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The Daily Colonist, December 18, 1914

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

News of the shelling of the English coast dominates the front page again, but not as entirely as yesterday. 

  • Pictures of specific buildings damaged in the attack, including Whitby Abbey.
  • Lead article details current casualty counts and lists the names of those confirmed dead and identified. Confirmed dead count so far is 85, with 47 of those being women and children. It is expected that the final count my reach 100 dead and over 250 injured.
  • Reaction in Britain is not fear, but anger, in keeping with H. G. Well's prediction of how the English would react to an invasion that was published on November 27.
  • Another article recounts stories of people in Hartlepool killed while going about their business.
  • On the Russian front, both Russia and Germany are claiming victories in Poland.
  • A detailed account of the naval battle off the Falkland Islands that was reported December 10 where three German cruisers were sunk.
  • The British Empire officially proclaims Egypt as a British Protectorate and refutes any claims of the Ottoman Empire to the country.
  • A reprinting of the official German report of the attack on the English coast.
  • King Albert of Belgium thanks Canadians for aid sent to Belgium.
  • An editorial titled "The Right to Work" on the rejection of a minimum wage law in Minnesota as unconstitutional says, "Has a state [meaning a government] authority to limit the right of individuals to enter into contracts of any kind? We think it has," and goes on to say, "The state [meaning a government] clearly has the right to protect men against themselves in any way the public interest requires." And concludes that "the principle that a minimum wage cannot be fixed because it is an interference with the rights of individuals to enter into contracts, seems to be a strained application... of the Constitution of the United States." [It is more that a little disheartening to see a conservative newspaper editor from 1914 is more liberal regarding labour laws than the average labourer of 2014.]
  •  Another editorial [where the conservative opinion of 1914 is completely at odds with what the Conservative Party of Canada would have you believe is "conservative" in 2014] called "Conquest of Canada" warns about foreign [at this time predominantly American, but could now be applied to both the United States and China] business interests undermining Canadian industry, and lays out what Canadian industry must do to not undermine itself.
  • Broughton Strait, which was closed November 12, is reopened.
  • A letter to a Victorian from a friend in Hartlepool on November 2 is printed since it talks about how there was concern about a German attack on the English coast and preparations being made over six weeks before the attack two days ago.

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