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"COMMUNIQUÉS." Sir,- Permit me, by your courtesy, to register a friendly protest against the almost general employment of this word by the Press when chronicling our official war news.

What has happened to such good old English expressions a3 report, dispatch, message, communication, that they should have dropped out of favour? It seems quite unnecessary for us to borrow from our gallant Allies in this case. And surely German, Austrian, Turkish, and Bulgarian communiqués" form a most inappropriate, even objectionable, combination. That excellent authority, Roget's Thesaurus," only gives the word as an adjective. too late to mend-or rectify.-Yours, &c.,

CECIL CLARKE

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