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13th December 1915





In todays Daily Telegraph: The whole country will learn with extreme pleasure that Lord Derby’s scheme has been a pronounced success.” Despite a lack of official figures, a report on page 9 said that there was “good ground for the belief” that the scheme had brought in numbers which had “vastly exceeded estimates” and was “a great triumph for the voluntary system of recruiting.” Below this Derby himself thanked the Press for their assistance, and considering the vast amount of coverage the Telegraph had given to this (again there were a number of articles on pages 9 and 10 on what was happening) it was probably well-earned. A picture on page 3 showing massed men in Camberwell heading for the recruiting office added to the positivity generated in today’s paper towards the scheme’s effectiveness. But would it be enough? Mind you, some of the arguments used by recruiters seemed rather odd. An American journalist on page 11 gave an example of a recruiting sergeant saying the Allies would win because whilst the Germans had spent the time since the start of the war trying to win and failing to do so, the Allies had been trying to lose in the same period and couldn’t. Hardly a ringing endorsement of his superiors! Also in today’s paper - A British press correspondent reports on a night-time excursion into No Man’s Land – page 7 - The question on whether clergymen should join the ranks of combatants has ignited quite a dispute among letter-writers to the paper, and page 7 has the latest offerings in this, alongside on of more theological bent on “God, war and the Devil” - The USA sends a formal note to Austria-Hungary over the sinking of the Ancona – page 9 - Political turbulence in China leads to one Yuan-Shi-Kai reportedly becoming the new Emperor – page 9 - Irish soldiers come in for particular praise as the Allies fight their retreat in Macedonia – page 9. Meanwhile the diplomatic situation between the Allies and Greece is reportedly improving (same page)


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