2021-02-21 10:00:02 | 1946: Septuplet Rumor Fools Reporters in Paris


Story by: The International Herald Tribune The New York Times World News

Paris was subjected to an intensive search last night by French and foreign newspaper reporters who forgot international politics and other forms of news when the rumor spread that somewhere in the city a woman had given birth to seven babies, or septuplets. At midnight the frantic search was still going on but no such fertile woman had been found.

The woman-hunt started after news agencies and newspaper correspondents began to get queries which simply stated that “American Telegraph” had reported the multiple birth. No address or name was given but the pack turned out. Hospitals were checked and police were asked if they had any such report.

At the Hotel Dieu, large maternity hospital near Notre-Dame Cathedral, they said nothing of the sort had happened there but that they had had about twenty queries on the subject.

Representatives of the French Ministry of Information also were trying to trace the rumor. Somehow the address of a building in the Rue Galande was mentioned and twenty journalists invaded the place and went through the building knocking on doors and asking if anybody had had seven babies there. Still no luck.


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Source References: The New York Times World News

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