The Southport Conference was in many ways a decided success, although we have heard better discussions, and the speech‐making was done almost entirely by our veterans. In the nature of the case this could not have been otherwise. Questions of vital moment could only be handled with great circumspection, and statements of our attitude towards the alleged Government proposals would probably be dangerously dealt with by the more youthful amongst us. Even so, it is questionable if some of the papers and discussions— almost entirely hostile to what we believe Mr. Fisher's intentions to be—were altogether wise. We have to allow for human nature, and an uncompromising antagonism to the proposal that libraries should become a department of the local education authority, is likely to irritate that authority.
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