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Ross; “Normal Schools—Their True Work,” by H. S. Lehr; and “Primary Teaching,” by A. G. Smith. The discussion of these papers, “not the lecture,” is to be opened respectively by J. A. Pittsford, Van B. Baker, J. T. Jones, J. W. Brock, A. G. Crouse, J. G. Hartzler (of Fostoria), J. G. Parks, J. P. Baily, W. O. Brown, and A. G. Smith. This Association was organized eight years ago. Teachers in Northwestern Ohio are urged to attend. Ladies will be entertained free, and gentlemen at reduced rates.

-The Hon. Jas. P. Wickersham has called a special meeting of the Department of Superintendence, National Educational Association, to be held in the lecture room of the Congregational church, Washington, D. C., commencing on Tuesday, December 11th, and continuing two or three days. Important business will be transacted concerning measures for strengthening the National Bureau of Education, the establishment of a National Educational Museum, the proper representation of the educational interests of the country at the Paris Exposition, the appropriation of the proceeds of the public lands to school purposes, and others equally important. Papers are expected to be read by Hon. John Eaton, United States Commissioner of Education ; President J. D. Runkle, of Massachusetts; Hon. William H. Ruffner, of Virginia; Hon. Jas. H. Smart, of Indiana; Hon. William S. Thompson, of South Carolina, and others. Leading officers of the Government, and Members of Congress interested in education, have been invited to take part in the deliberations of the Department. No more important educational meeting has ever been called together in the United States, and it is hoped that every State in the Union will be represented by its leading school officers. A full programme of exercises will be issued as soon as it can be prepared. The rates for boarding at the Ebbitt House, to Members of Department, will be $2.50 per day.

-The meeting of the Central Ohio Teachers' Association in Chillicothe, October 26, and 27, was a grand success. It is said nearly five hundred teachers were present. The delegation from Columbus numbered! 120. Dayton, Hamilton, Springfield, Xenia, Troy, London, Circleville, Lancaster, Athens, Portsmouth, and many other places sent from 1 to 40 representatives. Among the prominent educators present were Hancock, Stevenson, Cook, Ellis, Ormsby, White (W. J.), Lewis, Smart, Burns, Welsh, Goodspeed, Campbell, Loos, Willoughby, and Brenneman. On Friday afternoon R. W. Stevenson delivered an inaugural address; E. H. Cook read a paper on “The Public High School,” (discussed by Messrs. Ufford, Ellis, and Smart); A. J. Willoughby read a paper on School Reforms"; and J. H. Brenneman one on “The Unexamined Work of the Teacher.” Messrs. Ormsby and White, and Misses Widner and Ringgold were appointed a committee on the nomination of officers. In the evening, State Commissioner elect, the Hon. J. J. Burns, gave a lecture at the Opera House on “Man,” to an audience of about 700 teachers and others. The correspondent of the Columbus Evening Dispatch says, “The lecture was entertaining throughout, richly illustrated with apt examples from both physical and linguistic sources, and showed our new Commissioner to be a man of thought and culture, a man whom all school men will honor and respect.” The Columbus Dispatch says the programme of Saturday forenoon was carried out completely. The following was this programme as previously announced :-“The Safety of our Republic," Jas. C. Murray; “The Elements of Success in Teaching,” Lissa Daugherty; and “The Advantages of a Compulsory System of Education," Lottie L. Watt. John Ogden, C. W. Bennett, and Geo. W. Welsh, being assigned to open the discussion of the three papers respectively. The Dispatch says that John Hancock and Alston Ellis took the leading part in the discussion of Compulsory Education. Officers elected: Pres., John Hancock, of Dayton ; Vice-Pres., Mrs. F. W. Case, of Columbus; Sec., C. W. Bennett, of Piqua; Ex. Com., J. W. Dowd, of Troy, Wm. Richardson, of Chillicothe, and W. G. White, of Columbus. We shall publish Mr. Cook's paper.

PERSONAL.

-PRESIDENT Charles W. Eliot, of Harvard University, has taken unto himself a wife.

-DUANE Doty, Superintendent of the Public Schools of Chicago, graduated at Michigan University in 1850.

-WARREN HIGLEY, of Cincinnati, spent twelve weeks in Institute work in New York, in the months of August, September, and October.

--J. M. Long, of Chillicothe, Mo., has accepted the position of Professor of Natural Science and Latin in St. Paul's College, at Palmyra, Mo.

-Miss CORĄ McDonald, formerly a teacher in the Urbana (Ohio) High School, is now teaching in the Public High School at Defiance, Ohio.

-Chas. CHANDLER has been made full Professor of Latin in Denison University, at Granville, Ohio. He graduated at Michigan University in 1871.

-A. G. FARR is called, by the Columbus Evening Dispatch, one of the jewels of the High-School building. The Dispatch is orthodox on this subject.

- DR. A. Schuyler has steadily increased the attendance at Baldwin University, Berea, Ohio, from 80 at the time he became President, to 152 at the present time.

-PLEASANT BOND, after a cessation from teaching of about six years, has again entered the work. He now holds a position in the Indianapolis High School.

-John C. RIDGE attended the Parke-County (Ind.) Teachers' Institute the week beginning Sept. 3, lasting nine days. His instruction was called “of a superior kind."

-John G. BLACK, of Washington, Guernsey Co., Ohio, has been em: ployed to succeed the Hon. J. J. Burns as Superintendent of the Public Schools of St. Clairsville, Ohio. This is the second draw St. Clairsville has made on Washington, Mr. Burns having formerly taught in that place.

-Prof. Theo. Sterling, of Kenyon College, at Gambier, Ohio, we learned about a month ago had been ill for some time but was slowly recovering, and had left Gambier, by the advice of his physician, to try the effect of a change of climate. He was at the time of our information in Baltimore.

Prof. Daniel Worley, of Canton, has been elected a member of the General Assembly from the County of Stark. He will be the champion of school interests in the House. He ought to be made chairman of the school committee. He believes in advance legislation. Let all educational men give him a helping hand.

-PROF. M. C. STEVENS has for the last year been residing on his farm, seven miles west of Salem, Ohio, and two miles west of Damascoville. I. P. Hole, who now has charge of the Damascus Academy, has engaged Prof. Stevens to assist him this winter. Those who want first-class instruction should go to Mr. Hole's Academy.

-Josiah HURTY, more than a quarter of a centry ago an active Ohio teacher, is now a resident of Paris, Ill. Within the last thirty-five years his educational labors have been successively in New York, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois. We were associated with Mr. Hurty, as instructor in a two weeks' Teachers' Institute in Urbana, Ohio, in 1848. It was the first Institute we ever attended.

INSTITUTES. Belmont Co. -Place, Barnesville; time of beginning, Aug. 13; duration, one week; enrolment, —; instructors, D. F. De Wolf (grammar and geography), John R. Scott (reading and elocution), J. L. Hunt, Prof. Brinkerhoff (arithmetic), and D. P. Pratt (metrology and case). Hon.J. J. Burns gave a lecture Friday afternoon on “Mathematics.” Evening lecturers, A. O. Barnės ("The Known and Unknown"), D. P. Pratt (“The Strike and its Lessons"), J. L. Hunt (“Relations of the School to Society"), and D. F. De Wolf ("The Duties of Society to the School-especially the duty to provide properly ventilated School-houses”).

Ross Co.—Place, Chillicothe; time of beginning, Aug. 27; duration, one week; enrolment, 110, gentlemen 41, ladies 69; instructors, E. H. Cook and H. P. Ufford. The Hon. J. J. Burns lectured on Monday, and Prof. Dague gave a short talk on Thursday. There were no evening sessions. Officers elected :-Pres., Geo. Pearce ; Vice-Presidents, D. B. Ziegler, Alanson Newman, Sam. F. Morris; Sec., Lida L. Orr; Treas., J. M. Steward ; Ex. Com., A. S. Ellis, E. W. Cating, and Hort Cline.

HANCOCK Co.—Place, Findlay; time of beginning, Aug. 20; duration, one week; enrolment, —; instructors, C. F. Palmer, (spelling, arithmetic, reading, penmanship,) and J. W. Dowd (geography, grammar, theory and practice); evening lecturers, the Rev. R. R. Sutherland (“The Elements of Power and Permanency"), C. F. Palmer (“The Study of English "), John W. Dowd (The Trinity of Success”), and J. W. Zeller (“ Education”).

FULTON Co.—Place, Wauseon ; time of beginning, Oct. 29; duration, one week; enrolment, about 300; instructors, John Ogden, J. C. Ridge, and J. E. Sater; evening lecturers, John Ogden (“Teaching,” and “Kindergartning ”), and the Hon. C. S. Smart. Prof. Ridge gave two evening entertainments.

COLUMBIANA Co.-Place, Wellsville ; time of beginning, Nov.5; duration, one week; enrolment, -; chief instructor, D. F. De Wolf; occasional instructors, C. C. Douglas, Mrs. C. C. Davidson; evening lecturers, D. F. De Wolf, and G. N. Carruthers. Various topics were discussed, and several essays were read by Messrs. Helman, Martin, and others. Officers elected: Pres., J. A. Martin ; Vice-Pres., Mrs. A. T. Taylor; Sec., Lizzie Azdell; Ex. Com., Byron E. Helman, J. B. Mills, and Lewis Mason.

CUYAHOGA Co.—Place, Brooklyn; time of beginning, Oct. 28; duration, one week; enrolment, ; instructors, Capt. Wm. Mitchell, M. A. Sprague, R. L. Sadler, and E. T. Nelson; evening lecturers, Wm. Mitchell and E. T. Nelson. Officers elected:—Pres., M. A. Sprague ; Vice-Pres., P. O. Phillips; Sec., R. L. Sadler; Ex. Com., 0. C. Hubbell, S. P. Merrill, A. S. Hayden, Jr., and Misses Barrett and Halley.

WARREN Co.-Place, Lebanon; time of beginning, ; duration, one week; enrolment, over 100; instructors, J. Morrow, Peter Sellers, and Hampton Bennett.

BOOK NOTICES. WHIPPLE'S ANIMAL ANALYSIS ; a method of Teaching Zoology. To which

is added an Appendix, containing Directions for forming a School Cabinet. By Elliott Whipple, M. Ă. Chicago: Jansen, McClurg & Co., 1877. Price 25 cts.

This is just the kind of a book that ought to be in the hands of all classes in zoology, in order that they may be induced to record their own observations of animals and not make the study a purely text-book one. The principles of the Key are based upon the researches of Agassiz as displayed principally in his “Essay on Classification” and “Methods of Study in Natural History.” This book will not fail to be a decided pedagogical aid in the teaching of zoology. FIRST LESSONS IN LATIN: adopted to the Latin Grammars of Allen and

Greenough, Andrews and Stoddard, Bartholomew, Bullions and Morris, Gildersleeve, and Harkness, and prepared as an Introduction to Caesar's Commentaries of the Gallic War. By Elisha Jones, M. A., acting assistant Professor of Latin in the University of Michigan, and author of “Exercises in Greek Prose Composition." Chicago : s. C. Griggs & Co. 1878. Pages 220. Price $1.50.

This is a beautifully-printed book. It is somewhat on the plan of the works of McClintock and Crook first published nearly thirty years ago, but it is carried out in a different manner in some respects. The book will serve the purpose of a reader. We predict that as a First Lessons it will attract more attention from the teachers of elementary Latin than any similar work that has appeared in this country within the last quarter of a century. Send to the publishers for a copy.

SUMMER RAMBLES IN EUROPE. By Alex. Clark. Printed for the author.

New York: Nelson and Phillips, Publishers, 808 Broadway. 1878. Pages 280.

Mr. Clark has been for years the editor of the Methodist Recorder, and he will be remembered by teachers as the founder of the School-Day Visitor. He visited in his rambles England, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, and France. The style of the book is sufficiently gossipy to keep up the interest throughout. The following is a specimen :

“I noticed [in Carlsruhe) a very starchy, aristocratic female in shining slippers and satin gearing, at a fashionable corner, one day, leading a little doggie,-a mere puplet-by a silk cord, attached to a silver collar on his blessed little upsy-pupsy neck! The little fellow had both his ears carved off close to his skull (that was to humanize him), and his precious tail was altogether absent, having been amputated when it was young and tender. (The tail was removed to humanize the dog, and make him appear more like a baby). Oh, but he was a darling little thing, running along his precious “loney,” led by that silken string held in that lily hand! °A close-fitting scarlet roundabout wrapped him round, and, as he trotted along, earless and tailless, without the least chance to appear happy or unhappyno ears by which to look interested-no tail by which to express delight-he seemed a vitalized jewel to that exceedingly cultivated lady, who led him by the silken string! Strange cultivation, that, which cultivates such taste, and commits such outrages on the rights of animals. Every dog has as much right to his ears and his tail as any lordly lady has to her tresses. And yet, in America, as well as in Germany, there is a pernicious custom of mutilating pet dogs as if the Almighty had made a mistake in their creation !” ONE HUNDRED CHOICE SELECTIONS IN POETRY AND PROSE. No. 14. P. Gar

rett & Co. Philadelphia and Chicago. 1877. Pages 180. Price 30 cts.

It is strange that the publishers of this series of excellent selections should not advertise in the school journals. It was only by chance that we became aware about two years ago of this series. There are thousands upon thousands of teachers in the United States that never heard of these little books, although wanting just such collections for school use. The 1400 readings, recitations, and declamations now published, ranging from grave to gay give a wide range for selections. The publishers should take notice that few teachers comparatively frequent news stands and bookstores, and hence know nothing of their laudable enterprise in the publication of these selections. Standing advertisements are the best because the readers of school journals change more or less from quarter to quarter. A COLLECTION OF CHOICE POEMs. By Bryant, Holland, Whittier, Longfel

low, Hopkins, Lowell, Miller, Taylor, Torrey, Voorhees, Smith, Auld, Jordan, Mayhew, Weaver, Anon. Compiled by the publisher. Orrville, Ohio. H. A. Mumaw, Printer and Publisher. 1877. Price by mail 20 cts.

This is a 40-page pamphlet neatly printed in large type. Some of the poems of the less noted writers are worthy of preservation. AN OUTLINE OF GENERAL History, for the Use of Schools.

By M. E. Thalheimer. Van Antwerp, Bragg & Co., 137 Walnut St., Cincinnati : 28 Bond St., New York, Pages 355.

This work is intended for schools in which there is not time enough allowed to master the author's Manuals of Ancient and Mediæval and Modern History. It is beautifully illustrated and amply supplied with unusually distinct maps. To render the work more valuable references are made at the close of each chapter to works in which the topics of the chapter are discussed at length. The 30-page index is a feature of especial value. The book is printed in the highest style of art, and we feel safe in saying that the “Eclectic Press” is the equal if not the superior of the famous “ Riverside Press."

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