In today's Daily Telegraph It was a year since Austria-Hungary’s fateful declaration of war against Serbia which spiralled into a worldwide conflict, and the anniversary was marked by a leader on page 8 which gave the paper another opportunity to abuse that country. It did go over the top though, in its claim that the war was “the outcome of a deeply-considered plot against the liberties of Europe,” but as been seen in the intervening period all’s fair in love and war when attacking the enemy is concerned.
In Parliament (page 9) Herbert Asquith gave an official casualty toll for the war to date, excluding those in German South-West Africa, which brings home the cost to the country in this first year: 61,384 killed, 196,620 wounded and 63,885 missing; add in over 9,000 naval casualties and that’s 330,995 in total, and there were still some days to go before Britain’s anniversary.
Also in today’s paper
- A Lieutenant-Colonel is court-martialled for inviting fellow officers to a gambling-house – page 7. He claims he forgot the regulations
- “It is not possible to reconcile the respective statements of the Russian and German official communiqués” for the fighting around Warsaw, says a report on page 9. Nothing unusual there - With the rising price of coal an issue, coal merchants agree to open new shops in London for the pooper classes – page 9 - Writer Henry James decides to become a British subject, as he is “dissatisfied with the course of action taken by the United States Government with regard to German atrocities” – page 9 - An article on page 10 deals with the fallacy of the belief that “indulgence in luxury on the part of individuals, or groups of individuals, is not altogether to be condemned, ‘because it provides employment for the poor.’”