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TO THE EDITOR, Sir,—lt is frequently much to the advantage of a newspaper discussion upon an important topic that names of disputants ar« withheld. It is only when personalities and abuse are indulged in that names are «.V?.?' I have been following the letters of Irishman" and «E. S. Mantz" with considerable interest, and feel amazed at the bombast of Mr Mantz's last long letter, which appeared in your issueß of June 22 and 29, followed by the apparent childishness of his threat of last Monday evening. I know as little of Mr Mantz as I do of Mr " Irishman," but if I am to judge of their relative truthfulness and conscientious feeling of having a good cause, by the manly dignity with which they each wield their pen, I shall be compelled to give a verdict for Mr "Irishman," in Bpite of his anonymity. If a man deals fairly and reasonably with facts and arguments in such a discussion he is surely acting in an honorable manner. Everyone knowß that the editor at least is in possession of his name and address, and to attack him then is to assault the honor of the editor, who becomes sponsor for the correspondent's bona fides. The impression now left on the public mind by the action of Mr Mantz is that he is unable to meet the facts of "Irishman," and wishes to retreat under cover of a growl at the liberties of a free Press. I enclose my card.—lam, etc., Patriot, Dunedin, July 23.

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ANONYMITY., Issue 7970, 27 July 1889, Supplement

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ANONYMITY. Issue 7970, 27 July 1889, Supplement

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