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JOTTINGS BY THE WAY.

ABERDARE POLICE COURT.

THE ADVANTAGES OF A LOCAL…

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THE ADVANTAGES OF A LOCAL NEWS- PAPER. BY THE REV. J. C. JKNKYNS. A Newspaper is a vehicle of information, as its title signifies. Editors and gentlemen of the the Press hold firmly the privilege of selection. One publishes most of the gossip of the locality, while another insists on authetic reports with fair and judicious comments. The both are important factors in the existing coustitution of society. The former caters to the greedy appetites of envy and malice; the latter feeds the moral strength of the people. The honest Journal has a healthy mission in any locality. Its principles are;those of truth, reform, and pro- gress.. When occasionally called to the haunts of vice and slander, it brings forth:some deeds of darkness to the gaze of society, to shrivel like the grass of cellers in the burning sun. This sentinal of order discovers the chambers of con- spiracy, discloses the schemes of cut-throats. and unmasks the plots of midnight assassins. Thus society is assisted to preserve its life and to master its enemies. Moreover the honest Journal seeks the well- being of the community. Every age needs re- form. The unrighteous bequests of antiquity, the rising wrongs of current history call loudly for redress, and this call will continue its appeals as long as greed, chicanery, and fraud infest the market. As long as lust of power, heresy, and sham plague the Church. The press is like the "Advertiser," publishing abroad the wants and treasurer of the world like the "Post," ex- changing over the land the opinions of thinkers like "Mercury," carrying on swift pinions the messages of the gods. The introduction of a Newspaper to a neigh- bourhood is a proof of life and a sign of progress. Brute force, ignorance, and interest are the triarchy of oppression. Intellectuality, know- ledge, and justice, are the trinity of liberty. Since the publication of the first Newspaper in the reign of James I., the higher public press of Britian has been faithful to the genius of progress, snapping the fetters of oppression, ex- posing the ugliness of self-interest, pressing ig- norance to the balls of wisdom, and directing brute force to its legitimate province. To till the ground, level the forest, tunnol the mountain, dig out the treasures of the earth, and place the burdens of industry on tho back of steam to construct Docks, build ships, and ride the ocean, to foreign countries. The age moves ahead. One of its special features is Newspaper reading. The demands of the contstituency arc difficult and numerous Almost every roader looks for his portion. The gentleman his article, the mechanic his paia- graph, the sage his column, the youth his- corner. Taste, position, aud tenjper, are eager for their sections. The sentimental gloats over "crimes and disasters." The matron pounces upon "births, marriages, and deaths." "Mary," said Mr. Inquisitive, the other day to his servant, "road out tho list of births, to see whether I know some of them." While always ready to share its favours the honest Journal cannot forget its mission. To racord^ the marches of intellect, tabulate the feats of science, chronicle the victories of invention, corunjend the decisions of equal justice, and to guard the liberties of the world,

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