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TO THE EDITOR. Sir,- In a column headed ‘ Topics of the Day,’ by your London correspondent, I observe some ‘ Literary Notes ’ concerning; the poet and Socialist, William Morris, which, I think, should not have appeared. I suppose a newspaper writer, whose articles are published at the Antipodes, considers himself fairly out of the track of criticism with regard to any personalities he may indulge in at the expense of the world’s celebrities. William Morris is described by your correspondent as a dingy if not grimy Socialist, who pursues his cook with a plum pudding and calls her an “oleaginous harridan,” etc., etc. You will, perhaps, say that such articlesare not intended to be treated seriously ; but if so, what are they worth, and why do we read them ? There should bo a reasonable amount of fact to leaven even a mass of gossip, and especially when a writer professes to recount his own brother’s experiences. To have glanced at the ‘ Earthly Paradise ’ with less than a critic's skimming would convince most people that what you publish has little, if any, foundation in fact. That Mr Morris is a Socialist whom all the world listens to and respects we have known even at the Antipodes for some time, but anyone who has seen or heard him knows, further, that he is a very fine type of noble and dignified manhood, and not a man likely to act the fool or to keep particularly dull company.—l am, etc., Anti-Socialist. Dunedin, September 13.

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MORRIS, THE POET AND SOCIALIST., Issue 8012, 14 September 1889, Supplement

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MORRIS, THE POET AND SOCIALIST. Issue 8012, 14 September 1889, Supplement

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