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About The Hesperian / (Lincoln, Neb.) 1885-1899 | View Entire Issue (Dec. 10, 1894)
He wore a look to inspire terror. And all
the good angels smiled sweetly. He tore
around. He peered in dark corners and
shuddered. He pulled from their places old
dusty tomes that were never moved before.
He looked and he looked and he looked
and then he went straight to a window and
leaped out into the dark! The good angels
gazed at each other in terror. Had they un
balanced his mind? No one can tell to this
Andv then? The g'irl-with-the-long-dress
came in quickly. Slowly she went out again,
holding up her dress for fear of dust, accom
panied by a shining host of good angels, down
the sounding aisles, past the rows of chuck
ling books, past the little "Man-afraid-of-the
dark," standing shivering and pale.
Then the little man came in again, and
peered into dark places with a shudder, and
found his way to the pile of boards in that
darkest corner. But nowhere could he find
that precious stick, the property of the amia
ble young man, worth two dollars and two
cents and a thousand dear, associations.
So .the little man. teai fully gathered him
self up .-and went out into the hall to beg the
night watchman to go home with him. At
last a. good angel and her brother took con?;
passion on him and took him along with them.
And the library rested in peace that night.
WERDE GELESEN WORDEN SE1N. " .
At midnight I sat by an open fire,
And learned ray Gorman, lino by lino.
Over and over I muttered low,
. "Es werde gelcseu worden soin,
Es werde goleson worden soin."
Thq lamp burned low and the fire burned down,
I palit on pieces of light, dry pino.
And read by the flickering tongues of flame,
"Es werde gelesen worden sein,
Es werde gelesen worden sein."
All night my goddess of dreamless sleep
Touched not my lips with hor drowsy wine,
But hour after hour I lay whispering on,
Es vre. de-gelesen-worden-sein."
Fair morning and sunlight brought no relief;
No life nor feeling nor thought was mine.
My opening eyes saw everywhere,
"Es werde gelesen worden soin.
Es werde gelesen worden sein. -
THE CARD CA TALOG.
NUMBER of times during the last
two years the library authorities have
been asked when the new catalog
would be published. A year ago there was
very little to show them as an answer, and
the librarian could only smile and shake her
head, knowing that a verbal explanation of
the card catalog system would be a waste of
precious time. Now however, the card cata
log of the library has assumed presentable
proportions, though from its nature a card
catalog can never be considered finished, and
an explanation of its purposes and some hints
for its use may be of benefit. The catalog is
of course, for all patrons of the library, and
the sooner they arrive at an intelligent and
ready use of it the more easily will they carry
on their library work.
It may not be out of place here to say just
a few words for the benefit of those who still
think we should have a printed catalog. The
advantages of a printed catalog, which are
chiefly that every one may have a copy to
carry with him, and that to many it is easier
to use, are more than balanced by the fact
that the printed catalog is out of date a week
after it is sent to the printer. Books cannot
be added in their proper place, but if added
at all, they must be in the form of numerous
and tardy supplements. Anyone who has
used the finding list of the Lincoln public
library knows how unsatisfactory such a
catalog is. With the card catalog a new
book which is wanted for immediate use can
be stamped, recorded, and cataloged the day
it comes in The utility of this system will
be more apparent as the catalog becomes
more generally used.
The catalog consists of two parts, the
author or name catalog and the subject cata
log. The former will perhaps be most used
by the general student. It contains, or will
contain when completed, one card at least
for every book in the library, giving on the
first line the author's name. In the case of
all fiction and books with striking titles, such
as the reader is likely to know without know
ing the author, two cards will be found, one
for the author, and one for the name of the
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