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The Daily Colonist, March 20-29, 1915

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

  • Saturday, March 20, 1915
    • The lead story on the front page reports two British ships, the Irresistible and the Ocean, along with the French battleship Bouvet have been sunk by mines while bombarding forts along the Dardanelles. Most of the crew from the British ships are saved, most from the French, lost.
    • Second page story with more details on the ships sunk in the Dardanelles.
  • Sunday, March 21, 1915
    • A story reporting on an editorial in the London Evening News that condemns Japanese encroachment in China as detrimental to British interests. Japanese demands will give them de facto control of Korea, Manchuria and eastern Mongolia and control over China's political, military and financial affairs.
  • Monday, March 22, 1915
    • [No paper on Mondays]
  • Tuesday, March 23, 1915
    • Massive avalanche at Britannia Mine. Over 20 people injured, 18 dead recovered, over 30 people still missing. Names of injured, dead and missing listed.
  • Wednesday, March 24, 1915
    • Zeppelin en route to attack Paris damaged by anti-aircraft fire and turned back.
    • Photos of Britannia Mines. Death toll in avalanche places at 56 dead. Story details event and buildings damaged. Recovery of bodies still underway. Inquest to be held.
    • Weather statistics for British Columbia show 30-year warming trend, spring weather arriving earlier.
    • Biographical documentary film on Queen Victoria, "Sixty Years a Queen", showing at Royal Victoria Theatre. 
  • Thursday, March 25, 1915
    • British airmen successfully bomb German submarines under construction in an occupied British-owned shipyard near Antwerp. 
    • French doctors develop effective cholera vaccine.
    • Death toll in Britannia Mines avalanche now at 54. 
  • Friday, March 26, 1915
    • [Get That Pigeon!] German Governor-General of occupied Belgium orders civil authorities in Brussels to carry out a census of carrier pigeons. Belgian officials respond by over-complying and swamping Germans with paperwork by naming every bird after members of the German royal family and including biographies and medical histories for each bird [making it more difficult for the Germans to go through the paperwork than it would have been to go out and count the birds themselves. A really hilarious and brilliant bit of resistance, IMHO.]
  • Saturday, March 27, 1915
    • [nothing stood out to me]
  • Sunday, March 28, 1915
    • Illustration from a larger ad noting that the Easter wedding season is here and now is the time to shop for gifts for Easter brides.
    • Ad for "Non Rustable" D & A corsets, made in Canada. "Buy them and give employment to Canadian Workpeople".
    • Small article reporting good trout fishing in the Cowichan River at the opening of the season.
    • Ad for "MADE IN CANADA" ham and bacon.
    • Ad for linen writing paper that notes that your "Breeding, refinement, culture" will be judged on the quality of paper used in written correspondence. 
  • Monday, March 29, 1915
    • [no paper on Mondays]

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