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Bury St Edmunds—A walking feat—Unintentional injury
to a bishop in posse—Appointed inspector—Rev. Dr
Montagu Butler—Professor Jack.
Educational awakening—Government aims—First experiences—A "pheesical" impossibility.
Wide range of travelling—The devil like a roaring lion—Horseback and saddle-bags—An involuntary swim on
horseback—Unsatisfactory buildings—Primitive railway management.
Five stages of Code development — History repeating
itself—Elasticity and higher general level — Lord
Balfour of Burleigh and Sir Henry Craik—The aim
a return to the ideal old parish school — Dullards,
like the poor, always with us—Early general reports
represent the principle of recent changes—Dull and
clever alike provided for.
Dr John Brown's estimate of a kindly joke—One of an inspector's first
duties—Cases in point—Why one
should not go to Berlin—" Glad to see your back " —14 He disna ken
there's twa Dees"—A pilgrim defined — "A gutsy brute"—"Are ye the
Goaverment?"—Mistaken for some one else.
Gratuitous visits and their results—Inspection before the Code—Act of
1861 for increase of salaries of parish teachers and removal of the
incompetent—An amusing case—"I jist fushed too mich".
The Revised Code an injury to Scottish education—The "beggarly elements"
supreme — Intelligence disregarded—Unfair to Scotland because based
exclusively on the character of English schools—Education levelled down
not up—Many teachers and some inspectors educationally demoralised by
it—A proof that English officials did not know Scottish schools.
Effects of kindly encouragement and words in season—Rev. Dr Mackenzie of
Kingussie and education in the north—Sympathetic patience of teachers of
the blind and dumb—Abnormal development of special faculties.
Old parish schools—Candlemas—Changed customs—M. Biot's estimate—Parish
schools' relation to the University— First Scottish Code — "No use
pumping when the well's dry"—Scottish and English graduates compared—"A
James Beattie — Lessons from a shoemaker's stool: "Bairns maun like
their books"—"She has a dreadfu' memory" — "Read as weel's ye can do"—
"What! are ye keekin'"—" Hoo could I charge fees?"—"Eh! man, Bell's deid".
Sheriff Nicolson—J. F. Maclennan—D'Arcy Thompson— Swearing in Latin — A
reading party — Alexander Smith—4 Punch ' to the rescue—P. P. Alexander.
Changes in graduation and bursaries in Edinburgh and Glasgow—Aberdeen,
why different—Dick Bequest—Graduation and bursaries fifty years ago and
now—University no place for poverty of both purse and intellect —
Bursaries, wherever possible, should be open to free competition—Crooked
answers from examination papers.
Orkney—Kirkwall cathedral—" Picts* houses " and standing-stones—Rents
sixty years ago, " I sud pay a hen " —" The haithens ate Tam " I thocht
I was needin' a snuff" — North Ronaldsay — Shapinsay — Colonel Balfour—Maeshowe
and the antiquaries—Professor Aytoun—Cologne cathedral.
Shetland — Fair Isle—A purpose of marriage—Foula—A running commentary on
the last Chapter of Ecclesiastes.
General hospitality—The minister's man—Rev. Dr Hanna — "Rael
coamfortable" — "She tak's a bit blaw
hersel'"—"Ca' ye't naething to be forced to gang to the kirk ilka
Sunday?"—"Ye hadna your purse oot here"—Pathetic contrast—Three dinners.
Amusing answers from Training Colleges and higher grade schools—"A while
at every class"—"Lash
him"—Duck and hen—"Naked and not ashamed" —Leeches—French and German
Before 1872 many parish schoolmasters in the North were divinity
students—An occasional hitch—One troublesome—Prayed for four times in
one day—Religious instruction—Homely estimate of Mary and
Martha—Minister and teacher generally good friends—One
exception—Relation of school board to teacher of more business but less
sympathetic type than before —Apparently less interest on the part of
parents—An amateur Sutherland examiner.
Farm-servants too often regarded simply as agricultural implements —
Little encouragement or opportunity for self-improvement — Safeguards of
a virtuous life broken down—Feeing markets—Too few two-horse farms as
objects of ambition—Too few cottages on the farm for married men—An
example worthy of imitation—This slackening of kindly relationship not
confined to farmers and farm-servants.
The Academy of Old Deer — Sir George Reid, Paul Chalmers, Robertson
Smith, Sir David Gill—Large
dinner-parties a social mistake—A very clever cook.
"Watchie"—Advice on marriage—Parody of Tennyson's "Brook"— Brownlow
North —A long quotation—
Spurgeon — Plain-spoken old ladies—An awkward elder.
Professor Blackie—His versatility, vitality, and disregard of
convention—Dinners at Blackie's and Calderwood's —The Hellenic Club
presentation on his eightieth birthday— His ingenuousness—Masson—Maclagan—Christison—Norman
Macleod—His breadth, force, humanity, and humour—The late Lord
Infant-teaching much improved—When should it begin—"D—n the cat I"—Great
improvement in reading-
books—Reading the most valuable school product—Corporal punishment—Dr
Melvin—Leather—Thomas Fraser of Golspie—An equestrian incident.
Not to be imposed upon — Praying for Queen Caroline — Rounds of toasts —
Humorous certificates — A Nathaniel—Yon—Wattle Dunlop—Advice based on
Biblical example—Providence and limited liability—"A divinity that
shapes our ends".
Joint University and Normal School training—Necessary to maintain the
tradition of the old parish school—Progress most satisfactory—Training
College curriculum widened and raised—Attitude of Edinburgh Board
towards practice in singing—Visits to English Training Colleges —
Students' dinner scheme —Secondary schools—Organisation
improved—Edinburgh Merchant Company set the example of reform—Lord
Balfour of Burleigh's Endowed School Commission—Splendid results.
The bitters latitude — Give it a good name — Sudden meteorological
change — Bibulous Scotland — "He put too much water in his whisky"—Its
preservative qualities—Spontaneous combustion—An awful risk— A Highland
funeral — Roman Catholic rag-gatherers—The most dangerous form of
drunkenness—Sabbath observance in the Highlands—Men—Superstitions.
Teachers with rare exceptions eminently faithful and trustworthy — No
charity for cheating — Amusing mistakes—"My kingdom for a horse".
Failure of a red-herring scare—"I'm a fisher mysel'"—Different points of
view—" Moral suasion perfect nonsense"—Examination in religious
knowledge—A courageous minister—" Not big enough to haud a
sow!"—An athletic beadle.
The typical fisherman—Inscriptions—Sir George Grove —Crofters and
domestic animals—A ticklcsome car-driver—Irish bulls and
repartees—Daniel Webster, the American orator —Sir John Macdonald —
Intercourse with the Department pleasant—My connection with it
slackened, not broken—Relations with
managers and teachers.