Last-ditch bids to heal divisions

Peace Day stop pressWith the Saturday Telegraph published on Friday, July 18th, 1919, its stop press provided the last pre-Peace Day news and revealed last-ditch attempts to heal divisions within the town.


Stop press 1: “LADY WERNHER'S GREAT OFFER. TREAT FOR THE SOLDIERS. HOPE FOR THE CHILDREN. This afternoon we are informed that Lady Wernher has made a great and generous offer to the local Peace Celebration Committee. Her ladyship, it is stated, has announced her willingness to give a large sum, this amount to be applied in giving a dinner to discharged and demobilised men and serving soldiers. Her ladyship had already expressed a desire to see the schoolchildren entertained.

“This intimation will be received with the greatest possible pleasure in the town, and will ensure that this section of the community which we have always contended have a prior claim in a celebration of the Peace fixed for tomorrow will be admirably cared for.”


Stop press 2: “TOWN HALL OVERTURES. DISCHARGED MEN'S REPLY. We understand that efforts have been made at the Town Hall today to get the Discharged Men's Association to take official part in the procession tomorrow, but the overtures in that direction of failed. There have also been suggestions that the Mayor should take part in the memorial service, but the DS&S do not feel disposed to alter their arrangements, although anyone will be heartily welcome. An expression of regret has been tendered to the representatives of the DS&S that there should have been any trouble.

“With reference to the treat offered by Lady Wernher, the DS&S representatives have expressed their appreciation of this further proof of her generosity, but they are willing to conceded first place to the children.”