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17th December 1915







In todays Daily Telegraph: With the Bulgarians halting in what they would see as their pursuit of the Allies, and what the Allies would see as a successful withdrawal, at the Greek frontier, and proposing that a neutral zone of 2km each side of the border be set up, to which the Greeks agreed (page 9), you get the impression the fighting in Europe will now be somewhat in stasis as Christmas approaches – certainly on the Western Front all you get is a reference to “minor operations” and there has been little news of late from the Eastern either. The concern now in the Balkans seemed to be the fate of Salonika and the Allies’ determination, which they believed was in accordance with the wishes of Greece, to prevent the Central Powers any control over that city. Also in today’s paper - A Professor of Commerce in the University of Birmingham gives practical suggestions as to how to save on page 7 - A wine merchant writes a letter on page 7 expressing his annoyance with the new drink regulations, giving examples of what he could be liable for imprisonment for doing which do rather bolster his case - A leader on page 8 heaps praise on the outgoing Sir John French and lionises the incoming Sir Douglas Haig – “a brilliant soldier, and a great staff officer.” For the second day running pictures of the pair appear in the paper, today on page 12 - Italian troops are successfully landed in Albania – page 8 - The Telegraph announces it will not charge for classified advertisements posted by disabled soldiers – page 8 - The French war loan is inevitably announced to be a great success – page 9 - The Austrian reply to the American note is described as taking an “insolent tone.” How often have we seen that phrase? It does seem that any Central Powers response to a diplomatic note is so described thus (page 9). The Americans will be even less pleased by the news on page 10 that two of their bankers were summarily executed in the captured town of Gorizia - The Government may have ruled out cutting parliamentary salaries (see December 14), but the Attorney-General informs the Commons that the Law Officers have agreed to cut their fees during the war, to that house’s “manifest pleasure” – page 9


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