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The Daily Colonist, September 9, 1914

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

There is a lot of the "usual" vague stories of troop movements and lists of casualties, lacking in detail because of censorship. The propaganda aimed to incense Americans seems to be over for now, although there is one, one paragraph story stating nothing more than the Kaiser has sent a letter to President Wilson without any mention of what might be in the letter. 

  • Chancellor Lloyd George calls the war a "silver war" and says that it will not be over quickly and come down to who has more resources (i.e. money and men) [This flies in the face of the modern "over by Christmas" narrative associated with the beginning of the war.]
  • The Vancouver Board of Trade calls for improved coastal defences. [I think this will result in the still-extant, but abandoned, bunkers in Stanley Park that held 4" guns during WWI. In WWII they were converted to search-light positions, complimenting the Wreck Beach towers.]
  • Some things don't change. There are ads for rain wear on nearly every page.
  • The story of the Duchess of Vendome, sister of the King of Belgium, on the women's page. Apparently the old French royal family is not allowed to participate in the military... I didn't know that.
  • On a lighter note: and ad for Black Cat Cigarettes, "Still 10 for 10¢"

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