22 MARCH 1968, Page 31

A case of blind man's bluff

Sir: Reuters dispatches are commonly held to have their own substance. The one you mention in your article on the Rhodesian hangings (8 March) had none because it did not exist. Reuters did not report on 2 March that the hangings would be carried out within thirty-six hours.

Gerald Long General Manager, Reuters Limited, 85 Fleet Street, London EC4

We regret that the report in question did not, in fact, come from Reuter.—Editor, SPECTATOR.