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Addendum to The Daily Colonist for September 13, 1914

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#dailycolonist1914 - This is too good not to give its own post. In the summary of the fighting in Galicia (a province of the Austrio-Hungarian Empire) the paper makes an aside to characterize the Galician people, saying that anyone who has...

...lived in the prairies know the Galicians, who during the past 10 years have come in the thousands to help the farmers. The women, as well the men work in the fields, and many of the girls are very pretty. The men are quarrelsome and are but too apt to use knives or other weapons. They are however, industrious and quick to learn. Their native land is now being laid waste by the trampling feet of Russian and Austrian armies.

All four of my paternal great-grandparents were ethnic Ukrainians from Galicia, so I absolutely had to share it in a post of its own. "Barrick", of course, is an English name and there is a long story as to why my father chose to anglicise his name, this sort of racism being no small part of that. Back in 1914 simply having white skin did not make you "white". "White" only applied to natives of the United Kingdom, and even at that being Scottish, Welsh or Irish was second to being English, with Catholic Irish being less than Protestant Irish. "The wogs begin at Calais" was the saying, Calais being a French city across the English Channel from Dover. If you don't know what a "wog" is, well, that's probably a good thing. 

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