at last-indeed it has. A door of reconciliation and mutual adjustment was opened in the following



That powerful-to-do, but tardy personage, the Public, began to be weary of ascending and descending Captain Clark's hill. He began to calculate the value of time and horse-flesh. One day it occurred to him that it would be as “cheap, and indeed much cheaper,” to go round this hill at the bottom, than to go round it over the top; for it is just as far from side to side of a ball in one direction as in another, and this was a case somewhat similar. He perceived that there would be no more lost in the long run by the expense of carrying the road an eighth of a mile to the south, and all on level ground, than there would be by still wasting the breath of horse and the patience of man in panting up and tottering down this monstrous hill. It seemed as if he had been blind for years, not to have conceived of the improvement before. No time was to be lost now. He lifted up his manytongued voice, and put forth his many-handed strength; and, in the process of a few months, a road was constructed, curving round the south side of the aforesaid hill, which, after all, proved to be but a few rods longer from point to point than the other.

The district were no longer at variance about the long-needed edifice. The aforementioned improvement had scarcely been decided on, before every one perceived how the matter might be settled. А




school-meeting was soon called, and it was unanimously agreed to erect a new school-house on the new road, almost exactly opposite the old spot, and as equidistant from the two Ends, it was believed, as the equator is from the poles.

Here Mr. Henry taught the District School somewhat as it should be ; and it has never since been kept as it was.






The following article was first published in a Boston newspaper, about fifteen years ago. It was afterwards republished in the Common School Journal. Its object was not to exercise a useless ingenuity in a play upon words, but to attract a more particular, and peradventure, a corrective attention to prevalent inaccuracies of speech. These errors, more or less, still linger upon the lip. Another republication, therefore, may possibly be of some little use. At any rate, the piece will contribute a distinct variety in making up the volume.


ABOUT sixty thousand Slaves, owned by the People of the United States, make the following supplication to their masters, not for emancipation, but for the amelioration of the condition of certain individuals of their race.

Most SOVEREIGN, RIGHTFUL, AND EXCELLENT MasTERS,–We are the English Language, your lawful and perpetual bond-servants, whose names and origin, characters and duties, are so faithfully exhibited, in Noah Webster's great Dictionary. By far the largest part of us have received nothing but the kindest usage from our owners, from time immemorial. Some thousands of us, indeed, were it possible, might die of having nothing to do but sleep, shut up in the dormitory of the Dictionary, or in the composition of some most learned, or most silly book, which the mass of the people never open. But of this we do not complain. Nor do we account it much of an evil, that certain Yankees make us weary, with the monstrously long drawl

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