Lord Samuel, after opening the 1950 exhibition in London commemorating the centenary of public libraries, approached the assistants at the bookshelves and asked them to tell him when the great library at Alexandria was burnt down. With a fine array of the latest books to hand they were soon able to inform his lordship, who had been kind enough to bowl an easy lob that should have been confidently smacked without any appeal to the umpire. However, a further dip into their reference books might have told them who it was that said if he didn't know a thing, at least he knew where to find knowledge of it.
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