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To the Edito-) of the Cardiff…


To the Edito-) of the Cardiff and Mertkyr Guardian. 1VANTON EXHUMATIONS OF THE DEAD. SIR,-Admiring the general high moral character of the Hnglisb newspaper press, perhaps not less than yourself whose position enables you to exhibit an example weekly of that character, I venture to ask your insertion of this letter. 1 wish to simply state what my friends, as well as I, consider a derogation from that high standard in the conduct of your Brecon contemporary, the Silurian. I do not even solicit your sentiments on the case, but submit it to the moral sense of your readers, for them to say if it exhibits fair play"—" an open stage and no favour," or the contrary. You are aware, Sir, that recently a body was dug np near Brecon, on some trumped up village slander against the medical officer who attended the deceased pauper-an inquest holden, and a STUPID verdict (not to say more) returned, condemning that officer, (Mr. Batt, who is also coroner.) You are also cognisant of the fact, that a higher tribunal has declared that verdict unjust by reversing it-by finding a con- trary one-by honourably acquitting the falsely-accused gentleman. Prior to this vindication of his conduct, I, quite nnknown to him, published a letter, indignantlv reprobating called for exhumations, and incidentally defending the prac- titioner vietimieed, but attacking no one-condemning nothing tut the verdict, which was open to public animadversion surely. That letter appeared first in the Welshman, and after- wards in the Hereford Journal and the Silurian. This letter, thus wholly without personality, given with my name, elicited two grossly personal answers in the latter paper-one saying that I reasoned ill, that I had private motives, &c.; the other charging me with pitiful malignity," and much very com- plimentary matter more-both writers wri ing anonymout/y. My best answer to both is found in the now published deci- sion ot the Poor Law Commissioners, tacitly inculpating the jury, exculpating the officer, and on the identical grounds I had taken in his defence. As my attack on the jury's finding was thus highly sanctioned, and other attack there was none, not an individual named or pointed at, all readers must per- ceive that these answers were the firit attacks-the writers the only assailants-who paraded the name of Mr. Batt and my own very freely at length. Now, Sir, what I submit to the public is this question-" Ought not the tame arena (the Silurian's pretty little amphitheatre) to have been vouchsafed to the assailed as was thrown open to the assailants ?" It was closed against him. "19 answer was refused admittance except as an advertisement! according to tslablithed usage of the preM" quoth Mr. Editor. I beg his pardon but knowing some little of matters connected with the press, I tell him it is not the usage (none unless ill-usage) to publish long persona vituperations in successive numbsrs of a newspaper, without! a real name, and then refuse to publish the assailed person's defence, even with his name. Not only is it not usage, it is not justice or decency the common sense of the meanest in- tellect revolts against it. Englishmen are said to love fair play." He may be assured that they will not the less l ive, aye, and demand it too, in the newspaper press. The Editor seems to assert that the an^ry writers under his wing pay for their privilege of attack. ,I I am paid for permitting abuse of yeti, so yon shall also pay me again for permission to clear yourself This is the long and short of the no-ice to cor- respondents:" of its justice let your readers judge. Whether any one paid the Silurian for inserting my original letter is quite beside the question; it so, however, he had less to grudge room for my defensive one. To set the Silurian an example of "fair play," I will here add that I was the more surprised at this unprecedented one-tided/iess in a public print from having very often remarked, and always declared my opinion when others were severe on the insignificant character ot the Silurian, that its leaders" often evince very consider- able ability fas tist ab hoste doceri. You know me for a rank Torv." The American newspaper press is at the lowest stage of VENAL corruption, selling its pages to the highest bidder for the purposes of moral assassination—the filching" of ano- ther's 4' good name." ho can bear the least approach to this zero, and below zero point, in the press of England ? 1 ¡:nJ, Sir, yours, &c., JOSEPH DOW XLS, M.D. B» » I I—


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