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The Daily Colonist, August 11, 1914

#dailycolonist1914 - News from Victoria, 100 years ago today:

  • Warnings that large battles are imminent.
  • Chronology of the war so far printed 
  • Italy backing out of alliance with Germany and Austria, trying to remain neutral.
  • ...

    The Daily Colonist, August 10, 1914

    #dailycolonist1914 - News from Victoria 100 years ago today:

    • Japan has dispatched ships. Japanese immigrants in Vancouver agree to support Canada and the British Empire.
    • The Ottoman Empire masses troops off the border of Bulgaria.
    • ...

      The Daily Colonist, August 9, 1914

      #dailycolonist1914 - This was a Sunday edition.

      • British expeditionary forces arrive in Belgium.
      • German and Austria threaten to declare war on Italy is they remain neutral (I could not help but head Zap Brannigan's voice when reading this.)
      • ...

        The Daily Colonist, August 8, 1914

        #dailycolonist1914 - News from Victoria 100 years ago today:

        • Mostly flag waving and propaganda today, very little news of substance
        • Maharajah of Nepal offers his army to British service, "The majority of his troops are of the Gurkha tribe, the most famous soldiers in India."
        • ...

        The Daily Colonist, August 7, 1914


        "Today's" news out of Victoria 100 years ago has some interesting tidbits:

        • Belgians down one of Germany's largest Zeppelins using "an especially designed gun for aircraft."
        • ...

        The Daily Colonist, August 6, 1914

        News out of Victoria 100 years ago today: 
        - Field Marshal Lord Kitchener is appointed Britain's Secretary of War. This is the guy Berlin, Ontario was renamed after.
        - Fighting in Belgium. German troops are repulsed by the Belgian army,
        - Anti-German riots and vandalism in Antwerp
        - The demonization of Germans continues with reporting of a Zeppelin attack in France "in violation of the rules of civilized warfare".

        The Daily Colonist, August 5, 1914

        News out of Victoria 100 years ago:
        - The paper is full of drum-beating patriotism. Almost every article is about Canadians lining up across the country to serve the Empire. 
        - Attached here is a little programme on just who's who in the war: 

        The Daily Colonist, August 4, 1914

        News out of Victoria 100 years ago:
        - No declaration of war yet as of the morning edition. A second extra edition is put out with the huge headline "BRITAIN AND GERMANY AT WAR"
        - The day prior to the declaration, in my home town of Duncan, a meeting to form a militia overflows the Odd Fellows Hall and is moved to the Tzouhalem Hotel. I wonder how many of the men that signed up on that night made it back and how many have their names on the monument beside the train station, across Canada Street from where the Tzou used to be... 

        The Daily Colonist, August 3, 1914

        News out of Victoria 100 years ago today:
        - A great big pictures of King George V and lots and lots of patriotic fluff to inspire people, but Britain still has not officially entered the war.
        - Germany has invaded France, France is officially at war.
        - First French "flying machine" shot down.
        - Esquimalt harbour is closed to civilian vessels of all types
        - Elko is threatened by forest fire

        The Daily Colonist, August 2, 1914

        News out of Victoria 100 years ago:
        - News of "yesterday's" declaration of war against Russia by Germany has made it out to our little Imperial backwater.
        - Germany invades Luxembourg
        - For the first time the German emperor is referred to as "Kaiser" (on page two).
        - Prime Minister Borden expects the British Empire to declare war before the day is out. The Militia Department is being kept open (Aug. 2, 1914 was a Sunday).


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