Herbert Asquith had visited the front over the previous week, but although its has been six days’ earlier that he had started his visit, and two days since he finished, it was only today that Perceval Landon revealed details, although oddly it was considered by the paper to be part of his series of articles about life at the front rather than a standalone news one (page 9). There was a standalone one on page 11 as well, making this the major news story in the paper, although the page 9 banner headline concentrated on the fact the French President had sent birthday greetings to King George V! Asquith’s visit also generated a leader on page 8, next to one on Lloyd George, both praising these men who had been such enemies of the paper a year earlier.
Also in today’s paper
- Pride of place on page 3 is given to the fact a Convent school for Belgian refugees has been set up in Surrey
- Russian spin on the recapture of Przemysl is alive and kicking. The assurances of the safety previously given can only be possibly explained as a means to deceive the enemy and facilitate the evacuation of the town (page 9) whilst on page 8 it is dismissed as a “mere incident” that the place was evacuated “for “excellent strategical reasons” and it has “not been captured by the enemy in the sense that it was captured by the Russians”
- Allied positions in Gallipoli are proclaimed to be impregnable in the latest despatch (page 10) whilst they are “as confident as ever of final victory.” How many times have we already heard this? - Mrs Eric Pritchard gives her opinions on “Practical garments for everyday wear” on page 12. For whom?