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A Model Public Library

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ENGLISHMEN are fond of descanting upon the evils of too much centralisation, which they see displayed in some foreign systems of government, urging the amount of red tape rendered almost necessary, its inflexibility, and lack of adaptation to the infinitely-varying circumstances of different communities. But, on the other hand, the extravagant cost of working every undertaking by a separate organisation, especially in a community not large enough to make such undertakings great matters, must come forcibly home to many of those who are naturally selected to work upon several.

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