Typo: A Monthly Newspaper and Literary Review, Volume 4
The New Zealand Fire and Ambulance Record is the name of a new periodical, the first number of which has appeared in Napier. We have not seen it.
Dame fortune has smiled benignantly on a bookfiend. Mr Daniel D. Blake, a canvasser for a Boston book-agency, has received intimation that he is sole heir to the estate of the late Sir Henry Blake, of Norfolk, and that £250,000 is at his disposal. Sir Harry died in 1876, bequeathing his entire property to the only male heir on the Blake side, « somewhere in America, » but it has taken fourteen years to find the precise address.
Mr John, Haddon of Bouverie-st., has taken into partnership his nephew, Mr Walter Haddon, who has been for some time past associated with him in his business of publisher, exporter, and advertising agent.— A separate partnership has been created under the same name and style of John Haddon & Co. by the association of Mr E. J. P. Francis with Mr John Haddon and Mr Walter Haddon, specially to extend and develop the business of advertisement agents and contractors. The two departments will be worked independently, and under separate management.
A « Savage Club » has been formed in Wellington. It will start with a membership of over one hundred.
« Illustrated American » on p. 60 should read « the Illustrated American. » Typo has not received any copies of this superb periodical, reputed to be the finest illustrated weekly in the world.
Some Mozart manuscripts now in the possession of Mr J. E. Cornish have been for years in the hands of Mr T. Kerslake of Bristol, without his recognizing their importance. Another instance (the B. & C. Printer and Stationer remarks) of the romance of bookselling.
The Williamsport (U.S.) Labor Record, in bidding a long farewell to its readers, says: « It is the old, old story of ingratitude that has become stereotyped in the obituary notices of the many labor papers that have gone the same road ahead of us. The same inscription is written on every milestone: 'Died from the lack of support from the laboring people.'»
In February of the present year, a well-known music-dealer in an English provincial town received the following singular letter:— « Dear Sir,—Would you mind sending me the price of a music-stool. My daughter that died last March took her pianoforte and stool with her.—I am yours truly, ————. » Here is certainly a most interesting case for the Society of Psychical Research.
A dealer in printers' sundries sends the American Lithographer and Printer a copy of the following singular business epistle received from a customer:— « Dear Sir,—Please forward to us by express 50lb) gum arabic, quality and price same as last. We are in urgent need of it.—Yours respectfully, A. C. D. P.S.—Looking over our stock, we find a supply of gum arabic on hand, and we beg to ask you to cancel above order.—A. C. D. »
Mr R. A. Butcher, journalist, of Featherston, sued Mr Joseph Payton, publisher of the Wairarapa Daily, Masterton, in the Supreme Court for the sum of £1000 damages for an alleged libel published on the 29th October last, to which the plaintiff attributed his dismissal from the position of manager of the Ekatahuna Mail. The jury found a verdict for plaintiff with damages one farthing, and no order was made for costs.
A little weekly called the Otago Workman is in trouble. It has sought to gain prominence by attacking the exhibition commissioners and other leading citizens, and one of these gentlemen made the blunder of sending the police to the office to demand if the press was duly registered. It so happened that it was, and the proprietor had the delight of having the outrage made the subject of a question in Parliament. On the 26th inst. Mr Samuel Lister, the printer, was charged in the police court with publishing a certain paper to which no imprint was attached. It was of a scurrilous nature, beginning « Up, Up, Up, shareholders of the N. Z. and S. S. Exhibition, » and ending « Up, Up, Up. » The printer who sold Lister his type identified one of the P's in « Up » as having been made by himself from an R, and accused was fined £10 and costs £6 2s. The fine would have been heavier, had the prosecutor chosen to put in more than one copy.