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Education In Austria

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The great object of the Austrian government - thal to which its energies are constnn'ly directed, is to crush the spirit of Jiberty, to paralize the activity of the mind, and lo prevent, if possible, the idea from entering the minds of the people, that they have anything to do with the government. During the Congress of Lyibach, the Emperor of Austria said to the teachers of a public seminary, " I want no Iearned men, I need no Iearned men; I want men who will do what I bid them." These wislies of the Emperor are abundantly gratified ; for there is not a single great man in literature, whom Austria can claim as her own. There are but few Austrian ñames to be fuund upon any of the pages of intellectual greatness. Much has rccentl y been said respecting the elementary schools established in Austria. These schools are established in but a limited portion of the empire, while the millions who people the vast realms of Hungary, Transylvania.Croatia, Bucorm'a, Szc., aresunk in the deepest ignorance. And the schools, where established, are but the potent instruments of despotistn, for the pupila are not taught to think, but lo be serviïely submissive to despotic authority. Says a foreign Review, "The sysïem of Austrian education is indeed unique in the history of mankind. The governmeni monopolizes the charge. No one dares to nstruct youth, who has not received an aulhorization to that The books employed must be writtenby ngents appointed to the task and every word that falls from a teacher's moutli, is a subject of inquiry and interest and overy word that falls from a teacher's mouth, is a subject of inquiry and interest for the Council of State. The omount of the instructïon conveyed in the schools of Austria is, " Servants obey your masters ; and Subjects, honor your king." Indeed mind, throughout Austria, with a few exceptior.s. is drnd. There is no enterprise, no desire for improvement. There is but one wish through the empire, and that is to live to-morrow as they lived yesterday. Consequently, there is no eager rush for wealth, even, but a dull and