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The Daily Colonist, December 20, 1914

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#dailycolonist1914 - The news out of Victoria, British Columbia, 100 years ago today.

  • Pictures of the Scandinavian kings that held a conference in Sweden to align their foreign policies and an article about the conference and it's significance to Russia.
  • Unofficial news that the Princess Patricia regiment is being deployed to the front.
  • "Situation is Much Confused"—a summary of current events on all fronts.
  • Article about relatives of residents of Duncan and the Cowichan Valley involved in the war [personally interesting since there are several surnames in the article that I recognize, plus one that I am (distantly) related to.]
  • German accused of "Endeavoring to Induce Non-Commissioned Officers to Leave His Majesty's Service" is found innocent [however, excepts of letters presented in court paint a vivid picture of the inconvenience, anxieties and concerns of unnaturalized Canadians forced to register and report during the war.]
  • Editorial on the Belgians and why this weekend's magazine section is completely devoted to articles about Belgium.
  • A recap of the treaty obligations that added up to the war.
  • Reproduction of the seals and signatures on the 1839 treaty obligating Britain to guarantee the integrity of Belgian territory and an article about the treaty obligation and how Germany violated it and brought Britain into the war.
  • Reproduction a political cartoon from Punch of the Kaiser and the King of the Belgians.
  • Photo of the new post office [now City Hall] in Duncan, completed earlier in 1914 built by the Dominion government at a cost of over $30,000.
  • The four pages devoted to the Belgians noted in the aforementioned editorial, including an entire page about Antwerp. [It is too much to reproduce here, so I have just included the first headline, mostly because I really love the hand-lettered headline, captions and filigree around the pictures of the King and Queen of Belgium, and shots of the complete pages to show the layouts. To read them in full, here is a link to the pages ]
  • Some ads and ad illustrations that caught my attention, including another excellent "Made in Canada" argument explaining that if all the imported furniture bought in Canada were made here instead, it would mean 1,500 full time jobs for Canadians.

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