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'ZEALANDIA.', Issue 7915, 24 May 1889
On July 1 will be issued the first number of ‘ Zealandia,’ a monthly journal that is to be distinctively reflective of the national life of this newer Britain of ours. The promoters assure us that the venture is not so much a commercial speculation as an endeavor to accomplish the twofold aim of providing “ reading matter which shall be at once attractive and interesting,” yet of wholesome tone, and of encouraging in every legitimate way the creation of a national literature. With this latter object in view the contributions will be absolutely original, and be supplied only by New Zealand writers. Therefore the new journal will bo as far as possible “racy of the soil.” Though the idea is certainly a novel one, it has, wo are assured, been very warmly taken up and favorably received in literary circles. The management have been fairly flooded with offers of help, while most encouraging letters have reached them from one end of the colony to the other. The roll of contributors amply
proves the first assertion; of the other the promoters have evidence in the shape of an order list that has already reached large dimensions. At the outset the magazine will contain fun;, -eight pages of reading matter, and be of about the same size as the English ‘ Cornhill ’ or ‘ Argosy,’ but if the anticipations of the promoters are realised its bulk and its attractiveness will be materially increased by the addition of illustrations, a musical column, biographical sketches, Maori and Gaelic pages, and by attention being given to the history and resources of the colony. In some degree the principle of co-operation is to be applied to this venture, as when the financial troubles incidental to all new undertakings arc overcome it is intended to remunerate contributors according to a fixed scale based on the magazine’s circulation. The management give two very decided pledges—that the magazine shall be divorced from provincial or local prejudices, and that it shall provide an outlet for native talent of a recognised standard. The editor is Mr William Freeman, of this City, and he has gathered round himself an able corps of assistants, whose names ought to command the utmost respect. Specialists like Messrs Thomson (who has charge of the botanical column), Benbow (the chess editor), and Bell (the draughts editor) are guarantees that their several columns will be well looked after. The features of the initial number will bo an introductory ode by S. T, Sharpley, the opening chapter of a serial story from the pen of “Owen Graham,” a paper by the Rev. R. Waddell on ‘ Some social responsibilities of a young community,’ the first of Mr M. Ress’s articles on the Southern cold lakes, some verses from Mr Bracken’s pen, and a novelette by Mr W. P. Reeves, M.H.R. To future numbers Sir Robert Stout and such well-known writers as “ Warrigal ” and “ Fabian Bell ” have promised to contribute. The public will have an opportunity to-morrow of studying the details of the ‘Zealandia’ Company’s prospectus, and if it is carefully read the result should be a substantial increase of the subscribers’ list. The project is a praiseworthy one, and has our good wishes.
'ZEALANDIA.', Issue 7915, 24 May 1889
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