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also, that the editor's replies to the charges made, were "defensive and blameless.” (See Report in Evening Sun, of Louisville, June 19th, 1869.) In this correspondence, the editor replied to these charges in the following language: "I say, deliberately and responsibly, that the writer and endorsers of such charges are cowardly and pusillanimous talsifiers who have stained the official seal of a publc Institution, by making it a shield for personal iusult, which not one of them dares to offer me, over his private signature.” Dr. Bell wrote the letter in which the charges made were replied to in the quoted language given.* It should be said, that, "by a vote of the College (the [edical Society) Dr. Gaillard was justified in publishing the correspondence.”—(Evening Sun, June 19th, 1869.)
It will be seen that Dr. Bell, in the two pages extracted from his article, is guilty of six falsehoods and of the intention to deceive the reader in regard to the meaning of the text, “the restless lecturer pushed himself into the newspapers in one of the most flagraut violations of the code," etc.
It should be said that Dr. Bell may have made the statement in regard to the editor's lecture, without inquiry, but if so, the act was reckless, base and infamous; if the statements were made after inquiry, they were falsehoods.
In what language can such conduct be correctly denounced. In 1855, Blackwood's Review published the following bitter and awful denunciation of the notorious Barnum, of New York: “No foul bird of prey, nailed to a barn-yard door, as a warning to its fellows, presents a more revolting and disgusting aspect, than does Phineas T. Barnum, in his publication before us." For fourteen years, the entire world has been unable to find any one who could be presented in challenge or refutation of this terrible declaration. The editor has been more successful; he presents Theodore S. Bell, whose record, as shown in the base statement published, is so vile, that, in comparison, the carcase of the foul bird of prey becomes sweet, and the character of even Phineas T. Barnum is made respectable.
The editor, of course, expects the vilest abuse possible, in the Nashville Journal, for Angust. He hopes this will come from Dr. Bell and his chosen friend, Dr. Bowling; that it will be to use Dr. Bell's elegant expression a dupler retort; a double-barrel explosion. The editor, when a boy, was fond of huuting sparrows and acquired much skill in killing two at a shot. `In his maturer years, it is only fair that he should be allowed an opportunity of enjoying his old recreation. He promises not to use any: thing larger than mustard seed shot; recollecting the old rule, that small game should have only small shot; such shot as he has thought sufficient for the present occasion. He is very fond of hunting birds and will be ready to take a sparrow hunt as long and as often as he is invited.
*But induced the Dean to sign it.--Ed.
The editor expresses the hope that Dr. Bell will reap a satisfactory return from the several hundred pamphlet copies of his article, which he had issued for distribution, not only to his medical admirers, but to the laity in this city and throughout the country. If, however, these pamphlets are as much derided, and their author as much despised by the multitude to whom Dr. Bell sent them, as has been the case with the very many who have expressed their opinions to the editor, Dr. Bell will realize the truth of the damaging satire which Colonel Damas bestowed upon Beauseant: “Curse on, Monsieur Beauseant, but let me tell thee a proverb which the Arabs have: curses, like chickens come home to roost."
Eight months since, Dr. Bell was scarcely known out of Louisville; not satistied with his obscurity, he came before the public to be admired; being not as admirable as he had expected and being rasped somewhat severely, he turned upon the instrument which cut him and tried to destroy it; how far he has done so or can ever do so, he must learn by a painful but a very ludicrous experience; he can only learn what injury he is capable of inflicting, by a continuation of an attack which he is pleasantly invited to prolong, for as many months as may suit his purse, his peace or his pleasure.
This charming little episode in the life of Dr. Bell, is so pleasingly illustrated by a fable of great antiquity, (one might say an almost pre-historic fable) that the editor takes the liberty of adding it as the finale to the present act of that charming drama which Dr. Bell, with an exquisite indulgence in fiction, has entitled BELL ON GAILLARD ; a title suggestive of a disaster to the editor too monstrous to contemplate. The fable promised is that pleasing allegory of
THE VIPER AND THE FILE. It rus as follows. A foolish old viper intruded into the establishment of a workman and made a great noise, with a view of attracting his attention. The workman, amused at the conceit and folly of the visitor, thought he would punish him, and so let a heavy file fall, with some violence, upon his back. The file bruised and out more deeply than he intended, and the viper, expecting as usual to overcome its prey, seized it in its fangs, and, covering it with venom, endeavored to destroy it. The workman, whose sympathy had been aroused by the unexpected severity of his blow, now became amused at the rage and impotence that he witnessed. Smiling at the holly of the attack, he, with pleasant humor, quietly re. marked; bite on, perhaps the longer yon bite, the less you'll like it.