Stawell News and Pleasant Creek Chronicle, Wednesday, 13th November, 1918 P2
On Monday morning when residents were in a state of great, expectancy and anticipating word of Germany's acceptance of the Allies' armistice terms, the fire bell at the central station sounded forth with great vigor for a few minutes, and everyone was prepared to sound forth the glad news of Germany's surrender.
The cause of the ringing, however, was said to be a fire at Stawell West, but it was subsequently found to be. a false alarm.
It did not require any great amount of bell ringing to make residents demonstrative, so pent-up were their feelings.
In connection with the premature report of the armistice having been signed the "Herald " had the following about Mr Edmund Jowett, M.P. for the Grampians.
"When the House of Representatives resumed after an all-night sitting members gathered in the lobbies and discussed the war news.
"Among the first members to enter the Chamber was Mr Jowett carrying a Union Jack.
"Some one asked playfully if it was in order to bring a flag into the Chamber, but there was no speaker to determine the point, and Mr Piggott, by way of an answer, took the flag, unfurled it, and waved it triumphantly,
"No further opportunity presenting itself to use' the flag, Mr Jowett held it in his hands throughout the session."
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