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TO THE EDITOR. Sir,—l regret that you should have deemed it necessary to deal with Mr Downie Stewart's speech in the way you did, inasmuch as such criticism tends to destroy his prestige and usefulness in Parliament. This adverse criticism of our provincial members seems to bo a failing with our Otago Press, for in like manner when Sir Robert Stout was Premier he was criticised, especially in the ‘ Daily Times,’ in a way which to me appeared most unjustifiable. Now, in looking over papers of other provincial districts, I find they almost invariably abstain from saying anything against their provincial members likely to injure their standing in Parliament, upless they' h’aVfc 'abased the oWnndeW& rifpbfe'e'd in

them. Now, sir, you do not accuse Mr Stewart of having abused his trust, nor do I see how you could possibly have done so, I have watched Mr Stewart’s career in Parliament, and venture to affirm that I have hitherto found him a good representative, hard working, conscientious, and, as far as_l can judge, possessing the interests of his constituents and the colony at heart. The Press is a power in the State. It should therefore exercise its functions with great discretion. It should stir up members to duty rather than seek occasions for finding frivolous faults with them. My long experience has taught me that members have quite enough to endure without being subject to harsh criticism by the Press.—l am, etc., William H. Reynolds. Dunedin, June 11.

[We are not responsible for the ‘Daily Times but when Mr Reynolds assumes tho role of censor of the Press, he should be careful not to bring “ railing accusations ” against it. Nothing in our article can possibly injure Mr Stewart’s present Parliamentary prestige. But a “ fellow-feeling makes us wondrous kind,” which probably accounts for the sympathy of Mr Reynolds with Mr Uownie Stewart. He admits that we have not accused Mr Stewart of having abused the trust reposed in him, and we agree with him that it is not easy to see how we possibly could do so. We are also ready to admit that Mr Reynolds’s protegi possesses all the qualities assigned to him, “ so far as he can judge," Wherefore, then, is tho honorable gentleman aggrieved ?— Ed, E S.]

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MR DOWNIE STEWART DEFENDED., Issue 7931, 12 June 1889

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MR DOWNIE STEWART DEFENDED. Issue 7931, 12 June 1889

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