In todays' Daily Telegraph;Two of the most senior men in Britain led the news today. Pride of place went to Herbert Asquith’s “speech of most unaccustomed length” as the Telegraph’s leader on page 8 put it, on the war’s progress in the commons, which was reported, alongside Sir Edward Carson's resignation speech and other members critical of the Government's handling on page 9 and reprinted for those brave enough to which to read it all in full on pages 5 and 6.
Rather more succinct was King George V, who sent an Special Order of the Day to his troops complimenting them, reprinted on page 9. Next to this can be found the “authorised version” of his accident whilst visiting them (even though it admitted it is “exactly as stated in the bulletins”) which appears to have been issued to discount gossip that it had been caused in a different manner to that reported.
Also in today’s paper
- Lord Kitchener is going to review the City National Guard, the description of which makes it sound like a precursor of Dad’s Army – page 8
- Another “practically obsolete” naval vessel goes to a watery grave, this time after colliding with a fleet auxiliary vessel – page 9 - Today’s Edith Cavell-related story: an American journalist in Paris makes clear that the shooting of two German women as spies in France since the war began cannot be equated to, or used to justify her execution (page 10), whilst her memorial fund has now topped the £2000 mark (page 11) - The letter the previous day over the banning of fiction lending from Wandsworth libraries triggers a debate on the issue from other correspondents on page 10