Typo: A Monthly Newspaper and Literary Review, Volume 5
The latest addition to the South Island press is a semi-weekly—the Kaitangata News.
A Phonographic Association has been formed in Wanganui. Mr W. Empson was elected President, and the Rev. H. R. Dewsbury Vice-President.
New South Wales publishes a « Hansard, » subscription, £2 2s per session. It has just three subscribers, and the sale of single copies averages one per week.
The Mataura Ensign says: The Presbyterian congregations at Ravensbourne and St. Leonards have asked Mr W. H. Ash to take charge of the churches there, and he has consented to do so. He is an old printer, but for some years past has been in the service of the N. Z. Loan and Mercantile Agency Company at Dunedin.
The Cromwell Argus and the Marton Mercury have both found it necessary to enlarge during the present month.
A branch of the New Zealand Institute of Journalists has been formed at Christchurch, and Mr G. R. Hart was elected President.
A Berlin telegram of 22nd inst. states that the editor of the Volkswacht has been sent to prison for a year for hostile criticism of the Emperor's journeys about Europe.
The New York Life Insurance Company have taken proceedings against the New York Times, claiming $1,000,000 damages for an alleged libel.
The Woodville Examiner has been converted into a joint-stock concern, with a capital of £3000, under the title of « E. A. Haggen & Co., Limited. » The paper comes out daily from 1st October.
There was a big fire at Palmerston this month, and Mr F. Pirani, editor and proprietor of the Standard, distinguished himself. According to the Times, the rival paper, it was chiefly through his exertions that the Bank of New Zealand premises were saved.
Mr Glover, a stockbroker, who thrashed W. Anderson, editor of Liberty, at Fremantle, Western Australia, for publishing paragraphs reflecting on Mrs Glover, was sentenced to seven days' imprisonment. The sentence excited much indignation.
The marriage of Mr W. B. Grieve, of Selkirk, to Miss Isabella Henderson, on 6th August, is announced. All who are fortunate enough to possess copies of the Specimen Exchange will know Mr Grieve as an artistic and ingenious printer. The best wishes of the Craft will, we are sure, be with the newly-wedded pair.
The Bangabasi, a vernacular Indian paper, is in trouble. Having published an article on « British Rule by Brute Force, » the proprietors found themselves committed for trial on a charge of seditions libel. The jury in the case could not agree on a verdict. It was proved that the newspaper in question had published some extremely inflammatory articles. The latest item is to the effect that the publishers, having apologised, have been pardoned by the Indian Government.
Another member of the staff of the Wairarapa Star, Mr W. Murdoch, has sued the Daily for damages for alleged libel, and with no better success than his predecessor. He claimed £100 damages, and the case was heard in the District Court, Masterton. Another point of similarity with the previous case was the allegation by the plaintiff that he had lost his situation on account of the paragraph. The item complained of was a stupid paragraph in a letter from the Ekatahuna correspondent of the Daily, and which, if it meant anything at all, was open to a most offensive construction. Plaintiff's name, however, was not mentioned, and the judge, on the ground that no innuendo had been established, entered a nonsuit with costs. It was a close shave for the Daily, and the editor will probably look a little sharper after his country correspondents in future. It is a mean thing, but a common one, for such anonymous writers to endeavor to gratify a private grudge at the editor's risk.