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16th November 1915



In todays' Daily Telegraph; Whilst readers would know that it was the right centre page that was the main news page, normally page 9 at this moment of time, there are occasions where other news pages actually turn out to have more of interest. Whilst today the major news is Winston Churchill’s defence of his actions so far in the war in his resignation speech, which held the Commons in “enthralled attention” although the leader opposite on page 8 didn’t seem quite so keen about some of its contents, both praising and criticising him it its course, the paper being unhappy with his attempts at blame deflection aimed at Lords Fisher and Kitchener, and is admittedly not without interest, page 4 turns out to have a fascinating mixture of articles amongst its contents. Here you can read about historian Arnold Toynbee giving more examples of Turkish atrocities in Armenia, an article on the Dardanelles campaign talking of meeting an ex-brigand and having a picnic, Austrian “maniacs of murder” outraging A. Beaumont by bombing Verona, a “pretty girl of 17” being nicknamed the “Joan of Arc of the North” and awarded the Croix de Guerre for her killing of Germans at Loos and discover that the weather was seasonable for the “real start” of Christmas shopping. Page 10 is also worth a look. “No one can describe Baghdad nowadays; few and those are unwise ones, try” claims Perceval Landon, who goes on to do just that in writing about “the kernel of the east” in an article on this page, whilst Theodore Roosevelt gives his latest opinions on war, United States policy and diplomacy to a French journalist (page 10) and Philip Gibbs recounts the tale of two escaped Russian prisoners of war suddenly appearing in the British lines. An interesting and wide-ranging issue it is today. Also in today’s paper - A “rush of recruits at Scotland Yard” is reported creating a “curious condition of affairs” at Old Scotland Yard – page 7 - “A war munitions factory is the most inspiring sight in Britain” claims W. T. Massey as he continues his series on the topic on pages 9 and 10, writing today about patriotism at the lathe by women - Scarce and costly fruit could impact on Christmas puddings, reports an article on page 12  .


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