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Letters from the Front

19 June 2015

June 18th, 1915.

WHEN the Press Bureau began its work, its operations appeared to us so capricious and arbitrary that self-respecting newspapers were disposed to be restive. Now, however, that it intends to carry out its functions on rigorous lines, exercising a real, vigilant and impartial censorship, everyone feels that its authority must by all means be supported. Those who subscribe to their parish magazines have been charmed with the delightful letters that have appeared in them from men engaged in the war. Some of the very best of war-letters have found their way into the hands of parish magazine editors, and the reason of their exceptional merit was that they had escaped the scrutiny of the official censor. We fear, however, that this kind of thing will have to cease. The Press Bureau will sanction no further infringement of the rules which it is obliged to make in the interest of the public safety. It cannot afford to ignore the indiscretions of letter-writers at the Front, and we suggest that local editors will be wise if they take the hint carefully to edit everything they intend to publish. If they do not, the consequences may be unpleasant.


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