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The educational profession, as well as the literary world, meta with a great loss on the 10th of June, in the death of Mrs. LYDIA HUNTLEY SIGOURNEY, who was widely known, and the excellence of whose character and writings needs no comment..
The Right Reverend Alonzo POTTER, D. D., an accomplished Teacher, and a zealous friend of education, died in San Francisco, July 4th.
Rev. FRANCIS WAYLAND, D: D:, L. L. D., author of several valuable School and College text-books, late President of Brown University; died on the 30th of September.
JAMES S. Eaton, author of Eaton's Arithmetic, før many years Principal of the English Department of Phillips' Academy, Andover, Mass., died October 10th. On the same day, Mrs. ELIZABETH RICORD, once a popular Teacher and author of several text Books.
Rev. GEORGE MUSGROVE Giger, D. D., late Professor of Latin inNew Jersey College, died on the lithi of October.
The Boston Advertiser of November 2d, informs us that JOSEPH, E. WORCESTER, L. L. D., the distinguished lexicographer, died on Friday, October 27th, at his residence in Cambridge,at the advanced. age of eighty-one years. Dr. WORCESTER was born in Bedford. New Hampshire, August 24th, 1784. He graduated at Yale. Col.. lege in 1811, and was for some time a Teacher in Salem, but in: 1819 removed to Cambridge. He began as early as 1817 the issue : of his long series of manuals and text-books in geography and history, and in 1827 made his first essay in lexicography, in a revised edition of Johnson. His labors in this department of learning were unremitting, and resulted in a series of important publications, concluding with the great quarto, which in 1860 may be said to have finished the work of his life, and established his name in the first rank of the lexicographers of our language.
Dr. WORCESTER's career was distinguished by a conscientious fidelity to the task which he had undertaken. He aimed to pre.. serve the purity of our tongue, and to establish a standard which should have the sanction both of classical usage and cultivated taste. His success in this effort was such as to crown him with literary honors which few can hope to gain in the laborious and dry field of study which he selected for himself. Degrees from Yale, Harvard and Dartmouth Colleges, and election as member of sev.
eral learned societies, here and in England, testify to the respect in which his industry and his attainments were held.
OVER THE ATLÀNTIC.
H. G. OLLENDORFF, a Teacher of languages in Paris, 'whose system of acquiring French, German, Italian, and other European languages, has received so wide a circulation, died on the 30th of October.
CHARLES VON RAUMER, a German Professor and author, died in June.
Dr. FARnz Aun, whose German Method, is widely known, died in September.
Dr. CHARLES RICHARDSON, an eminent English lexicographer, died on the 6th of October, at the ripe age of ninety-one.-Condensed from Exchanges.
NASHOTAH Theological Seminary at Summit, Waukesha county, is, we learn, in a flourishing condition. This institution has educated more than one hundred for the Ministry. These graduates are found in almost every State in the Union, and are, as a body, marked, on the tesimony of Bishops, Clergy and Laity, by devotedness, zeal and loyalty. The preparatory school for this Seminary is located at Racine.
MILTON ACADEMY. - This most excellent school is still flourishing under the regime of its former 'energetic and popular Principal, Rev. W. C. WHITFORD. Prof. SEARING, still remains as Teacher of ancient literature. He has lately returned from a visiting tour among the best classical schools of the East. He evidently believes in improvement, and we know of no one who tries harder to perfect himself in his profession. This is an excellent school for young men and ladies, for many reasons. The town is quiet and presents but few of the seductive influences of larger towns; it is healthy; the school has fine and convenient buildings and excellent Teachers. Long may it flourish.
EVANSVILLE SEMINARY, is in a highly prosperous condition. It has at present 170 Students and 5 Teachers. Rev. H. COLMAN, Principal.
THE NORMAL DEPARTMENT of the State University has recently met with a great loss in the resignation of Professor ALLEN, who has so long and ably managed that department. The loss, however, is not without recompense. A successor has been found every way fitted for the responsible duties of his situation-Professor J. C. PICKARD, (brother of our former State Superintendent).He has had extensive experience in Teaching, and in conducting Institutes. We hope he will become a fixture to the University, and we hereby warn all outsiders from meddling or trifling with him, by holding out more liberal inducements. We learn that the number of students is large and of “good quality.” We suppose by that, is meant that the rough edges have been taken off from the raw material. This Normal School possesses a great advantage over inost Normal Schools in this country, as it has the services of the University Professors, and a more extensive apparatus, cabinet and library than it would enjoy if unconnected with the University.
FAYETTE High School, La Fayette County, enjoys the services of J. B. PARKINSON, late Democratic candidate for State Superintendent. It numbers 100 students.
Beloit COLLEGE.-The Freshman Class numbers 30, which is a good class for this College. It begins ", to look up," since the war is ended.
High School.--Colonel POTTER, formerly a Chicago Teacher, succeeds Mr. Haven, in the High School. We are glad that Beloit appreciates a good Teacher suficiently to pay him well for his services. They have increased the wages of Principal the past year from $800 to $1500. To every School District in the State we would say, “go and do likewise."
RIPON.--N. P. GAGE, who has so long and satisfactorily officiated as Principal of Public Schools, still remains with an increased salary.
WAUPUN.-Mr. Darrow still remains in charge of Public Schools.
Fond du Lac.— The Schools are still under the charge of 0. C. STEENBURG.
WAUPACCA is to have a new and commodious School House.
RIPON COLLEGE is in a flourishing condition, and has in all 150 students.
Senator ANTHONY, of R. I., has presented a petition to Congress, asking that a copy of every public document published be sent to every Public School in the country.
THE NEW YORK TEACHER, notices Wisconsin and Missouri under the head of "Foreign Intelligence." We dislike to have the word foreign applied to us, as did Mr PICKARD to be called “the distinguished stranger from abroad," at the State Teachers Association at Milton.
GONE.—We reget that we are called upon to herald the death of an excellent Teacher, L. H. WARREN. He left his home in Darlington last Summer to attend the State Teachers Association at Whitewater, expecting to return in a few days. Two or three days after, his body was found in the river near Freeport. The cause of his death is unknown; the circumstances attending it, very mysterious.
The Rev. Dr. ELIPHALET Nott, for over sixty years President of Union College, died on January 29th, 1866, in the 93d year of his age. In our next issue we will give a brief biographical notice of this distinguished man.
A CHANGE.—The office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction has been moved to the Capitol. The rooms are beautiful and .commodious and tastefully furnished. One thing is lacking, something to adorn the walls, and we suggest that if the State will not furnish it with portraits of distinguished educators and other engravings, that the Teachers, who are the party interested, take the matter in hand. We congratulate the Superintendent and his Assistant on the pleasant change.
The Pennsylvania School Journal advertises for an Associate Editor, to whom suitable compensation will be made.
We are glad to hear of such prosperity as this indicates.
We have the promise of an article, at no distant day, from Prof. SEARING, embodying the fruits of his late researches in Eastern States, in regard to Classical Schools and Literature.
THE CHICAGO TELESCOPE.-The following from the Massachusetts Teacher, will give our readers some notion of this new instrument :
“This great instrument, manufactured by Mr. Alvin Clark, of Cambridge, will be shipped in a few days, and set up in the Dearborn Tower at the University of Chicago. This tower was built
by the munificence of Mr. J. Y. Scammon, at an expense of $25,000, and is named by him the Dearborn Tower, in memory of his wife, who died while abroad some years since.
The Clark Telescope is a refractor, with an objective eighteen and three-quarter incles in the clear aperture, and a focal length of twenty-three feet. "Compared with the Harvard instrument, the largest of the kind in existence," wrote the late Capt. Gillis, Superintendent of the National Observatory at Washington, "it is as thirty-four to twenty-one, being thus more than one-half larger than any now in use. The
of the whole scientific world are turned to Chicago, awaiting the results. When the instrument is properly mounted and manned, no one can predict its future."When first completed, the object-glass was inserted in a rude board tube, and drawn down by means of a tackle for trial. In thug sweeping but a small belt of the heavens, it caused at once a discovery for which it received the most favorable notice of foreign scientific associations, and also took the largest astronomical reward at Paris—the Leland prize of five hundred francs. It is a matter of just pride and congratulation that this instrument was manufactured by one of our countrymen.
By the gifts of $5,000 from Walter S. Gurnee, of New York City, Prof. Mixter has been enabled to order from Berlin the largest meridian circle ever manufactured, similar in kind to the Olcott Circle of the Dudley Observatory at Albany.
Chicago University, during the last two years, has received $175,000. Of this sum, $100,000 has been expended in buildings, and $25,000 in astronomical instruments, and the remaining $50,000 devoted to endowments."
PERSONAL.-Rev. J. B. Pradt, is pleasantly located at Glendale, Ohio.
We notice from the Superintendent's Report that, in 40 counties, the Eclectic Series, published by SARGENT, WILSON & HINKLE, is used wholly or in part. This is owing to the excellency of the books, and to extensive advertising. The fact, that the above firm sells more books in this State than any other Publishing House in the United States, proves conclusively that "Advertising is the life of business." We would invite the attention of our readers to their advertisement.