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Typo: A Monthly Newspaper and Literary Review, Volume 3

[trade dispatches]

We have to acknowledge a new exchange: Typographische Jahrbücher, Leipzig, from part ii, 1889.

We have received No. 4 of the Opotiki Weekly Mail, an eight-page demy. It is printed at Tauranga, and is mainly a reprint of the Bay of Plenty Times.

With this number we issue a large supplement showing a fine collection of brass dashes by Messrs Gould & Reeves; and a small supplement showing litho inks by Coates Bros. & Co., Fann-st., London.

The first number of the Business Woman's Journal has appeared in New York. Its editor, Miss Mary F. Seymour, has been a snccessful business woman for some years, and her idea is to teach other women to do equally well.

We have not yet seeen a copy of the American Art Stationer, but from specimen pages published in Paper and Press, we should say it is far in advance of any other stationery trade publication. Its illustrations are exquisite.

Mrs Frank Leslie has disposed of Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper (English and German editions) for the handsome sum of £80,000, being £60,000 for the English and £20,000 for the German edition. Mr W. J. Arkell is the purchaser.

We have received a copy of the Amateur Photographer, a well-edited weekly quarto of 30 pages, edited by Mr C. W. Hastings, and printed and published by Messrs Hazell, Watson, & Viney, London. Messrs John Haddon & Co., London, are agents for the paper.

The Pall Mall Gazette says that the Bishop of Lincoln has « one of those spiritual faces which one cannot look at without feeling the better for it, and which positively beams with benevolence. » —And then, in the next column (a contemporary says), prints a portrait of him which looks like a cross between Fagin and Bill Sikes!

The Bush Advocate completed its first year on the 8th May. It was considered a bold move on Mr Clayton's part when he opened his office at Dannevirke; but the healthy appearance of the paper seems to indicate that his experiment has been a successful one, and we tender him hearty birthday congratulations.

About the only concern that makes money without advertising is the Mint.

Mr W. Epps, formerly on the staff of the Manawatu Times, is now part proprietor of a journal of fiction in Melbourne.

Mr Burr, formerly engaged on the Taranaki Herald, is now head of the reporting staff of the Melbourne Daily Telegraph.

Our French exchanges report the marriage of Mdlle. Jeanne Daussy (founder and editor of La Compositrice), to M. Jules Tellier, a corrector of the press, at Abbeville.

Mr Madison Morton, author of many popular farces, including the evergreen Box and Cox, is now, in his old age, a Charterhouse pensioner at two shillings a day.

Mr J. A. Hogue, editor of the Sydney evening News, has paid the colony a brief visit, making a tour through the region of the thermal springs, and the mining districts of the north.

Messrs J. Warde and J. Snowball, Melbourne, have applied for a patent for « an improvement in the art of typographic printing, whereby the setting or composing of type is avoided. »

It is a little too bad for a North Island paper, when a murder is reported from Mahia, to head the item in one page as « at Napier, » and in another as « The Latest Gisborne Tragedy » —both equally wide of the mark. Such a mistake from the wilds of Central Otago would not be surprising—but from Wanganui—!

The Official Receiver in the estate of Spalding and Hodge, paper merchants, London, estimates the liabilities at £436,000, secured creditors at £73,000, and the assets at £157,000. Heavy losses were occasioned by the shipments of paper to Australia, £21,000 being written off on that account alone prior to the suspension of business.

Mr William E. Simpson, an old New Zealander, has become president of the Sun Company, California, and part proprietor of the paper. He was a former resident of Cromwell, and one of the Argus staff, and was afterwards engaged in newspaper work in Taranaki. May the Sunshine of prosperity attend him in his new sphere, and may his shadow never grow less!

Messrs T. J. & J. Smith, 109 Queen Victoria-st., London, E.C, have sent us a catalogue of their diaries. They have also sent a specimen of their « one-day » diary, No. 27, one of the prettiest and neatest we have seen. It is pocket size, bound in leather, full gilt, and contains an entire page for each day. The paper and printing are of the best, and the retail price is two shillings.

On the 10th May, Mr and Mrs W. Nation, sen., celebrated their golden wedding at Greytown. Mr Nation is one of the oldest journalists in Australasia. Nearly sixty years ago, he left the home country, and came out to Sydney, New South Wales, where he assisted to establish a leading paper. He subsequently came over to New Zealand, where he was instrumental in starting one or two newspapers which are flourishing to-day.

The Melbourne Age having stated that a large proportion of the money collected by the land league envoys goes into Mr John Dillon's own pockets, that gentleman loudly threatened immediate action for libel. But three weeks have passed, and no writ has been served.

Since the Rev. Mr Dowie, of faith healing fame, left these colonies, the press has never been so roundly abused as it has been during the past month by John Dillon and his fellow delegates. These Irish « confidence men » find little sympathy either from the press or the public, and only from a section of their own countrymen. Large and influential meetings have passed resolutions condemning the emissaries who are endeavoring with some degree of success to transplant to these colonies the civil strife and sectarian bitterness of their native land.

Sir Charles Dilke is apparently attempting to emerge from the cloud which has so long enveloped him, and has made « a brillant speech » at Dean Forest, in which he urged the adoption in Great Britain of some of the latest colonial experiments in legislation. As most of these experiments have proved disappointing in practice, and some of them such absolute failures that their reversal is close at hand, Sir Charles has proved more brilliant than practical. Fortunately, Great Britain does not rush headlong into costly and injurious experimental legislation after the manner of the colonies—three-fourths of whose statutes are amendments of ill-considered enactments. Reforms at home may came slowly, but when they do come, they are in most cases of a genuine character, and are therefore permanent. And in some important points—the law of libel for example—the home country is in advance of the colonies.