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The Daily Colonist, December 23, 1914

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

  • News from all fronts is along the same lines as usual—heavy fighting with no appreciable gains or losses. Summary includes the Western Front, Russian and Eastern Fronts, Ottoman fronts and the Boer rebellion in South Africa.
  • Dr. C. W. Dawson, discoverer of Piltdown man [which was controversial, and ultimately determined to be a hoax in 1953] invents a bullet designed to ignite the hydrogen in a Zeppelin [working similarly to a modern tracer round].
  • Britain normalizes relationships with the Vatican for the first time since Henry VIII. Some Protestant groups are outraged.
  • German-American terrorists attempt to blow up a French ship in New Orleans. The typo in the dateline caught my eye: NEW ROLEANS.
  • A collision of troop trains kills nearly 1,000 Austrian troops. An "accidental opening of a switch" is blamed. My suspicion is that it may not have been accidental and more-so an act of resistance since the accident occurred in Russian Poland, and Russia proclaimed at the beginning of the war that Poland would be granted autonomy after the war.

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