BC News 6th August 1914 – Summary

Kelowna Record 6th August 1914*

Summary of the news to date

  • France is invading Germany with two corps numbering 55000 men with heavy artillery.
  • Hurrying through with ammunition and military supplies for the arsenal at Esquimalt, six trains were made up in Quebec and hurried West, stopping only where necessary.
  • A squad of German cavalry that had invaded France to destroy telegraphic lines early Tuesday, north of Nancy, was completely annihilated fifty being killed and seventy-five being taken prisoners. The Germans stood the French off for an hour but there ammunition was finally exhausted and those who were left had to surrender. The German commander blew his brains out rather than yield his sword. At Velleticot, the Germans crossed the border three times but were repulsed.
  • The British Parliament has voted $525,000,000 for war purposes which is expected to last six weeks.
  • Germany is reported to have seized all islands off Finland and defeated the Russian fleet in those waters.
  • Canada is raising 20,000 for service abroad and these will proceed across the Atlantic at the earliest possible date.
  • A bill was introduced into the German Imperial parliament this week providing the appropriation of $1,250,000,000 to meet the expenses of the war.
  • President Wilson has issued a proclamation of neutrality.
  • Marshall Law has been proclaimed throughout
  • The Canadian Militia frustrated an attempt on the part of German sympathisers to blow up the Welland(?) Canal.
  • Premier Asquith yesterday announced that the British Government would ask for another credit of $500,000,000. It was officially stated that Viscount Morley and John Burns had resigned from the cabinet.
  • Reginald McKenna, the Home Secretary, has announced that twenty-one spies had been arrested in the British Isles during the past twenty-four hours, chiefly in important naval centres.
  • Diplomatic despatches indicate Sweden will join Great Britain, France and Russia, if she finds herself unable to remain neutral.
  • An order has been issued giving the government control of all the rail roads in Great Britain.
  • An Ottawa dispatch states that German warships are shelling Glace Bay in an endeavour to get control of communication between Canada and Great Britain.
  • Lord Kitchener has been recalled from Egypt to take command of the British land forces, with General French as his Chief of Staff.
  • The German army is reported to have been repulsed with heavy losses at Liege by the Belgians.
  • Italy has refused Germany‚Äôs request to go to her aid and has repeated her determination to remain neutral.
  • Vague rumours have repeatedly come to hand of a great naval engagement in the North sea off the coasts of England and Scotland.

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