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Typo: A Monthly Newspaper and Literary Review, Volume 4

Christchurch, 24 September, 1890

Christchurch, 24 September, 1890.

The half-yearly general meeting of the Canterbury Typographical Association was recently held in the Foresters' Hall. The President, Mr A. K. Chapman, was in the chair, and there was a full attendance of members. The half-yearly report and balance-sheet were, after slight discussion and amendment, adopted. The report stated that during the past six months satisfactory progress had been made by the Society, the rules affecting jobbing offices having been accepted by all the offices, except Messrs Whitcombe and Tombs. The balance-sheet, which showed a good sum to the credit of the Society, was unanimously adopted. During the half-year £11 0s 6d had been contributed by the Association to the Tailors, Tailoresses, and Pressers' Union, of Christchurch, and £5 to the Petone mill-hands. Emigration and out-of-work allowance had also been paid to several members, and £92 16s 6d expended in connexion with the dispute with Messrs Whitcombe and Tombs. The hearty thanks of the Association were unanimously accorded the Maritime Council for assistance rendered and promised in connexion with the dispute. A special report, dealing with the conference between the Association and the Lyttelton Times and Press Newspaper Companies, was laid before the meeting, and an exhaustive, animated, and orderly discussion took place thereon. Finally, a resolution was adopted dealing with the rate of pay on daily papers to the effect that three months from date the rate shall be 1s. per thousand.

Mr M. Donnelly, journalist, was a few days ago admitted a barrister of the Supreme Court of New Zealand. Mr Donnelly was admitted as a solicitor in 1886, and for a time practised with considerable success at Lyttelton as a partner there of Mr John Joyce. Illness of a severe and protracted kind compelled him to relinquish the legal profession. During the last three years he has been editor of the Telegraph. Mr Donnelly commenced his journalistic career in Otago, and for many years was well and favorably known in that province. He has now entered into practice as a barrister and solicitor in Christchurch, hut I understand he has not given up journalism altogether. In referring to his past literary work, a contributor to the New Zealand Church News says:— « Apropos of Mr M. Donnelly's retirement from the editorial chair of the Telegraph, his good service in the cause of religion in successfully exposing a religious pretender I will not name ought not to be forgotten. Mr Donnelly's paper written on 'Looking Backward' is acknowledged to have been a keen, sound, and timely criticism on that misleading though widely-read book. »

As showing the good work that is being done by the articles « Design in Typography » appearing in Typo I enclose a programme, in which the elliptical ribbon border is used. The design is the same, with the exception of the curved terminals, as appeared in the May number of Typo. I believe the border has been lying unused in the office for a number of years as unsuitable for anything, until its utility was pointed out in the article above referred to.

It will hardly be necessary for me, seeing you are publishing full accounts of the labor troubles, to enter into details of the Whitcombe and Tombs difficulty with the Canterbury Typographical Association. Public opinion in Canterbury is undoubtedly with the Typographical Association.

Mr Pine, manager of the Union Printing Office, has been appointed overseer of the Press jobbing department, and enters on his new duties about the 1st of October. Mr J. Caygill, I believe, takes the position vacated by Mr Pine.

Mr George Capper now fills the editorial chair of the Telegraph.

Trade is fairly good at present, as the rolls have given work to a number of the comps who have been idle.