Some Curiosities of Journalism.
! rhe number of journals published in Lcndon has largely increased of late ye; rs, and at the present time there is ha dly a trade, profession, or calling in th( great metropolis that has not its ow a special organ. And to supplement, as it were, these papers devoted to the interests of the parson, the lawyer, the doctor, the soldier, the sailor, the actor, the pressman, the farmer, the aristocrat, and the working man, there are certain journals which are intended to be read by each and all of them. We do not allude to the daily or the weely newspapers, but to those curious publications intended to me :t special wants, such as the Bocksellet, beloved of bibliomaniacs; Cope’s Tobacco Plant, intended exclu! ively for the smoker’s perusal ; the Matrimonial News, highly interesting to ' ‘ parties wishing to marry;” the Baraat and the Exchange and Mart. There are, of course, many other special organs, but the ones enumerated will suffice to furnish us with material for a few remarks on the curiosities of Journalism. The Bookis no doubt a valuable publication; and one highly prized by literary meri anxious to glean information respecting rare and curious books, which information they might seek for in vain in ether channels. The Matrimonial Nat s may also be useful in its way. It woud be a curious thing if one could asce tain the per centage of bona fide maniages (if any) contracted through its ir ediuraship, and how they turn out as a general thing. But it is not every
man or woman who is bold enough to seek to seek a wife or a husband by advertisement. The News undoubtedly enjoys an extensive circulation, which is probably largely attributable to the curiosity which prompts people to purchase it. In truth it is curious reading enough. Dark gentlemen and fair ladies, dark ladies and fair gentlemen, captains in the army, and captains in the navy, ladies who are musical, accomplished, and good looking, ladies possessed of money and ladies with none; gentlemen who are in the enjoyment of large incomes derived from Government appointments, lucrative business positions, or private means ; men who want a rich wife, and men to whom “ money is no objectwidows and widowers, are all to be found advertising in the News for partners for life. Inviolable secrecy is promised and enjoined in every case, and not unfreqnently the advertiser adds, “ enclose photograph, which will be returned.” All letters are posted or left with the editor, who must thus become in the course of a single year the depositary of an enormous number of love secrets. Happy man, what exceptional opportunities he must enjoy, if single, of “marrying well!” Cope’s Tobacco Plant is another curious publication, being filled with reading interesting to smokers, who could not have a pleasanter or more appropriate companion than this this journal while puffing after-dinner pipe or cigar. It is filled with anecdotes of great smokers, stories about pipes, verses in praise of the precious weed, etc., etc. The Bazaar , and the Exchange and Mart , also come within the category of out-of-the-way journals. They are both mere advertising sheets, and in glancing down their crowded columns one is astonished not only at the number and variety of the articles wanted and the articles for sale, but also at the queer exchanges proposed. Thus, A. B. C. may have a Newfoundland dog and a satin dress, which the advertiser wishes to exchange for a harmonium, or X. Y. Z., having a double-barrelled gun notifies his desire to “ swop ” that article for half-a-dozen stall-tickets for the opera or a gold signet ring. Sometimes the negotiations conducted through the columns of these and similar journals are not attended with satisfactory results. In a recent number of the Exchange and Mart no less a person than the Countess de Pepoli advertised for sale a sealskin paletot, which she represented to have cost and was willing to part with for A merchant of the name of Hyman, residing at the Mile end, wrote to the Countess at her address in '.Caroline street, Bedford square, and "received a reply in due course on superfine note-paper, stamped with a coronet. The coronet appears to have settled the matter. The paletot was purchased after some bargaining for —cash down. Subsequently the Countess entered into negotiations with the merchant for the sale of certain jewellery, valued (by her) at In consequence of a friend, presumably better acquainted with sealskin paletots and jewellery than the luckless Hyman, the latter discovered the Countess’ diamonds to be paste, and her paletot worth ;£i2. It came out in evidence that the Countess (whose real name was Kate Jacobs) had been advertising under another alias in the Daily Telegtaph. She was committed for trial. However, one swallow does not make summer, but the case of the merchant and the Countess should make people exceedingly careful when availing themselves of the aid of the journals published to supply wants of a special character. So much for a few of the curiosities of journalism in the Great City, which would require a volume to describe in anything like detail.
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Some Curiosities of Journalism., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 530, 10 January 1882
Some Curiosities of Journalism. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 530, 10 January 1882
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