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THR GAMBLE INSTITUTF, ST. HELENS St Helens (Lanes.), the chief centre of the gless trade, was in hight fete on the occasion of the I public opening of the Gamble Institute by the Right Hon. The Earl of Derby. The streets were gaily decorated, and the day was observed almost as a general holiday. The sitp of the Institute as a general holiday. The sitp of the Institute covers &n area of more than a thousand square yards, and the building in the heart of the Borough, near the Town Hall is of imposing dimensions. It has been erected to serve the double purpose of a Public Library and Technical School. The In- stitute has been prected and provided at a cost of some £ 30,000 by Colonel Gamb.e, C.B., ahd by hiifc presented to the Boreugb. For over fifty- two years Colonel Gamble has taken a considerable interest in ell public affairs of St Helens, atld thus a long career of great usefulness is fitly crowned by this magnificent gift to the cause of education. He is an Alderman of the Borough; and has been Mayor on five occasions. The pre- liminary ceremony took place in the Town Hall, the Mayor (Councillor Martin) presiding. The most prominent persons on the platform being Lord and Lady Derby, Colonel and Mrs Gamble, the Mayoress, and a large number of mayors from adjoining towns, besides all the local notabilities. Colonel Gamble formally handed the Mayor the title deeds of the Institute. His Lordship, in formally declaring the building open to the public, bore testimony to the public spirit of the munificent donor, and referred to his characteristic modesty. The party were then escorted over the Institute by the Mayor, .and subsequently entertained at luneheon. lie proceedings, which had been admirably organised, furnished a theme for mutual congratulation, and thanks solely to the bene- volence of Colonel Gamble, St Helens can now boast of being the proud possessor of one of the best and most complete Free Libraries and Tech- nical Schools in the Kingdom. --===--

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