—Single copy 1 year $1 ; seven copies, $6; ten copies, $8; fifteen copies, $12; twenty copies, $15; and a copy gratis to the one getting up the club. Clubs may be sent to one or more offices. We will furnish the Farmer and the Journal for $1 75 a year.
THE ATLANTIC MONTHLY for December is received, and well sustains its previous reputation. Mrs. Stowe's " Minister's Wooing," is finished—and finished just as it ought to be. The Professor has also completed the " Story of Iris," and ends his witty, pointed, and truly original series of articles for the year with one of his touching devotional lyrics, which is worthy of a place in every collection of psalmody in the land, The Atlantic has passed under the control of Messrs. Ticknor & Fields, who give assurances (which they will realize) that the Monthly will not lose in interest and value under their management. Its character is now so well established as the best magazine published in this country, that encomiums from us are not needed. All who have had it the past year will, of course, subscribe for the next, and we trust that many others who have not heretofore supplied themselves with this fruitful source of entertainment and instruction, will commence with the January number, which begins a New Volume. Terms—Single copies $3 a year, the postage prepaid by the publishers. Clubs of five will be supplied for $10. Clergymen, Teachers, and Postmasters will receive it for $2 a year. We will furnish it to our subscribers for $2 a year.
Moore's RURAL NEWYORKER.This sterling agricultural and family paper is so well known as to need no commendations from us. It is one of the best exchanges we receive, and its weekly visits are as welcome to the children as they are to us. It is published every Saturday by D. D. T. Moore, Rochester, N. Y.; office, Union Bnilding, opposite the Court-House, Buffalo St. Terms, in advance-Two dollars a year, $1 for six months. To Clnbs and Agents as follows:43 copies one year, $5; 6 and one free to club agent, $10; 10 and one free, $15; 15 and one free, $21; 20 and one free, $35, with an extra free copy for every Ten Subscribers over twenty. Club papers sent to different post-offices if desired.
THE GREAT REPUBLIC MONTHLY.—This magazine improves with every number in variety and style of matter, and is really a valuable monthly. The November number contains twenty-one separate articles, besides the Editorial and Fashion departments, and the publishers promise additional attractions for 1860, Terms 1 copy per year, $3 ; clubs of 3 or more $2 each. Any person sending a club of five will receive his choice of the following magnificent steel engravings: The Last Supper, size of plate 25x40 inches; The City of the Great King, 25x39 inches; The Palace of Westminster, 25x39; Sir Walter Scott's Monument, 25x34; We praise thee, O Lord, 21x25 inches; Robert Burns, 21x25 inches. Any one sending a club of ten subscribers will receive his choice of any two of the above engravings. Any one sending a club of twenty will receive all of the engravings. Address Oaksmith & Co., 112 and 114 William St., New York, THE PRAIRIE FARMER.
Emery's Journal of Agriculturc, which now takes the name and place of the old Prairie Farmer, has always been a favorite with us, perhaps because it is a Western production, and any of readers who wish a weekly visitor of this kind, after subscribing for our own "Farmer," will do well to send for the Prairie Farmer. Terms for 1860—1 copy one year, $2; 3 copies $5; 6 copies and one to agent. $9. To each one of fifty persons sending the first
lists of twenty subscribers, at the above rates, the publishers will give a bound volume of the Farmer for the last half of the present year. To the first srx perpersons who will send lists of fifty or more subscribers on the above terms, they will give a copy of Webster's Unabridged Pictorial Dictionary. Address Emery & Co., 204 Lake St., Chicago, Ill.
SEE new advertisement of S. C. Griggs & Co., Chicago, the most extensive pub. lishing and bookselling house in the west. Traders will find it for their interest to deal with them, as they have a very large stock, sell at fair rates, and are honorable and liberal business men. Also, see advertisement of Anthony's Instantaneous Views.
TIIE HIGHER CHRISTIAN EDUCATION, By BENJAMIN W. Dwight, author of
"Modern Philology, its history, discoveries, and results. New-York: A. S. Barnes & Burr, 51 and 53 John street. 1859. The author has treated this great theme under the five following heads : 1, The true work of the higher Christian education ; II, The true style aud measure of the higher Christian education; III, The true Christian Teacher; IV, The true Christian Scholar; V, The connection of the higher Christian education with the progress and privileges of the people. An accurate scholar, a deep thinker, and an earnest writer, the author has, in this work, discussed the various questions which arrange themselves under the above heads, in a masterly manner, with the power which an absorbing interest in a subject would be likely to call forth, and he has produced a book which ought to be read by every teacher and parent in the land, and which, when read, will not fail to awaken interest, stimulate effort, and guide those great movements which carry with them the life and progress of society. The nature and claims of a true Christian education, the character, acquirements, and influence of the true Christian scholar and teacher are presented in such a style, with such a power of language and force of illustration, that whoever reads it will rise from its perusal, refreshed, stimulated, inspired with zeal and power to do manful battle for God and Truth.
THE NORMAL PRIMARY ARITHMETIC, designed as an introduction to a thor
ough and Complete course of mental and written arithmetic ; and THE NORMAL MENTAL ARITHMETIC; a thorough and complete coursc, by
analysis and induction, by EDWARD BROOKS, A.M., Professor of Mathematics in the Lancaster County Normal School. PhiladelphiaSower, Barnes & Co. 1859. The principal characteristics of these little books are, clearness of statement, methodical ar. rangement, and fullness of illustration. They contain many valuable suggestions and directions for teachers, and the introductory part of the primary is especially adapted to tho wants of young teachers. We commond them to our readers.
ENTERTAINING DIALOGUES, designed for the use Schools and Academies.
By CHARLES NORTHEND, author of " Teacher and Parent,” “Teacher's Assistant,” “Little Orator,” etc. New-York: A. S. Barnes & Burr, 51 and 53 John St. 1858. A choice collection of dialogues suitable for rehearsal in schools or families, adapted to thetastes and capacities of youth, and at the same time conveying good moral lessons, this book is worthy of a prominent place in the list of works designed for the instruction and amuse ment of youth.
THE TEACHER'S ASSISTANT, or Hints and Methods in School Discipline and
Instruction, being a series of interesting Letters to one entering upon the teacher's work. By CHARLES NORTHEND, A.M., author of “ Teacher and Parent," etc. Bogton : Crosby, Nichols & Co.; Chicago : George Sherwood. 1859. in this work the author bas presented; in the form of a series of familiar letters, much vaiaable information and instruction in regard to school arrangement and discipline, methods of teaching, etc. The style is very much like that of his well known work, "The Tach-r and Parent," and we think that it will be as popular when its merits are understood. There is hardly 4 topic connected with school kooping but receives attention, and the long experience and sound sense of the author are shown in every suggestion. Send to Ge rge Sherword, 122 and 124 Lake Street, Chicago, and get the book and read it, young teachers, and you will feel well repaid for the money and time spent. Price $1.00. MANUAL OF GEOLOGY, designed for the use of Colleges and Schools. By EBEN
EZER Emmons, State Geologist of North-Carolina, late State Geologist of New York, Professor of Natural History and Geology in Williams College ; illustrated by numerous engravings, principally from American specimens. Philadelphia: Sower, Barnes & Co. This work is of a higher character than the one noticed by us last month, and naturally takes the place in the academy and college which that does in the common school. An idea of the work may be obtained from the following extract from the preface, givi'g its plan, etc.: “One of the most important studies ior the young is classification. Its advantages are not confinod to Natural History. In every sphere of knowledge it aids the mind to define and limit the boundaries of subjects, and perceive the true and constant rela:jon they hold to each (ther, Our opinion of its utility led us to furnish an introduction to the subject, which, trough imperfect, may stiil, as we believe, serve as a basis upon which classification may be taught. The plan we have followed in the preparation of the work differs s mewhat from others. We have given in each chapter treating upon the systems of rocks, a general history of the period to wbich they belong. To this we have added a brief description of the rocks and th Ir order of sequence. Each system is illustrated by the organisms or fossils which it is known to contain, and which have been generally selected from those which are most common. The geographical distribution of American formations completes the history of the several systems. Our illus. trations of characteristic fossils may be regarded by ecme persons as out of proportion to the statement of facts and principles; but it should be recollected that Palæontology has become the leading branch; and from which we derive the most importaut in ormation respecting the natural history of the earth." LECTURES ON MENTAL AND MORAL CULTURE, by SAMUEL P. BATES, A,M.
Superintendent of Public Instruction, Crawford County, Penn. New-York; A. S. Barnes & Burr, 51 and 53 John street. 1860. The origin and aim of these lectures are given in the preface, fiom which we quote : “ The followiug lectures were prepared for the use of Teachers’ Institut-8, and have been delivered at intervals, before these bodies, during the past five years. They were intended to be addressed to an assembly of teachers and citizens, such as are usually found at the evening sessions ; consequently, they are not designed for the exclusive readiog of teachers. The attempt has been, to make the opinions developed thoroughly accord with the fundamental principles of our institutions and form of governmont. The necessity to the safety and prosperity of the State that every child should be educated, and that the wealth of the country should pay for this education, has been made a prominent feature. There will not be found in this volume a sye. tematic treatise for the special guidance of the teacher, but those motives and incentives to preparation, which may serve to awaken inquiry and stimulate thought.” They embraca the following topiɔs: Dignity of the Teacher's profession; The boyhood of Napoleon; The power of spoken thought; Vocal culture; The study of Language; The means and ends of education; Pepular education; The education of the moral se: sibilities; Education and Democracy the true basis of liberty, and contain many valuable hints and sugg 3stion suited to the teacher or the general reader.
Few subjects appear or deserve to attract more universal attention at present than the right adjustment of the claims of Practical Science in an extended system of public instruction, and its relations to public and individual health, to the wants of daily life, and the progress of the industrial arts. The Continental Governments, and especially those of France and Germany have long since established Special Schools of Science, under the names of Institutes or Schools of Art, Polytechnic Schools, Industrial and Technological Schools, Schools of Agriculture, Mining, Architecture, Engineering, Trades, Commerce, Navigation, &c. &c. In Germany alone, according to an article in Barnard's American Journal of Education for 1856, there were two hundred and twenty-six schools of this class. In the recently established school system of the kingdom of Sardinia, Technical Courses, extending through five years, are specially provided for in connection with all the National Colleges, in addition to Special schools, such as the Royal Technical Institute, embracing seven classes and twenty professors, at Turin; a School of Commerce and Navigation at Nice; a School of Agriculture at Savoy; a School of Arts and Trades in Biella, and one of the same general character but adapted to the local industrial habits of the people, in every large town, The English Government, since the Great Industrial Exhibiton of 1851 showed the superiority in artistic design and finish of French and German workmanship, has established a Department of Science and Art, and appropriated in 1858 over $400,000 to its various operations, such as the Government School of Mining and Museum of Practical Geology in Lon