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100 Years: British Red Cross Appeal, Rainbow Club Boxes Packed, Theatre Recruiting Speeches

The Intelligencer October 27, 1915 (page 1)

“Belleville’s Appeal for British Red Cross. Some Mothers Offer Their Sons to the Empire. Some Wives Give Their Husbands—Some Children Their Fathers—Many Men Their Lives. YOU ARE ASKED FOR MONEY. When You Get Your Envelope Tomorrow Make a Generous Contribution and Have it Ready for SATURDAY.

You are asked, therefore, in humanity’s name, to give as liberally as you possibly can to the fund. We cannot all go to the firing line. But the least we can do is to help those who do—those who are fighting for us. Give on. The Empire expects every man, woman and child to give something. Give a day’s pay. Don’t let some stricken hero languish in his pain and illness for the sake of that dollar you can maybe well spare.”

The Intelligencer October 27, 1915 (page 1)

“Gifts for Belleville Boys. For some days past there has been considerable activity displayed at the quarters of the Belleville Women’s Patriotic and Red Cross Association rooms in the Robertson Block, west side of Front street. A number of the ladies who are active members of the Association have been busily engaged in filling boxes with necessaries and luxuries for the Belleville boys who are at the front.

Recently under the auspices of the circles of the Rainbow Club, a shower was held at the armouries here and the contributions of luxuries, etc., was most gratifying. These donations were collected and were placed in boxes to be forwarded to the boys. The boxes packed were numerous, some hundreds in number and contained the following articles:—Potted meats, jam, chocolates, smoking and chewing tobacco, chewing gum, cigarettes, oxo, confectionery, pipes, cards, fruit cake, mouth organs, pencils and writing material, hickory nuts.

These small boxes were labelled as follows: ‘Belleville Women’s Patriotic and Red Cross Association, Rainbow Club. They have been carefully packed for shipment in larger boxes. At the top of each box was placed a maple leaf tinged with the autumn frost, which were collected about the city and after being pressed, were waxed. This will no doubt be a memento from the city which our boys will appreciate very much.

The work of preparing the boxes has been an arduous one, but at the same time a labor of love. Mrs. (Col.) Lazier as President of the Red Cross Association, has been most active in the work and has been surrounded by a noble band of lady workers, who are intensely interested in looking after the comfort of the Belleville boys who are at the front.”

The Intelligencer October 27, 1915 (page 7)

“Recruiting. Short Addresses Last Night in the Belleville Theatres. Mr. E. Guss Porter, K.C., M.P., opened the campaign to stimulate recruiting by addressing the audience at Griffin’s theatre last evening in a ten minutes’ speech. The audience welcomed his appeal and punctuated his remarks with applause. Griffin’s Theatre was patronized by a good attendance to see their interesting movies.

The effort of Mr. Porter was seconded by Mr. J.F. Wills, K.C., at the Palace Theatre, where there was a large attendance to see the play ‘David Copperfield’. His remarks were listened to with attention and applauded.

The theatres have placed their houses with their usual courtesy freely at the disposal of the Patriotic Speakers League to do their ‘bit’ in assisting as good British citizens the efforts being put forth to bring the large number of young men available in our midst to enlist in the one cause which absorbs all our efforts—our great war.”