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GOING TO SCHOOL.
Practical VcrxH Theoretical
I expected to hear from Mr. Old
Fogy again, and was therefore not
surprised at his ring the other even
ing. Ilo brought along one of his
pupils, a lad of 12,and there was a sly
twinkle in Mr. Old Fogy's eyes as
he robbed his hands before the fire.
"I want to show you that you are
all wrong," he said as he sat down,
''and I have therefore brought Jame3
along. Yon can ask him any ques
tion you see lit. Perhaps you had
better test him iu geography a lit
tle." "James, "what are the principal
products of Louisiana?" I asked.
"Sugar, molasses, cottou and rice,"
ho promptly answered.
"How do we get sugar? What is
it before it is sugar?"
"I don't know, sir."
"Does rice grow on trees, or
"On trees, I guess."
"What is molasses, James?"
"It is sweet stuff, sir."
"How docs cotton grow?"
"I don't know we never had
"What are exports ?"
"I don't know, 6ir."
"Why do yon ask him such ques
tions?" put in Mr. Old Fogy, getting
irritated right away.
"Simply to sec if you have really
taught him anything. You have
beeq teaching him forsevcral years,
and yet he can't tell whether
molasses is dug out of a hill or
picked from an old knot-hole.
When you first mentioned the name
Louisiana to him you could have
explaincdall the rest in two minutes.
Xow, James, what is our system of
"And what is that of Russia?"
"Very well ; what is the difference
between them? Xante any one
"It is awful cold iu Russia!" an
swered the boy after a long wait.
"That isn't fair indeed it isn't!"
exclaimed Mr. Old Fogy, as he rose
"Isn't it? You have, as a teacher,
asked these same questions week af
ter week for twenty years, and yot
never explained a single point. The
boy now believes that the weather
makes the difference between a free
government and a despotism, and
he'll keep on believing until some
one outside of the school enlightens
him. Xow, James, take this slate
and pencil and draw me a cape.
"Why, how singular!" growled
Mr. Old Fogy.
"Yes, very," I replied, as James
gave it up. "For years this boy has
been told that a cape is a point o"
land projecting into the water, and
yet he can not mark out one ? Well,
does he know anything about arith
metic." "He can do any sum in the first
half of the book, sir."
"Cau, eh ? James, if you kept store,
and a woman bought ten yards of
dress goods at forty cents per yard,
but returned the goods and want
ed factory at five cents per yard,
how man yards would you give
James figured. He bit his pencil
aud figured again. He pushed out
his tongue, wet his pencil and final
ly replied :
"Very singular very singular?"
growled Mr. old Foggy.
"So it is. Now, let mo hear him
James took the school reader and
"A farmer whose poultry yard
had suffered severely from the foxes,
succeeded at last in catching one,"
"Is your book right side up,
"And your eyes on the lines."
"Well, now, wait a moment."
Haifa dozen children were play
ing up stairs, and calling them down
1 selected a girl eight jcars old,
handed her the book, and said :
"Now, Lily, turn the book upside
down and read us about the farmor
and the fcx."
She held the book away and re
peated a whole page without hesita
tion. "You see, Mr. Old Fogy, your boy
has read that article and heard it
read a hundred times. It was long
ago monotonous to him. He simply
repeats it parrot-like, and his mind
is not a whit interested, as it would
be if ho read something new and
different each day. Now, I'll show
you how I would teach school.
Children, stand her in a row, and all
"If I ship goods into an other ceun
try what arc they called ?"
"If I buy goods of anv other coun
try?" "Imports, sir."
"Now, Henry, I give vou the word
"Iron, sir," he began, "is dng from
the earth in the form of ore. It is
melted, puriged and then used in the
manufacture of thousands ofarticles.
Iron ore is found in several States
in the Union, and in many countries
across the occean. Without iron
wc could have no machinery.
"What book did be learn from ?"
asked Mr. Old Fogy.
"From none. Two jweeks ago I
showed him a piece of iron ore and
explain od what he sow knows as
well as you or I. He isn't ten years
old yet and he can hardly read at
all. Now, little Susan, here is a
"Yes, sir. In the first place the
paper is made of rags or straw or
wood. Then men called printers
arrange metal letters into words
and words into lines, and when
there arc enough to fill the paper it
is printed on what is called a press."
"Singular very singular," cough
ed Mr. Old Fogy.
"Is it? Your 12-year old pupil
couldn't have explained a single
point. I have repeated that twice
to this G-year old child and she is as
well posted as you are. Let me ask
your pupil what a conjunction is."
"A word connecting two other
"Yes; and now write mean ex
ample." He took the pencil and wrote:
"Detroit, Michigan, 1878."
"Your pupil Mr. Old Fogy, has
answered my question a hundred
limes, and you see how he fails
when he comes to practice. Now,
children, I write, 'Horses and dogs
and please tell me which word is a
"And!" they cried in chorus.
"I gave him a like lesson last night
for the first time, Mr. Old Fogy,
while your pupil has had it for years.
You have taught him the theory I
have given him the practice. If I
were a teacher I'd lock up every
book and begin on the plaster on the
walU and instruct them in the use
ful of every day life."
"Plaster?" he gasped.
"Yes, I'd take that as the very
foundation. Cau you, Mr. Old Fogy,
old as you are, tell me how plaster
for lath work is mixed?"
"I I won't be talked to in this
way, sir," he exclaimed as he rose
We are sending our children to
school to learn theory. They look
through glass windows, and yet
have no idea what glass is. Brick
walls enclose them, and they have
no idea how bricks are made. Coal
furnaces warm their rooms but they
know nothing at all about coal. It
snows or rains or blows, and no one
explains the interesting lesson of
atmospheric changes. They have
beautiful lessons in the engraving of
their books, but they see nothing but
pictures. They read print, but they
know nothing of its value to the
world. Then when our boys come
home, and wonder why frost heaves
a post out of the ground or a board
warps in the sun, we turn round
"Why, you mutton-head, haven't
I sent you to school for ten years?"
J. Quad in Detroit Free Press.
MnxiitiM ly Iteiiumin Frank
lin. Many foxes grow gray, but few
Presumption first blinds a man
and then sets him running.
Drink docs not drown care, but
waters it and makes it grow faster.
Hiving been poor is no shame,
but being ashamed of it is-
The wise man draws more advan
tage from his enemies than a fool
from his friends.
Keep conscience clear, then never
Strive to be the greatest man in
your country, and you may be dis
appointed; strive to be the best and
yon may succeed.
Honest Tom! Yon may trust
him with a house full of untold mill
stones. There is no man so bad but what
he secretly respects the good.
Courage would fight, but discre
tion won't let him.
We are not so sensible of the
greatest health as of the least sick
ness. A good example is the best ser
mon. A quiet concicnce rests in thunder,
but rest and guilt live far asunder.
He that won't be counseled can't
Write injuries in the dust, benefits
What is serving God ? 'Tis doing
good to man.
Time enough always proves little
He that cannot bear with other
people's passions cannot govern his
He that by the plow would thrive,
himself must either hold or drive.
Nebraska ought in some way to
utilize the immense wild crop of
American sumac that yearly goes to
waste. It costs nothing but to gath
er and cure. There is a marker for
it, and at remunerative figures. The
Shoe and Leather Reporter, New
York, says : "As to the use of and
demand for the article, we can only
say that it has been a staple product
ior me past ten years, the prices
varying with the amount of produc
tion, and the quotations for Sicily
sumac, with which it is always a
competitor to some extent, although
it brings usually only about three
fourths the price of the latter.
Experience has shown the Ameri
can sumac, equal in its properties to
the Sicily sumac, when properly
handled. Only the leaves are used,
and they must be cured in the shade
and kept from heating during the
process. Thousands of tons of this
natural product go to waste annu
ally in Nebraska, which might be
made to yield a revenue of many
thousands of dollars. Nebraska
Secretary Sherman on Re
sumption and Silver.
Chicago, January 13. The fol
lowing is received here : Washing
ton, D. C, January 8. Thomas L.
Nichol,Eq., secretary honest money
league, Chicago, Ills., Dear Sir: I
have to acknowledge the receipt of
your letter of the 4th inst., enclos
ing a copy of the kindly resolutions
adopted at the meetiug of the honest
money league, on the 4th instant,
for which return my grateful thanks.
Resumption, so long struggled for,
and so eminently beneficial to all
interests and all classes, is now se
cure. There are but two points
incident to resumption about which
I notice complaint: First, the non
payment of interest on the public
debt iu gold coin at cities other than
New York ; second, criticism of the
distribution of the silver dollar by
this department. To maintain spe
cie payments the coin must be kept
in some central convenient deposi
tory, always accessible. The law
fixes New York a3 this place. It is
not reasonable while we promptly
redeem our notes and pay the in
terest on the public debt in New
York that complaint should be
made because the coin is not scat
tered by being transported at the
will of creditors at considerable
cost, to other parts of the United
States, we must make no distinction
between the payment of interest
and the redemption of notes, but
both should be paid at the same
place and iu the 6ame way, or we
again make the discrimination so
much complained of between the
noteholder and the bondholder. I
hope, after some preparation and
lapse of time, it may be convenient
to exchange coin for notes and save
interest to the depositories iu the
United States and I will seek to
bring about that result, not as a
matter of legal duty but for the con
venience of citizens.
As to the other matter, I have a
clear conviction that the forced
payment of the silver dollar to pub
lic creditors would tend to depre
ciate it and cause it at once to be
sold in the market at less than par.
No friend of the silver dollar should
desire it to be forced into circula
tion under such circumstances. This
would open a gap between the silver
dollar and United States notes that
would tend to bring it into dis
credit among our people, while it is
plainly the policy of the law that it
should be maintained at par with
United States notes. The depart
ment is now issuing the silver dol
lars, transporting them free of
charge whenever needed to all who
wish them iu exchange for United
States notes or in payment for ser
vices, and it is hoped that the whole
coinage may thus be put in circula
tion. While it is the duty of the
government to coiu different kinds
of money, as public policy diciates,
it should be within the power of the
citizen at his option to demand ei
ther form of lawful money. It is
hoped that the friends of resump
tion will be satisfied with the be
neficent results already accomplish
ed, and will give this department
reasonable forbearance in the prac
tical execution of its plans. If so,
those who have hitherto disagreed
with us about resumption will join
with us in applauding the policy
now being maintained.
Very respectfully yours,
Mrs. Sen ator Jones' Diamonds.
Senator Jones, of Nevada, having
replenished his depleted exchequer
by a fortunate rise in Sierra Nevada
stock, comes back with his beauti
ful young wife and maiden sifter to
occupy his half of the Butler Block,
on Capitol Hill. He left here five
months ago for his home at Gold
Hill, "dead broke," in vulgar par
lance, or "busted," as the miners
term it. Foreseeing the rise in
mining stocks, he invested all he
could raise or borrow in Sierra Ne
vada, and reaped a rich return.
Still he had not enough to fill the
measure of his opportunity. His
wife had a splendid diamond neck
lace, for which he had paid in opu
lent days the sum of $35,000, and
which she, being a retiring little
body, not given to display, had nev
er worn but once.
"My dear," said he to her one day,
"If you will let me invest your dia
monds in Sierra Nevada you shall
have the proceeds for pin-money."
"As you please," said the dutiful
little woman. "You know I never
Senator Jones is not the man to
go hawking his wife's jewels about
the streets, so he offered them to the
first Jew he met, and received $12
000 for them, which he invested on
margin in her name, and to-day she
is worth .110,000 in registered
bonds. He paid his debts, canceled
the mortgage on his 100,000 worth
of furniture, which Butler held as
collateral for three years' rent, and
in less than half a year returns with
several millions to spare. And that
is the way they do things "out
West." The Jones family will give
several grand entertainments dur
ing the winter, a la San Francisco.
Washington Correspondence Phila
"I wonder, uncle, said a little girl,
if men will ever yet live to be five
hundred or a thousand years old ?"
"No, my child," responded the old
man; "that was tried once, and the
race grew so bad that the'world had
to be drowned."
The Old Battle.
We trust that northern men are
not overlooking the testimony that
is being brought before the Teller
committee in session at New Or
leans. It is an old story the wit
nesses tell, but it deserves attention
all the more because it is old. It
shows that the habit of outrage, in
timidation and murder has become
an inveterate one. It reveals in
bald form the southern democratic
methods. Think for a moment of
eighty men being killed in a single
parish on account of their political
opinions. There is a foul wrong
being done to voters in the south,
and there is a foul wrong being done
to voters in the north.
Our whole system is built up on
the idea of equality. This funda
mental principle has been violated
in the south. The country can not,
will not stand it. If this political
persecution docs not cease, what the
southern democrats call the bloody
shirt will be again raised. There
can be no compiomisc. The con
science, the sense of justice, of the
nation will be stirred. Much as the
revival of the old issues may be de
precated, much as the nation dreads
to see a campaign fought on these
questions, it will never rest until
ample and complete protection is
assured to every citizen within its
When Franklin wa9 embassador
to Franco, being at a meeting of a
literary society and not well under
standing French when declaimed,
he determined to applaud when he
saw a lady friend express approval.
When they had ceased, a little child
who understood French said to
Franklin: "Why, you always ap
plauded most when they were prais
ing you!" Franklin laughed heart
ily, and explained his dilemma.
"A distinguished Methodist di
vine" says that only for the women
in that denomination one-half the
churches would die the first year
and the other half the second. And
still the Methodist church will not
ordain women to preach. Des
They are coming to it at last. The
Northwestern Theological Semina
ry will this year graduate a lady in
the full course, and she is said to be
one of the best students that school
has ever had. Omaha liepublican.
"Leave my presence!" she ex
claimed. "Not much, I won't leave
your presents," ho replied, as he
scooped 'em into his Ulster, and si
lently stole away.
Matrimony is a holy institution.
Not only docs it unite mau to his
best friend, but it furnishes a good
living for thousands of divorce
Css:c::::s ts Gerr.ri & 2::i a;i T;:zo: & Ezltf.
LEAXDnn GEKaAim, Prey I.
Geo. W. Hulst, Vice Pes'
Julius A Reed.
Edwaud A. Geijkard.
Aisneb Tukn'eu, Cashier.
ICank of Deposit, Discount
Collections Promptly I?Sade on
Pay Interest on Time Depos
S. J. MARMOY, Prop'r.
Nebraska Ave., South of Depot,
A nsw house, newly furnished. Good
accommodations. Board by day or
week at reasonable rates.
SSTSets a First-Class Tahlc.
Xenls, 2 Cents. I Lodgings 26 Cts
SAMUEL C. SMITH Agent,
ATTENDS TO ALL BUSINESS per
tainininfr to a general Real Estate
Agency and .Notary Public. Have in
structions and blanks furnished by
United States Land Office for making
final proof on Homesteads, thereby sav
ing a trip to Grand Island. Have a large
number ol farms, city lots and all lands
belonging to U P. R. K. in Platte and
adjoining counties for sale very cheap.
Attend to contesting claims before U. S.
Office on Door Went of Hammond Hobs?,
COLUMBUS, NEB. '
" F. VT. OTT, Clerk.
SACKET & CROUCH,
The proprietors are practical millers,
attend to the grinding themselves,
Furnished with the latest improved
machinery, they are prepared to do all
RYE AND FEED
GKOUND EVERY DAY.
CONSTANTLY ON HAND.
"We make several brands of
But recommend to the trade our AL
It. is a superior article made from
CHOICE SELECTED WHEAT.
A. W. LAWRENCE,
AGENT FOR THE
Will hereafter be found TIIKEE
DOOHS SOUTH of the Post Office,
where he keeps a full line of every style
PUMP, PIPE, HOSE,
Aud the Celebrated
I X L FEED MILL.
Ashe keeps a Pump House exclusively,
he is able to sell CHEAPER THAN
THE CHEAPEST. Pumps for any
depth well. Pumps driven or repaired,
and Rods cut.
GIVE IIDI A CALL A.D SAVE MOXEY.
BECKER & WELCH,
SHELL CREEK MILLS.
MANUFACTURERS & WHOLE
SALE DEALERS IN
FLOUR AND MEAL.
OFFICE, COL UJIB US, NFli.
Dr. A. HEINTZ,
Fine Soaps, Brushes,
PERFUMERY, Etc., Etc.,
And all articles usually kept on hand by
Physicians Prescriptions Carefully
One door I?:ist of S:iIItj, on
A full, frcph supply of groceries,
STAPLE AND FANCY,
Just opened, and for sale at low-down
EST Olive Street, opposite the
Manufacturer and Dealer in
BOOTS AND SHOES!
A complete assortment of Ladles' and Clill
drcn'a Shoe kept on hand.
All Work Warranted!!
Our Motto Good stock, excellent
work and fair prices.
Especial Attention paid to Bepairing.
Cor. Olive and 12tli Sts.
Is conducted as a
Devoted to the best mutual inter
ests of its readers and its publish
ers. Published at Columbus. Platte
county, the centre of the agricul
tural portion of Nebraska, it is read
by hundreds of people cast who are
looking towards Nebraska as their
fnturc home. It3 subscribers in
Nebraska arc the staunch, solid
portion of the community, as is
evidenced by the fact that the
JOUKXAL has never contained a
"dun" against them, and by the
other fact that
In its columns always brings its
reward. Business is business, and
those who wish to reach the 6olid
people of Central Nebraska will
lind the columns of the Joukxal a
Of all kinds neatly and quickly
done, at fair prices. This species
of printing is nearly always want
ed in a hurry, and, knowing this
fact, we have so provided for it
that we c:' furnish envelopes, let
ter heads, bill heads, circulars,
posters, etc., etc., on very short
notice, and promptly on time as
1 copy per annum $2 00
" Six months l 00
" Three mouths, 00
Single copy sent to any address
in the United States for 5 cts.
K. K. TUENER & CO.,
H AMk BWAM H
ST0V1S, BON, TINWARE.
Nails, Rope, Wagon Material, Glass, Paint, Etc.,
C. B. STILLMAN,
Wholesale and Retail Dealer in
DRUGS, MEDICINES, PAINTS, OILS,
PERFUMERY, PATENT MEDICINES, ETC.
Keeps on hand all articles usually kept in a lirt-clan Dru;.' Store. Dealer
in surrounding country will lind it to their interest to purchase from him, at lie
can and will give RED-ROCK PRICES.
Prescriptions Carefullv Coni-pounded.
S3TA GOOD ASSORTMENT OF WALL PAPER ALWAYS KEPT IN STOCK.
The Celebrated Diebold, Norris & Co's
(I.nte nieliold & Ilenzle)
Fire and Burglar Proof!
HAVE THE BEST RECORD OF ALL.
All leading Eailroa i I Ezpress Companies and Bankers in Urtat have them.
Not One Lost in the Two Great Fires in Chicago; al.o preserved the contents
in every instance, at Independence, Iowa: at Central City, Col.; at
Ohhkosh, Wis., and at all places have stood the test, without failure.
All Sizes for Sale and Made to Order. Old Safes taken in Exchange. I
County and Ilanlt IVorlc a.
D. S. C0VENT, GENERAL AGENT, CHICAGO.
WILL. B. DALE, Agent,
Formerly Pacific House.
This popular house has been newly
Refitted and Furnished.
Day Board per week,.. .. $1.00.
Hoard and Lodging, 5 and JG.
Good Livery and Feed Stable in con
nection. 8ATI8FA TION GUARANTEED.
CHICAGO & NORTH-WESTERN
H-OLXX.TV.flL"3f, C ,
The Great Trunk Lino from tho West to
Chicago and tho East.
It is the oldest, shortest, most direct, convenient,
comfortable and In every respect the best line yoq
can take. It is the greatest and grandest Railway
organization In the United States. It owns or
2100 MILES OF RAILWAY
PUIXMAN HOTEL CARS are run alone
by It through between
COUNCIL BLUFFS & CHICAGO!
No other road rnns Pullman Hotel Cars, or any
other form of Hotel Cars, through, between tho
Missouri IUver and Chicago.
PASSENGERS GOIN EAST ehould bear
fa mind that this la the
AND ALL TOINTS EAST.
Passengers by this ronto havo choice of FIVK
DIFFEKEXT KOUTKS and the advantage of
Eight Pally Lines l'alace Sleeping Cars
from CHICAGO to
PHILADELPHIA AND NEW YORK,
AND OTHER EASTERN POINTS.
Insist that the Ticket Agent t ellsyou tickets by
the North-Western Road. Examine your Tickets,
and rcf ate to buy if they do not read over this Road.
All Agents sell them and Check usual Baggago
Free by this Line.
Through Tickets via this Route to all Eastern
Points cau be procured at the Central Pacific Rail
road Ticket Office, foot of Jtnrkct Street, and at
I New Montgomery Street, San Franrisco, and at
alt ( oupon Ticket Offices of Central Pacific, Union
Pacific, and all Western Railroads.
New York Office, No. 415 Broadway. Boston
Office, No. 5 State Street. Omaha Office, 2t5 Farn
ham Street. San Francisco Office, -i New Mont
gomery Street. Chicago Ticket Offices : W Clark
itrcet, under Mierman iiouso : to uauai, corner
Madison Street ; Kinzle Street Depot, corner West
Kinzle and C'jnal Streets :
Kinzle and L-jnal btrccts : e
a Street Depot,
corner Wells and Kinzle Streets.
For rates or Information not attainable frem
your home ticket agents, apply to
Marvin nromrr, W. H. Stktostt,
Oen'l Mang'r, CUicaco. Gea'l fais. Ag't, Chicago
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