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4th December 1915




In todays Daily Telegraph: Reichstag to debate peace” runs the banner headline on page 9 today. So would readers be able to think that Germany was wearying of the war and wished to bring it to an end? No was the answer, if they read the answer below, as this was a country which clearly thought it was in a position of strength, as apparently “nobody understands why our enemies, after their diplomatic defeats in the Balkans and their military failures, have not yet begun peace negotiations” although the suggestion was made that the Allies were blind to reality and will not treat any peace suggestions from the Germans “in a sensible fashion.” “The cunning of the nursery” is how the Telegraph in a leader on page 8 regarded all this, giving short shrift to what it saw as an attempt to appeal to “all that is faint-hearted, mean-spirited, treacherous and slavish in the camp of the Allies” which was doomed to fail. Also in today’s paper - A Reuters correspondent reveals German U-boats ae sending out false wireless signals in an attempt to trap shipping – page 6 - Lord Derby’s recruiting campaign appeals for canvassers ahead of its final push (page 7), a push which stats with a letter on the manhood of the nation on page 9 - The new drink orders for London are revealed to have “a marked effect in the number of convictions for drunkenness” which considering the draconian nature which has led to all the protests so far is hardly surprising – page 7 - General Joffre is appointed Commander-in-Chief of the French Armies – pages 8 and 10 - Italy plans to send troops to Albania to assist the Serbs – page 9 - More on Government expenditure on page 9 today, with the revelation that the Stationery Office costs £1.2 million per annum - A. Beaumont reports on the “Last agony of Monastir” on page 10 and the “terrible sufferings” of the retreating Serbs - A patriotic protest in German-occupied Warsaw is met with gunfire, reports a despatch from Petrograd on page 11 - On page 12 the women’s page gives its suggestions for breakfast fare, including Poached egg friture and Polenta fritters, whilst a report below that shows how girls are being taught about “the technical part of railway service” near East Croydon station, which is a tad more positive that the one about the “keen air of poverty” felt by London’s flower girls next to it  


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