Evany newspaper in the Dominion appears to be making ah Effort to undo the work of the panic-raiser, who, by spreading wild stories, causes euch a feeling of misery among3t a section of the community. Yes* terday's "Lyttelton Times" has an especially good article, entitled "Wild Rumours," which all who are inclined to give credence to these stories should not fail to read. On Tue?day, in Akaroa, many residents were rendered unhappy over the story of a naval engagement in tha North Sea, and the loss of 12,000 British sailors. This story was given credence everywhere, and saidjo'.be obtained from a reliable source. Yesterday morning another tale was going the rounds of the town that our expeditionary force, which left Wellington some ten daye a:o had lost 150 of her party. The police ar» rested a tobacoouist in Wellington for placarding some of this false news,; We believe that very serious measures will be taken with the people who spread such rumours. It ia true, as the "Ljtteltop Times" points out, that the stories are most contradictory, and it wou'd hardly be thought that people of any stability of charaoter would believe such •' catch penny canards." However, the rumour rcongers are having a good hearing with the public, and much pain of mind has been caused thereby. The Government, by supplying special messages from the High Commis sioner is giving the public news of any great importance at once, and we are sure that it would be only fer strategic purposes tha. information would be withheld. The article in the "Lyttelton Times" concludes: "The people who set the rumours in circulation doubtless act thoughtlessly, but to oui , way of thinking their thoughtlessness is not far short of criminal. If the law does not make the circulation of false reports of the kind an offenoo it might very woll be amended in that direction, if only as a warning to the culprits. We would direct the attention of tho authorities to the matter, and in the hope that it will be possible to take steps to stop tbe trouble, but, of course, the public themselves should have enough common' sense to avoid repeating sensational rumours, concerning the truth of which they have no means of judging."
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PANIC RAISERS., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 4424, 28 August 1914
PANIC RAISERS. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 4424, 28 August 1914
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