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Typo: A Monthly Newspaper and Literary Review, Volume 4

[miscellaneous paragraphs]

page 10

The New Zealand Rifle Association has acknowledged the services of the Press by presenting Messrs G. Humphries of the Press Association and Albert Cohen of the Dunedin Star with a handsome ring each.

A cable message to the press informs us that a compositor of « advanced » views has been committed for trial for advocating the murder of the Chairman of the Metropolitan Gas Company. He will probably pay dearly for his « gas. » For the present it is cut off.

Two visitors at the Dunedin exhibition were gazing with interest at a trophy of grain and wool, when they caught sight of the motto attached, Fortuna sequatur. « Fortunate squatter! » said one with a laugh. « True enough; but a pretty mess the fool has made of the spelling!»

« 'Interesting discovery,' indeed! » exclaims the Wanganui Herald in reference to the reported « find » of the lost books of Euclid. « We know some boys who would like to get hold of the man who made it. It is almost enough to throw a gloom over the coming holidays. »

The Providence Journal, an American paper, says that « Australia and New Zealand furnish kangaroo hides for the world. » The same paragraph states that the New Zealand skins are shipped from Masterton. As there are no marsupials of any description in New Zealand, and as Masterton is an inland town, this news comes to New Zealanders with all the charm of novelty.

Someone has sent us a sheet almanac printed on the West Coast—a sad example of over-ambitious work. The display is about as bad as can be, but this might have passed if it had been worked in black, as the black is pretty clean. But the red, in which the greater part of the job is printed, ruins the whole, completely filling up the types. The register, too, is all out. With one-third the labor, the work would have been in all respects better.

After describing the disastrous result of one of his comic paragraphs, an American humorist says:

Since then I've never dared to be
As funny as I can.

The Wellington R.M. is apparently in the same predicament. In a late case, « His worship entirely agreed that amusing and facetious remarks should be witheld. 'If I were to let off all the good jokes I think of myself,' he said, 'we should not get on very fast.!»

The Auckland Observer is in trouble. Mr Thomas Mace Humphreys, solicitor, has proceeded against Messrs J. L. Kelly and H. J. Baulf, the proprietors, for publishing certain offensive paragraphs relating to him, of which the following is one:

There was once a boxer called Mace,
With a horrible mug on his face,
And a big brutal jaw,
But he took to the law,
And he's bound for a very hot place.

Some apology is necessary for reproducing such stuff, but it will serve to show the character of what are known in the colony as « society » papers. It is to be regretted that no more accurate descriptive term is in use; for these papers, one and all, are a blot and a libel upon colonial society.—The accused were committed for trial.