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Public opinion must be educated to an acknowledgement of the great importance of good schools; the standard of the teacher's profession must be elevated ; school houses must be improved, and globes, maps, and other apparatus provided ; and a more efficient, careful, and earnest superintendency of our schools must be se cured throughout the state. The acknowledged agencies in this important work are Teachers' Institutes, public gatherings and leotures, the School Journal and the public press. And every superintendent and teacher in every county, town and district, has a part to perform. Let us renew our mutual pledges and gird ourselves for the work of “ a happy new year."

A Good INVESTMENT.—The newspapers report that St. Johnsbury has borrowed $10,000 to be expended in building school houses.

QUESTION.-In this sentence, “ The character of Milton was peculiarly distinguished by loftiness of thought,” should " was distinguished" be parsed as a verb in the passive voice, or called a copulative verb?

M. D. “ A passive verb,” says Goold Brown, “is a verb that represents its subject, or what the nominative expresses, as being acted upon.” A Copula, as commonly understood, is some form of the neuter verb to be. It is more logical than grammatical in its use, meaning the word which unites the subject with the predicate. Still, in a certain sense, the word copulative may be applied to any verb. In common parsing, was distinguished would, we think, be called a passive verb, and not a copulative.

This sentence may be analyzed as follows: The character of Milton," is the logical subject, containing the simple grammatical subject character, modified by the article the and the exponential adjunct of Milton, whose exponent is of showing a relation of designation. The logical predicate is “ was peculiarly distin guished by loftiness of thought,containing the simple grammatical predicate was distinguished, modified by the adverb peculiarly, and the exponential adjunct by loftiness, whose exponent is by, showing the relation of manner; which is modified by the expo nential adjunct of thought, whose exponent is of, showing the relation of designation.

In teaching, analysis and common parsing should always be combined.

ED.

Editorial Miscellaný. QUERY FOR OUR CORRESPONDENT J. W. P.-In an article on rain, published in the School JOURNAL, is is said that evaporation from the ocean is pure water. I have been credibly informed that rain water at the West (in Ill.,) is “hard.” Will J. W. P. - explain the reason ?

R. D. N. " JOLLY GOOD TIMES” AT TEACHERS' INSTITUTES.—At a teachers' institute held at Oswego, N. Y., commencing Oct. 5th, Commissioner Smyth awarded a prize of Webster's Dictionary to Miss Licetta F. Smith, the successful competitor in a “ spelling match," she having spelled correctly 47 out of 50 words selected by Prof. Sanders. A silver ice-pitcher and sundry other “fixins” were presented to Commissioner Smyth by the teachers. Speeches were made, and after a jolly good time the last evening, the institute adjourned.-New York Teacher, Dec. 1863.

OUR TITLE PAGE AND INDEX.—As all who wish to bind the SCHOOL JOURNAL will bind two volumes in one, we have omitted the title page and index for the last volume, and shall prepare ore in due time, for both. - New England Mu. Life Ins. Co., Boston.—The fourth distribution of surplus funds of this company among its members, payable Jan. 1st, 1864, amounts to forty per cent, or $748,000. This is one of the safest and best life insurance companies in the nation. See advertisement in the School JOURNAL.

An Oversight.-An old gentleman of our acquaintance, on looking over his “ last will and testament,” found with astonishment that he had made no provision for himself!

OUR SCHOOL JOURNAL.-We continue to offer the same terms and the same premiums to those getting up clubs. See Dec. No. Let it not be forgotten that all payments at these prices, [75 cts. for single copy and 50 cts. in clubs], must be made in advance. 25 cts. additional will be charged at the end of the year.

VERMONT TEACHER'S ASSOCIATION.—The Fourteenth Annual Meeting will be held at Montpelier, commencing Tuesday, January 12th, 1864.

Order of Exercises : Tuesday. Evening Introductory Addresses, by S. P. Colby, Esq., of Montpelier, and Rev. P. H. White of Coventry, President of the Association. * Wednesday Morning. At 9 o'clock-Organization ; Appointment of Committees ; Miscellaneous business ; Lecture by E. Copant of Randolph: Subject — “ Recitations.” Discussion

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Books, Periodicals, Et Cetera.

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“ The Proper Method of Teaching Arithmetic,” to be opened by G. P. Beard of Northfield. Afternoon. Lecture by J. J. Lewis of South Woodstock : Subject—" Patriotism of Education.” Discussion : “ Text-Books and their Proper use." Evening. Lecture by Rev. B. Labaree, D. D., President of Middlebury College.

· Thursday Morning. Discussion : “ The advantages arising from a well endowed State Normal School,” to be opened by J. M. Thacher of Barre. Discussion : “ What kind of Instruction in our Schools will serve to increase the loyalty and patriotism of the American people ?” to be opened by Rev. L. H. Stone of Northfield. Afternoon.' Lecture by J. S. D. Taylor of St. Albans : Subject—“The Scholar and the School House.” Discussion : “ The best method of acquiring knowledge of the English Language,” to be opened by D. D. Gorham of Montpelier. Evening. Lecture by J. S. Adams, Esq., Secretary of the Board of Education. Business ; Valedictory Addresses.

All teachers, town superintendents, and all friends of Education, are invited to attend and participate in the discussions of the meeting Persons attending the meeting will be conveyed over the railroads of the State, for fare one way. Return tickets will be furnished by the Secretary of the Association. The hospitalities of Montpelier will be extended to the members of the Association. That arrangements may be more conveniently made, persons intending to be present are requested to send their names early to Rev. Eli Ballou, Montpelier, Vt. Gentlemen wishing to become members of the Association can receive tickets of membership prior to the meeting, by enclosing the initiative fee, FIFTY CENTS, in a letter, addressed to D. G. Moore, Secretary of the Association, Rutland, Vt.

PER ORDER OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE.

OUR BOOK TABLE. Weak Lungs and how to Make them Strong. By Dio Lewis, B1, D. Published by Ticknor & Fields, Boston. This volume of 360 pages, is upon a subject so important, is so full of practical common sense and valuable suggestions, and is so well calculated to benefit the invalid, that we heartily commend it to all who have weak lungs and desire to avoid the fatal consequences so common in our age and country.

Weldon Woods, or "" Thou shalt call me my Father.Published by Henry Hoyt, Boston. This is one of many interesting and valuable books for the young, sold by this enterprising publisher. We cannot overestimate the importance of this kind of literature, nor cherish too much gratitude towards those who are thus aiming to cultivate the taste for safe and useful reading, and to form correct habits in the young. The young will read bad books and drink in their poison, if the good are not furnished for them. Let parents remember this, and send to Mr. Hoyt for a supply.

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Books, Periodicals, Et. Cetera.

The Atlantic Monthly opens the new year with a splendid No. Table of Contents : Gorernor John Winthrop in Old England; The Planting of the Apple Tree; Ray ; House and Home Papers, I; Three Cantos of Dante's “ Paradiso ;" External appearance of Glaciers ; Stephen Yarrow, A Christmas Story; Memoriæ Positum; My Book; The Minister Plenipotentiary; The Beginning of the End. The ATLANTIC with the VT. SCHOOL JOURNAL for $3.

STUDENT AND SCHOOL MATE. This monthly magazine for boys and girls has had an unparalleled success for the twelve years of its life and usefulness. It is indeed "pleasing as well as a safe and instructive” companion for children and is as deserving of popularity in its sphere, as is the Atlantic Monthly in its sphere. We wish it were in every family in the land. Each number has 32 pages. Only one dollar a year. Address Joseph H. Allen, Boston, Mass.

GODEY'S LADY's Book for 1864 has sent out its representative No. for Jan. Its embellishments are rich and varied, and we have no doubt its pledges for the year will be fully redeemed. Old prices only demanded.

Acknowledgement. We are indebted to some friends for copies of “ Proceedings of the California State Teachers' Institute," and “ Report of the Superintendent of Education for Lower Canada for 1862.

THE YOUTH's COMPANION has a national reputation. It is the only weekly paper of its kind with which we are acquainted. It has been sustained and growing in faror for thirty-seven years, and is everywhere sought with eagerness by the youth of both sexes. Send one dollar to Olmsted & Co., Boston, and you will enjoy its weekly visits.

THE RURAL AJERICAN, an Agricultural and Horticultural Journal published at Utica, N. Y., is one of the best of its kind. Every Vermont farmer and horticulturist ought to have it. Sube scription price only $1 per year. We will furnish it with the Vr. SCHOOL JOURNAL for $1.25.

ARTHUR'S HOME MAGAZINE has a rich table of contents and splendid illustrations in its Jan. No. We know of no better two dollar monthly in the nation. It is always attractive, always safe. We furnish Arthur's with our School Journal for $2.00.

THE CONTINENTAL Monthly has opened the new year with an interesting number of 128 pages. It is managed with great ability, and richly merits the popularity it has gained among ito numerous readers. Three dollars per year, or five dollars for two copies. Address John F. Trow, 50 Green st., N. Y.

AMERICAN PHRENOLOGICAL JOURNAL.- The Jan. No. is before us, and is “brim full” of instructive and interesting matter, extensively and beautifully illustrated. Among the portraits is that of Gen. Banks. $1.50 per year is cheap. Address Fowler & Wells, New York,

VERMONT SCHOOL JOURNAL ADVERTISER. . " Advertising is the Life of Business."

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· Glenwood Ladies' Seminary,

Winter Session begins Jan. 6. Full Board of Teachers, and everything as it has been. Apply to

HIRAM URCUTT, Principal West Brattleboro, Vt.

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