As month succeeds month some sort of optimism seems to replace the stoical determination of our people, no less determined indeed in its purpose, but having a brightness somewhat rare until this Spring. There still remains the real War to be fought; it may even have begun for us before these words appear, but somehow our people feel that there is some end discernible to the world outrage. However that may be, since our last issue went to press others of our cities have felt the malevolence of Nazidom. Exeter is indeed more than a cathedral city, the gateway of the West, but York and Bath and Norwich are not conspicuously in the same category. All have been visited with varying devastation, but Exeter from our point of view, suffered as Plymouth did, in that its beautiful central library has completely gone, only a few MSS. having been recovered from its ruins. Thus the two largest libraries of the south‐west have been destroyed.
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