being insulted and abused! We will see. We are not fanatical enough to think that all the evils of political faction can be destroyed; but we believe they can and must be restrained – be forced back within proper limits. If only one half of those persons who say we are right in “theory” would but act as they believe, instead of sinking with hopeless indolence into the arms of a leagued despotism, the work would be done, and our theory would become practice. Ed]”
“To the Editor of the News.
– Sir, –
I congratulate you upon the success which has attended your efforts. The spontaneous expression of opinion which has appeared in the correspondence directed to you and what one hears without, sufficiently indicate that you have but given utterance to a large and increasing measure of public sentiment; and it is but a truism to add that, now-a-days no evil, however ancient, and however cherished by some, can long stand against an enlightened public opinion. The victory is well-nigh won; not a word has been written in defence of the system assailed. What, indeed, one does hear is principally but the usual language of defeat – being a malediction against you for the manliness with which you have attacked a system upon which, perhaps, the hopes of not a few may depend; for, I doubt not we have not only ‘Mayors in expectancy’, but other expectants of a less order also - men of the rank and file who feel that they have not yet been rewarded by their share of public honour. It may, perhaps, be well, sir, to examine one or two of the principal excuses which are resorted to justify the support of a system which is now acknowledged to be in itself wrong. In the first place we are told by the present dominant party that “the Tories always did this when they had the power and why shouldn’t we do the same now that the power is in our hands?” There is no questioning the fact here stated that the Tories did so when they were dominant; that both parties are equally guilty; and that, therefore, when one party complains of the other, it is but another illustration of the pot complaining of the kettle. But the real question is, is it right of any party so to act? and if it is admitted - as it must be – that it is right in no party, surely the effect of our neighbours having done what they ought not to do can be no justification for us to go and do likewise. I suppose, sir, we are to understand that if someone were to steal my coat it would be a justification of my following his example by picking someone else’s pocket! And will these gentlemen tell us this who, some years back, were indignant at what they called ‘Tory domination and corruption?’ Will they confess that all that noisy virtue which was hurled against the state of things which then existed was not but the expression of disappointed selfishness at it’s-