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SUITABLE VALENTINE8.-Communications to the editor, enclosing goodly lists of subscribers and the money, would be appropriate in February.

- No definite action has been had by the Legislature on the School Law-details in next number.

-We send this number to many of the subscribers of last year whose sobe scription has not been renewed. We respectfully solicit their remittances.

-We send a copy of the Journal for February to such friends as the new ed. itor hopes to interest in its circulation and support.

If not approved, please re-mail, with name and P. O.

-The Journal, it will be borne in mind, is from its general circulation, a vala uable advertising medium.

- The Principal Editor respectfully tenders his friendly regards to his professional brethren, wherever engaged, in the noble mission of coöperating with Teachers and others in advancing the educational movement.

- The two Presbyterian Synods in Ohio have perfected the organization preparatory to entering upon the erection of an University at West Liberty, in this State.

Our patrons will be pleased to learn that it is our design to furnish, in the Journal, impressions of the engraved steel plate of those elegant editices, the

Woodward” and “Hughes " High Schools of Cincinnati. These alone are worth the price of subscription.

- Culture of the voice, and physical development, should receive the most earnest and positive attention of young students. Teachers themselves should be examples of the benefit of their successful culture. Prof. Robt. Kidd, who has done so much in Cincinnati to awaken the attention of teachers and public speakers to this subject, and has accomplished a great reform in this particular, is visiting at this time various portions of the State; and as he is not only a man of much ability in his profession, but possessed of an earnest spirit to aid the cause of true education, we hcartily recommend him to Teachers and others.

- The most neglected portion of our poor and unfortunate in towns and cities, so far as the future welfare of the State is concerned, are the youth who are permitted to wander about without the restraints of home or training in our schools.

The subject of compulsory education has been broached in our State Legisla. ture, and a scheme for a Reform School, so successful elsewhere, is under con. sideration by the same body, whose action thereon will be communicated in our next number; but much may be done to remedy the growing evil reverted to, by voluntary search for, and care of, these active-minded, indolent and, mostly, mischievous youth.

Our people must take time from money.making to look about them, in alleys and garrets of the squares in which they live, for the comfortless and the unprovided.

The firm of Hickling, Swan & Brown, publishers, of Boston, has been changed into Hickling, Swan & Brewer.

Mr. Edward W. Brown, the late junior partner, has become a member of the firm of Shepard, Clark & Co., and Dr. Thos. M. Brewer, for many years connected with the publication and editorial management of the Boston Atlas, is a partner in the house. Attention is called to their advertisement, and to the fact that “ Worcester's Royal Quarto Dictionary” is in the press.

OBSERVATION OF THE WEATHER.-It would be of incalculable scrvice to the next generation, if the youth of the higher classes in schools were guided in some systematic way to observe and record Meteorological observations. The study of Nature will elevate the aims and character of the young.

- At Washington C. H., Fayette county, a Union School is in successful opesation, under the superintendence of Jesse J. Worthington, assisted by John M. Bell, Miss Bascom, Mrs. Lawren, Miss Bennett, and Miss Taylor.

- The Literati abroad are expressing surprise at the extent and ability of the literary works of America, and the extent of the circulation of our books.

- A recent accident, by fire, occurred to one of the Public Schools of Cleveland, no doubt, by a defect in the pipes of a hot-air furnace. The Cleveland Herald objects to the use of wooden ducts to cold air from the street to the furnace, and of setting iron registers directly in contact with the floor or wood work of the walls. The registers, it claims, should be set in stone, else the heater-iron, sooner or later, will set fire to the wood work with which it comes in contact.

If the registers are colsed above and a violent heat kept up, the air must find an outlet, and, taking the back track, rushes into the cold air pipe, and when it is of wood, in many cases sets it on fire.

The ventilation of school rooms and halls is to be cared for as well as the beat. ing, and many plans are offered to secure both.

Complaint is made of stoves and hot-air furnaces, for the dry, unhealthy heat they furnish. It is contended that the air is too much burned and vitiated for breathing.

An experiment is being tried of heating by stcam, passed into radiators, sending a pleasant, heated air into the various rooms of a house, through flues in the wall - the radiators and heating apparatus being in the cellar. Messrs. Reynolds, Kite & Tatum, of Cincinnati, are applying this apparatus in one of the largest school edifices of that city. The heat is very agreeable, and the ventilation is excellent. The experiment is not yet complete; if successful, it will prove of infinite benefit in application to the school houses of the State.

SCHUYLER'S GEOMETRICAL CHART.-Most of the teachers in attendance at the “Association," observed the chart suspended in the hall. If time had per. mitted, the writer would have called upon Prof. Young, who will conduct the Mathematical Department, to set forth the advantages of this pictorial grouping of geometrical figures with explanations. Believing that such charts are great aids to students, we unhesitatingly approve of the plan. Copies can be obtained of A. Schuyler, Seneca Co. Academy, Republic, Seneca county. Price $2.

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As polished steel receives a stain

From drops at random flung,
So does the child, when words profane

Drop from a parent's tongue.
The rust eats in, and oft we find

That naught which we can do,
To cleanse the metal or the mind,

The brightness will renew. - The scholar who pronounced the Euphrates short instead of long, was with tily said to have “abridged the river.”

- Hon, W. C. Rives is engaged in editing the Madison papers.

- Who knows and will tell which phrase should be used, “The committee to which was referred;" or "The committee to whom was referred ?”

- The time has now come when our common schools must be extended up. wards.

- Messrs. F. C. Brownell, Hartford, Conn., and Talcott & Sherwood, Chicago, Ill., have prepared for sale, at $2 per hundred, what is called “The Teacher's Letter," being an appeal to the parents of pupils, and designed for use by teachers to send to the parents.

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DRAWING IN SCHOOLS.-This subject is receiving marked attention in the Boards of Education in Cincinnati. The Union Board of High Schools have it in contemplation to provide for systematic instruction in this important branch, and the Cincinnati School Board have, in a Night High School established by them, obtained the services of a valuable instructor, with the aids of apparatus and conveniences that promise great success to the enterprise.

In our next number, we propose to present this subject in its proper light, with a view to its attention in the Common Schools of the State. It is of a practical importance to all, and will exercise a refining influence on those who become experts, leading them to study and observation of nature, and to prefer those things which are attractive for beauty and delight.

IG As the Legislature, at one time, published the “School Director,” at public expense, for about two years, it is reasonable to presume, that at this time, when the demand is urgent that a periodical should be issued in such numbers as to reach the waste places all over the State, the General Assembly should not hesitate to make the appropriation suggested that they should make, as offered in the "Association” by Mr. M. French, viz: That the Legislature be requested to authorize the State Commissioner of Common Schools, to subscribe for a sufficient number of copies of the Ohio Journal of Education, to supply every County Auditor and School Examiner of the State.

When teachers are remitting money for subscription, or names for the Journal, it would be preferable, if they furnish any items of information of their schools, to receive the same written on a separate piece of paper, cnclosed in their business letter. The letter can be filed away, and the suggestion or communication can, in this manner, be available as copy” for the printer.

Several communications have been laid over for consideration, as the Editor, in the few days allotted to him to prepare for this number of the Journal, could not give them attention. Reviews of Books and the Correspondence must, for the same reason, be deferred.

JAMES COWLES, A. B., of Akron, O., desires a situation as Superintendent of a Union School, or Principal of an Academy. He has the experience of many years instruction. Testimonials from high sources can be given.


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IF Brown is erudite, a bit of a wag, and an admirer of Mr. Longfellow. Jones, who had got some hint of the matter in the newspaper, mentioned “Hiawatha” to Brown, and inquired whether it was an original poem. inal ?” retorted Brown vehemently — "Sir, it is aboriginal!” Jones, who is no scholar (as Brown is,) felt sure that his question had been answered in the affirmative, and "something over," and retired in silence.

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