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The Daily Colonist, July 6, 1915

#dailycolonst1915 - The news out of Victoria, British Columbia, 100 years ago:

I have fallen behind in my "news" from the last century, so I am going to change the way I've been doing this. Instead of week-at-a-time updates, I am going to do as much as I can when I can until I have caught up to the current date. That might mean just one small update like this one, several small ones in one day, or several days in one update if I have a good chunk of time to work with.


The Daily Colonist, June 29–July 5, 1915

#dailycolonist1915 - The news out of Victoria, British Columbia, 100 years ago.

No significant changes on any front this week. The news from the front is repetitive and it seems the editors are aware that. no matter how important the war may be, vague tales of a few yards gained here, a few yards lost there, aren't holding the public interest and so there are more stories of local interest. It is mostly stories of the Ukrainian internment (as it is now known) and the terrorist bombings in Windsor that caught my attention this week. The stories on the Ukrainian internment are especially relevant now because the new "Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act" (previously Bill C-24) that allows for the stripping of Canadian citizenship from people who hold or are eligible to hold a second citizenship makes what went on in the internments of WWI entirely possible again.


The Daily Colonist, June 22–28, 1915

#dailycolonist1915 - News out of Victoria, British Columbia, 100 years ago.

The bulk of the war lurches on. The Anglo-French push in the Dardanelles continues, German and Austrian forces make a little headway in repelling the Russians in Galacia, all the other fronts are pretty much as they have been for weeks. The American and Germans are tediously talking about the angry letters already exchanged and threatening more stern diplomacy.All the interesting things are more local, the tangential and trivial oddness that has been forgotten, including things that echo some current things because forgotten history really does get repeated.


The Daily Colonist, June 8–21, 1915

#dailycolonist1915 - The news out of Victoria, British Columbia, 100 years ago.

This instalment covers two weeks to make up for missing my usual post last week. While the Italians are in the war now, and while horrific fighting on both European fronts and also in the Dardanelles continues, the news of it is repetitive and not particularly enlightening. The most interesting and remarkable things, however, are outside that realm: Zeppelin raids, submarine pirates, the (bizarre when seen with modern eyes) casual racism of 1915, and more.


The Daily Colonist, June 1–7, 1915

#dailycolonist1915 - The news out of Victoria, British Columbia, 100 years ago:

You'd almost think this week's news was a steampunk fanfic and not the actual news from 100 years ago. We've got submarine and Zeppelin pirates, a secret submarine base in Asia Minor, Zeppelins bombing London, the king's birthday, and earls being knighted. We also have the beginnings of forced labour in Canadian concentration camps and the Armenian Genocide in Turkey. But we wrap up the week with good news from Denmark.


The Daily Colonist, May 25–31, 1915

#dailycolonist1915 - News out of Victoria, British Columbia, 100 years ago:

Italy enters the war. Germans make more gas attacks and the gas being used is identified for the first time. Mine explosion in Nanaimo. Not to mention a fair bit of weird local news...


The Daily Colonist, May 18–24, 1915

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The Daily Colonist, May 11–17, 1915

#dailycolonist1915 - The news out of Victoria, British Columbia, 100 years ago:

This is the largest post in this series to date, with 85 "clippings". There are huge Canadian casualty lists from Ypres, anti-German rioting throughout the British Empire, lots of news about the sinking of the Lusitania, fighting continues at Gallipoli, and local news about transit and "ride-sharing" that has a striking relevancy today.


The Daily Colonist, April 13-19, 1915

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The Daily Colonist, April 6-12, 1915

#dailycolonist1915 - News out of Victoria, British Columbia, 100 years ago:

The general buzz this week is on Russian advances in the Carpathian Mountains. The articles are all short on specifics, even in comparison to the heavily censored news from the Western Front, as all the news from the Eastern European theatre seem to be, so none of them were really worth "clipping". Suffice to say that the Russians have advanced through at least two Carpathian passes into Hungarian territory. The more interesting articles and advertisements from this week follow:


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