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The Daily Colonist, November 24, 1914

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

  • Nothing really new in the European theatre. Heavy fighting continues on both the Western and Eastern fronts. In the west, Germany is still stuck in the vicinity of Ypres while trying to push toward Calais, and in the east Germany and Austria are not doing to well at holding back the Russians. 
  • In more exotic locales, there is news, however: British forces in the Persian Gulf have taken the port city of Basra [Basrah] on the Shat-el-Arab (Tigris/Euphrates delta) from the Ottoman Empire, and a British advance has been repulsed by Germans in German East Africa [Tanzania].
  • A report from Russia of a secret movement for an armistice at Christmas between the Germans and British [this will actually happen, without official orders, and it is my plan to stop these daily updates and switch to a weekly format once it is reported.]
  • Ten million cigarettes donated to the Red Cross, which will distribute them to troop at the front. 
  • Story of a British raid on a German Zeppelin factory is, rather interestingly, reported from both the British and German perspectives. 
  • Publication of letter home to his mother from one of the cable station operators on Fanning Island recounts the German attack on the trans-Pacific cable station early in the war. 
  • An ad illustration that I liked.


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