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AN APPEAL FROM JAPAN. TO THE EDITOB. Sir,—The "Times" has Lately pubiistivd an ur- gent appeal from Japan for old and disused books, inoluding children's lesson, and story h<.oks, scientific primers, classic authors, d'soardod school books, and any books of good and wholesome tendency, educational or otherwise, in the various languages of Europe, only exoepting modern society novels and controversial religious ones. Thousands of Japanese arc learning English and othtr Euro- pean languages, and c,ra,ving for books to allay an "absolute mental famine." Mr. Takakusu, Professor of Sanscrit in the Tokio University, and Director of the College of Foreign Lan- guages, desires to establish there a great lending library, and pleads for "books that you have read." Knowing in how many houses in Chester and the neighbourhood there must be quantities of such books no longer in use, I have taken the liberty of condensing the "Times" appeal, trust- ing in your oourtesy to insert my letter in your papers, in the hope that it. may meet the eye of some whose, real sympathy with Japan, will induce them to look through their old books and send wha.t they can spare. Old music will also bo mort welcome. We are asked to send all packets of books, carriage paid, to Llia hon. sec. of the Dulca Cor Library, 15, Hanover-terrace, Regent's Park, London, and a Japanese steamship company will convey them gratis to Japan. Railway oom- panion have a "special rate for books per goods train," which the railway clerk will attend to if tho sender of the books calls his attention to it. It would be well to write "Books" in large let- ters on the outside of any box or paokct.-I re- main, sir, your obedient servant, M. H. F. DONNE. November, 1905. P.S.Sin,de writing the above I have received & most grateful letter from the secretary for a box of books which I sent him.—M. H. F. D.

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