FOR the sake of illustrating what we have so often urged in behalf of rural embellishments and ornamental home architecture, we introduce, this month, three exquisite engravings of the Stevensdale Institute, South Amboy, N. J. The frontispiece repre-sents the view of the building as the observer approaches from the street. The view down the bank toward the streamlet, and the over-arching trees, with the rustic summer house in the back-ground, make a picture cozy-like and very tempting.

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The Observatory and the Lake famish still another rural scene of more than customary elegance, while the arched bridge and placid stream beneath, complete a sketch of one of the most inviting of all suburban retreats. The Institute is a seminary for the education of young ladies, and who that examines these artistic illustrations can fail to admit that scenes of such rare beauty must have their influence in the minds and hearts of the dwellers within their precincts.

We have often advocated the extensive adorning of the grounds of public institutions, and especially of those devoted to educational purposes. They invariably inspire taste, gentleness, care, and good deportment among scholars and students. And we doubt not more than one has found, in later years, his appreciation of the beautiful in Art and Nature dates back to the well remembered sights of ornamental shrubs, trees and flowers in the home grounds of the old college or academy. We have seen few engravings of rural ornament better worthy appreciation than the elegant little trio in this number.