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The Daily Colonist, February 6-11, 1915

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#dailycolonist1915 - News out of Victoria, British Columbia, 100 years ago:

  • Saturday, February 6, 1915
    • [Some heavy-handed partisan politics showing that there is nothing new under the sun.] Conservative British Columbia Premier Sir Richard McBride defends himself vociferously against criticism from Ontario newspapers that support the Liberal Party. [Interestingly, until McBride came along, British Columbia's legislature was a non-partisan democracy and M.L.A.'s had no party affiliations.]
  • Sunday, February 7, 1915
    • Germans proclaim a naval "war zone" where neutral ships can expect to be "subject to the hazards of naval warfare." The proclamation is sent specifically to the United States.
    • And then we see the reason, "Lusitania Flies American Flag". A British transatlantic ship of the Cunard Line, flies an American flag on approach to Liverpool to avoid being targeted by German submarines. 
    • Photograph of the newest and most powerful battleship in the British fleet, the H.M.S. Queen Elizabeth. 
    • [Building up to WWII] Japan demands the official transfer of formerly German territories in China to Japanese authority from the Chinese government and also demands further rights to Manchuria and Inner Mongolia.
    • Photographic illustration for "A Graceful Evening Gown" with hand-drawn embellishments and where the old-school cut-and-paste is quite evident.
    • Ad for a lecture on the "Return of the Sodomites" that takes some swipes at "the billion two hundred million heathen in the world today" and the decadence of the Roman Catholic Church. 
    • An ad for live comedy "Mutt and Jeff In Mexico" at the Royal Victoria Theatre, featuring "50 and ⅓ People - Including 25 Entrancingly Beautiful Mexican Maidens".
    • Another 4-page layout, this week "The British Army At War" with the same wonderful hand-drawn headlines and photo embellishments as the features from previous weeks. 
  • Monday, February 8, 1915
    • [No paper on Mondays]
  • Tuesday, February 9, 1915
    • [Nothing noteworthy]
  • Wednesday, February 10, 1915
    • [A tidy little 1-2 propaganda punch beginning with the larger than usual eye-catching headline on the front page: ] "WAR OBNOXIOUS TO SOCIALISTS". [It's only clear upon reading the article that it is about German socialists.]
    • [And on second page we find, ] "Convicts Patriotic" - Convicts in British prisons are engaged in manufacturing for the war effort, and "No Strike In Yorkshire" - British coal miners [a very active segment of the labour movement at the time] resolve a conflict over wages without a strike. [The implication between the articles being that British criminals and socialists are of a much more patriotic and upstanding nature than Germans.]
    • Heavily censored article on fighting in far-away and exotic "Cameroons" (West Africa) [which, I remind you, is so remote to the Eurocentric mind-set at the time that it is the setting for science-fiction novels.]
  • Thursday, February 11, 1915
    • "Incidents of War In Far-Off Africa" - that article is about fighting in East Africa [Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, etc... The article includes an interesting spelling of Mount Kilimanjaro as "Kilama Najaro".]