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Typo: A Monthly Newspaper and Literary Review, Volume 4

[trade dispatches]

A new printing office for the stamp printer is to be erected in Wellington.

The Brisbane (Q.) Telegraph is having new offices erected at a cost of nearly £26,000.

Mr J. C. Brown, m.h.r., has retained Sir R. Stout in a libel action against the Dunedin Workman on account of certain articles reflecting on a Clutha gold-mining company.

The Sydney Bulletin, having published some idle gossip about the relations of the Daily Telegraph with its late editor, Mr Ward, has been served with a writ for libel.

Mr P. Galvin, formerly of this district (says the Palmerston Times), has become lessee of the Yea Chronicle, a nice-looking little paper published in Victoria.

« Police v. Press » is the heading of an item in the Wellington papers. It refers to a football match on the 4th May. The police were the heaviest, but the press won by three tries to two.

Mr J. P. Maitland having served the Oamaru Mail with a writ for £500 damages on account of some criticisms in connexion with a sale of crown lands, the newspaper has expressed its regret, and its conviction that Mr Maitland's ballotting was perfectly fair and above suspicion.

Illustrated America is the name of a magnificently illustrated paper which has lately appeared in New York.

The Napier News has published an apology to Mr H. H. Murdoch, of Hastings, for some very offensive references to that gentleman in a correspondent's letter.

Mr Joseph Ivess has decided to publish a daily paper in Newcastle, N.S.W. The first copy was to be issued at the end of the present month. This will make the second daily paper at Newcastle.

The Wellington Times has been purchased by Capt. Baldwin, formerly managing director of the Dunedin Guardian. Now that it has a new proprietor it may introduce new type and a few new ideas, and make a fresh start. It will be changed from eight pages to four.

Another Maori paper—or rather newspaper in the Maori language—is projected. It is to be published at Napier, and conducted by Mr James Grindell, a competent Maori scholar, who formerly edited Te Waka Maori. The title has not been announced.

The Kumara Times is in the market. The paper was started in September, 1876, as an evening daily, and has been a successful concern. The proprietor, Mr C. Janion, is about to visit his friends in the old country, after an absence of more than thirty years.

For the second time in four months, the Wairarapa Observer has changed hands, the latest purchaser being Mr W. M. McKenzie, who has been connected with the Wairarapa Daily since 1872. « Our Carterton friends, » says the Daily, « are fortunate in securing the services of so capable and genial a journalist. »

The Queensland postal authorities have been « drawing the line. » The Dead Bird, a Sydney weekly several degrees more foul than the ordinary « society » papers, and the Stockwhip, a scurrilous freethought organ, are not permitted to pass through the post-office.

The building now in construction for the Field, Queen, Law Times, and other papers belonging to the same proprietory, in Chancery Lane, is being fitted up regardless of expense, and will be, when completed, the finest printing office in Great Britain.

We are in receipt of the first number of the Egmont Settler, published at Stratford, Taranaki, and « circulating in the Inglewood, Midhirst, Waipuka, Waitara, Stratford, Eltham, Ngaire, Manaia, Opunake, Normanby, and Hawera districts. » It is a double-royal sheet of 32 columns, published semi-weekly, by Mr W. H. G. Spurdle, and edited by Mr E. G. Allsworth. In the title, « Egmont » is spelt with a cap G. Such errors are common enough in type headings, but this is the first slip of the kind we have seen in a specially engraved title. In the leading article, the editor announces his intention to encourage healthy rivalry between the several centres, but to discourage petty jealousies. We fear that the size of the sheet is rather large for the district. There are over sixteen 23-inch colums of reading-matter in the first number, which represents thirty-three columns a week, mostly brevier—(more than some of the country dailies supply)—and the advertising support is not in proportion.

Mr Twopenny has resigned his position as editor of the Otago Daily Times. He is an enthusiast on the subject of exhibitions, and the refusal of the proprietors to allow him to advocate the project of transferring the New Zealand exhibits to London and opening an exhibition there, is believed to have led to his resignation.

Mr William Jarvis Harker, well-known in Hawke's Bay, advertises the prospectus of Labour, « a Democratic Journal, … to be Owned, Written, and Published solely by and in the interests of the Workers. » Mr Harker has fallen out with the press generally, including the local « democratic » paper, which will explain the tremendous sarcasm of the following sentences: « It will run no bank overdraft, nor be mortgaged to any Land or Loan Company. It will neither admit Conservative Hacks, however smart, nor Rats, on its Staff. » It is doubtful whether Labour will ever become an accomplished fact. The prodigious escape of gas in the prospectus should be a sufficient (and much less expensive) relief to the promoter.