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Sjr,-I hate shams of every kind quite as earnestly as Mr Joseph Ward, and therefore as no one — not even that veteran philosoper— has favoredyouwith any remarks on the newphase of the so-called moral question, I wish to air an opinion or two on the subject of the request made m your columns last week for subscriptions to the "Eyes Actions Defence Fund." The very title is a misnomer, as there is nothing m the expenditure therein named which is connected with the defence of any member of the Eyes family. Had it been called the Eyes Persecution Fund it would have been a more appropriate name. It is professedly to pay the expences of the series extraordinary of actions which have been going on for upwards of a year, but nothing could convince me that the wise and learned gentlemen who took the part of leaders m this business, did so without first counting the costs and consequences. As the object; of this persecution or prosection — call ifc what you will — was a purely political move intended to kill the party of which Eyes was supposed to be the head, instead of merely the sign — it does not seem uulikely, as reported, that this subscription is to raise a fund to fight the coming elections with. Ido not think there is a soul so simple as to believe for a moment that morality or Eyes' wrong-doing was anything but an excuse. Besides, these would-be leaders cannot surely have been going on tick all the time. But if such is the case they have only to follow the example set them, and whitewash ; consequently the public need not trouble about subscribing. Seriously, however, the title given to the proposed Fund is untrue as far as the first three items are concerned, and Eyes would have been a cur not to have fought; them after the way m which he was baited and worried. Let me conclude by quoting a few lines from the Picton Press, and join m the "hope that the end of this very disagreeable business will terminate as most of the old melodramas do, with the triumphant vindication of virtue, and the ovethrow of the machinations of the evil yenius of the piece." — Yours, &c,

A Moralist.

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THE EYES DEFENCE FUND., Marlborough Express, 6 December 1873

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THE EYES DEFENCE FUND. Marlborough Express, 6 December 1873