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ft I V-' ... '' a .'?. i ''"?."' From th6 Albany Atlas Oh,Iet Me aing To-Niffht Mother!" We give below the words of a charming song, wiuuu ut own pm 10 musio by Mr. Traver. na wmca nag Deoome a great favorite. The ; aong is. so wedded to music and melody, that V- w. l: . ... ' . " nvimrauj kuo memory, wnnout effort. Oh, let me sing to-night, Mother, '; The aong I used to sine. When hope was bright, and my heart was light, ; r-'AM a bird upon the wing! . , I know thou'lt miss the voice, Mother, -That warbled with me the strain, :But let me sing to-night, Mother, : , The dear old song again. Bat let me singr to-night, Mother, 1; r-The. dear old song again. r ', I know 'twill bring sad thoughts, Mother, Thy tears may fall like rain ; i For a loving eye and a fair young face ' Thou ne'er may'st see again . ' "Bat I'd have thee send each tear, Mother, ' inks co rva secret cell, And let me sing to-night, Mother. " ; The song she loved so well. .' - And let me sing to-night, Mother, : The sons she loved bo wnii. It will bring bright dreams to my heart, Mother, Bright dreams of the joyons past, ' .f When hope, all rainbow hned, Mother, Her halo round me east. ,.1 know the light grows dim, Mother, V 'T . s .... . . . . w-. . . . To the bright dreams that come back, Mother, l. .-WJtTi ti inns T s ' - dbi nut i lonaiy cling "With the song I used" to sine ' ? bright dreams that eome back, Mother, . wittt the song I used to sing. - As I sing that song of joy, Mother,. , -. Faith upward lifts its eye,. . Towards the land of rest, Mother, Wkere hope can never die, ' " Where ties that strongly bind, Mother, -'May ne'erbe riv'n in twain; Where tears are dried, and the heart, Mother, i ': May never know sorrow again. . - Where tears are dried, and the heart, Mother, t May never know sorrow again. Then let me sing to-night, Mother,, - ; That clear old song of old, . - And pra when I sleep at last, Mother , '"rvBy her Bide all silent and cold, -Our fpirtU may:meet ne er to part, Mother; -r WLv heav'n-born musio ring, - ' And puS.vc4oerbemingled there, "Mother ' ? ;In the songs the angels sing. 'iAnd our voices; be mingled there, Mother, in tne aongs tne angels sing. . . ' ;I,-i -r' J- "?'- ::From Oleason's Pictorial. D OUB LE EL OPEME NT'. ..-iV.- . ' BT HOKATIO ALGEK, JR. V ? : In arge, square, old-fashioned house, Vtochas-qur forefathers nsed to build when ; ,;VbUdit7-iMimrd soiight 'kSta? ttuul-utflity;' oiiauy was mere sought after than utility, lived Phffitf Minson and hia ster V,thr. PhiKp had 8hed the mature age of forr if, arid Esther -was close Wllm.3 Still ach-liacl pursued solitary ' pa,thway ftnnW-. & .tr. a : iwavusvia ovwAAUU. uu vULU lfullullDlil tl a-xiiv r- n s . . of time they Were gathered intoitbe family tomb the receptacle of many generations - ... , . t .uo jkianBou iaauiy. mere was tne more reason to think so, sW ttey took aend an unmarried life, not vur Mi-wuiuio, uuv UJ uicnyt. ? - ' .-. ;ji o,' said riuiip, when assailed on this inbject by sv match-m ing maybe I could not turned topsyt - 'But by-nd-by when you grow older,! you will feel the need tf one more man t Dresent :- ?si iv v- mu x umu, wuciaBiveiT, 'I nave ft sister who is devoted to me.-and whfle v isi -r --a -t.s ue ures i iieeu no omcr. - -v -a.s for Miss Esther she often declared!, . . ... . . - that she e?er would make a; slave of her- 'elf for any man living. -If other women wre foolish enone-h tn Hva hi i were foolish enough to give up their in- dependence, and tie themselves to a man for no earthly Trarpdse than 'to. burthen theniBelves with care and toil from mom-- . ihg tilT night,' she was sure she had ho 06- jecnon. -jsw ner own part ene was wiser. Her bromer and she had alwavs liw.fl . -T.iw -Tvi 1jv-:1 not tldnk that she c'ould make any ciiange for the better, - . ; . . v.... ?r .. ft kC. ' li" a "tulz: Whose opinions differed widely fromfe, Esther's,- that in adopting this opinion, the was only making a Virtue of necessity, and that it was best to be contented, with one a iltu uruviueu mere was no cnano.ft nf improving it.. But Esther did -not. hear , j. i , - i . vuwc.iciuaio( ouu eu ws mmisiuroea Dy them. 4 She -Continued to live in the old house-with . her brotheri .-T They kept no domestic, since. Esther rather plumed her self on her housekeeping duties, and there was , really;, but little to do. So as her Dpiner was usually absent during the day-, l was left for the most part to the com panionship of her own thoughts, unless some..; neighbor happened to call in -a MP2Jty tbe : way, of rather rare occur rence,i. since most of the neighborshad largo families of their own, which confined them at homer " ' ! aVe that of the other, till there waWreaJ J and,Bhe had but, little time for JAn til IwtioM'fbAf thov nnM Mnfitina fHeCtlOn. ,- .. , Very good for some people, but f Jace ; 0 .wmcn to nang several hne pic- bear to have my whole hduse r0! -Ti ne. baP Plcfced, up . m , the course urry.by the introduction - of 01 European travels. - This ;was Early one afternoon, inst after Esther Manson had completed her task of clear ing away the dinner, dishes, and storing them away in the cupboard after a thor ough washing, she was startled by hearing a rap at the. door. Somewhat surprised by a caller at this unusual hour, she answered the summons. She was a little apprehensive that it was a neighbor who had of late Droved rather troublesome from her habit of borrowing articles; and owing, it is . presumed, to naoitual lorgetfulness, neglecting to return mem. I hope.' she mused to herself, 'that if it is Mrs. Bailey, she will want to borrow something i nave not got' . She opened the door, but no Mrs. Bai ley ; presented herself to her expecting gaze a gentleman of fortv-five carefullv nay elegantly dressed, stood before her. 1 beg your pardon for intruding, mad am, said he, as he noticed Esther's look or surprise; but can you direct me to the t "r - -r-r.i.- . . - late jvir. vyilltleet's? I have heard he has a house for sale, which, from the deserin- non x nave ot it, l judge will suit me.' it is the next house on the left, sir ' answered Esther, who had time, while the j gentleman was speaking, to examine his appearance, which did not fail to impress her favorably. Thank; you for the information. I trust you will pardon the trouble I have occasioned you,' replied the gentleman. bowing. i iiui me least irouoiem ine worm, re- plied Esther, a little flustered by a 'defer- I ... . . . J .. ' Not the least trouble in the world, re- ence to which she had not "been accus tomed. . " " ' , ' ' Two days after. Esther heard that Mr. Willfleet's estate had been purchased by a stranger, named Bigelow. She at once conjectured, and rightly, that this was the same with her visitor. A few davs elanscd. and Esther Manson received another visit from the same gentleman. " ' v I have V favor'to ask of youj.. Miss Manson, he commenced, (it seems he had ascertained her name) I ami aware that our slight acquaintance will hard! v justify it; but I trust time will remove this ob jection. You must know.' he added, sml Iingly, '.that I. am a bachelor, dependent in many respects upon mv housekeeper. who, though a" good woman in her wav! I am afraid hasnot yet properly arranged my house. ' I would esteem it a real service if you would give me your opinion in some nuie. matters, respectmar Duttincr. it into proper disposition. Mv carriasre is at the apor reaoy to carry you over.'. But,' saidEsther, a little hesitating do notlaim to hate much taste. J fear that I should prov no more reliable in that respect than your housekeeper;,' - . Have but to look around me.' said Mr. Bigelp, politely 'to be fully satisfied up on mat point.' . : . Esther's cheek flushed with treasure at this compliment, and she made ' prepara- tlQns t?.,comP1 - " Tas uons to comply with her new visitor's re- I "'" . ' " "'" vuuauuui'' ness f Fgulanty ; of her position, rfsther. found :hrself riding ; by .the sidecota. gerftleman with whom she had IT "C-V"' - mi ?. 7 u ""lua ,u I .'. , The distance, however, was but I m- - re- ' . tn ;, arriving at her destination. . she 1? Pan ot oxusmesa accom- pusuea' l he. rtare, which by the way. I Urn Q TlPnr onrfl . ho Tr1 armn hnW l - , . . . . i-r .- rrv: . " nJQ roonP of . fashions, but Es- e was D'e to point out several changes ior me oetter, with all of which Mr. Big- I , . . . ... . i " - - - rr " ulcu He -Ip1 fold " nof .be satisfied - . " ."lB ne,MwnQ acquamx- ce' att'over me house; from kitchen to , , . 1 over?Te!d ' her. th Protestation's ; of PCTratltUde lOT-fier kmit RPrvio: ntil TarSifol - , - - . "vv iiuf - Br Mir .nnm nAn - tuft. ta. i. . ; , ""v, "iuiuujs De ffw . .her'-bother catne . in.' - Esther er Sof thisashe wasalittle i PMyns tha her brother would consi Esther was" ! BUS- P'ons that her brother would 'consider Jne Venture as rather a Quixotic one. h!.To aI?ldCo.mmeni did not even "f0?1 1'Wb.p that she had ever, met Mr; f160''' He took frequent opportunities 7 . . , -r-;-;- y-. WMf".--v'ttuf picwafc, but her brother 'was? absent s, i , 1 ponder,'.' said Philip,' carelessly.-as u;sai oy xne nre one evenmg," whether Mr- Bigelow will nofrlie lookinir out for a ttf -t' ";.V -i don know, saidvEsther in her raDrr8testnentJ dropping half; a .dozen sttes!f?mtne stocking which she held i" - "vl. . i - .'otr thalT I approve "of marrlaffeat ft - " - . .. .? leaapj ia .my -own case,saia lr nil ip, no ticing' this . little -demonstration, 4 but it may be different with Mr. Bigelow. He has no 6ister to superintend his establish ment. . Idon't knawj . however, whether there is an ybody Hkely to, suit him in this village. fc Letjne see-there is Miss Pres ton: she mi erht do .V '-'-. .... - lNo, I don't think she wonld snit him at alU said- Esther, -with a sDirit whih considerably surprised her brother: ; Shu knows but very littie about house keeping,' ! . MYhy X thought yoit and Miss iPreston were friends,' said Philip, a little puzzled. akinr-Iady'marrv- S , ow iuc proper Well, so we are,' returned Esther, in her usual tone; 'but . I I hardly think she would suit Mr. Bigelow.' 'Perhaps not,' he rejoined, and so the conversation ended. ' Meanwhile the gentleman continued his visits. Oft-times he would ask to see the bed of flowers on which Esther rather prided herself; and sometimes he would petition for seeds, being very fond of flow ers, as he said, and very anxious to intro duce them into his own garden. vJf)n one of these occasions. Mr. Bitre low, after a little visible embarrassment, said hesitatingly : ' I would like to ask your advice, Miss Esther, on rather a delicate subiect. and one of great importance to myself. There is one thine I wish to secure to make mv establishment complete, but I hardly know m what manner to ask for it.' 'What is it you refer to?' asked Esther. unsuspiciously. A wife,' was the significant reply. Instantly a deep crimson flushed Es ther's cheeks. She did not trust herself to speak. . . 'Need I say that vou are the one whom of all others I would seek to place in that position? ' .. He took her unresisting hand and kissed it with the gallantry of a young lover. j Jut what will my brother sav?' in quired Esther, when she found voice to speak.' 'What should he sav? You are vour own mistress, surely.' . xes, but he i always ridiculinsr the idea of marriage, and I couldn't venture iu ieu mm. ' No need of it. Let's run away to New York and get married. You know,' he added gaily, we are both young and romantic, and it would be quite in char acter.' Esther at first objected, but when she came to consider that in this way she would be relieved of the great portion of the 'embarrassment- which 'such a step would naturally brincr with it. she consent- ed, aad that day one week was appointed or the departure. - Shs required this time to. maKC preparations. "' Meanwhile, if Esther had not been so exclusively OGCUDied with her own affairs she might have noticed that a change had come over Philip. He was often absent evenings, and when. at home was more si lent and abstracted than his wont. The former she readily attributed to the cause which he assigned, namely, a pressure of business. The latter she did not observe, her mind being pre-occupiedJ We. 'who are in the secret mav take the liberty of r r - - - rf roiiowing mm on one or his business calls. a was ax a neat cottage, irom wnose tront door dangled an immense knocker, that Philip Manson knocked.. ; The door was opened by the same " Miss .Preston who, some months before, he thought would 'do-uor Mr. Bigelow. : Good evening, Maria,' was his saluta tion as he entered. After a brief conver Bation about the weather, the crops, and other standard topics, which however tnv ial they may seem, could hardly; be dis pensed with, . he- began to show signs of embarrassment, and hnally ejaculated u , 'ittaria Miss Preston I mean Maria: is, what are your opinions about marriage?' vv ny,' said she, I hardly know. I I don't think I have given much consid eration to the subject.' . ; - r -. . Because,' continued Philip. I find my opinions have suffered a . change on this point. ' There was a time when I thought it unwise, but now. .if I could eet a irood r - j o wife, such as, you, for example, I should be inclined to try it.' --v , ; i. .. -. i Qhr.Jor, Mri Manson.' said Miss Prea 'ton,' in some perturbation, ' how you talkl' H ive minutes afterwards Miss Preston ha! accepted the proposal of PhiBrx and the two were to all intents: and purposes engageo.-' . -v. , ;. v The only thine I 'think of.' said the gfntlemon, after a pause, is, that my sister isinercis a? decided enemy to marriage, and I hardly dare to tell, her that. I am about to marry. If we only go away and nave me ceremony-pcriofmed it would be pleasanter.' ' Jt ''!'i '";' ' " '' ' -"'Suppose we.' go .to New York.' ine. crested the bridft-ftWt rt:' -if '' A'goed idea ;We11 goL1: Whencki you be reay?''j ; ;;.i.'5 ' iv I 'Next Mdndav'rnArniw. ''';':: r- 'v So next" Monday morninor was aWeed hpon.It so happened that Esther was vv avtkip 5u iu,onaay aiternoon ior the same place. - with i the .same Dnmosn in l - - r i . . tiewbttt of this'coincidence'neither par ty was- aware "- A:. ' ' ' V j .The, reader, will- please eo forward ., . nuie; uxc parues. nave reached Kew, York been united. in ,tha holy bonds of matrimony, and are bow le guy uusoana ana wue.; j-Xhey.afetnow located at hotels situated on the same side of the. way, but were far from being aware oi .me, propinquity .un the mornmg sue ceeding the two marriaees fbif bv a ain. gular .chance they happened jon the'ame J w- . uay Jar- JDigeiow-and Esther started out for a walk down street . It st hannnnpd I that Philip and his wife were at the; same uiumcut waiKing up; street i:he. natural consequence was that the two par'tiemet, r liood heavens 1 mv sister I ? eTila 'J Merciful goodness I my brother !'. re turned Esther.-. v-i r .'....?' v, rr ".- -' What brings you here, with Mr.' Bie elow?' ' b i Nay, how happens it that vou are here, with Miss Treston 7 'Miss Preston is now my wife! ' " 'Mr. Bigelow is my husband I' ' 'But thought you were opposed to mat rimony.' . 'And I supposed you were equally so.' mj mends,' interposed Mr. Bigelow, 'this is a day of surprise but I trust all shall be made the happier thereby. My regret, Mr. Manson, of robbing you of your housekeeper, is quite dissipated by me Knowledge that you have so soon sup plied her place.' The sensation excited in the village by me return or the two brides with their respective husbands mav be better im agined than described. ' It gives us pleas ure to state that neither Philip nor his sister ever had occasion to recrret -The UOVSLK ELOPEMENT, Watching for a Tiger. , The spot I selected was at the edge of a tank, where a tiger used to drink. There was a large tamarind tree on the bank, and here I took my post. A village shikaree accompanied me. and soon after sunset we took up our position on a branch twelve teet from the ground. I shonld first mention that we had fastened an un fortunate bullock under the tree for a bait. WelL we remained on our perch for a couple of hours without anything stirrine: it might be eight o'clock; the moon had risen, and so clear was the lierht that we could see the jackals at the distance of half a mile, sneaking stealthily along to ward the village, when a party of Brim parries, passing by, stopped to water their bullocks at the tank. They loitered for some time, and, becoming impatient, I got down from the tree with a , single rifle in my hand, and walked up to them, telling them that I , was watching for a tiger, when they started off immediately.' I was sauntering back to mv nost never dreaming of danger, when ; the shikaree gave a low whistle and at the same mo ment a growl arose among some bushes oetween me and the tree. , To make my situation quite decided. I saw the shika ree's black arm pointing nearly straight under him, on my side of his post ' It was evident that I could not regain the tree, although I was within twenty paces or it. 1 here was nothing for me to do but to drop behind a bush, and leave the rest to Providence. If I had moved then, the tiger would have had me to a certain ty; besides, I trusted to his killing the bullock, and returning to the jungle as soon as he had finished supper: " Ti. -i t . a was lernoic to hear the moans o the wretched bullock when the tiger ap proached. He would run to the end of his rope, making a desperate attempt; to oreas it, and then lie down, shaking in every limb, and bellowing in the most pit eous manner. The tiger saw him nlain enough, but,' suspecting- something was wrong, he waited growling round the tree. as if he did not observe him. At length he made his fatal ' spring.' with a horrid shnek rather than a roar.- I could hear the tortured bullock struggle under him, uttering taint cries, which became more feeble every instant and then the heaw breathing, half growl, half snort of the inonswr, as oe nung tonis neck, sucking nis me's Diooa. " ' : r " I know not what" possessed me at this moment, but I could "not resist the temnt- ationof a shot I crept up softlv within - . a ten yards of him," and kneeling behind a ciump or dates, took deliberate aim at his i nead, while he lay with his nose buried in the bullock's throat. He started with an angry roar from the carcass when the bal hit him. He stood listening for a. and then dropped in front of me, uttering a Buuen growl. There was nothing but a date Dush. between us. - I had no weanon ... ... yut mj aiscnarged rifle. 1 felt for my pistois, out they had been left on the tree. Then I knew that my hour was come, and all the sins of my life rushed with distinct ness across my mind. Imuttered a short prayer,-and tried to' prepare myself for oeatn.-which seemed inevitable.: - -But what was my Won about ail" h umer .-.ne had the spare guns wittrhimi vu, as x niter waru letwneu, ner poor iei low,- was trying to hre my' double' rifle: bu(all my locks had bolts, -which he did notHinde.rstand. and he could not cock it He was a good shikaree, aiid knew that it was my oniy cnance; so when he could do no good, he did nothing. "."If Mohadeen had been there, he would , s'oon have re lieved me; but I had sent him in another direction that day Well, some mm. passed thus. ' ' " r -- ; .The tiger made no attempt to come ati me; a rav oi nope cnecrea me: ne miem ne 'dying.' I peeped through the-branches, but my heart sank within me when his bright green eye met mine, and Ms not breath ab solutely "blew in my face.' II slipned'back . a . , indispair, and growl warned me that even that ; slight movement- was . noticed; i but wbydjjd he not 'attack me?-- A: tiger is a suspicious; cdwasdiy brute) and will seldom charge unless he sees bis orey ; distinctly. NowI was quite conceded 'by the date leaves; and while I remained pefecily quiet, Suspense was becoming ihtofle'rable' i- Mt rifle- lav bseless at my side:' to attemht tl tf " I A . in lnftfl .if. wnnld havft bfifin instant Aonh ' My knees were, braised by the hard -gravel, but I dare riot move a joints The tor menting musquitoes swarmed around mv face but I feared to raise my . hand to! brush them off. Whenever the wind rnf. fled the leaves that sheltered me, a hoarse growl granted through the stillness of the night Hours, that seemed years, rolled on; i could hear the village gong Btrike each hour of that dreadful night, which I tuought would never end. . At last the welcome dawn! and oh. how glad did I hail the first ray of light that shot up from tne horizon, for then the tiger arose, and suJkily stalked off . to-some distance. I f n 1 A. Xl a. t 1 ieu- mai me danger was past and rose with a feeling of relief which I cannot des : ? . - n i ... . . unue. oucu a nigat ot sunerine was enough to turn my brain, and I only won der that 1 survived it. I now sent off the peon for the elephant, and before three u uiuuK oia uouau nad arrived. It was all over in five minutes. The tieer rush- ed to meet me as I entered the cover, and one ball in the chest dropped him down aead Stick to some ono Pursuit .. There cannot be a greater error than to be frequently changing one's business. it any man will look around and notice who have got rich, and who have not, he will find that the successful have stuck to some one pursuit. ; .. . I wo lawyers, for example, begins to practice at the same time. One devotes his whole mind to his profession, lavs in. slowly, a stock of legal learning, and waits patiently, it may be for years, till he gains an opportunity to show his superiority. The other, tiring of such slow work, dashes into politics. Generally, at the end . of twenty years, the latter will not be worth a penny, while the former will have a hand some practice, and count his tens of thou sands in bank stock or mortgages. Two clerks attain a majority simultane ously. One remains with his former em ployers, or at least in the same line of trade, at first on a small salary, then on a larger, until finally, if he is meritorious, he is taken into partnership. The other thinks it beneath him to fill a subordinate position,, now that he has become a man, and accordingly starts in some other busi ness, on his own account, or undertakes a new firm in the old line of trade. Where does it end? Often in insolvency, rarely in riches. .To this .; every merchant can testify . .. lVV ..;,.... - A young man is bred a mechanic. - He acquires a distaste for his . trade, however thinks it is a tedious way to get ahead, and sets put for the West or for Califor nia. But in most cases, the same rest less, discontented and speculative spirit which carries him away at first" renders continuous employment at any one place irksome to him, and so he goes wonder ing about the world, a sort of semi-civil zed Arab, and really a vagrant . in char acter, and sure to die insolvent. . Mean while, his fellow apprentice, who has staid at home, practices economy and working at bis. trade,, has grown comfortable in circumstances, and is, perhaps a' man 0 mark. . . , . . , , There are men of ability in every walk of life, who are notorious for not getting along. . . Usually it is because they never suck, to .any one business. ..Just when they have mastered one pursuit, . and are on y the point of .making , moneys they change it for another, which. they: do not understand, and in a little while what litT tie they are worth; is lost forever. -We know scores of such persons. ... Go where you will, you will generally find that the mgTtjrhp have failed in life are those who nevewiuck to. one thing long. Ledger Trusting in Providence.: v c John Phoenix, of the California Pioneer gets up some of the best of the day. ... Here is one of his last efforts: 'Down on the old plantation,' writes an esteemed friend, 'a planter and his favorite slave Zip,' fetood upon the piazza of the ; Mansion -House: gazing attbe weather. v'Massa,' said Zip, 'hadn't I better go drive in the cattle?' 'Oh no," they'll do well enough: -the storm will soon be over, ahd,a little rain won't hurt them any way.-. 'But Massed dose hue horses under the tree;' too bad to leab dem otfhin the raini .j T tm ririhn'thanvin " & w VUM U You need not-trouWyourself, 'Zip; -they are ail Tight; we'll trust in providence. 'But ybu'U better . come out of the rain youc'self. V So saying,- th -master turned and went in the house. Zin. Drotestinir ' o ious foj the fate, br ibe horses, followed bis AVAmnlA.'k.A. . I. 1 1 ' vaamjiio; uuii ao BVUU ua 1110' Blorm Was pvsr he took a stroll around the farm to estimate the extent of the ' damages- and mere directly undec the tree where they had been standing: he found both horses killed they had been struck by lightning. uait m triumph, half m dole, he ran to the house and eiclaimedw 'Dare Massa what I tell you? v, 'What's the matter Zip?' 'Dont 1 tell you so?'-' Yes.'- but what's the matter?' 'Dare's both the horses dead as stones struckby lightning vou trust to providence! You had better a trusted old Zip.1' ;. - ' ' -i ,. '. .." ' Getting off Easy One of the States passed an act that' no dog ; should go at arge without a muzzle. - and - a 'man was brought up for infringing the 6tatute. la defence be' alleged that his dog had a muzzle.' " - .. '. v ;; " m , iHow is that l! quoth the justice.- : -'u.saia. me ieiendant, the act says nothihg where the' muzzle shall beplaceL and '-st I1 thought the1 animal would like the fresh air. I put it on his tail ' ' For the Spirit of Demoorscy.t ; ;. School Examinations. , ' Mr. Editor: It is customary in most schools of any note, , to have a public ex amination of the pupils at the end of each term, for the purpose of showing to the parents and public generally what progress the students - have made, and thus stimu late them to further exertions. And it is the experience of aU , who have paid any attention to this matter, that these exam inations are very beneficial ;, For when it 13 known by the pupils that there is going to be a public examination,, and that their pa ents and friends will be present and know just what advancement each one has made, they will all endeavor to prepare them selves for the occasion. But on the other hand where there is to be no examination, the school Jbecomes irksome and there is no stimulant to induce, the children to study; and generally the last two or three weeks of the. school is of no account But I do not , intend dwelling upon this part of the subiect For I suppose all are aware of the advantages arising from a well conducted examination; therefore it is useless to endeavor to prove that which is conceded by all. - But what sur prises me most is that all should agree that examinations are very useful, and vet so few pay any attention to them, , - It is a difficult matter to induce half a dozen persons to attend an examination in most of the districts through the Coun ty, and then-in nine cases of. every ten they think it "does not pay ."' . Thev have no delight in such things and attend mere- iy ior curiosity. 1 ney are generally those who have no children in the school and therefore no interest. ' "But I suppose it is not so in your town. I should suppose that all would attend there: so my remarks will not apply to them. ; ' But it is so in most of our country districts. ' The peo ple seem to have but one source of in terest in the schools,, and that is, "put down the school tax." They scarcely ever visit the schools or attend the exam inations; and the teachers and pupils very naturally conclude that they do not care whether any progress is made or not, and are very apt to follow the example;? and the "last day and the dollars,", generally becomes the only incentive the teacher has to induce him to perform his task. But approach a person upon this sub ject and his answer invariably is " I .havn' time to attend to such things.'?. He never considers - that he could sava ton' hundred fold,' the time lost in this manner by. the additional impulse given . to the progress'; of his. child , in school. .If he cannot, find .time .to attend to; his .own business who' wiU ? Will the teacher fee that interest in .the success of .his pupils that he would if the. parent felt more in terest? : Certainly not. . And if, under.such circumstances, children do not .learn, who cares? Certainly not the parent;. If he did ne would show; it in some other , way than slandering' the.teacher,when toolate. But to better illusthite my meaning, suffer . me to give a few brief facts which have come under , my notice within the last month , While "loafing " through our Couhtv. fl believe that's what they .Call it when a ieuow s aping nothing,; JL chanced to meet an old mend ofv mine, , who . was then engaged . in, teaching school in the, town 01 . : but . hold 1 mustn't get personal. So 410 matter where it was-r-and he in formed me that he was going to have an examination and requested, me to attend. He said that his pupils had been studying very hard, preparing themselves to pass a respectable examination, and that hie had been laboring for the same, purpose. . ; So having nothing else to. do. and feelinc little anxious. to see howtbings of. that 1.: j !j: " 'i j1-i i ' . " muu me. cuuuucteu in ni& juounty, ana always being willing to! try to learn any thing in the Jine of. teaching, I walked with him down to the school, honse. .., The house was nicely, swept and green bnshes and, sweet flowers were plentifully strewn around , the ' room, 'x and pretty ; giria and smiling , bdys, to the. number of fifty or sixty, were cither seated in the room or laughing, and . skipping, upon . the play ground. ' Taken, all together, rooms, flow ers, bushes," girls and boys, they, presented an appearance of beauty, neatness,, com fort and sweetness, seldom, seen out side of the school room, . ' - . '.'. :'.. '-:v'.-V All seemed interested and each felt de termined to acquit himself with . honor.' One little boy remarked to ma that peo ple had been saying '.'they were not learn ing anything, but he intended to show them better." "lie was hot afraid of fail ing, but was bnly afraid that the house would not hold all the people... He seem ed anxious for the examination and so did all the students. But alas J . they were doomed to disappointment' Their hopes of showing their' parents that' they had learned well were to be crushed.5 -" Useless fers,; those entertained bythat little boy; for when the school bell rang not a spec tator appeared except myself. As J look-, ed over that congregation of young folks I could notice' that the wonted smile had left their faces; and in its stead a shade of disappointment was visible on ererv brow No., wonder-that : they; feltdisappointed. aucjt uaji c-pcpiea 10 nave snowa: meir parents" and friend " that their time had not been 'mis-spjenfc " Theiy uthiui airi bition had been raised to its i hiSeat x&teh only to be dashed to the uud;: ' Tiiere was a small- boy . who had -prepared aa address for the opening exerciseV lie had '- . labored hard and was " proud of the part he was to perforiUi5fjWheh-t-teacher. told him that he need'" no. 'perfora as " there was none to' hear him, I .could al- ' most see the tears standing" in 'tiis 'eyesj but he repressed them; and repliedjthat he would' not stand for trifles, arid intended to perform it anyhow.'f And be did; per form it,1 commencing V-' ';. " Respected Parents-' and 'Vtn&--We are glad you have come "out toTiear as on. this interesting occasion." :i -i . ; Yes, very interesting indeed, . taught J, . when-"there -was uot-a parent'nor friend present to hear them; ;As -her proceeded I thought , that his parent were missing a treat, the equal of which they might nev4r certainly would gladden the heart' 6f ' any parent to have- his son- acdnit" himself -tfo well. - ;:..st'rr'::Lrrf6j, - 'The examination proceeded but, not " with that interest which would havemari ed it had there '? been"" a ; number of the parents present to hear the exerciseafc-" I could every moment noticc.some oneci;.; . ing an anxious look, toward-. the xloor. ." Bat no "friendly form made, its' appearance that forenoon. As I looked over thit' lit " tie assembly and noticed- the disappoint-' ' ed J countenances;' I; thought--to 'jnvjaelf what effect will this examination have unon these children? WiU it stimulatLthem to ' further exertion in their studies? '.Will, ft -. strengthen their good rcsoludons?a(ilt; give them more confidence in thinileltes.. ' Or will it hot tend to depress theispirXP' -breakdown theirenergyt cause them to think that nobody cares whether, they im-j prove - or not, and destroy all mducefneuta- -to prepare themselves for another occasion ; of the kind? ' And- what effect will ii have: upon the teacher? Him. who baa exeirted - himself, so faithfully to advanee.hispupil- and( please his patrons. Would it tepd i tqlesseh his troubles, of every day bcxtur-,. fence, the trials and verntinns in whi-Jr 4 ; teacher is continually subjectMrWittiii' increase anyhappiues? he may. feel in, the consciousness of having done.his dutyor, " in seeing somany .smiliog faces around him? Or on the "contrary will he not feel : that his labors are riot appreciated, .land will he not leave'his school, with his spir its depressed, his energy , destroyed nd. y , certain : degree of ill feeling towarda'tb4 y ". people of the district? I leave .these qiie' tions for those who can to answer; -1 '" But -in comparison; orf father inc6-J 'v trast with this, let me mention "an exam ; inationfwhieh I. attended j since .-thei-sfl just described. : I.did not arrive, untU.af, ter the exercises "had -coramencedr "wa ? whetf I did I 'could hardly'nnd.a'seatsii -accouurof the room being crowdeoTwi-S : spectators - And although I did not tfci&X the ; students T;were vany;betterrprieare'd 1 than the others; - yet it seemed there more energy manifested;" "There wamore- -inducement to exertionrf-'There; wrefjia--rents ? and ! friendl, " acqhamtancean strangers" to listen' to' thejie'rforhiancfi :' They passed no better ' examination thai . the others, ''yet' there' was an inducement iaj mem w prepare memseives ior another- -occasion,' which the others had notAntf--''-.' ' although ; they ' can claim no advantage' this time,' i fear they will against the next- ' They wilf feel that their labors r e: knoa- arid - appfeciafed,;; and they-wilf 'double : - their CXertionS tft trnr tliA 'annlnnaa ' Iheir friejads in the future.' And the teacb-4 . ers, also; will feet that their labors hato not been in vain,'and i will ' be "richly ire-1 warded, for all their tfodble&i hv ih proval of - their friends and )he Smiles5 "pft. ; ah approving conscience: jts&&?:.t ' i If parents would pay more ' attoritfoik1 : to their children while in schbol-visitthe1 . schools; ofterief attend me'fexammatwi' . ' and encourage 'tbenf'ln' ibefr vt)&itkffr3- ' .' knowledge, there would Te fess room foff , 'finding fault with the teacher." v Indeed,' T ';' beliere it ': is' a general " rule. that the ' . parent -who is 'interested in the advance ment of his? child and is in the habit or t visiting the school: oever rrumblei against the teacher:" j;'.j n-a. l Then' seeing 'the importance rof fheie ' - matters, will the people riot 'pay' more at-? T tentiori to them? ; Will not ' the teachers strive to'-awan - an 6 ia them! Fellow-teacher it' is to -vonr : drintAir ' You. know how much better yon can labor, ' . and now much happier you feel when all ' are interested in the BChooLr:.ThMi tV. . hold of 'be work in earnest, and youwiH oe ncniy rewarded for your labors ; m : v If ever I have the pleasure of Tiitl W another . examination - in the" Coudt. want ; to '6ee a crowded house; and if X;i ;. should engage in teaching nextwii3er..a. I expect to doil want the pcoe to cattM-'- out and see what ; I --; 1 .Bat -siepV. fc ; ' fear J am growing tedious, aftd.-therefore 0 mhst conclude by saying that should-this V ; article succeed in calling the att.ation of :" any of your. readers to the sabject'eon-.f tained therein;; it will gratify the highest: wishes of. your old and true fricad, - s.'.' . D00UTTXX,s JR. 5: t Qtirplace, July 14, 18551.' ; .1 I3"f- William Pitt'and Heiirv'Dunda had been dining together arid bu enteriag;? the House of Commons, 'holding each ot V tf er up as they came in; Pitt said tvW 1 i boon Companion, "I do not see the aak z er, Harry, do jou?" v- ::"-v-"''1 '-"j' Not see' him,-Billy T said: Dwndas I SCO WO." ' ;-"'' 'if- " These twolmes whiehlook: so soleraji, ' Were put here to Gil this column.