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Anti-German Excitement at Deptford

An Incident which shows how inflammable is the temper of the populace beneath its apparent calm occurred in High Street Deptford on Wednesday afternoon. Some territorials were passing the shop of a German butcher in that thoroughfare and a man connected with that establishment, who was standing at the door, allowed his face to assume an expression which might have been regarded as contemptuous. An elderly Irishwoman took this view that it was a deliberate sneer and she promptly smacked the man's face and delivered herself of some candid observations regarding Germans in general and the object of her wrath in particular. The shop was soon surrounded by a crowd, who having just heard of the arrest of alleged German spies in London were in no gentle mood when they heard of what had happened. In consequence of the feeling displayed the proprietor closed his premises, the police remaining in the vicinity for some hours. The shop was not opened yesterday.

Kentish Mercury 7 August 1914 ([/Anti-German Excitement at Deptford

An Incident which shows how inflammable is the temper of the populace beneath its apparent calm occurred in High Street Deptford on Wednesday afternoon. Some territorials were passing the shop of a German butcher in that thoroughfare and a man connected with that establishment, who was standing at the door, allowed his face to assume an expression which might have been regarded as contemptuous. An elderly Irishwoman took this view that it was a deliberate sneer and she promptly smacked the man's face and delivered herself of some candid observations regarding Germans in general and the object of her wrath in particular. The shop was soon surrounded by a crowd, who having just heard of the arrest of alleged German spies in London were in no gentle mood when they heard of what had happened. In consequence of the feeling displayed the proprietor closed his premises, the police remaining in the vicinity for some hours. The shop was not opened yesterday.

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