Septr 5th  Saturday
Dull day. Allies now retired to near Compeigne as far as one can hear. Germans within 20 miles of Paris. All the north of France open to them, it seems doubtful whether Le Harve is safe for us. The Russians have taken Leinberg & Austria seems to be defeated on all sides. Turkey seems likely to join Germany Italy still neutral. Sweden also neutral but her further conduct uncertain. In the afternoon W. & I were down at Hotel to get biscuits for tea when Maude Bayly appeared looking for someone to take a note up to Mother. She had come up in the motor with poor Lady Howarden. It is quite confirmed about her son & she is heartbroken poor thing. She is staying on with the Baylys for the present. M. said the police had been up to ask whether she would put her car at the disposal of the Govt. if necessary & thought that they thought something might happen to the railway line! what we can’t imagine. M. said she would give it with pleasure if she could drive it herself, which they replied would make them very proud! She said all the surrounding people had been similarly asked for their cars.
Septr 6th Sunday Nice day, cool but sunny. Post O. notice says Russian victory at Leinberg overwhelming. C. went off to Scarr & Lough Dan returning at suppertime. V. J. May, Monty & I went out on the lake after tea which was glassy & so pretty.