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The Daily Colonist, January 15-18, 1915

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

  • Friday, January 15, 1915
    • Story about miserable, muddy trench warfare [that, while interesting unto itself, caught my eye for the Snoopy-like sub-headline "Germans Choose Dark and Stormy Night for Assault on Allies' Position"]
    • First reporting of a Victorian killed at the front, Second Lieutenant M. E. Lawrence.
    • 25 deaths from meningitis among Canadians training in England
    • One of the local men reported on January 6, Ronald Gillespie, is missing at the front.
    • The provincial government begins work on a new highway to Saanich to service the new astronomical station where the largest telescope in the world is being constructed.
  • Saturday, January 16, 1915
    • News (previously censored, but now leaked via New York) that a Montreal firm has been contracted to build submarines for the British Navy [Imagine! A time when we build submarines for Britain instead of us buying their used crap.]
    • Report of the first major action by Canadian troops at the front. In a war where most advanced are now measured in yards, over a mile of territory is taken by the Princess Patricia regiment in a bayonet charge.
    • A detailed story with photograph about Second Lieutenant M. S. Lawrence (apparently the "E" reported on the 15th was a mistake)
    • Meanwhile in the United States, "Four Negroes Lynched" in Monticello, Georgia by a mob of 200 masked men.
    • Meanwhile in Spain, Queen Victoria of Spain has scarlet fever.
    • Komogata Maru committee of inquiry in India reports. Leaders were aware of Canadian immigration restrictions and lied to other emigrants.
    • Dr. F. F. Wesbrook, [first] President of U.B.C. and others from the Board of Governors meet with the provincial government about University of British Columbia project and mutually decide to scale back construction and extend timelines because of the war.
    • An editorial on the same subject
  • Sunday, January 17, 1915
    • German sympathiser arrested for "Indiscreet Predictions and Threats" such as "asserting that the German flag would be flying over New Westminster court house in a short time" and interned on the military prison in Nanaimo.
    • Keynote lecture on Mars at the Victoria Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society after "describing the benefit that would be derived from the new telescope on Little Saanich Mountain." The new telescope is to be the world's largest and it is predicted Victoria "would become the astronomical Mecca of the world." The lecture on Mars discusses the physical details of the planet, and "One of the strongest evidences of the existence of intelligent life on Mars is found in the wonderful Marian Canals". The extent and number of canals "has led some astronomers to make the statement that, not only is Mars inhabited, but that their civilization and culture is more advanced than our own." [If you only read one of the articles in the batch, read this one, it is marvellous!]
    • Photo of "Vivian Marshall and her 'Water Lilies'", aquatic bathing-beauty show at the Panatages with the added attraction of a diving competition of local ladies.
    • Several photos of damage from the December 16 raid on British seaside towns by German crusers [reported on December 17, if you want to go back and read about it.]
    • Another 4-page spread on the British Navy, similar to last week [again reproduced here as images of the full spreads because I like layouts with their hand-drawn photo frames and captions. To read go here - ]
  • Monday, January 18, 1915
    • [no paper on Mondays]

Plus several ads and ad illustration from across the range of this update that caught my eye.

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