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100 Years Ago: Sidney Patriotic Meeting

The Intelligencer September 30, 1915 (page 2)

“Patriotism in the Township of Sidney. Aikins Methodist church is situated on the third concession of the Township of Sidney in the centre of a prosperous community, made up largely of descendants of pioneers of Hastings County. The patriotic feeling that exists among the people had a fine expression on Tuesday evening of this week, when a sumptuous banquet was provided by the ladies in the church hall, followed by a patriotic meeting in the church building, the financial result being thirty-eight dollars for the Red Cross Fund. …

Patriotic recitations by clever school girls and patriotic songs by the ladies of the choir were most interesting features of the meeting. …

Special invitations had been sent to the two West Hastings members, E.G. Porter, K.C., M.P., and J.W. Johnson, M.P.P., and, in company with many friends from Belleville, these gentlemen were present and delivered addresses which evidently deeply impressed the audience.

Many splendid young fellows were present, and doubtless some of them will very soon be wearing the uniform of the King, and be preparing to aid in securing, through their courage and sense of duty, the continuance of British liberty, and the freedom of all the world.”