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100 Years Ago: Hugh Brant Invalided Home, Ted Yeomans a Prisoner in Germany, Charles White Wounded, Arthur McGie Suffers Gas Poisoning

The Intelligencer November 19, 1917 (page 3)

“Pte. Brant Recovering. Pte. Hugh Brant who went overseas with the 155th Battalion in October of last year has returned to Deseronto. A reception was held for him at the home of his sister, Mrs. Eliza Sero, Mohawk Reserve on Tuesday evening of last week when friends from Belleville, Point Anne and the Reserve gathered to welcome him home.

Pte. Brant looks first rate considering the amount of suffering he has gone through; wounded in the head and face, and affected by gas, he has had to undergo three operations to save his eyesight and will have to spend three months more in a hospital at Kingston for further treatment. A purse of money was presented to Pte. Brant at the reception.”

The Intelligencer November 19, 1917 (page 7)

Ted Yeomans“ ‘Ted’ Yeomans Prisoner. To-day Dr. Yeomans received a welcome message from his son, Lieut. ‘Ted’ Yeomans, who was recently reported missing and mourned as dead, that he was a prisoner in Germany.”

The Intelligencer November 19, 1917 (page 7)

“Sergeant White Wounded. Mrs. Ellen E. White, 78 Gordon St., has received a telegram from the Director of Record at Ottawa that (746137) Sergt. Charles Lewis White, Infantry, officially reported as admitted to the 6th field Ambulance Depot on Nov. 6th, 1917, with gunshot wound in the head.

Sergt. White, who is well known in Belleville, was for several years a cook at the Anglo-American Hotel. He enlisted and went overseas with the 116th Battalion, Oshawa.”

The Intelligencer November 19, 1917 (page 8)

Arthur McGie“Lieut. A. G. McGie Gassed by Huns. Mr. A. McGie, 202 Bridge Street, received the following message yesterday morning regarding his son, Lieut. A. Grendley McGie, who went overseas as a machine gun officer of the 155th Battalion.

‘Sincerely regret to inform you Lieut. A. Grendley McGie, infantry, officially reported admitted to No. 1 British Red Cross Hospital, Letreport, November 12th, 1917, gas poisoning, slight. Director of Records.’

Last evening he received the following cable message from his son, dated Bristol, England, yesterday: ‘Slightly gassed, in England, feeling fine.’

Lieut. McGie’s many friends will be glad to learn that the poisoning is not of a serious nature, and wish for him a speedy recovery.”

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100 Years Ago: Victory Loan Totals Still Climbing, Thomas Smith Wounded

The Intelligencer November 17, 1917 (pages 1, 8)

“City Doing Fine County Stronger. Belleville has passed its objective and the county is doing stronger every day, so next week should see us well on to the million mark. …

The film ‘Miss Canada,’ advertising The Victory Loan, and having Sir Thomas White as one of the principal actors has arrived and will be shown tonight in both of the Griffin’s Theatres. This picture contains 700 feet of film, and is most interesting. With every 25 cent seat bought at Griffin’s Bridge St. house a coupon will be given, and on Saturday night, Nov. 24th at 9 o’clock a man from the audience will pull a number from a hat, if the one holding that lucky number is in the audience he or she will be presented with a $50.00 Victory Bond. If not another number will be pulled until one is found with a corresponding number in the audience. Mr. Griffin is giving away $5,000 worth of Victory Bonds in his several houses, by special permission.”

The Intelligencer November 17, 1917 (page 8)

“Pte. Thomas Smith Reported Wounded. Ottawa, Nov. 16th, 1917. Mr. Wm. Smith, 8 King St. west, Belleville. Sincerely regret to inform you that 636357, Pte. Thomas Smith, infantry, reported admitted to 6th Field Ambulance Depot, November 6th, 1917, gunshot wound left arm (fractured).

Pte. Smith, who is a young man well-known in the city, enlisted and went overseas with the 155th Battalion.”

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100 Years Ago: Driver Duncan Wounded, Victory Loan Total Passes Half Million

The Intelligencer November 16, 1917 (page 2)

“Driver Duncan Wounded. Mrs. R. W. Duncan of this city, received a telegram this morning from Ottawa, stating that her son, Driver S. W. Duncan, artillery, was officially reported with gun shot wound in his right arm. Mrs. Duncan has three other sons at the front. Driver S. W. Duncan has been overseas for three years. He went with the first contingent.”

The Intelligencer November 16, 1917 (page 5)

“Hastings Co. Passes Half Million Mark. Yesterday was the most gratifying day that has yet been reported for the Victory Loan. The total amount of bonds sold yesterday reached the high sum of $506,000, or more than half a million dollars. …

Canada wants all her children, young and old, as her creditor, so buy a bond for the baby, and in the future that baby can tell the future generation that it had a part in the Great War. Buy a bond for all the family. Every one.”

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100 Years Ago: Aviators Leave Camps Mohawk and Rathbun, More Victory Loan Results, William Hogan Killed in Action, Two Belleville Officers Wounded

The Intelligencer November 15, 1917 (page 1)

“Aviation Camps Are Now Closed. The aviators have departed. Camps Mohawk and Rathbun are now practically deserted, and the daily visits of the gallant young birdmen over Belleville city and the surrounding country have ceased, for the trek is on and most of the staff, cadets in training, and most of the mechanics are on their way to the winter training camps situated near Fort Worth, Texas. …

The planes have been left behind, however, and more or less mechanical work will continue during the winter months to prepare for next season.

Three special trains passed through Belleville at 7.45, 8.30 and 9.30 this morning, and although many friends of the aviators had gathered at the station to say good-bye and present lunch-boxes no stop was made here and much disappointment was the result.

Good luck to the aviators, and may they all have an important part in bringing the war to a speedy and triumphant close.”

The Intelligencer November 15, 1917 (page 1)

“Mr. Nelson McCutcheon has sent in $14,000 for the small village of Marlbank. Anyone knowing Marlbank’s patriotic record in the war can hardly be surprised at the way they have taken hold out there.

Madoc came across yesterday with $24,000. How’s that for Madoc? …  Belleville yesterday supplied $72,000 of the $140,000 collected. …

The largest single subscription to be recorded to date is that of Mr. R. J. Graham for $50,000. There should be several like this before the campaign closes.

Everyone buying a bond should insist upon getting a button, and everyone—man, woman or child—who owns a bond should wear a button to make the other fellow ashamed to be seen in public without a Victory Bond button. If you have bought a bond for everyone in the family, even the baby, they should all wear their buttons. It is your patriotic duty to do this.”

The Intelligencer November 15, 1917 (page 8)

“Pte. Hogan Killed. An official telegram was received yesterday that Pte. William Patrick Hogan, was killed in action on October 31. Pte. Hogan lived in Belleville all his life and was employed at Marsh and Henthorn’s foundry. He had many friends who sincerely regret his death and sympathize with the bereaved relatives. He went overseas with the 155th Battalion and was attached to the machine gun section.”

[Note: Private William Patrick Hogan died on October 31, 1917. He is commemorated on Page 257 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer November 15, 1917 (page 8)

“Two Officers Are Wounded. Two popular young officers of Belleville, have been reported as wounded, Lieut. Wm. P. Allen and Lieut. R. Cooper.

Lieut. Wm. P. Allen. Lieut. Allen went overseas with the 155th Battalion and is a brother of Lieut.-Col. Percy Allen of this city. He is suffering from bullet wounds and is being treated in the military hospital at Wimereux, France.

Lieut. R. Cooper. It is officially reported from Ottawa that Lieut. R. Cooper of this city was wounded on November 6. This young officer is the son of Mr. L. B. Cooper and went overseas with the 254th Battalion.

No details are available as to the extent of the wounds which these officers have received, but their many friends in the city hope that they are not serious and that their recovery will be speedy.”

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100 Years Ago: Christmas Boxes Sent, Ad for Shredded Wheat, Ad for Victory Bonds, 155th Bandsmen Play in France, Second Day’s Canvass for Victory Bonds

The Intelligencer November 14, 1917 (page 2)

“During the past month the Argyll Chapter, I.O.D.E., have sent 70 Christmas boxes overseas, and 33 Christmas stockings to soldiers in Hospitals. Donations of $25 have been given to the British Red Cross and $25 to the Julia Henshaw fund for French Hospitals.

Money for Christmas cheer has been sent to six Belleville prisoners of war in Germany.”

The Intelligencer November 14, 1917 (page 3)

“You Can Do Your Bit in the trenches, in the home, in the office, in the factory, in the store when the body is nourished with foods that build healthy muscle without overtaxing the digestive organs.

Shredded Wheat Biscuit contains the greatest amount of body-building nutriment at lowest cost. It strengthens the muscles of the stomach and intestines by making them do their normal work in a natural way. A better-balanced ration than meat or eggs, more easily digested and costs much less.

Made in Canada.”

The Intelligencer November 14, 1917 (page 4)

“Buy Victory Bonds. Make Your Money Fight! Enlist In this Fighting Line.

‘He Fights Who Lends’ Every man and woman, every boy and girl in Canada is eligible for enlistment in this fighting line. There is no bar for age, sex or physical condition.

It means continued support for the boys at the front. It means work and wages for those who cannot get to the front. Buy Your Victory Bonds To-Day.”

The Intelligencer November 14, 1917 (page 7)

“155th Bandsmen Play In France. Concert of Massed Bands Behind the Firing Line—Belleville Bandsmen Take Part. The programme …  is one played by the massed bands of the 20th and 21st Battalion bands, C.E.F., at the 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade Headquarters, ‘somewhere in France’ recently, by permission of Lieut.-Col. and Lieut.-Col. H. V. Rorke, D.S.O., C.O. 20th Batt.

It may interest readers to know that the 21st Batt. Band is our own 155th Battalion band, which delighted Belleville audiences, as well as audiences in other towns and cities of eastern Ontario, by their splendid rendering of just such programmes as this one.

The personnel of the band was changed somewhat on its departure for overseas, fourteen of its members being struck off on account of physical unfitness. The number which survived, twenty-two, has been increased by the addition of seven more, making the total strength twenty-nine. The other band mentioned numbers thirty-six. The concert was given on October 22nd, and pleased everyone present.”

The Intelligencer November 14, 1917 (page 8)

“City Responds Nobly. County Is Slower. While the returns from the county are rather discouraging to the hard-working local committee, the result in Belleville of the second day’s canvass raises their enthusiasm to the highest pitch. What has been done in Belleville can be done all over the County, so it is up to the citizens of this city to take hold and make the people of the rest of the County awaken to their responsibilities. …

There is a lot of missionary work to be done throughout the county, and there is no fund to pay for this work. It is therefore up to volunteers who are travelling to help with the good work. …

At Griffin’s Theatre last night the members of ‘The Only Girl’ Company gave their services to the Publicity Committee and went amongst the audience and accepted pledges from people there for nearly a thousand dollars of bonds—more than some towns have bought in a day. This is a very trying task for the ladies and gentlemen of the stage, and the Publicity Committee appreciating this, thank them for their unselfish effort.

Griffin’s theatres have assisted greatly with the publicity from the beginning of the campaign, and intend to continue. Mr. Geo. Forhan, the popular manager of Griffin’s interests in Belleville, has been untiring in his efforts to assist the committee, and serves himself on the Stunts Sub-Committee of the publicity end.

Arrangements have been made with the theatres to give coupons away with the tickets, and the one holding the lucky number on Saturday night at each of the local houses will be presented with a $50.00 Victory Bond, donated by Mr. John and Peter Griffin. Mr. Griffin also has presented each manager on his circuit with five Victory Bonds, and an offer to finance any which the manager will himself buy. This is taking hold with a right spirit.”

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100 Years Ago: City Hall Victory Loan Meeting, Several Belleville Soldiers Wounded, County Enthusiasm for Victory Loan Campaign, Marmora Rally for War Victory Loan, Haines’ Shoe Houses Ad for Victory Bonds

The Intelligencer November 13, 1917 (page 1)

“ ‘Carry On’ Keynote of Victory Bond Campaign. The Victory Loan meeting in the City Hall last evening attracted a large audience showing the great interest being taken by people of small and large means in this important line of defence which will back up and make effective the heroic deeds of Canada’s army in the field. …

Preceding the meeting the 15th Regiment band marched to the City Hall and gave a program outside and inside the hall which was well rendered and greatly appreciated.

A feature of the meeting was the appearance of the hall which resembled an art gallery with the many striking Liberty Bond posters which adorned the walls. One in particular is worthy of special notice among the many artistic designs which testified to the power of publicity, the one depicting the little girl who had arranged her alphabet blocks to spell BUY ME A VICTORY BOND and is represented as making an almost tearful appeal to her daddy in this wise: ‘Oh, Please Daddy, buy me a Victory Bond.’ …

Only 1 in 187 of the population of Canada bought our last war loan. It was to remedy this state of affairs and get all the people back of the war that this great campaign was planned, in order to get the man and woman with $50 and $100 savings to invest in Victory Bonds. This was pointed out by the various speakers.”

The Intelligencer November 13, 1917 (page 2)

“Bombardier E. H. Olver. Bombardier Edwin Hugh Olver, Artillery, is officially reported wounded, gunshot in the left leg, and removed to 8th Field Ambulance. Hugh Olver left with the 26th Battery from Kingston more than two years ago. He is well known in the city and is a son of the late A. Olver, M.D., Medicine Hat, Alta.

“Pte. H. F. O’Neil. Mrs. M. O’Neil, 73 Lewis St., City, has received official notice that Pte. Hugh Francis O’Neil, Infantry, is reported as admitted to the Sixth Field Ambulance Depot, November 4th, with gunshot wound in left leg.

“Sergt. J. H. Turney. Sergt. James H. Turney, referred to in the following despatch, enlisted with the 59th Mounted Rifles at Cornwall. Previous to enlistment he was employed in the Belleville Hardware establishment.

Ottawa, Nov. 12, 1917. Mrs. James H. Turney, 280 Coleman street, Belleville, Ont. Sincerely regret to inform you 454,536 Sergt. James H. Turney, Mounted Rifles, officially reported admitted to St. John Ambulance Brigade Hospital, Etaples, November 2nd, 1917. Gunshot wound in back, Director of Records.

“Pte. N. J. Asselstine. Private Nicholas John Asselstine, who enlisted and went overseas with the 155th Battalion, has been reported wounded, as the following telegram denotes, which was received by his mother this morning:

Ottawa, Ont. Nov. 12th. Mrs. Edith Asselstine, 78 Mill Street, Belleville, Ont. Sincerely regret to inform you that 636682, Pte. Nicholas John Asselstine, infantry, officially reported admitted to 1st Western General Hospital, Liverpool, November 7th, 1917; gunshot wound in wrist. Director of Records.

“Pte. E. L. Foster. Pte. Ernest Leonard Foster, of this city, who enlisted and went overseas with the 155th Battalion, has been wounded, as the following telegram from the Record Office shows:

Ottawa, Nov. 12, 1917. Mrs. Rose Foster, 256 ½ Front Street, Belleville, Ont. Sincerely regret to inform you 636436, Pte. Ernest Leonard Foster, infantry, officially reported admitted to No. 1 Field Ambulance Depot, November 5th, 1917, gunshot wound head, back and left hand. Director of Records.

“Lieut. W. H. F. Ketcheson. Mayor Ketcheson received a telegram this morning from the Director of Records at Ottawa stating that his son, Lieut. W. H. F. Ketcheson, had been admitted to hospital in France suffering from wounds in the chest and burns. The many friends of Lieut. Ketcheson in Belleville and vicinity trust that he will have a speedy recovery, and sympathize with the family of Mayor Ketcheson in the anxiety caused by this disturbing news from the battlefields of Flanders.

Lieut. W. H. F. Ketcheson left Belleville with the 30th Battalion in 1915 for overseas, and has been in France over two years on active service, being attached to the machine gun service, and having risen to second in command of his section.

He has served his country gallantly and well in many strenuous battles and was a member of the brave group of Canadian heroes who held an important salient at St. Eloi for ten days, in the face of tremendous odds and cut off from support by the enemy barrage, relief only coming after ten terrible days of heroic effort when a sap was constructed to the position and an avenue of escape furnished.

Another son of Mayor Ketcheson, is now in the city recovering from wounds received at the front, being invalided home with a gallant record of heroic service for the Empire for which he was singled out for Royal honors.”

The Intelligencer November 13, 1917 (page 2)

“Hastings Welcomes the Liberty Bonds. With not much more than half of the County of Hastings heard from the first day of the Victory Loan campaign showed that the good old County is there with the Dollars as well as the Men.

The Province of Ontario subscribed $4,000,000 to the Victory Loan yesterday and the County of Hastings supplied $136,000.00 of this huge total, so it can be seen that the people of this County know their duty and intend to do it. Belleville’s first day netted over $86,000.00, so it will be seen that the County Seat has set a good pace for the rest to keep up to.

The returns for to-day will be read from the stage of Griffin’s Theatre, and the Palace to-night, and will be published at the Victory Loan Headquarters, Campbell St. …  A clock is being erected on Front St. to keep the people of Belleville informed of the progress of the campaign. Watch it and you will see the hand advance to the ‘Million or Bust’ sign.”

The Intelligencer November 13, 1917 (page 3)

“Splendid Rally at Marmora. The Town Hall at Marmora was crowded last night to hear the War Victory Loan explained and advocated by Colonel W. N. Ponton, K. C., of Belleville, who took up the various phases and significance and the appealing advantages of the national investment offered.

He described the loan as one that appealed both to our business and bosoms, to our hard British common sense and business instincts as well as to our practical loyalty and patriotism translated into action. Bullets win battles, but money, the denominator of value and the concrete evidence of purchasing power, wins wars, and the present conflict is not merely a battle of armies but it is a war of nations. …  Mr. Salime occupied the chair, and Reeve Gray also spoke. Marmora subscribed $14,000 yesterday in Liberty Bonds.”

The Intelligencer November 13, 1917 (page 7)

“Put Your Money in the First Line Trenches by Buying Victory Bonds. The Haines’ Shoe Houses. Belleville, Napanee, Trenton, Smiths Falls.”



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100 Years Ago: Victory Loan Campaign Launched, John Jones Dangerously Ill, Ad for Gillette Banking System

The Intelligencer November 12, 1917 (page 2)

“Campaign Launched With Wild Acclaim. After nine o’clock this morning any citizen of Belleville remaining in ignorance of the fact that Hastings County, and the Dominion of Canada had started into the three weeks drive for the Victory Loan, was either deaf and blind, or a candidate for the Bay Shore rest station. Every noise producing instrument in the city was requisitioned for use. Church bells, fire bells, dinner bells, factory whistles, automobile horns and human voices joined in with the rest of Canada in the financial battle the same as her sons who have fought and died in the battle for the world’s freedom.

The men over there have done their duty. Now those who are unable to go over are about to do theirs. Every man, woman and child who is earning a wage, or receiving an income, must buy a Victory Bond within the next three weeks. There can be no alternative. …

At 7.30 tonight the street lights will go out for three minutes to remind the citizens that it is their duty to go to the City Hall and hear the addresses on the Victory Loan by men who are familiar with the subject, and to listen to a programme of music by Belleville’s leading artists. …

Ald. W. B. Deacon, the county chairman, marshalled his forces on Saturday night at the headquarters on Campbell street for final instructions before the big drive. He let them know that Hastings County must supply One Million Dollars to the Canada Victory Loan, and ‘A Million or Bust’ will be the slogan for the workers of Hastings.

This morning saw the workers out and doing. Every man was in his place to sell the Victory Bonds, and the publicity committee was out in full force to plaster the town with the advertising matter, so that no matter where the people turn they will be confronted with a reminder of a duty done, or yet to be done.

Everyone who buys a bond will be given a button to wear. It must be worn prominently, not in a boastful way, but for the moral effect on the man who has failed to do his duty, so that before the three weeks will be up a man will be ashamed to appear in public without a button. The absence of the button will be far more conspicuous than the presence of it. …

Many merchants have kindly given their newspaper space to be used by the Publicity Committee, and it would be well to read these advertisements. …  An announcement will be made from the stage at the City Hall tonight of the result of the first day’s canvass, also at Griffin’s theatres.”

The Intelligencer November 12, 1917 (page 2)

“Private John Jones Dangerously Ill. The following telegram was received yesterday by Mr. Thomas Jones of this city. Ottawa, Nov. 11, 1917. Thomas B. Jones, 75 South John Street, Belleville. Sincerely regret to inform you that (636742) Pte. John Jones, infantry, is officially reported dangerously ill at Sixth British Red Cross Hospital, Etaples, November 6th, 1917; gunshot wounds in right leg. Director of Records.

Pte. Jones is well known in this city, where he has resided all his life. He enlisted and went overseas with the 155th Battalion. Previous to enlistment he was employed at Marsh & Henthorne’s establishment. His many friends will hope for his recovery.”

The Intelligencer November 12, 1917 (page 4)

Ad for Gillette Banking System“Buy a Victory Bond by following the Gillette Banking System. Do you pay a man to shave you every day? Then you’re lucky if it doesn’t cost you more than the price of a $50.00 Victory Bond a year!

This shaving outlay might be $50.00 well spent if it saved some of your own valuable time. But on the contrary it takes three or four times as long to get shaved away from home, as to shave yourself with a Gillette Safety Razor.

If you have been using a Gillette you have been saving $1.00 per week at least. Buy an extra $50.00 Victory Bond for each year that the Gillette has saved that much for you!

If you haven’t been ‘banking’ money this way, buy both a Gillette and a Bond now, and let one pay for the other!”

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100 Years Ago: Sinclair’s Ad for Victory Bonds, Poster for Victory Loan Rally, Publicity Committee Meets for Victory Loan Campaign

The Intelligencer November 10, 1917 (page 2)

Sinclair's ad for Victory Bonds“Sinclair’s Will Help You Buy Victory Bonds. Best Investment in The World! Best Returns On Your Money. Best Cause in Civilization’s History.

If You Will Buy Your Ladies; and Children’s Garments, also Staple & Fancy Dry Goods at Sinclair’s you will Save Money. And this real saving will help you to Buy Victory Bonds. And By So Doing Help Win the War! Sinclair’s.”

The Intelligencer November 10, 1917 (page 3)

Poster for Victory Loan Rally“Victory Loan Rally! City Hall, Nov. 12, 8 P. M.

Speakers: Rev. J. R. Patterson, Toronto; His Honor, Justice Maston, Toronto; Sir Mackenzie Bowell, Belleville; J. W. Johnson, M.P.P.

Singers: The Quinte Male Quartette: E. A. Mouck, E. Mooreman, S. R. Burrows, Ted Austin; Tenor Soloist: Prof. Staples & others.

I.O.O.F. Band under direction of Chas Hanna.

When the lights go out get under cover at the City Hall and hear all about Victory Bonds.”

The Intelligencer November 10, 1917 (page 4)

“One Million Dollars from Hastings County. Last night in the Victory Loan Headquarters the members of the Hastings County Victory Loan Publicity Committee met to organize for the purpose of keeping the people of this county alive to the necessity of subscribing for Victory Loans, and of seeing that the other fellow does likewise, and then buy more, and more yet. No let up will occur until Hastings county has passed its objective, $800,000.00, and goes to the million mark. …

Hastings County is the largest county, in area, in the Province of Ontario, and every inch of this county will be covered by the activities of the Publicity Committee. Public meetings will be held, posters displayed, banners flown, literature distributed so that no home in the county will be in ignorance of its country’s call for financial assistance.

Every child in the schools, and every student will know the details of the Loan so that they can go home and explain it all to their parents. …

On Monday evening at 7.30, all the street lights in the city will be turned off for five minutes, this will give the citizens time to think of where to go to have light shed on the advantages of the Victory Loan, and eight o’clock should see the City Hall packed to the door, to hear the speakers who will be there for the purpose of explaining the Victory Loan, and others who will entertain.

At 9 o’clock on Monday morning all whistles will be blown; the church bells rung and every form of noise imaginable will proclaim to the people of Belleville that the campaign for One Million Dollars will commence in Hastings County.”

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100 Years Ago: King Requests Special Day of Prayer, Exemption Board at Work

The Intelligencer November 9, 1917 (page 1)

“Special Day of Prayer. London. The King has addressed a letter ‘To My People’ appointing Sunday, January 6th, as ‘A special day of prayer and thanksgiving in all the churches throughout my dominions.’ The King says: ‘The world-wide struggle for the triumph of right and liberty is entering upon its last and most difficult phase. The enemy is striving by desperate assault and submarine intrigue to perpetuate the wrong already committed, and to stem the tide of a free civilization. We have yet to complete the great task to which more than three years ago we dedicated ourselves.

At such a time I would call upon you to devote a special day to prayer, that we may have the clear-sightedness and strength necessary to the victory of our cause.’ ”

The Intelligencer November 9, 1917 (page 2)

“Exemption Board Is At Work. At the court house the local exemption tribunal composed of Judge Wills, Col. S. S. Lazier and Major P. K. Ketcheson, were in session yesterday and to-day, and the members were busy considering oral application for exemption. This class of work will be continued to-day. These first three days session of the Board are taken up in instructing applicants for exemption to apply for registration first, and after the close of the registration board the examining of claims for exemption will be taken up in earnest. …

It is expected that the work of the board will increase as the days go by, getting heavier towards the close of the period allotted for hearing of the applications.”

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100 Years Ago: Returned Soldiers Given Good Positions, Bells and Whistles on Monday, Robert F. Brown Enlists, Letter of Sympathy for Charles Barnett’s Wife

The Intelligencer November 8, 1917 (page 1)

“Returned Soldiers. Many Now Occupying Good Positions in Public Service. In the early stages of the war, when every effort was being made to encourage the young men of Canada to make the sacrifices necessary to enable them to ‘sign up’ to defend the Empire, their homes and loved ones against the blood-thirsty and fiendish attack of the Hun, Mr. Porter, the member for West Hastings, in his public speeches declared that in so far as his power would go preference would be given to returned soldiers in filling any positions becoming vacant in the public service in the Riding which he represented.

Since then a large number of vacancies have taken place, some by death, others by officials taking up arms in our common defence. It is greatly to Mr. Porter’s credit and shows the warm spot in his heart for our returned heroes when we are able to say that in every instance where such a vacancy has occurred in West Hastings it has been filled by the temporary or permanent appointment of a returned soldier upon his recommendation.

A great many such appointments have been so made in the Inland Revenue Department, The Customs Department, The Post Office Department both in the City and County, The British Munition Works, The Trent Canal, and other Public Works and contracts. …  Some of these vacant positions have also been given to female relatives of soldiers, and all without any distinction of political affiliations.

Our soldier boys, both returned and overseas, know they have a staunch friend in Mr. Porter. …  They are not likely to forget Mr. Porter when they can do him a service, nor will their female friends who have the right to vote overlook these acts of justice done for their boys and husbands.

It is also worthy of note that the twelve or fourteen extra clerks necessary to handle the Christmas rush at the Post Office will be sons of soldiers as the result of Mr. Porter’s recommendation.”

The Intelligencer November 8, 1917 (page 1)

“Nine O’Clock Monday! Monday morning at 9 o’clock all the bells and whistles in this city are expected to herald the opening of Canada’s Victory Loan.

The clamor is to signify that all the people in this part of Canada, in company with all other Canadians,—are taking up joyfully, optimistically and with determination, the task of making this loan a success.

There are sure to be some among us who will sit back and say: ‘Oh, a hundred and fifty million dollar loan is out of my class—over my head, how can I help?’ Don’t be one of these people. Don’t hand back. Don’t imagine YOUR contribution too small to help Canada. Five dollars down will, we are told, buy a Victory Bond.

Be ready for this campaign! Watch the Government’s advertising from now on—and make ready to render your share of this patriotic yet profitable service to your country.”

The Intelligencer November 8, 1917 (page 2)

“Another Enlister. Mr. Robert F. Brown, aged 22 years and married, applied at the Post Office to-day and obtained active service papers. Mr. Brown resides on Foster Avenue, and of late has been in the employ of the F. S. Anderson Company of this city. This is the sixth person who has taken out active service papers.

Many claim exemption. Up to 2 o’clock this afternoon 525 eligibles under the Militia Act, had made application at the Belleville Post Office for exemption papers and six active service papers. Some 1,900 have been examined by the Medical Military Board here, the great majority of whom are in Class A.”

The Intelligencer November 8, 1917 (page 7)

“Well Liked By Everyone. The following communication refers to Private Charles Barnett, who left Belleville with the 80th Battalion, and whose life has been given for King and Country:

Canadian Ordnance Office, October 24, 1917, Liphook, Hants, England. Mrs. Annie Barnett, 17 Everett St., Belleville, Ont. Dear Mrs. Barnett:—I am returning the enclosed letter. It was opened for the purpose of identifying the sender. On behalf of the members of this detachment I desire to extend to you our deepest sympathy in your irreparable loss. Your husband was well liked by everyone of us, and I always found him to be a trustworthy and willing worker, and of the highest character. Yours faithfully, A. G. Self, Sub. Condr.”

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