Lecture by Dr. A. Conan Doyle (article 18 november 1893)

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Lecture by Dr. A. Conan Doyle is an article published in The Leeds Times on 18 november 1893.

Report of a lecture "Facts about Fiction" given by Arthur Conan Doyle on 15 november 1893 at the Albert Hall, Leeds.

Lecture by Dr. A. Conan Doyle

The Leeds Times (18 november 1893, p. 5)

Taking for his theme "Facts about Fiction," Dr. A. Conan Doyle, lecturing at the Albert Hall, Leeds, on Wednesday, stated that the greatest glory of this country lay in her literature, and in the hands of the young writers of the present day the best traditions of English literature were safe. Speaking of the departed national glories of Greece and Rome, the lecturer said that though the Forum and the Colosseum were now crumbling masses of ruins, literature remained intact, and Homer, Virgil, and Horace were as fresh to us as they were to their contemporaries.

The Building Clauses Committee of the Leeds City Council, at a meeting on Monday, had before them the plans for a circus proposed to be erected on a vacant plot of land near to the Jewish Synagogue and St. John's Church, off New Briggate. The Rev. Canon Scott, the vicar of St. John's, and several other gentlemen urged the committee not to sanction the project. In considering the scheme, it transpired that the staircases were proposed to be of wood instead of stone, and that an exit on the New Briggate side, which had been shown on the plans previously submitted, had been abolished. For these and other reasons the plans were rejected.