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Typo: A Monthly Newspaper and Literary Review, Volume 3

[trade dispatches]

The Reporter is the name of a new Victorian weekly. Messrs S. B. Cumpston and T. C. Bright are the proprietors.

A small eight-page paper— « out-and-out radical » has been started at Christchurch by Mr F. Guiness. It is called The Age, and is not likely to die of old age.

The Korimako, an eight-page Maori newspaper, edited by the Rev. J. Maunsell, is announced to appear this month. A Maori paper under the same title was published some years ago. The korimako is a native bird (Anthornis melanura) the « bell-bird » of the colonists.

Two native papers have already borne the names of birds. The king natives, with the press and type presented by the Emperor of Austria, printed a paper called the Hokioi, a native bird. Copies of this paper, entirely printed by natives—and amateurs at that! were not prized at the time, but are great curiosities now. Mr J. E. Gorst as a counterblast, started the Pihoihoi (the common ground-lark, Anthus N. Z.) This paper had but a brief existence—a raid was made under the chief Rewi, the press and type carried off, and the latter melted into bullets!

The Railway Review is the name of a small paper started in Auckland, and « devoted to the interest of New Zealand railway men. » It advocates railway reform on the principles proposed by Mr Samuel Vaile.

A recent addition to the Victorian press is the Mount Wycheproof Ensign, Karyrie, Marl-bed, Carapugna, Cooroopajerrup, Wirmbirchip, Whirily, Towma, Jilljill, Nullawil, Narraport, Thalir, Corack, Teddywaddy, Bungelooke, Towaninnie, Tittybong, Ninyeunook, Glenloth, Fort Cameron, Kalpienung, Quambatook, Jeruk, Budgerum, Shinglehut, and East Wimmera Advocate. It is printed in English.

Mr John Ballance, m.h.r., who has for twenty-two years edited the Wanganui Herald, has been chosen as leader of the Opposition. This is a proof of the high esteem in which he is held on both sides of the House, especially when it is considered that his views on certain points—especially on protection and the land question—are a long way too « advanced » for the most radical section of his own party.

The Reefton Guardian now comes out with an engraved old english title—a great improvement.

Mr Thomas Morrison, of Napier, has again been appointed chairman of the Reporters' Gallery in the House of Representatives.

The church militant! The new editor of the Catholic Times has introduced some curious novelties. The latest is a dictionary of military terms, published in instalments. Is this preliminary to a call « Aux armes citoyens! » ?

Mr J. Kirby, a Blenheim journalist, has just been « received » into the Church of Rome with great ceremony. He was for a considerable time editor of the South Canterbury Times. Originally a member of the Church of England, he lapsed into unbelief, and became a prominent Freethinker.

Dr. Rudolph von Mirbach, a Waipawa medical man, has issued a writ against the Mail for libel. The alleged injurious matter appeared in the correspondence columns, in a nearly-forgotten warfare in which the combative doctor took a prominent part some twelve months ago. Under the new libel act—unfortunately not yet in force—this action would be barred by lapse of time.

While rhymes are only too common, it is so rare to find poetry in the New Zealand papers, that the following lines in the Buller Miner, « On a Chunk of Westport Coal, » are worthy of preservation. The writer, who signs himself « Macandro, » appears to have caught the flow of his triplets from a venerable American poet.

Below Mount Rochefort's rugged steep,
Where Kawatiri's water's sweep
Mud-laden to the western deep,
The little township sits elate,
Behind her huge sea-walls, to wait
The slow advance of friendly Fate.
Few flocks and herds are on her plain,
Here are no fields of ripening grain;
The fruit-tree mostly blooms in vain.
Her high hopes do not rest on these,
Nor mainly on the gold the seas
Cast at her feet with every breeze.
The black-seamed rocks around her lay;
Within her hills is stored away
The sun-force of an earlier day.
Millennial growths of nameless trees,
Unnumbered sunlit centuries,
Have spent their strength to garner these.
This force shall mould her destiny;
The force that bore the Calliope
Against the tempest and the sea.
And in its train new labors bring
Of forge and loom, and orchards spring,
And on her plains the ploughboy sing.

On the 29th ult., just as the little Tauranga Star was going to press, the police entered the premises and seized the press, and the paper, type, and other material, conveying the whole to the police station. The seizure was made under §4 of the Printers and Newspapers Registration Act. Mr Bodell, the owner, had duly registered his newspaper, but had overlooked the fact that the plant also required registration—the law of this colony placing a private press and an illicit still on precisely the same footing. The information was laid by Mr Galbraith, proprietor of the Bay of Plenty Times. Mr Galbraith is a solicitor, and probably better acquainted with the law than his rival. His action will scarcely meet with the approval either of his fellow-journalists or his own circle of supporters.

The Reefton Guardian states that in the libel case, subpœnas were issued to all the compositors, with the idea of stopping the issue for the day. The only effect, however, was, that the paper came out late.

In our May issue we spoke of the Daily Telegraph as being the Melbourne evening paper. We should have said the Herald. The Telegraph is one of the three morning papers. We have to thank the A. T. Journal for setting us right.

Messrs Galvin & Bishop have started the « Central News and Advertising Agency Company » in Melbourne. The Hawera Star says: « Many of our readers will remember Mr Galvin as one of the first proprietors and originators of this journal, and his friends know him to be a worthy and honorable man. »

The seizure of the unlucky plant of the Tauranga Star is not, as some of our contemporaries suppose, the first that has taken place under the act of 1868, a private plant having been seized at Waipawa in April last year. In this case the exceedingly objectionable nature of the matter issued from the press induced the police to take the step.

Mr Vincent Pyke is a notorious joker, and the Wanganui comps are unconscious humorists of the first class. We are therefore not quite sure as to whom the credit is due for the following singular quotation, which the Wanganui Herald attributes to Mr Pyke:— « John Milton winds up one of his most famous sonnets:

Now presbyter is but old priest writ large,
And parsimony is just economy writ small. »

The following mixed metaphor from the Washington Craftsman, would be hard to beat: « The Pacific Union of San Francisco comes to us this week as a new venture in journalism. While it does not float any particular platform from its masthead, » A New Zealand contemporary, however, comes in a good second with the reflection that « the turn in the tide of prosperity is beginning to dawn. » —A delightful « bull » has been perpetrated by the grave and devout Wellington Watchman in reference to Romish schools in Protestant countries. It predicts that they will yet prove to be, « like Maynooth College, vipers' eggs, hatching out a brood of scorpions. »