15th April 1914 (Wednesday)

BORN TODAY: In Norwich, England – John Gregory, dancer.


World Affairs: At the Simla conference in India, where the British are attempting to separate China and Tibet, the Chinese representative objects to Tibet being given equal status with China in the preamble to the draft convention.


Ireland: The paramilitary Ulster Volunteer Force lands 25,000 German, Austrian and Italian rifles and three million rounds of ammunition at Larne in county Antrim. Irish nationalists accuse the British Government of “turning a blind eye” to the operation in order to give the Protestant unionists an advantage in the ongoing dispute over Irish Home Rule.


Empire and migration: reporting on the preparations for the Diamond Jubilee of the (British) settlement in Waipu in 1854, the New Zealand Herald explains that the monumental “Lion Rampant” has been delayed in its shipment from England, and won’t now be arriving in time for the Jubilee celebrations.



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