30 SEPTEMBER 1865, Page 2

The Times has been making a great fuss, and creating

a small panic in Southampton, about two cases of cholera which have oc- curred in that town. We very much question whether a summer has recently passed over in London without two or three. cases, and certainly this summer has not. We are no friends to the concealment of facts, but cholera, from the suddenness with which it produces death, and the wide belief in its contagious character, has an exceptional effect on the imagination. At the same time, ter- ror, like fatigue, is a strong predisposing cause, and the first object of every publicist who touches the subject should be to avoid creating a panic. In the present instance the terror has had one good effect, Southampton having resolved to amend its drainage at once.