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different persons as assistants. The Pri- Until 1853, the proportion was but a little mary Department has claimed the atten- more than 25 per cent—123 out of 477. tion of Miss Jane E. Clark, now in Cali- For '53 and '54, 92 out of 201, or 43 per fornia; D. W. Pickard, a settled Pastor cent. For '54 and '65, 108 out of 188 or in Massachusetts, and Mrs. Lucy Shinn, 57 per cent. For the present year 114 at present in Texas. There have presid- out of 206, or 55 per cent. ed over the Female Department, Miss 0. Another gratifying evidence of increase A. Lewis, a resident of this town; Miss in usefulness is found in the fact that M. C. Hubbs, now Mrs. D. W. Clark, of during the earlier years of its existence, Portland, Maine, and Miss Fanny S. Jos- the large majority could finish their edlyn, who still continues at her post. ucation in one or two quarters, while now

Penmanship has been under the direc- the majority continue with us one or two tion of R. A. Rice, now a business man years, and then are not satisfied. The of Chicago, and J. L. Frink, now engaged proportion of those who entered upon the in the Book business at Prairie du Chien, study of the classics during the first five who, during his stay with us, also taught years of my connection with the school in Drawing and Crayoning.

was greater than at the present. This, Miss N. C. Webb, still residing near us, however, gives me no alarm, for in the Miss M. E. Page, now with us, and Mr. absence of the Dead Languages and the Geo. E. King, a resident of Monroe, in German and the French, more attention this State, have controlled and guided has been given to the best of all-our own the unskilled fingers upon instruments of tongue. This change for the better will strings, few or many, while the latter make for us better citizens, better wives gave instruction in the use of that best, and mothers. In reply to the question, but most abused of instruments, the hu- "What will you study ?” frequently was man voice.

heard:-"Latin, French, Philosophy, And now, of what will perhaps be of Astronomy, and if you think best, and greater interest to the most present, that I shall have time for it, Arithmetic those who have made up the classes of and English Grammar. I never studied the school for the past ten years. My Grammar, but Arithmetic I have learned list contains the names of 785 who have as far as Fractions." for a longer or shorter time been under

Now it is “ Arithmetic, Grammar, Geomy tuition. Of that number, Illinois has

graphy, and History, and whenever you furnished 37; Iowa, 10; Kentucky, think best Philosophy and some of the Pennsylvania, Virginia and Minnesota, 2 branches of a Higher Education. I do each; Ohio, New York, Rhode Island, not know as I shall be able to attend New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Louisia- school more than a year or two, and I na, Indiana and New Mexico, 1 each, and wish to improve my time to the best adour own State, 722.

vantage.” This is indeed a glorious Of the 785_452 were at the time of change, and we shall see the fruits of it attendance, residents of the town of in after years in the men and women who Platteville. For the first seven years, are to be. I would not by any means but few came from abroad.

deny the utility of the classics, but they Since we came into this building the should be as a superstructure, not a founproportion has been steadily increasing. dation. The good English should be our

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first study. We claim no partiality for tained me but one whole day from the
those of any particular nation. Our stu- school room for ten years, and I may say
dents have been furnished from England, with all due deference to the medical
Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Norway, Ger- profession, that medicine kept me away
many, France, Prussia and Switzerland at that time. From all causes combined,
as well as from all parts of North Ameri- I have not been absent from my post
ca. Good students have been found during the ten years more than one week
anong them all. The large mass have except during my absence East, when my
been children of the “sturdy sons of place was well filled by another. I love
toil,” and how could they be else than my work, my pupils, and trust ever to
good. Every branch of industry has had be loved by them.
its representatives in our classes. And When I first entered upon my work
in all departments of mechanical and ag- here

, it was with feelings of distrust and ricultural and professional industry, may fear, lest the fate of my predecessors be be found those whose names are upon our mine also. Said one of them to me, -Records, and whose remembrance is in “Should you ride the wa of popularity our hearts.

in Platteville more than six months, it That the young as well as the older are will be a wonder.” Wonder or no wonfond of change, may be seen in the pres- der, I have no reason to complain of the ent residences of our pupils as contrasted result

. I have found in Platteville, even with the table given at the outset. Wis- persecuted as she may have been, warm consin still contains nearly 500 of the friends, kind treatment, and a happy, 785. The Land of Gold has lured away very happy home. I say no more than more than 70. The attractions of the is your due, citizens of Platteville, when Prairie have swallowed up many, and I say that I doubt if anywhere upon the more than 60 are found in Illinois ; Min-face of the earth, with an equal populanesota has 17, and Iowa an equal num- tion, I could have found so many true ber; New York 8; Michigan, Kentuck- friends. Commencing with fire pupils, y, Missouri, Kansas, New Jersey and all of whom survive till this present, and Maine, 4 each ; Ohio, 6; Pennsylvania the majority of whom are still residents and Oregon, 3 each ; Massachusetts and of Platteville, I have met every day with Texas, 2 each ; Arkansas, Nicaragua, renewed expressions of esteem and confiVirginia, Nebraska, Rhode Island, Louis-dence, for which I sincerely thank you. iana, Indiana and New Mexico, I each. The teacher as well as others has his peThe residences of about 40 are unknown. culiar trials, but with you I have ever The grave has claimed 21, and their found that cordial sympathy which has work on earth is ended. They have gone lessened my trials. Of your interest in to their last examination.

the prosperity of Platteville Academy, There have been married into the fam

this building stands as a lasting monuily more than 100. Our grandsons and ment. For the various uses of the Acadgrand daughters are numbered by the emy the citizens of Platteville and its imEach year adds largely to the mediate vicinity, have subscribed in all

. list. May they be worthy of their sires. about $23,000.

Of those who have constituted the Of myself a word. God has given me Board of Trustees for years past, I will uninterrupted health-sickness has de- say ;-You are not aware of the courage

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THE EXAMINATION.

you have inspired in me, by your united COMMENCEMENT—THE STATE UNIand hearty co-operation in the plans pro

VERSITY posed, and in the designs perfected. My connection with the Trustees has convinced me that however much we may disagree upon some points of belief and practice, there is a sure bond of union

The examination of classes at the Uniin the cause of Education. Here we may versity commenced on Friday of last agree perfectly.

week, and closed on Monday. It covered The joys and sorrows, the encourage

the whole course of study and instruction, ments and discouragements which have and was very thorough and complete. filled the hearts of the Trustees of this The conduct of the students, and the school can be known only to themselves. mode of examination, proved abundantly Through their devotion and the sacrifi- that the training to which the members cing self-denial of one whose absence at of the University are subjected is one this time upon an errand of good to us

calculated to discipline the mind, and will permit the mention of his name, Rev. prepare it well for the duties of after life. J. Lewis, who now, for the third time, is

The recitations were no parrot like repeacting as Agent in a work not very desir. titions of memorized facts, no exhibition able, but essential to success, we are per

of a mere routine drill, but an evidence mitted to enjoy brighter days and more

that the pupils had mastered principles, pleasing prospects.

and arrived at a thorough knowledge of To none do I offer more sincere thanks the subjects of study. To any who are than to those, who by their presence in disposed to ask what good the University the school room have encouraged the pu

is accomplishing, an attendance upon the pils, and who have shown the spirit of a

late examination would have been the true friend, by acquainting me at once

sufficient and conclusive answer. With with their grievances instead of allowing

all the discouragements and opposition it to come enlarged and embittered by which it has had to encounter, the Unithe

way of Madame Rumor. We professversity may to-day invite the most searchnot perfection, and are grateful to any

ing scrutiny, and takes its place among who may acquaint us with what they may

those institutions of learning which have know as faults in us.

long been among the chief glories of our My Pupils. Pleasant is my memory

country. The accession to the Faculty of you all. Your acts of kindness, of during the past year was manifest in the cheerful obedience, of studious attention cxaminations, as was to be expected, in to study are treasured in my heart. The the wider range of studies pursued and course of a few has saddened my heart, the more adequate treatment of all

, which but they are few as compared with the the former limited number of instrutors number wider my instruction.

absolutely forbade. The Faculty of our

both as to numbers May each of you adorn his station in University is now, life, honor his God, and find a rest eter- and qualifications, ample for the present nal in the great and never closing school wants of the institution, and parents may of Christ.

send their sons to it with the assurance

that they will be educated as they should This for yourself.

be.

COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES.

2

JUDGE DOOLITTLE'S ADDRESS.

Oration--the Age of Reason--with the The annual address before the Athene- Valedictory Address-Sidney Foote. an and Hesperian Societies of the Univer

The addresses gave ample testimony to sity, was delivered last evening, the 22d the thorough discipline to which the stuinst., by J. R. Doolittle, of Racine. His dents in the University are subjected. — subject was a Review of the Progress of They were well written and delivered in Civilization as exhibited in History. The an effective manner. house was filled with a large audience to

The Baccalaureate Address by Chanhear him, and the address was well re- cellor Lathrop, which followed, was an ceived.

elegant and scholarly production, worthy the source whence it emanated. It will

doubtless be published at an early date. The Commencement Exercises to-day

The Degree of Bachelor of Arts wis passed off in a very creditable manner. --

then conferred upon James M. Flower, The procession was formed in front of the Capitol, at 91 o'clock, under the direction diet and Sidney Foote.

Burgess C. Slaughter, Samuel S. Beneof Gen. H. C. Bull, who performed his

The Degree of M. D. was conferred part in a very handsome style, and proceeded to the Baptist Church in the fol- "pon Hon. A. L. Castleman, of Wau

kesha. lowing order :

This is the second class that has gradu1. Music. 2. Students of the University.

ated from the University. The next will 3. Chancellor and Chaplain.

doubtless be much larger. There are

now over a hundred students the In4. Board of Regents. 5. Faculty of the University.

stitution, which number will be largely 6. Governor and State Officers.

increased, in all probability, at the next 7. Justices of the Supreme and other term. We believe that no institution in Courts.

the West offers greater advantages to the 8. Mayor and Aldermen of the City of

student than the State University of WisMadison.

consin; none where the rates of living 9. Citizens and Strangers.

and of tuition are less; none where the The Church was well filled with spec

facilities for a thorough mental culture tators to witness the exercises of the oc.

are superior.--Vadison Journal.
casion.

TEACHERS' CONVENTION.
After a prayer by the Rev. Mr. Eggles-
ton, original orations were delivered by
the members of the graduating class, as
follows:

Pursuant to a call of the State Superin-
Salutatory Address, in Latin, --James tendent, a large number of teachers, of
M. Flower.

the City and County of Milwaukce, met Oration--the Great Republic-Bur- at the Third Ward School House, at two gess C. Slaughter.

o'clock, A. M., July 15th, The State Philosophicul Oration-Destiny--S. Superintendent not being present, the S. Benedict.

meeting was called to order by Mr. McOration--Civil and Common Law- Whorter, and, on motion, Mr. Drew was James M. Flower.

appointed Chairman and Mr. Martin Sec

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FORENOON SESSION.

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WISCONSIN JOURNAL OF EDUCATION.

retary. Letters were read from Hon. A. Resolred, That in those Wards where C. Barry, and Judge ('. E. Jenkins, sta- the German population is large, a teacher ting the inability of the State Superinten

be appointed in the Primary Departments

competent to teach both the English and dent to be present.

German languages. On motion, the President appointed On motion, the Convention adjourned Messrs. Pomeroy, VcWhorter and Craig, sine die. as a committee to draft resolutions for

JOHN DREW, Prest. discussion, at the afternoon session. C. K. Martin, Sec'y.

The Convention adjourned to meet at Milwaukee, July 15, 1836. half past one o'clock. 'AFTERNOON SESSION,

COURTESY. The Convention assembled pursuant to adjournment.

The following excellent sentiments em

bodied in a definition of true courtesy, The Committee reported the following

are from a lecture on Don Quixote, by resolutions, which, after a spirited dis

Rev. Jlenry Giles : cussion, were adopted : Resolved, That uniformity of text

"And this is real courtesy, that which books is of primary importance to the has reverence for womanhood in sex, the prosperity of the schools of the city; and courtesy which has respect for the others that no work should be adopted without than the rich, than the young; it is disthis sanction of the teachers.

tinct from the courtesy which blooms Resolred, That all the children of the State should be compelled by law to at

only in the smiles of love and beauty, and tend school a certain length of time, each withers and cools down in the atmosphere year.

of poverty, age and toil. Show me the Resolred, That self government-right man who can quit the brilliant society of views on the subject of education and the young to listen to the kindly voice of the use, by the Teacher

, of motives ap- age-who can cheerfully converse with pealing to the moral nature of the chil. dren-are essential requisites in the man

one whom years have deprived of charms; agement of a Public School.

show me the man who is willing to help Resolred, That the present school or- any one who is in need of help; and, if ganization and governinent by a Board of the blush of Helen mantled her cheek, School Commissioners in this city is cum-show me the man who would no more bersome and unwieldy--that efficient supervision of the schools is not secured by look rudely at the poor girl in the village it-and to meet the demands made upon than at the elegant and well dressed lady us we need a re-organization of the whole in the saloon; show me the man who system on a better basis with a central High School to which pupils shall be ad

treats unprotected maidenhood as he mitted on examination as to their attain would the heiress surrounded by the ments, and with a City Superintendent powerful protection of rank, riches and who shall devote his whole time to the family; show me the man who abhors supervision and improvement of the school under his charge.

the libertine's gibe, who shuns as a blasThe following resolutions, on motion of

phemer the traducer of his mother's sex;

who scorns as he would a coward the ridMr. Englemann, were adopted : Resolred, That we recommend the in

iculer of woman's foibles, or the exposurer troduction of the German language as a

of womanly reputation; show me the branch of study in the higher departments man who never forgets for one hour the of the Public Schools.

delicacy, the respect, that is due to wo

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