19th-century flame war

For some time past Mr Arabin had been engaged in a tremendous controversy with no less a person than Mr Slope, regarding the apostolic succession. These two gentlemen had never seen each other, but they hads been extremely bitter in print. Mr Slope had endeavoured to strengthen his cause by calling Mr Arabin an owl, and Mr Arabin had retaliated by hinting that Mr Slope was an infidel. This battle had been commenced in the columns of the daily Jupiter, a powerful newspaper […]

Each had repeatedly hung the other on the horns of a dilemma; but neither seemed to be a whit the worse for the hanging; and so the war went on merrily.

Another extract from Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope, first published 1857.

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