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SLINGS AND ARROWS. N¡;=:¡' if a man could libel himself. Not being a kwyer, I could not inform him, and I rather doubt if even a lawyer could. Killing a human being is a crime, even when the offender kills himself, and I do not see why a man libelling himself is not open to be proceeded against either civilly or crimi- nally. Of course, the diffieujj^ would be to find a prosecutor, and if a, prosecutor was found, in a civil case, it would, be difficult to assess damages. However, the difficulties of the position does not alter the "law, and the question remains, can a man libel himself or not 1 -«.< Of course, I take it, that in any case, sphere a man was accused of libelling him self, he could, if he liked plead justification. A man, for instance, may call himself a fool, and (if the law permits) be brought up for libel. He could forthwith proceed to 'jus tify and prove to the court end jury that, he was a fool, and, possibly, the mere fact that he calied himself a fool would assist him in convincing both judge and jury that he was one. It takes very little special pleading to convince some jurors that they have a fool before them. Had the de- fendant called himself a wise man, the trial of the case might have been stubborn and protracted. But enough, of this fooling. So much ban been written about the Castle of Denbigh and its management, that it is almost a burden to refer to the sa.me subject agam. But the unmistakable signs of dissent, that were to be seen and heard at the May Day meeting last Monday night, when it waa assorted that the Castle Com mittee exintad only for the good of the town, proved how generally it is felt that some reform is necessary in this direction. No one questions the honorable intentions of every member of the Castle Committee, but it is quite easy to canvass the authority and tha proceedings of a Committee without in the least reflecting upon the upnghtedness of its individual members. However straight a committee may act, it can never be satis- factory when it is self-elected. I do not know the history of the election of the first Committee, it is shrowded in mystery which the present members are either unable or unwilling to explain—but ever since, the Committee elects whom it likes as addition- ai members. A Castle Committee member never retires, unless he takes the hump or dies. His office is a life office, depending neither upon goodbehavioisr nor competency. No ratepayer has a right to cali a member to account, for he represents nobody but himself, and indeed, I sometimes doubt if he'does that, so different is the act of a Committee-man from the acts of the same man in his uncommittic attitude. The Castle is not ruled by a Limited Liability Com- pany, a syndicate, or a public authority, Its authority is a cross between a private management and a public management, the rormer predominating, but the latter thrust more to the front. If the Castle is to be for the good of the town, let it be managed by the through their proper represen- tatives—the members of the Town Council. • « A week or two ago I pointed out two or three modes in which the dispute between the Rector of Denbigh and his choir might be terminated. Last week I had to an uounce that a compromise had been agreed upon. By to day the question has entered upon a now phase, and the choristers are to be seen like truant school boys, standing before the Rector, with downcast mien, and tears of contrition in their eyes saying. 'Please, sir, will yon forgive us, sir, we won't do it again, sir. We are very sorry, sir.' What the Rector failed to do, the Bishop accomplished, and the repentant choristers have been forced to apologise. I understand that two of. the members held out against signing the apology, bnt after a visit to the Episcopal Palace, they also gave in, and now the whole of the members of the choir are to be seen struggling for room on the stool of repentance. Apparently, there are degrees in the obedience deman- ded by the Church of England authorities. The members can risk disobedience to the commands of a Rector, but a Bishop is a superior being, and must be obeyed, with trembling and with fear.

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