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SPEAK EVER GENTLY.

Speak ever gently to the child so guileless and so free,
Who, with a trustful, loying heart, puts confidence in thee;
Speak not the cold and careless thoughts which time has taught thee well,
Nor breathe a word whose bitter tone distrust might seem to tell.
If on that brow there rests a cloud, however light it be,
Speak loving words, and let him feel he has a friend in thee;
Nor ever send him from thy side, till on his face shall rest
The joyous look and beaming smile, that mark a happy breast.
Oh! teach him, this should be our aim, to cheer the aching heart,
To strive, where thickest darkness reigns, some radiance to impart;
To spread a peaceful, quiet calm, where dwells the noise of strife,
Thus doing good and blessing all, to spend the whole of life.
To love, with pure affections deep, all creatures great and small,
And still a stronger love to bear for Him who made them all;
Remember, 'tis an angel's work that thus to thee is given, -
To rear a spirit, holy, pure, prepared to dwell in heaven.

NEVER GIVE UP!

Never give up! it is wiser and better
Always to hope than once to despair.
Never give up! or the burthen may sink you,

Providence kindly has mingled the cup;
And in all trials and troubles, bethink you,

The watchword of life must be, Never give up !

Never give up! there are chances and changes,

Helping the hopeful a hundred to one;
And, tbrough the chaos high wisdom arranges

Ever success, if you'll only hope on.
Never give up! for the wisest is, boldest,

Knowing that Providence mingles the cup ;
And of all the maxims the best as the oldest,

Is the true watchword of Never give up!

Never give up! if adversity presses,

Providence wisely has mingled the cup;
And the best counsel in all your distresses

Is the stout watch word of Never give up!

VIEWS AND REVIEWS.

Macaulay on Scotland; a Critique, by Hugh Miller.

This true Scot and ready writer was fired with indignation at what he considered an injustice to history done by Mr. Macaulay in the manner in which Scotland is spoken of in his famous History of England, and particularly the spirit of depreciation exhibited in his writings to the Presbyterian clergy of old Scotia, at the period of the Revolution. He charges upon the party reviewed "willful and studied exaggeration."

For sale, Boston, Gould & Lincoln; Cincinnati, Geo. S. Blanchard. American Almanac, 1857.

This standard work is too well known to demand more than the announcement that it is fully equal to the former excellent numbers of this annual, so indispensable as a cade mecum to all who desire to be posted up in the details of useful knowledge culled with so much care and fullness for this manual.

For sale, Boston, Gould & Lincoln; Cincinnati, Geo. S. Blanchard. The Travels and Adventures of Celebrated Travelers in the Principal

Countries of the Globe. This is a substantial work of 830 pages, illustrated in oil colors, mezzotint engravings, and wood cuts, published by Henry Howe, Cincinnati, and, we believe, sold only to subscribers. It is a valuable collection of histories of recent and interesting travels. Hand-Book of Illustrated Proverbs.

The same publisher has issued a useful work, its scope indicated by the title. Connected with it are sketches from real life, designed to do good. Young Men's Mercantile Library Association, Cincinnati.

We are indebted to the courteous Librarian, Mr. Stephenson, for a copy of the 22d Annual Report. The two spacious apartments dedicated to the Library and Reading Room, in College Hall, Walnut street, are a school room of instruction. 17,500 books, newspapers and magazines from all parts of the world, and the following statuary and paintings:

Silence: A Marble Statute, lite size; By Mozier. A Marble Bust of Gen. Wm Henry Harrison; By Clevenger. Bust of John Quincy Adams; By King. Bust of Webster; By King. Bust of Agassiz; By King. Bust of Daniel Drake, M. D.; Full Length Portrait of Gen. Wm. Henry Harrison; By Beard. Full Length Portrait of Charles Hammond; By Beard. A Landscape; By Cole. Portrait of Hezekiah Flint; By Kellogg. A Portrait; By Brannan.

PERIODICALS.—The School Journal, New Britain, Connecticut, for the month of March is on file. We should be glad, if room allowed, to transfer from it an article on " Instruction in Drawing," the elementary instruction of which we believe should be attended to extensively, even in primary classes.

The March number of the Pennsylvania School Journal contains many inter esting articles, amongst which is the 23d annual report of the Superintendent of Common Schools of Pennsylvania.

March number of the New York Teacher received, containing a variety of interesting articles, amongst which we notice specially, “Department of Pupils." addressed to Teachers of Primary Schools, by Mrs. Lydia H. Sigourney.

We acknowledge with gratification the reception of two journals, one in Eng. lish, the other in French, volume 1, number 1, each, published in Montreal, Lower Canada, issued February, 1857, under the editorial supervision of Pierre J. 0. Chauveau, Superintendent of Education. A promising work is being done for education in the Canadian provinces.

Bros. J. P. Ellinwood, and C. Rogers and E. C. Ellis are making a spirited paper of the “ Teacher's Advocate,” published monthly, at Dayton, Ohio.

We have received the March issue, Vol. 1, No. 1, of a new monthly, eight pages, published by Dennis & Smith, New York city. Price 50 cents per annum, entitled “ Educational Herald.” The proprietors give attention to the school book and purchasing agency. From the reading matter we cut the following:

AMERICAN COMMON SCHOOL.
Based on the solid rock of truth,

See Freedom's Temple rise !
The gateway for inquiring youth,

To glory and the skies.
Let monarchs boast of victories won

Beneath war's iron rule;
We boast our best achievements done

Within the Common School.

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There, trained to every nobler art,

Brought up at wisdom's feet,
Vigorous in mind, and strong in heart,

Our embryo armies meet.

And thence, in Freedom's panoply,

From Reason's armory drawn,
To guard the birth-right of the free,

Our annual hosts have gone.

Nor blazoned arms, nor battle's din,

Can our good cause sustain:
But virtue, truth, and power within,-

And here that power we gain. We have received the December issue, No. 2, Vol. 1, of " North Carolina Common School Journal," published quarterly at Greensboro and Raleigh, and edited by C. H. Wiley, State Superintendent of Common Schools.

There are mines of valuable incidents and materials of interest in this publication in reference to the enterprise of common school education in the "Old North State,” which we wish we had room to present in the form of abstract. Success to your persevering pioneer and hopeful missionary work.

The Third Annual Report (for the year ending August 31, 1856,) of the State Commissioner of Common Schools to the General Assembly of Ohio, has been printed in pamphlet form, and distributed. We gave in the March number of the Journal a summary of this valuable report. Mr. Barney has comprised in his closing communication a vast amount of important information on the subject of public education in Ohio. This report is now ready for distribution. They will be sent to the Auditors of the several counties, where they can be obtained by school officers, teachers, and others who may desire them.

ITEMS, Writing FLUID.—Messrs. Butler & Parr, who have furnished large supplies of Ink to the Public Schools, which has been approved by many of the Teachers, have an advertisement of their Writing Fluid in this number of the Journal.

Mr. Gundry, famed as an instructor in Penmanship, also advertises a Writing Fluid, prepared by him, and extensively used in the West. See advertisement of his long-established Commercial College. We have three scholarships in this Institution for sale — two for $10, and one for $25. A reasonable per cent. will be deducted, in the disposal of the same, for cash.

Mr. Adolphus Lotze, for many years engaged in the manufacture and setting up of Heating apparatus, advertises his peculiar claims to popular support.

MUSIC FOR THE SCHOOLS. — According to promise, we have furnished in this number a page of music, and design continuing this feature. For convenience of use in school rooms, a page of music will be printed on separate sheets, and sent, postage free, by mail, for seventy-five cents a hundred slips, to those ordering the same and enclosing that amount, in postage stamps, to Prof. L. W. Mason, Cincinnati, O.

In the May number of the Journal, we propose to furnish impressions from a steel plate engraving of the Hughes High School, of the city of Cincinnati.

A SUITABLE ROOF FOR SCHOOL HOUSES.-A fire-proof and a water proof roof for school edifices, is the great desideratum for Boards of Education. Messrs. Matthews, Caldwell & Co., Cimcinnati, O., advertise such a roof, as we have reason to believe. Read the certificates, and consider the principles of its construction.

– The State Teachers' Association of Iowa has an organ, in the “ Voice of Iowa,” an Educational monthly commenced last January, by J. L. Enos, editor, late of the Cedar Valley Times. We have not received a copy, however.

– J. Markham has resigned the Superintendency of the Plymouth (Richland Co.) Union School, and leaves for Minnesota. J. B. Gettman, formerly of Herkimer, N. Y., late of Fitchville, Huron Co., succeeds him, assisted by Rev. E. J. McClelland in the High School.

- We have received “Our Exponent,” a creditable monthly Journal, conducted by the pupils of the “Norwalk High School,” Huron Co., 0.

- The Chicago Mechanic's Institute has just issued the first number of a monthly, called the Chicago Magazine.

– The pupils of Groveport edit an able paper, entitled the Rose Bud. The friends of Education in this part of Franklin Co. are active, and recently had a pleasant Reunion and Festival.

— The pupils of the Schools in Newport, Ky., under the charge of Prof. Edwards, edit a manuscript newspaper, which has considerable merit in manner and matter.

– The “Morning Star" is the title of a paper published in the Georgetown (Brown Co.) Schools, at the close of each term. The Brown Co. Institute meets on Monday, April 6th ; the Union Institute meets at Steubenville, the same day.

-- The High School of Zanesville had an Exhibition on the 27th March. We regret to learn that Mr. Samson, Sup't, has resigned, and will leave a profession he adorned, to devote himself to the book business.

The Legislature has been invoked to enact a law by which the rich McIntire fund in that city may, on proper conditions, be united with the Common School fund, in carrying on the education of Zanesville youth.

- E P. Ingersoll, late Principal of the West Jefferson Union Schools, has taken charge of Rockwell Street Grammar School, Cleveland ; and Mr. J. S. Burnham, of that place, has been appointed to fill the vacancy of Mr. Ingersoll at West Jefferson.

We did not have the “ Felicity.” As we were about starting to attend the "Institute" in Clermont Co., we received a dispatch from Bro. Carter, that the meeting had been deferred until fall, on account of the spread of the small pox in the town of Felicity.

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