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3d. Certificates from boards of examiners, diplomas from colleges, and any other evidence of scholarship. The Board wish to see the original papers in every case. They will be returned if desired.

Candidates will be required to pass an examination in the following branches: Orthography, Reading, Penmanship, Arithmetic, Geography, English Grammar, U. S. History, Physiology, Botany, Elementary Algebra, Plane Geometry, and Natural Philosophy. They may also be examined in such additional branches as they desire, for which credit will be given on the certificate. Though Music and Drawing are not placed in the schedule, skill in teaching these arts is regarded as a very desirable qualification in a teacher.

The Board of Examiners would invite the attention of the teachers of the State to this examination, and their hearty coöperation in carrying out the design for which the Board was created, is most earnestly desired.

W. MITCHELL, Sec'y of the Board.

MISCELLANY.

THE SPRING INSTITUTES.--For some reason fewer teachers' institutes have been held in the State this spring than last. Several were given up for the want of competent instructors. We give a brief account of those held, but, as we have been obliged to decline all institute labor, we can not speak, except in one instance, as an eye witness. The first four named continued each five days:

Huron County. A teachers' institute was held at Norwalk, beginning March 25th. One hundred and sixty-four teachers enrolled their names as members, and the High School was crowded at every session with teachers and visitors. Interesting and instructive lectures were given daily by R. W. Stevenson, of Norwalk, on Arithmetic and the Theory and Practice of Teaching; by Dr. T. Sterling, of Cleveland, on Physiology and English Grammar; by P. N. Schuyler, on Elocution and Geography, and by W. Warren, on Penmanship. M. F. Cowdery, of Sandusky, was present one day, and gave two lectures. It is unnecessary to add that they were excellent. Evening lectures were delivered by Rev. Mr. Tullidge, Rev. Dr. Newton, Dr. Sterling and R. W. Stevenson. General topics of interest gave rise to instructive discussions. Among the resolutions passed was one requesting the County School Examiners to sustain as high a standard of qualifications as the best good of the schools will permit. Franklin County. The first institute of the “Franklin County Teachers' Associa

was held in the village of Groveport, beginning April 1st, Capt. Wm. Mitchell, Supt. Public Schools of Columbus, president. The regular instructors, each of which filled his allotted place with great acceptance, were Prof. Schuyler, of Baldwin University, on Arithmetic; Mrs. Mary Howe Smith, of Oswego Training School, on Geography and Primary Instruction ; and Capt. Mitchell, on English Grammar and School Organization. The evening lectures were by the Hon. Samuel Galloway and Rev. E. P. Goodwin, of Columbus, and Rev. Mr. Schofield, of Groveport. Mrs. Smith won golden opinions by her sparkling and happy manner as well as by the clearnesss with which she unfolded her excellent methods of teaching. The institute was highly successful. About eighty teachers were present, all of whom manifested a deep interest in the instruction and exercises, and the determination was frequently expressed that the suggestions received should be carried into the daily work of the school-room. There is no doubt that the result of this, the first teachers' institute

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ever held in this county, will be highly beneficial to the schools, and that the institute will hereafter be regarded as an indispensable agency for the advancement of the profession of teaching. The Association resolved to hold its next institute in the city of Columbus during the last week of August or the first week in September. We bid the teachers of Franklin county god-speed in this noble work. We are pleased to add that the Monthly was not forgotten. A good list of subscribers was handed us by Mr. Alfred Kirk, the efficient chairman of the Executive Committee.

Tuscarawas County. A teachers’ institute was held at New Philadelphia, commencing April 1st. Sixty-five teachers were present. Instruction was given by T. W. Harvey, of Painesville, and Dr. Theo. Sterling, of Cleveland. Joseph Welty, Esq., Supt. of the Union Schools of New Philadelphia, gave a lecture on the duties and qualifications of teachers. The exercises gave great satisfaction. We take the liberty of adding that there are several live teachers in old Tuscarawas, and one of these indicts the live editorials of the “ Advocate."

Sandusky County. The second annual session of the teachers' institute was held at Fremont, commencing April 8th, W. Wallace Ross, Supt. Fremont Schools, president. One hundred and twenty teachers were present. The institute was under the charge of R. W. Stevenson, Supt. Norwalk Schools, who was assisted in the work of instruction by P. N. Schuyler, of Norwalk, W. Wallace Ross, and Daniel Child. Classes were introduced by F. M. Ginn, Principal of the Grammar School, to illustrate his methods of teaching Arithmetic and English Grammar. Mr. Stevenson gave an evening address on “ Freedom of Opinion.” The management of the institute was highly satisfactory to the teachers present. Resolutions were passed thanking the instructors; approving of county school supervision; and recommending to the school examiners the requirement of higher qualifications as a condition of granting certifi

The fact that forty-five subscribers were raised for the Montuky, speaks for itself. No one of the institutes held this year has shown so high a professional spirit. Sandusky county is making rapid progress in school affairs—the result of the efforts of a few earnest men.

Marion County. We are indebted to Wm. Reed, Sec’y, for a brief account of a two-days' institute held at Marion, on April 26th and 27th. J. C. Hartzler, Supt. Galion Union School, was present the first day as instructor, and in the evening Rev. A. D. Mayo, of Cincinnati, gave a lecture on “The School System of Ohio.” The sccond day was devoted to an interchange of views by the teachers on methods of teaching. This was the first institute held in the county. Thirty teachers were present.

Warren County. A two-days' session of the county institute was held at Waynesville, May 17th and 18th. The attendance was large and the spirit capital. Addresses were delivered by John Hancock and W. H. Venable, of Cincinnati, School Commissioner Norris, and W. McClintock, of Covington, Ky. An essay was read by Miss E. E. Bunting, of Waynesville. Both the essay and the reading were admirable. On Friday evening Prof. Kidd gave an elocutionary entertainment. A resolution was passed approving of continued effort to secure the passage of a law creating the office of county school superintendent. The citizens of Waynesville hospitably entertained all who were present. The Monthly received one new subscriber.

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COLUMBUS Normal Class.--The teachers of this city are making praiseworthy efforts in the direction of professional improvement. Early in February, a Saturday Normal Class was organized under the direction of the superintendent, who was assisted in the work of instruction by several of the principals and Mr. E. K. Bryan, of the Capital City Business College. Each session continued two hours, and the instruction was made strictly professional. The attendance, although voluntary, was good. Early in the present term the time was changed to Friday afternoon, the schools being closed one hour earlier than usual, and the session of the class continuing until six o'clock. The interest in the exercises is good, and the results very encouraging. The fact that thirty-two of the teachers take the Monthly, is evidence of the professional spirit awakened. We are able to add that the city board of examiners give due prominence to professional knowledge in their examinations.

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PHILADELPHIA School OFFICERS IN COLUMBUS.—The city of Philadelphia has appropriated $1,000,000 to be expended in the erection of school buildings, and a delegation of the School Board has been visiting the leading cities of the country to obtain suitable plans for the new buildings, and to gain other information respecting the management of public schools. In their western trip the delegation visited Chicago, Milwaukie, St. Louis, Cincinnati, and Columbus. While in Columbus they were hospitably entertained as the guests of the city-a fact exceedingly creditable to our municipal and school authorities, and significant of the increasing dignity and honor accorded to those connected with the great work of public education. They expressed themselves as greatly pleased with the public schools, and particularly with the High School where they witnessed exercises in vocal music and gymnastics in which the pupils showed great proficiency. They pronounced the high school building the very best for the purpose they had seen. They also visited the several State institutions including the Institution for the Blind, where they were entertained with excellent vocal and instrumental music. They left for their homes with new ideas of the “Great West,” and enthusiastic in their praise of its natural resources, its schools, and its people.

Donations of School Books.—The Appletons recently donated one hundred thousand of their more elementary school-books to the Trustees of the Peabody Educational Fund for use in the Southern States. This munificent gift has been supplemented by A. S. Barnes & Co., of New York, who have donated twenty-five thousand text-books for intermediate classes and five thousand volumes of their “ Teachers' Library.” We do not know which to admire most, the generosity that prompted these gifts or their shrewdness as business transactions. Liberality that has “an eye to business,” is doubtless like mercy“ twice blessed.”

It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.”

School ENTERPRISE.— Editor Monthly : Crawford county will soon rank among the first in the State, respecting school-houses for graded schools. Three buildings for said purpose are being erected within her limits this summer-one in Bucyrus, to cost $40,000; one in Crestline, $20,000 ; and one in Galion, $40,000,-making an aggregate of $100,000. What other county in the northwest can speak similarly of the educational enterprise of her citizens ?

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DR. BARNAS SEARS has resigned the Presidency of Brown University to act as general agent of the Peabody Educational Fund. He has issued a circular stating the mode in which the proceeds of the fund are to be used. The direct aim of the Trustees will be to promote common-school education in the South, and, to this end, normal schools will receive special attention. The design is not to found or support institutions, but to give aid to those that have been or may be founded worthy of encouragement.

AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF INSTRUCTION.—The thirty-eighth annual meeting of this association will be held in Boston, Mass., on the 31st day of July and the 1st and 28 days of August next.

Died. The New Lisbon Journal announces the death of T. M. T. McCoy, late superintendent of the public schools of that city. He was greatly beloved not only by his pupils, but also by the citizens. His disease was consumption.

WANTED.—A situation as Superintendent of a Union School, by an experienced teacher. Testimonials from the best of educators, furnished. Address

Box No. 12, YOUNGSTOWN, 0. POSTPONED.—The visit of our readers to Tennossee is postponed until next month.

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BOOK NOTICES.

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HAND-BOOK OF HISTORY AND CHRONOLOGY. By Rev. John M. GREGORY, D.D.,

Regent Illinois Industrial University. Chicago : Adams, Blackmer & Lyon. 1867.

This volume is the first of a proposed series of Hand-Books” for the service of students in history; and is designed to be used in connection with a corresponding series of “Maps of Time.” The specific aim of both Hand-Book and Map is to assist the pupil in fixing in memory the prominent historic events from the beginning of the sixteenth century to the present time. It is proposed to issue three other volumes with corresponding charts, which shall, in like manner, aid students in gaining possession of the history embraced in the fifteen preceding centuries. A compendium 80 brief must, of necessity, confine itself to the facts, without attempting to unfold the philosophy which gives to these their chief significance; it is limited also to the more prominent events, to the exclusion of those minor occurrences which often are quite as important in their influence and reach. Yet in the hands of a teacher familiar with history, and capable of comprehending and explaining it, we believe that this Hand-Book might be made of very essential service.

THE WORKS OF HORACE Mann. In Four Volumes. Edited by Mrs. Mary Mann,

and published by Subscription for the Editor. Price $3.00 per volume.

The first two volumes of these works contain Mr. Mann's lectures and reports on education, which, as every well-informed educator knows, cover all the leading educational questions, and constitute the most valuable discussion of them published in the English language. The fact that these lectures and reports can be obtained in convenient form, will give the liveliest satisfaction to thousands who have heretofore sought for them in vain. We have received from the accomplished editor the second volume containing the seven lectures and two of the annual reports. It is, indeed, a rich treasure. Every page is crowded with the ripe thoughts of this great Educator, expressed in his incomparable language, and glowing with his fervid rhetoric. It is sufficient to say that these works may be obtained by enclosing the subscription price to Mrs. Mary Mann, Cambridge, Mass.

THE Nation. Fifth Volume begins July, 1867. Terms : $5.00 a year. New York:

E. L. Godkin & Co., Publishers.

Having occasion recently to visit the office of a gentlemen prominent in our State administration, we found him diligently reading The Nation. Inquiry being made as to his estimate of the paper, he replied in substance: Its summaries of intelligence, both domestic and foreign, are an excellent substitute for that general newspaper reading, for which my official duties do not allow sufficient leisure, were it desirable on other grounds. Its editorials are ably written, and are generally sound in doctrine, and valuable for the information they convey. Its notices of books and its survey of art and science, interest and profit me. Its style is always pungent and

straightforward and readable; and, on the whole, I regard it as an exceedingly valuble addition to the American Press.

It is for similar reasons that we commend The Nation to the readers of this journal. No one who is occupied in teaching, or in other professional employment, can well afford the time requisite to glean the current intelligence from the crowded pages of our popular newspapers. Something more succinct and condensed-if it be also reliable and comprehensive—is becoming in these days an absolute necessity. Teachers and professional men generally, in like manner, need, from week to week, just such a concise and systematic review of literature and of scientific progress as is furnished in this somewhat unique periodical. So far as editorial opinions and policy are concerned, we are inclined to think that The Nation will, in the main, commend itself to thoughtful, earnest, educated Americans as no unworthy exponent of the people and the government, whom in spirit as in title it aims to represent.

THE HERALD OF HEALTH and Journal of Physical Culture. Published monthly by

Miller, Wood & Co., New York. $2.00 per annum.

The successive issues of this magazine but increase our high opinion of it. Though the laws of health and bodily development constitute its specialty, it contains a great variety of excellent miscellaneous reading. Several of the most popular writers of the day are among its contributors. We heartily commend it to all our readers.

JUVENILE LITERATUBE.—One of the most noticeable changes in periodical literature is the increased number and improved character of the magazines and papers designed for children and youth. Let us glance at those lying on our table, and say a good word, if deserved :

The Riverside Magazine for Young People. The June number of this young people's magazine honors all that we said of it at its first appearance. It contains fifteen original contributions, treating of a great variety of topics, and most of them of decided merit, and several beautiful illustrations. The cover is printed in colors, and is very attractive.

Our Young Folks. The June number well maintains the high reputation of this magazine as a first class juvenile periodical. We suspect that it is also read with delight by a good many old folks.

Our Schoolday Visitor. This magazine has taken high rank among the juvenile periodicals of the country. It contains thirty-two double-column pages, filled with pleasant and profitable reading, and embellished with original designs by American artists.

The Little Corporal. This juvenile paper continues to be a great favorite with the little folks. It does not grow stale with age, but, on the contrary, admirably maintains its sprightliness and vigor. A new volume begins with the July number. See advertisement.

The Little Chief. This bright-faced little paper comes to the children every month filled with words of wisdom and cheer, and aiming to instil into their minds “a love for the things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, and of good report.”

Merry's Museum. This magazine is now in the twenty-seventh year of its publication, and may well claim to be the children's “old friend." Uncle Merry" and “ Aunt Sue” go on with their merry chit-chats with the little folks as though their sway was undisputed.

The Nursery. Here is just the thing for the wee folks. How the four-year olds wish they could read! It is full of children's ideas and fancies, and we hope its beautiful pictures may make many thousands of little eyes sparkle. Published by Fanny P. Seaverns, Boston, Mass., at $1.50 a year.

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