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ONCE more all the world is preparing for that most jovial of all jovial seasons, when the workman lays down his tools, the clerk forsakes his desk, the merchant his counting-house; and authors and editors rejoice, like other people. Poor, indeed, must he be both in pocket and heart who cannot afford a day's holiday and a good dinner on "Merry Christmas." For the second time we, too, abandon our monthly labours. We have prepared our Index, made up oar Volume, bound it in its cover of purple anddoi:10.1017/s1359465600006353 fatcat:64xz4tabdffidhtxuhn7flzgpi