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Typo: A Monthly Newspaper and Literary Review, Volume 4

[trade dispatches]

Mr Bates, the proprietor of the Opotiki Herald, who has scarcely published an issue of his paper for the past two years withont an attack upon Mr Wills, the local Church of England clergyman, has at last been charged with criminal libel, and committed for trial. The case is to be tried in Auckland.

Among the candidates for Parliament are Mr J. G. Fraser, editor of the Southern Standard, for the Mataura district, and Mr A. W. Hogg, of the Wairarapa Star, for Masterton. Mr Hogg was a candidate at the last general election, when he was badly beaten. He advocates a « merciless tax on absentees, » and thinks that the Railway Commissioners are only fit for coalheavers. One of the electors suggested that he was « only fit for bacon, » which made Mr Hogg very angry. The two candidates for Wanganui are both journalists—Mr John Ballance, proprietor and editor of the Herald, who was leader of the opposition in the last Parliament; and Mr G. Carson, proprietor and editor of the senior paper, the Chronicle, who has been mayor of the borough and has always taken a prominent part in public affairs.