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The Daily Colonist, December 31, 1914

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

  • The first Canadian troops are now in France, waiting to move up to the front.
  • More news from the aerial/naval raid on Cuxhaven, Germany. "British Airmen Wrecked Super-Zeppelin"
  • A German-born professor at the University of Toronto has been granted Canadian citizenship and allowed to continue working in a very special case.
  • [And at last,] "Christmas Day Truce Was Kept" - stories of soldiers crossing No-Man's Land and exchanging gifts have finally made it to Victoria, datelines London, Dec. 30 and Northern France, Dec. 30. [the late datelines lending credence to the idea that this news was probably heavily vetted by the War Office and published reluctantly, likely after stories started spreading by hearsay.]

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. 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...

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