22 MAY 1926, Page 2

Finally Mr. Baldwin said that people should not believe rumours.

He himself had heard a rumour that the railway. companies meaarto reduce wages. He had telephoned at once to the companies and found that' the rumour was entirely without foundation. Similarly, he had telephoned to the London General Omnibus Company and discovered that a rumour about that company was also quite untrue. As for an alleged general attack upon trade unions he could not imagine that any such thing would happen. Trade unions were necessary in a highly developed system and he would not countenance an attack upon them,