Reverend Robert James Roberts Diary 1901 (A/E/R54/R54 1901)
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I sat up last night till [1 am]. At midnight I heard the booming of guns, big & little, over at Chemainus, other sharp bark of a rifle close by on this island, announcing the arrival of this 20th Century. I was alone in my house on Kuper Island