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An English physician advances two arguments against the establishment of free libraries, one, at least, of which certainly has the merit of novalty. The first plea urged is that the germs of disease are apt to be conveyed in nooks that are circulated without restriction. This possibility will, of conrse, be granted, though the probability of much danger therefrom is another question. But the second argument is a singular one. It is that free libraries encourage men who have been working all day to pass their evenings indoors, where the atmosphere is gasheated, and presumably vitiated. From this, says a contemporary, it is evident that the founders of many free libyaiies have been mistaken in their ideas, and that instead of furnishing the means for spending evening profitably and pleasantly they hare been hurrying those whom they wished to benefit to the grave. The Wcstport Board of Reviewers have decided that the Westporfc Harbor Board's property is assessable for property tax, and fa tbe value at 1/151,00.0. '

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Page 3 Advertisements Column 1, Issue 7938, 20 June 1889

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Page 3 Advertisements Column 1 Issue 7938, 20 June 1889

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