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Evenings at Home.—There is nothing that con­tributes more to the pleasure of evenings at home than music in families. To cultivate a love of music ( among children, creates and fosters a refined senti­ment that is not forgotten when they arrive at ma­turity. Music engenders and promotes good feeling. The blending of the voices of parents and children in song strengthens the ties that bind them together, and the love that centres about the home fireside. It renders home attractive, interesting, and beautiful; and in every home circle where it is tolerated and cultivated, there will be found a greater freedom
from all those discords and inharmonious conte». tions, that render so many parents miserable and their children anxious to find a more congenial atmos­phere elsewhere. Music is not an unmanly or effemi­nate way of spending one's time, as many unrefined parents aver when they proscribe even the coveted fid­dle their sons enjoy scraping in the attic. Every home should have a musical instrument in it that can be used as an accompaniment to the family voices. It will give employment and amusement to the children in thei* otherwise unoccupied hours. It will keep them a' home, and very often out of bad influences elsewhere.
THE DEAREST SPOT.
W. T. Wrighton ,
What an auxiliary is music to the teacher, bright­ening up dull faces, inspiring cheerfulness that be­comes an impetp<; to labor, softening and soothing nervous irritation often so difficult to contend against, which has been excited by the crowded school im­patient under the restraint and monotony of position and occupation! Think, too, of each child frequently going home at night, like the honey-laden bee, with a gay little song to charm the work-wearied father's heart; a lullaby which, sung over the baby's cradle,
shall soothe the mother's spirit while it closes baby's eyes; holy hymns that shall make the very roof tree a better shelter for the hearts beneath it Thus the influence of the public school goes out blessing and blest; and we gather sheaves of joy to hold olose to humble hearts,thankful that we may be permitted to aid in making the world happier and better,as well as wiser; that we, too, amid the silent, unseen influences, are serving our country and our God, and at the same time learning the useful lesson of how to labor and to wait.
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