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[84] prompted him to supply a long-felt want by this gift of great and permanent usefulness.

Messrs. Van Brunt & Howe were selected as architects. Ground was broken for the library on May 1, 1888, and on June 29, 1889, the keys of the building were transferred to the city government. The exercises of the dedication were held in the main hall-way of the building, and consisted of music; prayer by Rev. Alexander McKenzie, D. D.; presentation of deed of gift, by Francis J. Parker; acceptance of the same by the mayor, Hon. Henry H. Gilmore; remarks by Hon. S. L. Montague, president of the board of trustees, Charles W. Eliot, president of Harvard University, Samuel S. Green, librarian of the Worcester Public Library, and Thomas Wentworth Higginson.

The building is of the Romanesque style of southern France, with exterior of Dedham stone, and dark sandstone trimmings. It has two divisions, one, partially fireproof, devoted to the convenience of the public, with waiting-hall, reading-room, reference library, and memorial and administrative rooms; the other division is for the storage of the books, and is wholly fireproof. The cost of the building was about $100,000.

A few months after his gift of the library building, and before work upon it had begun, Mr. Rindge made other gifts to the city of even larger value and of more importance. They were made by the following letter:—

Dear Sir,—It would make me happy to give to the city of Cambridge, provided no considerable misfortune happens to my property within two years from date, three gifts, which are described herein:—

First, a worthy site for a High School Building in the immediate vicinity of the Public Library Common, provided the following inscription, in metal or stone letters, be placed over the main entrance door: ‘Knowledge is worth seeking; but the wise, while striving to cultivate their minds, strive also to acquire strength of soul and body; then knowledge avails.’ And provided, also, one other condition be complied with. [This condition is that an adjoining lot be purchased and added to the High School lot.]

Second: A City Hall, provided the following inscription, in metal or stone letters, be placed on the outside of said building and over its main entrance door: ‘God has given commandments unto men. From these commandments men have framed laws by which to be ’

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