The Great War Part 186, March 9th 1918

Che Great War EDITORS H. W. WILSON J. A. HAMMER TON EDITORIAL T N tliis Part the final one of the Tenth Volurpe of The Great War is contained a complete record of the awards of the Victoria Cross during the third year of the war. One hundred and forty-five officers and men of the Navy Army and Air Services were selected for the honour a number which is proof of the jealousy with which the purity of this most precious decoration in the world is maintained. Photographs are given of more than a hundred of these incomparable heroes making the chapter the most humanly interesting as it is the fullest record of these pre-eminent deeds of valour. Changes and Improvements I N our last issue we made a preliminary announcement concerning a departure in the presentation of the weekly issues of The Great War which is to be initiated next week with No. 187 beginning the Eleventh Volume of this History. From time to time it has been hinted that the Editors and publishers of The Great War had been struggling against increasing difficulties in the matter of paper supplies and apart altogether from the enormously inflated prices that have now to be paid for the raw materials— such as pulp paper ink stereo metals, etc.— required in the production of such a work as this, the desideratum of the Ministry of Shipping is that shipping tonnage must be saved wherever possible to which end publishers are advised to limit the circulation b y every means in their power. HP HERE is only one effective method whereby this can be attained and that is to print a limited edition and to advance the price of publication so that the increased cost of material maybe covered. Of the higher class weekly publications devoted to the chronicling of the war The Great War still remains the cheapest. Started as a sixpenny weekly at a time when all the other pictorial weeklies were published at sixpence The Great War has seen all these publications rise in price until they are now 9d. which has also for the time being, become the standard war-time price of the d. 4 and 6d. magazines of pre-war days. It is hardly worthwhile furnishing readers with details of the increased costs which our publishers have had to face particularly during the last eighteen months as in this matter the publishing trade cannot be regarded as exceptional. It is common to all businesses throughout the country to-day— and the cost of all commodities has advanced accordingly. “The World To-day ”\\7 ITH the next volume of The Great War the price ”of the weekly issue will have to be increased by another penny and it will still remain relatively quite the cheapest publication of its kind. Nay more arrange­ments are being made whereby with the beginning of the new volume the weekly issue will be very considerably increased in value. B any ingenious Editorial arrange­ment the wrappers will be entirely utilised for literary matter so that they will take the form of a “Weekly ”Review Supplement and will contain an amount of original reading matter which will be found to be in itself worth far more than the extra penny which the cost of material is making imperative. These literary pages will really constitute anew publication provided without using an atom of paper beyond the present weekly allowance. They will be entitled “The World To-day.” In this way the Editors will contrive to give increased value without increasing the consumption of material. Notable Artistic Features A NOTE ROW THY feature of “The World To-day ”will bethe weekly re-publication of a series of “Historic Cartoons of the War ”selected from the pages of “Mr. Punch.” Indeed one of the most remarkable features of the war has been the extraordinary florescence of the caricaturist's art and in the pages of our national satirical journal many cartoon masterpieces have appeared which are well worth reprinting. These selected cartoons from “Punch ”will form a most attractive feature of “The World To-day.” Y X /IT II the first of the new volume (No. 187) there ”will also be given away a splendid photogravure plate entitled :“TheN avys Nerve enC tre: Sir Eric Geddes and Sir Rosslyn Wemyss in the First Sea Lord’s Room.” This is reproduced from avery careful drawing by Mr. C.M. Sheldon made from authentic material and will be treasured by our readers either in the form of a framed souvenir of the war or as an extra enrichment to the important new volume which begins with Part 187. The Delivery o f Jerusalem TT is appropriate that the new volume of The Great ¦-War should begin on the note of victory. The next issue No. 187 will contain avery important chapter, and one of long enduring historic interest on“ Allenby’s Victorious Advance into Palestine and the Surrender of Jerusalem.” The writer of this is Mr. Robert Machray, who has been at pains to marshal his facts with care and effectiveness rather than to indulge in the picturesque writing such a subject might have lent itself to. This is wise as Palestine is so associated in the minds of all Christian people with the thoughts and mental pictures of their earliest religious training that the mere mention of such places at Bethlehem Jericho Hebron Beersheba, and the like so instinct with Biblical lore is enough to revive in the mind those early pictures derived from our Bible study. AMID scenes of such extraordinary historic and sacred interest Allenbys campaign has moved forward to the deliverance of Jerusalem itself and sufficient time has now elapsed for us to receive a series of splendid photographic records of this most momentous event. It is to be doubted whether any photograph associated with the Great War will have for future generations so much interest as the striking camera record of Allenby and his Staff entering the Holy City of Jerusalem through the Jaffa Gate not with the mien and trappings of such a .Conqueror as the Kaiser William would have proved but humbly on foot as strongmen come to offer assistance, goodwill and co-operation to the inhabitants after having driven forth the tyrannous Turk who had for four hundred years held within his grasp the most venerated landmarks of Christianity. The Great War—Part 186.
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