Page images
PDF
EPUB

meeting of the British Academy of Sciences, General Intelligence.

which meets at Ipswich, in July. They intend

next to visit Switzerland and the Alps, and reEXTRAORDINARY Eggs.-An English paper con

turn to the United States in the autumn. tains the following account of the discovery of PUBLIC SCHOOL IN SAN FRANCISCO.—The report extraordinary eggs, in Madagascar:

of the first Public School in San Francisco, Cali“Some time since the discovery of gigantic fornia, states that the whole number of pupils eggs in Madagascar was mentioned. Three of who attended the school from Jan. 1, 1851, to these eggs have arrived at Paris, one broken on Feb. 15, 1851, was 174; of whom 101 were boys, the route, the others whole, and M. Geoffrey and 73 were girls. Of the 72 American pupils, Saint Hiliare has laid them before the Academy 49 were boys, and 23 girls. Of the 102 foreign of science.

pupils, 60 were boys, and 42 girls. The whole They are of very different shapes, one being number of families represented in the school was eliptical, the other having its two ends unlike 104; of whom 49 were American, and 55 were each other. They are about thirteen inches in foreign. diameter the longest way, and nine the shortest. SAMUEL G. GOODRICH-—the well-known Peter In circumference, about thirty inches one way, Parley—has been appointed Consul at Paris. He and twenty-five the other. The shell is one is a man well qualified, by much travel, and long eighth of an inch thick, and contains about 76 knowledge of the world, to discharge the duties gallons, or as much as 235 hen's eggs, or 15: con

of this position. dor's eggs, or 5. ostrich's eggs. Mr. St. Hiliare HORACE GREELEY sailed in the Baltic, April has decided, from his examination of some bones 16th, for England. His principal object is to atfound with one of the eggs, that they were pro- tend the World's Fair, at London; but he intends duced by a bird. It now remains to discover to visit Scotland, Ireland, France, Germany, and the producer of these eggs, which must be the Italy, and will probably be absent four or five largest of the feathered race.”

months. THE ASTEROIDS.—There are now thirteen planets

MARTIN F. TUPPER, the author of “Proverbial discovered, belonging to the group of Asteroids. Philosophy,” arrived in this city on the 14th of The following table gives their names in the March, by the Asia. He intends making a tour order of their discovery, the date of each dis- through the United States. So extensive has covery, and the name and residence of the dis- been the sale of his work in this country, that

he will hardly find a town where his fame has Name of Date of Dis

not preceeded him. of Discoverer.

POPULATION OF THE UNITED STATES. —The popu1. Ceres, Jan. 1, 1801, Piazza, of Palermo.

lation of the United States, as ascertained by the 2. Pallas, Mar. 28, 1802, Olbers, of Bremen.

census of 1850, is about 23,200,000, of which 3. Juno, Sept. 1, 1804, Harding, of Bremen. 4. Vesta, Mar. 29, 1807,

Olbers, of Bremen. 3,070,734 are slaves. 5. Astrea, Dec. 8, 1845,

Hencke, of Driesen. Texas.-Emigrants are continually pouring 6. Hebe, July 5, 1847, Hencke, of Driesen.

into this state, principally from Germany. The 7. Iris, Aug. 13, 1847, Hind, of London.

subject of Popular Education is attracting atten8. Flora, Oct. 18, 1847, Hind, of London.

tion there. 9. Metis, April 25, 1848, Graham, of Sligo. 10. Hygeia, April 12, 1849, Gasparis, of Naples.

THE STEAMSHIP PACIFIC arrived in New York 11. Parthenope, May 11, 1850, Gasparis, of Naples. on Saturday, April 19th, having made the passage 12. Clio, Sept. 13, 1850, Hind, of London.

from Liverpool in nine days and twenty hours. 13. (not named,) Nov. 2, 1850, Gasparis, of Naples. This is the quickest trip ever made between New

BENJAMIN SILLIMAN, LL. D., and his son, Ben York and Liverpool, by about half a day less jamin Silliman, Jun., of Yale College, recently time than the shortest passage made before. sailed for Europe. They intend making a geo- WORLD'S FAIR.—The Glass Palace is to be logical exploration of that continent. After visit- opened early in this month for the Great Indusing the volcanic regions of central France, they trial Exhibition. It is estimated that three milwill make a tour of Italy, visiting Vesuvius, and lions of persons will visit London for the purpose Etna, and then return to England to attend the of attending this exhibition.

coverer:

Name and Residence

Planet.

covery.

Youth's Department.

To pour the fresh instruction o'er the mind,
To breathe th' enlivening spirit, to fix
The generous purpose, and the noble thought.

THE PEACE-MAKERS.

BY MRS. E. M. GUTHRIE.

[ocr errors]

IVE me my ball give me my “Rather singular instructors, cousball !" angrily cried Edward in Sarah. Do they use a text-book ?":

Gordon, to his brother Charles, asked Charles, in reply, trying to who had rudely snatched it from smile in spite of his blushes. him.

O yes, Charles, or, rather, I do. “Get it if you can, little brother," My text-book is nature ; it is a large said Charles, as he tantalized his broth- volume, but worthy of deep study." er, by tossing it into the air, and “Well, Sarah, please recite to catching it before it reached the me the lesson you have learned this ground. Eight or ten minutes, little morning ; perhaps it may interest me Edward strained every nerve to re- in these little teachers.” gain his ball; and his thoughtless Sarah May turned her mild, blue brother, who was four years his sen- eye full upon her cousin's face, and ior, only laughed at the tears that replied, " Charles, I saw the roses flowed freely from the eyes of the smile as they lifted their beautiful discouraged boy.

faces to the sun; I saw the violet Sarah May, a sweet girl of sixteen, smile, too, as she bowed her modest was passing through the garden where brow in the shade; the honey-suckles the children were, and had witnessed smiled, as they blended their perfume her cousin's rude conduct toward his with the breath of the rose and the little brother, who was now sobbing freshness of the breeze; the dew on the ground. She thought, "Bless- smiled ; the shrub smiled; the tree ed are the peace-makers ;" perhaps smiled. I can be a peace-maker.

“The robin, building her nest in “ See here, cousin Charles, are not yonder tree, answering the music of these lovely flowers?said Sarah, her faithful mate, said in song just holding a bunch of fresh-gathered what the flowers uttered in smiles ; flowers so that the sun shone brightly the lark, the yellow bird, and the

wren, all enforced the same, sweet “Why, Sarah, are you here?” said lesson." Charles, blushing crimson when he "Well, what was this lesson ?”' insaw who addressed him; “ I thought terrupted Charles. I saw you start for school half an “ Hush ! hush ! Charles ; let me hour since.'

tell it all my own way : they all “ No, Charles, I have been culling seemed to say to me, our mission is flowers, and listening to the song of to bless, heed our example.' Not the birds. They teach me a lesson, one flower wore a frown, but each. Charles, that I shall never forget." breathed fragrance and tranquillity;

upon them.

not one bird uttered a harsh note, ing; and whenever he met Sarah but all sang, in their own sweet way, May's happy glance, he thought, of peace, joy, love.

“Blessed are the peace-makers." “My soul was filled with the melo- At noon, a dispute arose among dy of nature, and, alas ! Charles, a some of the school-girls, who were grating sound broke in upon this har- playing at “spy the thimble.” mony ; but it came not from the “I espied it first,” said Eva Gates. flowers, the birds, or the breeze. Can “ No, no; it was I who espied it you guess what caused the discord first,” said Ann Lee. in this temporary Eden ?”

“Eva Gates and Ann Lee, I espied Charles hung his head ; he had it before either of you," said little guessed, and guessed aright, for the Rosa Macon, as she snatched the blush deepened upon his cheek, as his thimble, determined to retain it. cousin continued.

Eva appealed to those near, to - O cousin Charles ! it was the know if she was not justly entitled angry voice of a little child that to the thimble. Ann Lee hid her marred this blissful moment-little face in her hands, and sobbed aloud ; Edward crying for his ball; then an- while Rosa Macon danced about, exother harsher sound—a voice of rude, claiming, “I have it! I have it! and unfeeling laughter broke upon my I will hide it, too; for I did espy

it ears; and was it true, Charles, that first." This caused much excitethe sound came from your lips ? ment, for the scholars were fast taking

"I am sure I have heard that voice sides. breathe kind and gentle tones; yes,

Charles Gordon, who stood near, that same voice that fell in such sad thinking of the kind service his cousdiscord on the tuneful air, it was like in had rendered as peace-maker, in yours, Charles. There was thought the morning, whispered, “ Blessed lessness in the tones, as if he who ut- are the peace-makers. Can I be a tered them knew not how much pain peace-rnaker ?" Then, turning to he caused; but for this harsh sound, the girls, he said, “ Now we can see and one rude act, little Edward would who is generous." now be enjoying this fresh morning, At this, Rosa, blushing at her own instead of lying on the ground and selfishness, placed the thimble in Ann sobbing."

Lee's hand. Ann was not ungenerForgive me, cousin,” said Charles, ous; so, wiping away her tears, with as with a strong effort he repressed a puzzled look she offered it to Eva, the tear that trembled in his eye : who kindly but firmly refused to “Edward shall have his ball, and I take it. Then she begged Rosa to will endeavor to be more manly here- take it; but no, Rosa would rather after. The lesson which you have any one else would hide it ; just recited from the book of nature, was given to little Clara Kingsley, as I, too, will strive to remember." she had been neglected in the eager

It was not long before Edward had ness of the older girls to hide the forgotten his grief, and his laugh thimble. chimed in unison with the carol of The play went on, all parties were the birds, as he hastened to school well satisfied, and the three little hand in hand with his brother. giris apparently linked together by

During the day, Charles often re- new ties; but none more happy than called the lesson learned in the morn. Charles Gordon, who met the smile

[ocr errors]

so it

of his guardian spirit, Sarah May, The father, Mr. Noun, was a short, beaming approvingly upon him. crusty, arbitrary old fellow; extreme

“Cousin Sarah,” said Charles, “if ly opinionated, always governing his I could learn so valuable a lesson wife, Mrs. Vers, who had to agree every day, as that you taught me to- with him in all personal matters. day, both by precept and example, I Sometimes he would get so outrawould be glad to join you in the stu- geous that he acted entirely indedy of which you told me this morn- pendent of all the family, and was '

not at all influenced by his wife. At “ Well, Charles, you shall do so, such times she used to keep in the and you will find it a pleasant task, back ground, out of his way. for our text-book is ever spread wide He was proper enough, at times; open before us. Its lines are written but the majority of the community in sunrise scenes and in healthful set him down as a common sort of a breezes; in leafy groves and in dan man, after all. If any of the family cing rills ; in cloud and in sunshine; were out, you might be sure old Mr. in storm and in calm; in the rich Noun, or his eldest son and heir, MR. hues of sunset, and in the stars of PRONOUN, were somewhere about, so night, as well as in the smile of flow- as to take the oversight of them. ers, and in the voice of birds.

PRONOUN was young, but he was a “ But its most interesting and im- prodigious smart fellow, and his fathportant lesson is that which teaches er placed such confidence in him, that us to call forth music from the hu- he gave him a power of attorney to man heart by kind sympathy; to transact business in his stead. sweep its strings with the hand of He was rather egotistical ; I, alaffection; to awaken its sense of jus- ways standing at the head—“head tice, its feelings of generosity ; in over all ;' and he thought his father short, to rouse it to a higher life. might as well give up the business Perhaps my cousin Charles is not into his hands. He used to speak aware that he played the prelude to relative to his father's plans; to dea gush of heart-melody, when he ex- monstrale his meaning ; and someclaimed, We will see who is gener- times he was rather personal in his

remarks.

He probably never learned the fifth HISTORY OF A FAMILY.

commandment; at all events he did not yield his mother implicit rever

ence, for he always governed her in the my early days it was my fortu- same way his father did. In fact, he nate privilege to be acquainted and his father used to agree in every

with the family whose history I thing, Pronoun always thinking just intend here to relate. It is even now as MR. Noun did. a great pleasure to look back, and To be sure, Mrs. VERB used to start think of the harmony that reigned in up and say both PRONOUN and his that household.

father were her subjects ; and someThey were all governed by fixed times the old lady would get in rules, and none of them ever trans- the active state, and then her husgressed their code of laws. At the band and the son were at once in the time I knew them, the family con objective case. When she got in one sisted of nine members.

of her imperative moods, they all had

ous.'»

BY ABBY ALLIN.

[ocr errors]

to look out, for she would not bear | tinence to criticise even her mother's contradiction, and gave out her orders manners. without any ifs or ands.

The next one in the family was She was generally tidy and regu- little CONJUNCTION ; she was not so lar about her house-work, although smart as some of the rest, but she she would sometimes let things go was very useful. Patch-work was after an irregular or defective fash- her delight. She would piece togethion. She was naturally kind-hearted er all the little bits so neatly you and obliging, and if her sisters had could hardly discover a seam; but if any big work to do she used to run in her work did not suit her, she would and give them a helping hand; and out with her scissors and disjoin it she was so smart she would keep in less than no time. ahead of them in spite of all they PREPOSITION was the youngest boy could do. No matter what mood they of the family. He would trot about were in, she was always good-natured before his father, and sometimes even and ready to assist.

governed him. She had a nervous temperament; INTERJECTION was the baby ; she sometimes in such gay spirits, she was the pet of the household, and seemed to live only in the present; would do exactly as she pleased. She then she would become melancholy, was a passionate, sensitive little creaand say she was a poor, imperfect ture, and used to cry out as though creature ; again, she would fancy somebody had pinched her, if everyherself perfect; and if you reasoned thing did not go to suit her. her out of that idea she would revel

If any of my little friends would in the future.

like to know more of this family, they ARTICLE and ADJECTIVE were the may learn their whole history by two boys next to PRONOUN. They studying GRAMMAR.- Selected. went skipping about before their fath

ARTICLE used to try to limit the old man's power, but his influence

HOW TO GET UP EARLY. was often very indefinite. ADJECTIVE Place a basin of cold water by the told everybody what a great, wise side of your bed ; and when you first man his father was, and tried to awake in the morning, dip your make him out a person of quality. hands in the basin and wet your

Miss PARTICIPLE was the eldest brow, and sleep will not again seal daughter. In personal appearance you in its treacherous embrace. she was the counterpart of her moth- This is the advice given by an aged

Her disposition was not un- man, who had been in the habit of like that of her brother ADJECTIVE. rising early during a long life. By They liked each other's society bet- attending to this advice you may ter than that of the other children, learn to rise every morning at five and they were often seen together, o'clock. hand in hand.

EVERY one knows that there are ADVERB, the next daughter, was a pert little miss, who ran about the many things which he could not achouse after her mother, telling her complish ; yet no one knows what he the time, or pointing out the place actually can do until he has made

the attempt. where the children's clothes were put. Sometimes she had the imper- Excuses, the pickpockets of Time.

er.

er,

« PreviousContinue »