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Typo: A Monthly Newspaper and Literary Review, Volume 3

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Mr Walter Haddon, of the firm of John Haddon and Co., 3 and 4, Bouverie-street, E.C., was elected at a recent ballot as a Director of the Booksellers' Provident Institution.

The proprietors of the Wairarapa Star, alias the South Wairarapa Advocate, alias the Eketahuna and Pahiatua Mail, are endeavoring to float a joint-stock newspaper and printing company, with a capital of £10,000 in £10 shares. The abridged prospectus, a copy of which has reached us, is a very interesting document, and in these bad times is enough to make printers less fortunate than their Wairarapa colleagues feel a little envious. The proprietors offer the concern for £8000, reserving to themselves the management and two hundred paid-up shares. They guarantee for five years a dividend of not less than ten per cent on the paid up capital. Reports of two valuers are apppended, one of whom values the business at £7250, and the other at £7551 15s. The profits for 1887 were £1134, and for 1888, £1115. As nearly every newspaper in New Zealand has lost heavily during the same period, these figures are remarkable—the more so as the book-debts amount to over £2000. The rush for shares should be tremendous.

The New Zealand Schoolmaster reflects credit on the editorial department. To a very large extent it is necessarily occupied with technicalities; but subjects of general interest are not overlooked. In the June issue, the review of « The Land of my Fathers » and articles on « The Godless Schoolmaster » and « The Waimangaroa Case, » are exceedingly well written.

A Wairarapa paper puzzled its readers by giving the name of « Andrew Maguire » as a candidate for the road board—no person of that name being known in the district. The Returning Officer had filled up a model paper for the guidance of ratepayers, using an imaginary name; and a vigilant reporter, mistaking the document for a genuine nomination, constructed the item. « The announcement, » says the editor, « caused the greatest interest throughout the district, and the Returning Officer and ourselves have been literally besieged with inquiries. »

Dr. von Bülow indulged in a delicious bit of satire, by way of a parting gift to the United States. It seems that one of the critics, in his notice of the doctor's recitals, devoted less space to the music than to a lively description of the opera-hat which is the great pianist's inseparable companion on the concert platform. So Dr. von Bülow made his headgear into a parcel, and despatched it to the editor, with a polite note that as his critic seemed to know more about opera-hats than about Beethoven, he might like to keep the thing as a souvenir.