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from obstructing the light, and the wind of the frisket from blowing them down.

The hanging-up, gathering, folding, &c. are generally carried on in upper rooms.

All the frames should be numbered[1] and placed in rows: each ought to be in a good light, coming from the west, thus avoiding the sunbeams, and securing the last of the evening light.

The imposing-stones cannot have too much light; there ought to be room enough to go freely round them, and to lift off a large form without interruption from the adjacent frames. In winter the composing-room should be well lighted and comfortably warmed.

There should always be a press kept exclusively to pull proofs: it is generally placed in the composing-room.

As to the readers, they ought to be in a quiet place, far from noise and every thing likely to distract their attention, in a room well lighted; in short, in a library, if that be possible. They ought to be furnished with all such books as they may stand in need of for reference and verification of quotations; and ought on no account to be troubled with intruders.

The overseer's room ought to be handy to the whole of the establishment, and in the centre of the building. The hands should, if possible, have a separate entrance to the premises.

  1. In France, and in some houses in London, particularly The Times newspaper office, the frames are numbered; the copy is registered in the overseer's book as composed by No, 10, No. 11, &c.: thus it is known at once who set any particular article, or piece of copy.