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LIGHTNESS LONDON

In two respects there is more outwarc .and visible sign of war here than then was a fortnight ago. Firstly, wo are al encouraged to go to bed early by tlu stoppage of the sale of alcohol after 13 o’clock; secondly, there is an embargi on lights at all hours, with a view t< perplexing any raiding Zeppelin that ma; essay the long voyage to London, and bj , way of compensation we are ontertainet by various searchlights with their beami directed heavenward. There is a search light open for all the world to see oi tho avail of Charing Cross station, jus where it joins Hungorford Bridge, other; are operated in Hyde Park, and one ha; heard of one as far out as a waterworki tower at Hampton. One can stop anc watch these or ignore them, but thoro ii no ignoring the altered aseeet of th< London streets after nightfall. The onc< flaring fronts of public-houses and kinem: theatres are all subdued now, tho Countj Council trams have their lights out anci the blinds all drawn, and many of the street lamps are unlit. It must not be supposed that we all gc about in fear and speak with bated breath of tho dreaded visitation. London, ii; fact, is quite calm about it all, perhaps a little bit amused and certainly engei to catch a glimpse of our own airships studying our altered appearance from overhead. One can well imagine that ovei a London lighted in the ordinary waj an observer who knew tho lie of the streets could find targets quite easily, There would bo a big dark patch foi Hyde- Park, a line of light for Oxforc street, and centres of brilliance for Ox ford and Piccadilly Circuses. All thii has been changed. There are parts oi the “stony-hearted step-mother” wholh without street lamps; others are so lightec as to suggest a very narrow thorough faro, and centres of brilliance are. discouraged everywhere. Wo cannot ever toll the time by Big Ben, nor see b\ the light above him that the wisdom oi the nation is in conclave underneath, Fleeing from the gloom, one may take refuge at usual hours in clubs and res taurants, but in neither can one buy any tiling but food and mineral waters* aftci 11. One at least of the theatres has sought to adapt itself to the changed con ditions. If Paris can go to bed early, why not London ’! It has accordingly arranged to start earlier and let its patrons have a drink on the way home if they wish. The others, however, have not followed the example, and the curtains generally go up and down at the usual hours.—Corresponding ‘ Pioneer.’

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LIGHTNESS LONDON, Evening Star, Issue 15664, 1 December 1914

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LIGHTNESS LONDON Evening Star, Issue 15664, 1 December 1914

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