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100 Years Ago: Penalties for Men Who Evade Draft, Ad for Sinclair’s, The Fuel Situation

The Intelligencer January 3, 1918 (page 1)

“Drastic Measures Against Men Who Evade Draft. Ottawa. With the calling up of the first draft, strong measures will be taken against men who have failed to register under the Military Service Act. Announcement of a reward ‘to any civil police or peace officer for the apprehension and delivery into military custody of a deserter or absentee without leave,’ is the forerunner of further steps to ensure that all members of Class 1 comply with the law.

Instructions for dealing with deserters and absentees without leave have been issued and the general policy determined.”

The Intelligencer January 3, 1918 (page 2)

“Sinclair’s Mid-Winter Early Closing. Help Win the War. Save Coal and Light.

Store Closes Saturdays at 6.30 p.m. Other Days at 5.30 p.m. Beginning Wednesday, Jan. 2nd, and continuing until Saturday, March 9th, we will close our store as above.

This means a real saving of Coal and Light. It also means the saving of long walks for our staff on Saturday nights to and from their homes; and above all, this means a Better Service for our customers from 8.30 a.m. until 6.30 p.m. on Saturdays, during which time our entire staff is at your service with no interruptions at the Tea Hour.

We Want You to Help Us. We believe our action in this matter of Early Closing will appeal to our citizens in general, and for this reason we ask the co-operation of our friends in order that we may successfully promote the Early Closing Movement.”

The Intelligencer January 3, 1918 (page 4)

“The Fuel Situation. The conservation of coal movement is spreading; and the fuel famine will be of service in one way at least as showing that there has been a reckless waste of fuel in the past with no provision for emergencies.

Railways are cutting off surplus passenger service which can be dispensed with without hardship during the winter months. Churches are amalgamating services, municipalities are cutting down their White Way illuminations and reducing street lighting to a minimum. Large business places are adopting early closing hours for the balance of the winter and even cutting out Saturday night shopping in some instances, and Belleville merchants are blazing the way in this respect.

The present fuel scarcity seems ridiculous in view of the fact that Canada is a wooded country and much good firewood is allowed to go to waste through forest fires, decay and lack of attention to reforestry. …  The forests of Canada have been sacrificed to a large extent by inefficient methods which should be replaced at once with a policy of conservation which will check the terrible waste of national resources which has been going on for years.”

By | January 3rd, 2018|Intelligencer WW1 Local News|0 Comments

100 Years Ago: Drastic Cuts Considered by Government, Belleville to Be Mobilization Centre

The Intelligencer January 2, 1918 (page 1)

“Canada, which since the war commenced has curtailed few of its pleasures and enjoyments is to feel the heavy hand of war in the near future if regulations now under consideration by the Government are carried out. …  in future money must be conserved for the war funds of the Dominion, which, though but recently replenished by the Victory Loan, will have to be further replenished before the New Year is many months old. …

A curtailment of individual consumption of tea, coffee, sugar and other essential commodities is also anticipated in the near future as a complement to the regulation at present under consideration in the United States. …

Probably one of the most serious problems which the Government now has to face is that of coal supply. Despite the fact that Canada imported more coal this year than last there is a real and alarming shortage even at this early period of a hard winter due primarily to hoarding on the part of individuals during the summer.

Householders should not be surprised if before long they find their bins inspected to discover whether they have accumulated more than their just share. If they have they may be gently requested to distribute their bounty at a price to their more needy but less provident neighbors.

A further restriction is expected in the use of gasoline for pleasure purposes. Luxuries are to be discouraged. The production and conservation of essentials are to be encouraged.”

The Intelligencer January 2, 1918 (page 1)

“Belleville Will Be Mobilization Centre. An unannounced number of men, physically fit and between the age of twenty and thirty-four will report for military service on Thursday. They have been given transportation which will bring them to Kingston. …

They will be examined by doctors, equipped with uniform and supplies and signed up as recruits in the Canadian Expeditionary Force. Selections will be made of these men to all vacancies in the artillery, army medical corps, army service corps, etc. …  At the conclusion of this distribution 800 will be selected. Half of this number will go to Brockville, the remainder to Belleville. …  the officers who will have the administration of this new army know the conditions that have brought about the enlistment of these men.

There is no such word as coward known to the language of Canadians. It is rather only a frame of mind. The public have decided that these men should make the sacrifice and deeming the public right the majority wins. …

The message that is sent to all the men affected by the Military Service Act seems to be best quoted in the language of one headquarters staff officer who said, ‘Tell the boys that we will use them right and consider them as potential soldiers who are coming in to keep up the work that the first contingent started.’ “

By | January 2nd, 2018|Intelligencer WW1 Local News|0 Comments

100 Years Ago: Robert Bone Killed in Action, The King’s Call for Prayer

The Intelligencer December 31, 1917 (page 2)

“Pte. R. H. Bone Killed in Action. Mr. P. Bone, Herchimer Avenue, has received the following telegram from Military Headquarters, at Ottawa:

‘Deeply regret to inform you cable received to-day, stating (636640) Pte. Robert Henry Bone, infantry, previously reported wounded, now officially reported killed in action, Nov. 6, 1917.’

Pte. Bone left Belleville with the 155th Battalion, and was well known and very popular in a wide circle of friends here, who will receive the news of his death with sincere regret.”

[Note: Private Robert Henry Bone died on November 6, 1917. He is commemorated on Page 204 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer December 31, 1917 (page 2)

“The King’s Call for Prayer. Last evening in Emmanuel church, the rector spoke on ‘The King’s Call for Prayer. …  Mr. Hubly read the King’s proclamation, and spoke of the call for prayer being a national call, and the need also national.

As Canadian patriotism, most loyally responded to the King’s call for men, money and food, so the same patriotism will make sure our loyal response to the King’s call for prayer.”

By | December 31st, 2017|Intelligencer WW1 Local News|0 Comments

100 Years Ago: Condition of Arthur McGlashon Still Serious, Ad for Kellogg’s Corn Flakes

The Intelligencer December 29, 1917 (page 2)

“Condition Still Serious. Sergt. McGlashon, caretaker of the Belleville Armouries, was this morning in receipt of the following telegram: Ottawa, Dec. 28, 1917. Mr. James McGlashon, Armouries, Belleville. 55406 cable received today states 412076 Sergt. Arthur Edward McGlashon, infantry, officially reported still seriously ill, 1st General Hospital, Etaples, Dec. 16, 1917. Director of Records.

On the 22nd of August last Sergt. McGlashon was severely wounded, and it is apparent from the above message that his condition is serious. His injuries were such that he has been unable to write since that date.”

The Intelligencer December 29, 1917 (page 3)

“The Food Controller Has Licensed the Makers of Kellogg’s Toasted Corn Flakes to continue to put up and sell—in the original Red, White and Green package—the delicious Toasted Corn Flakes you have always used.

Save Wheat! And Use the Ideal Food—Kellogg’s Toasted Corn Flakes.

The Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Co. Limited. Head Office and Factory: London, Ont.”

By | December 29th, 2017|Intelligencer WW1 Local News|0 Comments

100 Years Ago: Quiet Christmas on Battlefront

The Intelligencer December 28, 1917 (page 4)

“Canadian Headquarters in France, via London. Christmas has come and gone. The front line was quiet Christmas Day, which was wet and stormy. …  Behind the firing line the officers and men celebrated the day in wooden Armstrong huts or iron Nissen dwellings, or in the basements of shattered French houses or deep dugouts won back from the enemy.

They paused in the midst of action to drink old toasts, to celebrate old customs, and remember old associations. …

Stricken fighting men at the rest station in the green hills amidst the quiet surroundings of a quiet old chateau, celebrated the season at a happy banquet in a great hut which was cool with evergreen, brightened with innumerable red, white and blue and green streamers, lightened by many Red Cross lamps and Chinese lanterns and warmed by two big stoves. …  There were maple leaves to decorate the walls and many flags to add to the cheeriness of the room, and a real Christmas tree, groaning under a load of presents from home.”

By | December 28th, 2017|Intelligencer WW1 Local News|0 Comments

100 Years Ago: Christmas Message from Canadian Corps to Dominion, Prime Minister Sends Greetings to Soldiers

The Intelligencer December 27, 1917 (page 1)

“Men Fighting in France Send Christmas Message to Dominion. Canadian Army Headquarters. ‘To comrades and friends in support in Canada, this Christmas message is from the Canadian corps from every division, brigade, battalion and man. It is our deeply sincere wish for a year of future happiness and for our early reunion. We feel today that the race behind us is of such strength and magnitude that it will inspire each of us to greater deeds and will surely lead us to the goal of victory, peace and home.’

Such is the message to the Dominion from its fighting men in France, while to the fighting men themselves, the corps commander has sent the following message:

‘The corps commander has taken this opportunity of sending every officer, non-commissioned officer and man in the Canadian corps all good wishes for Christmas. He trusts that the coming year may bring with it the attainment of our great objective—victorious peace and a happy return to our near and dear ones in Canada. This is not a mere stereotyped wish. …  Your actions have made the name of our homeland one to be revered, respected and honored now and throughout the years to come.’ ”

The Intelligencer December 27, 1917 (page 2)

“Greetings to the Soldiers Overseas. The Prime Minister has sent to General Turner the following Christmas message for the Canadian troops overseas:

‘It is again my great privilege to convey to you from the government and people of Canada the greetings and gratitude which during this season are deep in the heart of every Canadian. This Christmas we recall in loving and solemn memory the many thousands of your gallant comrades who have passed into their perfect peace. They died that Canada might live. They gave up their lives that we might have peace on Earth. But their spirit lives to inspire the nation, which can never forget. …  In the new year now approaching we shall resolve anew that as the army struggles and suffers for the nation, so the nation will strive and endure for the army, and do both for the great common cause of liberty and civilization to which we have consecrated our efforts. …  R. L. Borden.’ “

By | December 27th, 2017|Intelligencer WW1 Local News|0 Comments

100 Years Ago: Christmas in the City

The Intelligencer December 26, 1917 (page 5)

“The Merry Makers. The Arena Rink was a favored spot for holiday merry-makers yesterday afternoon and evening and large crowds enjoyed excellent skating. The musical programmes rendered by the band were very much appreciated by the skaters and spectators.

“Christmas Dance. The Kiora Circle were at home to their many friends in Johnstone’s academy last evening. The academy was beautifully decorated with many Xmas emblems. Lunch was served and a Serpentine dance took place. A Belleville orchestra furnished the music and a most enjoyable time was spent by all until the wee small hours.

“Christmas at the Theatres. A little bit of war, a considerable bit of love interest and some genuine thrills favored the holiday crowds at Griffin’s theatre yesterday matinee and evening. Jolly Billie Burke in ‘Arms and the Man’ was the feature, and a very satisfying feature it was, the story affording this dainty and clever little actress abundant opportunity for the display of her exceptional talent. The Palace also had a good program and was largely patronized.

“Santa Claus Made Many Calls. Christmas was appropriately observed at local institutions yesterday. Santa Claus came to the Children’s Shelter and delighted the lads and lassies there with beautiful and satisfying gifts. At the Ontario School for the Deaf the pupils enjoyed an excellent Christmas celebration prepared by the staff. Santa Claus also proved that he was a friend of those domiciled at the Home for the Friendless and their hearts were cheered with many evidences of the Christmas spirit. …

“Christmas in the County Jail. At Belleville jail 12 inmates, all men, partook of a Christmas dinner which had been especially provided by Governor Ketcheson and Mrs. Ketcheson. It was an extra meal, and was well served. Fruit and sweetmeats were also provided, and at the conclusion cigars were given the compulsory guests at the County Bastile, a treat which was much enjoyed. Governor and Mrs. Ketcheson were thanked for the manner in which they had looked after the welfare of the unfortunates.

“Kiddies Christmas at the Shelter. Through the generosity of many citizens of Belleville the children who are domiciled at the children’s Shelter in this city, were on Christmas Day made exceedingly happy by gifts and sweetmeats provided. After a most tempting dinner had been served the staff and children welcomed visitors, who from 3 to 6 made their appearance. The hour of 3.30 was delightful to the little ones, for at that hour Santa Claus made his appearance and he was well laden with gifts and good things which were distributed to the children, who were more than delighted. Had the donors been present they would have been more than repaid for any gift they made when they beheld the joy it gave the tots to receive the gifts.

“Christmas Dinner at the Quinte. One of the traditional features of Christmas observance is the Christmas dinner with its roast turkey, cranberry sauce and delicious dressing, supplemented with good old English plum pudding. Turkeys roosted as high as twelve dollars each on the city market this year and consequently the royal bird was absent from many boards. A number of Belleville folks yesterday very wisely saved themselves the trouble of getting up a Christmas dinner and dined at the Hotel Quinte where another of the Christmas dinners for which that famous hostelry is noted was served. The large dining-room was filled with a merry gathering and the Christmas spirit was very much in evidence in the atmosphere of good fellowship which graced the occasion. The menu was eminently satisfactory from soup to nuts and the booking and service was excellent. Christmas dinner at the Quinte was indeed a pleasant feature of a perfect Christmas day.”


By | December 26th, 2017|Intelligencer WW1 Local News|0 Comments

100 Years Ago: Santa Claus Fund for Children’s Shelter, Sergeant Harris Returns Home, Thomas Yateman Buried in Belleville, A Happy Christmas to Readers

The Intelligencer December 24, 1917 (page 1)

“Santa Claus Fund Children’s Shelter. Help the Kiddies to Have a Happy Christmas by Contributing to the Children’s Shelter Fund—A Worthy Object Blessed by the Christmas Spirit.

Dear Reader,—The children and staff will be delighted to welcome you tomorrow (Christmas Day) from 3 to 6 p.m. Father Christmas will visit the Shelter at 3.30 by special arrangement. Come and see old Santa distribute the good things to the children. The children and staff join in wishing you all a very happy Christmas and a prosperous new year. May the King of Peace reign in all your hearts. Yours sincerely, Thos. D. Ruston.”

The Intelligencer December 24, 1917 (page 2)

“Sergeant Harris Returned Home. There was great joy at an early hour on Sunday morning at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Harris, 152 James street, when their only son, Sergeant Albert E. Harris, walked in, having just arrived home from England. When the war broke out the young man enlisted and went overseas with the 34th Battery, being a bombardier.

He was instructor for some time at Shorncliffe, but he spent 26 months in France and on the 10th of May last was severely wounded in the right knee. Since that time he has been in a hospital. Sergt. Harris merited promotion but his modesty thus far has prevented public recognition of his gallant deeds.

Albert even today bears upon his face evidences of the injuries he received from a bursting shell—upon his forehead, nose, lip and eyelids are embedded pieces of shrapnel. After remaining home for a few days he will report at the convalescent hospital at Kingston. His many friends in Belleville will extend him a hearty welcome home.”

The Intelligencer December 24, 1917 (page 2)

“Died from Wounds. Buried in Belleville. That the late Private Thomas Yateman, of this city, had many friends here was evidenced on Saturday afternoon when his remains were laid at rest in Belleville cemetery. A large concourse of citizens followed the remains to their last resting place and members of the War Veterans in uniform and civilian clothes were present in large numbers.

From the family residence, Mill street, the cortege proceeded to Christ Church, where the impressive burial service of the Anglican Church was conducted by the Rector, Rev. Dr. Blagrave, who also officiated at the interment. The ‘Last Post’ was sounded at the grave. The floral tributes were many and beautiful in design. The bearers were returned soldier heroes, namely, Sergt. Reynard, Sergt. Tett, Sergt.-Major Spafford, Corp. Stiles, Bomb. Blaylock, Driver Saunders and Gunner Newton.”

The Intelligencer December 24, 1917 (page 4)

“A Happy Christmas to Our Readers. The Intelligencer wishes every one of its many readers a very happy Christmas, and may the homes where the blighting hand of war has left its mark in empty chairs and sorrowful memories of cross-marked mounds in distant lands be blessed with the consolation of the Man of Sorrows who was also acquainted with grief, but Whose touch always brings healing to the world’s sorrows. May the dawn of peace bless the world before another Christmas season comes around. …  Let us all seek that true happiness in the Christ spirit of making others happy, and may the Christmas spirit warm every home with the blessings of unselfishness and service.”

By | December 24th, 2017|Intelligencer WW1 Local News|0 Comments

100 Years Ago: Funeral Notice by Great War Veterans’ Association, Letter of Thanks for Christmas Box, Exhibition of Sports by Men from Convalescent Homes

The Intelligencer December 21, 1917 (page 2)

“Funeral Notice. Great War Veterans’ Association are requested to meet at their Club rooms 157 Front Street at 3 o’clock on Saturday afternoon to attend funeral of our late comrade Thomas Yateman. All men requested to attend in uniform.”

The Intelligencer December 21, 1917 (page 7)

“Soldiers Appreciate Christmas Boxes. The following letter from one of the boys at the front is an evidence of how parcels are appreciated. France, Nov. 21, 1917. Mrs. K. M. Leach, Belleville.

Dear Madam and Friend:—I am greatly pleased to acknowledge receipt of the most excellent ‘Xmas box, arrived to-day (my birthday), and I wish, through you, to thank very heartily the women of the Red Cross & Patriotic Association for the dandy parcel, and also the excellent work they are doing for the comfort and general benefit of ‘Boys in France.’

Your parcel is in the very best condition and came at a most opportune time, as we have just returned from a very rough trip in Belgium, and the luxuries contained in your box were just the proper thing to cheer a fellow up and make the old world look brighter.

Again thanking the W. R. C. & P. Association for their kindness on my behalf, and wishing them a very Merry Xmas and every success in the New Year, I am

Very gratefully yours, Homer E. Leavitt.”

The Intelligencer December 21, 1917 (page 9)

“Wonderful Results of Treatment at Hart House Shown at Sports. Toronto. The necessity of the gymnasium in the rehabilitation of the men who, through their services overseas, have been crippled or paralyzed was plainly evidenced at an exhibition of sports in the Hart House at the University yesterday afternoon.

Men from all the different convalescent homes throughout the city took part, and keen enjoyment was evinced in the different exercises. The program lasted from two o’clock until four o’clock, and included in it were walking races, indoor baseball, volley ball, tug-of-war, badminton match and various other exercises.

There were also tests showing how the various exercises the men were put through in the gymnasiums tended to make the diseased or artificial parts once more useful. …  The desire is to have a gymnasium at all of the convalescent hospitals.”

By | December 21st, 2017|Intelligencer WW1 Local News|0 Comments

100 Years Ago: Wounded Canadians Dock at New York, Dancing with Aviators

The Intelligencer December 20, 1917 (page 1)

“Wounded Canadians Arrive at New York. The first ship to put in at an American port, carrying as its cargo human war wreckage—the wounded and maimed from the battlefields in France—arrived here today. It was a British liner with more than 2,000 Canadians aboard.

Under normal conditions the ship would have gone direct to Halifax. Owing to the explosion which partially wrecked that city the convalescent wounded were taken off here, and will be sent to Canada as rapidly as possible.

Canadian officers and their staffs are here to care for the wounded. Arrangements have been made for special docking privileges for the men, which will bring the wounded men as close to transportation centres as possible so that they can readily be moved in ambulances to Dominion-bound trains.

Scenes new to America, despite the fact that she has been in the war since April, were presented as the British ship moved slowly up the bay today. Men with heads bandaged and swathed in yards of gauze, men with their arms strapped tightly to their bodies, or hobbling on crutches, were to be seen lining the rails. These were the most lightly wounded soldiers. More serious cases were below decks. It was to care for them that ambulances were summoned from hospitals, and automobiles were sent hurrying toward the waterfront. …

The British Red Cross flag flew from the mast of the liner, as she brought her touch of war closer to America. In her war paint, a dizzy mixture of lines and colors, the liner made her way through warships now in the harbor and proceeded toward her pier, after being quickly passed by officials of the port.”

The Intelligencer December 20, 1917 (page 2)

“Dancing with the Aviators. Flight Cadets of Mohawk Camp Gave Most Enjoyable Assembly, Last Evening.

And the night shall be full of music, / And the cares which infest the day / Shall fold their tents like the Arab / And as silently steal away.

The above lines are but faintly typical of the glorious evening of unalloyed pleasure enjoyed by many of the fairest daughters of Belleville and other nearby places at Mohawk Camp last evening, where they were the guests of the young aviators in training at an assembly which will long be remembered as the brightest and most successful social event which ever took place in this vicinity.

Upon arrival at the camp the guests were escorted to an assembly hall decorated with flags and many Christmas emblems. Here a concert was given showing the ability and talent that can be produced and so successfully carried out among such a happy group of young manhood, khaki clad. Many encores were generously responded to and while the programme was not of a lengthy nature, it was most gratefully appreciated.

Dancing then took place in the lounging and study quarters of the cadets. …  The quarters were turned into a perfect ball room most elaborately decorated with evergreens and flags, giving it the spirit of Christmas cheer.

Moshers Orchestra, of Toronto, in an alcove banked by evergreens, furnished the music, and were most liberal with encores. At intermission luncheon was served on the buffet plan most generously to all by Morrisons, caterers, of Toronto, and excellent is not the appropriate word for the ‘eats.’

The programme was then fulfilled and finished with God Save the King, and the Merry Happy Weary crowd tripped to the Mohawk Camp Depot to catch their trains both East and West homeward bound.”

By | December 20th, 2017|Intelligencer WW1 Local News|0 Comments