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Typo: A Monthly Newspaper and Literary Review, Volume 4



Paris papers announce the death in his 80th year, of M. Armand de Pontmartin, the venerable literary critic of the Gazette de France. The same number of the Gazette that recorded his death, published the eleven-hundred-and-fiftieth feuilleton he has contributed to its columns.

On April 19, at Tooting, Mr Henry Thompson, a well-known and respected reporter, in the 86th year of his age. His journalistic experience was long and varied. His first engagement on the London press dated from 1829, when he was employed as Parliamentary reporter on the Morning Herald. He was a very old member of the Masonic body.

The Printer's Register gives a few particulars regarding the late Mr J. F. Smith, who died lately in America at the advanced age of 86. Not only was he the most popular novelist of his day—his story « Minnigrey, » which came out as a serial forty years ago in the London Journal, raised the circulation of the paper to nearly 300,000 a week—but he was a regular contributor to the leading newspapers, and in conjunction with William Howitt, wrote Cassell's History of England.

On Sunday, 26th April, at his residence, Sutton, Surrey, died, at the age of 66, Mr William Blades, one of the foremost English printers, and the leading authority on fifteenth-century printing. He was buried on the 30th—the day for which preparations had been made to celebrate his jubilee as a printer. The Printers' Register says: « He had been ailing for some months, and had for a few days prior to his death been obliged to avail himself of tender nursing at home, when an attack of angina pectoris acting upon a weakened heart terminated his life with scarcely a warning to those who were nearest him. » He leaves a widow, six sons, and a daughter.