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In The Detroit Fire

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The following clipping from the Boston Transcript is interesting because Dr. Hennequin is well known here. One of the finest private librarles on dramatic art and literature in this country, was destroyed in the recent fire in Detroit, when the opera house, a large storage building, and four stores were burned to the ground. This library belonged to Dr. Alfred Hennequin, president of the New England College of Languages, of tliis city, and, owing to the fact that he had but lately sent orders to have it forwarded here, the insurance had not been renewed. In Brockhaus's list of the best pri. vate libraries on special subjects, Dr'. Hennequin's was mentioned as the most important in the United States. Besides French Dramatic works, Dr. Hennequin's library contained rare editionsof playsin Italian, Spanish and Germán; among others, annotated editions of Calderon's "El Mágico Prodigioso," and Goldoni's "Le Donne Curióse," the annotations beiug marginal, and supposed to have been made by the autbors. Besides his valuable library, Dr. Hennequin lost all his household goods manuscripts, paintings and family portraits. Dr. Hennequin certainly has the gympathy, not only of his friends but of every lover of dramatic literature and books, for an irreparable loss which it is impossible to estímate Every iiterary worker knows that the destruction of sucli a library cannot be measured in terms of money, for it many mementoes of celebrated littcra turs and its valuable reference volume can never be replaced.


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Ann Arbor Register