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I LEDBURY READING ROOM AND I LIBRARY. I The Finanoial Position. ) The quarterly meeting of the members of the Ledbury Reading Room and Library was held at the Reading Room on Friday night last. Mr J J Futcher was voted to the chair, and also present were Messrs T S S Gard ner (hon secretary), F W Wade, G W Suter, R H Wilks, A Stevens, F Morgan, H L Tayler, J Bache, B G Bradley, L Jones, G Henner, W Smith, etc. A letter was read from Mr Hy Morgan, Chairman of the Committee, asking that another Chairman should be appointed, as it was quite impossible for him to attend the meetings owing to his health. It was decided that the matter should be dealt with at a later date. The balance-sheet for the year ended December 31 last was read as follows:— Receipts-Subscriptions £39 19s 10d. sale of papers L5 6s lid, library fines 7s 7d, received towards deficit Y,2 98 6d, interest £ 15 158, Consols dividend £4 14s 4d, refunded income tax 9a lid, a total of £69 3s id. Expenditure—Adverse balance from last year S4 128 3d, newspapers, etc. £ 24 19s 2d. rent, gas, fires and attendance L31 6s 9d, fire insurance 5s, secretary's expenses £10, library and Herefordshire Directory fl 58 Id, incidental 2s, a total of £72 10s 3d, leaving an adverse balance of £ 3 7s 2d. Mr Stevens How much money has the visitors' box brought in altogether? Mr Gardner: X3 19a 4d, and Z3 98 6d the year before, and the year before that 14 79 4d. The Chai rman said he was sorry to see that they bad an ad verse balance and he had collected something like 30s, which would reduce it considerably. He hoped to get something more before he finished. If there were any gentlemen there who would contribute he would be very pleased to receive it. Mr Stevens said it was all very well going round and collecting money to make up the deficiency, but the fact was that £ 3 19s 4d was an absurd sum to receive from visitors during 12 months. The room was abused right and left and he thought it was about time they appointed a vigilance committee, three or four members of the room, who would be willing at any time to enter the room and ask people who were not members if they had got a ticket. Some- thing of the sort could be done, as it was really too bad the way in which the room was abused. The Chairman thought there was no doubt that what Mr Stevens had said was quite right. On Tuesdays, for instance, there were a good many people who came in and j contributed nothing. He was sorry to notice the membership was falling off tremendously, and it was 60 or 70 less than it was ten years ago. ( Mr Stevens asked if there were any arrears of subscriptions ? Mr Gardner said there were a few, and the Chairman added that they numbered ten or a dozen. Mr Jones said there was one item of expenditure that seemed rather heavy, and that was L10 for secretary's expenses. The Chairman That is for the librarian as well. Mr Gardner said L5 4s of that was paid the assistant-2s per -Week. Mr Jones said it was one of the most serious items on the balance-sheet and might be considerably reduced. He thought there were sufficient members to see to the library on Wednesday nights, and he would give one night in his turn himself. As regards collecting subscriptions he thought L5 a year would be ample for the work, and there would be £5 saved straight away. The Chairman That was tried before but it did not answer. If we got four or five members to volunteer to see to the library it would be very nice, but I do not think it would answer. Mr Jones: If Mr Gardner will undertake to do one half I will do the other half. Mr Gardner said he could not accept the offer, as he had quite decided to give up the work and let a younger and more energetic man take it on. He thought it would be better for the institution, Ife had asked the Committee to release him shortly. Mr Jones said what he referred to was the librarian's work. If that expanse was cut off it would keep the inances floating. The Chairman It is not only the librarian's work, but it is the collecting of subscriptions. That is a very important part of the work. The subject then dropped, and the sale of papers for the ensuing quarter was con- ducted.

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