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The Daily Colonist, November 20, 1914

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

The first headline pretty much sums up the news day, "One Calm Day on Battle Line. French Official Communication Says Nothing Important Occurred Yesterday." Nonetheless, there are a few interesting things in the paper  ...and a lot of fluff that is mostly the same sort of tourist promotion that Victoria still flogs mercilessly. Of that interesting stuff, however:

  • Swiss doctors invent some kind of magical coagulant, and named it "coagulen", and have made it available to both the German and French armies in the field. 
  • "100 years of peace between English-speaking nations" (i.e. the end of the War of 1812) is celebrated in Boston.
  • New cable operators arrive for the trans-Pacific cable station in Banfield [now spelled and pronounced "Bamfield"... no one really knows why that changed.]
  • Mme. Curie outfits ambulances with radioscopic-radiographic equipment [i.e. x-ray machines]
  • New 72-inch reflector telescope to be installed in the new Royal Astronomical Observatory in Saanich will be the world's largest. [When I previously reported on this on November 8, I knew the telescope was to be the world's largest at the time, but I couldn't find a reference to back that up.] The article has a major typographical error in the first paragraph, with at least one line missing [and becomes unreadable toward the end due to a dark scan.]
  • Tourist fluff filling out the paper includes a picture of the Empress Hotel [with no extensions as yet] and the Union Club [with no buildings around it yet.] 

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