Augt 9th 1914 Sunday
Papers report another check to Germans by Belgians but nothing very authoritative. I think. Montenegro has declared war with Austria. After Church Sophie Johnson invited me to return to luncheon which I did. Charlie walked up afterwards & we all had tea together; saw the house & garden; C. for the first time. I found from Sophie that Mr. Montomrencie was the same individual whom Lucy had been telling us about who gave her terrible accounts of America & Tammany Hall etc. S. thought they had met at the Arts Club. Win & Jack went to Ballyarthur where they heard that two youths with cycles just like those who came up here on Thursday had been to Bally A. in the same sort of way asking whether there was a way out & whether there was a cave to be seen as they had heard of one. They must evidently have been the same people.
There was a letter from Jim Stockeley saying he had to hold himself ready at any moment to go out to India without his wife. He tried to get taken on for this war but they would not have him.
The man (Byrne) looking after Sophie’s [?hens] said he had been at Aughrim when the National Volunteers were assembled, about 100, to ask who would be ready to go to the front if called upon & 78 gave in their names.