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The secretary of a mutual Improvement soolety walked into | newspaper office and said, '• Want an Item this morning ? ' and gave the editor the following note :— " The members of the - ■ ' »<■ Street Association will give a festival «t their, hall nmt Friday evening. Literary and musical entertainment will be provided, and a supper will be served to all who desire. The ladles In oharge of tbe affair have muoh' oxperlenoe la snob, mutters, and are sure to provide* good spread. The admission will be only hulf-a-orowo, and It Is certain that no one oan spend that amount to a better advantage. Be sore and come asd take yqur fritmos.V !' An advertlqement V said the editor. " No ; we prefer to have it m the local column/ said the secretary. "It wIU Interest a great many of yo.ur readers, and help a good cause j we have spsntVo tnaoh money In getting np oar entertainment that we cannot afford to advertise it without Increasing the prlqe of tbe tickets. In euoh a matter as, ttys, we qqght to be able to help eaoh other. "Well," said the editor, "if it goes Into the locals. I suppose yoa woald reolprooate by reading a little notloe m your meeting i" and handing him the followlDg : — ";Tho ' Weekly Phaser 1 : b the best and cheapest family papor. Its proprietor has had muoh experience, and has all the staff whloh a large outlay qf money oan prodaoe. Hfg paper has. a larger circulation than any other published m the country, and is to be furnished at only two-penoe weekly. It Is certain that do one oan spend the money to better advantage. Be sure to take the ' Weekly Phaser* and iofluenoo yonr friends." The secretary doubted whether It would be jniioinus to read suoh a notloe : If it was printed, ooples might be distributed at the entertainment. •• Yes," said the editor, " but it would attract mere attention In the middle of the Bpecqli, '" Jt will interest a laiga number of your congregation and help a good oanse ; besides, so much money la spent upon the * Weekly Pleasar 1 that I don't 830 how tha owner can afford to print handbills to advertise It wd ft oat Increasing the subscription prlqo- |n such a matter as this we ought to be able to help eaoh other." Then the secretary law the situation and withdrew.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2045, 24 January 1889

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WOULDN'T RECIPROCATE Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2045, 24 January 1889