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Typo: A Monthly Newspaper and Literary Review, Volume 4

[trade dispatches]

Our notice of Mr Talbot B. Reed's « Fashions in Typography » is shut out of this issue.

Mr Albany Hall, a paper-ruler employed by Messrs Fergusson & Mitchell, Dunedin, died on the 13th inst. from misadventure. On the previous evening he had gone to a drawer and taken from it in the dark what he supposed to be a seidlitz powder. Becoming very ill in the night he suspected that he had taken by mistake the deadly arsenical compound known as rough-on-rats, which he imprudently kept in the same drawer. His wife found this surmise to be correct, the poison having disappeared, and at once obtained medical aid, but too late", and the unfortunate man died at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Our Napier exchanges record the death from consumption, at the age of 28, of Mr H. C. L. Yates, son of the late H. L. Yates, who, with his brother, Mr W. W. Yates, started the Hawke's Bay Times in 1861. Deceased learned his business at the Napier Herald office; but, finding that night-work was injuring his health, he joined the staff of the Telegraph. When he was no longer able to attend at the office, Mr Knowles, the proprietor, kindly sent cases and copy to his house, so that he could still have the satisfaction of earning something for the support of his family. He leaves a widow and several young children.

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We have received the August issue of the Journal of the New Zealand Institute of Surveyors—the third number, we believe, though the fact is not stated. It contains twenty pages, mostly filled with elaborate mathematical formula. It must be a « terror » to the comps. The editor is Mr E. Tregear, and the Journal, which we have no doubt is a valuable one to the profession, bears the imprint of Mr W. F. Roydhouse, Lambton-quay, Wellington.

The Bay of Plenty Times of the 22nd inst. says:— « Our recently-imported type-setting machinery is giving much satisfaction. In a short time, after thoroughly mastering the keys, one girl will be able to set up the Bay of Plenty Times daily. As these machines are played like the piano, and therefore especially suited for female labor, the present ungallant attitude of the Typographical Society in excluding women from the type-setting trade should cause a great demand for these typesetting machines worked by compositrices. We have some young ladies on our staff at present learning these machines, and we expect shortly to require more. » The Times gives no clue as to the particular kind of machine it has imported. We are somewhat sceptical as to its capabilities.

The Sydney exponent of The New Journalism, the Star, has had to pay the penalty. It has been trying its hand at the « picturesque panorama » business recommended last year by Mr W. Hill as the ideal reporting, and this was one of its items, verb. et lit.:

Going to a Lecture.—'I was just going to a lecture down Riley-Street, your Honor,' said a wild-looking specimen of humanity named Conelius C. Maloney at the Water Police Court this morning, 'when a young man insulted me, and I knocked him down.' It was proved that Corney was the agressor, and he was fined 20s, levy in distress, or seven days. 'I am only a poor teacher in lodgings, your Honor, and have got no goods.' 'Then you must go to gaol,' said Mr Addison. 'Then, by God! that's hard, your Honor.' said the hedge schoolmaster.

—It was shown that the plaintiff, a retired schoolmaster, had been fined as stated; but that he had committed the assault under extenuating circumstances, having been first insulted. The « picturesque » portions of the report were shown to be fictitious, and District Judge M'Farland awarded £40 damages for libel.

At the Supreme Court, Auckland, this week, before Mr Justice Conolly, the appeal case H. T. Jones v. W. H. Atack was heard. This was an appeal from the decision of Mr Booth, R.m. at Gisborne, by which appellant was fined £1 for having published in the Gisborne Standard certain telegrams belonging to the Press Association of Wellington, of which W. H. Atack is manager. Neither Mr Atack nor the Press Association own or publish a newspaper in the colony, but Mr Atack had sent the telegrams in question to a number of newspapers, and the question for the Court was whether, under these circumstances, he had published them within the meaning of the Electric Lines Act, 1884, and whether the telegrams were protected by that Act. Mr Cooper, for the respondent, argued that Mr Atack, although not a publisher of a newspaper, had published the telegrams in those newspapers to which he had sent them. His Honor dismissed the appeal without costs. He said that, as Mr Atack would be liable as a publisher of telegrams in a civil or criminal action, he must also have the protection of the Act as a publisher.

Post-office officials are promptly blamed when expected correspondence fails to come to hand; but they do not always receive the credit they deserve for properly delivering articles imperfectly addressed. By the last San Francisco mail a letter addressed « Mrs C—, Brougham-street, New Zealand, Australia, » arrived, and reached its proper destination with very little delay. The sorting clerk did not send it on to Australia, but wrote « Try New Plymouth; » the New Plymouth official wrote « Try Wellington, » and the Wellington postman duly delivered it in Brougham-street of the latter city.