Power Failure

So the power went out on Sunday evening thanks to a telephone pole rotting (It's worth noting that Vancouver is, as far as I know, the only major city that still uses above-ground wiring on wooden posts downtown). So what are a couple of crusty old goths to do?

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The Daily Colonist, August 27, 1914

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

  • Lots of drum-beating, flag-waving stories about troops dispatching from Victoria and Vancouver
  • Speculation about Turkey [Ottoman Empire] joining the war
  • British holding their line, German defeats, Russian and Serbian victories
  • Great little article that in summary says "our propaganda is truth, Germany's propaganda is all bizarre lies."
  • Some interesting ads - while many things are better now, some are not - Canada Life Assurance promises to raise life insurance premiums and defer billing for current policies held by anyone signing up for military service. Imagine a financial institution being that ethical today!\240And then there is fashion, which was decidedly better then: New fall hats at Finch & Finch, with a wonderful illustration.

http://www.britishcolonist.ca/dateList.php?year=1914

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Source: http://www.mbarrick.com/blog/140827/daily-colonist-august-27-1914

The Daily Colonist, August 26, 1914

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

  • Headlines and pictures of more troops dispatched from Victoria and Vancouver.
  • Japan and Austria officially at war.
  • First reporting of trench warfare, that not to say it hasn't been going on for a while, but just the first time this paper has actually written about trenches.
  • First aerial bombing of a major city in history. German Zeppelin night-time indiscriminately bombs Antwerp, an unknown number dead, airship is downed and crew captured.
  • The Governor General, His Royal Highness Prince Arthur William Patrick Albert, 1st Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, third son of Queen Victoria and the first member of the royal family to be Governor General is to open the Vancouver Exhibition (what we now call the PNE) by remote control "by pressing a button in Ottawa, and thereby sending the electric spark all the way across the continent to open the gates..."
    \240 For anyone who doesn't know, the Governor General is viceroy of Canada. All authority of the Monarch in Canadian matters is deferred to the Governor General who signs acts of parliament into law [with veto power] and is Commander in Chief of the armed forces, a rôle similar in position and power to what the President holds in the United States, but largely titular in practice.
  • The usual filler articles of German atrocities--killing civilians, burning villages, hanging people from trees along along public roads "to teach people lessons"
  • More locally, those pesky Cowichan\240Indians, nefariously using traditional fishing methods in contravention of agreements (made between whom and under what authority it doesn't say), are completely messing up resort sport fishing, reports Mr. L. C. Rattray, president of the Cowichan\240Angling Association. Mr. Rattray is also miffed that Atlantic salmon introduced in the river in 1912 have failed to return to river, because surely that was a good idea.

http://www.britishcolonist.ca/dateList.php?year=1914

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Source: http://www.mbarrick.com/blog/140826/daily-colonist-august-26-1914

The Daily Colonist, August 25, 1914

#dailycolonist1914 - News out of Victoria, British Columbia, 100 years ago today. Once again, the most interesting stuff is not in the headlines, but in the a couple of tiny "filler" stories:

  • Mystery aviator aiding French turns out to be a British girl, currently being held by France until her parents can come get her. Seriously!
  • Assassination attempt against Sir Wilfrid Laurier [the guy on the $5 bill, who is opposition leader at the time]
  • Another hint of the horrors to come: French chemical warfare testing successfully kills 30 sheep from detonation 200 feet away.

http://www.britishcolonist.ca/dateList.php?year=1914

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Source: http://www.mbarrick.com/blog/140825/daily-colonist-august-25-1914

The Daily Colonist, August 24, 1914

#dailycolonist1914 - News out of Victoria, British Columbia, 100 years ago today. Today's paper is the Monday "extra", and today's very slim. The first two pages have new news, but because that only represents one half of a full sheet of newsprint, the last to pages are all filler. Page three is made up completely of reprinted articles and the last page is another reprint of the map of Europe. But that first half-sheet is has a lot of content!

  • Emperor Franz Joseph is on his deathbed. Remember that is was the assassination of his heir that started all this.
  • Russians are advancing into Prussia [German territory]
  • Japan officially declares war on Germany
  • Bread riots in Berlin
  • Australia to follow Canada's lead in prioritizing food exports, will not export food to any other countries until British needs are fully met.
  • And the most fascinating thing in the paper today: a detailed article on a heretofore unknown artillery technology possessed by the French illustrating some of the horrors to come from industrial warfare and why this really should have been The War to End All Wars--a gun that uses a punch-card-like system on the the shell to deliver an air burst\240shell accurately at a rate of 40 shells per minute. Remember that this horrific technology is over 100 years old.\240

http://www.britishcolonist.ca/dateList.php?year=1914

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Source: http://www.mbarrick.com/blog/140824/daily-colonist-august-24-1914

The Daily Colonist, August 23, 1914

#dailycolonist1914 - News out of Victoria, British Columbia, 100 years ago today. August 23 was a Sunday, so this is the big Sunday paper with a pull-out section, but the really interesting stuff today is not the top headlines or the pull-out magazine articles, but several of the minor articles.

Top stories include:

  • Major fighting in Belgium,
  • Russian and Serbian advances against Austria,
  • Pope Pious X being entombed, and
  • The deadline of Japanese ultimatum to Germany passing without a response.

But the more telling minor stories tell a tale of the rise of modern warfare. Interminable trench warfare hasn't begun just yet, but strange clashes between ancient warfare and modern are happening making a bad week to be German cavalry:

  • German cavalry charge in Belgium is met with a squad of armoured cars with machine guns,
  • and a two German cavalry camps are bombed by a French dirigible.

The vilification of Germans continues with some small articles:

  • German mines sink a neutral Danish ship, in violation of the conventions of war,
  • The French accuse the German of mistreating prisoners of war, in violation of the conventions of war, and
  • German dum-dum bullets (hollow-point) found by the French and in the bodies French dead, in violation of The Hauge convention of 1899, signed by\240United States, Great Britain, Austria-Hungary, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, Japan, and China. Note that in down the road a bit, Germany will accuse Belgium of using dum-dum bullets in combat.
  • Germans being rude to the mayor of Brussels and goose-stepping through the city square.

And some other interesting side-lines:

  • Troops leave Vancouver for the war,
  • Revenues in the first week of the Panama Canal are lower than anticipated due to the war, but still pretty impressive.
  • American painter John Singer Sargent is missing in Austria, along with his British traveling companion, and is believed to be held by the Austrian military.

http://www.britishcolonist.ca/dateList.php?year=1914

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Source: http://www.mbarrick.com/blog/140823/daily-colonist-august-23-1914

The Daily Colonist, August 22, 1914

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

  • Germans advance in Belgium, demand $40,000,000 "tax" from Belgium.
  • Belgian refugees reaching London, tales of long columns of German wounded.
  • List of Belgian cities involved in the war, with populations and fortification status.
  • Russian troops advancing in Austria
  • More anti-German propaganda: corpse robbing by soldiers, common people in Germany reduced to starvation.
  • Canadian parliament trying to get war measures in place.
  • Full-page ad for the new 1915 Maxwell "25" - "Holds the Road at 50 Miles an Hour"

http://www.britishcolonist.ca/dateList.php?year=1914

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Source: http://www.mbarrick.com/blog/140822/daily-colonist-august-22-1914

The Daily Colonist, August 21, 1914

#dailycolonist1914 - News from Victoria, British Columbia, 100 years ago today.

  • Germans enter Brussels unapposed, with Belgian army retreating to defend Antwerp.
  • Japanese demand that Germans vacate Tsing-Tau. Germany has two more days to reply to Japanese ultimatums.
  • Editorial on the Japanese ultimatum and German territory in China
  • There are "others" and then there are "others" - "Kaiser Wilhem" is suddenly "Emperor William" again in article where he vows to defend German territory in China.
  • More tales of daring-do by French aviators
  • More tales of German atrocities in Europe

http://www.britishcolonist.ca/dateList.php?year=1914

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Source: http://www.mbarrick.com/blog/140821/daily-colonist-august-21-1914

The Daily Colonist, August 20, 1914

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

  • Unanimous vote in parliament to support Imperial war effort [It is worth noting that this is largely meaningless grandstanding because Canada was not autonomous and control of the Canadian Militia was an Imperial matter -- even today the Commander-in-Cheif of the Canadian Forces\240is the Monarch of Canada (who happens to also be the Monarch of England) via her Canadian viceroy, the Governor General of Canada, who takes advice from parliament, but is not legally bound to it].
  • Pope Pious X dies, apparently "greif-stricken" by the war
  • Cowichan farmers allowed to sell "second rate" (i.e. mishapen, but otherwise fine) fruit and first shipment arrives for troops in Victoria
  • Czar performs ancient war ceremony in Kremlin, claims peoples throughout the Russian empire are united in the defence of Russa [just wait until October 1917...]
  • Reports of Polish and Czech troops turning on their Austrian officers
  • Austrian spies captured in Sault Sainte Marie, ON.\240

http://www.britishcolonist.ca/dateList.php?year=1914

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Source: http://www.mbarrick.com/blog/140820/daily-colonist-august-20-1914

The Daily Colonist, August 19, 1914

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

  • Fighting in nearby Waterloo forces Belgian government to abandon Brussels and move to Antwerp [where my maternal grandparents are living at the time, children of 10 and 14].
  • German victory in Liège is complete.
  • Editorial on how the war has overshadowed the amazing accomplishment of the Panama Canal.\240

http://www.britishcolonist.ca/dateList.php?year=1914

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Source: http://www.mbarrick.com/blog/140819/daily-colonist-august-19-1914

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