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PRINTED AT THE GUARDIAN OFFICE, WARRINGTON.

DEDICATION.

TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE PROVINCIAL

NEWSPAPER ASSOCIATION.

SIR,

In accordance with your kind permission, I have much pleasure in dedicating this volume to you and to my fellow-members of the Provincial Newspaper Association. The letters of which it consists. appeared in the Warrington Guardian in 1872, and are now reprinted with the view of aiding other newspaper proprietors and editors to spend a month abroad with comfort.

Another, and certainly my chief object in reprinting and sending each a copy, is to show to you and them one of a number of volumes entirely set by my Steam Type Composing Machine.

The only peculiarity in it to which I would refer is this : The Composer is purely automatic, and its selection of the proper letters and spaces is guided

entirely by means of perforated paper, which may be perforated anywhere, and at various rates of speed, the Composer running at a fixed speed of 12,000 an hour. The perforated paper may be used as often as required for future editions, at home or abroad, and for as many sizes of type as may be required. [Specimens may be seen on pages xv. and xvi.]

The same perforated paper may be reproduced to any extent by merely mechanical means, and be originally so perforated as to produce the most accurate justification as the type leaves the machine.

It may be necessary to remind my professional friends that the letters were written entirely for home, and some of them to very young members there, with the exception of those about printing and newspapers : hence the occasional repetition, and detail, which otherwise would have been out of place.

I am, Sir,

Yours faithfully,

ALEXANDER MACKIE.

Guardian Office, Warrington,
and 112, Strand, London,

July, 1874.

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