Typo: A Monthly Newspaper and Literary Review, Volume 3
Mr Scobie Mackenzie, the member for Mount Ida, in an address to his constituents, made the following remarks: « There is no greater absurdity in the world than to speak of a parsimonious Government. The thing is a contradiction in terms. Did you ever hear of a country that came to grief over the parsimony, or, let us say, even the economy of its Government? I never did. History does not record such a thing. There are instances of nations decaying through the spread of luxurious and enervating vices, and plenty have come to grief through extravagance. I once knew a celebrated schoolmaster, a man of great experience, who was much puzzled at hearing of the number of boys who were supposed to break down through overwork. 'I should like to see the photograph of one of them,' was all the comment he used to make. Well, I should like to get a good photograph of the Government who brought their country to grief through parsimony. They would make a very interesting group. »
Messrs Lyon & Blair, printers and booksellers, Wellington, write: « Permit us to express our admiration of the ability with which Typo is being conducted. It is a highly creditable organ of the printing interests of the colony, and should be in every printer's hands. We know of no publication which is so instructive and interesting, and so directly suitable for the active and progressive members of the craft in New Zealand. »
The « Rubber Chess Printer » is a stationery novelty which should be appreciated by lovers of the noble game. In a polished box, the size of a cigar-case, are a supply of chess blanks, an inking-pad, and twelve stamps, representing the several pieces—also, if required, the four characters for draughts. With this, any problem may in a few seconds be accurately copied from book or newspaper, or a record taken of any given position in actual play.
The following, according to a floating paragraph, is « the language of stamps: « Top right-hand corner: Upright—I desire your friendship. Across—Do you love me? Upside down—Don't write again. Crooked—Write at once. Bottom corner of right hand: Upright—Your love makes me happy. Left top corner, upright—I love you. Across—My heart is another's. Upside down—Good day, my darling. Bottom corner of left hand: Upright—Fidelity will be rewarded. Across—Do not leave me alone in my sorrow. Upside down—You have withstood all trials. When on same line as surname: Upright—Accept my love. Across—I long to see you. Upside down—I am engaged. » To avoid misapprehension, it should be added that this does not apply to stamps sent out of printing offices. The average printer's devil, in stamping papers, will exhaust the whole of the above code in five minutes.
The San Francisco Times is waking up the city. The correspondent of a contemporary says: « A lady reporter who mixes in society one day, and in back-slums and vile resorts the next with a suitable escort, is one of the features. A great sensation was caused a few weeks since by a long report from Sophie Search (the nom de plume of the reporter), of the various saloons which she had visited as a fast woman. This had the effect of closing by forfeiture of licence nearly a dozen of the so-called high-class houses. Then a short time after, disguised as a ragged and destitute woman, admission was obtained to the hospital and infirmary, where for three days she remained an inmate. Her report of the dreadful state of affairs in that institution caused a searching inquiry to be made, with the result of the dismissal of nearly all connected with it. Numerous other places have been visited, and now every public official is on his best behavior. The crusade against abuses of all kinds seems to be carried on with such vigor that all classes are subscribing to the paper, and the size has been doubled, though it has been barely a month under the present management. Those who have withdrawn their subscriptions have had their names published in full, and in consequence few have now the courage to stop the paper for fear they will be considered as wearing the cap that fit. »
The Melbourne evening Standard signalized its first appearance by a terrific blunder. The report of an action brought by Mr Price, the advance agent of the Jubilee Singers, against Mr Loudin, the manager, was headed, « A House of Ill Fame.—Revolting Disclosures. » —The B. & C. Printer and Stationer has some excellent original articles on literary subjects, but they are often disfigured by printers' errors which must make the writer tear his hair. In an article on « Traditional Errors, » he is made to refer to a certain work by the Abbé Prévost, as « Marion Lescaut. » —A correspondent of a Ballarat paper, complaining of the cruel treatment of some goats by a band of larrikins, signed himself « One of the Sufferers. » —A contemporary, after stating that in Queensland one out of every 410 persons is insane, and in Victoria one out of every 224, endeavors to account for Queensland's « undesirable predominance » !—Scientific items bother some of the papers greatly. A telegram reporting the discovery of some large bones, « one of them recognizable as part of a tibia, » we find prominently headed « Discovery of Tibia Bones. » — « Christchurch ecclesiastics, » says a contemporary, « have banded themselves to set up a bulwark against the pest of decency, cursing, swearing, and prostitution. » — « A11 the banks, » says a North Island paper, « will be closed on Monday next—the anniversary of Whit Monday. » —An impounding notice in a Dunedin paper includes among the animals « a black gelding, marked on both horns. » A beast for Barnum.—The same paper contains an advertisement concerning a lost dog. « Name, 'Spring.' If found in anyone's possession after this date, will be prosecuted. » — « The widows of the Southbridge church, » says the local paper, « need washing badly. They are too dirty for any use, and are a disgrace to the town. »