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Speech and Song__All boys and girls can sing,
if it suits them to do so in the way of play. You never saw little boys and girls " beg off," when they want to sing together. In Germany, it has long been considered certain that all children can sing. They do not admit of exceptions, except in the case of the dumb. They not only argue from the general fre­quency of singing among children at play, but from the laws of music, as manifested in human language. Speech itself is but a kind of chant, and the voice always moves in musical intervals. The raising of the
pitch a third, a fifth, an octave? that is, from do to m*> from do to sol, and from lower do to upper do t is by no means confined to singing and recitation; it U what we always do under the influence of the slight­est excitement, and when we ask questions. Our voices always go up and down, following the musical intervals. All can sing, therefore; that is, all who can talk, and who raise their voice and let it fall ac­cording to the usual laws of speech. And yet we, in this country, assume that many children cannot leam to sing, and they grow up without this great blessing.
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SPEED AWAY.
I. B. WOODBURY.
Before leaving Europe we undertook with resolute purpose the study of the English language, and bought one of the famous self-instructors called, " English without a Master; or, English in twelve Lessons." We studied the twelve lessons, but found on our arri­val in this country, that our English was poorly cal­culated to stand the test of familiar conversation. To learn music is, in some respects, much more difficult than to master a language. Should any be tempted to seek help in a "Piano without Master," let as
advise them not to do so. They will fail, spending their time and money in vain. While you are alone, your attainments may be satisfactory to yourself, but when you come in contact with musicians you will find, to your mortification, that you know nothing of music, just as we knew nothing of English.—Karl Mert.
Speed Away.—It was a beautiful fancy among the Seneca Indians that a white dove let loose, at her grave, by the mother of the lost maiden would seek and find her waiting "Day Star" in the far-off Spirit Land.
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