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The Daily Colonist, May 25–31, 1915

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

  • Tueday, May 25, 1915
    • Italy is officially in the war on the side of Britain and France. Italians living in Victoria celebrate in the streets.
    • Still heavy ground and naval fighting in the Dardanelles. [And an amusing headline because of the use of an idiom that has changed since 1915.]
    • Germans make new gas attacks near Ypres.
    • The British Columbia Indian Lands Commission recommends to the federal government that the Kitsilano Indian reserve be handed over to the Vancouver Harbour Commission.
    • The horrific death of Mr. Albert Chatton, who slipped and fell off a log at Cordova Bay and had his head fatally crushed in front of his three children.
  • Wednesday, May 26, 1915
    • Another huge gas attack, this one about five miles wide, by the Germans near Ypres. 
    • The Italians invade Austria by land and the Austrians attack the east coast of Italy with naval and aerial attacks.
    • New coalition government in Britain is approved by King George V and cabinet positions are announced.
  • Thursday, May 27, 1915
    • Victoria city council is to be urged that when providing relief to the unemployed with work on civic projects to give preference to "married men with families, who are British subjects."
  • Friday, May 28, 1915
    • Mine explosion in Nanaimo. 22 killed and one more expected to die from his injuries.
    • Searching continues, but there is little hope of recovering any more bodies from the Lusitania.
    • ¼-page illustration celebrating Canadians at the Second Battle of Ypres.
    • The North Pacific Association of Amateur Oarsmen has called off all international regattas owing to the fact that almost all men from the Canadian clubs are serving in the war. American crews will be competing among themselves. The Vancouver Rowing Club plans to have a small regatta confined to new members and fours, doubles and singles only. 
  • Saturday, May 29, 1915
    • Weird news on the shipping page about a Chinese man being deported for leprosy. He was shipped in a box from Winnipeg to Victoria and transferred to a ship bound for Yokohama and Hong Kong.
  • Sunday, May 30, 1915
    • The gas being used by the Germans is identified as chlorine [for the fist time that I have seen] with a detailed first-hand account by a Canadian soldier recuperating from an attack. 
  • Monday, May 31, 1915
    • [no paper on Mondays]

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