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61 > Image 61 of Libraries and lotteries; a history of the Louisville free public library

Part of Kentucky Works Progress Administration Publications

"SIC TRANSIT GLORLM lb great honor to the State, completely al- layed all suspicions that it was a mere private speculation of a single individ- T ` ual...(20) On May l, 1873, Towne arrived in Louisville to begin his duties. Six years later he is re- calling the optimism with which he viewed his 4 new position: Probably no man ever entered upon a work more heartily than did the librarian upon his new duties. Visions of a Brit- ish Museum in Kentucky flitted before him. The building that had been purchased , was to be remodified without regard to i expense, a vast museum to be begun which would eclipse anything of the kind known on the American continent. Fountains, E statuary, aquaria, and a million of new , books were to spring into existence through the magic power of one or two more concerts, and the endowment to be S ` received from the last one would be suf- ficient to place the whole upon a basis * as solid as the Bank of England! Such a future required that the librarian should 4 not do much sleeping during the prepara- I/ tions for the grand international gather- ing that would be made to witness the .) gorgeous display of the treasures to be / concentrated from all parts of the ' I earth.(2l) / Towne immediately set about bringing some order out of the confusion inwhich he found the 3'Z TI __ _ ., -..... .. P