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The Misses Palaché’s School at New York


Whilst lately at New York we paid a visit to the educational establishment of our friends, the Misses Palaché, and had the pleasure of instituting a brief examination of the pupils in Hebrew reading, translating, catechism, French, definitions and music, all that our limited time permitted us, and we must say that we were much gratified at what we witnessed. It was peculiarly pleasing to hear little children repeating the French catechism of Mr. S. Cahen of Paris, understandingly and clearly, and proved more than anything else, that the principal is fully qualified to do justice to the important business of instructing the youthful mind, in which she has been successfully engaged now about ten years. We were peculiarly struck, as on former occasions, with the attachment which the children manifest for their teachers, which shows that, whilst exercising a strict supervision, they have the happy faculty of winning the affection of those they guide. The progress of those who learn music under the instruction of Miss Rachel Palaché, the sister of the principal, was every way satisfactory, and we are sure that parents will not have any cause to fear that their children will not acquire this elegant accomplishment in a thorough manner, when sanding them to be instructed by our friends. We were especially impressed with this at witnessing the performance of one young lady who <<159>>executed some difficult pieces, and who has had no other teacher than Miss R., and that of another, a native German, who has been a boarder for about one year only. The tuition, so far as we could judge, is conducted on correct principles, and in no school are the moral and religious interests of the scholars better attended to than in the seminary of these ladies. They have assistant teachers to aid them in the labours of the school, which has now about fifty pupils, belonging to both the Portuguese and German congregations.

We may freely state that the comforts of the boarders are thoroughly watched over, and they always appear cheerful and happy. We deem it therefore our duty to call the attention of our distant readers to the subject, and to assure them that both boys and girls intrusted to the charge of the Misses Palaché will be carefully attended to both as regards their physical comfort and their mental and moral advancement.