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Typo: A Monthly Newspaper and Literary Review, Volume 4

[trade dispatches]

New Exchanges.—The Journal für Buchdruckerkunst, Brunswick, from No 43 vol. 56.

The Pelorus Guardian is one of the latest additions to the newspaper press of the South Island.

Messrs Wakefield & Roydhouse, the proprietors of the Wellington Press, have dissolved partnership.

A lad named Peter Phillips, employed on the Bay of Plenty Times, had a painful accident, his thumb and forefinger having been jammed in the machinery. Dr Bullen promptly amputated the injured members. It has been alleged that the operation was not necessary, and proceedings are threatened.

The action brought by Mr W. F. Schey, M.P., against the Sydney Evening News to recover £2000 for libel, has resulted in a verdict for plaintiff for £500 damages.

The Gisborne Standard has been purchased from the Company by Mr Akroyd, the secretary. The Standard is a « live » paper, and we do not think Mr Akroyd will regret the step he has taken.

The Wairarapa journalists are turning up in the South. Mr G. K. Wakelin is editing the new Pelorus Guardian, and Mr Beckett, of Carterton, has taken up the Marlborough Times.

Tho New Zealand Craftsman is the name of a new Masonic organ just started at Dunedin. A good many attempts have been made in this colony to establish a periodical representative of the craft; but they have all been failures. How is this? Perhaps the new attempt may prove the exception.

Another storm is about to burst on the Auckland Observer. An action against the proprietors for contempt of Court, which fell through some six weeks ago, has been renewed; and Mr Humphreys, the solicitor, who has been used by them for some time past as a target, has served them with a writ claiming £1000 damages for libel.

The Oamaru Mail is threatened with criminal proceedings, if an apology is not forthcoming, for having stated in a recent issue that Mr Edwin Martin had disappeared mysteriously. The Mail says that the information was published out of kindness to Mr Martin, and in order to assist in the discovery of his whereabouts.

Two printers' weddings were solemnized in Napier this month. On the 18th January, John, eldest son of Mr D. Carruth, war married to Hannah, eldest daughter of Mr G. H. Wootton; and on the 22nd Mr S. Storkey was married to Miss E. Dean. Both couples have our best wishes, and we hope that the happy pair who were united on Jubilee day may celebrate their golden wedding when New Zealand celebrates its first centenary.

The Sydney Daily Telegraph on the 20th December published an article quoting authorities to show that there was no vested legal interest in a liquor licence. The fact is well known, and there is no decision to the contrary on record; but the Licensed Victuallers' Association were very angry at the article, and decided not only to « boycot » the paper, but every one suspected of subscribing to it! At latest advices the Telegraph was none the worse.

The Marlborough Times has again changed hands, the new proprietor being Mr C. G. Beckett, late printer of the Wairarapa Observer. Mr Beckett (says the Taranaki Herald) arrived in New Zealand in the ill-fated Queen Bee, in 1877, and after a tour of the colony he settled down in the Wairarapa in 1879 as managing director of the Guardian newspaper company, but later on he proceeded to the South Island, and joined the staff of the Lyttelton Times. In 1881 he started the Wairarapa Observer, and about two years since he founded the Featherston Chronicle and Martinborough Gazette, which he recently disposed of with advantage to himself.