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Typo: A Monthly Newspaper and Literary Review, Volume 5

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« There are, » says a Brisbane (Q.) paper, « over thirty daily newspapers in New Zealand, all of which, excepting nine, are in a state of chronic liquidation. »

We have received Nos. 5 and 6 (vol. ii.) of the New Zealand Craftsman, a 48-page octavo monthly devoted to the interests of Freemasonry.

The Opotiki Mail has changed hands, Mr H. E. Elliott having sold it to Mr P. A. Crawford, late proprietor and editor of the Tauranga Star.

The Wairarapa boys are coming to the front. Among the guests at the federation banquet were two former P.D.'s from the Valley — Messrs H. J. Taperell and F. R. Roydhouse.

The Wellington Press has been purchased from Wakefield & Roydhouse by Mr. J. L. Kirkbride, formerly proprietor of the Rangitikei Advocate. Mr W. F. Roydhouse is still on the literary staff.

Mr W. Epps, a well-known Wanganui journalist, and lately on the staff of the Hawera Star, has been appointed to a good position in the Statistical Department, New South Wales.

Mr Claude Hearn, for ten years editor of the Rangitikei Advocate, a paper which is known throughout the colony as one of the best and most successful country newspapers in New Zealand, has been appointed editor of the Wellington Press. The Press has always had an able writer as chief editor, and under the new management may be expected to maintain its old reputation.

The interpretation of skeleton sporting telegrams has created some strange items of news. The latest is: « Obituary: Lord George Seraphine Nunthorpe, » a nobleman hitherto unknown. It turned out to mean: « Lincolnshire Handicap—Lord George, Seraphine, Nunthorpe. » The best of these blunders, which will probably never be beaten, was the one that occurred two years ago, where it appeared that in the House of Commons Mr Parnell was accused of exhibiting « the voracity of a Tyrone lobster. »

Mr A. Andrew, one of the proprietors of the Rangitikei Advocate, succeeds Mr Claude Hearn as editor.

Among the joint-stock concerns registered during the month is the Rangitikei Publishing and Printing Company, Limited; capital, £2,000.

A correspondent of the Catholic Times says that, among the reporters attending the Sydney Convention are no less than seven New Zealanders. One of them is Mr Ings, of the Hobart Mercury, who was sub-editor of the New Zealand Times eight years ago.

We regret that Mr Algie's Musical Monthly, always conducted with energy and ability, has been discontinued. The Christchurch bandsmen, we read, contemplate starting a new organ. 'Twas ever thus. ؟Why did they not give heartier support to a good paper when they had one?

The N.Z. Methodist says: « For economical reasons, two years ago the printing of the Methodist was transferred from Christchurch to Dunedin; and what that has meant in the way of inconvenience to editors, publisher, and subscribers no tongue can tell…. It is not at all likely that the printing will be continued in Dunedin. The ideal centre for publication is doubtless Wellington; next to that Christchurch; and to Christchurch the printing will probably revert. »

The Sydney Daily Telegraph of 2nd March published a « Federation » supplement containing biographical sketches of the delegates, illustrated with thirty-nine portraits, most of them very good. Some—as for example that of Capt. Russell—are very bad. A miniature edition of the supplement has been produced by a photo-relief process, and is an interesting memento. The large seven-column page is reduced to the size of 8x5⅜ in., and the portraits to the size of postage-stamps. The reduction is about ⅓ lineal = 1/9 superficial. The text is quite legible; but we should be sorry to have to read it through.

The exodus of New Zealand journalists to Australia still continues. The latest to « join the majority » of his fellow - scribes was Mr J. T. C. Cook, who for seven years has ably filled the position of sub-editor and reporter in the Napier Telegraph office, and who has departed for Melbourne. On the 4th inst. the members of the staff assembled round the stone, to bid him God-speed. Mr R. Price, the editor, acted as spokesman, and presented Mr Cook with a handsomely-framed illuminated shield containing the photographs of every member of the staff. Mr Price also, on his own account, presented Mr. Cook with a set of gold solitaires.

We have received No. 2 of the Australian Co-operative News, Melbourne. It is refreshing, among the shoal of demoralising so-called labor organs, published by « anti-poverty » and similar societies, to find a working-man's paper conducted in a spirit of manly independence, and that does not take for its motto « Thrift is bosh. » The News has a circulation of 13,000. Every working-man should read it, and if he has brains—as most working-men have—he cannot fail to profit by it. When he has done, he will put « Looking Backward » and « Single-tax » in the fire, break his pipe, and set about capitalising his own labor.

The Journal of the New Zealand Institute of Surveyors begins a new volume this month, and makes its appearance in decidedly neater style than heretofore.

The Ellesmere Guardian, a paper which has passed through many hands and seen many vicissitudes, has been purchased by Messrs Zouch and Maginnis, two gentlemen well known in North Canterbury.

An English paper states that Mr W. Clark Russell, the writer of vigorous and breezy sea-stories, has long been a hopeless and well-nigh helpless invalid, confined within-doors in an inland town.

Dr J. H. Gallinger, who has just been elected United States Senator from New Hampshire, was a compositor on the Cincinnati Gazette twenty-five years ago, and studied medicine in the intervals of his labors at the case.

The Universal Review is no more. It had much in its favor. Original in style, superbly printed, edited by an able art critic who— unlike most literary men—possessed considerable means, and supported by clever contributors, it ought certainly to have succeeded. But the « crank » element was too strong. It was too French for the English taste. Nudities from the Salon repel more than they attract; while articles like Corbett's « Jezebel, » illustrated with art (?) works by Ricketts and Shannon, were enough to kill the strongest periodical ever offered to British readers.

A fire broke out at Blenheim on the 16th inst., starting in the Marlborough Times office, by which the building with all its contents, Mr Card's booksellers' shop, and two other buildings, were completely destroyed. The fire had a good hold when first seen. Mr Card managed to save a small portion of his stock. The origin of the fire, which appeared to have originated near the editor's room, is a mystery. Neither fire nor gas had been lighted during the day. The foreman left the premises at 5.30, and passed the building just twenty minutes before the fire broke out, but did not observe anything amiss.

A newspaper correspondent writes from Sydney: The case of Dr Keatinge, which I mentioned in my last, had a tragical termination. He was sentenced to five years' penal servitude for criminally assaulting a servant girl in the employment of Mr A. G. Taylor, labor representative and editor of Truth. The prisoner, however, died soon after his admission to the gaol. Poison and suicide were suspected, but the medical evidence was to the effect that death was the result of cerebral inflammation. Mr Taylor and Mr Willis, m.p. (the proprietor of Truth) were said to have been cognisant of the offence for some time after it was committed, and the result of the trial covers all who were accomplices in the crime or its concealment with indelible infamy. The Daily Telegraph had a scathing article on the exposure, pointing out that if there was one house in which a daughter of the people ought to have been secure, it was in that of a professed champion of the rights of the people. Not only, however, was she ruined, but no desire was shown to bring the offender to justice. As often happens, labor is suffering more from the misconduct of those who are making a market out of its alleged grievances than from any action of those whom it regards as its foes.