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MAZOMANIE.-A suit was brought against Merrick Goldthwaite, principal of public schools for assault and battery. The case was an interesting one as it involved the question of the liability of the teacher to inflict corporal punishment. The jury did not agree. The case was ably managed by attorneys Ball, and Gregory & Pinney for the State, and by R. J. Chase and H. W. Tenney for the Defendant.

STATE TEACHERS ASSOCIATION.--The annual session of the Wisconsin State Teachers' Association, is to be held at La Crosse on the 23-25 of July. Hon. Arthur McArthur, of Milwaukee, is announced to lecture on that occasion, also Hon. J. M. Gregory, of Kalamazoo Normal School, Mich., and Hon. J. L. Pickard, of Chicago. A profitable as well as an exceedingly pleasant session is anticipated.

KENOSHA Co.—The superintendent complains of the diversity of text-books. He says there are as many as four kinds of spellers used in some districts, and in some from two to five kinds of Arithmetics. He thinks a uniformity of text-books should be enforced by the school boards. Five new school houses have been built within the year; the one at Pleasant Prairie the best in the county. This county has only one representative in the Normal School at Platteville. At the April examinations 3 received 2d grade certificates; 14, 3d grade; 14 were licensed for the summer, and 34 were rejected.

Book Notices, &c.

THE YOUNG SENGER'S MANUAL. A new collection of songs and sol

feggios, selected principally from the works of the great masters, classified and adapted to the use of schools, academies and colleges, by Messrs. Aiken, Squire, Powell and Victor Williams, teachers of music in the public Schools of Cincinnati. Published by Sargent,

Wilson aud Hinkle, Cincinnati. This is an excellent little work of 192 pages and contains a statement of the rudiments of music, some fine selections from Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelsohn and Silcher, as well as exercises adapted to the classical music of modern times. The book was designed for the higher classes of graded schools, but may be properly used in primary schools by beginning with the rudiments. Sent by the publishers for. examination for 25 cts., or for introduction at $3.00 per dozen.

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PROCEEDINGS AND LECTURES of the National Teachers' Association;

the National Association of School Superintendents, and the American Normal School Association, at their annual meetings held in Indianapolis, Ind., August, 1866. James Cruikshank, LL. D.,

Broolyn, N. Y., Publisher. This valuable book will be sent free to any one present at the last meeting and a member of the Association.

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person it will be sent for 50 cts. It contains several valuable lectures read. before the Association, and the proceedings of the meetings. The lectures alone are worth ten times the price of the book: PINNEO's EXERCISES IN FALSE SYNTAX For the correction of errors

in the grammatical construction of sentences, designed to aid in the study of the author's grammars of the English language, by T. S. PINNEO, M. A., M. D. Published by Sargent, Wilson and Hinkle,"

Cincinnati. The correction of errors forms the subject of fifty-six cautions and nearly one hundred exerciaes in this volume. The points are expanded and more particularly illustrated and explained than it is possible in: any elementary work. This book should be studied with or after any Grammar. The exercises are short so that they may be connected with an ordinary lesson in'grammar. The exercises are full and com-plete and may be used aside from any other work. It is a neat and interesting work, and commends itself to the attention of all teachers. THE NORTH AMERICAN REVIEW. Edited by Prof. JAMES RUSSELL

LOWELL and CHARLES ELIOT NORTON, Esq. No. 215; April, 1867.CONTENTS : Modern Italian Poets; British Finance in 1816; Charles Lamb and his Biographers; The New Jersey Monopolies; The Railroad System ; Deaf-Mute Education; Henry Wadsworth Lonfellow; Lessing; Religious Liberty ; Critical Notices. Contributors : W. D. Howells ; Adams S. Hill; J. K. Medbery; C. F. Adams, Jr.; F. B. Sanborn; W. D. Howells; James Russell Lowell; C. E. Norton. Tick :nor and Fields, Publishers, 124, Tremont Street, Boston.

LITTELL'S LIVING AGE.-This is one of the best periodicals published in the country. Its articles are furnished by the best writers in this country and Europe. The great variety of its literature adapts it to the tastes of all. Published by Littell and Gay, Boston, Mass. Price $8.00 per annum.

THE WORKS OF HORACE MANN. In four volumes. Price $3.00 per

volume. Published by subscription alone, for the editor, Mrs.

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The first two volumes of this series contain seven lectures upon

education, and twelve annual reports made to the Board of Education, embracing all the important topics of education, forming a guide for the organization of schools and thorough instruction in them, as well as for the action of state governments. The third volume will contain miscellaneous lectures and addresses, as "Thoughts for a Young Man, Powers and Duties of Woman; Effects of Intemperance on the Poor and Ignorant, Effects of Intemperance on the Rich and Educated, Inaugural Address at Antioch College, Demands of the Age on Colleges, First Baccalaureate Address at Antioch College, Address to the Students, or Code of Honor; Letter to a Law Student; Lecture on Knowledge, hitherto unpublished. The fourth volume will contain : Anti-slavery Letters and Speeches; Lecture on Liberty, hitherto unpublished; Letter to Mr. Garrison, published only in the “Liberator.” If the price of these volumes is enclosed to Mrs. Mary Mann, Cambridge, Mass., the books will be sent by mail, prepaid.

THE DIAMOND DICKENS.--The fact that forty-five thousand copies of “ Pickwick,” - Our Mutual Friend, and “ David Copperfield” were sold before the third volume had appeared, tells how popular this edition has become. The enterprise of Ticknor and Fields has proved a success in publishing this edition, and we are glad to chronicle it. 6 David Copperfield" is the third volume of the Diamond Dickens, and is issued in the same compact, convenient, and elegant style as Pickwick Papers” and “Our mutual Friend.” Every lover of Dickens should not fail to get this edition. The illustrated volumes are only $1.50 each, and the plain $1.25.

CLUBBING.--For $5 we will send " The Nation," a weekly journal containing Literary, Artistic, and Scientific Intelligence, Criticisms of Books, Pictures and Music, Foreign Correspondence, and deliberate comments on the political and social topics of the day, and the WisCONSIN JOURNAL OF EDUCATION for one year. The price of " The Nation” is five dollars alone. For $4 we will send three copies of the WISCONSIN JOURNAL OF EDUCATION and “Our Schoolday Visitor," a first-class magazine for young people and teachers, whose subscription price alone is $1.25.

ATLANTIC MONTHLY-Published by Ticknor and Fields, Boston, Mass. Price $4.00 per annum. The June number is received and contains many interesting articles. The serials that are published in this monthly are first class and well worth the subscription price.

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WISCONSIN JOURNAL OF EDUCATION.

VOLUME X.

JUNE, 1867.

NUMBER 12.

Breakers Ahead!

That our public schools not merely provide the means of educating, but educate more or less every child in the land, is in popular estimation beyond a doubt. How slightly the facts sustain such an estimate of the capacity and efficiency of these institutions, is little realized by those who proclaim with such patriotic eloquence, that an education is the birthright of every American child, and that in our favored land popular ignorance is unknown.

One of the crowning glories of the empire state is the care here: exercised in behalf of public instruction. The work done by the : schools is unquestionably great, yet less than half of the children of the state; between the ages of six and seventeen, are receiving in-struction from them. Possibly half the others are at useful employ-. ment. What the remaining thousands are doing may be judged from the occupation of the swarms of children to be seen roaming the streets of our cities and villages. According to official reports;. more than half a million of the children of the state are every day out of school.

The superintendent of the schools of this city states in his last report that the whole number of children taugħet in our public schools, during 1866, was over two hundred and twenty-two thousand; the average: attendance was less than ninety-two thousand. One hundred and thirty thousand nominal pupils were thus constantly absent from school. New Jersey reports nearly two hundred thousand children of school age. Allowing twenty-five per cent of the number for those attending private schools, there remain one hundred and fifty thousand who ought to be in daily attendance at the public schools. More than

one-fourth of this number did not enter a school during the past year ; quite as many attended only three months; about the same number were in school half the time; while less than a quarter were in attendance the entire school year.

These are no exceptional cases. Wherever we look, except in some portions of New England, the condition of affairs is bad, and generally worse.

In Wisconsin, according to Superintendent McMynn, half the children registered during the year are daily absent from school ; while more than thirty thousand are receiving no instruction whatever.

The late census of Philadelphia shows that twenty thousand of the children of that city are neither attending school nor engaged at any useful employment. In Chicago, out of forty-five thousand children of school age, only about twenty-five thousand are enrolled in the public schools. After making the most liberal allowance for pupils attending private schools, there are left thousands whose education must be entirely neglected. With over twenty-five thousand nominal pupils, the city provides seats for but fourteen thousand; yet the schools are not full; the average attendance daily being less than onethird of the entire school population. This would seem bad enough, but it is not all. More than a third of those who are present on any given day are in school less than nine weeks of the year; and of the remaining fraction, only about one-fifth are in attendance the year round.

Is it to be wondered at that with so many neglected children the iist of juvenile criminals should be steadily increasing? These multitudes of children who are growing up in ignorance, are chiefly of foreign parentage; their home training for the most part is anything but virtuous; and yet in a few years they will stand at the polls the political equals of the most intelligent. Our people cannot afford to overlook these facts; and though it is pleassnt to contemplate what M. de Laveleye justly calls “the unprecedented results” of our school system, we must not shut our eyes to the fact, that the work done, great though it be, is not half of what should be done.-m. Ed. Monthly.

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