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SALISBURY SQUARE, E.C,
TO THE ORIGINAL EDITION.
At the time when the Penny Reading movement begân | happened to be residing
İ in the West of England, and had ample opportunity of judging of the advantages it offered. I had noticed that Literary and Mechanics’ Institutes had very generally departed widely from their original province and design. The lectures had degenerated into entertainments of a mild form -sham scientific displays with showy commonplace experiments, exercitations for the honour and glory of little local dignitaries, or the “tumblings"
"_to use an expressive figureof professional jesters. Nothing was to be gained from these so-called lectures, save the useless knowledge that potassium burns