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From Historical Hastings
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originating this evil belongs to other men, it is clear that the crime of perpetuing(sic) it belongs to us.

We have written so much on this subject because we believe that the peace and prosperity of the borough depends on the fair and independent management of its municipal and commercial interests. We can appreciate the sturdiness of staunch partizanship at a general election. There political manoeuvres are in place, and Conservatism and Liberalism find their true battlefield. But we deplore, as one of the greatest calamities that can befal(sic) a town the systematic introduction of political tests and political feelings into business with which, properly, they have nothing whatever to do. We trust the unfairness of those who find fault with us will not compel us to recur to the subject in this way again. If they have anything to say we invite them to say it manfully - not in secret, but in daylight, to meet us as we would meet them, honestly and fairly. They shall have the free use of space enough in our columns to defend themselves if they wish it. The party having power has a great responsibility upon it for a proper use of that power. If they exert it impartially, without making politics the ground of favuritism(sic), we shall never think of coming into collision with them. They know the terms of peace. But if they persist in a factious course, or if any other party strive to imitate their policy – as these gentlemen tell us they are imitating their predessors(sic) – we shall not hesitate to oppose them, fully prepared for all the penal consequences of so rash a step. We have a greater right to complain of such policy than any party has to inflict it upon us. The day will come when it will be made manifest that the sober-minded and the strictly independent ratepayers of the borough are perfectly at one with us on this momentous question. We have public men amongst us on both political sides who have good business talents and considerable force of character, but whose ability has been with few exceptions, more devoted to the interests of their respective parties than to the general good. It would be a greater triumph over faction, and an incalculable benefit to the world at large if these spirits would dare to be free – to cease to live of the self-imposed thraldom of political serfs – to be no longer nominees, but the unshacted(sic) representatives of the local interests of the whole borough. We ask all our fellow townsmen who believe that it is only on a basis of internal concord that the structure of our future municipal well-being can be reared, to co-operate with us in our efforts to lay that basis and to raise that structure.”

I have quoted nearly the whole of the article because I knew at the time-