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schools and higher public educational institutions for essays that shall most clearly define the need and purpose of the proposed improvement.

—At a meeting of the Board of Regents on January 26, the following were named as trustees of the new state normal school to be established at White Plains: Collin Armstrong, Scarsdale; Hon. George T. Burling, White Plains; Miss Helen Husted, Peekskill; Hon. John G. Agar, New Rochelle; Hon. George A. Slater, Port Chester; Daniel P. Hays, Pleasantville; Richard Edie, Jr., Yonkers; Mrs. Thomas F. Burgess, Scarsdale; Mrs. Arthur W. Lawrence, Bronxville: Hon. James J. Lynch, YonkCrs. The appointment of a Board of Trustees at this time is for the purpose of acquiring title to a suitable site. The actual construction of the building will be deferred for a year or two.

—Ulster, Dutchess, Greene, Columbia, Sullivan and Chenango counties will be visited by Prof. R. R. Fensla of the New York State College of Forestry at Syracuse University on a lecture tour of the schools of these counties. Prof. Fensla will talk on forestry and will illustrate his lectures with motion pictures and colored slides. His itinerary begins the evening of March 6 with an illustrated lecture at Milton and during the following nine days he will lecture at Rhinebeck, Port Ewen, Saugerties, Catskill, Madalin, Hudson, Poughkeepsie, Kinderhook, Ellenville, Liberty, Oxford, New Berlin, concluding with lectures at Afton and Greene, March 16.

—The Teachers’ Travel League of America, recently incorporated under the laws of New York state, held a general organization meeting in the auditorium of the DeWitt Clinton High School, New York city, March 4. Of. ficers were elected for the year and a definite program of action was decided

upon. The purposes of the organization,

briefly stated, are as follows: To seek from governmental authorities legistion, rulings and orders conferring upon school teachers, by virtue of their public value as educators, the right to reduced rates of travel; to secure reduced rates for hotel and transportation accommodations, and to promote the interest of school teachers in travel. The director of the league is Saul J. Dickheiser, 1270 Broadway, New York city.

Albany County —The first quarterly meeting of the Capital District Vocational Club was held in the Albany High School Saturday, February 11. In addition to a general meeting in the afternoon, there were meetings of the industrial arts, general industrial, commercial and home making sections in the morning at which promiment speakers discussed important special topics. The concluding event of the day's program was an evening dinner at the Hampton Hotel, which was attended by more than 150 visiting teachers and delegates. The principal speakers at the dinner were: Eugene B. Sanford, former president of the Albany board of education; Dr. David Snedden of Columbia University, Mayor Lunn of Schenectady, and Dr. C. Edward Jones, superintendent of Albany schools. Frederick W. Kelley, president of the Albany Chamber of Commerce, was toastmaster. Charles W. Clark of Schenectady, was elected president of the club for the ensuing year. -Quincy McGuire, principal of the Albany Home School for Oral Instruction of the Deaf, died February 7 at his home on North Pine Avenue, Albany. He was born February 10, 1855, at Ledyard, Conn. He received his early education at the Mystic Valley Classical Institute, Mystic Valley, Conn, and later graduated from the Albany Law School in 1904. Previous to taking his law course he was a teacher for a number of years. He was principal of the West Mystic school, Conn, also of the Noank schools, Noank, Conn. He was associated for several years with the commercial firm of Palmer Brothers, New London, Conn. For 25 years Mr. McGuire had been associated with the Albany Home school for the Oral Instruction of the Deaf. For the first 15 years he was manager, and for the remainder of the time both business manager and principal. Under Mr. McGuire's management the school flourished and the membership was trebled. –Eugene T. Holmes, director of Americanization in the Albany public schools, arranged an attractive program for the members of the Americanization classes on “Mayor's Night,” Tuesday, February 11. Mayor Hackett, William C. Smith, state director of education for the foreign born, and Dr. C. Edward Jones, superintendent of schools, made addresses. —William S. Dyer, who has served in the Albany board of education since February 1, 1912, has been reappointed by Mayor William S. Hackett for a term of six years. At a meeting of the board on February 7, Mr. Dyer was made president. The board at this meeting authorized the following changes and transfers in the personnel of the teaching force made necessary by the death of Thomas S. O’Brien, former principal of School 24: John H. Kingsley, who has been principal of School 2 was transferred to Schoool 24, Charles H. Jones, principal of the part time school, was transferred to School 2 in place of Mr. Kingsley. John W. Park, head teacher of industrial arts was promoted to be principal of the part time school in place of Mr. Jones, and Stanley Fitzgerald, teacher of industrial arts, was made head teacher in place of Mr. Park. -A notable banquet of the Old Philologians of the Albany High School was held at the Hampton Hotel the evening of February 21. Professor William D. Goewey, oldest member of the Old Philologians, a graduate, and a teacher in the high scs.hool for more than 40 years, was the guest of honor. The features of the banquet included the presentation to Professor Goewey of a Masonic charm in platinum gold and precious stones by President Franklin D. Sargent, '91, in behalf of the assembled diners, Professor Goewey's response and addresses by Surrogate George Lawyer, Prof. William Pitt Mason of the Rensselaer Poly. technic Institute of Troy, and the the Rev. Frank Creighton. -In a spirited and closely contested debate "h the evening of February 25 between teams "presenting Harvard and Syracuse Universi. * the Syracuse debaters won the decision of * judges by opposing the cancellation of all war debts owed to the United States by the Allied nations. The judges were Dr. John M.


Clarke, director of the State Museum, and Hon. Harold J. Hinman and Hon. Ellis J. Staley, justices of the Supreme Court.

—Dr. Augustus S. Downing, assistant commissioner of education, was elected president of the upper Hudson association of the Phi Beta Kappa fraternity at a dinner in the Hotel Ten Eyck, Albany, on the evening of March 2. Henry Wyman Holmes, dean of the graduate school of education of Harvard University, was the principal speaker and the toastmaster was Dean Edward Ellery of Union College. The other officers elected are: Vicepresident, Prof. John J. March, Union College; secretary and treasurer, Dr. Morton C. Stewart, Union College; executive committee, Dr. Charles M. Culver, Albany; Rev. Dr. John S. Zelie, Troy; C. F. F. Garis, dean of Union College, and William L. Kennedy of Johnstown. Dr. Frank P. Graves, state commissioner of education, gave a short talk, and Frederick Townsend replied to the welcome extended to Harvard men.

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ent principal of the high school, having come to Gloversville last fall from Brattleboro, Vt. —Dr. Marion E. Park, who has just been chosen president of Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania, is a native of Gloversville, being the daughter of the late Dr. William F. Park, who served for 25 years as pastor of the First Congregational church of that city. Dr. Park was born in Gloversville 46 years ago and attended the grade and high schools there. Upon her graduation from the high school she entered Bryn Mawr College, from which she received the degrees of bachellor of arts, master of arts and doctor of philosophy. She is now dean of Radcliffe College, Cambridge, Mass., and is a frequent visitor in Gloversville.

Greater New York —After a brief illness Edward A. Page, known as the dean of the teaching profession in New York City and long principal of the Evening High School for Men in Harlem, died February 11 at his home in Brooklyn from an infection of the throat. He was 76 years of age. As a token of respect George J. Ryan, acting president of the board of education, asked that the flags on all school buildings he placed at half-mast. —Mrs. Grace Strachan Forsythe has been appointed an associate superintendent of schools of New York city to succeed Dr. Andrew W. Edson retired. Dr. Clarence E. Meleney and William McAndrew, associate superintendents, have been reappointed for a term of six years. —Fourteen pupils of the New York city high schools were recently awarded industrial arts scholarships by the School Art League. They represented eleven high schools and are to enter upon their advanced duties in the New York School of Fine and Applied Art. Each scholarship pays the fees of the student for a year of post-graduate study in costume illustration, commercial designing, textile designing or interior decoration. —More than 1,200 of his associates paid tribute to Dr. Andrew W. Edson, retiring associate superintendent of schools of New York city at a luncheon on January 29, at the Hotel Biltmore. Dr. Edson had held his position in the New York schools for twenty-four years. William McAndrew presided. Dr. Henry Heim, principal of Public School 40, presented to Dr. Edson a gold watch bearing

the inscription: “From his friends in the school system,” and brief addresses were made by Dr. John H. Finley, former state commissioner of education; William L. Ettinger, Superintendent of schools; Mrs. Emma L. Murray, a member of the board of education; Elizabeth E. Farrell, inspector of ungraded classes; Carrie W. Kearns of the School for the Deaf; Olive M. Jones of the Probationary and Truant Schools; Dr. Adela J. Smith, assistant director of physical training; Dr. A. E. Winship, editor of the Journal of Education and Dr. Charles E. Jefferson. —That the art department of the New York o city high schools is cooperating effectively with business firms is strikingly illustrated by the response made by high school students of art in entering a recently conducted prize contest. On November 15, 1921, Abraham & Straus sent a circular to the high schools of Kings and Queens boroughs and invited the students in the art department of the high schools to enter into a competition for the design of a poster commemorating the store’s 57th anniversary. More than 150 posters were made and high art standards were maintained. The winners t of the two highest prizes were Isadore Reinhardt, of the Boys’ Commercial High School. who won the first prize, and H. Hirschivitz the second. The designs of these two successful contestants were of unusual merit, characterized by bold, attractive lettering, symmetry, simplicity and harmonious coloring. | —The borough of Queens loses the services of three veteran teachers this year. Alice E. Canfield retired from active duty February 11, after an unbroken term of service of 54 years in P. S. 5, Queens, and Kate S. Rooney, who has served 48 years, and Henriette Hume, 44 years, will retire October 1. —The high school registration of New York city this term reaches the high mark of 91,798, an increase of 13,511 over the registration on December 31, 1921. Over 20,000 new students from the elementary and junior high schools were enrolled at the beginning of the second term. The board of estimate has been asked to allow 85 additional high school teachers to handle this great increase in registration. Ninety-one teachers were allowed in the budget for this year but 176 will be needed. —Grace Strachan Forsythe, who was recently appointed by the New York city board of education as associate superintendent to succeed Andrew W. Edson, retired, appears to be


having more than the usual ‘‘peck of trouble’’’ and personal worry in justifying her qualifications for the position to which she has aspired and been elected.

Mrs. Forsythe has taken very much to heart the adverse criticisms of Superintendent William L. Ettinger and demands a fair, open and complete investigation of the charges preferred by her superior.

After reading the address delivered by Mrs. Forsythe before several hundred of her friends and supporters at a luncheon given in her honor on February 18 at the Hotel Commodore by the Women Citizens Luncheon Committee the impartial observer can not but feel that partisan politics, rather than her professional record and attainments, was responsible for her appointment.

- Livingston County

—The village of Avon has achieved new prominence by the recent announcement that Mrs. Laura Spencer, preceptress of the high school there, had been married to Neil Cushing, 19 years old, a student in one of her classes. Mrs. Cushing is 45 and the mother of five children, the oldest of whom is a teacher in Rochester. The unusual marriage caused such a furore that many of the high school pupils threatened to strike and Mrs. Cushing has resigned her position. A New York newspaper paragrapher has remarked that in marrying one of her pupils Mrs. Cushing has carried the matter of discipline a little too far.

Monroe County

—Superintendent H. Claude Hardy of the Fairport public schools was recently elected superintendent of schools at North Adams, Mass. He was obliged to decline, however, as the North Adams board of education wanted him to begin work on March 1st, and the Fairport board was unwilling to release him. He is under contract at Fairport until the close of the school year. It was a distinct compliment to Mr. Hardy to be chosen from a large number of candidates under consideration for the position. This is the third time within a year that Mr. Hardy has been favorably considered for a city superintendency, he being second choice for the position of super

intendent of the schools of the city of Lockport last summer. —The Eastman School of Music, which has been given by George Eastman to the University of Rochester, was formally opened and dedicated with elaborate exercises on March 3-4. It is estimated that 4,000 people participated in the elaborate program. The school will be one of the best equipped institutions of its kind in the country. The faculty includes 38 musicians from the United States and Europe and the student enrollment is 1023.

Montgomery County

—IIarrison T. Morrow, superintendent of the city schools of Amsterdam, has tendered to the board of education his resignation, effective July 31, when he will complete 22 years’ service as superintendent. Ill health is given as the reason for his resignation and it is understood that he will retire. He came to Amsterdam from Rome in 1899.

Nassau County

—Joseph A. Walker, who has been supervising principal at Baldwin, has resigned his position on account of ill health. As the result of its growth in population Baldwin is now entitled to a superintendency and the board of education is engaged in selecting a superintendent to begin work next September.

—Mervin E. Powell recently resigned his position as principal of the Merrick grammar school to accept an appointment as instructor in geography in public school 87, Borough of Queens. Mr. Powell had served as principal at Merrick since September, 1916. Mrs. E. M. Waring of Brooklyn has been engaged to succoed him.

Oswego County

—George R. Rodley, for the past two years principal of the Fulton high school, has been elected superintendent of schools of Fulton to succoed the late James R. Fairgrieve. He is a graduate of Syracuse University, and was formerly principal of the Edward Smith Junior nigh school of Syracuse.

Otsego County —Homer F. Yale is the new principal of the Union School at Hartwick.

Rensselaer County

—Announcement is made by President Palmer C. Rickett of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, that work on four units of the dormitory buildings will soon be started. The buildings will be of Harvard brick and Indiana limestone. The dormitories will be named after four famous graduates. McDonald, after Charles McDonald of the class of 1856; Roebling, after Washington A. Roe. bling, of the class of 1857; Cooper, after Theodore Cooper, class of 1858, and Buck, after L. I. Buck, 1868. Money for the construction was contributed by the alumni. It is estimated the dormitories will cost approximately $140,000.

Rockland County - This month L. O. Markham, superintendent of schools at Haverstraw, completed fifty years of school work in that village. Few superintendents in this State have had the distinction of such a record.

Tompkins County

--Andrew J. Hurdick, of Oneonta, a graduate of Colgate University, has been elected principal of the Groton high school, where he will assume his duties next September. Mr. Burdick graduated from Colgate in 1915 with an A. B. degree and Phi Beta Kappa honors. He served for three years as principal of the sauquoit high school, for two years as instructor in mathematics in the Elmira Free Academy and for the past two years has been principal of the high school at Millerton, N. Y.


April 20-22: Georgia Education Association, Columbus, Georgia. President, Kyle T. Alfriend, Milledgeville. July 2-8: National Education Association,


Not Just Another Æsop”

A Child was found one pleasant day
Reading a book of Verses gay.
Of him, an Adult, chancing by
Demanded what he read, and why
He was not with his friends at play.
The Child replied he'd rather stay
And read his AEsop story book.
The Adult said, “Come, let me look!”
And then exclaimed, “Why this is done
By Mr. Herford! Well what fun!”
He took the book, turned with delight
To drawings gay and verses bright.
An hour passed, the Child now wept,
“I want my book that you have kept.”
Alas, the Adult heard him not,
The waiting Child he quite forgot,
IBut not the book. He passed from view
And took the Herford AEsop too.

The moral, friends, is plain as pease.

This IIerford book is sure to please Both young and old—and I surmise That Mr. Æsop's pleased likewise.

—E. D. S. * The Herford AEsop (Ginn and Company).

Disgusted Teacher—Tommie you act like a fool. That’s why you are always at the end of the class. How do you expect to have success in anything when you grow up if you act that way and are always at the end of the line?

Tommie–I expect to be end man in a minstrel show.—New York Sun.

Adequate elementary education must be made a vital, universal opportunity for every boy and girl. Higher education—general, professional and technical—must be helped to grow until it is able to meet full and ready-handed the problem of training the leadership of our democracy. The ideals of educated men and women must more and more be made the ideals of all our people.—Charl Ormond Williams.

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