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Typo: A Monthly Newspaper and Literary Review, Volume 4

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In the libel action of the Sydney Evening News against the Star, in which £5000 damages were claimed, the verdict was given for the defendant.

A branch of the N.Z.T.A. for the West Coast of the South Island has just been formed. Mr Sutherland is the secretary, with headquarters at Greymouth. There is some likelihood of Wanganui also forming a branch.

It is stated that the astronomer of New South Wales has discovered a new universe. What a splendid new field (says « Cyclops » ) for some of our unsuccessful politicians with fads to try their nostrums in if they could only get to that « new universe!»

A statistical contemporary has discovered that the proportion of newspapers to the world's population is 1 to 85,000. From which we find that Typo's subscription list is not yet quite up to its due proportion. Let our subscribers take the hint, and double it two or three times.

South Australia, this session, has produced the biggest « Hansard » on record; and « the work of the session, » the Shorthand Journal remarks, « is as small as the talk has been long. » This is an invariable rule in colonial parliaments—the work is always in inverse proportion to the talk. The endless talkers not only do no good themselves, but prevent their rational and industrious colleagues from doing any.

When James Gordon Bennett made a very advantageous offer to Mr Burgess, of East Harding-street, to print the London edition of the New York Herald, the reply was, « Make it a six-days' paper and I will accept your offer. As a seven-days' paper I cannot touch it. » In the early issues Mr Bennett ridiculed the English feeling on the subject, and boasted that the Herald had « come to stay. » Its stay was less than two years.

We were surprised, and a little startled as well, to read in the New Zealand notes of the Shorthand Journal, that « Mr Dolamore, editor and part-proprietor of the Mataura Ensign, has been compelled to resign that position owing to ill-health. » —The correspondent, apparently, in taking his items from the September Typo (or the compositor in setting the letter), ran two consecutive items together, and the resignation and its cause referred, not to Mr Dolamore, but to Mr Vesey Hamilton.

Mr A. W. Hogg, late of the Wairarapa Star, the newly-elected member for Masterton, is one of the extreme type of radicals. According to a Christchurch paper he was formerly on the staff of a Geelong paper owned by Graham Berry, who « burst up » things generally in Victoria with a vengeance some years ago. Mr Hogg has always been a great admirer of Berry. Coming to New Zealand, he joined the Dunedin Evening Age as reporter, and afterwards became editor; but the paper was a failure. Afterwards he edited the Ashburton Mail, when the paper was owned by Ivess. Latterly he has been editor and part-proprietor of the Masterton Star. Some time ago efforts were made, but without success, to float a company to take over the Star. The partnership of Smith and Hogg has been dissolved, Mr J. J. Smith becoming sole proprietor of the concern.