CANADIAN PRESS ASSOCIATION.
*I *' MB~NEW MEMBERS.
T increase the membership of the asociation is a move
1 which we ail have at heart. The Executive this year are
earnestly laboring to this end, and the help of individual mem-
bers is of value. The secretary would be glad if any member
who knows of persans in bis vicinity likily to jin the assaa-
tion would send the names to the secretary in Toront. They
will then be sent blank frms of application for memibship
and a report of the last annual prceedings. In is way t
work of increasing the number of members can be made more
thorough and widespread than through any pan carried out
from Toronto. It is not much to ask prsent members, and
no doubt they will cheerfully respond to the appeal.
TEE POSTAL LAWS.
"Our Monthly," the literary organ of the Manufaturers'
Life Assurance Co., has, after two issues, ceased publication on
account of being refused the free cariage of the mails. The
publication was creditable enough, but is very title page showed
that its primary purpoe was to advance the interests of a cor-
poration, and the postal authorities had no option but to de-
clare against its going free. The woAr of the association in
this matter of the abuse of the postal privileges s bearing fruit.
The backbone of the Government is being stiffened, and in
time, with fresh efforts by the association, the reforms demanded
will be carried out.
ON THE DEFENSIVE.
Mr. J. T. Clarks article in the June Canadian Magazine has
attiacted a good deal of attention and roused some discussion.
It is felt to be a pretty severe arraignment of the newspaper,
and offers a good opportunity for reply. Either at the next
meeting of the association, or in some other way, a defence of
the press, outliinng its servicest t the public, and dealing with
some of Mr. Clar's objections, should be prepared.
Mr. Brierley's address at the anquet of the Quec Pro-
vince Press Association, saggesting the formation of a Dominion
Association, should be followed by some further eflorts. There
are now several press associations in Canada; none, however,
quite as flourishing and active as our own. From the geogra-
phical extent of the country a Dominion association might bc
hard to sustain. It is suggested that a Dominion council might
be formed, consisting of the presidents of the various provincial
associations, and the cost of an annal conference between them
could easily be borne by these various bodies, and a programme
for joint action on matters of common concern could be
drawn up. One benefit would be more nanimity in the pro-
vincial laws in civil actions for libel. Other general interests
are aiso important, and such a council would carry colsider-
able weight with Parliaments and Governments.
Carter Troop, who has gone from The Toronto to Week to The
Montrea Journal aof Commerce, retains his membership in the
association. The Week is being eited by a committee, with
Mr. Mackay as nominal editor.
New membets include Mr. Rchiard Armstrong, of Toronto,
. and W. Beattie Nesbitt, of the Nesbitt Publishing Co., who has
made application for admission.
SHOULD PAPERS PUFF THEMSELVES?
We cannot endorse allthe views of Newspaperdomr expe
in the following article:
It must have occurred before this to many self-respecting
journalists that there is too mnuch talk about nerspaprs in
It is well enough for newsppe to avail themselves of their
ownv adrsing spce to announce their sprial enterprises and
to use the spe of other newspaers toadvertise themselves.
But the everlasting tooinng of ons own horn in one's own
newspaper is not ood sene, good taste, or god advertising.
Behold me I See how big and how smart I ami!
This, or something liket i, is the burden of the daily songs of
It is senseles and nauseating. Readers of a newspaper
form a very correct idea of its standing and relative value. They
don't need to e told, every day, that it is a great paper. If it
really is a great pap they knowt it, and if it is not they know it.
It i a sib fr en o au sin is as sensible for a on to about singng his own
praises and reounting his own mighty deeds. Such a person
is soon reckoied a bore and a cad.
There are cad and bores among newspapers They are the
ones that shout their greatness and their goodness at you from
every page every day.
Saw wood. Print the news. Let others shout your praises.
No one flaors "ttall talk" from bumptious newspapers
about their own success. But a sensible statenent regardirg a
new outfit, or a notable triumph of enterprise is prfectly allow-
able. The copying of a cotmpment frm a conteporary is
quite in order. In fact, there can be noobjection to a newspaper
doingeverything in its power to bring its own virtues before the
public. Why not Of course, ifi it is done with poor taste, th
ffect will be spoiled. But the prayer of that shrewd old Scotch-
man: Lord, gie us a guid conceit o' oorsels expresses a at
truth, namely, that a majority of people takeyou at your own
ITEMS OF PROGRESS.
The Chatham Banner's number celebrating the Laurier
demonstration there June 5 was a happy triumph, combin-
ing enterprise and efficient party organship. The portrait of
Mr. Laurier in two colors on a separat shee is as hand-
some a suplement as asiy ever presented with a Canadian lews-
The Neilson Publishing Co. have enlarged the Arprior
Semii-Weekly News for the third time within a year. ThI paper
well deserves the growing advertising patronage and suscription
list which it is securing.
The Durham Review has enlarged to a sixcotmn quarto,
and looks what it i-a well-conducted, lively me paper.
The Hamilton Spectator was upto-date ommemorating the
military maneuvres with an issue on the Queen's Birthday.
The four-page supplement contained photo-engravings of the
principal officers, and also the history of eachf th regiments
taking part, together wth articls suited to the ocasion.
The Perth Expositor's handsome illustrated trad edition
was a credit to the ner management. The numie contained
twelve pags of bright sketches, suitably illustrated, of the busi-
ness, religious and legal interets of the town. The issue was
printed on god paper, and much pains bad been taken with