Typo: A Monthly Newspaper and Literary Review, Volume 3
The Ellesmere Guardian is in the market.
A new weekly, entitled the Kaipara Times, has been started at Helensville.
We have to welcome another new exchange: the Typefounder, Chicago, Messrs Barnhart Bros. & Spindler's organ, from Vol. vi, No. 1.
A newspaper has been started at Brunnerton under the title of the Brunner News. It is reported that a second paper is likely to be started in the same town.
Mr W. P. Reeves, of the Christchurch Times, who is known as a clever parodist, has in conjunction with Mr G. P. Williams, issued a little volume of humorous verse.
Teignmouth Shore, long the editor of the Quiver, now takes charge of the religious instruction of the three daughters of the Prince and Princess of Wales.
A fire lately broke out in the composing room of the Hobart Mercury, after the paper had gone to press, and before it was extinguished considerable damage was done.
New Zealand possesses only one comic paper. It is called the Wanganui Parochial Circular, and is edited by a clergyman. It is not always quite original, however, as the editor occasionally works in an old « Joe Miller » adapted to local circumstances.
As students, the young Chinese appear to be coming to the front in the colonies. In the second class in a Melbourne college, the chief prizes fell to Mongolian youths. A contemporary quotes as follows from the prize-list:— « Class II: Science and writing, P. Ah Num.; classics, W. Chun Tut; mathematics. W. Suey Ling; drawing. Ah Loy copy-book average, Ah Loy. »
The latest « injustice to Ireland » has been perpetrated by a resident in Zululand, who writes complaining of the turbulence of « Sam Kelly » and « Dennis Hooley. » « Smo-keli » and « Dinizulu » is the usually accepted orthography, the gentlemen in question being aboriginals.
The plaintiff in the late libel case against the Auckland Herald, and his solicitor, with a view to piling up the damages, laid great stress on the enormous and world-wide circulation of the paper. Mr Larnach and Sir Robert Stout will scarcely be gratified to find their words circulated in the form of a flaring advertisement, headed: « Best Advertising Medium in the Colony. Sworn Testimony respecting it.—Some Opinions of Prominent Men. » Then follow, with minute details of name, title, locality, and dates, extracts from the evidence of the unhappy plaintiff and from the florid speech of his counsel. « Out of the eater came forth meat. » The Herald will get its fine and expenses back out of the unintentional advertisement.
The following Magic Square for the year, constructed by Mr T. B. Harding, is from Harding's Almanac:
—Adding the figures together in columns or groups of four, the number 1889 may be obtained from this square in thirty different ways.
Mr O. H. Rothaker, of the Council Bluffs Herald, Iowa, declares that « journalism is a beastly profession, anyhow. One-half the brains, expended in any other direction, would bring tenfold the results. » —Similar strong expressions sometimes escape from N.Z. journalists in unguarded moments—especially towards the fourth of the month.
At a school breaking-up in Sydney, a youth of twelve, being asked to quote the passage from Henry VIII, in which Wolsey instructs Cromwell in the duties of a patriot, declaimed as follows:
Be just and fear not:
Let all the ends thou aim'st at be thy country's,
Thy God's and truth's. Then, if thou fall'st, O Cromwell!
Thou fall'st like Lucifer—never to hope again!
—In connexion with the same play, a curious incident is reported from Christchurch. Arrangements were made for a Shakspearean display in aid of the funds of a convent, and a considerable sum was spent in costumes, &c, especially in the picturesque dresses required for the drama of Henry VIII. All went well, till the eve of the performance, when the local bishop, seeing staring announcements of « A night with Henry VIII! Come and see Queen Elizabeth! » etc., took a notion to read the play. The result was a peremptory command to omit that portion of the intended performance, which was done. The void was filled by an address on « the injustice of the Education Act. »