That was a promising title for a radical Liberal. Even better was what was pasted inside.
It was a sheet of headed paper from East Langton Grange, Market Harborough. It carried other information: "National Telephone, No, 17, Market Harboro'", "Telegraph Office, East Langton" and "Parcels, East Langton Station, Midland Rly."
On that sheet was the handwritten inscription:
Jan 1st 1914Yes, the book was a gift from my hero J.W. Logan, then enjoying a second spell as Liberal MP for Harborough.
With best for wishes for a happy new year
John. W. Logan
Below the inscription, still in Logan's handwriting and spilling on to a second page, is the following:
I still have the book and you can read it online yourself or buy a secondhand copy from Amazon.
Extract from "Social Statistics" by Herbert Spencer
In our tender regard for the vested interests of the few let us no forget that the right of the many are in abeyance and must continue so as long as the Earth is monopolised by individuals.
It may by and by be perceived that Equity utters dictates to which we have not yet listened; and men may then learn that to deprive others of their rights to the use of the Earth, is to commit a crime inferior only in wickedness to the crime of taking away their lives or personal liberty.