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The place was solicited by a young man in whose heart was an all-pervading faith in the power of kindness to control the wayward and the disobedient. So strong was his conviction that good was mightier than evil, that he sought a place in this school rather than any other, because it was universally regarded as the worst in the city, and he wished the experiment of governing children by the power of love, to be tried under circumstances which would serve to make the result as impressive as possible. It was in August last that Mr. AMBROSE WELLINGTon, the young man to whom we allude, entered the school as its teacher. Not one of his scholars has he struck a blow from that day to the present. By those gentle means only which are in striet conformity to his grand idea of moral influence in distinction from physical force, has he sought to control the actions of those under his charge. And what has been the result? In the first place, his kindness won for him the warı affection and confidence of his scholars, and when these had been secured, the grand obstacle to the complete success of his experiment was removed. The fights and brawls which were common under the old system grew less and less frequent, the children gradually acquired a better control of their passions, till at length a healthy sentiment in favor of good order and diligence pervaded the school.

The hardest boys were subdued to gentleness by the forbearance of

their teacher, and won to the path of virtuous emulation by his deep interest in their welfare. The change in the aspect of the school, is said by those who have witnessed it, to be wonderfül indeed.

Thus far we have stated facts as they w communicated to us not long since in Bn Our attention has just been recalled to the subject by a communication in the Boston Atlas, in which we find it stated that the committee appointed to inquire into the condition of the school since the new teacher entered upon his labors, have just made a report, founded upon a very thorough examination, in which they express themselves most agreeably disappointed in its condition. They speak in strong terms of satisfaction of the progress of the scholars, the good order of the school, and the kind and paternal discipline of the master. The report is said to be from the pen of Rev. Dr. Svarp, a distinguished Baptist clergyman, and his associates were Rev. E. M. P. Wells, an Episcopaian, and Rev. CHARLES BROOKS, a Unitarian. Well does the writer in the Atlas say

" To those who are familiar with the recent history and previous condition of the Smith School, this result, attested to by such unexceptionable witnesses as Messrs. Sharp, Brooks and Wells, is deserving of special remark. We have italicised above the words good order. We did so, that all those who look to thc rod,

the ferrule, and the scourge, as the only safe and reliable means of preserving good order” in a school-room, although the voice of public indig: nation is banishing it from our State prisons, and the backs of convicted felons, may notice the fact that good order does exist to an extent that may challenge comparison with any schoolroom in Boston, in the Smith School, where there has not been a single blow struck since the present master took possession of the school-room ! Mark this, all ye who scout at the idea of govo erning by moral influences, and by moral suasion ! Here in the Smith School-acknowledged on all hands to be the worst possible field for the experiment of governing children by kindness rather than by the “authority, force, fear" of the "thirty-one"-here, among a class of children, to whom some of you profess to believe heaven has denied the same mental and intellectụal advantages that he has given to a whiter skin ;-here, certainly, among children, the poverty and often viciousness of the parents of à portion of whom, neglect and bad treatment at home, bad associates, and the injustice of society to a large proportion, have been the worst possible preparatives for such a trial ;-here, too, where a little more than a year ago, the employment of the bastinado, and the most ingenious devices of cruelty, if not justified, were at least palliated by Mr. Frederick Emerson, your great apostle, and the continuance of the

late master in office recommended, because milder government would be out of place among such children ;-here, in this most unfavorable of all the fields that could be selected for such an experiment, the trial has been made, and thus far with a success thāt is surprising only to those who have been so unfortunate as to have no faith in the superior advantages of moral influences over the degrading appliances of corporeal punishments and physical pain. Let all those who still adhere to the belief that if you abolish or hang up the rod, chaos will come again, contrast the present state of good order in the Smith School, where the "persuasive" only is in force, with that in the Eliot, where the report of their committee informs us the "impulsive" abounds, and my word for it, the state and prospects of the latter-not their skins perhapswill be found to be darker than those of the former.”

We hope this example may do much to aid the efforts now making in Massachusetts and elsewhere to abolish the brutal practice of flogging in schools. That the tendency of the practice is to degrade both teacher and scholar, can hardly be doubted by any one who will candidly reflect upon the subject, while its utter want of adaptation to produce genuine obedience is a sufficient reason why it should be discarded now and forever.

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GEORGE WASHINGTON. Washington was remarkable for the uniform and strict subjection of his passion and appetites, and self-will. He was rarely seen in illhumor, uniformly courteous to all around him, especially to his inferiors, calm and uniform amid the greatest perplexities, to which, in his public duties, he was constantly subjected. Temperance Offering.


Who can tell the value of a smile ? It costs the giver nothing, but is beyond price to the erring and relenting, the sad and cheerless, the lost and forsaken. It disarms malice-subdues temper-turns hatred to love-revenge to kindness, and paves the darkest paths with gems of sun-light. . A smile on the brow betrays a kind heart, a pleasant friend, an affectionate brother, a dutiful son, and a happy husband. It adds charm to beauty, decorates the face of the deformed, and makes lovely woman resemble the angel of Paradise. Who will refuse to smile? Temperance Offering.

IDLE WORDS. Bishop Burgess, iri speaking of his intimate friendship with Archbishop Leighton--an inti

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