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Typo: A Monthly Newspaper and Literary Review, Volume 3

[trade dispatches]

page 68

Situation Wanted.Compositor.

—First hand in good English office desires situation in New Zealand,—preference to Dunedin. Accustomed to best class (artistic) jobbing work, References and specimens. Apply Bertie, care of Haddon & Co., 3-4 Bouverie-st., Fleet-st., London, E.C.

We acknowledge with thanks the following new exchange:—American Bookmaker, New York, from May, 1889.

The Gisborne Standard, the best-conducted paper in Poverty Bay, celebrated its second birthday this month. Many happy returns!

The Fielding Stur has just completed its seventh year. It is a « live » paper, ably written and often sparkling with genuine wit.—Long may it shine!

The Waikato News has changed hands, Sir William Wasteneys having sold out his interest in the paper to Messrs Plaw and Hunt, employes upon it.

The plant of the late Tauranga Star has been sold for £16. We doubt whether the buyer is to be greatly congratulated on his bargain.

A contemporary reports that two subscribers to the Fielding public library fought in the reading-room for an hour for the possession of a penny newspaper! The paper itself was torn to pieces in the strife.

Mr E. T. Frisker, for eight years dramatic critic and reporter on the Dunedin Times, has left for Melbourne to join the Argus parliamentary staff. He was presented with a purse of sovereigns on the occasion of his departure.

The prospectus of a new monthly, to be entitled The New Zealand Friendly Societies Recorder, has been issued. The first number is intended to appear at Christchurch about the middle of August. Mr George Capper is the secretary, to whom all communications should be addressed.

We regret to find it reported that Mr Collier, the librarian of the General Assembly Library, has resigned. It would be difficult to find in the colony a gentleman better qualified for the position. Ill-health was the cause of his resignation, but as he has shown signs of improvement, the committee are urging him to reconsider his decision.

It is reported that Mr Malcolm Boss is about to sever his connexion with the Otago Daily Times, having received the appointment of private secretary to Mr James Mills, m.h.r., manager of the Union Steamship Company's service. Mr Boss is well known in connexion with his realistic descriptions of our Alpine scenery, and is besides a reporter of some repute.

The Taranaki Herald keeps an eye on old members of its staff. It notes that Mr D. H. Parry, who was in New Plymouth about ten years ago, is now in Sydney, where he has accepted an engagement. Prior to this, he was for two-and-a-half years reporter for the Orange Western Advocate, and on his severing his connexion with that journal, he received a handsome gold pendant and a valedictory address from the composing staff.

The Tuapeka Times publishes a parody on The Arab's Farewell to his Steed, « with apologies to—Mrs Hemans » !

The husband of Mrs Campbell-Praed, novelist, has recovered from the proprietors of the Country Gentleman the sum of £500 for libel.

The Times says that an English regiment would be received in Victoria « with enthusiasm. » Can it be serious? The Melbourne nursemaids are not the people of Victoria.

The Melbourne Age seems to be a regular target for libel actions. Mr Brown, the member for Mandurang, is suing for £20,000; and—wonderful to relate—McCarron, Bird, & Co., the well-known printers, are claiming £10,000!

Mr Daly, a Melbourne solicitor, has been fined £25 and sentenced to a month's imprisonment for contempt of Court in writing to the press commenting on some perjury cases while several of the accused remained to be tried.

Work, a new periodical published by Messrs Cassell, has proved a decided success from the start. The first issue of No. 1 was 75,000 copies, and this fell so far short of the demand that an immediate reprint became necessary.

Last month we noted an accident to a mounted runner-boy at Hawera. Two Masterton newsboys met with similar accidents this month, and were badly hurt; and a runner of the Rangiora Standard has had a four-mile race after the manner of John Gilpin: but like that ancient hero, succeeded in keeping his seat.

A cable message of 21st June conveys the important information that « the London reporter of the Dublin Freeman's Journal declares that the Melbourne press have attacked Mr Dillon under orders from Downingstreet.! Such a thing as independent journalism, as we know it in Australasia, is evidently to some minds inconceivable.

The secretary of a London hospital has recovered from Mr Gilbert Dalziel, proprietor of Ally Sloper, the sum of £300 for libel. In connexion with this case, it has transpired that Mr Dalziel has refused £100,000 for this vulgar and witless paper, which is believed to have the largest circulation of any « comic » periodical in England.

Mr H. Vizetelly, the publisher, having persisted in circulating Zola's works in defiance of an order of the court, has been sentenced to three months' imprisonment. We are sorry to say that one effect of the suppression of these books at home is that they are flooding the colonial markets. Parliament is in session—now is the time for some member to move in the matter.

The editor of the Reefton Guardian was assaulted in the streets on the 8th inst. by an individual named Hankin, who felt aggrieved at having been editorially described as « Bubbly Jock. » A fight ensued; the accounts of which in the local press vary. The Guardian says Mr Hankin was knocked into the gutter; the Herald says the editor occupied that lowly position. Is this what is meant by « gutter journalism » ?

Graver and Palette is the title of a new American quarterly, « devoted to the industrial arts, pictorial, illustrative, and ornamental, »

The Artist Printer is the latest American candidate for favor. No. 1 is not yet to hand, but from the prospectus and beautifully designed cover we imagine it will fall into the front rank.

The American compositresses have now their own organ—the Printer Girl, published at Topeka, Kansas, by the Leslie Club, and edited by Miss Mary Abarr, of the editorial staff of the Capital. Typo has not seen the paper, but would suggest that the title gives a good idea for an attractive cover. The idealized Printer Girl already adorns trade literature. We see her, with her comely right arm bare from the shoulder, on the Inland Printer, seated at a case of antiquated pattern. She re-appears, in the new Artist Printer, in flowing Grecian robes, perched bird-like on an apple-bough, amid clustering blossoms. Let the new paper show us the real Modern Type—

A creature not too bright or good
For human nature's daily food

—not an Old-Style, Grecian, Classic, or Antique: the trim and familiar present-day figure will be the more attractive. And with all good wishes, we present our new contemporary with a motto:

Now Morn, her rosy steps in the eastern clime,
Advancing, sowed the earth with orient pearl,
As to her duties—punctual to time—
With lightsome footsteps tripped the Printer Girl.