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EDITORIAL DEPARTMENT.

-We publish in this issue part of the proceedings of the July meeting of the Ohio Teachers' Association. The remaining part we expect to publish next month. On account of the space occupied by these proceedings we shall be compelled to defer until November the usual variety of editorials, educational intelligence, personals, book notices, etc.

-The meeting of the National Educational Association at Louisville, Ky., August 14, 15 and 16, was a decided success. Although the membership was not large, yet the meetings of the Departments were better and more equally sustained than at any preceding meeting. The weather was pleasant and the general meetings well attended. The most noteworthy and novel exercise was the address of Pres. J. D. Runkle, on “The Russian System of Mechanic-Art Education as applied in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.” It was a new revelation. A whole afternoon was devoted, in the Department of Industrial Education, to this address and its discussion. A strong effort will be made to have the volume of proceedings ready for distribution by the time of the winter meetings of State Associations. Dr. John Hancock, of Dayton, Ohio, was elected President, the Hon. H. A. M. Henderson, of Kentucky, first VicePresident, and W. D. Henkle, of Salem, Ohio, and J. Ormond Wilson, of Washington, D. C., re-elected Secretary and Treasurer. The next meeting of the Association will most probably be held either in Philadelphia or St. Louis. In a vote in the Board of Directors, a majority of those present favored St. Louis. As the Association was organized in Philadelphia in 1857, and has never met the second time in any place, it is hoped that when it is twenty-one years old it will return to Philadelphia. Another reason for this is the cordial and numerous invitations received from different bodies in Philadelphia, and the fact that no invitations were received from St. Louis direct. The Association met in 1871 in St. Louis and was received grandly, and therefore, it does not seem to be judicious to return so soon to the city without a very pressing invitation from the city direct. The energetic State Superintendent, the Hon. R. D. Shannon, who tendered the invitation no doubt felt sure the Association would be welcome. We feel, however, that it would be pecuniarily best for the Association to meet next time in Philadelphia. The Hon. J. P. Wickersham has expressed himself as confident that 1,000 members would be enrolled next year if the Association should meet in Philadelphia. In view of the crippled condition of the Association as to its publication fund, we hope the executive committee will decide to go to Philadelphia. Already some of those who voted for St. Louis have, for sufficient reasons, changed their preferences to Philadelphia.

PERSONAL.
-S. C. DERBY is the new President of Antioch College.
-The Rev. J. B. Smith is now President of Farmers' College.

-MOSES MERRILL has been elected Head Master of the Boston Latin School.

-MRS. M. J. Pylu teaches botany and natural science in Farmers' College.

J. A. PITTSFORD, of Mt. Blanchard, has taken unto himself a wife. Sit felix.

-P. R. Mills is Superintendent of the Public Schools of Canal Winchester.

-The Rev. Dr. L. R. Fisk, of Detroit, has been elected President of Albion College.

-J. D. Luse teaches music in the Public Schools of Norwalk, Tiffin and Monroeville.

-OLIVIA T. ALDERMAN has been re-employed as teacher in the Public High School of Eaton, Ohio.

-ALEXANDER MACLEOD of the province of Ontario, taught in Public Schools for 48 years.

-Mary E. GASTMAN, of Oberlin, has accepted the Principalship of Warren (Ohio) High School.

-PETER STEWART of the province of Ontario, is a pensioned school teacher who is 92 years of age.

-HORACE HEARN is Principal of the Public Schools at College Hill, Ohio. He has two assistants.

-W. Y. BARTELS is serving his fourth year as Superintendent of the Public Schools of Westerville, Ohio.

-J. W. McKINNON has succeeded E. J. Godfrey as Superintendent of the Public Schools of London, Ohio.

-J. B. REYNOLDS, of Louisville, has been elected Principal of the Boys' High School in New Albany, Indiana.

-ELLA EARHART has changed the place of her labor from the Findlay High School to the Columbus High School.

-R. W. SADLER, a law student of Akron, has accepted the Principalship of the Public Schools of Bedford, Ohio.

-FRANK M. CUNNINGHAM bas been re-employed at Genntown, Ohio. He has already taught two years in that place.

-E. W. PORTER has been elected Principal of the Public Schools of Newton, (Post-office Raymond,) Union County.

-Miss ABBY A. JUDSON has taken charge of the Preparatory Department of Farmers' College at College Hill.

-FANNIE E. GOFF, of Cleveland, has been employed as teacher of Drawing and Penmanship in the Canton Schools.

-WILBUR B. MARKLE, of Columbus, has accepted a position as Assistant in the Warren High School. Salary $650.

-SAMUEL MAJOR continues in charge of the Public Schools of Greenfield, Ohio. Salary $1,200. This is his fourth year.

—N. M. McLaughlin who superintended the schools of Malta, Ohio, last year, has taken charge of the schools at Harmar, Ohio.

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-PROF. SANBORN TENNEY, of Williams College, Mass., author of Tenney's Zoology, died suddenly near Buchanan, Mich., July 9th.

-C. E. ALLEN, who graduated from Western Reserve College last June, is to teach languages in Grand-River Institute, at Austinburg.

-0. S. WESTCOTT, of the Chicago High School, has been employed as Superintendent of the Public Schools of Racine, Wis. Salary $2,000.

-C. F. PALMER, who resigned his position as Superintendent at Findlay, to enter the legal profession, has taken up his abode in Columbus.

-D. W. DE LAY continues as Superintendent of the Public Schools of South Charleston, Ohio, and John Holmes as Principal of the Grammar School.

-A. P. MORGAN has taken the Principalship of the second school district of Dayton, Ohio. Mr. Morgan taught in Dayton about a dozen years ago.

-W. E. CROSBY, of Davenport, Iowa, has a course of five lectures on “Educational Reformers,” which he delivers for $50 if given within a week's time.

-H. U. Johnson, so long Principal of the Orwell Normal Institute, has been chosen Principal of the Lake-Shore Seminary, at North East, Pennsylvania.

—THE Rev. Andrew P. Hepburn has been elected President of Davidson College, N. C. He once acted as President of Miami University at Oxford, Ohio.

-WM. S. Wood, for the last two years Superintendent of the Public Schools of Salem, Ohio, has taken charge of one of the Ward Schools of New Albany, Indiana.

-G. T. BURKETT, formerly a teacher of the B Grammar School in Tiffin, Ohio, has taken charge of the Public Schools of South Haven, Michigan. Salary $900.

-John R. Davis, a graduate of the National Normal School, at Lebanon, Ohio, has taken the Principalship of a Normal School at Inland, Summit County, Ohio.

-C. R. Long, formerly a teacher in Mr. Taylor's school in Beaver, Pa., has

ded N. M. McLaughlin as Superintendent of the Public Schools of Malta, Ohio.

-G. W. SNYDER, late Superintendent of the Public Schools of Caledonia, Ohio, has accepted the Superintendency of the Public Schools of St. Paris, Ohio. Salary $1,000.

-J. J. WAGNER, for eight years Principal of the Public Schools of Baltimore, Ohio, and member of the Board of School Examiners, is now Principal of the Lithopolis Schools.

-G. N. CARRUTHERS, for the last two years Superintendent of the Public Schools of Chillicothe has entered upon his duties as Superintendent of the Public Schools of Salem, Ohio.

—Isaac W. JACKSON, author of works on Conic Sections, Optics, Mechanics, and Trigonometry, and for fifty-one years a professor in Union College, N. Y., died about two months ago.

-KATE S. FRENCH and Miss Randolph who have for several years had a school in New Brunswick, N. J., have moved it to Baltimore, Md. Miss French's address is 21 South Broadway.

-C. C. Douglas continues in charge of the Public Schools of Leetonia, Ohio, and Wm. C. Wood, who graduated from the Salem High School, has succeeded J. E. Morris in the High School.

-J. J. Burns, Superintendent of the Public Schools of St. Clairsville, Ohio, is the Democratic nominee for the office of State Commissioner of Common Schools. J. F. Lukens, of Kent, is the Republican nominee.

-A. B. STUTZMAN, who presided over the Medina County Teachers' Institute last month, is one of the County Examiners. He is pronounced by those whose judgment is excellent, as an efficient educational worker.

-0. E. LATHAM has taken charge of the Public Schools of Monroeville, Ohio. About five years ago he graduated from the Monroeville High School and in June last from the University of Michigan (Scientific Course).

-HENRY NEWTON, a graduate of the Columbia School of Mines, and professor elect of Mining Engineering in the Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College, died at Deadwood, August 5. He was surveying the Black Hills.

--G. W. McGINNIS conducted a successful Normal Institute in Coshocton, in the summer vacation. He is pronounced by a correspondent as a “live worker,” having secured an attendance more than three times as large as that of last year.

-The Rev. James E. Gilbert, of Lexington, Ky., formerly Principal of one of the Dayton (Ohio) School Districts, has been elected President of the Ohio Wesleyan Female College. Mr. Gilbert has latterly been engaged chiefly in Sunday-School work.

-D. D. PICKETT, Superintendent of the Public Schools of Ravenna, has been made a Ph. D. by Alfred College, N. Y. (Mr. Pickett has been a D. D. from the time he was named.) He graduated from Alfred College in 1846 and from Union College in 1849.

-JULIA WHEATLEY, formerly a teacher in the Medina Normal School, and latterly a resident of Danville, Va., is now teaching in the Grammar School of West Salem, Ohio. Miss Wheatley has contributed several articles to the Monthly within the last two years. -E. W. PRITCHARD, M. S. Turrill, and A. Forbriger, of Cincinnati

, and D. B. Moak, of Westwood, were among the teachers that represented Hamilton County at the State Association at Put-in-Bay in July last. Mr. Turrill has for several years reported the proceedings for the Cincinnati Times.

-L. S. THOMPSON, of Sandusky, has been elected to the chair of Industrial Art in Purdue University at Lafayette, Ind. We are sorry to lose Mr. Thompson from Ohio, but we feel certain that with proper support on the part of the President and Trustees, he will make his department a marked feature in the University.

-W. H. COLE, author of the Institute Reader, and formerly Superintendent of the Public Schools of Wilmington, Ohio, and latterly a Professor at Columbia, Missouri, has succeeded Franklin Wood as Superintendent of the Schools of Marysville, Ohio. Mr. Wood has been Superintendent in Marysville for about thirteen years.

-C. W. BENNETT, Superintendent of the Public Schools of Piqua, Ohio, conducted in that city a Graded-School Institute the week beginning July 23. Fifty-six teachers attended. Mrs. Case, of Columbus, assisted Mr. Bennett.” Mr. Bennett was employed the weeks beginning August 27 and September 3, in Institutes at Lawrenceburg and Rising Sun, Indiana.

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PROCEEDINGS OF THE OHIO TEACHERS' ASSOCIATION, AT PUT-IN-BAY, OHIO, JULY 3, 4, 5, 1877.

SPELLING REFORM.—By E. O. VAILE.

(Continued from September number.) Thus stands the case. “Every theoretical and practical consideration weighs heavily in favor of reform. There is absolutely no argument against it save one,-the inconvenience of making the change. No one can defend the present system of spelling. Every one must admit its serious injury to the cause of education, and the great trouble it causes us throughout life. The practical advantages of phonetic spelling cannot be denied. And yet how universal is the exclamation,—“Reform is impossible.” Upon this point Max Müller says:—"If my friends tell me that the idea of reform is entirely Quixotic, that it is a mere waste of time to try to influence a whole nation to surrender its historical orthog. raphy and to write phonetically, I bow to their superior wisdom as men of the world. But as I am not a man of the world, but rather an observer f the world, my interest in the subject, my convictions as to what is ight and wrong, remain just the same. It is the duty of scholars and philosophers not to shrink from holding and expressing what men of the world call Quixotic opinions; for if I read the history of the world aright, the victory of reason over unreason, and the whole progress of, our race, have generally been achieved by such fools as ourselves 'rushing in where angels fear to tread,' " till after a time the track becomes beaten, and even angels are no longer afraid.” “The whole matter is no longer a matter of argument; and the older I grow, the more I feel convinced that nothing vexes people so much, and hardens them in their

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