Excerpt from The Historical Handbook and Guide to the City and University of Oxford, Noticing Every Point of Interest in the Colleges, Churches, Museums, Gardens, Halls, Chapels, Libraries, Memorials: Also Including Biographical Sketches and Anecdotes of Eminent Men, Bishops of Oxford, Nonconformists, Printing and Newspaper Presses, Local Events, Etc
A carefully-prepared Index is prefixed to the volume, so that immediate reference may be made to any point desired to be known. The utility of such an adjunct to a book, especially one of this nature, wherein so many events are mentioned, is well known. However, it is hoped that Our index has not been so minutely constructed as the one of which the following anecdote is related A searcher after something or the other in a year-book of the Law (deeply interesting), in looking through the classified index, came to the Bs. Two-thirds down the fourth column he arrived at the reference - J' Best, Mr. Justice, his great mind. Desiring to be better acquainted with that remarkable individual, no doubt famous. For his erudition, he turned to the page noted, and there found, Mr. Justice Best said he had a great mind to commit the witness for prevari cation. The volume was hastily laid down.
And now, quoting Solomon, The lot is cast into the lap.
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