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This Month in Exeter - 1914 also see 1913

Western Times - Friday 10 July 1914
A patent has been granted to Mr. C. E. Hilton, of North-avenue, Exeter, for an invention relating to the affixing of adhesive stamps.
Western Times - Friday 10 July 1914
Exeter FC in Argentina

Wednesday a cablegram was received by Mr. J. I. Pengelly. Director of Exeter City F.C. from Buenos Ayres, giving the results of the first five matches of the Argentine tour. The message read "Lost first Won next four–Three to play. Everybody well." The mystery of the "cryptogram" which arrived some time ago with regard to the first match against North Argentine has, therefore, at last been cleared up, and those who persisted in reading it as a reverse for Exeter now have the satisfaction of knowing they were right. The match was played the very day after the team landed, and under more favourable circumstances Swindon had hard work to draw their opening game two seasons ago. Although no scores are yet to hand, the fact that four matches out of five have been won, shows that Exeter City are worthily upholding the standard English soccer in a part the world where the game has wonderfully improved of late. The fact, too, that everybody is reported to be in good health is very satisfactory, showing, as it does, that the players up to now have not been affected by the very trying heat of the Argentine. The matches which are reported have been won were against Argentine Born, Argentine South, Argentine League, and Racing Club, the champions of 1913.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 25 July 1914
Germany threatens war
Belgrade, Friday

The Austro-Hungarian Ultimatum over the Sarajevo outrage is being considered by the Cabinet to-day. The time limit is 24 hours. It is believed there will be a peaceful settlement. The note to Servia demands official repudiation of the anti-Austrian propaganda by Servian subjects and the removal of all Servian officers concerned in the propaganda. It also demands the punishment of people in Servia concerned in the Sarajevo assassination. Austria says the plot to kill the Archduke was hatched in Belgrade.—Reuter.
Western Times - Friday 31 July 1914
Trains of a remarkable length passed through St. David Station, Exeter, for stations further West yesterday, and each was crowded with passengers on holiday bent.
Western Times - Friday 31 July 1914
Mr. F. H. Peters, on the commencement of his address, referred to the "War Cloud" now hanging over Europe, and said that, whilst Great Britain was not a party to the dispute, they as Britishers— whatever the politics—had every confidence in Sir Edward Grey, the Foreign Secretary, that British interests and privileges were in safe keeping. That Sir Edward might be successful in his efforts for peaceful settlement was the hope of them all—(hear hear). Let it never be forgotten that all wars effect the poor and the working classes who suffered most—(hear, near). The effect of the outbreak soon made itself felt upon the money market, and the price of grain, immediately advanced. Then up went the price of bread—(hear hear).

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Exeter City go to Argentina

It was a hundred years ago that Exeter City went to Argentina to teach the locals something about football. On the 22 May 1914, the team, along with team officials and WAGS (yep, that's right or maybe they were wives of officials, and they sure wore bonny hats!) left Exeter Queen Street station for Southampton, for a boat to Argentina.See photo on this page May 1914. In July 1914 they had the honour of playing a 3-3 draw with the Brazil national side, when they toured South America.

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Historic Buildings of Exeter - iBook for your iPad

Published on the 1 December 2012 is the Exeter Memories iBook Historic Buildings of Exeter. Liberally illustrated with full screen photographs, illustartions and maps, the interactive book covers fourteen of Exeter's most loved buildings. The photos look stunning on the Retina display of the iPad 3, while the new iPad Mini is a convenient way to view the book. If you have an iPAd and love Exeter, this is the eBook for you. Moderately priced at £2.49, the book is available from iTunes here - Historic Buildings of Exeter - David Cornforth

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Exeter Memories has never had any Google ads, nor any other form of income generation. To help finance the hosting of the site I have added three downloads, that can be purchased for £2 each. Click on the PURCHASE button on any page to see the downloads. There is the choice of seven large sized, hi-res map files of the city, or two eBooks — Charles Worthy's The History of the Suburbs of Exeter and the charming James Cossins' Reminiscences of Exeter Fifty Years Since. Both books can be purchased in ePub (Sony, Nook etc) format or Kindle format Screen readers can also be downloaded for your computer - see free Adobe Reader. Please support Exeter Memories by purchasing a download.

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