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complacently rowed guard near them in all the enjoyment of honest family pride ; and the happy little ones were so close to the deep water that their forms were reflected therein as in a mirror. Suddenly a carrion crow made a dash at one of the cygnets. The enraged father seized the felon on the instant with his bill. In vain the surprised crow struggled and buf. feted to escape from the living vice which firmly grasped him; the old hooper's blood was up, he dragged his enemy into the water, and held him under it till he was drowned. When the swan loosed his hold, an inanimate lump of flesh and feathers floated to the surface, and as he spurned the black mass for the last time, he looked in his snowy robe like some good but indignant spirit trampling the evil one.—Zoological Recreutions. by W. Broderip, Esq., F.R.S.
ACCOUNT OF A SUNDAY-SCHOOL.We had the happiness of inspecting Mr. Slade's Sunday-schools at Bolton, a happiness which may be felt, but cannot be described. The sight of twelve hundred children joining at once in the songs of Sion, neat, or derly, attentive, animated apparently with one spirit, and taught by one hundred teachers, almost all of whom had been themselves scholars, and had worked their way up to the post of honour (for such they justly consider it) after fourteen or fifteen years drilling, (if one may so speak,) is, indeed, truly delightful, and shows what may be done in attaching people to the Church system. At half-past ten the children (having assembled at nine) go to church, where they chant the Venite exultemus and the Te Deum, giving an astonishing impulse to the sympathies of the congregation, who appeared to be all taking their part. They attend again at three. After church the whole assemble again for a short time; and in the evening all the female, and as many of the other teachers as can be present, assemble in the school-room, where an exposi. tory and catechetical lecture is delivered to them, with prayers from the Liturgy and singing. On Tuesday Mrs. Slade instructs the female
teachers, and on Saturday the other part are prepared by Mr. Slade...
“ The secret of the success of my schools,” says Mr. Slade, “is this : First, that I have been labouring for twenty-two years on the same plan, being never absent from the school during the whole period of instruction; - secondly, that I have been able to train up a succession of teachers who have the spiritual good of the children at heart, without which you may teach for ever and do nothing. I have one hundred and seventy communicants in my school. All the teachers are communicants except four or five. For many years no teacher has been admitted who is not a communicant. I have persons of all ages in my school, from six to forty. Some of those who were teachers have married, had families, and have returned again to it. I find no occasion to enforce attendance. The children are beloved by their teachers, and that brings them to school. Re. wards I have none. I think the system of rewards a bad one every respect; it is sure to give dissatisfaction, and engenders envy and every bad pas. sion. I tried it for two or three years, but found it fail. I wish the children to come not for lucre, but for duty's sake; and you see the result. If a boy or girl is reported as behaving extraordinarily well, I send for them, and give them a little book; but that is made a great favour. I seldom resort to corporal punishment, but use admonition, and degradation to a lower class; and, in obstinate cases, expulsion. I do not allow taking places; I think it produces bad ha. bits. My great object is to produce a moral and spiritual effect in the hearts of the children. For this purpose I teach them to sit still without doing any thing, because it is an act of submission, and one which they dislike very much. I leave a great deal to the teachers, and do not interfere much with their instruction, leaving them to communicate as they best can what they have learnt from me. I think I have nearly one hundred teachers, all communicants, who may be truly said to be of one heart and of one mind." - Medley's Tour of Schools.
JOSEPH MASTERS, PRINTER, ALDERSGATE STREET, LONDON.