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Your committee submit the following resolutions as a condensed summary of the above report:

1. RESOLVED, That in the examination of applicants superintendents must rely chiefly upon the written examination as a test of scholarship.

2. RESOLVED, That by submitting to the candidate an extra number of questions, from which he may select a fixed number to answer, more just and satisfactory results may be reached than by the present custom, and the examiner may thus the more reasonably insist that “the answer be correct in fact and in form.”

3. RESOLVED, That as oral exercises enable the examiner to judge more clearly of the manner, facility of oral expression, clearness of explanation, and SPIRIT of the candidates, they should exercise a strongly modifying influence on the result of the written exercises.

4. RESOLVED, That oral exercises should embrace not only the ordinary questions upon the theory of teaching, but also the ability to use properly globes, maps and other apparatus.

5. RESOLVED, That while the superintendent should be satisfied in regard to the theory of the candidate, yet he cannot judge of the ability to apply such theory until he has seen the teacher in the school room, and therefore the grading of this item upon the certificate should be deferred until the school has been visited.

6. RESOLVED, That the standard of relative attainments to be required of each person examined for certificates of the 3d, 2d, and 1st grades, respectively, should for the present remain as heretofore fixed, viz: at 5, 6 and 7 in each branch, on a scale of 10, leaving it to each superintendent to fix the standard in his own county as much above the minimum as the state of advancement in such county will admit.

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Hon. ARTHUR MCARTHUR, of Milwaukee, has consented to deliver the annual address before the next meeting of the State Teachers' Association, to be held in La Crosse in July next.

We will state, for the satisfaction of Mr. J. H. Terry, Secretary of the Wisconsin State Teachers' Association for the July session of '66, that he is in no way responsible for the disconnected and imperfect report contained in the August number of the JOURNAL. The Milwaukee Sentinel had the report for publication and failed to send us the whole of it. It was consequently disconnected and incomplete.

UNDER the Normal School Law, State Superintendent McMynn has appointed visitors to the Platteville Normal School, Judge J. T. Mills, of Grant County, Rev Alfred Brunson, of Crawford, and Hon. Henry S. Magoon, of La Fayette.

BIDS FOR THE NORMAL SCHOOLS.—The following is a complete list of the bids for the location of the Normal Schools in this state:

BARABOO offered a site and $10,000 in cash, together with the Baraboo collegiate institute building and grounds. Gen. Starks, in addition to this, offered 120 acres of woodland, 37 miles from Baraboo.

BERLIN offered a site and $30,000 in cash.

FOND DU LAC offered a site, $30,000 in cash, and the use of the city high school building until the completion of the normal school building

GENEVA offered to donate the building and ground of Geneva Seminary

MILWAUKEE offered an improved site, $25,000 in annual payments of $5,000, and $6,000 in annual payments of 3,000, or $31,000, and the use of the school building until the completion of the normal school building

NEENAH and MENASHA offered a site and $30,000 in cash.
OMRO offered a site and $30,000 in cash.
Oshkosh offered a site and $30,000 in cash.,

PLATTEVILLE offered the Platteville academy and grounds, $1,100 to be used in repairs, and $5,000 in cash.

PRAIRIE DU CHIEN offered the building and grounds now known as Prairie du Chien college.

RACINE offered an improved site and $27,000 in cash.

SHEBOYGAN offered a site and proposed to erect a building according to the plans furnished by the board free of expense to the state.

STOUGHTON offered a site, $35,000 in cash, and 40 acres of woodland near the village.

TREMPELEAU offered a site of five acres, and $11,500 in cash.
WAUPUN offered a site and $12,000 in cash.
WHITEWATER offered a site and $25,000 in cash.

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MR. PEABODY'S DONATION.—Estimating the Mississippi bonds at half a million of dollars, we believe the following list of Mr. Peabody's donations approaches correctness : The Poor of London

$2,250,000 Town of Danvers

60,000 Grinnell arctic expedition

10,000 City of Baltimore

1,000,000 Phillip's Academy

25,000 Mass. Historical Society

20,000 Harvard College

150,000 Yale College

150,000 To the South

- 1,500,000

$5,165,000

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In speaking of these donations the Boston Journal says:

“The amount of each bequest has been large, but his last gift excels any previous single gift in magnitude. One million dollars cash, and $1,100,000 in Mississippi bonds constitute a large sum for the promotion of education-intellectual, moral and industrial--in the southern and south-western states, and great and important results and benefits will inevitably result from such a bequest, both for the south and the whole Republic. Nothing is more needed at the south than opportunities for the young men and women of the present and future generations to gain a thorough and practical education. The states are so burdened with debts, and individuals are so oppressed by the losses and waste of the war, that they can do but little for education, and the bequest was just what was needed. The entire country will share in the benefits of the gift, for the better educated our citizens are, the better citizens they will make. Massachusetts should be proud that she has produced a man who has done so much for the poor of England, the advancement of science and education of our people, as Mr. Peabody has in his magnificent bequests.

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MATHEMATICAL QUESTIONS.--Given the heights of three towers placed at the angular point of an equilateral triangle a, b, c, in the order of the magnitude; with the base or side of that triangle, d'; to

; find a point within the triangle where a ladder must be placed to reach the top of each tower—that is, the distances of this point from the angular points of the triangle, and also the length of the ladder. The heights are respectively 28, 30, and 34, and the side of the equilateral 50 feet.

Find two numbers whose sum and product are equal, neither of them being TWO. (Done by Algebra.)

A gentleman a horse did buy;

He was both lean and poor;
A golden guinea was his price,

And five good shillings more.
He fed his horse with oats and grass

'Till he got very sound,
And, meeting with a purchaser,

He sold him for ten pounds.
He lost by this one-fourth prime cost,

And half his feeding too.
What did the feeding stand him in ?

Is all I ask of you.

Local and General Intelligence. .

THE Vermont School Journal is dead, and its subscription list has passed to the publishers of the Massachusetts TEACHER.

HAMILTON COLLEGE.-The presidency of this institution has been accepted by Professor Brown, of Dartmouth.

NEW YORK City.--The Board of Education appropriate $2,522,000 for the support of the schools during 1867.

POILALDELPHIA.—The salaries of the school-teachers in Philadelphia are to be increased 25

per cent. MINERAL Point. The public schools of this city are prospering ander the charge of Prof. Foster. There are 9 teachers and 450 scholars

DARLINGTON.--The public schools of Darlington have been lately re-graded under the supervision of Prof. Allen, of Platteville. They are in successful operation.

CONNECTICUT.-Yale College Catalogue shows 26 students in Law; 30 in Theology; 122 in Philosophy and Arts; and 500 undergraduates ; in all, 709. There are 50 instructors.

MR. A. S. KISSEL, formerly at the head of the schools of Davenport, and the originator of its training-school, has been elected Superintendent of Schools in Minneapolis, Minn., at a salary of $2,500 year.

DIED, at his residence in Elbridge, N. Y. Jan. 19th, 1867, after more than twelve years suffering as an invalid, Prof. H. N. Robinson, LL.D., the well-known author of a series of mathematical text-books, aged 61 years.

Rev. BIRDSEY G. NORTHROP, agent and lecturer for the Massachusetts Board of Education, has succeeded Prof. Daniel C. Gilman as Secretary of the Connecticut Board of Education and Superintendent of Common Schools.

Prof. D. P. MAYHEW has recently been elected Principal of the Michigan Normal School at Ypsilanti, vice Prof. Welch, who resigned some months since.

THE Vermont State Normal School at Randolph has commenced its session under the direction of the Board of Education, with Prof. Edward Conant as principal. The examiantion for admission will take place on Monday, February 25.

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WATERTOWN.-The superintendent in his last report states the number of teachers in this city to be 17. Number of pupils, 807. Per centage of attendance, 85. Total wages' per month of teachers, $518. He complains of irregularity of attendance. He reports that the school apparatus was willingly and intelligently used by the teachers, and favors its increase.

MICHIGAN.- The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor has an endowment of about half a million dollars, arising from the first sale of two townships of land, or 46,080 acres. The fathers of the state induced congress to make this provision, when it was admitted into the Union. Other states have followed this example; but some of them have not carefully husbanded their funds, and others have not yet had time to develop their resources. Besides this, the State of Michigan has loaned the University $100,000, and relieved it from paying interest, thus making it, in reality, a grant to that amount. The City of Ann Arbor has given the grounds, about 40 acres, upon which the buildings stand, and also $10,000 toward the Medical Building, and $2,500 to improve the Observatory. By some the University of Michigan is considered very rich; but the above are the simple facts. The State of Michigan has not endowed nor enriched it; she has merely preserved its funds with discretion, and, without feeling it might easily double its income. Our institution has not obtained its reputation by enormous wealth, but by earefully and judiciously employing its means, so as to achieve the greatest results.

The State Agricultural College, located at Lansing, Michigan, has a faculty of 8 professors, with 67 students in the college proper, and 51 in the preparatory class. The institution seems to be in successful operation.---(ILL. TEACHER.)

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