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It was a piece of that good luck stand on. At the evening session which has fallen to, or into, my I talked on A State Reading Circle. lot - in small bits - to have the The little capital is old-fashioned chance to attend the annual meet- to a degree. The country around ing of Kentucky school superin- is wild and picturesque, the Kentendents this week at Frankfort. tucky river winds among hills that About seventy men were present,
are mountains to the eye of one county and town, or city, superin
fresh from the plains of the lower tendents in about eyual numbers;
Auglaize. seven ladies, each a county super
In the afternoon of my second intendent. Is the political route to
day I paid a visit of respect and a superintendency more readily curiosity to the grave of Daniel
Boone. His monument looks travelled by our sisters? In each of eighteen counties a woman fills
down upon the river from the top
of one of those hills. About it'a this responsible office; elected
group of sycamore trees stand senthereto upon a party ticket; some
tinel. Upon the four faces of the times her defeated
stone are what is left of carvings woman.
which once stood for scenes in the The discussions were over such
old fighter's life; but everything subjects as the relation of the office
that would break has been carried of superintendent of public instruc
off by that despicable despoiler, the tion to the schools, training schools, relic hunter, in whose barbarous . rural graded schools, the examina
eyes there is nothing sacred. tion and certification of teachers,
Another of my digressions was city school systems, our trustee sys- a run down to Nashville. The road tem, what shall the grades teach,
passes by some deep cuts through associations district and county, the immense limestone ridges which local taxation.
there bound the valley of the CumThe speakers were plainly in ear- berland. Returning, as ours was nest and in the clash of opinions an inspection train, it ran up a short there was frequent and skillful branch to the county seat of Todd thrust and parry.
County. One of the things to know Some school legislation about this county is that within its formulated,
and the brethren limits Abraham Lincoln and Jefseemed confident that the legis- ferson Davis were born. At least lature would lend an open ear to so people say, but it is likely that an any rational proposition upon which alibi can be proved as to Mr. L. themselves should agree!
I observed several flocks of field They made me an honorary larks as we passed through northmember and gave me the floor to ern Tennessee.
One of the daily pleasant experi- The philosopher was three miles ences of this little trip of only a few from home. His blood was chilled hundred miles south was the sight from wading through the snow. of the birds.
The frost-king was singing a dirge A cedar grove covers a hill not
in his ears. He was beginning to far from what was my pleasant yield to the temptation to lie down headquarters. The hill is lime- in that broad white bed where the stone and abounds in depressions,
winds would whistle his deathholes in short, shaped like mam- hymn and the moon be the only moth bowls, the bottom of the mourner, when; bowl opening into a cavern below- "Softly, — but this way fate was in the lowest deep, a lower deep. pointing, And I thought how graphically
When piped a tiny voice hard by, friend Simkins would describe the
Gay and polite, a cheerful cry,
Chic-chicadeedee. gnawing out of these holes in the
Here was this atom in full breath, rock by the sharp tooth of the acid
Hurling defiance at vast death; ulated rain.
This scrap of valor just for play I was hunting, with no deadlier Fronts the north-wind in waist
coat gray, weapon than an opera glass. Un
As if to shame my weak behavior." der the trees the ground was green, between them there was
Then the unfeathered poet sablanket of snow; red-birds flashed luted the other one, called the from the ground to the trees; a
woods his “small Labrador," donflock of waxwings alighted upon
ned his colors: “Henceforth I wear an oak — one could tell them by no stripe but thine,"-after the meltheir plaintive whistle; a solitary ancholy Jacques's “Motley's the chewink called his name from a
only wear”; and caught the full bunch of buckberries; goldfinches meaning of his song, since "goodin their plain winter dress scurried will makes intelligence." It also about, too numerous to mention; a
toughens the muscles, for was it pair of black-capped chickadees
not said of one of old time, searched the under side of dry
“And I should do it leaves and crevices in the bark for
ease, for my insects' eggs. These last named
good-will is to it." performers made me hunt up that On one of the higher points of delightful poem of Emerson's, “The this ridge there is an extensive dorTitmouse," when I got back from mitory for those gentlemen and my walk, and read it over with the ladies in black the crows. I tiny actors fresh in my eye, for I chanced to pass it, or rather their like my nature and my literature at loud evening hymn called me over the same meal.
to it. The great flock, numbering
several hundreds, seemed to be set
disk was peering through the woof tling down for the night but the of a cloud as black and fleece-like performance was interspersed with
as a veil of crape. Soon the veil many uprisings and all to the tune
slipped down and the naked moon of caw, caw, loud and strident, for showed a concave curve upon its the musicians were but a few rods
western limb, - I think there's no away, and their notes did not drop, mistake about which limb; this is "filtered through five hundred fath
a verbal copy of my vizualization -
,oms of crisp blue air."
and lo! the eclipse. But by nine Though my travel was in the
o'clock the western limb was whole right direction it
not far again, and the night lamp was enough to see our dear familiar
round as any reasonable earthling summer friend, the robin.
could demand. In the cemetery grounds one day The most brilliant spectacle of I met a stranger, not at all shy, but our run down through Ohio the I couldn't learn his name; — about day before Christmas was sent home a robin's size; slate color, except in a letter I mean the syllabled the outer wing feathers which were material out of which the soul conblack with a white line on the upper structs a spectacle, for spectacles side, also a black band across and abide in the soul, -- whether any beyond the eyes. He would come other place,
k now V s. down to the ground but did not "Throughout Mercer County the make clear his errand. His tail
dry grass, the faded goldenrods, gave many a saucy Airt like that asters, weeds and bushes of many of the robin. He was as silent as a kinds and even the trees were coyshadow of a bird.
ered with ice. One picture stays I am finishing this “disjointed with me: the sun was nearing the chat” near to our own vine and fig horizon and his almost level rays tree. The latter stands to-night lighted up a large branching oak out by the wood-shed where it came till every part of the glistening wonup from the root last spring and der looked as if dipped in distilled bore a score or more of half-growni moonshine." figs; so you see I used plain hor- Two weeks later this crystalized ticultural fact in locating myself. landscape was in its natural brown
The night of the lunar eclipse we and gray, a few winter birds were were waiting our train at a station on the wing; and old winter, who close to the Tennessee line. I had had been bitingly awake, was sleepnot learned of the expected show ing in pace with a dream of spring but was attracted by the rare beauty on his face. of the eastern sky where the full
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to the careful consideration of both courses proposed for adoption public school and college authori- in some of the schools of the presties.
ent day is enough to produce tears -It is impossible to teach too
of sympathy for the poor, helpless
children, and contempt for school much of true patriotism in our
authorities who seem to be deterpublic schools. The more true
mined to do away with the high love of our country, its institutions,
schools of the day by providing for its laws, and its flag we can instill into the minds and hearts of the
a complete high school training
before the high school is reached. children the better. To this end
Judging from the discussion gothe proper celebration of the birth
ing on in recent issues of the Pittsdays of great Americans who have
burg papers, Supt. Luckey is kept stood out prominently as great busy trying to protect the public leaders in founding and building schools of that city from a large this great Nation, is always an aid.
overdose of this character. The In this issue will be found a pro
following words from him have the gram of exercises for the celebra
right ring, and outline in a very tion of the birthdays of Lincoin pointed, humorous way his objecand Washington which we hope
tions to the new course of study will be helpful to our readers in
which has been recommended by schools of all grades.
the committee: The educational world has its
“My first objection is that the
course recommended by the comshare of so-called reformers whose
mittee requires so much of the puanxiety to be considered the au
pil's time in other studies that readthors of something new or startling ing and language are for the most greatly exceeds their desire to do part relegated to the background; the greatest good to the greatest
thus, the child of 6, 7 and 8 years number of the children in the pub
of age is required to study migra
tory and non-migratory birds, hilic schools, or their judgment in bernation, food of man, and its reladealing in a rational manner with: tion to life, prehension and digesthe many hard problems that arise tion of food, analysis of garden soil, in school administration.
examination of sand, gravel, limeOne of the most dangerous ten
stone, quartz and pebbles; collect
eggs of frogs, study the disseminadencies of the present time arises tion of seeds, collect specimens of from the attempts of such reform- all things observed; study common ers to overload the course of study
insects and the covering and food in the primary and grammar grades
"If the child is still living at the to such an extent that thoroughi
end of the eighth year and continwork is an absolute impossibility. ues in school he must describe carA glance at some of these new nivorous and herbivorous animals,