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i LONDON LETTER. I

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HARRY SEYMOUR; OR Incidents…

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THE CIRCUMLOCUTION OFFICE…

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AFFILIATION ORDER AGAINST…

I SWANSEA FREE LIBRARY.'

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I SWANSEA FREE LIBRARY. A meeting of the free library committee was held on Tuesday, Mr Brock presiding. -Ldr Hartland reported that, in accordance with in- structions of the committee, he had waited upon the town clerk respecting certain corresponueviae with the authorities of the South Kensington Museum in relation to the promised grant to tha Swansea Free Library and Art Schools. Tha reply he had received from the town cleric waS to the effect that the correspondence would have to be considered by the property committee of the town council before it could be communicatr d to the library committee.—TheLibrarian compulsed of the mutilation of periodicals and papers by readers visiting the reference librar ■ and news-rooms. Several members of the committee recommended that a more stringent supervision [ should be practiced by the library attendants.— The Chairman referred to a visit to Leeds mado by Mr Thompson, the librarian, during the Christmas week. He had, at his suggestion, submitted the plans of the new library buildings to the library authorities of that town, with the object of receiving any suggested improvement or additions. The general opinion expressed was that the plans, if carried out, would give to | Swansea a building in many respects superior to that at Leeds, which had cost a much larger sum than the Swansea building was estimated to cost.—Mr Hartland moved a resolution to the effect that the property committee of the town council be requested not to take any steps with respect to the papers relating to the South Kensington grants until they had bean considered by the library committee.—Mr Par- minter seconded, and, after some discussion, Mr Burnie said he thought the resolution cam too late for the subject to be discussed by that coai- mittee, and recommended that the consideration of any proposition from South Kensington should now be left to the property committee.—The Chairman said that the science and art tiection would be under separate control, and he did not consider it their province to go to any length in interfering with arrangements now pending. Ha thought the science and art department would derive much advantage from being connected with South Kensington.— Mr Hartland, in pressing his resolution, said that there would, in addition to an anticipate -A grant of B1,000 towards the building, be also annual grants for scholarships, the conditions of which would be in the possession of the property committee of the town council, but not oi the library committee. He thought they wero en- titled to that knowledge, and it would be much more satisfactory for the committee to ha\ r tHe terms before them. Another point was tfio transfer of the present quarters of the schools of art to the postal authorities, for which ihore would be an annual sum paid bygoveminent ""1' which the library committee would have control. On Mr Hartland's motion being put, four voted for and nine against it.

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