How a “ Society” Editor was Served —» ‘ The Auckland correspondent of a contemporary tells the following story of the punishment meted ent to the editor of a “society”, journal:—“l think I hare teaprCvionsletter referred to what is known in journalism as ‘ Society Papers,’ and the mischief and misery they cause in families and domestic circles. I regret to say these publications continue to increase and multiply. But my regret has been qualified by a beautiful sight—a cheering and heart-stirring sight—which I witnessed only three nights since. One wf these editors had printed a most scurrilous article on a married man, quite as untrue as it was scurrilous. It caused great nain to the gentleman scandalised, add'T am inn would inflict a severe wound when his wife and family came to read it, ha it is certain they would. The assailed and insulted husband and father did not buy a horsewhip, nor procure a revolver, nor a rope’s end, nor anything of the*kind. He waited his opportunity until he met the editor in a public room —the editor foreseeing trouble, earring in bis hand a knob-headed stick. There were some forty persons present at the time. The gentleman who had been viUiffed quietly walked up to the editor, ana asked him if he was ready to apologise for what he had allowed to appear in his paper. The editor refused. * ‘Then/ awdthe injured man, ‘ take that,’ fnrt the editor nolens fallens, had to take a : very smart open-hand .slap on. the face. The editor lifted his stick to strike, when - it was wrenched from his hand and 5 'thrown to the far end of the room. Then with, clenched fist the editor received a l*Mpw on the two ,or' three blows on face, halfrardozen, or so in the ribs, llladieyMrwp.many more in sundry places, none.. places'...: anywhere - in Hi sill f i Tho libeller cried ter mercy, cried far .the man to. .be takenoffhim, cried lor hripi/ hot he got no .mercy.; no msausot, and -no one hte,help. l i?'orty persons looked ‘Xwt w and the same feelrim fellow right. t pfcQßrtei APolice Oourt case. appeared, pleaded gnjltr,
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 360, 2 June 1881
Page 3 Advertisements Column 1 Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 360, 2 June 1881
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