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The sun broke forth in heaven - so in our hearts At first the rain of sad tears would not cease Until the sun of consolation came
From God-and in its light, lo! all was peace.
And yet there is a sense of something gone,
With all its great attainments, subject e'er
From learning of all ages and all lands,
With patient life-long study he had filled
The deep recesses of a mind that first
With power to take and to impart was skilled, With brilliant talents that might well have graced Another sphere more public than the one
He filled so ably, yet his choice was made
For happiness in toil for others weal,
For peace in knowledge of a life that ne'er
Its strong keen sense of duty, but with rare
The minds of those who on his help relied.
Kindly and gentle with a cheery smile
Or ready counsel for our every need,
With genial sympathy for one and all,
A friend once gained he proved a friend indeed; Calm and indulgent when he gave command
We seemed to follow our own wishes — till
The end was gained, and lo! our heart and hand Had ever moved responsive to his will.
Patient and earnest, when at last disease
With constant, weary suffering reached his brain, Still he toiled on and sacrificing self,
Worked with us, brave and cheerful all the same;
Till like a ship that laden with rich weight,
Unfurls her sails and seeks the far-off sea,
No more we look for counsel and for aid,
By pure example still our feet may lead.
Whatever life—if in the sphere of home,
As sisters, wives and mothers, or allied
On the afternoon of the day of Mr. Seavey's death the Committee voted to place the school under the charge of the Chairman for the remainder of the year. In accordance with this vote the Chairman, who had been Mr. Seavey's substitute since the first of April, acted as Temporary Head-Master from the 28th of April until the close of the exercises and examinations on the 24th of July. On the 8th of September, the Board elected as Head-Master Mr. Ephraim Hunt, long and favorably known as a Master in the English High School. Miss Bessie T. Capen has been chosen an assistant teacher to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Miss Mary H. Ellis, mentioned in our last report. Miss Duganne, assistant superintendent in the
Training Department, has resigned, and Miss Lucy O. Fessenden has been appointed in her place. Miss Ellen R. Crosby and Miss Adeline I. Baker, Primary School Teachers, have relinquished their positions, and they are succeeded by Miss Annie K. Adams and Miss Clara A. Robbins. In consequence of the increase in the number belonging to the school Miss Charlotte T. Ehlin has been appointed Temporary Assistant, and the whole number of teachers is now twenty-two.
Instruction in Vocal and Physical Culture is given by Professor Monroe, and Vocal Music is taught in the Primary Schools by Professor Mason.
In our Annual Report for 1867, the opinion was expressed that the interests of the school required an addition to the salaries of all the female teachers. In December last, in accordance with the unanimous recommendation of our Committee, the Board fixed the salaries of the assistants at $1,000 each, and of the Head-Assistant and the Superintendent of the Training Department at $1,500 each per annum.
The whole number of scholars registered during the year is four hundred and thirty-six. The number received from the public schools of the city, one hundred and twenty-seven. The number discharged, seventy-three. The largest number present at any one time, three hundred and eighty-eight. The largest average attendance for any one month was three hundred and seventy-seven in September. The average attendance for the year, three hundred and thirty-one. The average number belonging, three hundred and forty-two, and the percentage of attendance 97+.
The pupils have been examined, under the direction of the Committee, in all the branches taught during the year, sixty per cent of correct answers in every study being required for promotion from the Junior to the Middle class, and from the Middle to the Senior class, and for diplomas. There has been no departure from this rule, and the possession of a diploma is evidence that the graduate has passed a satisfactory examination in all the required studies of the whole course of three years.
EXAMINATIONS IN THE JUNIOR CLASS FOR PROMOTION.
Average per cent of all examined in all the studies
No. that had an average in all the studies of 90-99 per cent 20
Of the 101 members of the Junior Class examined, 89 were