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Typo: A Monthly Newspaper and Literary Review, Volume 3

Christchurch, 21 October, 1889

Christchurch, 21 October, 1889.

Trade is rather brisker than when I wrote last month, although there is not enough increase to warrant compositors of other towns seeking the city of the plains as an El Dorado.

There is very little news to chronicle this month. The Bazaar issued its first number on the 4th inst., and presents a creditable appearance. There has been a great run on the last two issues, two and three editions having been printed.

The prospectus of the Timaru Mail Newspaper Company, Limited, has been issued. The company is placed in the market with the intention of purchasing from Mr W. H. Foden the newspaper property known as the Timaru Evening Mail, together with Mr Foden's job-printing business. I might mention that the Mail was established by Mr Joseph Ivess about two-and-a-half years ago, and, although the paper has changed hands twice, the successive proprietors could not see their way to join the N.Z. Press Association, the entrance fee for which is £300. Despite telegraphic disadvantages, though, the Mail has as a local paper, gained a footing, giving full publicity to local matters. The capital of the proposed company is £3000, in 1500 shares of £2 each.

I learn that the Canterbury Typographical Association contemplate sending a delegate to the country newspaper offices with the object of inducing compositors in the country to join the Association. A sale of stamps—the first in the colony—was held at Christchurch this month, when the first issue of N.S.W. penny stamps realized 37s 6d and 33s. An 1859 Mauritius fetched 22s 6d. The first issue of a New Zealand twopenny stamp, red, fetched 10s, and blue, 7s.