Economy is resurgent in the land, and in characteristically English fashion it applies its attention to health and education. In election speeches one gets such expressions as: “We have been promised an era of universal happiness, but those who made the promise had never considered what it would cost!” The typical speaker we have quoted regarded the whole situation from the point of view of the pocket. The fact that happiness might be worth any cost, if only it were universal, seems not to have occurred to him. This loose thinking is affecting public libraries. We are now busy estimating, and most of us have received hints to retrench. This we are bound to do within reason, as no librarian wants to see the totality of rates increased; but wo hope that all librarians will do their utmost to see that economy is not carried to an evil excess.
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