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of particulars, the fruit of my own observa- result of each system, seems to harmonize tion, would, in any material point, have dis- best with the character of the respective turbed the conclusions at which I have ar- peoples. The Canadian chooses his type of rived.
School as the Vicar of Wakefield's wife chose "The chief specialities of the Canadian her wedding-gown, and as the Vicar of methods were long lessons, generally a con- Wakefield chose his wife, 'not for a fine tinuous hour to each subject; in reading, glossy surface, but for such qualities as will the requirement that the pupils should wear well. I cannot say, judging from the
' possess themselves of the matter of the les- Schools which I have seen—which I take to son ; in teaching grammar, the stress laid on be types of their best Schools—that they the distinction between prefixes, roots, and have any reason to be disappointed with the affixes, and on etymology generally; and, results. I speak of the general character of generally, the discouragement given to ra- education to which they evidently lean.pid answering and the time allowed for re- That the actual results should be unequal, flection and thought. Entering a Canadian often in the widest possible degree, is true School, with American impressions fresh of education under all systems, everywhere.” upon the mind, the first feeling is one of dis- This comparison, as a statement of apappointment. One misses the life, the mo-parent results, is probably as fair an one as tion, the vivacity, the precision-in a word, can be made ; but any general comparison the brilliancy. But as you stay, and pass of the systems may be modified by the conboth teacher and pupils in review, the feel- sideration that, while the Common Schools ing of disappointment gives way to a feeling of the United States are attended by the of surprise. You find that this plain, unpre children of all classes of the population, tending teacher has the power, and has suc- there are still in Ontario, especially in the cessfully used the power, of communicating cities and towns, many parents who have not real solid knowledge and good sense to those yet surmounted their prejudice against Comyouthful minds, which, if they do not move mon Schools, and who prefer to send their rapidly, at least grasp, when they do take children to private adventure schools, chiefly hold, firmly. If there is an appearance of because they are of a more exclusive charwhat the Americans call loose ends' in acter, and, as is supposed, of a higher social the School, it is only an appearance. The tone. A preference of this kind cannot be knowledge is stowed away compactly enough affected by abstract reasoning, and only as in its proper compartments, and is at hand, our Public Schools advance in efficiency and not perhaps very promptly, but pretty surely, reputation will our people become less willwhen wanted. To set off against their quick- ing to pay both a school tax for the benefit ness, I heard many random answers in of the children of others, and school fees in American Schools ; while per contra to the addition, for the probably not better educaslowness of the Canadian scholar, I seldom tion of their own. got a reply very wide of the mark. The
It appears from the Report of the Chief whole teaching was homely, but it was Superintendent of Education for 1870, that sound. I chanced to meet a Schoolmaster the number of boys who attended the Public at Toronto who had kept School in Canada, Schools of Ontario in that year was 233,381, and was then keeping school at Haarlem, and of girls 209,137 ; the total of both being New York, and he gave Canadian educa- 442,518. The expenditure for these schools tion the preference for thoroughness and was—from Legislative grant $179,252 ; from solid results.
Municipal School assessment, $385,284; "Each system, or rather I should say the ) from Trustees' School assessment $951,099 ;
from Trustees' Rate-bills, $44,905 (the portioned for the purchase of maps, appara-
DINAH BLAKE'S REVENGE.
BY MRS. J. V. NOEL.
Sir Gerard did not require any urging
to increase the superhuman efforts he A NARROW ESCAPE.
was making to reach the promontory ;
his face, white with excitement, was EEPLY interested in her book, Jose- covered with large beads of perspiration,
phine Dormer sat quietly reading while his compressed lips and dilated eye undisturbed by the rush and roar of the expressed a fixed determination to rescue rising tide. A huge billow rolling up loud Josephine or perish with her. The danger and angry against the extremity of the threatening her became every moment more point
, sending a shower of spray over it, at imminent. The volume of water continually length roused her to some sense of her increasing as the tide rolled on, was now imminent peril
. She started to her feet in level with the promontory, ready to dash surprise, and gazed out upon the vast ex- over it and cut off her rapid retreat. In panse of foaming water.
her first alarm she had fled onwards looking “The tide is coming in, but it will not neither to the right nor left, her one thought rise to where I am,” she said, to assure her- to outstrip the rushing waves, so that the self. “The woman surely would not have boat approaching slowly to the rescue was told me to come out here if there was any unnoticed. At length an encouraging shout danger of the promontory being covered.” coming across the surging waters thrilled Again she sat down upon the rock, but did her with sudden joy-human aid was at not resume the perusal of her book. Keep hand! She would not perish! She recoging her eye fixed anxiously on a tall, nized the occupants of the boat. Sir Gerard crested wave rolling majestically towards Trevor was coming to the rescue-he would her. Nearer and nearer it came, rearing its save her, thank God! How fervently that white crest, and now it thunders upon the ejaculation was uttered by the terrorrocky point, breaking almost at her feet, stricken girl ! The sudden revulsion of and sending her shrieking with terror from feeling gave her new strength and courage, the spot. That wild cry reached the boat, and she needed it now for the water was and thrilled the heart of Sir Gerard Trevor. pouring upon the promontory, and she was
“ Bedad ! that wave near done for her," wading through it ankle deep. She must in exclaimed Dinah. “She sees her danger a few moments be swept off by the force of now, and is flying for her life ; but, blessed the waves; but fortunately she had now Mary, save her! The sae is now almost reached a part of the point which rose level with the pint and will soon be dashing higher than the rest, and where some small over it. Row, Sir Gerard, for the bare lite,” rocks were piled one above another. This she continued, excitedly straining every afforded her a temporary refuge from the nerve to propel the heavy craft faster; force of the tide. She climbed to the high** Bad 'cess to ye for a baste of a boat,” she est part and there sat down, trembling yet added impatiently, “sure you never was hopeful, to await the approach of the boat. meant to be rowed at all. It's almost as Would it never come? How slowly it hard to move ye as the Rock of Cashel !" moved, and the cruel tide rising higher and
higher! The sun was shining brightly in observation, as she took the horny, brown the blue heavens and its garish beams hand of Dinah, and pressed it tenderly. glistened on the ocean and gleamed upon She drew it hastily away, as if the small, the white face of Josephine, as she sat there white hands of the girl burned her. in her perilously-picturesque situation. What “How could I help stretching out a hand a study for a painter was that scene! The to save you, when it was my fault that you watery expanse around, and those few rocks were in such danger ?” she asked, grufily. rising yet unsubmerged with the frail, beauti- “ It's harm enough I've done you already," ful girl sitting on their summit, keeping her she muttered, as she took up her oar again, eyes fixed wildly on that craft struggling for to assist Sir Gerard in rowing the boat to her rescue, with the pitiless waves hunger- shore. ing for their prey. A life time of suffering “How did you harm me?” asked Joseseemed to be gathered into that short period phine, with a look of surprise, her quick ear of awful suspense, the memory of which having caught the murmured words. never ceased to haunt not only Josephine “Who said I did ?" was the evasive reply, but Sir Gerard Trevor.
in tones meant to stop further enquiry. “ The saints be praised we have got to “How fortunate it was that I came down her at last!" was Dinah Blake's exclama- to the beach in pursuit of you,' said Sir tion, with a sigh of intense relief, as the boat Gerard, his voice still tremulous from recent reached the rocks, and Josephine sprang excitement. “ You must not venture on into it with a cry of joy, relieving her in that promontory again.” tensely excited feelings by a burst of tears. “Why not?” interrupted Dinah, in her
“It is just in time; thank God ! you are abrupt way ; “Sure there's no danger at all saved,” said Sir Gerard in the choked voice most of the year, unless just when the tide of strong emotion; then in almost incoherent is at the highest. You might go out there words he tried to soothe Josephine, but every other day withont wetting the sole of nearly broke down himself in the deep agi- your shoe.” tation of the moment.
" I shall never go out there again, never "' “Let her cry, it'll do her good !" said said Josephine, with a shudder, “I do not Dinah, eyeing her compassionately. “It's know enough about the tides to understand a way women have of soothering themselves; when I may venture without risk. Oh, what but it never was my way,” she added, con- an escape I have had! What a debt of temptuously. “Well, we have had a tough gratitude I owe you both !" and she looked row for it,” she continued, wiping the per- from Dinah Blake to Sir Gerard, with an spiration from her brown, rugged face, “it's expression of the deepest gratitude in her the hardest job I've done for many a tearful eyes. day."
"Do not speak to me of gratitude," said “It will not go unrewarded,” remarked the baronet, in the deep, low tones of pasSir Gerard, gratefully. “Without your help sionate emotion, bending his eyes upon her I never could have saved her; you have with a look that made hers quickly drop made me indebted to you for life, and be beneath that ardent gaze, which flashed on assured I shall not forget it.”
her so thrilling a revelation. "I didn't do for gain,” she answered, tes had perished, I would have died witir tily, “and I want none of your pay for it you." aither."
The low, fond words of Sir Gerard did “ How very kind of you to take so much not escape the watchful ear of Dinah ; her trouble for me," was Josephine's grateful suspicions that the young man loved the gu.
were confirmed, and an angry expression abruptly away, refusing with a gesture of grew into her dark, stern face.
angry scorn the money which Sir Gerard “A purty fellow you are, indeed, to be offered her. making love to her, and you engaged to “I tould you I did not do it for goold," another woman," broke from her with an she said fiercely. “It's ill luck I was in it indignant flash in her restless, black eye. at all to help ye,” she muttered as she strode Sir Gerard stared at her with angry surprise. hastily along the narrow strip of shore as yet
“Oh! you need not purtend not to know unflooded at the base of the tall cliffs. what I mean," Dinah rejoined sharply, “but Quickly along this dry path Sir Gerard now you're like all the rest of the men running hurried Josephine, for he knew that in a few afther every new face you see. Sorra minutes more even that would be flooded depindence to be placed on any of ye,” she by the encroaching tide. At length they added with a contemptuous curl of her thin reached the cove, near which Max. Butler's Lip.
residence was situated and turned up the "You speak in riddles, woman!" said the pebbly way leading to it from the shore. Baronet with subdued anger, “I am not At home again and safe! What an agony of engaged to any lady.”
dread and terror had Josephine experienced “ I thought you was to marry the young since she left it not two hours before, and lady at the Big House. Bedad that's what what deep thankfulness welled up in her is expicted of you any how and sure it heart towards that merciful Providence which would be the making of you by rason of had preserved her from a watery grave ! the fortune she has and your own estate gone That evening was spent by Sir Gerard Trevor to the bad entirely, bekase of the life your at the cottage, and before he left it he made ould father led.” Dinah spoke with cool Josephine an offer of his hand, contrary to insolence. The idea that Sir Gerard Trevor his previous intention of waiting till he got would marry Josephine instead of Miss Bar- a deeper insight into her character. But rington seemed to cause her much annoy- the events of that day had shown him how ance. Her remarks sent the deep flush of inexpressibly dear the girl was to him and rage to the face of Sir Gerard, but he con- the wild anguish he had experienced at the trolled his temper; the woman had lately thought of losing her had convinced him rendered him an incalculable benefit, he that the happiness of his life depended on could not show resentment towards one who winning her. This declaration of love filled had aided him in saving the precious life of Josephine with indescribable happiness, for Josephine ; without Dinah's help he never she had already given her first pure affeccould have reached the promontory in time tions to the handsome young Baronet ; but to rescue her from the pitiless waters. He the course of true love in this case did not contented himself by asserting again that run smooth. Lady Trevor objected to the there was no engagement between him and marriage and Mrs. Dormer and Max. deEva Barrington, speaking in tones of forced clined the honour of Sir Gerard's alliance calmness, fixing his eyes as he spoke on until her ladyship’s consent was obtained. Josephine,who read in their clear depths the But Sir Gerard did not despair for he hoped truthfulness of what he affirmed. During in time to remove this only obstacle to his the rest of the time which it took them to happiness : for youth is ever sanguine, it reach the land, Dinah Blake maintained a needs the crushing disappointments of life sullen silence, doing her part of the rowing, to dim the star of hope or sink it entirely however, with good will. When they land- beneath our clouded horizon. ed, after helping to moor the boat, she turned