The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prevalebit. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 1881. Mr Joseph Ivess and “Fair Play!”
TOWN EDITION. [lssued at 450 p.m. j
In the columns of this morning’s issue of the Ashburton Mail, Mr Ivess is asked to insert, “in the interests of fair play,” a lengthy communication of Mr D. McKee's, which that individual says was sent to the editor of this journal, and was refused insertion. If Mr McKee will only take the trouble to refer to last night’s issue of the Guardian, he will see that his highly interesting effusion was published in this paper, and appeared on its fourth page. Perhaps it would have been as well if Mr McKee had ascertained this fact before he talked about “ fair play ” and the justice of hearing “both sides.” However, we forgive Mr McKee; probably he is better acquainted with the use of the plough than the pen, and is unaccustomed to newspapers and their ways, otherwise he would know that no newspaper with any pretensions to respectability would think of excluding correspondence in tended for publication in its columns, unless indeed that correspondence was of such a character as to render its insertion impossible. But although inclined to. deal leniently with Mr McKee, we cannot let Mr ivess off so lightly. That gentleman must have known perfectly well when he allowed Mr McKee’s statement as to his letter having been refused insertion in these columns to pass unchallenged, that he was guilty ofa meanness, to say the least. Mr Ivess knew as well as we did that the letter had appeared, and yet with a view to damaging a rival journal in the eyes of the public he feigns ignorance, and “in the interest of fair play ” (!!) reproduces from this journal the letter of his admirer Mr McKee. ‘ We do not usually take the trouble to correct the misstatements appearing in our contemporary’s columns—for if we did our time would indeed be fully occupied—but on this occasion we thought it advisable, as our reputation ifor “ fair play ” was at stake, to say a few words in explanation. Let us say once for all that the Guardian will always be open to publish letters expressing every shade of opinion, unless such letters should be unfit for publication on account of their violation of good taste. Mere disclaimers we also object to insert (unless as advts.) and in doing this we are but following the rule obtaining in other and larger offices than OUT OWH. We feel sure the public will be able to estimate at what it is worth the conduct in this matter of the straightforward, ingenuous, fair-play loving candidate for the representation of Wakanui.