Revolt in Morocco – 1894

There was a piece published in the West Australian on Monday, 13 August 1894 that noted:

REVOLT IN MOROCCO.

London, August 12.

The Kabyles, a mountain tribe in Morocco, have revolted and have killed the local Kalifas. The revolt is due to the extortion practised by the tax gatherers.

Of course, the reason it was published on the 13th is that of time zones. What is impressive, and frankly it had not occurred to me but thinking about it, it makes sense, is that the telegraphic passage of news in the late 19th century was quite effective. To have a story in a London newspaper on the 12th of August, London time, appear in an Australian newspaper on the 13th of August and this in the year of 1894 frankly I find amazing. There is perhaps a 12 hour window at maximum from the story being published in London to its being sent (by Morse code in those days) to the Australian news services, picked up, typeset (by hand) and then published.

As you can probably tell, I am quite impressed.

And, to the matter of the question, “who are the Kabyles” then there is a good write-up in Wikipedia. They are also a good subject for Colonial Wargames and although the timeframe is good, they have not made an appearance in Peshawar yet.

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One thought on “Revolt in Morocco – 1894

  1. Andy Hall 30 November 1999 / 8:00 am

    To have a story in a London newspaper on the 12th of August, London time, appear in an Australian newspaper on the 13th of August and this in the year of 1894 frankly I find amazing.

    Similarly, I discovered that in the early 1860s (during the American Civil War), the New York Times routinely published notices of ship arrivals at San Fransisco from the previous day. This was several years before the completion of a coast-to-coast railroad link.

    It's very impressive. The assumption that news necessarily traveled slowly is often very wrong.

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