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Typo: A Monthly Newspaper and Literary Review, Volume 4

[trade dispatches]

The Clutha County Gazette, Otago, is advertised for sale. Particulars of the property may be had at the office of Typo.

A press telegram of 3rd February states that the Parnell-Times libel action has been settled out of Court, The Times paying the plaintiff £5000.

Mr Davitt has published some tremendous yarns about The Times in the Pall Mall Gazette. It is easier to invent malicious stories than to prove them. Mr Davitt will have all his work before him if he is called upon to substantiate his assertions.

A pretty « felicitaciòn » New Year card in colors comes to us all the way from Spain, from Messrs Schomburg, Caballero, & Co., proprietors of the Revista Tipografica.

The New Zealand Herald hopes that in time the newspaper press will « return to sanity and the Ten Commandments. » Now that the Auckland jubilee is over, perhaps it will.

Mr O'Connor, the editor of the Leinster Leader, has been arrested under the Crimes Act on a charge of writing articles intimidating tenants from taking farms from which tenants had previously been evicted.

Sir Julius Vogel has lately exhibited an unaccountable hostility to the colonies, and particularly to the one to which he owes both wealth and fame. In a letter to The Times he urges that a halfpenny international rate should precede an imperial penny post.

The « linotype » machine has progressed so far in England that one London weekly—the Railway Herald—is entirely composed by its aid. According to the Effective Advertiser, it is « the worst printed paper produced in the United Kingdom. »

While the Craft in America has been discussing the erection of a suitable monument to Horace Greeley, his only surviving daughter appears to have been forgotten. According to the Artist Printer, she is in « extreme poverty. »

Mr Parkes, editor of the South London Press, has been sentenced to twelve months' imprisonment for mentioning Lord Euston's name in connexion with an unspeakable club scandal. Mr Parkes is usually very correct in his information, and in this case acted in good faith; but was unable to adduce legal proof in support of the charge he had made.

According to the Bush Advocate, at a late Council meeting there were five Councillors and just the same number of reporters. The Councillors had a large room—the reporters part of a small table in a corner, three of them with their backs to the speakers. This is typical of the « accommodation » usually accorded to the press, and it is quite time that some change was made.

The Diario de Noticias of Lisbon (according to the Printing Times) is believed to have the narrowest columns of any paper in the world. The measure is less than 1J in., or about 8½. pica. The paper consists of four pages 18 x 15in., and ten columns to the page! It must surely be the horror of compositors. It is badly printed, on bad paper, and the advertisements are full of incongruous types wretchedly displayed.

The City Press, reporting a festivity on Lord Mayor's Day, says: « Capt. A. responded in becoming terms; the gist of his remarks being happily summed up in the following couplet, with which he concluded his observations:

Let three parts of the world go in arms,
They ne'er shall rule so long
As England to herself remains but true . »

—There is just enough of the original in this amazing « couplet » to identify the passage intended. To fully appreciate the hideous misquotation, let the reader turn to King John, Act v, end of scene.