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Typo: A Monthly Newspaper and Literary Review, Volume 3

[trade dispatches]

We acknowledge with thanks a new exchange—El Poligrafo, Buenos Aires, from No. 7 vol. vi, July, 1889.

An eight-page paper, entitled the Oxford and Cust Observer, has just been started at East Oxford, North Canterbury.

It has been resolved to form a company at Havelock, Marlborough, under the title of « The Pelorus District and Goldfields Newspaper Company, Limited. »

A Gisborne lawyer named Brassey has served Mr A. R. Muir, proprietor of the Poverty Bay Herald, with a writ for the modest figure of five thousand pounds on account of an alleged libel.

The Tuapeka Times reports that Mr R. Wilson, at one time part proprietor of the Bruce Standard, which was discontinued about seven years ago, is about to start a paper at Nenthorne.

The Taranaki Herald comes out in a new dress, in honor of its thirty-seventh birthday. Many happy returns! The Herald is the third paper in New Zealand in order of seniority, the two elder brothers being the Lyttelton Times and Otago Witness. The Herald has been under the editorial management of Mr Seffern for twenty-two years.

A paper has just been published in the Manaia district, entitled the Witness, in opposition to the old-established daily Star. It is not a local enterprise; but an offshoot of the Wanganui Chronicle, in the office of which, fifty-two miles away, it is printed. Ventures of this kind have become far too common lately, and are in the highest degree mischievous to the trade.

The Kaipara Times discontinued publication on 30th September.

Mr J. T. M. Hornsby has resigned the editorship of the Waipawa Mail.

On Saturday, 5th October, the staff of the Hawera Star presented Mr J. B. Innes, the retiring partner, with a handsome illuminated address.

Quigley, the Reefton publican, and Wilkie, the editor whom he assaulted, where [sic: were] both charged by the police with riotous conduct. The local Magistrate « made even » by fining them £2 each.

A special jury, acting upon the time-honored traditions of juries, awarded the litigious medical man of Waipawa £251 damages against the Mail for libel. The alleged libel was just a year old, and where the « damages » came in is a mystery. The Mail has appealed, and we wish it success.

The Wairarapa Daily lately commented on the sale of the South Wairarapa Advocate (an offshoot of the Star) for a nominal sum. It was not quite accurate in its alleged facts, and an action for libel is threatened, the damages being stated at a figure big enough to buy all the newspaper offices in the Valley.

Here is a little study in rhyme and onæmatopoesis. Yankee, of course:—

One of the worst of nuisances is
The chap who's up at early dawn
Making the lawn-mower ziziziz,
Rasping the whiskers off the lawn.

The Christchurch Press of 1st October got badly mixed in its leading colums. Four-and-twenty lines of an article on the French demand for the British evacuation of Egypt got lifted into the middle of an leader on the subject of Captain Russell joining Major Atkinson's ministry, with disastrous effects to both articles.

A publican has recovered £5 damages against the Australian Star, a Sydney paper, for a « libel » caused by the omission of the letter s in a telegram, converting « Mrs » into « Mr. » His wife had attempted suicide. He was unable to prove any damages, but the Judge thought he « might » have suffered injury.

An awkward accident occurred lately in the Napier News office. As the first edition for the country was being worked off, it was noticed that a type was under the third page, and when the machine was stopped, the machinist raised the form to remove it. As he held the heavy page balanced on its edge, he touched the starting lever with his knee, and the Wharfedale went off at full speed, leaving the form on the ways. Before it could be secured, the return of the carriage shot it bodily out into the room, converting it into a mass of pie, and the edge of the chase catching the assistant machinist on the head, gave him a black eye and a painful scalp wound. The remainder of the edition appeared with a note of apology in place of the missing page.