So, the Colonist was one of the newspapers for which Rufus worked?
It was – he was the News Editor from January 1914 until he joined the army in the fall of 1915 – nearly two years.
Why did he move there from Duncan, I wonder?
Well, it’s a long story. Basically, while still at the Cowichan Leader in Duncan, he’d allowed Sam Matson, the Colonist‘s wily owner, to lend him money – in spite of the fact that he’d often called Matson an unprincipled rogue in Leader editorials! When Rufus started a ruckus about the activities of some of Matson’s friends, Matson had to shut him up. So he offered him the job of news editor at the Colonist..
..knowing he could expose him as a hypocrite if he refused! What a crafty old sod!
And the beauty of it was that Rufus never suspected a thing at the time – he actually thought he’d been head-hunted!
Well, It is poetic justice that Dave Obee, editor-in-chief of the modern Times Colonist, should be the first reviewer of your book about Rufus – on the centenary of that famous hiring, a hundred years ago this year!