In todays Daily Telegraph:The plots concerning Lord Kitchener and the Dardanelles campaign took a dramatic turn today in a report on page 9, as “certain facts of first-class interest and importance” concerning them “was slipped out in an almost casual way” in the House of Lords, when it the course of a “discursive speech” by Lord Ribblesdale and a reply to it by lord Lansdowne it emerged just where Kitchener had gone on his mysterious leave of absence. Apparently the incoming commander to the Dardanelles, Sir Charles Monro, had reported that the military position was such that his recommendation was withdrawal, which might explain his sudden hasty reallocation to the Serbian front, and Kitchener had been asked by Herbert Asquith on behalf of the Cabinet to give “a second expert opinion” on the situation there. No wonder precise details of what had prompted Kitchener’s departure to the “Near East” had not been forthcoming.
Also in today’s paper
- No sooner are survivors from the hospital ship Anglia are landed assure than there is a letter of appeal for them, on page 5. Interestingly a report on the same page on the sinking reveals the steamer which came to its assistance was called Lusitania, and coincidentally the latest American demand to the Germans over the sinking of her bigger counterpart also appears on that page
- The National Patriotic Association, in association with the Textile Association, draws up terms upon which businesses can urge the whole of their employees of military age to enlist are given on page 5. Meanwhile London banks decide to do their bit for the recruiting cause by closing at 3pm (page 7)
- The Assistant Postmaster-General updates information on postal arrangements to the Dardanelles (page 5) - A special article on page 7 looks at the hardships to the hotel and restaurant trade created by the sale of liquor restrictions. Meanwhile Japan tries to develop its beer industry to replace the German beer trade in India (same page) - London clubs are ordered to close from midnight to 5am at weekends and 12.30am to 5 on weekday nights – page 9 - Controversy at the Alhambra theatre, where a play by a young Russian dramatist to be performed in front of a royal audience as part of Russia’s day is cancelled minutes before it is due to start, as management take fright at the suggestion it is unsuitable for the occasion – page 9 - A bumper day for new VC holders, with the announcement of no fewer than 18 awards (pages 9 and 10) - Lord Derby meets an enthusiastic audience amongst the “practical” Scots as his tour explaining his recruiting plans goers north of the border – page 10 - A Highgate man is fined £10 for playing the Hamburg State Lottery in continuance of the three decade-long hobby – page 12 - An appeal is made in a letter on page 12 for readers to buy socks knitted by Hebridean fishergirls whose normal trade had been closed off due to war .