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A short time since a project for raising the fund which, in the opinion of those competent to give such advice, is required to give to Dunedin the benefits of a free public library, was brought under the notice of the Publio Library Asßociatidn, who, after considering the proposals presented to.them, endorsed the soheme, and deputed two of their body to submit it to the Government and ask Ministerial sanction, for it. These gentlemen—who are entitled to the-credit of having seized upon the idea, whioh has been taken up in New South Wales and Viotoria and worked up in those colonies with pronounced success—were requested to formulate their ideas in writing, and they did so in the memorandum appended, whioh in due course was submitted to the Commissioner of Stamps, together with the resolutions of the Library Association on the subject : Next year being the jubilee of the province, t "r Hocken having promised to donate his splendid library to the City, subject to. the erection of a suitable building for the purpose, it is telt that something must be done to make the offer available and to provide the City with W' 1 ibrary accommodation. A sum of about j. 15,000 will be needed for this purpose, and an influential committee will be shortly appointed to consider the best way of raising this money. In the meantime the Postmaster(xeneral, acting on the precedent of New South Wales, can raise this money with profit to bis department if he can see his way to do so! The bydney people have just provided themselves in the sauie way with funds to build a consumptives' hospital. At the Jubilee they issued two new stamps, one of which is enclosed for inspection, lhe Id issue sold at Is, and the department, deducting Id for postage, credited the home with the balance; and on the 2s (id issue they deducted 2|d and handed over 2s 3Jd. It is needless to say that few, if any, of these stamps were used for postal purposes, so that the contribution to the department was really found money; and so successful was the experiment that the Is stamp cannot now be bought under 2s, and the2s6d issue from 12s 6d to j£l—and this within ten weeks of the issue.

it °. ur Government can see their way to authorise an issue in connection with our Jubilee it might be as well to limit the issue to 60,000 each' of id, Id. 2d, and 2Jd, which would suffice for all local and postal union routes, and would make a really fine set. On the lines of New South Wales the figures would come out as follow •

This amount, £16,600. would allow the department to reimburse itself the cost of issue, and practically all the £1,600 would be a gain to the postal revenue, as it is very unlikely that any of these stamps would be used for letter-carrying purposes, but they would all be bought up as souvenirs of the occasion and by collectors: For designs, I would suggest one view of Ijunedin in '48; one of the arrival of the John Wycliffeor Philip Laing, and such like view of historical import. The small.: corner panels might contain portraits of Captain Cook," Irr Burns, jDr Stuart, Captain Cargill. or other prominent settlers. These details could soon be elaborated if the Government can see' their way to sanction the scheme. It can cost them nothing in any case, must add to the postal revenue, and will give the City a'beautiful building for the most elevating of public purposes. Meroo.-Since the above was written, the Victorian issue in aid of some church (we are advised by extracts from the 'Argus') was over-applied for before the issue was ready, one cabled order from a London dealer being for £SO worth. Thev are to use the ballot to see who gets them, - In ?r,i!?f^w ynd , ,cate .. re ?. d i y t0 P»y. f<* whole issue, to distribute for the library if the Post Office declines distribution ; and nobrdy has anything The Library Association, however, thought that, as £IO,OOO would provide a building suitable to the immediate necessities of this City, the issue should be limited to that sum, and accordingly the Government were asked to sanction an issue of four denominations 1 — Jd, Id, 21, and 2Jd—to yield/about £I,OOO to the department and £IO,OOO to the library I fund. Those who have launuhed the project are sanguine that " there's money in it," and point to the success of the Sydney and Melbourne issues to provide funds for charitable purposes in those capitals. The Sydney issue, particularly the higher priced stamps, now commands a substantial premium 5 while the Victorian issue was oversubscribed within twenty,four hours, showing how keen is the demand among philatelists and others for these descriptions of stamps. The very essence of the project is its connection with some seminational celebration, and the fusion of the Queen's and provincial jubilees is thought to be a very happy notion. It goes without saying almost that Government sanction to the project is only necessary to make it an assured success, since the facility for acquiring the stamps through the medium of the post office constitutes the principal factor in making the scheme >'go." The co-operation of the postal authorities in the other colonies has already been promised, and as evidencing the interest taken outside the colony in the project it may be mentioned that stamp collectors in Australia have already made inquiries with the object of _ placing advance orders for the-higher-priced 8 tamps. - •

60,000 at Jd, sell 6d ... 60,000 at Id, sell Is ... N 60,000 at 2d, sell 2s . 60,000 at 2Jd, sell 2s 6d Total value Credit P.O. ... £125 ... 260 ... 600 ... 625 ... £1,500 Librai £1,375 2,750 6,500 6,875 £16,500

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THE PUBLIC LIBRARY MOVEMENT., Issue 10453, 25 October 1897

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THE PUBLIC LIBRARY MOVEMENT. Issue 10453, 25 October 1897

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