3. Inside, the paper reported all the latest details of the war – including that military activity didn’t yet “amount to very much”.
The paper also notes that dangers of a food shortage, caused by people in northern England buying flour to keep at home, were not as bad as first feared.
6. The Manchester Guardian, which later left Manchester and became just the Guardian, argued forcefully against Britain’s involvement in what was a European conflict. Its editorial on 30 July 1914 said:
Let us for the moment drop solicitude for Europe and think of ourselves. We care as little for Belgrade as Belgrade does for Manchester. But, though our neutrality ought to be assured, it isn’t.
If we, who might remain neutral, rush into war or let our attitude remain doubtful, it will be both a crime and an act of supreme and gratuitous folly.
10. On 5 August, the paper’s page one shows a naval fleet and the main political figures in the conflict.
11. Some local papers, including The Manchester Courier, carried adverts from anti-war groups such as the Neutrality League.
In language not dissimilar from the anti-war rhetoric of the 21st century, it says: “Englishmen, do your duty and keep your Country out of A WICKED AND STUPID WAR. Small but powerful cliques are trying to rush you into it; you must DESTROY THE PLOT TO-DAY.”