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From The First Report On Scene: The Bloody Saturday Riot Of 1919 Winnipeg General Strike

By now you have read and heard thousands of words about the who, what, where, when and why of the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike, as filtered through academics, journalists, performers, unionists, and historians a hundred years removed from the iconic events. The Black Rod is offering something different.  We are taking you through Mr. Peabody's Wayback Machine to the very streets of downtown Winnipeg on Bloody Saturday to let you experience the sights and sounds of that historical day through the eyes and ears of a contemporary eyewitness , a professional observer and recorder of the proverbial "first rough draft of history".  We found this in the Montreal Gazette, June 23, 1919 (Page 9):             Winnipeg's Tragic Outbreak Lasted Half Hour Only                       by J.F.B. Livesay of the Canadian Press Winnipeg, June 21 ----The tragic events of this afternoon covered not more than half an hour. At half past two, perhaps twenty thousand per