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The Daily Colonist, August 6, 1914

News out of Victoria 100 years ago today: 
- Field Marshal Lord Kitchener is appointed Britain's Secretary of War. This is the guy Berlin, Ontario was renamed after.
- Fighting in Belgium. German troops are repulsed by the Belgian army,
- Anti-German riots and vandalism in Antwerp
- The demonization of Germans continues with reporting of a Zeppelin attack in France "in violation of the rules of civilized warfare".

The Daily Colonist, August 5, 1914

News out of Victoria 100 years ago:
- The paper is full of drum-beating patriotism. Almost every article is about Canadians lining up across the country to serve the Empire. 
- Attached here is a little programme on just who's who in the war: 

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The Daily Colonist, August 4, 1914

News out of Victoria 100 years ago:
- No declaration of war yet as of the morning edition. A second extra edition is put out with the huge headline "BRITAIN AND GERMANY AT WAR"
- The day prior to the declaration, in my home town of Duncan, a meeting to form a militia overflows the Odd Fellows Hall and is moved to the Tzouhalem Hotel. I wonder how many of the men that signed up on that night made it back and how many have their names on the monument beside the train station, across Canada Street from where the Tzou used to be... 

The Daily Colonist, August 3, 1914

News out of Victoria 100 years ago today:
- A great big pictures of King George V and lots and lots of patriotic fluff to inspire people, but Britain still has not officially entered the war.
- Germany has invaded France, France is officially at war.
- First French "flying machine" shot down.
- Esquimalt harbour is closed to civilian vessels of all types
- Elko is threatened by forest fire

The Daily Colonist, August 2, 1914

News out of Victoria 100 years ago:
- News of "yesterday's" declaration of war against Russia by Germany has made it out to our little Imperial backwater.
- Germany invades Luxembourg
- For the first time the German emperor is referred to as "Kaiser" (on page two).
- Prime Minister Borden expects the British Empire to declare war before the day is out. The Militia Department is being kept open (Aug. 2, 1914 was a Sunday).

The Daily Colonist, August 1, 1914

The news out of Victoria 100 years ago today:
- The front page is covered with maps and speculation about the war, but hidden away on the second-to-last page is what would be a giant headline today: the New York Stock Exchange is closed to prevent panic trading due to war fears.



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