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[266] though the occasions that called them forth have long passed by. My plan is to select and condense a few of each kind, presenting only the point of each.

Many of our editor's replies are remarkable chiefly for their “free and easy” manner, their ignoring of “editorial dignity.” A specimen or two:

In reply to a personal attack by Major Noah, of the Union, he begins, ‘We ought not to notice this old villain again.’ On another occasion, ‘What a silly old joker this last hard bargain of Tylerism is!’ On another, ‘Major Noah! Why won't you tell the truth once in a century, for the variety of the thing.’ On another, ‘And it is by such poor drivel as this that the superannuated renegade from all parties and all principles attempts to earn his forced contributions and “Official” advertisements! Surely his latest purchasers must despise their worn-out tool, and most heartily repent of their hard bargain.’

Such mild openings as the following are not uncommon:

The Journal of Commerce is the most self-complacent and dogmatic of all possible newspapers.

The villain who makes this charge against me well knows that it is the basest falsehood.

We defy the Father of lies himself to crowd more stupendous falsehoods into a paragraph than this contains.

Mr. Benton! each of the above observations is a deliberate falsehood, and you are an unqualified villain!

The Express is surely the basest and paltriest of all possible journals.

Having been absent from the city for a few days, I perceive with a pleasurable surprise on my return that the Express has only perpetrated two new calumnies upon me of any consequence since Friday evening.

“Ephraim,” said a grave divine, taking his text from one of the prophets, “is a cake not turned. (Hosea, VII. 8.) Let us proceed, therefore, brethren, to turn Ephraim—first, inside out; next, back-side before; and, thirdly, 'tother end up.”

We are under the imperative necessity of performing on Samuel of this day a searching operation like unto that of the parson on Ephraim of old.

That will suffice for the vituperative. We proceed to those of another description:

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