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Morse's GENERAL ATLAS OF THE WORLD. D. Appleton & Co.

The man who buys this work for six dollars, should be felicitated on his good fortune. Works of the kind, worth no more than this, have been sold for three times the money. It contains SEVENTY splendid maps, drawn and engraved from the latest and best authorities, full descriptions and accurate statistics of all nations, brought down to the year 1856. Such a work is a necessity in every family. It embraces the Geography, History, Agriculture, Manufactures, Com. merce, Wealth, Finance, Government, Education, etc., of every Country and State on the globe; all put in condensed form, but so arranged as to be easily understood. ABRIDGMENT. OF THE DEBATES IN CONGRESS FROM 1789 TO 1856.

By Thomas H. BENTON. Of this work GOVERNOR CHASE says, in a letter to the General Agent, Mro Foster:

EXECUTIVE Obecemberos, 18s, } DEAR SIR: The proposed abridgment of the Debates of Congress, by Colonel BENTON, commends itself to the favor of all Americans. The work itself is most important. It will place within the reach of thousands otherwise inaccessible treasures of historical knowledge. It will make audible to the present generation the discussions of the past - deeply interesting themselves, but even more interesting as exhibiting the beginnings of great traces of events, the procession of which is yet passing before our own eyes.

And no man is so well fitted for this work as the distinguished statesman who has undertaken it. His large experience in the public councils, and his comprehensive judgment, afford sufficient guaranties that nothing will be retrenched which should be retained, or retained which should be retrenched. Very respectfully, yours,

S. P. CHASE. FRANK E. FOSTER, Esq.

This work will be embraced in fifteen volumes; the first of which will be published early in January 1857, to be succeeded by another in April, and so on to the close, one at the end of every three months. The price will be $3,00 per volume. As this will come only four times a year, and as payment is to be made only on delivery of the volume, it will be in the power of many to furnish them. selves with this great work.

N. B. The Atlas and the Abridgment can be obtained only of the Agents, who will canvass the State for subscribers.

See Advertisement of Mr. Foster. TEMPLE MELODIES. Mason Brothers.

“Least said, soonest mended,” is true of our singing powers. But we do love vocal music. In religious songs, uttered in sweet tones, there is more that is Heaven-like, than in aught else ever heard on earth.

This work seems to us to be well adapted to accomplish its purpose. It is a collection of 200 popular tunes, and 500 favorite hymns, selected with special reference to public, social, and private worship.

Address the Publisher, or J. A. Sloan, Esq., Batavia, Ohio. A PRONOUNCING SCHOOL DICTIONARY OF THE FRENCH AND ENGLISH

LANGUAGES. By A. SPIERS, PH. D. Revised by J. L JEWITT. New York : Mason Brothers. Our French is about like our music, decidedly pauvre. We bemoan our deficiency in this particular, and advise our youthful readers to send to Brother

Sloan, as directed above, get this Dictionary, and make a good use of it. We know of no better work on the subject. THE GEOGRAPHY OF NATURE. Boston: Hickling, Swan & Brown,

1856. This is a beautiful, interesting, and instructive work, of 600 pages; so arranged as to be suitable for a text-book in schools, or for use in the family. The numerous cuts of all the animal creation, men, beasts, birds, fishes, reptiles, in. sects, etc., will render it attractive, especially, to the young. We recommend it to the careful perusal of all our readers.

We have also received from this House several other works of high value, a notice of which we are obliged to postpone till a future day. THE ELEMENTS OF PUNCTUATION. By John Wilson. Boston : Cros

by, Nichols & Co. Cincinnati : Geo. S. Blanchard. This is an abridged edition of the excellent work of Mr. Wilson, and has been prepared with special regard to use in schools. There are few matters in the way of education, which receive so little attention as the laws of punctuation. And yet few things are more important. We have heard of an author who wrote a book without punctuating it at all, and then put all the needful commas, etc., in the appendix, so that the reader could put them in, here and there, to suit himself. This is a rather better mode than many authors practice. We earnestly recommend this work to all Teachers and school officers. It should be used in every Grammar and High School throughout the State.

Examine, also, the other works advertised by Crosby & Nichols in this Journal. They all are of high value. THE JUVENILE DEFINER. By WILLIAM W. SMITH. New York: A.

S. Barnes & Co. The name of the author of this work — Smith – is to it a tower of strength. Would a Smith write a poor book? Perish the base thought! And should such marvel happen, Barnes would not publish it, Childs would not sell it, not he. In arrangement and definition we think it the best work, on the subject, extant. GRACE VICTORIOUS; OR, A MEMOIR OF HELEN M. Cowles.' Oberlin :

Printed and sold by J. M. Fitch, 1856. The subject of this memoir was a daughter of Prof. Henry Cowles, of Oberlin. She was born Aug. 10th, 1831, in Austinburgh, Ashtabula Co. O., and died in Oberlin, May 3d, 1851. She received a thorough education, and was for some months engaged in teaching in Cincinnati.

Helen was, at the age of 12 years, afflicted by the death of her mother; but subsequently came under the affectionate and judicious care of one who, as stepmother, was active and faithful in her training. Naturally self-willed, it required the utmost carefulness to lead her in the way she should go, and many were the sad forebodings of her pious parents. But at the age of fifteen, she gave her heart to God, and became a meek and devoted Christian. We have not room to say all that we would, but we trust that our readers will possess themselves of this most interesting little work. It will cause the tears of sympathy and joy to burst from their hidden fountains, and hard must be the heart that will not melt over its simple but blessed narrations. Precious and heavenly was her dying hour. To her weeping sister, now Mrs. M. B. Bateham, of Columbus, she whispered, “Not a tear, Josephine, not a tear, I want to go home.” These were her last words. She sleeps in Jesus, and precious is her memory. In her life and death

Grace” was most manifestly " victorious.”

THINGS PERSONAL.

Mr. E. E. WAITE, late of the Cleveland High School, has accepted the position of Superintendent of the Schools in Portsmouth, O., at a salary of $1,200. This is an excellent appointment. But Mr. Freese must be a most patient man, if he never remonstrate gainst the selection of so many of his Teachers to fill important positions in other places. During the past year four, to our personal knowledge, of the Cleveland male Teachers have been called to other positions, -three in Ohio, and one in Illinois. No better testimonial could be furnished, to show the high character of the Cleveland Schools. School Boards will“ get the best,” and if you, Mr. Freese, wish to retain your Teachers, you must employ those of less distinguished qualifications.

PROF. J. C. ZACHOS, well known as one of the most prominent Teachers of the country, is giving a course of Lectures in Cincinnati, upon the English Poets. The press of that city speak in the highest terms of these lectures, both on account of their eloquence and ästhetic criticism.

Mr. WILLIAM T. HAWTHORNE, having resigned his position as Superintendent live men in our profession, and we are mistaken if any "wooden horse” stratagem, of the Schools in Franklin, Warren Co., has taken charge of the Grammar Department of the Union Schools in Troy, Miami County. Mr. H. is one of the or any other one-horse machination, shall demolish Troy so long as our worthy friend remains there. Henceforth men shall not say, "Ilium fuit," but Ilium est.

SYLVESTER WATERHOUSE, LL. D., a distinguished classical Teacher, has been appointed Prof. of Latin in Antioch College.

Mr. J. A. SLOAN, formerly Principal of the Union Schools in Batavia, Clermont County, has accepted an agency for Mason Brothers. His post office address is still Batavia.

Rev. Asa MAHAN, formerly President of Oberlin College, has been chosen President of Michigan Union College, located at Leoni, Michigan.

PROF. Geo. R. PERKINS, of Albany, New York, has been appointed Frofessor of Mathematics in Iowa University.

PROF. A. MCMILLAN has received and accepted the appointment of Principal of the Utica, (N. Y.,) High School.

MR. JOHN'W. DICKINSON has been appointed Principal of the Normal School at Westfield, Mass., in place of Mr. Wm. H. Wells, “gone to Chicago."

PROF. Haun, the Mathematician, Dr. BUCKLAND, the Geologist, and SIR JOHN Ross, the Arctic explorer, have recently deceased.

MESSRS. IRA MAYHEW, of Michigan, LARABEE, of Indiana, and W. H. POWELL, of Illinois, have been elected Commissioners of Schools for their respective States.

MR. NATHAN BISHOP has resigned the office of Superintendent of the Schools in Boston, Mass. Mr. B. is one of the most prominent Teachers in the land, and his resignation has caused great regret in that city.

DOUGLAS PUTNAM, ESQ., of Harmer, Ohio, has offered to give $20,000, if $30,000 more is raised, for the better endowment of Marietta College.

SYLVESTER LYND, of Chicago, has given $100,000 to found a University in charge of the Presbyterians. Nine years ago Mr. L. arrived in Chicago, from Scotland, with just two sovereigns in his pocket.

Miss VERSALIA M. BARBER has engaged as Teacher in the High School of Marietta at a salary of $500 per annum.

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FINANCE REPORT.-In addition to what has been previously acknowledged in the Journal, the following sums have been paid, by individuals, to the Finance Committee of the Ohio State Teachers' Association, since the 1st of January, 1856 : L. Andrews, Gambier,

$22 50 T. W. Harvey, Massillon, $3 00 J, Hancock, Cincinnati, 5 00 J. Markham, Plymouth,

4 50 J. B. Trevor, 12 00 J. Marvin, Warren,

15 00 Thos. J. Tone," 7 50 E. L. Carney,

15 00 Danl. Hough,“

1 50 J. B. Selby, Chesterville, - 3 00 J. B. Caldwell, 200 S. N. Barber, Ashland,

5 00 S. N. Sanford, Granville,

8 00
A. Duncan, Newark,

5 00 M. F. Cowdery, Sandusky, 12 00 I. S. Morris, Eaton, : 7 50

$141 25 J. N. Desellem, Steubenville, 3 75

M. F. COWDERY, Ch'n Finance Com

ACKNOWLEDGMENT. I have received on the 14 per cent. fund, and credited the Association with the same, the following sums: Previously acknowledged, (see July Journal,) $106.25; W. H. Young, $5.25; Chauncey Nye, $5.00 ; A. C. Fenner, 9.00; D. H. DeWolfe, 18.00 ; Total, $143.50.

A. SMYTH

The following is the present (Dec. 15, 1856) number of subscribers to the Journal for 1857:

Ashland 1, Ashtabula 4, Athens 3, Brown 12, Butler 1, Clermont 14, Clinton 2, Columbiana 1, Coshocton 3, Crawford 3, Cuyahogå 5, Fairfield 3, Fayette 3, Franklin 1, Geauga 1, Guernsey 1, Hancock 3, Harrison 2, Highland 2, Holmes 1, Huron 2, Jefferson 2, Lake 24, Lawrence 7, Licking 5, Lorain 1, Lucas 6, Medi. na 1, Meigs 2, Miami 8, Morgan 60, Muskingum 2, Pickaway 2, Pike 9, Portage 1, Richland 1, Sandusky 1, Scioto 2, Stark 1, Summit 1, Tuscarawas 36, Vinton 1, Warren 3, Washington 7, Wayne 6, Wood 1.

I To any who may be interested fin the matter, we will say that our office is in the "State Journal Building," and our residence at 87, Neil House.

Notice to Teachers and other Friends of Education.

The Ninth Annual Meeting of the Ohio State Teachers' Association will be held in the City of COLUMBUS, on the 30th and 31st of December, 1856.

The opening Address will be delivered on the 30th, at 11 o'clock, A. M., by the Rev. Wm. S. KENNEDY, of Sandusky; also an Address at 3 o'clock, P. M., same day, by W. T. COGGESHALL, Esq. Subject, “Historical Review of the Common School Movement in Ohio.” The Annual Evening Address will be by the Rev. JAMES B. WALKER, of Mansfield.

The President's Valedictory Address will be in the afternoon of the 31st.

In addition to the Addresses, there will be a Report from the President on the general affairs of the Association; one by the Executive Committee, on a plan for Conducting the Journal ; one by a special Committee, on the Organization and Management of Union Schools; one on the best method of giving Moral Instruction in School; one on the Short Time children are continued in School; one on the State School Library; and one on the Workings of Normal Schools in this and other countries.

Other reports, and much business of a general nature, are also expected to come before the Association. A large attendance of the friends of Education is desired.

JOHN HANCOCK, Ch'n Ex. Com. O. S. T. A.

ANNUAL MEETING.

The first annual meeting of the Association will be held at Napoleon, on the 25th, 26th and 27th inst., commencing at 2 o'clock, P. M. of the 25th.

Addresses will be given by Jehu Brainard, of Cleveland, Teacher of Drawing, etc.; F. Hubbard, Superintendent of Public Schools of Adrian; J. R. Kinney, Superintendent of Public Schools of Defiance; A. B. Palmer, Principal of the Toledo High School; and E. W. Lenderson, of Waterville, President of the Association.

Reports will be read by Samuel Adams, of Napoleon ; Doct. 0. White of Maumee; D. A. Pease, of Sylvania; and A. B. West, of Toledo.

One evening will be devoted to a discussion of the subject of Union Schools.

A great variety of subjects, both Professional and Scientific, will be embraceri in the addresses, reports and discussions, 80 that no Teacher or friend of Educa tion, whatever his wants or inclinations, can fail to be interested in some portion of the exercises.

Ladies attending the Association, will be gratuitously entertained by the citi. zens of Napoleon, and Gentlemen will be provided for at reasonable rates.

It is expected that the fare on the Toledo, Wabash & Western Railroad will be reduced, for the benefit of those attending the meeting.

By order of the Executive Committee. TOLEDO, Dec. 5th, 1856.

A. B. WEST, Secretary.

15 At a meeting of the Teachers of Ross, Highland and Fayette counties, held at Greenfield, Nov. 1st, it was determined to hold another meeting in the same vil · lage, on the first Friday and Saturday of Feb., 1857, to take action in respect to

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