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TO THE BDITOB. Sir, — 1 think it is a pity such letters as that signed " Pedestrian " m your valuable paper should have to appear, but it is a fact that go almost where you will about Aehburton coarse and disgusting 1 >nguage jars upon the ear ; even m our main "thoroughfares men and boys oongregate and vie with each other seemingly as to who can pour forth the vileet utterances. They seem to arrive at the summit of their ambition when they sin surround a sho, keeper's window, fill tha air with tobacco smoke, cover the footpath with their expectorations and try conclusions at swearing and retailing foul yarns. Now I think it quite time the police were instructed to clear our footpaths of these loafers, larrikinp, &0., even as they are m other towns, so that a decent person may be able to pass without being shocked at hearing such vile language, and ladles may be permitted to pats without inault ; ng remarks being audibly made upon them. I may here be allowed to remark that I was very pleased on visiting one evening the bicycle grounds to see the perfection to which our young townsmen had got this racing track, and also at the ability displayed by tbe various riders. I need hardly say that my enjoyment was marred by heaiing a good deal of langnage used that did not compare favorably with the manly forms it omaaated from. Let me give ou<^ yoong{_. ftion«l*-«-Httl© advice, that a true athlete is not only known and admired by the ability dfeplayod m his particular line, but by his true manliness generally, and tha noblest man to my mini is he with the purest tongue. Trusting I have not trespassed too muoa on your Bpace, I am, etc , A Well-wisher for Yottng * f hbtjbtok,

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ASEBURTON LABRIKINS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2056, 6 February 1889

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ASEBURTON LABRIKINS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2056, 6 February 1889

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