Today the public schools will adjourn for the holidays. This is right; it is righteous; it is religious. It will give the children a rest, freshen up their physical and intellectual vigor, and render Christmas more hallowed. They can the better enjoy the filled stocking, juggled by Santa Claus in the silent midnight watches; and the family and public Christmas tree, if they are made to feel that there is yet more leisure behind it, other days of freedom, beside Christmas. By the time that New Year has gone, the charm of vacation will have spent itself, and the rising generation will be ready for their books again. The vacation is a good thing.