Typo: A Monthly Newspaper and Literary Review, Volume 4
We have to thank Mr Talbot Baines Reed for a copy of the Journal of the Society of Arts for 25th April, containing the report of a lecture delivered by him before the society on « Old and New Fashions in Typography, » with a brief outline of the discussion that followed. We had intended to devote our principal article this month to an extended notice of the lecture, with extracts; but are obliged to hold it over.
The B. and C. Printer and Stationer tells a little story about the « grippe » epidemic. In several offices the sickness-fund (supplementary to Society aid) was exhausted just when most needed, and employers liberally made advances to help over the difficulty. In one office, the fund having broken down, a deputation waited on the head of the firm to ask for a loan until it should be again in credit. He would not lend the money, but at once handed over a cheque for £20 as a donation. The following day was pay-day, and nearly £800 had to be distributed in wages. But the « grippe » made everyone behind time. The employer was late, the cheque was late, the bank short-handed: there was delay in making up the several amounts, and it was ten minutes past time when the wages were ready. Then the men demanded an hour's overtime! (some £30.) It was paid; but the hands, somewhat to their surprise, had to take off their coats again, and « make up the hour. »