Image provided by: University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries, Lincoln, NE
About Nebraska advertiser. (Brownville, Nemaha County, N.T. [Neb.]) 1856-1882 | View Entire Issue (May 14, 1868)
One square (10 linesor less) lit Ingestion $1 59
Each ule;iuent insertion, 1W
Business Cards, one year, Ave liaea or less 6 to
Each adiiiUcnal line 1
One Column, one year, $50 to
One Column, six months. 60 0J
One Column, tbrce months, 30 CO
Half Column, oue year. 69
Half Column, six months, SOOO
Half Column, three montt J, 21 CO
Fourth Column, one year, 30 0O
Fourth Column, six mor.'.fcs, SI 00
Fourth Column, three mouths, 15 00
Eighth Column, one year, 21 CO
Eighth Column, six month. 15 00
Eighth Column, three month. 10 PO
Announcing Candidate for (Set 6 CO
Stray Notices (each heu) 3 00
Local Notices Charged as Tt ancient Advertisement
1 t oner''. lu lvaiice, - - $i s
hnrtijn, mart insatiably, be paid In Advance
1 Book Work, and Plain and Fancy Job Work done
LIBERTY AND UNION, ONE AND INSEPARABLE, NOW AND FOREVER."
BROWNVILLE, NEBRASKA, THURSDAY, MAY 14, 1868.
' curncn, coliupf&co.,
jrcrberion'sClock. 2d Floor, Hall Entrance,
"HOLLADAY & CO..
Wholesale and Retail Deaier In
DRUGS, MEDICINE, PAINT, OIL, &c,
P. O Building, Main St.,
iYM. H. McCREERY,
MTholefale and r.etail Dealer in
Dnrs, Bonks, Wall-paper and Stationery,
V U" Corner -Vain and 1st Sts.,
Dry Goods, Groceries fJSS & Notions.
.. r.t Wain Rirst nir I.Y.
WJI. T. DEN,
Thn!file and Retail dealer in
GENERAL MER HANDISE.
fcra Pltniers, Plows, Stoves Fumittire
COXM1SS10X AXD FORWARDIXG MERCHAXT
' ' Main street bet Levee and lt,
K.nlffi mirket price paid for Hides, Peltt, Furs end
Produce, bj WM.T.DJaN.
G. M. HENDERSON,
Dealer in Foreign and Domestic
DRY GOODS AND GROCERIES
Main bet. 1st and 2J Sts.,
" CHARLES BRIEGEL
BEER HALL, LUNCH ROOM
AND LIGHT GROCERF STORE,
Main bet. 1st and 'id Sts.,
' J. L. McGEE CO.,
De alert in
MiPhcref nV Work. Main street,
H. L. MATHEWS.
PHYSICIAN AND SURGEON,
A. S HULL DAY. M D
(Graduated in ISM ; Located in Brownville inlSSG )
Piiyici;m, Surseon " nd Obstcirician,
Dr" II. lias on haml complete sets of Amputat
WC Trephining anJ Obstetrical instruments.
Office: llohaoayx Co'a Drug Store. P. O.
I'.S. Specalattcntion giwn to Obstetrics and
lie disease? of women and children. x-44-ly
c7f7s!1wart. m. d.
PHYSICIAN AND SURGEON,
South East corner f Main and First Streets
t'FHCg IIoi'RS 7 to 9 a. M.and I to 2 and to
1H r. m.
DE FOREST, POKIER,
ATTORNEY AT LAW AND LAND
OFFlCE-ln New Court Ujuse Building, with Pro
lut J u.lt-e. 2-nv6
T.W.Tipton O.U.liewett J. S. Church
TIPTON. HEWETT & CHURCH,
Attorneys at Law.
ce inMcPherbon s 8 lock, Vain et. between 2d Atd
I. w. THOMAS. J. a.BKOADr.
THOMAS &, BROADY
Attorneys at Lav; & Solicitors in Chancery,
or.ceever borer's Clothing Store,
ATTORNEY A.T LA"W,
NEBRASKA CITT, NEBRASKA.
S. B. HARRINGTON,
Attorney and Counselor at Law,
Beatrice, Gage Co., Xeb.
B. F. PERKINS,
Attorney and Counselor at Law,
TeCHruirh. Johnnftn C".. Xeb
CHESTER F NYE,
Attorney at Law and War Claim Agent,
Parne Citi, X-hra'ka.
BOOTS & SHOES.
BOOT AND SHOE MAKER,
Vain Street. I dors below the southeast corner of 2nd,
Use on hand a superior 8iek of Boots and Shies
and the best m-aerinl and ability for doing
HfCuttom W'vrh done with neat amd ditpatch.
A. ROBINSON. "
BOOT AND SHOE MAKER,
Main Between 1st & 2d Street
Takes this method of informing the poblic that
has on hand a splendid assarlnent of Gent's and
"die's Misses and Chlldrens's
BOOTS &. SHOES.
tJCBt'.on -orkdn with neatness and isfatchr
Jiainng done on short notice. l)-30 tnna
J. H. BAUER.
Manufacturer and Dealer In
IURXESS, BRIDLES Sr COLLARS
sndinRdone to order satisfaction guarrantied.
Shup on Main bet. 1st and 2d sts..
Manufacturer and Dealer in
harness, bridles, collars,
'P and Labs of every description, Plastering
nir. Cash paid for Hides.
Corner Main and M Sts.,
. O. CEOS8.
STEVENSON & CROSS, Proprietor!,
Tt n I'eett-' ewen Main it Atlantic.
and A" "M 's convenient to the Steim Boat Landing,
buwnet.s ( art ..f the Cly. The best accomuio
'"u in tbe City. No paiu will be spxred in link-
lofft, comfortable. Good Stable and Cor.al con-
Tit to the H.mse
I'ENNSYLV A NI A HOUSE.
f'-uUiMde Main between In and 2nd street,
als at a!l Hoars, or for Regular Boarders, at
Ij. D. HORISOM Prnnn.n.
A sHJFeod and Livery Stable'in
From ,tri-e', be pen Mam and Water,
connection with the
J K. BEAR,
AGE XT FOR THE
Merchant's Union Express Company
"f5fTERN UNION TELEORAFn COUP ANT
la M'Pherson's Block, 2d floor, Ball Sntrsnce.
STOVE & TIN STORES.
JOHN C. DEUSER,
STOVES, TINWARE, PUMPS, &c.
Opposite McPherson's B'ock,
Manufacturer! end Dealer in
TIXWARE. STOVES. HARDWARE. CARPEN
TER'S TOOLS. BLACKSMITH'S
FURSISHIMGS 4 c.
McPherson's Block Brcwnville, Neh.
J. II. BESON, -
Will do BLACKSMITIILNG of all kinds.
Makes Horte Shoeing. Ironini of Wagons and Sleighs
and Machine Work a Specialty.
Shop on Main St., west of McPherson's Block,
J. W. Sr J. C. GIBSON,
SIIOP on 1st between Main and 2d,
All Work done to order Satisfaction Guarrantied.
Shop nn Water Street South or American House
Outnm Work ot all kin4 enlcitod. 12-12
C ONFE C T IO N ARIERS.
YVl LLir a m "rossUll,
CONFECTIONERY AND TOY STORE
Fresh Bread. Cakes. Oyster , Fruit, &c, on hand.
Soutbside Main between 1st and 2d atroetg,
JL P. DEUSER,
Confectionaries, Toys, Notions, &c,
Main hot. 1ft and2?Sts ,
Proprietor of th CITY BAKERY. Fancy Wed
linKCake fni niched on hr.ri ntice. Dealer
in Confecti"nHiies Fruits and bet Family Flonr.
Main Utreel bet. 1st and 2d,
w y S
G. P. BERKLEY,
CARRIAGE AND SIGN" PAINTER.
Grainert Gildrr, Ghizier and Pojx-r-Iltinjer.
All work di ne on Rhcrt Notice Favorable Terms and
Warranted. OrTt'-e -vpr Tere t C' St re. Min St..
BROWXl'ILLE, XEURASKA. 12-21-ly
B A T II ROOMS.
J. L. UOV,
BARBER AND HAIR DRESSER,
North fci.ie Main St., opposite Furniture Store,
ITas a splendid f uit of Bth Rooms, Also a choice
etock of Geutlemeu's Notions.
A. W. MORGAN,
Probate Jude & Justice of the Peace,
Court House BuilJr g, Main St.
J. C. McNAUGHTON.
Notary Public and Conveyancer,
or " Xctional Life" and "Hartford Live
Stock Insurance" Companies.
Omr n J. I.. Cd'sou's Barik,
u .ttuiaOA ii ROBERTS,
BILLIARD HALL AND SALOON,
Whitney's Block, Main street, bet. 1st &. 2d.
The bet Wines and Liquors kept constantly on hand.
H. V. HUGHES,
JUSTICE OF THE PEACE & REAL
OFFICE Court Houte Building, first door, west
R. F. BARRETT.
GENERAL LAND AGENT, AND
LAND WARRANT BROKER,
Will attend to paying Takes for Non-residents. Per
sonal attention given to making Locations. Lands,
imprcred and unimproved, for sale on reasonable
WM. II . HOOVER,
REAL ESTATE AND TAX PAYING
Will Ive nromot attention to the sale of Real Estate
and payment of Taxes throughout the Nemaha Land
District. OFFICE District Court Room. Yiz-nzo
A. D. MARSH,
CITY BOOK STORK-
SCHOOL BOOKS, STATIOERY, &c,
Tost Office, Main St.,
E. . BURCIIES,
inn tit. mminc Knrini ?nlant crops in Gardens and
nUivate same by coutract. Will also fcave on hand
weet Potato, Cabbage, Tomato & Pepper pianis lorsaie
WORTHING & WILCOX,
Anddealers in nil kinis of Graiafor which they pay
me Higncti Martet itkc in
OPPOSITE DEUSER'S TIN-SHOP.
WAGONS. BUGGIES. PLOWS. CUL.TI
VII OHS, &c. , Repaired on hort notice, at low rates
and arrantedtoliesaiiKfctln. x-ia-in nn
Tax Collector for the City of Brownville,
Will attend to the payment of Taxes for non-resident
land owners in A emana county. Torres
pondcni e Solicited.
Office on Main bet. 1st and 2d,
SMITH P. TUTTLE.
U. S. Assistant Atnetscr and Claim Agent W'll at
tend to the Protfcu'ion of Claims before the Depart
ment for Ad Bounty Bick ray ana Pensions Also,
to the Collection of Semi-Aunual Aues on Pensions,
Office over Carsons Bank Main street,
Persons vishing Pictures executed in the latest style
of the Art will please call at my Art Gallery.
Main stieet bet. 1st and 2d street,
KEIS WETTER & EARSMAN,
CITY MEAT MARKET,
Main bet. 1st and 2nd Sts.,
OEO. W. DORSEV. LUTHER BOAPLET. CHAS.O. DORSET
DORSEY HOADLEY & CO..
REL ESTATE AGENTS, AND
DEALERS IX LAND WARRANTS AXD AG
RICULTURAL COLLEGE SCRIP.
Office in Land Offl. Btnldine.
Buy and sell ir.ip'oved and unimproved Lands. Buy,
.l .nd locate Land Warrants and Agricnitura! C 1-
tege Scrip Make careful selections of Government
Land for Location, Homesteads, and Pre emptions.
Attend to contested riome:eads and Pre-emption cases
in the Land Office. Letters or imjoirj vmniMiij
c.rVfnlTt M.red. Correspondence solicited. SMf
Letters of Inquiry promptly ana
Fresh Tomatoes, ia iwo and three pound cans, a
A Count In Tbe Rural Districts.
BY CVY S . QTTJ3.
This story opens to the gentle reader
at or about sunset, that witching hour of
eve when Nature's sweet restorer draws
down the lids of chicklings' eyes, so that
they perchward go. The distant cow
bells tinkle sweetly, as their wearer's
hear the cheery call of milk maid wind
ing round the hill; and responsive to the
summons, the patient kme slowly plod
toward home, the katydids expand their
wings, and make queer music in the
The place is the piazza of the Qtus
mansion. Seated thereon are four per
sons, two of whom are Qti senior; the
other couple, Percy and I. Mrs. Qius
my ma is occupied in knitting on a
stocking, which never seems any nearer
the final round. The old gentleman
pa is lilted back in his chair against
the wall, which chair is fastened securely
in the wall by a leathern strap passed
around the topmost slat of its back, and
thence to a hook driven in the window
si. 1. This was a contrivance of the old
gentleman, who is exceedingly handy
wiih tools, to obviate the disagreeable
necessity of comin down on all fours to
expectorate his tobacco juice, and then
tilting back on two. But this was not
the only instance of his ingenuity; for
just beyond the edge of his chair was
a knot-hole, on account of which he had
chosen his seat there, and through which
he spat wi?h such precision as never to
stain the sides. As a specimen of Pa's
handiwork, ma used to have a wooden
chain, with swivel links, hanging in a
graceful curve over the mantelpiece in
the front room ; but from seme cause or
oiher, it was taken down, aud Pa res
cued it from unmerited oblivion, and now
'tis pendent from a nail in his private
Percy and I occupy seats on the top
step to the piazza, and are watching the
golden reflection of the setting sun on
the trees in the distance.
Pa breaks the mystic silence, and re
calls us younger two to fact.
"'Pears to me, Patsy, like as if young
weemen aint now as they was in cur
young days. Don't you think so ? Show
me a gall these times who'll bs up long
before day light in the morning, and out
a milking, then come in and eat a hearty
breakfast, and go out in the field and
work like a man, eh, Pats ;" and the old
gentleman was so plea-ed with the re
memberance that he chuckled", thereby
swallowing an x quanty of saliva, thor
oughly impregnated with tobacco, which
brought on a fit of coughing that lasted
for some time. Ma waited for him to
get through, the while scratching her
head with a knitting needle, and then an
Yes. and the men aint a erain bet
ter. 1 nav nt saw a bit of change in
'em from that day till this. They're all
as conceited and full of projects now as
they was them tunes. Percy, if ever
you get married, take a Dutchman.
These other ones aint worth shucks."
Pa was used to her contrarity, so he
only chewed more fiercely until she made
an end of speaking, and then addressed
Guy, do you pick out a stout Dutch
gal one that can plow and such, and
not be alius stuck up in the house, bang
ing on the p'anny and punching holes in
cloth just to sew 'em up agin, and all
such gimcracks yes them's your sort,
mind I tell you."
The old gentleman was evidently ex
cited, so I remarked, in a soothing tone,
"Well, I have chosen a scion of the Ger
man stock, to whom I pay my devoirs
wheather -he tan do those things yuu
think necessary or not, I can't say, not
having informed myself on that point.
Rest assured, however' that s-he shall
learn those accomplishments if I have to
teach her myself."
"Never mind, old fellow," said Percy
to me of course she would'nt call her Pa
thus; ' never mind, I'll tell Maggie
about this. See if I don't."
By this time ma had recovored her
equanimity, and she put in a word,
"There's the nicest knd of a ycing man
just moved on the Van Sike place, and
he s German. Besides, be s got two
thousand dollars, and that's a right smart
sum .I'll let you know. You need'ut
turn up your lip- Mr. Guy Simon, he's
good as any of your dandyfied fellows."
At this uument the la'ca of the tront
gate clicked, and we all looked. Enter
ing was a tlim youth with saffron hair,
clad in a suit of yellow linen, much loo
large for him, and whose nether jaw was
fringed with a thin growth of straw-coi
Ma said." That's him ;" and Percy,
with her usual accuracy at quotation,
dove-tailed the opposite ends of the vul
jjar and the polite broverb, "Speak of
ihe Old Gent, and you'll hear the rustle
of his wings."
While the visitor in yellow was ap
proaching, the departing orb threw a last
ray athwart his form, which caused him
to present a quite luminous appearance
I kept my seat untill he had arrived at
th bottom step, when ma introduced Pa
and me to the stranger. She a id Percy
had met the gentleman before as he
had come over to get instructions in the
art of making bread.
He spoke with a strong German
" twang as ma calls it, but I found no di-
i rr i j ,
fficulty in Understand lOg him,
to him of his native country, and Mr.
Tunoc amused us with his conversation.
Pa continually called him "Mister New
York," but was as persistently styled by
the other "Mr. Skords" so on that point
they were about even.
Mr. Tunoc informed us of the number
and quantity of the articles he brought
der vaierland. Memory fails as to the
number of coats, and so forth, but I am
certain that the number of boots he had
on at this particular time, and which
were just the shape and length of a car
penter's iron square, were fourteen years
old. This he told with evident pride.
We went in to supper, and I watched
Percy, to see how she liked our yellow
She never bestowed a smile on his
blunders, nor assisted him to anything,
unless first reminded by a wink from
Ma. But when he look his second cup
of coffee, and asked if smoking was per
mission which it was when he drew
forth a formiable looking pipe, filled and
lighted it, and puffed and drank, she
gave him a look of much queerness, and
went to shut up her pet brood of pullets
for the night. Mr. Tnuoc manifested no
surprise at this, for he fait none, and we
others knew she couldn't ab:de tobacco
smoke. We heard him talk, and by the
time he had finished his cup and pipe,
were quite taken with him. He left
soon after supper, and on Pa's invitation,
promised to come over often.
Mr. Tnuoc kept his promise, and came
over two or three times every week. We,
that is the old fulks and myself, got rath
er tired of him, but a change had come
over Percy. Pa used to say that Percy
got her good looks from him, and her
spirit of opposition from Patey, her moth
er. Be that as it may. as soon as we be
gan to dislike Mr. Tunoc, and discontinue
plaguing Percy about him, she instantly
wheeled around, and discovered quite a
number of lovable attributes in him in yel
low. Did we ridicule his pipe and
cup mixture, she excused it as the nation
al custom. Were not his cloths funny
looking on that evening he came for first
time ? She retorted, " Wasn't h- green? '
"Methoughtst 'twas yellow,'"' interrupted
I. "You know what I mean, Mr. Smart
Aleck," said she ; "aint his clo'hes as
stylish, as yours, now? Say!" And she
flirted out of the room in a juvenile pass
ion. She considered Conrad quite intel
ligent, which he was, to be sure ; but to
throw this up to us was rather derog
atory to our attainments; for although
we did not know everything of itself a
bad possession, leaving everybody else
noodles yet we considered ourselves
pretty well up in current lore.
Percy had commenced the study of
Gdrman, and this evening her tutor had
come over o hear her. In spite of my
prejudice, I could not but admit he was
a goodlooking man. his beard was trim
med into a fashionable shape, and al
though he worked in ihe fields, his face
Was fair and hands but little browned.
And he was attired in nealy-fitting
We never disturbed the two ic their
draughts from the guttral German stream,
never. This night it was three or four
montb.3 from the time of the commence
ment of our story Percy came in to
the sitting room where we were hug
ging the stove previous to retiring
What do you ihink f said she, "Con
rad got a letter to day from the old coun
try." "Astonishing, said I. "How in the
world did that happen, I want to know? '
Percy, instead of answering, immediate
ly withdraw into herself and look up her
lamp and went up stair3 to bed.
Ma scolded me for interrupting the
recital, saving in addition: "I seen a
news-bee, this morning, come right in
ihe dining-roorn, and I'll bet anything
Percy's heard something strange."
We were obliged to await Percy's
pleasure, and that wa3 at breakfast, next
morning. Conrad had gotten a letter
from home, stating the death of Count
Hmderiier, his poverty, and s-o forth;
wound up with the information that the
title, by right of succession, was his.
Ma was astonished beyond measure ;
Pa gave a little grunt, whether of sur
prise or disdain is not known ; and I
glanced furtively at the Countess-prospective,
from behind my coffee.
What importance is there in a title to
make it so capiivating to a woman? Ma
instantly threw the weight of her valua
ble experience in the scale with Percy's,
and the yellow Count was to be pulled
down, whether or no
Opportunities were not wanting in
which to impress upon the mind of Con
rad the necessity of his marrying at some
time. This was Ma's province. Percy
was just the same to the Count in her
manner as she was to Mr. Tunoc, which
was not so strange as may appear when
we consider ihat every one outside of our
immediate circle knew noihiug of his
sudden e' oration.
The German iessonswere discontinue !, and it was ex
ceedingly pleasant to bear these two conversing in their
jtutteral, xputtera: Dutch " We supposed them to be
vooinf? whenever they u.-ed this midium for their
thoughts but Ma remarked once 'H would n:t do for
her " SheRuete i they imagined the kisses and passa-,
pes at arms incidental to ourishlp ; anil declared that a
fancy never s i vivid could compensate her for the loss of
tbe k'ss corp real, or the real fiesh and blood hug. I
agreed witu her
Percy and her lover went smoothly on in their love
making for some time But her stubb rn contrariness
came in. and th.y parted one night in anger. She de
manded a discontinuance on his part of sra-'Si.g; je po.
li:ely but flrm.y refused so to do, and here the erot:e
stream was rutKed.
" Percy m pel around for a few dys, hoping and ex-
pe:ti:ig he wou d come ba-'k, discard smoking and every
thing e'se she deemed ncesary but he dila't. Then
the went into the other extreme, and got very lofty in
Ler demeanor towards the masculines, all and singular,
present and absent.
The C unt camebsck after a long intervii. but Percy
was n .t visible We were neighborly, and the niascu
line half of tbe Q i inwardly rejoiced that ke had taken
the stand be did.
among his countrywomen and lived happily Percy has
recovered rrom the disagreeaB.e episode in ler eventful
life, and seems to be happy but she eschevs Dutch.
J. M'KENZIE, EDITOR.
A few days since, in company with a
friend from Brownville, we made a fly
ing visit to a few of the interior towns in
Southern Nebraska. Our object was to
see the country, and talk upon educational
matters, and if possible, awaken a grea
ter interest among the people oa that
The notice of cur visit not being gen
erally known at Highland, but few of the
friends were out. But were all the dis
tricts as well provided with school accom
modations as Highland, Nebraska might
pass. Still, we fear there are a few men
in Highland District who think more of
the dollar than the intellectual qualifica
tions of their children. But Highland
has some livt men in it, and we look for
ward with hope that others 6eeing their
good works, may be incited to do mote
for iheir children.
We found Tecumseh really a pretty
place. We passed through there some
three years since, but we should never
have suspected the present neat, thrifty
little town to be any way related to the
former dingy nondescript. Assuredly
somebody has been at work there. Paid
doe3 even more for a town than a lady,
and the people of Tecumseh understand
that, and have improved on their knowl
edge. We found the people very much
as Aeneas describes the Tyrians, when
he approached the city of New Car
thage. Some were digging deep the
foundation for a Court House, others
were shaping the stone, while others
were earnestly engaged in finishing
buildings already enclosed. Everything
showed thrift and enterprise. We found
a fair school building ; better, perhaps
than the majority in Nebraska, but not
quite as good as they need. They ought
to have a building large enough to afford
accomodations for about three depart
ments, Primary. Intermediate and High
School. Such a building, furnished with
patent desks and npparatrs suitable for
such a school, could be erected and fur
nished for about five thousand dollars ;
and with such a school in the place, Te
cumseh would be one of the most attrac
tive places in all Nebraska.
We had a very attentive and (we
thought) appreciative audience. We be
lieve the people are right at heart on the
school queition, and only need leading on
to make Nebraska one of the first States,
educationally, in the Union.
Notwithstanding the great immigra
tion, Nebraska has large tracts of unset
tled prairie. We found in traveling
from Tecumseh to Beatrice as beautiful
a country as a man could well desire ;
but a very great portion of it entirely in
a state of nature. No habitation appears
for many miles, and yet the sun never
shone on a prettier landscape. But the
westward tread of the "coming millions"
will suon change the face of that unbro
ken sea of land, and smiling fields of
waving corn will greet us as we pass ten
Fellow Teachers of Nemaha.
As the time is near at hand, when those
actively employed, or who are at present
bonafide teachers will enter upon the
duties of another school term, please
pardon my forwardness in claiming yonr
acquaintances, and chatting a little with
you on subjects nearest every true and
earnest teacher's heart your field cf
labor, and ihe best means and methods,
for its successful cultivation.
The fields before you. ia such an one
as is alotted to but few laborers for till
age. Even in the grand army of teat ti
ers, but few preceding you, have found
so plearant a task to perform. The
pioneer guardians of the educational in
terests of other states, (in their young
days), never obliged to contend wiih the
ignorance of the people and parents,
and to encounter opposition in every
attempt at school-reform. Then with
the reign of ignorance in the home-circle,
there came a corresponding dullness to
ihe schoolroom. For where there is not
Education, and refinement, to preside
at the fireside, and to furnish information,
ab good for the inquiring mind of the
child, the teacher must look in vain for
evidence of developed intelligence upon
the public entree the Schoolroom. The
diamond may have Iain hidden within
those uncouth and unpromising exterious
but the accumulated rubbish must first
be removed, traces Of IOmer lessons of
idleness be obliterated, before the seeds
uf knoledge can be implanted, or words
wisdom, and lessens of industry be en
graved upon the tablets of those young
Then, when a child exhibits uncom
mon dullness, let teachers be patient and
labor with great diligence, remembering
that it is recorded in ihe biographies of
many useful and eminent men, that their
early rlays were characterized by an un
usual degree of dullness and indifference
to the acquirement of knowledge. But
are we to suppose that the germ of gen
ius was not implanted in their infant
minds? No, rather that external circum
stances benumed their faculties causing
them tolie domantand sleeping untilsome
peculiar process or superior culture should
rouse the inactive mind, awaken its en
ergies, and impart to it a desire for
knowledge and a love for science and
study. But (returning) when we look
at our own State, and scan her closely,
her age considered, Nebraska stands to
day the educational prodigy of the sister
hood. This assertion you may think too
strong. Bat it is not, and in proof thereof
peruse her short history, look about you
find us a parallel of an infant State in
the first year of her existence establish
ing and operated a Normal School for
the education of Teachers. In our larger
towns, graded Schools have been estab
li.hed and are being creditably sustained.
There is not a hamlet within her borders,
where there are not educational facil-
ties. And the prospects are today so
fair, that we anticipate the building of
ihe state university at Lincoln, within
the comiDcr year. But not the least of
the many proofs of our assertion, is the
fact that ihe truest index of a people's
taste, and advancement (The Newspaper)
visits nearly every household. And as
a result of ihe advantages above enum
erated the beaming countenance, and
sparkling eye portrays the intelligence
of every little one you chance to meet.
More than this her people appreciate
the situation, and are providing
houses for school purposes which
we, think will compare favorable with
those of any state east of the Missouri.
when we consider their means, and ihe
dwellings they Occupy. They insist on
employing competent Teachers, and de
mand of them extra schools. Let them fix
iheir standard higher every year ; it is a
duty they owe themselves, their children,
and all earnest Teachers. And let each
year find us as teachers fully in advance
of ihe standard. If we do our duty, we
shall have the respect of our pupils, and
the hearty cooperation of their parents
in our work; A few words may enlist
their sympathies, and you will find it
much easier to benefit their children in
school when you have the parents influ
ence at home to assist you. Dj not
compromise yourself to gain their ap
proval of your course, or plans, but a
few timely words suited to each indivd
ual, may cause them to sanction that,
which upon the childs representation
alone, they would disapprove. What
a truly noble employment is that of the
teacher, next, to parant perhaps the high
est and most responsible office in all the
varied positions of life; But how doubly
so that of Teacher in a young state like
ours. We are not only to train and
direct the minds of the ycurg of the
present time, but we are to mold the
school in which the children and youth
of Nebraska are lobe taught in the years
to come. And very much depends on
the corect formation and organization of
those schools, for a great measure as
you organize them will they remain for
many years. Youa pupils will very
probably be future teachers in these
same schooU. Then how desirable
thai you should leave a true impress of a
successful school upon their plastic
minds, for to a greater or less extent will
they pattern after you. As is the teacher
so will be tbe taught, is a maxicie whose
truth all past experience verifies, and
the teachers of today in Nebraska have
the responsibility resting upon them
of so laying ihe foundations of our com
mon school, that their successors may
have a solid basis to work upon and
not be obliged to pull down and rebuild
our educational structure and system in
a few years. Lei us begin aright and
then those who follow us will net be com
pelled to spend their time in correcting
many impression which false methods of
instruction or our inaccuacy may have
produced. The child's imagination is
strong and active and unless you present
correct and accurate ideas and images
of truths and principles it will picture to
itself inaccurate and perhaps erroneous
ideals. In other sections of our land teach
ers are to day working ot undo the work
which careless and indifferent cues have
only half-done, or worse still done totally
wong. We have not ignorance, prejudices
and time-honored errors to combat ; wt
have the plastic, mental material which
13 to make the leading minds cf Nebraska
a few years hence. Then let us fashion
them according to the most approved (or
rather improved) methods. Let us en
deavor to form in their minds true and
correct conceptions of what we aim to
teach them, and imparl to them distinct
and accurate knowledge of all subjects
upon which we undertake to instruct
them. For inaccuracy is a vice akin to
ignorance, and to be inaccurate will often
place one in a more ludicrous and unevi-
able position than to be ignorant.
But limited space compels us to close;
we have dwelt somewhat lengthily upon
ihe subject of " Our Field." It is an ex
tensive one, embracing ihree degrees of
latitude and exceeding ten of .longitude.
From time to time we hope to con
verse with you through the "Educational
column" of the Jldverliisr upon ihe va
rious topics which concern the teachers
duties in and cut of the -school-room, end
the best methods of teaching the rudi
ments of an english education and im
parting insiructiou in ihe elementry
Hoping that we may derive personal
benefit and interest others ly calling out
new ideas and interchanging views wru
our fellow-teachers and all actively . in
terested in the cause of Education, wd
shall endeavor to throw aside all prejud
ices and recognize as educational means
and methods not only those which recom
mend themselves by their fruits (their
evidences of success in ihe school-room),
but those which are philosophical and to
which we can apply no better appellation
than common-sense methods; and hero
let us remark that every real advanca
m modes of instruction, must approach
As we have before stated throwing
aside all prejedice we shall consult upon
the various lopic thatcuggest themselves,
ihe records of the best at.d most experi
enced Educators cf the day, and all who
rnav chance to differ with us we invite
to give us the benfit uf their views and
experience. Thua by a mutual inter
change we can profit ourselves and all
with whom we come in contact.
P. M. Martix.
The Valnc of Time.
AN ORATION DELIVERED ATTHE CL05I.VO
EXERCISES OF THE NORM .1 L SCHOOL.
The circumstances in which we are
placed as members of an entellijent
community demand of us a deligent im
provement of every passing moment.
We are living in a fast age, and the pub
lic ra'nd ii awake to improvement, and
the qualifications that would have bepn
respectable fifty years ago are not suffi
cient at the present time to make us re
spectable, surrounded as we are with so
many advantages for improvement, but
requires time and labor to accomplish
anything in a literary point cf view. And
we as a people lack energy in this mat
ter, we fear labor to much, did we real
ize the true value of time and had wa
improved all the fragments ihat we term
odd moments as some have done wq
would to day be able to take a position
in society as men. But as ii i3 we aro
men in size but mere imfauts in intel
lectual development. I presume that
many of you think that you iinpiove your
time, bui really yvu do not compared
with what others have done. Just Ioo!c
at Ehhu Burin the learned llackshith,
who stood between his forge and anvel
fourteen hours a day and yet found tirno
to master fifty different languages, how
did he do it J he did it by a delTgent im
provement cf every moment cf time.
He procured a small Greek grammar
which he caried in ihe crown of his has
and while his iron was heating he wculi
commit a Greek verb to memory, and
thus by hisparsevering industry he learn
ed to speak more languages than ary
other man living. Then take htra for
an example and do not be afraid to nork
if some do think it a disgrace to be calU
ed a laboring man. Labor is a duty as
old as time, and to ii we are indexed
for all our intellectual improvements,
and all things useful and beautiful are
the monuments of labor. TLen let us
improve cur time. It lies within cur
selves whether we improve e.nd strive io
gain that knowledge which exreeds all
other blessings bestowed upon man. or
whether we remain ia ignorance shunei
and despised by men. of iearnm- Bti
not only our present welfare but aha
our future happiness depends cn the im
provement of every passing taoruecx and
every one unimproved adds to that
long list of folly and untapwreJ time
for which we rouitgive an account. God
has given us mindswhich acapable of indefinite-
improvement, and has placed w
here m favorable circumstance that we
OI VaprVe aud PrePare for ihe future
and that endUss existence beyond the
Powered by Open ONI