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The Daily Colonist, June 22–28, 1915

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

[The bulk of the war lurches on. The Anglo-French push in the Dardanelles continues, German and Austrian forces make a little headway in repelling the Russians in Galacia, all the other fronts are pretty much as they have been for weeks. The American and Germans are tediously talking about the angry letters already exchanged and threatening more stern diplomacy. All the interesting things are more local, the tangential and trivial oddness that has been forgotten, including things that echo some current things because forgotten history really does get repeated.] 

  • Tuesday, June 22, 1915
    • Terrorists cross the river between Detroit and Windsor and damage a clothing factory in Walkerville [then a separate town, now part of Windsor], doing over $10,000 damage and also attempt to blow up the Windsor Armoury. 
    • Due to these attacks, recruitment is up in the Windsor area.
  • Wednesday, June 23, 1915
    • The Prince of Wales [future King Edward VIII] turns 21. King George requests no public celebration and the Prince remain at the front. 
    • A lecture on the theme "The Largest Telescope in the World and What It Means to Science" to take place tonight at the Victoria Theatre, extolling the benefits expected from the new observatory being constructed on Little Saanich Mountain.
  • Thursday, June 24, 1915
    • An Austrian prisoner, escaping from the alien internment camp in Spirit Lake, QC, is shot by a local boy. Three other escapees are rounded up by posse.
    • Victoria doctors urge city council to help in providing rehabilitation facilities for local drug addicts. The numbers of the drug-addicted in Victoria are on the rise following the passing of stringent regulations in the United States. The article also notes, "It is the general impression among people who are not cognizant of existing conditions that the drug habit is confined almost, if not wholly, to the Oriental element in the city. As a matter of fact the habit is indulged in by many white persons..." 
  • Friday, June 25, 1915
    • A foiled plot by the Ottoman government to divide Italian forces by inciting an Arab revolt in Libya [the an Italian colony] comes to light. 
    • A new whaling company is formed in Victoria. Whaling stations will be operated at Kyuquot and Nanden Harbour. A short but profitable whaling season is expected.
  • Saturday, June 26, 1915
    • Another article on the doctors of the Victoria Medical Society's appeal to Victoria city council to help set up a rehabilitation facility for drug addicts. It is noted that "drug users were invalids, not criminals" and that treatment in hospital by string of different doctors is ineffective and that "patients should be held for some months and given outdoor life and work" under the care of a single doctor. 
    • A review of Dr. Plaskett's address to local astronomers last Wednesday.
    • The Victoria and Island Development Association is arranging a public outing the the site of the Dominion Observatory on Little Saanich Mountain "with the idea of educating the public to the importance of the observatory project..."
  • Sunday, June 27, 1915
    • Map of the current battle lines between Austro-Hungary and Russia. 
    • A photo of Sub-Lt. Reginald A. J. Warneford who made history two weeks ago on June 7 (reported June 8) as the first pilot to bring down a Zeppelin with a single aeroplane. He was awarded the British Victoria Cross and French Legion of Honour for the feat. After the ceremony where he received his Legion of Honour medal on June 17, he died in a plane crash later that day in a routine flight to transfer a plane from one airfield to another (one of the wings of the plane collapsed, killing Warneford and his passenger.)
    • An ad for an adventure documentary "Salisbury's Wild Life Pictures" playing at the Royal Victoria Theatre. 
  • Monday, June 28, 1915
    • [no paper on Mondays]

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