This column featured in the Belper News of Friday, August 7, 1914.
‘The startling rapidity of events during the past fortnight seems almost incredible. That the long talked of war with Germany should have been forced upon us at a time when practically all of Europe was wearing a calm aspect only proves once more than one never knows what to expect.’
It continues: ‘The present policy of Germany reveals a state of mind that seems closely bordering on insanity, for what she can possibly hope to win by it with the greatest powers massed against her is beyond comprehension. However great Germany may be as a military power she is not great enough to subdue France, Russia and England with Belgium thrown in even with the aid of Austria whose energies are largely taken up with Serbia and Montenegro.’