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Mitchell, Roy; Teall, Gardner C. (ed.) / The Columbian
Volume 1, Number 1 (February 1893)

The Columbian: Volume 1. Number 1. February,   pp. [unnumbered]-[8]


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-HE COLUMBTAN,
-them made footprints on a door-stone, but it was
not a door-stdne then and nobody ever blanied
him for it. The Pterodactyl had not as large feet,
but a very large finger with a wing on it,owhich
must have been very convenient.  The Ichthyos-
aurus was plain looking, but hiid a remarkable
;set of teeth, and they walked and walked, and ages
and ages passed away. Alteiwards came great
mamtals with great names, and finally, when
things were ready, man came and hasA been here
ever since; and what may come next only science
knows, audit won't tell-and-the ages are pass-
ing away.                             Ex.
The Schools of Long Ago.
In an old, old newspaper, printed a hundred
years ago, appeared this quaint and curious
advertisment of a school for boys:
"To the principal Gentlemen and Ladies of the City
and Country:
"Having, before the late Revolution, had the
honour when everybody and everything in America
and Old England understood one another; and
in 1763, that period also being calm and Ferene,
i had likewise the honour to hold or sustain two
important offices in this state, viz.: the Post
,Office and the Commissariat; and during that
period, I had also the honour to correspond with
the first gentlemen at that time in the country; I
will mention the first gentlemen at that time in
the country: The Honourable Sir William John-
son, baronet; the Honourable Hugh Findlay, at
Quebec; Sir John Johnson, baronet; Hugh and
Alexander Wallace, Esquires; and all the gentle-
men printers on this vast continent.
"From my correspondence with men and a
good library of books, I think I have sufficient
knowledge to take upon me the education of a
few country gentlemen's children, say six boys,
from twelve to sixteen years of age, my situation
will be near the city, in a very healthy desirable
stand, near perhaps to the Israelitish Burying
Ground; I will study or teach none but English
Syntax and refined sentiment.  I know notbing
-of the business of a country schoolmaster, wio
would positively take one whole sheet of paper to
,communicate his ideas, when any of my scholars
possessed with the least share of sense, shall do it
with propriety and elegance in six lines. My
plan, therefore, will be to take only six gentle-
--en's children for six months, when they shall
be fitted for business. The elegance of double
entry, or the Italian method of Book-keeping,
,shall be taught (if they please) with propriety.
The young gentlemen may then, if they please,
leave the academy for six months, to re-enter
and so on a regular and uniform succession of
,thenm.
. "Mr. Monier's plan will be to board them, wash
them, and lodge them.    Mrs. Monier is of a
respectable Dutch fitmily, and will not suffer one
dirty matter about the house, nor about the,'
gentlemen's children-this by way of further
introduction to his plan."
"Mr. Mouier further acquaints his friends arid
the public, that five whole days in the week he
means to devote his time to the children; but
Saturdays a total relaxation from business, when
his pupils may then visit their friends in comtbrt.
Terms of entrance and schooling to be made
known, and made easy to the public.
"JOHIN MONMcR.
Late Deputy Post master, and Agent at Albany.'
"N. B.--The subscriber will begin to take in
subscriber'-; names the 18Lh instant, and open the
Academy the 22d.
"NE W YoRK, Oct. 16, 1792."
Not many years later a Young Ladies' Semi-
narv was started in the City of Philadelphia. by
J. Wortendyke, E.;q., and his good dame.  Here
is the advertisement as it appeared eighty-four
years ago in the first daily newspaper printed in
the United States:-
"YOUNG LADIES' HALL.
"J. WORTENDYKS,
Having recently informed the citizens of Phil-
adelphia, that he purposed opening a SEMINARY,
at No. 32 Church Alley, respectfully begs the in-
dulgence to give further notice that for the better
and more genteel accommodation of his pupils,
he has removed to that elegant and spacious
building, formerly occupied by Mrs. Rivardy, at
the corner of Second and Union stree ts-etrance
from Union street. This institution is exclusively
intended for:the reception of a select number of
Young Ladies, and consist of a Junior and Senior
Department, each of which shall be limited to
thirty scholars.
'-The following branches' will be taught in this
Seminary, with the assistance of Mrs. Worten-
dyke:
"The terms per quarter are, in the Junior
Department:
"For Orthography, readine and plain Sewing..$4.00
"In the Senior Department:
"For Analytical and Epistolary Writing with,
the above and the various branches of'
Ornamental Needlework .................... 6.00
"For Arithmetic, English Grammar, Geogra-
phy, with the use of the Globes, delineation
of Maps, History, Elocution, Philigree
Work, Rugwork, Embroidery, &c., with all
the above branches .....     ............. 8.00
"Pens and Ink, 50 cents per quarter.
"Those young ladies in the senior department
who shall distinguish themselves by their strict
propriety of conduct, and diligent applicati6n to
study,, will every Saturday be entitled to a lesson
in Velvet Painting. Other objects of emulation
will be held out in both departments. Private
Lessons in either of the above branches wiU be


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