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Thk fatal facility for smart writing yyhich charactcrisos certain clever literary men tffton betrays theifl into the perpc» tratjon of injustice-rrnono Iho losg oruel be cause, m many cases, unpremeditated, A- very noteworthy instauce of this occurs m a smart article on the speech ou the Representation Bill qf*he member for Rangitate, which appears iv Monday's " Lyttelton Timcg, 1 ' and of which that journal sboij]4 bo heartily ashamed. We s-hould be tho last to object to roero fun, and at anybody's expense, but let it be kindly fun, and not used as a mask fo:* concealing a deadly thrust at the fair reputation of any honrst and useful mac—rand Mr I'uxton is an eminently honest and useful man, and a capable and useful membor. His straightforward bluff downrightness», and his unimpeachable uprightnesp, his strong common scntse and his steady industry, have won for hinj tho respect pf his feljow members, and we feel sure that the ungenerous and undeserved sport which was made of him #nd his speech m our contemporary's columns will nvoke both pain and indignation. Tho speech thus contumeliously treated was really an excellent one, indeed, one of the best delivered during the long debate, which has now iftated s. week, and it lost nothing of its force and attraetiyenpss by the homely pronunciation of tho hon. membev, and i jjie occasional mispositiou of 'f poor letter H.V yhfc difficulty of tho " H's "is by no rasans entirely confined to unlettered men, and is a serious stumb'ing block to many more than Mr Buxtor, who are none the lefs sensible aud useful membe?', nor {jgrnotiuies the loss off ctive speaker?, on tWaccr-unt. Tin* mi?raber for l-angitata sponks seldom, bnt when lie A Bn fcpeak he epe^ks vrell and (ffectiyply, nnd the spofpii nho^oreferr d to was. as a matter of fact, one of Ihn venp lest hoover delivered. Such being the case, the attempt to diop&rago both the epaal^er and the speech was peculiarly uncalled Ur, a<? wgII ag wholly ungenerous. Tho "Lyttelton Times'" ppocial is undoubtedly a brilliant writer, hut a little less brilliancy and a little more fairness, not to say good taste, woul 1, we think, be appreciated by the wide qircjo of readers of that usually high principled. JQurnal,fi9Hßl

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A CRUEL CRITIC., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2188, 1 August 1889

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A CRUEL CRITIC. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2188, 1 August 1889