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The Daily Colonist, November 17, 1914

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

  • Founder and proprietor of the Victoria Times, William Templeman, dies suddenly. There is a large picture on the front page and the lead headline is basically a lengthy obituary. [The Victoria Times was the British Colonist/Daily Colonist's main competitor until the two papers merged in 1980 to form the still-running Victoria Times-Colonist.]
  • Spectacular report of a storm-damaged Zeppelin limping back to Germany over Holland.
  • British Indian troops fighting Ottoman Turks in the Persian Gulf. [It's hard to get across how exotic that would be someone in Victoria in 1914. Imagine something like "Martian troops loyal to Earth engage extraterrestrial aliens near Ceres, gateway to our asteroid belt mining operations."] 
  • Parliament in London approves recruiting another 1,000,000 men and expenditure of over $1-billion [1914] dollars. Better pay for soldiers and pensions for wounded, widows and dependants.
  • Victoria refuses to continue paying "enemy aliens" put to work breaking rocks in a labour camp, demanding that it is the federal government's responsibility. [Remember these "enemy aliens" are unfortunate Germans, Austro-Hungarians, Ukrainians, etc. that hadn't gotten their citizenships before the war started and now cannot because of war-time restrictions on immigration, and cannot find work because no one will hire them.]

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