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book, the conjugations of the verbs, after the manner of Dr. Beard in his Latin Exercises, wherein the whole of the person-endings are presented at one view. At present, I can go through the indicative mood of the first conjugation of regular verbs in all its tenses-likewise the conditional-from memory. The subjunctive and imperative are at present a little perplexing to me; but time will, no doubt, make them clearer to me as I go on.

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e also written the exercises, French into English, and vice d have got as far as the twentieth exercise; and I mean -ht through them all. When I meet with a sentence about lation of which I am in doubt, I mark it for correction at some future time, when my knowledge will be more mature. I find great benefit from writing out the exercises; it improves one's memory greatly. I likewise write out the demonstrative adjectives and pronouns in their singular and plural; the possessive adjectives; the comparisons of equality, of inferiority, &c., and all such useful parts, so that I may always have them before my eyes when at work; for, unlike many trades, mine is very well adapted for study while at work; and, being married and having two children, intellectual pursuits are prosecuted with no little difficulty to one of limited means like myself.-I am, Sir, yours, &c.,

ECOLIER FRANÇAIS.

11, High-st., Bloomsbury, Feb. 3, 1853.

HONOURABLE RIVALRY.

SIR,-Like your "manly" correspondent "Dominic Divers," I sport the proud legend "Surgere Tento;" and you will rejoice to hear that the POPULAR EDUCATOR is likely to raise me to the eagle's eyry from the turkey's roost.

Your worthy friend, lord of the leather apron, was right in wishing your English readers to profit by the learned chancellor's Anacreontic effusion; and therefore in the exercise of my craftthat of a miller-I have put the Latin verses through my intellectual hopper, and after bolting them to the bran, I have brought them out, ground into veritable Saxon, warranted free from adulteration-always excepting the rubbings of the mill

stone.

Should your readers be benefited in any way by my pleasurable labour, I shall deem it a worthy recompence for three hours' hard grinding.

In conclusion, Mr. "Dominic Divers" may join with myself in self-congratulation, that the Muses neither faint at the rumble of an old mill, nor vanish before the chopping of a lapstone. Your obliged friend, SURGERE TENTO.

ON THE CHOICE OF A WIFE.
From the Latin of Sir Thomas More.
Avoid the maid-her charms are cheats-
Who feeds her mind on baby-sweets;
The everlasting prattler shun,

Who'd talk from morn till setting sun;
As well as her whose tongue seems made
To keep the peace within her head.
But let the maiden you adore,

Be furnished well with solid lore,
That she may quaff, when once your wife,
The doctrines of a happy life,

From the deep fountains of the past,
Which with the present well contrast.
Her ballast these-the prosperous gale
Will only fill her steady sail,
And raving storms of trouble roll
In vain around her constant soul.

Her smile will cheer your downcast hour,
When clouds of care begin to lower;
Upon her brow no scowl shall rest,
To wither joys within your breast.
Her lips distil shall words of truth,
With lessons fraught, for wayward youth;
1ur children's children she may feed
With wisdom, which is milk indeed.
Men's heartless haunts no more delight
Shall yield you then, by day or night;
But all uxorious you shall rest,

In peace upon that guileless breast;
Whilst she, with grace as from above,
Shall cherish thee in woman's love.
And then with graceful hand she'll bring,
Harmonious notes from every string;
And voice (to which the fabled lays
Of Pandion's daughter earn no praise),
She sings so sweet that e'en the ear
Of Phoebus would have thrilled to hear.

In bland discourse-in learn'd delights,
Shall f.t away the days and nights,-
In noting well her words that fall,
Like oozing nectar, one and all;
Whereby she curbs mirth's gay excess,
And draws the sting from dire distress;
Wherein the power of deep good sense
Is only neared by eloquence.-
Such I can fancy to have been
That hapless nymph, and beauty's queen,
Who wedded Orpheus!-Ah! the tale
Of death I will not now reveal:
But sure I am the minstrel bold,
Had never, for her weight in gold,
Gone down through toil to Pluto's dell,
To fetch a rustic dame from hell.
Such too, I trow, was Naso's child,
So famed for verse, and genius wild;
Who well nigh gained the laurel bough
Of song, which deck'd her father's brow.
And such, I ween, was Tullia fair,
Endow'd with soul, and learning rare,-
To Mark so dear, that ne'er, I know,
Has father lov'd a daughter so.
Such too was she of passing worth,
Who gave the winning Gracchi birth;
And taught her sons those noble arts,
Which swayed at will proud Roman hearts;-

A mother gifted from above,

Sent to instruct as well as love.

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R. S.

INDEX TO CORRESPONDENTS, &c. MISCELLANEA.-42, 185, The Philosophy of Study, Nos. 1. and 2. ; 88, Our Maps; 95, Ancient Hymns; 104, Important Announcement; 137, 213, University of London, Nos. 1. and 2.; 155, The New Planets; 163, Skeletons of Leaves and Fruits; 255, 315, 331, 358, Solutions of Problems and Queries; 299, Poetry, Solid Treasures; 313, 329, On Comets, Nos. 1. and 2., with Glossary. CORRESPONDENCE.-44, Glowworm; 119, 195, Autobiography of a Journeyman Glass-cuttter, Socratic Method; 223, Professor James Thomson, Plan for extending our Circulation; 239, SelfImprovement; 271, Manly Spirit, Construction of the Violin, CoInstruction Societies; 343; The Lean Horse, Construction of the Violin; 387, An invitation to all; Mode of Studying French; Honourable Rivalry, On the Choice of a Wife.

ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS.-12, Keith on the Globes, Irresistible Body, Study of Euclid, Lord Brougham, Area of a Circle, Snail Query, Multiplying money by money, Property of eternal, &c.; 28, English Alphabet, Mathematical Instruments, Original Writings of the Prophets and Apostles, Immateriality of the Soul, Rule for Squaring a Binomial, Series for the Rectification of the Circle, &c.; 44, Alligation, Question in Mensuration, a Knot, Limited Monarchy, Mathematical Queries, &c.; 76, Mutability of Matter, For Ever, Hernia, Albino and Albiness, &c.; 88, Judicial Astrology, Hebrew Grammar, Mr. Knowles, Q. E. D. and Q. E. F. explained, Phosphorescence of the Heavenly Bodies, &c.; 104, British Essayists, Richardson's Dictionary, Fluxions, Cyclopædia, Boxes of Mathematical Instruments patronised by the Society of Arts, Trisection of an Angle, Explanation of Logos, &c.; 120, Velocity of Light and Sound, Problems, Geometrical Definitions, &c.; 136, Algebraic Problems, Penmanship, &c.; 161, Salmagundi, Division of the Roman Empire at its fall, Musical Notes, &c.; 180, System of Music, Globes, &c.; 196, Books recommended, Globe-making, Problems, Triscetion of an Angle; 224, Books recommended, Receipt for taking Ink Spots out of Paper, German Pronunciation, &c.; 240, Books recommended, words explained, Problems, &c.; 256, Explanation of words, Solution of Problems, Queries, &c.; 272, Books recommended, Reading of the Scriptures, Explanation of Words, Solution of Problems, &c.; 284, Books recommended, Multiplying money by money; 300, Books, Chronology, Words, The Circle, Problems, &c.; 316, Musical Hints, Arithmetical Problem; 332, Books, Words, Phenomena; 360, Books, Round World, Words and Phrases explained, Structure of Coral Islands, &c.; 376, The Book-Post, Names and Radixes of Arithmetical Scales, Words Explained, Solution of Problem, Books, &c.; 388, Photography, Doctor of Music, Matriculation, Loadstones or Natural Magnets, French Classes, Problems, Phonetic Short-hand, Microscope, Solidity of a Cube, Explanation of Words, Population of the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands, Books recommended, &c.

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