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The Daily Colonist, November 8, 1914

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

Big Sunday paper update today. Lots of interesting things: war news, 100 year-old technology, amazing illustrations and advertisements, and more...

  • Map of the current lines of the left flank of the Western Front. While a lot of fighting is going on here are people are dying by the thousands, the children's section sums it up, "It is hard to see that in the week between October 29 and November 5 that there has been any great change in the battlefields in France and Belgium."
  • On the Eastern Front, Germany and Austrian forces are in disarray. Cossacks fighting for the Russian Imperial forces have decimated the Austro-Hungarian cavalry. Armenian volunteers are backing Russian forces in Turkey.
  • Diplomats in London and Tokio [Tokyo] send each-other congratulatory telegrams of the fall of the German Chinese territory of Tsing Tau. The details of the siege follow in the article.
  • An editorial article titled "Scots Wha Hae" advocates for retaining kilts in the uniforms of Highland regiments.
  • [Meanwhile on the moon] Belgian colonial forces fighting Germans in the Congo.
  • The term "anti-aircraft gun" appears for the first time I've noticed. You might recall an article I posted early in the war where a Zeppelin was downed with what was referred to at that point as "an especially designed gun for aircraft." Now Germans have formidable anti-aircraft guns of their own.
  • The full-page war-technology page in the Sunday secton features torpedoes and how arttillery is aimed. [ Like last week it is too much to reproduce in screen shots, so here is the direct link: ]
  • Interesting article on a the technology behind a new reflecting telecope to be installed in the brand new Royal Astronomical Observatory in Saanich
  • The usual excellent summary of the week's events in the Childrens section including updates on several interesting things I have not previously included, including a new cemetary for Victoria, and the weird political status of Egypt.
  • And because "Advertising Is to Business What Steam Is to Machinery", a collection of interesting ads and advertising illustrations, including this bit of obvious advice that seems to have been completely forgotten in the last century, that buying Canadian allows, "Investors to keep their enterprises intact, so that we can retain out employees, who, in their turn, distribute their wages among our Butchers, Bakers, Grocers, Etc.", and touring Vaudeville at the Royal Victoria featuring the "The Original 'Svengali' Master Mind of Mystery".