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Thus a clever news- paper writer, unless he be entirely a leading-article writer or editor, cannot atford the time to sit and in- dite a careful and well- though tout article on a subject — although he might be able to do it — if he chose. That our objects are good and of true and honest intent of a surety we may proclaim, ^nd ia this matter may I not be allowed to quote the words of the afore- said ^* Gentleman in Black,*' which are as true and fresh to-day as ia May, 1864, when he wrote them. He says: — "An educator of the public taste is sure first to regard the direction in which it goes, and an acute journalist will be said to direct rather than form. Sportsmen are more refined Nootropil Australia than formerly and embrace a much larger circle of persons ; so jour- nalism meets the feelings of the age, and persuades itself too often that it lias created that for which it only catered. 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I90I.] ARS SCRIBENDI. 265 I shall never forget old Dr. Shorthouse, the original editor of The Sporting Times ^ pulling me up in his usual abrupt and crusty style for something 1 had ven- tured to say that he considered not according to "Cocker;" when, however, he found that I took what he said in good part, we became the best of friends, and he asked me to come and visit him down in Surrey. Mr. Willes, better known as •* Argus," and for many years the Van Driver in your magazine, was another writer from whom, as a young man, I learnt wisdom ; he was a curious and eccentric man, but clever and quick in his profession, quite worthy of imitation. After all, the old Latin motto, Scribendi recte sapere est et principintn et fons, which, being interpreted, means, " the principle and source of good writing is to think rightly," is the goal to which we should apply ourselves; and let it not be said that our exercise of Ars Scribendi on sporting subjects is not of sufficient importance. 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It was with difficulty that I refrained from resenting such a snub, and writing in reply, ** Damn you." But I didn't. I always think that there is a warm corner of kindli- ness in the eye of the critic that will some day beam upon me, and to quarrel with him is one of the most fatal mistakes an author can