IT is fortunately very rarely that we have to deplore such news‐paper foolishness as the recent spurious investigation into “Library Censorship,” as it was called, which disfigured one of the London morning papers. The method was to find out the names of novelists whose works for reasons good or bad were not on the open shelves of libraries, to present this fact to the said novelists, net their views (which can easily be understood) gratuitously, and then upon the result to attack the competence of librarians. An epidemic of abuse ensued this apparently safe plan, but it appears that apologies have had to follow in one or two cases. The most virulent attack on an individual librarian and the handsomest apology appeared in The Saturday Review, and in various ways other newspapers have recanted.
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