In todays' Daily Telegraph “Yesterday was the anniversary of the despatch by Austria of the insolent and overbearing ultimatum which precipitated the European conflict.”
An article on page 8 commemorates this anniversary by belabouring Austria and its “peremptory and insulting categorical demands,” contrasting this with “Serbian reasonableness.” Another article below makes the bizarre claim that “the real culprits of the deaths of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife were to be found in Vienna and Budapest.” What a difference almost a year of war makes. Wind back to the paper of July 25 1914, and you’ll see a far more sympathetic tone to Austria and a far less sympathetic one to Serbia.
Also in today’s paper
- General Headquarters reports a week of “minor events” with “some manifestations of activity below ground” – page 4
- The women’s page is inspired by a magistrate’s comments on the rise in young offenders to look at the naughtiness of children in general (page 5). It also has “a most delicious sauce, and quite a new creation” in its hot weather recipes, in the shape of Cold Cucumber Sauce. - The music column on page 6 turns its eye on Italian national music now that country is an ally, as well as patriotic music closer to home” - The Mayor of Margate writes on page 6 asking that he can “use your valuable and most patriotic paper for an appeal to those about to take their holidays” so as to tell them his town is fully open for business - The Editor of “The Outfitter” is a suitable person on page 7 to write about clothing the army and supplies of clothing to civilians - The latest German communiqué on battle for Warsaw is “a fresh instance of the manner in which the German staff deliberate perverts the truth to suit its own convenience” – page 9 - The big news of the day as far as the Telegraph is concerned is King George V visiting munitions workers in Birmingham – page 9 - Alarm in Montreal as aeroplanes are seen in the area and are believed to be reconnaissance missions by German agents in America – page 9 - A German Professor accuses Britain of deliberately engineering the sinking of the Lusitania to inflame American opinion against Germany – page 10 - A lady teacher in Ballarat writes to the Australian wounded from Gallipoli telling them of their country’s pride in them – page 10 - A “curious telegram from Stettin” concerning German girls’ “shameless” behaviour towards French prisoners of war is reprinted on page 10 - “Remarkable scenes of enthusiasm” as General Botha returns to Cape Town after his victory in South-West Africa, as if you’d expect anything else to greet a conquering hero – page 11