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WITH this, the sixtieth number of THE GRAM0. PHONE, we reach the end of our first lustrum,
and must begin to think about the end of our first decade. I suppose I ought to be worrying over intimations of approaching middle-age; but I am not. I am worrying over our index. \Ve have produced this every year at a considerable expense of money and a very large expense of t ime, energy, and patience without receiving the slightest encouragement from the large majority of our readers at the t ime of publication, though no sooner is the index out of print than we receive every day for the rest of the year urgent and indignant orders f.or i t . The index to Volume 5 will be ready on June 1st. Those who order i t in advance will be charged two shillings; those who wait to buy until after publication will have to pay half-a-crown. I am sorry that we have to charge so much, but we tried the experiment of printing more at a popular price and lost heavily ov.er .our confidence. I f every' reader would support thIS mdex we could produce It for sixpence. I am not cracking up our own wares when I say that this index is useful. Our letter box every morning is a proof of i t , because i t is always full of letters asking questions that would not have been asked if the correspondents possessed the index. To dealers i t is absolutely indispensable. I know that comparatively few dealers do me the honour of reading what I have to say about the instrument or machine by which they gain a livelihood, and I am sure that those who do read me will all be making use of our index. So that in lecturing the majority I am talking to the wind. But there must be, indeed there undoubtedly are many of my readers with a missionary bent, and I do earnestly beg such readers to devote a l i t t le less apostolic energy to the conversion of tone-arms and a l i t t le more to the conversion of dealers. The index to the fif.th volume of THE GRAMOPHONE is just a peg on which to hang this sermon. There are much graver sins of omission on the consciences of many dealers than failure to use our index. About a month ago I voiced in the Sunday Pictorial the feeling that