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JOURNALISTIC CONSISTENCY.

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JOURNALISTIC CONSISTENCY. To the Editor of the Free Press. Dear Sir,—I should be glad if you could afford space in your valuable paper for a few lines on a sub- ject of some importance to newspaper readers in this district. In all things changes seem to be the order of the day, This feature is observable not only in connection with the PONTYPOOL FREE PRESS, but with the appearance, under other auspices, of a much- prized journal once yclept The Critic. I am free to confess, Mr Editor, that I looked with a more favor- able eye upon the appearance of the Weekly Argus than upon that of its predecessor, which had achieved a somewhat unenviable reputation as a I", literary bantling." As a Liberal of the Old School, I repeat that I was more favourably impressed with the ap- pearance of The Argus than of The Critic. But, in its last issue, its lynx-eyed editor has for once over- stepped the mark. Having read the articles on Politics & the People," and Mr Cordes at New- port," I was considerably astonished, on reading th Tredegar intelligence, to find a paragraph strangely at variance with Liberal principles. The item in question referred to the visit of Mr G. E. Lomax, of Manchester, to Tredegar; and having stated that that gentleman had addressed two meetings in the Tem- peiance Hall, it said that on the Thursday evening he spoke upon Temperance, when-I give the remain- der in extenso, as it appeared-" the old platitudes were dished, up some in new garbs and on Monday last the subject of discourse was 'The Warlike policy of the Tory Government.' As a matter of course, the Tories were blamed for all the ills that have descended upon mortal man during the past six years. The lecturer had it all his own way, and he evidently knows how to suit his remarks to the audi- ence he is addressing." Now, Sir, I should be glad to be informed how the Editor of the paper in question accounts for the inser- tion of the above paragraph. How he makes his cor- respondent's expression of opinion to square with his own avowed Liberal principles, is beyond my power to tell; but to my mind it shows a lamentable lack of consistency. Yours truly, A LOVER OF CONSISTENCY. Pontypool, Oct. 7, 1879.

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