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FIRESIDE EDUCATION.
matter of course, a thing too familiar to need investigation, too commonplace to excite our interest 1
For my own part. I believe there are great discoveries yet to be made on this subject, hack-nied as it may seem, and these are doubtless to result from a more thorough understanding of childhood. I would therefore commend the study of children not to parents alone, but to all, as they are an interesting and important theme of philosophical inquiry. The chemist delves deep in search of hidden acids and alkalies ; the bota­nist climbs to the top of the Alps or the Andes in pursuit of rare flowers; the mineralogist plunges into the cavern and treads the dizzy edge of the precipice, in his eager chase after new minerals. I refer the reader to a more fruitful source of the wonderful and the beau­tiful. Study childhood. Be not too eager for the remote, when the near and the familiar are so worthy of attention. Remember the Gre­cian philosopher who tumbled into a ditch while gazing at the stars. Be not discouraged from this subject because it may seem trite. Sir Isaac Newton was one day in an orchard, and saw an apple fall from a tree. To most, this incident might seem too common to deserve investigation. But the great philosopher knew
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