23rd May 1914 (Saturday)

BORN TODAY: Les Watkins and Daaf Drok – footballers: Australian Rules and Dutch world cup team respectively.



Ireland: The British “Spectator”  magazine reports a debate in the House of Commons last Wednesday, under the heading “The Irish Financial Debate”. The article highlights that the Irish are pressing for home rule but seem to be expecting that the bills will somehow be paid by the (rest) of the British.  We hear passionate protests that Ireland must be free, independent of English control, and allowed to shape her own destiny in her own way. When, however, we get down to the facts we find that all this talk is governed by the master-consideration— ‘provided that she is handsomely paid by England and Scotland for doing so… What is yours is ours, and what is ours is our own.’ “


Migrationthe steamship Komagata Maru (“normally used for transporting coal”) arrives in Vancouver, carrying 376 Indian Sikhs who claim rights of entry as citizens of the British Empire.  DENIED, and sent back to India. “Upon return the majority was labelled as anti-British and killed by the British colonial government”. [www.http://socialhistory.org/ ]



Society and culture: At the “Whiteways” Freemason’s Lodge, in St John’s Newfoundland, Eric Stanley Ayre (25) of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment is initiated into the mysteries of Freemasonry. In just over three years from now he will be killed on active military service.


Accidents: Pioneer aviator Gustav Hamel disappears over the English Channel/ French La Manche while flying a Morane-Saulnier monoplane.


Arms Race: The Imperial Russian Military-Technical Administration places an order with the Russo-Balt Factory for the delivery of ten aircraft at a cost of 150,000 rubles apiece. 







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