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It is absolutely necessary for the proper scientific administration of such a collection not only that the periodicals which are the organs of its literature should be promptly and easily at the curator's disposal, but also that annually a reasonable sum be allowed for the purchase of standard works of reference in each department as such appear. The expense for each year for the Conchological department would be quite small, but there would be required a good sum for arrearages some of the most important and valuable works published within ten years not being
arrearage — an amount of money that is owed and should have been paid earlier.
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