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POLICE ALERT

AUSTRALIAN CROWDS Prematurely Celebrating End Of Hostilities N.Z. Press Association—Copyright Rec. noon. SYDNEY, this day. Crowds who had been prematurely celebrating peace in Sydney streets every night since Friday were noisy but much better behaved last night. Hooliganism, which reached the peak in boisterous revels in Martin Place on Sunday night was little in evidence. This is thought to be due to the wave of resentment at the desecration of the Cenotaph on Sunday and the warning that the police, substantially reinforced, would drastically check behaviour exceeding decent bounds. The police took no chances in Sydney last night. Although the crowds were in less boisterous mood, every street corner had its group of staid, blueclad figures. Military guard and voluntary action by ex-soldiers will protect the Cenotaph from desecration, during the peace celebrations. Sydney City Council officials stated that arrangements had been made with the Army authorities for the Cenotaph to be guarded from the night of the peace announcement until tltC end of the celebrations. Brisbane yesterday officially celebrated peace. , The State Government last week-end authorised yesterday's victory celebrations. From noon until dusk tens of thousands of people crowded the city streets celebrating the Pacific victory. The highlight of the day was a victory parade by Australian, British, American and Dutch servicemen and women, ex-servicemen of this and the last war and the Boer War. , ,_ Perth went mad yesterday because of the spreading of a report that Japan had accepted the Allied peace terms. People shrieked and threw paper, banged cans, cheered and laughed and cried. Some city firms gave their staffs the rest of the day off.

MR. JAMES BYRNES, American Secretary of State, who was presented by President Truman at a ceremony in the White House grounds with the Distinguished Service Medal for his major contribution to the war effort as Director of War Mobilisation for 2\ years.

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POLICE ALERT, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 191, 14 August 1945

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POLICE ALERT Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 191, 14 August 1945

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