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entism. But, different as they are, it extent are. Of late, indeed, we seem to seems to me that impersonality fosters be beginning to open our eyes to the the special vices of each, and that both fact, that other knowledge beside that would be the better for an infusion of of leather goes to the making of a the personal. ..
really first-rate, pair of shoes; but, on No one would deny, I suppose, that the whole, no doubt it is still true that the burthen of proof must lie on those a young man is damaged in a strictly who maintain that anonymous writing professional sense if it is known that he is the best form of periodical writing. has any serious pursuit outside his proPrima facie, it cannot be doubted that se- fession, especially if it is known that he crecy is a bad thing. The habit of open writes for newspapers. But yet men dealing in all matters has been always must live, and maintain their station in acknowledged and reverenced as a life (and their wives and families, if they manly-one may almost say, the man- are lucky enough to have them), during ly_virtue, ever since there was a man those long years which must be lived on the earth. What special circum- through before the ablest amongst us stances are there then in modern society; can hope to make a livelihood in a how have we got so out of gear, that the liberal profession. Is it not good for the contrary has become true for us, and it nation that such men should write ? has come to be for the good of all that Ought they to be damaged professionally those who address us from day to day, by writing? If they are not to be and week to week, on the most deeply damaged, must they not write anonyinteresting subjects, should do so from mously? behind a veil ? In short, what is there Admitting it to be good that they to be said in favour of anonymous should write, and that they ought not to writing, and the mighty “we”? be damaged by writing, I don't see that
The most powerful of our English it follows that they must or ought to newspapers has, in its last essay, as we write anonymously. It may be better have seen, left us pretty much in the for them so far as their own individual dark on the question in fact, has not chances of getting on are concerned, and condescended to argue or give reasons, yet worse for the nation; and, if these though it has spoken plainly enough as interests clash, the individuals must go to its own belief ; so we must hunt for to the wall. Besides, if they don't feel the reasons ourselves. I shall be very strongly enough about a subject to risk glad if my attempt to consider the ques- something that they may say their say tion should lead any of our best jour- on it, they had better not write. nalists to discuss it, even though they But, even if they were debarred from should do it anonymously, and take me other subjects, they would still have proseverely to task for my heresy Mean- fessional subjects open to them.-a large time, I will do the best I can to state field, if not so easy a one or so lucrative. the opposite views to my own.
For, prejudiced as we are, none of us In the first place, a very large, and think a man a worse lawyer or doctor probably the best, part of the writing for having gained a reputation as a in newspapers (to which we will confine writer on jurisprudence or · medicine. ourselves) is the work of men in other Again, it is urged that it is a good thing professions-often of young men, at any for a young writer to sink his indivirate of men who have some spare time duality. His vanity would be flattered on their hands. In England we are by seeing his own name affixed day still believers in the old saying that after day, or week after week, to lead.
the cobbler should stick to his last.” ing articles in a first-class journal ! It is well that we are so. On the whole And, when a man is past the age of the belief is a wholesome one, and helps vanity in such matters, he may very to make us the thorough-going race well dislike to see his own name conwhich we boast of being, and to a great stantly in print. He may be one who
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