Progress, at least, has been discernible in public library matters since we wrote last in these pages; and although it is too early to expect any results, we can press forward with some assurance. On April 10th the President of the Board of Education received the deputation from London and Extra‐London library authorities which was foreshadowed last month. The speaker was Mr. W. E. Doubleday, of Hampstead, who in his usual cool and incisive way made a clear—if somewhat too localized—case for libraries. The reply of the President was of the traditional variety, non‐committal and pleasant; one of those replies which we believe all ministers are schooled to make before they are allowed to assume office. But of the interest of Mr. Fisher there can be no doubt, and the fact that he has received a deputation with some cordiality is significant.
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