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7th December 1915






In todays Daily Telegraph: “The roast beef of England remains the joint of all joints” claimed a leader on page 8 today as the Telegraph celebrated the holding of the Smithfield Show, and certainly wasn’t underselling it – “there never was a time when the activities of this association [the Smithfield Club] were so important to the national wellbeing as now” it carried on. Perhaps it was buoyed up by the fact King George V had a prize cow there, which headed the report and full list of awards on page 7, and could be seen in all its glory on page 3. Not that there was much going on elsewhere to dominate news – submarine action off the Dardanelles was given the banner headline on page 9, but the report was brief and the major news article was yet more on Lord Derby’s recruiting push on pages 9 and 10. Also in today’s paper - Captain Bean’s despatch from the Dardanelles is entertainingly descriptive of what observing bombs being dropped on the enemy is like – page 5 - Swedes visiting the Allied lines in the Western Front come away impressed – “the best disciplined, the best equipped, and the best organised in the world” one proclaims – page 5. Of course, if they had said anything else, one doubts it would have been reported - From the sound of Philip Gibbs’ latest article it isn’t much fun in Flanders at the moment – page 6 - The Central Board of Liquor Control announces that it does not plan to compel licensed houses to close on Christmas Day or Boxing Day, contrary to some rumours – page 9 - Picture postcards are forbidden to be sent to neutral countries, says the War Office – page 9 - Germany is pouring troops into Belgium – page 11


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