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The Daily Colonist, December 30, 1914

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

  • More reports from the naval/aerial raid on Cuxhaven, Germany.
  • 7,394 alien enemies registered in Montréal alone. 450 interned in Petewawa, "converting some of the buildings, which were only used for Summer camp quarters, into warm Winter quarters" [which makes you wonder if they are stuck living in uninsinuated buildings in the middle of Winter, north of Ottawa, where the average night-time low is around -20 °C.] Another 170 men are "employed" at an experimental farm near Hearst, ON.
  • One paragraph of "Christmas Day Scenes" slipped into an article of general news from the Western front recounts Germans and Belgians singing Christmas carols at each other. [This is the first news of the Christmas Truce at all, and very limited. I'm suspecting that the unofficial cease-fire, while sanctioned by the royalty running the show, is being censored at lower levels.]
  • In Britain, alien enemies, naturalised or not, including British born descendants of foreigners from enemy countries to the second generation (i.e. grand-children), are being forced to move away from the coast. Only the very old and very young are exempted. [Such is the nationalism and racism of 100 years ago: being born to the wrong parents or even grand-parents can be a crime.]
  • An ad for Kodak that couldn't be more Canadian.

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