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Van Laer is stoic but emotionally drained by seeing his lifes work destroyed in a fire.
The last portion of the script, where he references the newspapers is stated in self defense. The tone is defensive and a tad angry. 2011-03-16 17:26:34 GMT 2011-03-17 15:04:14 (GMT -05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada) Yes (click here to learn more about ) Closed - Note: This project was manually closed by the voice seeker before it reached its original deadline. 0 0 0 direct invitation(s) have been sent by the voice seeker resulting in 0 audition(s) and/or proposal(s) so far. Voice123 SmartCast is seeking 35 auditions and/or proposals for this project (approx.) Invitations sent by SmartCast have resulted in 0 audition(s) and/or proposal(s) so far.
"Many of the volumes were so hot that they could hardly be touched with the hand and some were actually burning along the edges. As soon as one spot was cleared down to the floor the debris within it were turned over and everything taken out that was still legible. Gradually about half the floor space was gone over and to make room the men were told to throw the already examined debris out of the window. The Archivist stood himself near the window and searched every shovelful that was thrown out, many fragments being rescued in that way."
"All this took place in a drenching down pour of water from the floor above."
"In the Albany papers of April 1st, Victor Hugo Paltsits, the State Historian, charges the State Education Department with carelessness in not saving historical papers from the debris that were thrown from the windows of the burned portion of the State Capitol. This charge was made without knowledge of what was actually being done to rescue the priceless records of the State Library and creates a wrong impression as to the care exercised in saving every scrap that could be saved."
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