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MANY of the parish and community libraries of Scotland in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries were subscription libraries, as this was the best way for people of limited means to amass and maintain reasonable collections, but it was not always so. When William Ewart and his colleagues met to...
FROM TIME TO TIME librarians in public lending libraries hear their borrowers lamenting that they wish they could find books on the shelves like those written in the Good Old Days. By this it may be assumed that they are looking for a good story with no violence, no drugs, and no unsavoury...
A MAN'S LAST WORDS carry presumption of credibility not associated with utterances made earlier in life. William Shakespeare acknowledged this credibility in at least three of his plays. When the physician, Cornelius, told Cymbeline that the Queen had confessed that she loved him not, Cymbeline...
IN THE UNITED KINGDOM the reorganization of local government has been the subject of public discussion and of central government consideration for the last thirty years. During the lifetime of the recent Conservative Government it became clear that new legislation would be enacted and overdue...
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