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" ' Gives information about everything — constitutes the whole circle of knowl- edge! ' This means :i good deal. I doubt if it can be fairly comprehended off- hand, for the world has been a wonderfully busy world, and the things done — the things accomplished in an almost infinite number of directions— make up a tremendous record."'
"This is true. It does mean a great deal, and one's imagination must take a wide range in order, as you say, to comprehend it all. I don't believe anybody does comprehend it without thinking it over well. Just consider! What is there not in a work that embraces the whole circle of knowledge? The very enumeration of the topics takes one's breath away. Do you want to learn about the stars, about the seas, or about the earth and all it contains? You will find the knowledge in a cyclopsBdia. Do you want to know what things tiave been discovered and what invented? Do you wish to learn of the resources, the products, the industries of the world? Its ample pages will reveal it all to you. Do you want to know what has been done in literature, or in science, or in art, or in philosophy? It is all there. If you are curious about the history of any country, or the life of any eminent man, turn to its pages and the facts are within your reach. No question comes up that the cyclopaedia does not throw light upon — no question within the range of human investigation or human per- formance that has existed long enough to be put into books. It is a treasure- house of information so separated and arranged that any fact can be turned to instantly. You don't have to hunt for the thing you need ; it is where you can put your hand upon it with no delay whatever. It is marvelous, when you think of it, that so vast an array of facts can be classified and rendered instantly ac- cessible, but the alphabetic index system accomplishes it perfectly.
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