I'm thinkin' your compositor hasn't had overmuch experience.
The compositor is pronounced "a little person of great consequence."
Meredith was no compositor, a poor pressman, and seldom sober.
If the copy is hard to read, the compositor will set but few pages.
In such cases the compositor should punctuate as he goes along.
This is one of the tasks which subject the compositor to the test of intelligence.
Why is it necessary for a compositor to understand punctuation?
That compositor was a Cape Cod man,—I would wager a dinner upon it.
"I began life as a compositor, and I have not forgotten my trade," he said.
This figure, borrowed from the compositor's desk, will give a notion of what we mean.