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of the curators; who should be authorised on approval of their estimates to call on the custodian of supplies or the purchasing agent for the material required as needed, from time to time, to the full limit of their approved sums. In this way the plethora of July and the anaemia of May and June, in Museum affairs would be to a great extent done away with, to the promotion of efficiency and the convenience of every body.
To pass from administrative matters to the scientific, relations of the department a few words on the use and exhibition of the mollusk collection may not be out of place.
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