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proved and recent methods of library economy. Its staff of administration is at present sufficient to meet all the wants of readers. The attendance in the reference-room has gradually inPhiladelphia F. L. On Nov. 8 the common council passed the ordinance recently submitted creased until the annual average now reaches to it, authorizing the transfer of the Public between 35,000 and 40,000 persons. Besides Library and its branches from the control of the the attention paid to individual readers it has board of education to the board of trustees of established more or less organized relations with the Free Library of Philadelphia. The or- a large number of societies, clubs, and classes, dinance goes into effect Jan. 1, 1896. This pursuing special lines of literary and scientific means the consolidation and co-operative ad- work. These organizations are invited to regministration of the two central free libraries and ister with the reference librarian, with the undertheir various branches, as has been already de- standing that the resources of the library will scribed in the L. J. (Oct., p, 347), and should be devoted so far as possible and without inprove of great advantage to the library inter-fringing upon the wants of other readers, to satisfy their literary needs." ests of Philadelphia. The new ordinance was amended by the council to provide that the consolidated library “shall maintain as many branch libraries, not less than eight, as the needs of the community and the funds available may permit." The offer of the Mercantile Library trustees, presenting their library to the city on certain conditions previously noted (L. J., Oct.,ter p. 359), has not yet been officially accepted.

and Canada, and after outline studies of the design had been submitted to prominent librarians for selection and criticism.

Philadelphia P. Ls. Branch no. 6 of the Philadelphia Public Libraries was opened on the evening of Oct. 14, in Vernon Hall, Main street and Chelton avenue, Germantown. The branch starts work with 4000 v.; Frank Heckman is librarian.

Putnam (Ct.) P. L. Additions not given; total 1225. Issued 10,117; no. borrowers 671. A catalog of the library has been completed, and is now in the hands of the printer.

Quincy (Ill.) P. L. On Oct. 5 the library board authorized the issue of teachers' cards on which to books may be drawn for school work.

Reading (Pa.) L. Co. For some months since a movement for a free public library has been pending in this city, and on Oct. 21 this received a notable impetus in the offer of the Reading Library Company to give to the city its building, known as Library hall and valued at $18,000, and the books contained therein, on the sole condition that the city establish a free library and provide for its support. The acceptance of this offer will give to Reading the nucleus of a considerable library.

Richmond (Ky.) P. L. The new public library was dedicated on the evening of October 19.

Rochester, N. Y. Reynolds L. The library committee has issued a report summing up the changes effected by the recent removal of the library and describing its new quarters, which have already been noted in these columns. In reviewing the growth of the library within recent years, they say:

"During the past 10 years the growth of the library has been all that could be desired by its most sanguine friends. From an unorganized mass of about 8000 books, it has steadily increased until it has now on its shelves more than 31,000 volumes. The various departments have been organized in accordance with the most ap

San Diego (Cal.) P. L. (Rpt.) Added 2478; total 12,315. Issued, home use 69,313; lib. use 8389 (fict. 65 %). No record of reading-room use is kept. New registration 2663. Receipts $8176.42; expenses $8107.29.

"There is now very little uncataloged mat

in the library, probably not over 100 volumes. Since August the corps has cataloged 1000 volumes of new books and recataloged 2500 vol umes by the Dewey system."

The circulation shows a gain of 10,000 v. over any previous year, and even this gain Miss Younkin thinks has been lessened by reclassification and lack of adequate catalogs, drawbacks which are now happily at an end.

Syracuse (N. Y.) Central L. (Rpt.) Owing the report for '94 was to the confusion of moving to the new building never presented, the present report covering the two years ending June 30, 1895. Added 1894, 2296; 1895, 1993. Total (estimated) 27,000+. Issued 1894, 50,659; 1895 (six months only) 44,585.

"The work of moving the library to a new place made it necessary to suspend the giving out of books, and the work of recataloging continued that necessity for five months. The library was open, therefore, but 177 days during the past year. But during the seven months of circulation of books nearly as many were given out as during the previous year.

"This increase is due probably in some degree to the large number of books added in 1894, somewhat to the closing of the library for five months and the sharpening of the popular appetite for reading, somewhat to the interest in the new building and the novelty of the change, and more than all, perhaps, to the much greater convenience of the new location. The convenience of location is the great benefit which comes from the change of place. It is near the centre of the city, convenient to the street railways, in a pleasant neighborhood, and with agree able surroundings.

"The department of local and family history is becoming of such importance as to attract the attention of students from other parts of the state as well as from our own city."

The recataloging of the library is not yet completed.

University of Virginia, Charlottesville. The library of the university was seriously dam

aged by the fire which destroyed the greater portion of the buildings on Oct. 27. The larger part of the library was saved from the flames in a damaged condition, but a considerable part of it was destroyed.

Washington, D. C. Congressional L. The moving of books to the new Library of Congress was begun on Oct. 18, and a quantity of old and unused documents have been transferred to the new building. A large room, 220 x 35, in the basement of the new library has been put at Mr. Spofford's disposal, and to this he proposes to transfer about 100,000 v., or one-seventh of the contents of the library; naturally the material taken first will be chiefly old reports, duplicate volumes, and other publi-tral

cations of no immediate usefulness. It has not yet been fully decided what means shall be used for the removal of the bulk of the collec

tion, but there is little doubt that a temporary elevated railway running from the capitol to the main floor of the new building will be erected for the purpose. On this will run small electric cars, packed with books. The first plan, suggested by Mr. Bernard Green, of using the tunnel which connects the library building with the capitol had to be abandoned. This tunnel is a brick-lined conduit, through which runs an electric car, and while it would serve to convey the volumes they would have to be lowered into it at one end and lifted out at the other, at the cost of much unnecessary time and labor. The present removal of the books is only preliminary, however, and it is unlikely that the entire collection will be transferred until 1897.

The various works of art intended to decorate the new building are coming in slowly. Besides the nine granite statues for the western front of the building, there are now here three of the emblematic statues of heroic size for the great central reading-room. These are "History," by Charles H. French; "Science," by John Donoghue; and " Philosophy," by B. L. Pratt. There have also been received two of the lifesize bronze statues for the reading-room, one of Gibbon, representing History, and one of Chancellor Kent, representing Law. The large fresco painting by Blashfield, of New York, on the inner ceiling of the dome is in progress. It represents the advance of letters, art, and science. Other designs for mural paintings in the art gallery, museum, halls, and corridors are far advanced.

The congressional reading-room in the west front is now being finished off with dark oak panellings, and the two great mantels of polished Siena marble have a fine effect. The ceiling is to be illuminated by seven designs in panels by the artist Gutherz, now in Paris.

Wisconsin L. Commission. On Oct. 24 Gov. Upham completed the appointments on the state library commission by nominating Miss Lutie E. Stearns, of the Milwaukee Public Library, and F. A. Hutchins, of the state school superintendent's office, as members. The other members of the commission are State Superintendent Emery, President C: K. Adams, of the State University, and R. G. Thwaites, of the State Historical Society.


DOUGLAS, Eva. A first day in the British Museum reading-room. (In Outlook, Oct. 26, p. 664-6.)

An interesting sketch of personal experience, describing with some enthusiasm the facilities and workings of the British Museum.

Edinburgh, Scotland. Smoking-rooms have been opened in several of the Edinburgh public libraries, and so far have proved a satisfactory


Nottingham (Eng.) F. Ls. (Rpt.) Added 3690; total 78,788, distributed among the cenlending library, the reference library, and the 13 branch libraries. Issued 427,716 (61,276 from the ref. 1.), of which 61.53% was fiction; turnover of stock 5.4; new registration 3798; attendance at libraries 2,181,381.

"As books are added to stock they are immediately cataloged, and either lists or the books displayed to the public, thus making them accessible on the day they are added to the libraries. The preparation of the subject card catalog in the reference library is being proceeded with. During the year several classes in the central lending library have been carefully examined, and special grants made by the committee to bring them abreast of the times, with the view of special class lists being prepared for sale at a nominal price. Science has been completed, cataloged, and a class-list issued in August. The fine, useful, and recreative arts lists are in hand, and will soon be printed.

"The fifth season's series of 23 lecturettes,' delivered in the branch reading-rooms, were highly appreciated by those who sought guidance in their reading."


THE TOP SHELF PROBLEM. -Miss Hannah P. James, of the Osterhout Free Library, writes: "We have lately solved the problem of the top shelf, which has always been just beyond comfortable reaching distance, by getting a hassock to place between each stack. We found a strong,

well-made hassock, with a wooden-framed bottom, board ends and top, covered with Brussels carpeting, for 29 cents, at one of our local shops. The top shelf has lost its terrors for us, and the hassock is quite as comfortable for the lowest shelves also."

Gifts and Bequests.

Rochester (Minn.) P. L. The library board on November 4 accepted a gift of $5000 from Col. George Healy, of that city, presented on the conditions "that no literary work or book of any kind be excluded from the public library on account of its religious teachings, provided the books are not immoral; and secondly, that all books purchased shall be added to and make a part of the public library, to be managed and controlled by this or future board rules."


ALLAN, Miss Blanche A., who has been connected with the Omaha Public Library for the past 10 years, has resigned to accept a position with a local book-dealer.

CHIVERS'S" New book list," of which the first number, covering the month ending Sept. 30, has just reached us, is a decided novelty in the catalog line. It is compiled and arranged by Mr. Cedric Chivers, the English provider of library supplies, and is published by the London Library Bureau, 10 Bloomsbury street, London. It consists of an alphabetic author list, giving catalog type on alternate pages, so as to be size, price, publisher, etc., printed in clear available for cutting and pasting. On two central pages, and on the inside of the cover pages which are arranged to fold over the book are a full subject and title index and an alphabetic list of publishers. The catalog is so ingeniously arranged that when opened and the covers unfolded the three separate lists are brought comprehensively before the eye, while by the device of numbering each main entry and repeating these numbers in the titleap-and-subject and publishers list, it is possible to find a given book with the least possible expenditure of time. The "New book list" is certainly ingenious, and it should prove of practical use as a guide to current English publications.

COLE, George Watson, librarian of the Jersey City (N. J.) Public Library and secretary of the A. L. A., is seriously ill with typhoid fever. At the recent meeting of the executive board of the A. L. A. Mr. Cole's resignation was tendered on that account; it was not accepted, however, Mr. Anderson, of the Carnegie Library, Pittsburgh, being elected acting treasurer until such time as Mr. Cole should be able to resume his duties.

DAVIE, Miss Eleanor E., formerly assistant librarian of the Plainfield (N. J.) Public Library, has accepted the position of librarian of the Buffalo Catholic Institute.

JOBS, Miss Mary K., a graduate of the class of '95 of the Pratt Library School, has been pointed assistant librarian at the Plainfield (N. J.) Public Library, in place of Miss Eleanor E. Davie, resigned.

LOOMIS, Mrs. Mary W., was on October 4 appointed assistant librarian of the University of Michigan, succeeding Anderson H. Hopkins, who resigned the position some time since to become assistant librarian of the John Crerar Library. Mrs. Loomis comes to her new duties after ample preparation. She was formerly a student in the literary department of the university. In 1879 she graduated from Lenox College, Iowa, with the degree of bachelor of arts, receiving her master's degree from the same institution in 1889. She is a graduate of the N. Y. State Library School (class of 1890), and has had seven years' experience in library work, serving one year as secretary of the Iowa State Library Society.

MORISON, Hew, librarian of the Free Public Library of Edinburgh, Scotland, presented to that city by Andrew Carnegie, was one of those present at the dedication of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, having come from Scotland to attend the ceremonies. He has visited the chief libraries of Buffalo, Toronto, Detroit, and Chicago, and intends to inspect the leading American libraries before returning to Edinburgh in December.

Paris, Plon, Nourrit & Cie., 1895. 835 p. 8°. 18 fr.

Cataloging and Classification.

BROOKLINE (Mass.) P. L. Catalogue of the music library. 16 p. S.

A classed list of vocal and instrumental music covers seven pages; the others are devoted to books relating to the history and theory of music, to musical biography and musical novels. CATALOGUE général des manuscrits des bibliothèques publiques de France. Départements. tome 28: Avignon, par L. H. Labande, v. 2.

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CUTTER, C: A., intends to reprint the combined index to the first six classifications of his Expansive Classification. He will be much obliged to all persons who will send him notes of mistakes and deficiencies in that index. ENOCH PRATT F. L., Baltimore. Bulletin, October 1, 1895: Additions to the central library. p. 64-98. O.


Pp. 97-98 contain a Reading-list of biogra-
phies of English authors."
ESSEX INSTITUTE, Salem, Mass. Special catalog

no. 1: Books on China. 1895. 20 p. 1. O.
"The collection of books on China now in

the library was made by a member of the In-
stitute with the view of confining it to works in
the English language descriptive of the Chinese
empire and its people. Although it has out-
grown its original scope, it is far from being
complete in any branch, and is to be considered
China and the Chinese." The list is closely
as a nucleus for a more extensive library on
classified and bears a distinct resemblance to
the excellent reading-lists of the Salem P. L.,
owing probably to the fact that it was prepared
under the direction of Mr. G. M. Jones. The
collection may be consulted by any user of the
public library presenting a request-card signed
by the librarian.

FOSTER'S MONTHLY Reference LIST (Providence P. L. Bulletin) for October is a careful and interesting bibliography of Canada. One of the valuable features of the Bulletin is the "Index to other reference-lists" which covers, from month to month, the topical lists published by other libraries.

OTTO HARRASSOWITZ, the Leipzig bookseller, has issued a catalog of "Grammatiken, lexica, und chrestomathien von fast allen sprachen der

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OTIS LIBRARY BULLETIN, published by the Otis Library, of Norwich, Ct., contains in its November issue a short list of books relating to Burgoyne's campaign. The October number continues the "List of American historical novels," and has rather a novel departure "List of books which appear in the catalog, but which are not now in the library."


SAN DIEGO (Cal.) F. P. L. Finding-list. 1895. 222 p. O.

tries; and separate author-and-title lists of French fiction." Books for young people are designated by the usual j, and in cases where the title of an historical novel is not sufficiently descriptive, brief explanatory annotations are appended. Books in series are arranged in the order in which they should be read. The list is well printed on manila paper, and is a thoroughly creditable piece of work.

THE July and August numbers of the excellent "Catalogue of U. S. public documents," issued monthly by the superintendent of documents, have now appeared, and bring these valuable In the July number is a most useful article on "Where documents are obtainable," describing where and how to procure the publications of the various government departments and bureaus.


The PORTLAND (Ore.) P. L. gives in the Oc-lists quite closely up to date. tober number of Our Library Oregon checklist no. 2," listing books and pamphlets relating to the state; titles not in the possession of the library are marked" wanted"; others are distinguished as for circulation or reference. Railroad Men's L. (Y. M. C. A.), New York.tober, 1895) contains a "special list" of books upon electricity, and a short list (10 titles) of books on "Nursing."

WALTHAM (Mass.) P. L. BULLETIN no. 9 (Oc

Catalogue of the library: Supplement, 1895. 22 p. O.

A simple dictionary finding-list; six pages are devoted to books relating to railroads.

Title-a-liner, consisting of author-and-title list, subject-list arranged according to the D. C., biography, author-and-title fiction list, and index to subjects. Well printed on white paper. Juvenile books are indicated by a dagger prefixed to the call-number, and by this means effort has been made to indicate a course of study to those who are deprived of school advantages, also to select novels for boys and girls who are outgrowing children's books."



The SALEM (Mass.) P. L. BULLETIN for Oc"Business man's list," covering tober has a and a list on the "History and criticism of books in the various departments of commerce,



"THE two castaways; or, adventures in Patagonia," by Sally Florence Dixie, New York: The REGENTS' BULLETIN (U. S. N. Y.), no. 32, E. P. Dutton [no date], is the same as "The which is devoted to the papers and proceedings young castaways; or, the child-hunters in Pataof the annual university convocation of the state gonia," New York: Whittaker [1890?]. The of New York, held this year on June 27-29, text of the two books agree line for line. Dutcontains a six-page list of "references on conton's edition omits preface, dedication, list of vocation topics," covering magazine and peri-illustrations and contents, and some of the illusodical articles on "Methods of English," ""An-trations, and also the name of the printer. cient or modern language," ," "Methods of college JOHN EDmands.

training," etc.

SALEM (Mass.) P. L. Class-list no. 1: Fiction.

Salem, August, 1895. 146 p. O. IO C.

"This class-list is a consolidation of all the fiction part of all previously published catalogs, and contains all the English and French fiction in the library to August 1, 1895." It consists of separate author- and title-lists of English fiction; an admirable classed list of "Historical fiction," arranged chronologically under coun


The SPRINGFIELD (Mass.) L. BULLETIN for October has a list of the books by Agnes Repplier contained in the library, with a short "appreciation" of Miss Repplier's work.


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DURING 1896 two departments of the "List of books for girls and women and their clubs," recently published by the American Library Association, will be expanded into manuals. Mr. Russell Sturgis will add some 500 titles to his THERE is a good Huxley bibliography, 1890selection from the literature of Fine art, ap-'94, in the Review of reviews, for Sept., '95, pending a choice of some 25 leading periodicals, each with brief characterizations; the ms. may be ready for the press by March 15. Mr. Henry E. Krehbiel, in a similar way, is to provide 200 titles in extension of his very brief list of musical works, with mention, also, of leading musical journals; his ms. cannot be delivered until June. Both manuals will include works in foreign languages, giving preference to those which have been translated. Following the plan of the "List of books," each title will have a short descriptive and critical note. A third and similar bibliography is promised the association at the hands of Mr. James Douglas, president of the Copper Queen Consolidated Mining Company, of New York and Arizona. Calling to his aid the leading American authorities, he will prepare an annotated guide to the literature of mining and metallurgy. Mr. Douglas for some years was a frequent contributor to the columns of the Engineering and Mining Journal. BOLTON, H: Carrington. A short list of books on chemistry, selected and annotated. Reprint from Scientific American supplement, no. 1033, Oct. 9, 1895. 20 p. T.

This useful little list is one of the first results of the List of books for girls and women and their clubs," being an expansion of Professor Bolton's department of chemistry in that list. It is a class list grouped alphabetically by topics and includes about 160 titles; an author index is appended.

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J. G. BOURINOT's excellent manual, "How Canada is governed," published by the Copp, Clark Co., of Toronto, contains bibliographical references appended in each chapter which are useful guides to the authorities on Canadian history.

COURANT, Maurice. Bibliographie Coréenne.
Paris, 1895. 2 v. 8°.

(Publications de l'Ecole des langues orien-
tales vivantes; 3o sér., v. 18, 19.)
DUCOURTIEUX, P. Les Barbou, imprimeurs
(Lyon, Limoges, Paris, 1524-1820); Les
Barbou de Lyon (1524-1566). Limoges,
Ducourtieux, 1895. 40 p., pl. 8°.
DURVILLE, H. Bibliographie du magnétisme
et des sciences occultes. Paris, Malverge,
1895. 36 p. 8°. 15 fr.

GIACOSA, P. Bibliografia medica italiana: riassunto dei lavori originali italiani relativi alle scienze mediche, usciti nel 1893. iii. Torino, Roux, Frassati & C., 1895. 501 p. 8°. 6 lire.

A SHORT bibliography of Benjamin Franklin is appended to Wetzel's "Benjamin Franklin as an economist," recently issued by the Johns Hopkins University.

"THE religions of India," by E: Washburn Hopkins, one of the "Handbooks on the history of religions," published by Ginn & Co., contains an excellent full bibliography (23 p.) of books relating to religious systems of India.

STOURM, R. Bibliographie historique des finances de la France au 18. siècle. Paris, Guillaumin & Cie., 1895. 8°. 9 fr.

UNITED STATES history is the subject of a short (3 p.) list of "supplementary reading," including histories, poems, and stories, appended to White's "Pupil's outline studies in the history of the U. S.," published by the American Book Co.

H. W. WHARTON in his new (third) edition of "Sappho" has greatly expanded his excellent bibliography of Sapphic literature, which now covers 19 pages. (McClurg.)

Anonyms and Pseudonyms.

Francke Kelford, author of "The Jew and the German, or, from Paul to Luther: a historical study," published in 1894, by Winston, of Philadelphia, is a pseudonym. The real name of the writer is Fannie Harris Shackelford, a Baltimore S: H. RANCK. lady.

Some good intentions and a blunder, issued by the Merriam Co. as a work by John Oliver Hobbes, was really written not by herself but by some other person in imitation of her style. The English newspaper called The Gentlewoman

caused two short stories to be written for its pages "in imitation of the supposed style of two contemporary authors." It was then given out as a prize problem for subscribers to discover the supposed authors. Two ladies successfully solved the problems by sending in the name of John Oliver Hobbes as the author imitated in one story and Stevenson as the author imitated in the other. From this occurrence arose the mistake of attributing the authorship of an imitation piece of work to the author imitated. The Merriam Co. says it published the work in good faith, and has withdrawn it from sale. - N. Y. Tribune.

Henry Seton Merriman, pseud. of Hugh Scott. - N. Y. Tribune, S. 15, '95.


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