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Sib,—ln a letter to the Stab last night the Hon. Mr Reynolds depreoatea Press criticism of the speeches or actions of membors of Parliament, and of Mr Downie Stewart in particular. Perhaps there may be such a thing as a political affinity between the two gentlemen, as both have the same " rail-balancing " propensities. Some time after the accession of the Stout-Vogel Ministry, Mr J. W. Thomson, then member for Balclutha, made a speech to his constituents, aud spoke very strongly against the extravagant manner in which we woro governed, advocating more economy (Sir Robert Stout might call it parsimony). Mr Thomson's Bperch seems to have expressed Mr Reynolds's sentiments bo completely that he wroto a number of letters to tho Press expressing himself strongly against tho extravagance of the Government, and advised the people to read Mr Thomson's speech for themselves, as being a masterly financial statement. But suddenly a notice appeared in the papers that Mr Reynolds had been appointed a Minister, and from that date we heard no more from him concerning Mr Thomson and economy. The party in Wellington had taken Mr Reynolds's measure. Circumstances alter cases.

Mr Reynolds does not seem to notice the manner in which members of the present. Ministry notably Messrs Fergus and Richardson—havo been attacked by the Opposition Press. His sympathy is all with the late Premier, who of course wrote nothing in roply.—l am, etc., Justice. Dunedin, June 13.

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THEN AND NOW., Issue 7932, 13 June 1889

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THEN AND NOW. Issue 7932, 13 June 1889

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