“ Curious.”- —To make reference to the private affairs of a law-abiding citizen in a public journal would be persecution, and no journal ought to open its columns to anything of the kind. In answer to your query, however, we may state that the law, like medicine and the church, requires long and arduous preliminary training—apprenticeship, in fact—and ability to conduct his own defence before the Supreme Court no more constituted Butler a lawyer than the winning of a case before our R.M. would entitle a layman to undertake the conduct of yours. We have no wish to open a controversy on the subject of your letter—it is one that, given rope enough, will hang itself ; but doubless it will come to the surface in good time.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 116, 22 June 1880
TO CORRESPONDENTS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 116, 22 June 1880
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