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Typo: A Monthly Newspaper and Literary Review, Volume 4

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The Charleston Herald, wishing its readers the season's greetings, adds: « and in doing so we would remind them that our services will be available for receipting bills whenever they choose to call on us. »

Mr A. V. Haight, Poughkeepsie, N. Y., sends Typo another book of specimens of his work. Mr Haight has the newest things, American and foreign, and does not tie himself down to specimen-book models. He displays the skill of an artist, both in arrangement of text and choice of colors.

We do not know whether the Railway Commissioners are actuated by the motive that induced the Irishman to beat his wife once a year, just before going to confession; but some of the daily papers in the big towns, following the example of the ill-used woman, are reminding the Commissioners of their sins, not forgetting the most venial. Most of the paragraphs show so evident an animus as to defeat their object. Freight on newspapers is described as « a tax on knowledge. » It is not in any sense a tax—it is payment for services rendered. Why should the Railway Department run a service in opposition to the Postmaster-General?

The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand has just met in Wellington. On the 12th inst. a report was read from the Rev. R. Sommerville, of Auckland, with reference to the proposal to start a Church newspaper. Several members spoke on the urgent need for a Presbyterian organ, and maintained that if a paper were started it would receive liberal support. It was arranged that the existing Committee should endeavor to find an editor, on the understanding that the Presbytery of the district in which the gentleman selected resided should then become responsible for all arrangements in connexion with the starting the paper. On the following day, however, it was decided that overtures be made to the proprietors of the organ of the Presbyterian Church of Otago and Southland, with a view to making that paper the representative of both churches. This is probably intended as a step towards the union of the two branches, an event, which in the opinion of many members of Assembly, cannot be much longer delayed.

At a meeting held in London to celebrate the centenary of Pears' soap manufactory, Mr Barratt, the managing partner of the firm, spoke as follows: As to the advertising carried on in connexion with their business, he might tell them that they had always been increasing in that direction, and he hoped they always would. They had now attained the expenditure of £100,000 per annum; and he thought that might be considered a fair contribution on the part of one firm towards the support of the Press in this country. Moreover, by these extensive operations they had stimulated activity on the part of other establishments, not only here, but in America and Australia. He noted every year a large accession to the army of advertisers. For one hundred thousand pounds he would tell them what they got. They got a circulation of twenty millions per day, going into the house of everybody in England, America, and Australia, where they had branch houses, compelling the firm to keep their stores open day and night in order to keep pace with the trade. If, to use a figure of speech, they knocked at a man's door 365 times a year it would be very odd if they did not persuade him to buy a tablet of Pears' soap; and it was just there where they made their profits. For their one hundred thousand pounds a year they attracted the attention of a hundred millions of English-speaking people.