Tuesday, October 5, 2010

One Really Overdue Library Book

From April 15, 2008, Blue Ridge Now.

A bit old story, but interesting nonetheless. "Library book stolen by Union soldier returned 145 years later." A Union soldier mistook Washington College in Lexington, Virginia, for the adjoining Virginia Military Institute and decided to take a souvenir from he library.

He took the 1842 Vol. 1 of W.F.P. Napier's four-volume "History of the War in the Peninsula and in the South of France From the Year 1807 to the Year 1814."

It was returned in 2008 by a friend of that soldier's descendants. Only Washington College is now Washington and Lee University and the library is the Leyburn Library.

I wonder if the soldier ever read the book and what would the fine be a 5 cents a day, 365 days a year and 145 years?

It Might Be Cheaper to Buy the Book. --B-R'er

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