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Belleville in World War I

Follow the citizens of Belleville and Hastings County as they face the challenges of the home front during the First World War through excerpts from The Daily Intelligencer, August 1914 to November 1918.

100 Years Ago: Wants Church People to Motor, Men and Women Wanted to Fight Influenza, Anti-Spitting Bylaw, Poster for Victory Bonds, Ad for Dr. Chase’s Menthol Bag, Face Masks Urged, Sunday Motoring Allowed, Post Office Staff Ill, No Quorum for Board of Education, Archie Hall Missing and Believed Wounded, Steamer Laid Up, Measles at Children’s Shelter, Joe Hill Killed in Action, Help the Doctors, Alfred Earle Wessels Wounded, Voluntary Aid Wanted, Called by Death: Edna Delong, Davidena Sarah McLeod, Queena Gardner, No Church Services on Sunday

The Intelligencer October 19, 1918 (page 1)

“Wants Church People To Motor on Sunday. Toronto. ‘I want it to be understood,’ said Dr. Hastings, yesterday, ‘that no order has been issued to hold only one church service on Sunday. …  We are simply making a request of them, just as people were asked to observe a gasless Sunday. And by the way,’ he added, ‘I have asked the Dominion Fuel Controller to call off the gasless Sunday so that people can use their motor cars for health-giving trips on Sunday next. The reason that I have strongly advised churches to hold only one service on Sunday, and that one in the evening if possible, is to permit people to be as much in the open air as possible on that day.’ ”

The Intelligencer October 19, 1918 (page 1)

“Bear Ye One Another’s Burdens Men and Women Wanted. There is a great need for willing workers, men and women who have the time and the Christian spirit of helpfulness to go into homes where the prevailing epidemic has laid low every member of the family and left no one to do even the most necessary household tasks. Women volunteer nurses are needed and there is also much that men can do to help their unfortunate neighbors.

An association has been formed with headquarters at the Y.M.C.A. building. P. F. Brockell, Secretary, to register willing workers and receive requests for assistance from families hit hard by the epidemic. Let us all do our bit—this is national service and Christian service. Enlist now!!”

The Intelligencer October 19, 1918 (page 4)

“Germ Distributors. It is against the law to spit on the sidewalks, besides being a disgusting and dangerous habit—dangerous to the health of citizens who have to breathe the germ-laden air polluted by people careless or ignorant. In view of the epidemic now raging special care should be taken to enforce the anti-spitting bylaw. A few police court examples would have a salutary effect and citizens should co-operate with the police in the detection of offenders.”

The Intelligencer October 19, 1918 (page 5)

Poster for Victory Bonds“When Canada Promises to Pay. When you loan money to Canada you know beyond all possible question your money is safe—the security for the loan indisputable.

Like the Victory Loan 1917, it will be welcomed by all loyal Canadians.

Get ready to do your share in buying Victory Bonds.

Issued by Canada’s Victory Loan Committee in co-operation with the Minister of Finance of the Dominion of Canada.”

The Intelligencer October 19, 1918 (page 5)

“Prevent the ‘Flu’ by wearing Dr. Chase’s Menthol Bag.

Since 1510 influenza has periodically swept over the known world. The last big epidemic in this country was in 1889, when almost every person in every home was brought down. But the present form, known as Spanish ‘Flu’ because it started in Spain, seems to be a most fatal variety on account of the quickness with which it develops into bronchial pneumonia. Hence the wisdom of preventing infection by every means possible, and our suggestion is to ‘Wear a Menthol Bag.’

We have arranged for the manufacture of thousands of these Menthol Bags, and while they last shall give them away to the first persons who send in the coupon printed below.”

The Intelligencer October 19, 1918 (page 6)

“Medical Man Urges Use of Face Mask. Toronto. The use of the face mask in combating the spread of influenza epidemic is advocated by Dr. Murray McFarlane, 190 Bloor street, who has just returned from a trip to the various centres in the United States, where the disease is prevalent. This mask, which is in the form of a handkerchief, is made of gauze or cheesecloth, and is placed over the nose and mouth and fastened at the back of the head. …

‘The Government should take immediate steps to allow the free use of alcohol during the present conditions,’ declares the doctor. ‘In the pneumonia stage, a little bit of whiskey is the best thing in the world for the patient. While I am a strong prohibitionist, I believe that at this time the regulations should be somewhat relaxed, and the use of alcohol freely allowed, as it is an excellent stimulant during the depressive stages of the disease.’ ”

The Intelligencer October 19, 1918 (page 7)

“Gasoline Ban Lifted. The Dominion Fuel Controller has lifted the ban on Sunday gasoline using and motor car owners can take out their cars tomorrow as usual.”

The Intelligencer October 19, 1918 (page 7)

“Post Office Staff Ill. The prevailing epidemic of influenza has stricken no less than six employees of the local post office. Post master Gillen appreciated much the services of Mrs. D. M. Waters, who kindly consented to assist at the office.”

The Intelligencer October 19, 1918 (page 7)

“No Quorum. As was expected no meeting of the Board of Education was held last night. Only two members and the Secretary-Treasurer put in an appearance.”

The Intelligencer October 19, 1918 (page 7)

“Pte. Hall Missing. Mrs. Archie Hall has received word that her husband, Pte. Archie Hall, who left with the Bugle Band of the 59th Battalion, is reported missing and believed to be wounded. Previous to enlisting he was employed as fireman on the G. T. R. His wife and child are now in Brockville.”

The Intelligencer October 19, 1918 (page 7)

“Steamer Laid Up. Spanish influenza struck the crew of the steamer Belleville, plying between Montreal and Toronto, so hard that the vessel was forced to tie up at Kingston. Only three members of the crew were able to carry on. The vessel was in Belleville port on Tuesday.”

The Intelligencer October 19, 1918 (page 7)

“Remember the Children. There are now twenty-one cases of measles at the Children’s Shelter among the thirty-four children quartered there. Captain Ruston, Inspector for the Children’s Aid Society, yesterday brought two children from Cloyne and through the kindness of the Marchmont Home Authorities they were placed in that institution until the Shelter is free of the epidemic of measles. There are no serious cases and Captain Ruston would appreciate donations of fruit and other delicacies which will be appreciated by the children during the convalescent period.”

The Intelligencer October 19, 1918 (page 7)

“Had Won Military Medal. Mrs. Bernadette Hill, of Deseronto, this week received the sad message of the death of her son, Corp. Joe Hill who was killed in action on September 30. Corp. Hill enlisted in the 26th Battery at Kingston on August 8th, 1915 and after training was completed sailed on the R.M.S. Metagama from Halifax for England and from there sailed in January to France, where he has been almost continually till the time of his death.

He was through all the big battles of the past two years, including Passchendaele and the Somme, having had only twenty days’ leave in all this time. Corp. Hill was a soldier of the first order and had won the Military Medal which his proud, but sorrowing mother now has in her possession. He was soon to have received his commission as Lieutenant. A brother, James, is in the American Cavalry in France.”

[Note: Corporal Joseph Bernard Hill died on September 30, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 429 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer October 19, 1918 (page 7)

“Help the Doctors. The city physicians are rushed off their feet by the many calls upon their services night and day on account of the influenza epidemic. The medical men are human like the rest of us and there is a limit to their endurance. The public can materially assist the doctors by showing consideration in the present emergency and not calling in the doctors unless absolutely necessary.

Whenever possible calls for the services of a physician to the homes should be made in the morning so that the calls can be grouped to the best advantage and the day mapped out in advance. When the doctor makes a call and leaves instructions he should not be called in again right away unless in emergency as there are many others awaiting his care and attention. A little thoughtfulness in this emergency will go far to assist the doctors and render them more efficient.”

The Intelligencer October 19, 1918 (page 7)

“Pte. A. E. Wessels Wounded. Mr. Walter Wessels residing at 71 Lewis Street, city, was yesterday in receipt of the following telegram from the Director of Records. ‘Sincerely regret to inform you that 3055,761 Pte. Alfred Earle Wessels, infantry, officially reported seriously ill at 20 General Hospital, Danges, Camiers, October 15th. Gunshot Wound in Right Thigh.’

Pte. Wessels is the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Wessels and enlisted and went overseas with a draft from Kingston. Previous to enlistment he was employed as a painter at Finnegan’s Carriage Co., of this city. ‘Alf’ as he was familiarly called was a popular young man and his many friends in this city will hope for his speedy recovery.”

The Intelligencer October 19, 1918 (page 7)

“Volunteer Nurses And Workers To Fight Influenza Epidemic. In compliance with a request from Mr. A. McGie, Chairman of The Belleville Board of Health, an emergency meeting of the ladies to consider ways and means of organizing the city for volunteers in nursing and performing other duties in combatting the influenza epidemic, a meeting was held in the Y.M.C.A. parlors last evening and was well attended. A number of ladies of the city, who are prominent in all philanthropic work were present and a few gentlemen.

Mr. McGie was chairman and stated the object of the meeting. He said that it had been discovered that there were a number of homes in Belleville where every member was sick from the prevailing epidemic and with no person to do anything for them. Volunteers were necessary not only for nursing but doing household work. Already some had volunteered their services.

Dr. Clinton, of this city, who is a member of the Provincial Board of Health, referred to the fact that in various parts of the Province associations known as the Ontario Emergency Volunteer Auxiliary were being formed and something similar should be done in Belleville. He was prepared to do what he could and no doubt the physicians of the city would help all they could.

It was decided to organize the city for work on the line of volunteer help and the following officers were selected. President—Mr. A. McGie. Secretary—P. F. Brockell. Assistant Secretary—Miss Fraleck. Executive Committee—D. V. Sinclair, Dr. Clinton, J. O. Herity and A. G. Davis.

At the Y.M. C.A. building a register will be kept of the names of all people who require help also the names of those volunteering. Doctors and others having to do with the sick are requested to report cases where help of any description is needed.

A meeting of the Executive to perfect organization will be held at the Y.M.C.A. this evening.”

The Intelligencer October 19, 1918 (page 7)

“Called By Death. ‘Mrs. R. L. Delong. Mrs. R. L. Delong passed away last evening in the city from an attack of pneumonia. Deceased, who was 19 years of age was a daughter of Mr. L. A. Wartman, of Collins Bay, where she was born. She resided at 18 Dunbar Street, city. Mrs. Delong was a member of Holloway Street Methodist Church. Her husband but no family survives. The body will be taken to Cataraqui for interment.’

‘Davidena S. McLeod. Davidena Sarah McLeod, aged 8 years died yesterday afternoon at the family residence station street. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald McLeod and was a lovable child. She was a pupil of Queen Victoria School and a member of the Salvation Army Sunday School, near the G. T. R. Station.’

‘Queena Gardner. Miss Queena Gardner, a nurse-in-training at the hospital here, passed away yesterday from an attack of pneumonia, following the influenza. Deceased was about 21 years of age and was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Gardner residing near Bayside, Sidney Township. Miss Gardner was a young lady who was well known in the city and vicinity and was highly esteemed. She was a member of the Methodist Church. The remains were taken to Trenton and prepared for burial.’ ”

The Intelligencer October 19, 1918 (page 8)

“No Church Services on Sunday. The Belleville Ministerial Association at a meeting held this week expressed itself in hearty accord with the Board of Health in closing all places of public assembly during the prevailing epidemic. Its members are seeking to serve in every way they can the afflicted homes and to do all in their power to stay the progress of the disease.

The Ministerial Association expresses confidence that the approaching Sabbath day will be observed in a religious way by all Christian people in our city. In the absence of public worship it is hoped there will be some form of family worship in every home. Where no fuller form is possible the reading of a portion of scripture and repeating of the Lord’s Prayer in an attitude of devotion is recommended. We believe great blessing will come to us as a people if this time of stress produces a revival of family religion. C. T. Scott, president, D. C. Ramsay, secretary.”


100 Years Ago: Letter of Sympathy for Alexander Beaton’s Mother, Obsequies: Joseph Longden, Women Needed to Care for Influenza Families, Called by Death: Violet May Sanderson, Poster for Victory Loan, Doctor Prepares Vaccine, Queen’s University Closes, Andrew Baxter Hall Wounded, Christmas Boxes for Overseas

The Intelligencer October 18, 1918 (page 1)

“Letter of Sympathy From Major Vandewater. Mrs. F. Beaton, 350 Bleecker Avenue, city, has received the following letter from Major R. Vanderwater, in connection with the death of her soldier son, Pte. Alexander Beaton, killed in action on September 2.

In the Field, Sept. 21st, 1918. Mrs. F. Beaton, 350 Bleecker Avenue, Belleville, Ontario, Canada. Dear Madam,—No doubt previous to receipt of this letter you have received the official notification of the death of your son, No. 455096, Pte. A. Beaton. During the period of his connection with the Battalion he, by his unassuming manner and the willingness in which all duties for which he was selected were carried out, won high commendation of his officers and respect of his comrades.

His supreme sacrifice for the great cause for which we fight was a matter of great sorrow among his many friends here who join with me in the expression of sincere sympathy for you in your bereavement. Yours in sympathy, R. Vanderwater, Major, O.C., 2nd Canadian Infantry Battalion, Eastern Ontario Regiment.”

The Intelligencer October 18, 1918 (page 2)

“Obsequies. ‘Joseph Longden. Many were yesterday afternoon in attendance at the funeral of the late Mr. Joseph Longden of this city. At the family residence, 218 George Street, Rev. Dr. Scott of Bridge Street church, and Rev. J. Capman, of Picton, conducted an impressive service. Interment took place at Belleville cemetery. Many floral designs were contributed by friends. The bearers were: Messrs. N. Hall, W. Rickley, E. Hicks, F. Wheeler, B. Gerow and W. A. Walsh.’ ”

[Note: Age: 30 years, 9 months. Cause of death: Influenza-Pneumonia.]

The Intelligencer October 18, 1918 (page 2)

“Notice. Meeting of ladies of the city is called for this evening at 8 p.m., in Y. M. C. A. Parlors, to consider what can be done to procure volunteers, nurses and assistants to help those families who are suffering from influenza, and are in need of help. Any one interested is welcome to attend and organize for the work. Any persons not able to attend this meeting and who are able to help will please send their name and address to the Y.M.C.A. A. McGie, Chairman Belleville Board of Health.”

The Intelligencer October 18, 1918 (page 2)

“Called by Death: ‘Violet M. Sanderson. Miss Violet May Sanderson, nurse in training at the Belleville Hospital, passed away at noon to-day from an attack of pneumonia. Deceased had been in training at the hospital here since June of last year and was exceedingly popular with the staff and public.

She was 22 years of age, and was born at Peterboro, being a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Sanderson. She was a member of the Baptist church. In addition to the parents two brothers and three sisters survive. The brothers are Clayton and Harvey at home, and the sisters are Mrs. Joseph Bullied and Misses Ruby and Leita, all of Peterboro. The body was taken to Tickell & Sons undertaking establishment, where it was prepared for burial and this evening was shipped to Peterboro.’ ”

The Intelligencer October 18, 1918 (page 4)

Poster for Victory Loan“When will it end? Thousands upon thousands, endless thousands, hold their lives cheap as the price of Victorious Peace.

And we—as we watch from afar their heroic efforts—may we be able to say, that the little we at home could do, we have done.

Another opportunity to lend your individual weight to the blow that will shorten the war comes with the offering of Victory Bonds about to be made. Let not the privilege to do your share find you unprepared.

Issued by Canada’s Victory Loan Committee in co-operation with the Minister of Finance of the Dominion of Canada.”

The Intelligencer October 18, 1918 (page 7)

“Growing Spanish Germs. Dr. G. B. Reed, assistant professor of botany, and lecturer in bacteriology at Queen’s University, believes he has isolated the Spanish influenza germ. He is growing the germs by millions and has prepared a vaccine with which he has already inoculated some two hundred persons with good results. Each cubic centimetre of the serum contained about a thousand million germs, and about three thousand cubic centimetres was used yesterday.”

The Intelligencer October 18, 1918 (page 7)

“Queen’s University Closes. Theatres, schools and churches in Kingston are closed and hospitals and dispensaries are closed to visitors. The local medical and surgical faculty will place at the General Hospital fifth year medical students, who will be given power to attend cases. Queen’s University closed its doors at noon yesterday and has postponed the annual convocation.”

The Intelligencer October 18, 1918 (page 7)

“Driver Hall Wounded. Mrs. A. B. Hall has received word that her husband, Driver A. B. Hall has been wounded in the left arm. He left here with the 80th Battalion and was employed as fireman on the G. T. R. previous to enlisting. His wife and child are now in Hamilton.”

The Intelligencer October 18, 1918 (page 8)

“Wanted. The Quinte Chapter I.O.D.E. is preparing Xmas boxes for Belleville boys overseas. Will friends kindly leave names and correct addresses with Mrs. (Dr.) Dolan, 17 Victoria Ave., or office Y.M.C.A.”

100 Years Ago: Letter of Sympathy for William Woods’s Wife, Poster for Victory Loan, Kenneth Livingstone MacMillan Gassed, Sailors’ Relief Fund, Women Wanted to Help Nurses, Cecil Everett Brown Killed in Action, Called by Death: Mary Winnifred Losee, Keitha Keller, Harry Bolton, Florence Wickett, Clesson John Dickinson, Newbold D. Carter, Esther Newberry, Arthur Eugene Wrightmeyer, Woolworth’s Cancels Sale Due to Flu

The Intelligencer October 17, 1918 (page 3)

“Minister of Militia Express Sympathy. Mrs. S. Woods, who resides at 20 Water Street, received the following letter from the Minister of Militia and Defence. It is in connection with the death of her husband, who was killed in action on Sept. 2nd. Ottawa, Oct. 11, 1918.

Dear Mrs. Woods,—I desire to express to you my very sincere sympathy in the recent death of your husband, No. 1027643, Private William Woods, Canadian Expeditionary Force, who, in sacrificing his life at the front in action with the enemy, has rendered the highest service of a worthy citizen.

The heavy loss which you and the nation have sustained would indeed be depressing were it not redeemed by the knowledge that the brave comrade for whom we mourn performed his duties fearlessly and well as became a good soldier, and gave his life for the great cause of Human Liberty and the Defence of the Empire.

Again extending to you in your bereavement my condolence and heartfelt sympathy, I am, Yours faithfully, S. C. Mewburn, Minister of Militia and Defence.”

The Intelligencer October 17, 1918 (page 6)

Poster for Victory Loan“Armed to the teeth. The Canadian Army is fully equipped for War. Canada’s war loans have made the glory of the Canadian Army possible—they have been Victory Loans in fact, as well as in name.

It is unthinkable, is it not, that our men should lack any implement of war that money will buy!

The money for the needs of our army will be provided by Canada’s Victory Loan, 1918. Canadians at home will see to that.

Issued by Canada’s Victory Loan Committee in co-operation with the Minister of Finance of the Dominion of Canada.”

The Intelligencer October 17, 1918 (page 7)

Kenneth McMillan

“Corp. K. L. MacMillan Gassed. Word has been received in this city from the Director of Records at Ottawa that Corp. Kenneth L. MacMillan had again been the victim of German gas and has been admitted to No. 30 Canadian Clearing Station. He was well known in Belleville and is a nephew of Mrs. Tower and Miss Bella MacMillan of 281 George St., city. Recently Corp. MacMillan had been awarded the Military Medal for gallantry on the field.”

The Intelligencer October 17, 1918 (page 7)

“Ladies Help Sailors. The Sailors Relief Fund has been further augmented by the sum of one hundred dollars voted by Quinte Chapter Daughters of the Empire, a check for which was received by Mr. Alex. Ray this morning. This brings Belleville contributions up to a total of two thousand, one hundred and fifty dollars.”

The Intelligencer October 17, 1918 (page 7)

“Women Workers Wanted. Requests are coming in to Adj. Trickey of the Salvation Army asking for help from women of the city to give one or two hours a day either assisting the nurses or doing a little work in the homes where the whole family is ill. If any person who can give a little time either gratuitously or for pay, will phone at once to the Adjutant at 603 it will be greatly appreciated. Everyone should unite in an effort to fight the ‘Flu’ to a finish.”

The Intelligencer October 17, 1918 (page 7)

“Pte. Everett Brown Killed. Mr. and Mrs. Egbert G. Brown, residing at 36 Sinclair street, city, this morning received the sad message from the Director of Records that their son, Private Everett Brown was killed in action on September 28th. Private Brown, who was 23 years of age, enlisted and went overseas with a battalion from this city. He had been in the trenches about 2 months, when he met his death. The bereaved parents will receive the heartfelt sympathy of all citizens.”

The Intelligencer October 17, 1918 (page 7)

“Called by Death. The influenza epidemic has been responsible for a number of deaths in this city and vicinity during the past few days and to-day the list was added to.

‘Mrs. Warner Losee. Mrs. Warner Losee passed away yesterday at the home of her brother-in-law, Mr. Joseph Losee, 112 Pinnacle street, city. Deceased was 31 years of age and was a member of St. Michael’s Church. Pneumonia was the cause of death. Besides her husband four small children survive.’

‘Keitha Keller. Miss Keitha Keller, a daughter of Mr. Ryan Keller, residing at Canifton, passed away this morning. Deceased was about 23 years of age and had been ill for some days. She was a young lady who was well known and had many friends who will regret to learn of her demise.’

‘Pte. Bolton. Pte. Harry Bolton, a member of the First Depot Battalion, stationed at this city, died this morning. Deceased was 22 years of age, and his home was at Peterboro, where the body was this afternoon taken for interment after being prepared for burial at Tickell & Sons undertaking establishment.’

[Note: Private Harry Bolton died on October 17, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 370 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

‘Florence Wickett. At Niagara Falls, N.Y., last evening Miss Florence Wickett, aged 26 years, daughter of Mr. George Wickett, of Foxboro. Deceased was a nurse-in-training at a hospital at Niagara Falls and was a victim of the Flu. She was a popular young lady and highly esteemed by all who knew her. The body will be brought to Foxboro for interment.’

‘Sergt.-Major Dickinson. Sergt.-Major J. C. Dickinson, who was attached to the First Depot Battalion in this city, died here last evening. The body was taken to Tickell & Sons undertaking establishment where it was prepared for burial and shipped to St. Mary’s, Ont. Deceased was 20 years of age, and was born at Perth, being a son of Mr. John Dickinson of that place.’

[Note: Company Sergeant Major Clesson John Dickinson died on October 16, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 397 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

‘Newbold D. Carter. After an illness of a few days from an attack of pneumonia, Mr. Newbold D. Carter of Deseronto, died yesterday. Deceased was a popular shoe merchant and was a son of Mr. T. N. Carter of Trenton, Ont., and a nephew of W. W. Carter, lumber merchant of Toronto. He is survived by his wife and four young children. Mr. Carter had been identified with the shoe business in Deseronto for the last twenty years.’

‘Mrs. Robt. Newberry. Mrs. Robt. Newberry, who died in St. Louis, and whose remains were interred in the Belleville cemetery upon the 15th inst., was Miss Esther Benjamin, eldest daughter of the late George Benjamin, and in whose office the late Sir Mackenzie Bowell became an apprentice, and subsequently publisher of The Intelligencer. Miss Benjamin married the late Robert Newberry, teacher of the High School here and who was most popular and highly esteemed. Mrs. Newberry always exhibited great love for her native city. She has left three sons and three daughters. Her sisters, Mrs. E. F. Milburn, Mrs. MacDonald and Mrs. Shaw still survive.’

‘Arthur E. Wrightmeyer. At an early hour this morning Mr. Arthur Eugene Wrightmeyer one of Belleville’s well-known citizens passed away at his late home on Octavia Street as the result of an attack of pneumonia. Deceased was born at Selby, Ont., and was 40 years of age and was a son of the late Mr. G. F. Wrightmeyer, and had resided in this city the greater portion of his life. By occupation he was a barber and conducted a successful business on Front Street. He was a member of The Belleville Lodge A.F. & A.M.  No. 123 and was also a member of the Orange Order.

Surviving are a widow and one daughter Miss Valiere, also one brother and three sisters. The brother, Mr. W. H. Wrightmeyer, conducts a grocery business in this city and the sisters are Mrs. Walter Luscombe and Mrs. F. Buckley of Belleville and Mrs. Arthur Watson of Toronto. Arthur as he was familiarly called was deservedly popular and his demise is sincerely regretted by a host of friends. To the bereaved will be extended the heartfelt sympathy of all friends.’ ”

The Intelligencer October 17, 1918 (page 8)

“Board of Health Public Notice. To comply with the order issued by the Medical Health Officer who has closed all places where large gatherings of people congregate, we have decided for the welfare of the public at large, to cancel our clerks’ profit-sharing sale which naturally would attract large crowds. F. W. Woolworth Co., Ltd.”



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