THE labours of research have one redemption apart altogether from their outcome. Years ago when I used to sit at the long radial desks in the Reading Room of the British Museum pursuing obscure facts between the covers of a multitude of books, the weariness of an unavailing afternoon would be lifted by the discovery of some information, or statement of opinion, irrelevant and fantastic. For example, I was once in search of some facts in connexion with the Great Exhibition of 1851, when, in the old Newspaper Room, my eye fell upon the following advertisement amongst the foxed pages of the Expositor.
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