Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society Held at Philadelphia for Promoting Useful Knowledge, Volume 26

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Page 317 - A more lying, round-about, puzzleheaded delusion than that by which we confuse the clear instincts of truth in our accursed system of spelling was never concocted by the father of falsehood. How can a system of education flourish that begins by so monstrous a falsehood, which the sense of hearing suffices to contradict?
Page 430 - Christmas comes but once a year : And, when it comes, it brings good cheer ; % But, when it's gone, it's never the near.
Page 396 - In the spring the young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.
Page 329 - English, and we shall have a total of millions of years wasted by each generation. The cost of printing the silent letters of the English language is to be counted by millions of dollars for each generation. And yet literary amateurs fall in love with these squintings and lispings.
Page 392 - GOD bless the master of this house, The mistress also ; And all the little children That round the table go...
Page 330 - ... approval of all the governments. The scheme thus prepared was privately printed and sent to the respective governments, and then submitted to a ministerial commission, consisting of Von Raumer and eleven other educationists, together with a printer and a publisher. The commission met in January, 1876, and approved of the scheme with certain modifications ; and a report of the whole proceedings has been drawn up and printed.
Page 411 - ... on the eves of St. John the baptist and St. Peter, they always have in every town a bonfire late in the evenings, and carry about bundles of reeds fast tied and fired ; these being dry, will last long, and flame better than a torch, and be a pleasing divertive prospect to the distant beholder; a stranger would go near to imagine the whole country was on fire.
Page 394 - Patrick at midnight he first saw the day ; While others declare 'twas the ninth he was born, And 'twas all a mistake between midnight and morn ; For mistakes will occur in a hurry, and shock, And some blamed the babby — and some blamed the clock — Till with all their cross questions sure no one could know If the child was too fast — or the clock was too slow.
Page 332 - YOU need not be concerned, in writing to me, about your bad spelling ; for, in my opinion, as our alphabet now stands, the bad spelling, or what is called so, is generally the best, as conforming to the sound of the letters and of the words.
Page 417 - ... of the donor. Every house abounds in the best viands they can afford: apples and nuts are devoured in abundance: the nut-shells are burnt, and from the ashes many strange things are foretold: cabbages are torn up by the root...

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