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18th September 1915


In todays' Daily Telegraph the Government decided that the time was ripe to give some details of the effect of the latest Zeppelin raid on London, so that “the real character of these outrages may be the better understood” and “the folly and futility of the raids” emphasised, and an “impartial observer” was asked by the Home Secretary to provide such an account, although no hint is given as to who this personage might be which in a more cynical age leads one to suspect they may not have been as impartial as the Government is making out. The report is unsurprisingly critical of the Germans’ bombing, although its ordering does work somewhat uneasily, starting with a public house being damaged and having a bomb whose only casualty was a bantam cock sit between reports of two others which killed children before ending with one causing nine deaths on a bus. Not that a German Count thought that what our man in Rotterdam described as “the German baby-killers” were responsible for these deaths – it was the British Government who was at fault for allowing civilians to carry on living in London! Page 9 has these articles
Also in today’s paper
- The elder son of King Albert of Belgium is pictured on page 5 at Eton, where he has been enrolled, having previously been in the trenches
- Russia admits to falling back under German attacks, but still claims to have “badly shaken” the enemy – page 8
- Our Special Correspondent writes of a Central Powers plan to open a new front, either in Italy or Serbia – page 9 - Agreement is reached with labour leaders on how to increase the output of munitions – page 9. “It now rests with the rank-and-file to prove their patriotism by endorsing the pledges of their chosen representatives” says the article. Meanwhile Winston Churchill gives two speeches to munition workers (page 10) which impress the paper – “they were short, they were interesting, and they were also characterised by a discretion which may be recommended to the imitation of some of his colleagues in the Cabinet” observes a leader on page 8 - “A Woman” writes on page 10 on the need for co-ordination of women’s war work - An English citizen is arrested in Italy on suspicion of spying for the Central Powers – page 11 - Philip Gibbs’ latest article from the front extols the spirit and good humour of the soldiers, and suggests some of their literary output ought to be preserved in the British Museum for posterity after the war – page 11 - Among the recipes on the women’ page today are some for oysters, as they are “abundant and cheap” – page 12

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