In todays Daily Telegraph. With 1915 approaching its end the paper was starting to look back on the year, with Archibald Hurd reviewing the British fleet’s activities on page 7 and the Labour Correspondent writing about that field on page 10, although he was oddly reticent about referring to the strikes over the past year, limiting him to observations that some works were not outputting to capacity. Closer in time, one of the leaders on page 8 harked back to Christmas and how the celebrations impacted on children.
Looking forward, conscription appeared to be on the cards for single men, as around 600,000 had failed to attest under Lord Derby’s scheme (page 9). For those who had done so, King George V expressed his hope they would wear an armlet as proof of this, which the paper thought worthy of the banner headline (same page).
Also in today’s paper:
- In the courts a workman falls foul of the law for returning to finish a drink he was unable to wholly consume in the legally prescribed time due to being called away to the telephone, and a Northumberland farmer is prosecuted for shooting a carol singer – page 3
- The licensing restrictions are such that New Year’s Eve in London is expected to be celebrated with less “whole-hearted gaiety,” the authorities having refused an extension for that night – page 4 - A correspondent signing himself “Middle Class” writes a lengthy letter on pages 9 and 10 calling for better organisation of the country’s human resources to serve the war effort