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TO THE EDITOR. Sir,— Mr Daniel Smith has spoken, and probably never essayed a more difficult task —however congenial it may be to his relentless nature—than when ho commenced charges not justified by tho evidence. The disclaimer in Saturday night’s Star puts the matter in a new' and satisfactory light; but, apart from that, those who know Mr Frodrlc well will not be inclined to accept Mr Smith’s view of his character, and a generous, discerning public will not accept inferences'for evidence statements that crumble to nothing upon examination, Tho true explanation of this "much ado about nothing,” “ this storm in a teapot,” will doubtless bo found in the fact of Mr Smith’s minority, for whenever did a minority possessing a monopoly of virtues consider tho party in power other than selfish, obstructive, actuated byporsonal ambition and bad, etc., etc. ? Of all sad words of toneuo or pen, Tho saddest sro these, “ It might have been.” But, sir, there are always two sides. The bright side of Mr Smith’s character has manifested itself in tho closing remarks of his valldietory, which are specially interesting to all lovers of God’s Word. But in the view here presented a careful reader cannot fail to note that his noble conceptions are unaccompanied by any of the manly and Godlike virtues therein inculcated. Not one spark of Christian charity is visible throughout, without which all this noble idealism goes for nothing, and becomesas sounding brass,” "or a tinkling cymbal.” A true gentleman, after the case had been decided by the Education Board, would have bowed to its decision. Not so this modern Daniel, who also trails in the dust the names of its honored members. Mr Fredric should now challenge him to a fresh election, when Mr Smith’s support would probably amount to the minority’s votes. 1 enclose my card, and am, etc,, Je-HOSH-A-I’IIAT. Dunedin, Juno 8.

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