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The Daily Colonist, December 31, 1914

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

This will be the last of my daily updates from 100 years ago, as it was always my plan to stop when news of the Christmas Truce made it to this back-water end of the Empire, which it finally has. It's been too interesting reading history in this as-it-happens kind of way, so I expect to keep reading these century-old papers and will have the odd thing that is too interesting not to share....


The Daily Colonist, December 30, 1914

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

• More news from the raid on Cuxhaven
• The internment and persecution of "alien enemies" in Canada and Britain
• The first small bit of news that the Christmas Truce happened at all...


The Daily Colonist, December 29, 1914

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

No reports of the Christmas Truce yet. It's assumed that there was heavy fighting on Christmas Day, and the Christmas Day British raid on the German port of Cuxhaven is reported in detail. In other news:

• Two Canadians escape from the Tower of London
• Turkish outrages againt Christian Armenians
• American terrorists plotting to attack Vancouver
• Extensive fortifications around Paris completed
• Civilians in London warned to take cover during air-raids
• Things happening with the Italians in Albania that only make sense with historical hindsight
• Canadian soldiers shoot two Americans, and
• American fishermen in Alaska whine about Canadian competition.


The Daily Colonist, December 27, 1914

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

Absolutely nothing about the unofficial cease-fires that were strongly implied to have been already arranged in stories reported on the 24th, including the Prince of Wales travelling home to England and the Kaiser touring the front lines. Other than two aerial battles, all other news of battles have datelines of December 26.


The Daily Colonist, December 25, 1914

The news out of Victoria, British Columbia, 100 years ago today puts as bright a spin as possible on the day.

• Celebration of the a century of peace between Britain and the United States,
• Christmas announcements from the King and the provincial government,
• News of Christmas being celebrated in London and Berlin,
• Christmas dinner for Canadian troops in England,
• Some local news from Vancouver that is unintentionally comical,
• Many, many advertisers wishing people Merry Christmas, and
• Notice that there will be no paper tomorrow due to the holiday.


The Daily Colonist, December 24, 1914

News out of Victoria, British Columbia, 100 years ago today:

• How the various kings and emperors are planning to spend Christmas, [which]
• [debunks the myth of the spontaneous Christmas Truce of 1914]
• Some rather silly local news from Victoria, and
• Sir Arthur Conan Doyles conspiracy theory about the Komagata Maru.


The Daily Colonist, December 23, 1914

The news out of Victoria, British Columbia, 100 years ago today:

• A summary of the state of all fronts,
• Invention of a bullet designed to down Zeppelins [by the perpetrator of the most famous anthropological hoax of all time],
• Outraged Protestants,
• German-American terrorists, and
• A suspicious train collision in Poland.


The Daily Colonist, December 22, 1914

News out of Victoria, British Columbia, 100 years ago today:

• News from the front,
• Afghanistan declares neutrality,
• British aviators bombing Zeppelin sheds in Belgium and the navy bombarding the coast of Belgium,
• Germans running low on resources,
• News of the internment of "alien enemies", and
• a few odd little things of a more local nature...


The Daily Colonist, December 20, 1914

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

• A conference of kings.
• Canadians deployed,
• News from all fronts,
• News from Duncan and the Cowichan Valley,
• An insight in the persecutions of "enemy aliens", and
• Editorials and in-depth articles recapping the causes of the war and the predicament and valour of Belgium.
• ...plus some ads that I liked...


The Daily Colonist, December 19, 1914

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

The freaking-out over the German shelling of three English coastal cities is now over, and the news has returned to "normal". The news from the western front is the same—fighting near Ypres, British ships shelling the coast, all with gains and losses measured in yards. Meanwhile on the eastern fronts the news from Germany, Austria, Russia and Serbia is full of contradictions, with both sides claiming victories. The interesting news from abroad is what was exotic in 1914: technology, the Ottoman Empire and the Middle East, Africa, and the Far East. There are also some local stories "today" that are interesting.


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