In preparation for the tour I photocopied numerous articles from the four city newspapers of the time: The Daily News Advertiser, The Vancouver Daily World, The Province and The Sun. The newspaper articles not only paint a vivid picture of the sensational event, but also show us just how different Vancouver was back in 1917. The headlines reveal a level of hysteria and racism that may surprise some. Remember however, that the events of 1917 took place only ten years after Vancouver's largest (not only) race riot and five years after the Komagata Maru incident. World War I was still raging in Europe, the US was still frustratingly neutral, and Russia and it's monarchy teetered on the verge of collapse.
To give tour participants some context for the event and the reaction to the shoot out, I printed out some front pages of a number of newspapers and included them in the binder of news clippings covering the shoot out I made for the tour. Here is the front page of the Vancouver Sun for St. Patrick's Day, 1917, three days before the shooting. The headlines say it all...
Unfortunately, the copy quality from the microfilm and the size of paper I was printing on was not conducive to everyone being able to read the articles in any detail so I am uploading all of them here in order of appearance. Remember you can click on the image and it will magnify. Again, I apologize for the copy quality but this is the best I could come up with under the circumstances.
This is the first page of the Vancouver Sun the day of the shooting. If any of the participants of the shooting read The Sun that day, this is what they would have read. The paper estimates that German casualities since the beginning of the war amount to over four million. This may be propaganda.