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A very discreditable scene took place at the last meeting of the St. Asaph Board of Guardians. Mr. JosrpH LLOYD asked per- mission to cull attention to the effect Mrs. LODGE'S letter to the Local Government Board, anent the Board's refusal to grant superannuation to her husband, and some re marks thereon published in the Rhyl Jour- nal," bad in influencm^ intending subscribers to the proposed testimonial to Ur. LODGE to withhold their subscriptions until tho matter was finally settled. Had the question dropped with Mr. GRTMSLEV'S reply (which satis tied I Mr. LLOYD), all would have been well; but wo arc sorry to think that Mr. ROBERTS I Oeinns) thought it necessary to caiechise the reporter of tile" Rhyl Journal," and in the heat of the moment alluded, as it was understood, to the representatives of the press generally, as "hungry hounds." The knights of the stylo and pencil at once rose to their feet to protest, but Mr. ROBERTS quickly explained that his application had only an individual significance, and tho re porters, excepting the one referred to, rosumd their seats. We are very pleased to accept L-. JROBEUTS'S assurance that he did not mean to describe all the reporters as hungry hounds," and hope that its singular applica- tion was only an equivalent to Mr. CHAMBER- LA T N S "jackal." In whatsoever application Mr. ROBERTS'S remarks were made, the pro- ceedings altogether were most irregular, and the CHAIRMAN certainly was at fault in not reminding Mr. ROBERTS that he was out of order. A word in time from the chair would have been sullicient, for Mr. ROBERTS is a gentleman who pays every deference to the CHAIRMAN'S ruling. In this case,however, he was (though at the outset he might have been calmed), carried beyond the bounds of dis- cretion by the recollection of an insult pre- viously directed against him by our contem- porary. No one knows better than the gentleman himself that it is entirely out of order to question a reporter on the accuracy of his report, and far more so to catechise a representative of the press on the opinions G his editor. If a public speaker is incorrect f reported, he has the privilege of explaining through the columns of tho newspaper that misn ported him, and a guardian would cer- tainly be in order, if he contented himself by putting himself right with his brother guar- dians by a personal explanation in the board- room and if the paper charged with misre- porting or otherwise offending a certain individual was properly conducted, it would at once set the matter right before the public. A reporter attends meetings of this kind on sufferance, and though he may be attacked, and the accuracy of his reports challenged, he has no right to say a word in self-defence but through the columns of his paper; and when th'ngs go as far as they did on Thurs- day, the protection of the chair shoald be extended to The chiel amang you taking notes."

THE WATER SUPPLY.

LLANASA.

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