Typo: A Monthly Newspaper and Literary Review, Volume 3
The Inland Printer highly commends a foundry in Baltimore for introducing the « sensible plan » of extra-nicking the small-cap o, s, v, &c., to distinguish them from the lower-case. Has this plan only now been introduced into the States? It has been the custom of English founders, to our knowledge, for thirty years, and how much farther back we cannot say.
Readers of current fiction will be familiar with the name of « Annie Thomas » (Mrs Pender Cudlip). This lady has written the following singular letter to a New Zealand emigration agent: « Sir,—Having heard your extremely interesting lecture on, and seen your views of New Zealand, I have conceived an intense desire to visit that colony and write a three-volume novel dealing with society there, and charged necessarily with local warmth and color. In addition to this I would write two volumes of 'Impressions of New Zealand made on the spot,' dealing exclusively with facts, and with any question that the colony may have at heart and wishes to see ventilated in a proper manner. Can you put me into communication with a responsible society which would be likely to entertain my proposition on something like the following terms—namely, my travelling and hotel expenses and those of a lady companion guaranteed from date of my leaving England till the expiration of nine months, and the sum of £1000, for the entire copyright of novel and impressions. Should these terms meet the views of any such society, I think I may venture to promise that, though an expensive, I should be a remunerative visitor. I would hold myself ready to start not later than October, or early in the spring of 1890. » —We do not suppose that any one will entertain the lady's proposal. Mr Froude and Mr Trollope travelled at their own charge, and could take an independent view of what they saw. The « impressions » of a lady with a handsome retaining fee would be regarded with suspicion.
An American contemporary has been publishing a list of ages of English and American literary ladies. These are some of them: Amelie Rives, 26; Frances Hodgson Burnett, 39; Constance Fenimore Woolson, 41; Blanche Willis Howard, 44; Susan Coolidge, 44; Mary Mapes Dodge, 51; M. E. Braddon, 52; Celia Thaxter, 53; Harriet Prescott Spofford, 54; Jennie June Croly, 57; Marion Harland, 59; Gail Hamilton, about 60; Lucy Larcom, 63; Julia Ward Howe, 70.
The Tribune, of Ohinemuri, has a grievance in common with many other country papers. The Warden, for reasons best known to himself, chooses to « publish » his official notices in a paper which circulates outside the district. The proprietor of the Tribune telegraphed to the Goldfields Committee of the House on the subject, but they decided not to interfere with the Warden. This is not the only case where a local official has his foot on the neck of a local organ; but it is the public who chiefly suffer. The object of the laws relating to official notices is that they should be made public—not concealed from those chiefly interested.