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9th November 1915




The notable sinking of the SS. Californian occurred on this day. Embroiled in controversy surrounding her location and apparent lack of response to the distress signals during the sinking of the RMS Titanic on 15 April 1912.  The Californian, while being escorted by a French torpedo boat was torpedoed by U.35 (Waldemar Kophamel), and sank 61 miles SSW of Cape Matapan, Greece. Richard Harding a Fireman, Mercantile Marine was the sole loss of life.The lighthouse tender HMY IRENE  hit  a mine laid by the German submarine UC1 with the loss of all hands


In todays' Daily Telegraph:- An article on page 4 examines military demands for clothing, and reveals a khaki boom helped by a large order from Russia - A letter on page 4 expresses disapproval of the tactics of the evening newspapers to sell papers, claiming they are all too ready to print fabricated stories - An article on page 7 exhorts people to start their Christmas shopping as soon as possible. This will be “the most practical patriotism” according to a leader on page 8, which also examines how the war is leading to changing times in London - After an article about increased visitors to Cheltenham on October 30, it is the turn of Bath to be the subject of a similar article (page 7) - The possibility of shipping lines taking action to prevent men eligible for service from emigrating to try and escape it is floated on page 7 - More Allied success in Serbia is reported on page 9, with A. Beaumont in Milan able to provide a “graphic description” of the Battle of Strumitza by copying the article of an Italian journalist. Page 10 has more reports from the fighting there. - The House of Lords debate on the conduct of the war is praised for its quality in a report on page 9 - A German cruiser is sunk by a British submarine in the Baltic (page 9) and its presence there is given as an example of the panic the submarines are causing the German Admiralty - Philip Gibbs reports on some Oriental visitors at the British Front in his usual lyrical manner on page 10 - Claims reach Italy that the British have occupied Baghdad – page 10 - A child falls from a train but is remarkably practically unhurt – page 10 - An English gentleman recently resident in Athens gives an idea of attitudes in Greece to the war and the combatants – page 11 - The Chief Electrical and Mechanical Engineer of the Metropolitan Railway explains how its electric services work on page 12


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