Reminiscences of the Gold Fields and Elsewhere in New South Wales; Covering a Period of Forty-Eight Years' Service as an Officer of Police

Reminiscences of the Gold Fields and Elsewhere in New South Wales; Covering a Period of Forty-Eight Years' Service as an Officer of Police

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ...anxiety as to the prudence of having invited them to our meeting, but there was no help for it. A large crowd attended the meeting, when several books of famed authors were handed in for the library. Mr. Dodley, seeing this, said, "I shall make a present to this library of twelve very valuable books," which announcement was greeted with applause. He wrote the names of the books on a slip, and handed it to the secretary. Mr. Trueman looked through the list, and said to me, "Some of these books are the production of wellknown infidels; others are suppressed editions of obscene and indecent literature, and the remainder are atheistical. We must not receive them." After a moment's consideration I said, "The books so generously offered are unsuitable for the members of our Improvement Society; hence I move that 'they be not accepted.' " This was seconded by Mr. Trueman, and provoked a stormy debate. Mr. Pickle, with an angry frown on his os frontis, denounced the resolution as unwarranted. "Are we," he continued, "living in a free country? The books sought to be excluded are my literature, and that of a large number present, and we are determined to have our rights." Mr. Trueman pointed out the danger of having impure and tainted literature on our shelves; "it was to improve the minds of the members that the Society was established, and not to destroy their moral and religious sentiments, which these books would certainly do." The Hon. Mr. Asterique strongly protested against the introduction of the books, which were unfit to be read by decent people. Such literature was excluded from all reputed libraries. Mr. Dodley, with perturbation, said, "I...show more

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  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 186g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236794400
  • 9781236794406