In todays' Daily Telegraph “At last, in the splendid despatches from French and British Headquarters which we publish to-day, the nation has news that will cut at the roots of the rank growth of domestic bitterness which the weary waiting of six months had fostered among us. South of La Bassée, and in the Champagne district, blows have been struck that will sound their echoes round the world and will revive once more in the peoples at home that eager enthusiasm which inaction and hope deferred had also crushed, leaving only the stoical determination to endure and strive to the appointed end.”
France had a “great victory” to report in Champagne, whilst Sir John French could report advances around Loos, in renewed fighting that was apparent in Holland (page 9) but our leader on page 8 quoted above is surely going over the top in its reaction, unless there has really been a spirit of war-weariness in Britain that everyone has been at pains to conceal, for there hasn’t been anything in the pages of the Telegraph to hint at such a thing, which makes the sentiment expressed seem so odd.
Also in today’s paper
- Labour leader Keir Hardie dies – page 7. Given the hostility to Hardie shown by the Telegraph its “regret” at the news seems more like politeness than real sadness at the news
- The Budget’s imposition of taxes on the import of hats leads to a debate over what exactly should be defined as a hat – page 8 - The diplomatic row between the USA and Austria-Hungary continues, as the former insists on the recall of the latter’s Ambassador to it – page 10 - Welsh miners complain about pay, and threaten yet another strike – page 10 - A deputation from the National Advisory Committee on War Output visits the British lines – page 10. Its conclusion that there is a need for more shells will hardly come as any surprise - American newspapers claim 10,000 aeroplanes are being prepared to counter Zeppelin raids on the UK – page 10. The Press Bureau says of this story “responsibility for its accuracy must rest with its publisher”