The price of coal was a significant factor in people's lives. A Committee was appointed to deal with the limitation of retail coal prices.
The Home Guards movement in East Lothian was making considerable progress. The approximate numbers enlisted in various parts of the county were Haddington, 75; Dunbar, 100; North Berwick, 100; Aberlady, 33; Gifford, 20; Garvald, 18. In the western portion of the county the movement had not yet made definite progress .
Considerable interference with mining work had been experienced on several occasions during August and September 1914 at one or two of the collieries in the Lothians, on account of the restrictions imposed in the granting of licences for the export trade. In view of the loss of time occasioned by many of the workmen having to return home without being able to descend to their seams, efforts were made both by the coalowners and the miners' officials to have the chances of temporary stoppages minimised. The production from the collieries of Haddingtonshire had been unusually large for some time and, but for these stoppages, would have far surpassed the normal
An East Lothian reader of The Scotsman, wrote to the Editor to thank those who had sent cards and games. 300 packs and games had been sent to the ambulance ship Carisbrook Castle.
Under the Defence of the Realm Act, people were regularly fined for failing to draw curtains at night and having unobscured lights which would be visible out at sea.