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100 Years Ago: Thomas Yateman Dies at Belleville Hospital, Belleville Thanked for $10,000 to British Red Cross, Presentation at Knitting Circle

The Intelligencer December 19, 1917 (page 2)

“Answered the Last Call. Private Thomas Yateman, of this city, who for months has been a cripple, owing to wounds received on the battle field at Ypres, this morning passed away at the Belleville hospital. Deceased who was a son of Mr. Thomas Yateman enlisted and went overseas with the first Canadian contingent. At the battle of Ypres he was terribly wounded, in the side and back, and his spine was injured to such an extent that he was paralyzed from the shoulders to his feet.

After remaining some time in a hospital in England he was brought home and has since been an inmate of the Belleville hospital. Since his arrival home an operation was performed and by the removal of some pieces of shrapnel he was able to use his arms, but he was never able to use the lower portion of his body.

He bore his suffering without a murmur like the brave soldier he was. His father is at present overseas with the Forestry Battalion, also another brother. Another brother was recently discharged. The family have certainly done their duty for King and country, and at the present time the heartfelt sympathy of all citizens will be extended to them in their hour of affliction.”

[Note: Gunner Thomas Andrew Yatman died on December 19, 1917. He is commemorated on Page 354 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer December 19, 1917 (page 3)

“Belleville’s contribution of $10,000 to the British Red Cross Fund has been acknowledged as follows: Parliament Buildings, Toronto, December 13, 1917. David Price Esq., Treasurer, Belleville, Ont. Dear Sir,—We are in receipt of your favor of the 15th instant with the enclosed contribution of $10,000.00 for the British Red Cross, which has already been acknowledged by the Provincial Treasurer.

I would ask you to kindly convey to the members of the City Council, the teachers and pupils of the schools, the members of the Women’s Organizations and to all those who so generously contributed to this amount, the thanks of His Honour, the Lieutenant-Governor, the Organization of Resources Committee, which is in charge of this campaign for Ontario, and the British Red Cross, for the response which has been made to this appeal.

You have helped to make Ontario’s contribution this year more splendid than ever before, and you may have the consciousness that the gratitude of our brave men overseas is going out continually to all those who are helping to make the work of the British Red Cross possible. Yours faithfully, Albert H. Abbott, Secretary.”

The Intelligencer December 19, 1917 (page 7)

“The Nile Green Knitting Circle held their regular weekly meeting at the home of Mrs. Barlow, Forin Street, about seventeen members being present. At the close of the usual routine business Mrs. Joly called the members to order and the secretary read a short address to the convenor, Mrs. J. Waddell, South Ann Street, and Mrs. Joly handed her a dainty server. Mrs. Barlow, secretary, was also presented with a beautiful basket of flowers. Both ladies were almost speechless with surprise, but managed to say a few words of thanks.

Following is the address to Mrs. J. Waddell: As the season of peace and good-will draws near we feel that we would like to let you know how much we appreciate your kind and willing service as convenor of our Circle. We feel sure, with you, as with us, it has indeed been a labor of love to work for our dear boys who are overseas fighting for home and freedom.

We ask you to accept this little gift, and when peace has been proclaimed and we are done knitting socks for the soldiers now so far from home, we hope it will remind you of the very pleasant Tuesday afternoons which we have enjoyed in the various homes of the members of the Nile Green Knitting Circle.”

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100 Years Ago: Vote Passes for Union Government and E. Guss Porter, Christmas Cheer for Poor Children, Soldiers Voting in Trench and Hospital

The Intelligencer December 18, 1917 (page 1)

“Union Government and E. Guss Porter. There was great rejoicing in Belleville last night over the triumph of Union Government and the election of E. Guss Porter, K.C., and up until midnight there were many sounds of celebration and cheers of the victors. …

The City Hall was the mecca of Mr. Porter’s supporters and here a telegraph instrument had been installed and the returns national and local received and announced, interspersed with speeches from well-known citizens. …

A feature of the City Hall gathering was the presence of many returned soldiers in uniform, several of them making snappy speeches. The soldiers had a grievance and were highly indignant at the treatment they received in various polling booths in the city. The charge was made from the platform, that agents for Mr. Graham in the polling booths, acting under written instructions from Graham head quarters, challenged every returned soldier and required him to take an oath that he was entitled to vote. This of course resulted in such ballots not being counted, but placed in a separate envelope for judicial action later if necessary. The story occasioned general indignation as it was felt that to challenge the vote of a returned soldier was going entirely too far.

The soldiers were so enthusiastic for Union Government and Mr. Porter that they insisted upon drawing the victorious candidate about the city in a large sleigh. Mr. Porter can boast of a ride behind a splendid brigade of the heroes of Vimy Ridge, Ypres, Courcelette and other fields of carnage and honor where the name of Canada was written in undying letters of blood upon the history of the world.”

The Intelligencer December 18, 1917 (page 3)

“Christmas Cheer For Poor Little Kiddies. The following letter from the Superintendent of the Children’s Aid Society needs no comment—it is an appeal for a happy Xmas for the kiddies who are becoming good citizens of Canada through the offices of the Children’s Aid Society. Will Santa Claus come to the Shelter with his team of Rheindeers and bags of beautiful presents, is the haunting joy and fear of the little ones there, while the Superintendent wonders whether the Christmas spirit will send needed funds to keep the work going as it should go.

The Intelligencer will be pleased to accept any sums for the Children’s Shelter Santa Claus Fund and give due acknowledgment for same in these columns.

Dig down, now folks, ‘every mickle makes a muckle,’ and if this don’t move you read Dicken’s Christmas Carol and see what happened. ‘Old Scrooge’ who was transformed by the blessed Christmas spirit which is worth any amount of money to acquire.

All together now for the kiddies’ Santa Claus. Here is the appeal from the Children’s Shelter.

Children’s Aid Society City of Belleville and Hastings County To The Editor of The Intelligencer. Dear Sir:—Permit me to ask on behalf of our Management Board if you would kindly open a Santa Claus Fund through the columns of your paper, on behalf of the Children’s Shelter. We are in urgent need of assistance so that we can help the helpless little ones. We would like to raise one thousand dollars, $1,000.00 so that we can start the New Year with a clean sheet.

You know that owing to the dreadful war everything has gone up in price and to meet our present requirements we urgently need liberal assistance. The society is supported by voluntary contributions and we have to look to the generous hearted friends to help us to carry on this great work of saving the children. Will you kindly help us to bring our needs before the public for we feel if they only had the chance given them they would respond liberally.

Thanking you in anticipation of your kind favor on behalf of the Management Board. I remain. Yours sincerely, Thos. D. Ruston.”

The Intelligencer December 18, 1917 (page 4)

“Soldiers Voting In Trench and Hospital. Canadian Army Headquarters in the Field, via London. As I cabled some days ago, voting has been extended right into the firing trenches, while the gunners have voted beside their guns.

The most dramatic of all the incidents of the war election to date has been the securing of votes of men wounded in action. …  the deputy presiding officers, scrutineers and poll clerks have brought their ballot boxes with them to the advanced dressing stations and voted men as they lay in bed, men who were so weak from suffering that it was all they could do to mark their ballots.

The election officers have taken their boxes with them on the tramways behind the lines and have voted the men as they worked. In the same way they have gone through the frontline trenches, giving men in the firing line their opportunity to exercise the franchise.”

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100 Years Ago: Thomas Yateman Returns to Hospital, Melburn Sprague Passes Civil Service Exam, Alex McFarlane Killed in Action, Memorial Service for Martin Deibert, Letter of Thanks for Socks

The Intelligencer December 17, 1917 (page 2)

“Returned to Hospital. Mr. Thos. Yateman, who was for so long in the General Hospital here, and has been for the past two or three months in Euclid Hall, Home for Incurables in Toronto, has returned to Belleville Hospital.”

The Intelligencer December 17, 1917 (page 2)

“Passed Civil Service Exam. M. P. Sprague, who went overseas with the 8th C.M.R. was wounded and taken prisoner and lost one of his legs in his country’s service, has successfully passed the qualifying examination for the outside division of the Civil Service held at Hamilton. He is a son of Mr. E. B. Sprague, 87 North Front street.”

The Intelligencer December 17, 1917 (page 2)

“An Afflicted Family. Pte. Alex. McFarlane, son of Mrs. [Elizabeth] McFarlane, of Marmora has been reported killed in action. Two brothers had previously been seriously injured, Michael losing his sight and Joseph being discharged as unfit for service, owing to wounds in his arm and leg. The bereaved family have the sympathy of the community in their sorrow.”

[Note: Private Alexander Mitchell McFarlane died on November 9, 1917. He is commemorated on Page 282 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer December 17, 1917 (page 2)

“Memorial Services. At Holloway Street Methodist Church last evening an impressive memorial service was held for Martin Deibert of this city, who gave his life for King and Country. The R. T. of T., of which he was a member, were out in goodly numbers, and assisted in the service. The pastor, Rev. J. N. Clarry had charge of the service.”

The Intelligencer December 17, 1917 (page 7)

“Received Socks from Knitting Circle. Somewhere in France, Nov. 6, 1917. Mrs. H. J. Sharpe, 43 Hillside St., Belleville. Dear Mrs. Sharpe,—I received a few days ago a bundle of socks from the R. T. knitting circle and on behalf of my chums and myself who greatly benefitted by them, I thank you. The ladies at home have helped us a great deal, even more than you realize and it is very much appreciated.

The rainy season is on again and it is very hard on socks. It is so muddy, but thanks to the ladies at home, we are very seldom in need. Wishing your circle every success in their work and may there be no need to continue it much longer. I am yours truly. (Sgd) A. L. Yerex.”

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100 Years Ago: Gunner Denyes Wounded, Christmas Message to Canadian Mothers

The Intelligencer December 15, 1917 (page 2)

“Gunner Denyes Wounded. Mr. H. K. Denyes, of this city, has just received word that his son, Gunner Earle Stuart Denyes who was with the Heavy Artillery at the great drive at Cambrai had been taken to the Hospital at Boulogne wounded. He was Lieutenant with the 254th Battalion before joining the battery.”

The Intelligencer December 15, 1917 (page 14)

“Christmas Message to Canadian Mothers. Ottawa. The following Christmas message to Canadian mothers from Major-General S. C. Mewburn, C.M.G., Minister of Militia and Defence, was issued to-night:

‘Mothers of Canadian soldiers: As the Christmas season, dedicated by the immemorial custom of our race to domestic joys and the happiness of children, approaches, the thoughts of your countrymen turn to you. Many family circles are incomplete, and at many firesides there is the sadness of irreparable loss. The sacrifices which our country has made upon the altar of freedom and of justice are in the largest measure your offering, sanctified by your suffering, ennobled by your tears. To you, then, I say that that sacrifice has not been in vain, for it has contributed to the sure and certain victory of right over might, of liberty over intolerable oppression, of things lovely and of good report over things abominable and unspeakably evil. …  To you the nation offers its homage, gratitude and respect. …

Canadian mothers, may this Christmas time bring happiness to your homes and peace to hearts that are sad; but may it also bring a high resolve that we will face every privation and exert every effort in order that this our most righteous cause, the cause of all the free peoples of the world, in which our honor and our interest are equally engaged, may be brought to a glorious conclusion. ‘S. C. Mewburn.’ “

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100 Years Ago: Funeral of Sir Mackenzie Bowell, The Intelligencer Mailed Overseas, West Belleville War Workers

The Intelligencer December 14, 1917 (page 2)

“Sir Mackenzie Bowell Honored in Death. Last Sad Rites for Belleville’s First Citizen Attended By Large Concourse of Friends From Near and Far—Public Service In Bridge Street Methodist Church.

Business was virtually suspended in the city between the hours of two and four o’clock while hundreds of citizens and many from outside points, far and near, attended the last sad rites of one whose friends were legion and who in his ninety-fourth year could look back upon a well-spent life of public service.

The funeral was held under the auspices of the Masonic Order being in charge of the officers of Belleville Lodge, No. 123, G.R.C., A.F. and A.M. of which Sir Mackenzie was a member. The officers and members of Benjamin Loyal Orange Lodge, No. 274 and L.O.L. 2519 of Belleville also attended in a body.

The funeral procession was very long including the Masonic and Orange Lodges and many vehicles containing relatives and friends, representatives of the city council and other civic organizations, including the educational departments, the schools closing down for the afternoon out of respect for the deceased who for many years took an active interest in civic educational affairs being for several years Chairman of the Board of Public School Trustees.

After a short service at the home, conducted by Rev. Dr. Scott, a public service was held at Bridge Street Methodist Church. …  The large church edifice was filled to the doors by a reverent assembly who with sad hearts but kindly memories followed with interest the solemn ceremony. …

The body was then taken from the sacred edifice and conveyed to Belleville cemetery and laid away in the tomb to await the resurrection morn. …  As the cortege passed the Ontario School for the Deaf, the pupils were lined up on either side of the road through which it passed in a respectful tribute to the life and memory of deceased.”

The Intelligencer December 14, 1917 (page 6)

“Intelligencer Appreciated Overseas. Folkestone, Kent, Nov. 25, 1917. Belleville Intelligencer, Belleville, Ont. Dear Sirs,—Many thanks for the Belleville Intelligencer, which is now coming in on each mail. As it happened, just as your papers reached us we had an increased demand for them from two different hospitals in this area and, within the last week, several Belleville boys, and boys from towns near Belleville, have come into the hut and read the papers we have hung on the wall on the ‘Belleville hook.’

The papers are distributed to the men in hospital by our hospital visitors, who are nearly all the wives and mothers of Canadian officers living in this area, and as each visitor comes regularly for her bundle of Canadian papers, your Belleville boys will read their home news often. Yours very truly, (Mrs. G. W.) E. F. MacKeen, Newspaper Depot, Y.M.C.A. Hut.”

The Intelligencer December 14, 1917 (page 7)

“Belleville War Workers Commended. The following letter was received by the Secretary of the West Belleville War Workers from the Canadian War Contingent Association, London, England, and shows to what extent the effort made by the West Belleville ladies is appreciated in England.

London, Nov. 27, 1917. Dear Madam:—I have just received your letter of October 24th, in which you advise me that you have shipped to our care six trench boxes.

I am directed to convey through you our grateful thanks for this promised gift, and we will see that their contents, so far as possible, are distributed among Canadians who are not likely to receive too much at Christmas. Your list of contents of the parcels shows what a fine consignment it is. With grateful thanks, Sincerely yours, Eleanor McLaren-Brown, Hon. Sec., Ladies Committee, C.W.C.A.”



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100 Years Ago: Sir Mackenzie Bowell Death Notice, Funeral Notice, Proclamation by Mayor Ketcheson

The Intelligencer December 12, 1917 (page 2)

“Death Notices. BOWELL—In Belleville, on December 10, 1917. Hon. Sir Mackenzie Bowell, in his 94th year.

The funeral will take place from his late residence, 194 William street, on Thursday, December 13th, at 2 P.M., to Bridge St. Methodist Church. Interment Belleville Cemetery. (Kindly omit flowers.)

The Intelligencer December 12, 1917 (page 2)

“Funeral Notice. The Brethren and Officers of the Belleville Lodge, No. 123, G.R.C., A. F. and A. M., are requested to meet at No. 194 William St., on Thursday 13th inst., 1.45 P.M., for the purpose of attending the funeral of our late brother, the Honorable Sir Mackenzie Bowell.

Sister Lodges will kindly accept this notice. By order of the W. M. D. Barragar, Secretary.”

The Intelligencer December 12, 1917 (page 2)

“Proclamation. The Business men of Belleville are requested to close their places of business from two o’clock p.m. to four o’clock p.m. on Thursday, December 13th, out of respect to the memory of the late Hon. Sir Mackenzie Bowell. H. F. Ketcheson, Mayor.”

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100 Years Ago: Sir Mackenzie Bowell Dead at 93, Flags at Half Mast, Messages of Sympathy, City Council Tribute

The Intelligencer December 11, 1917 (page 1)

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“Sir Mackenzie Bowell. Born December 27, 1823: Died December 10, 1917. Sir Mackenzie Bowell has passed, but his memory will ever live in the hearts of the thousands who knew him but to love him. …  Truly a national figure in his many years of public service as a member of Parliament, Cabinet Minister, Premier of Canada, and Senator, and appreciated for his clearness of vision and valued counsel on national affairs, it was perhaps in his home city of Belleville and Bay of Quinte district that Sir Mackenzie Bowell was best known and appreciated for his manly qualities and high type of citizenship. …

His fatal illness began with a cold contracted little more than two weeks ago which developed into bronchial pneumonia and gradually sapped his energy until the final summons came at 7.45 Monday evening, Dec. 10, 1917. …

No biographical sketch of Sir Mackenzie Bowell would be complete without reference to his connection with the newspaper fraternity. Entering the office of The Belleville Intelligencer many years ago as an apprentice he rapidly rose to the editor’s chair and eventually became proprietor of the business, which developed under his able guidance into The Daily and Weekly Intelligencer of today with a large circulation in several counties and an influence which has grown stronger with the passing of the years and the confidence of many readers in whose homes the paper has always been a welcome visitor.

Newspaper work always held a keen attraction for him and up until illness prevented him from going to the office he was never happier than when preparing articles, editorial or general, for the paper.

Another favorite hobby of his was his garden, and no finer flowers or vegetables could be found anywhere than in his lovely and well-kept garden at his home on William Street, Belleville, where he spent many happy hours attired in working clothes, and big straw hat hoeing and weeding and giving loving care to his favorite flowers and attention to his vegetable crop.”

The Intelligencer December 11, 1917 (page 2)

“Flags at Half Mast. Flags are at half mast upon the city building and other buildings in the city out of respect to the late Sir Mackenzie Bowell.”

The Intelligencer December 11, 1917 (page 2)

“Messages of Sympathy. Many telegrams expressing appreciation of the late Sir Mackenzie Bowell and sympathy for the relatives have been received from public men and citizens in all parts of Canada.”

The Intelligencer December 11, 1917 (page 2)

“Tribute of Respect. Whilst the City Council was in session last evening the sad intelligence was conveyed to the members that Sir Mackenzie Bowell had passed away. Rev. Dr. Baker, Principal of Albert College, being present, was called upon by Mayor Ketcheson and offered up a feeling prayer for the members of the bereaved family and the loss the country and city had sustained by the passing of its first citizen.”

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100 Years Ago: Martin Deibert Killed in Action, R. Gibson Welcomed Home, IODE Concert for Navy and Mercantile Marine

The Intelligencer December 8, 1917 (page 1)

“Makes Supreme Sacrifice. Mr. A. Deibert residing at 29 Everett Street, in this city, this morning received a message from the Record Office conveying the sad intelligence that his son, Martin Deibert, had been killed in action.

The young man enlisted and went overseas in June of this year with the Cobourg Heavy Battery. Previous to enlistment he was employed at Mr. Allan McFee’s jewellery store, learning watch making. Martin was a deservedly popular young man, and his death will be sincerely regretted by a host of friends. The heartfelt sympathy of all citizens will be extended to the bereaved family.”

[Note: Gunner Martin Mark Deibert died on November 21, 1917. He is commemorated on Page 226 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer December 8, 1917 (page 1)

“Welcomed Home. On Thursday evening, December 6th, about thirty-five neighbors and friends gathered at the home of Mr. R. Gibson, Harriett Street, to welcome home Mr. Gibson, who has served nearly two years for king and country.

The evening was very enjoyably spent in music and conversation. A dainty lunch was served, after which Mr. Gibson, in a few well chosen words, thanked all present for the hearty welcome he had received. After singing ‘For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow,’ and ‘God Save The King’, a pleasant evening was brought to a close.”

The Intelligencer December 8, 1917 (page 7)

“Successful Concert By I.O.D.E. Society. Under the auspices of the Daughters of the Empire of Belleville, a grand concert was held in the City Hall last night, which was a great success in every particular. The spacious hall was filled to overflowing, and the varied programme presented was thoroughly enjoyed.

The object was to assist the fund for the sailors of the British and Canadian navy and mercantile marine. All who took part in the programme acquitted themselves in a most pleasing manner.”

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100 Years Ago: Ad for Autostrop Razor, Penny Bag Collections Continue, Canadians in Mercantile Marine and Naval Services, Poster for Sailors’ Day

The Intelligencer December 7, 1917 (page 5)

“Give your soldier this Military Razor. It was made especially for him. The AutoStrop Razor in its New Military Kit is the real soldier’s razor. Why?

Because it is compact and takes up so little room, because it is light and adds so little weight, because it is complete with its trench mirror all ready to be hung up on the nearest nail—but especially because it is the famous AutoStrop Razor, the only razor that is self-maintaining. It is the only razor that Sharpens its own blades Automatically.

Kits in two styles: Black or Khaki Leather. AutoStrop Safety Razor Co., Ltd., Toronto, Canada.”

The Intelligencer December 7, 1917 (page 7)

“Penny Bag Collections for November. The interest in the Red Cross Penny Bag collections is, we are pleased to state, still increasing. …  Some of our patrons have expressed surprise at the apparent falling off of the collections in Murney Ward, while heretofore frequently the world held first place in its givings. We therefore feel that some explanation is due and the fact noted that Murney, or perhaps more correctly speaking, the west side of the river, is in reality giving more than double its former amount, though not through the channels of the original society—the Woman’s Red Cross and Patriotic Association.

Last spring a new organization for patriotic work was started on the west side. This society adopted the same means of collecting funds which had already been in use all over the city by the Woman’s Red Cross and Patriotic Association for a year and a half, that of placing little bags for coppers in the various homes. Unfortunately this has led to a good deal of confusion, and some (we feel sure) unintentional misstatements and misunderstanding, the idea having been spread that the Red Cross Penny Bags are not being used now on the west side.

This is not so. We still desire to have every family in Belleville, whether east, west, north or south Belleville participate in our original plan and give what coppers can be spared for comforts, hospital supplies, and wool for socks, sent by the Woman’s Red Cross and Patriotic Association to our brave soldiers at the front.”

The Intelligencer December 7, 1917 (page 9)

“Sailors’ Day Is Saturday, Dec. 8. If we are to have a mercantile marine in keeping with the important position among the nations Canada has won for herself of late, there must be men and materials upon which to build.

One of the functions of the Navy League is to encourage naval brigades for boys and young men in which they can receive practical and theoretical instruction in seamanship. This the League has done to an extent not generally appreciated. They have provided many men for the Navy and Mercantile Marine and have many others in training.

But other things are required if we are to help these pioneers in naval propaganda. The men they have provided to protect the High Seas and to carry our commerce must have an assurance that while they are facing the perils of the deep their needy dependents at home are not being neglected. …  Pension funds for the soldiers there are in abundance; the sailor is almost forgotten—yet his is the task that must first be accomplished before the final downfall of the Hun is assured.

It is known that the dependents of the crews of many torpedoed vessels are in dire necessity. Immediate relief is imperative. …  Calls without number have been made upon philanthropical Canadians, but there have been none more urgent than the one on behalf of the man at sea and his helpless dependents. Give liberally on Sailors’ Day, Saturday, Dec. 8th.”

The Intelligencer December 7, 1917 (page 10)

“ ‘Lend us a hand, Mate!’ Help the man who never quits—Sailors’ Day, Dec. 8.

Millions have been given to the Soldier—practically nothing to the Sailor—The Daughters of the Empire are assisting the Navy League by taking subscriptions on Sailors’ Day, December 8th.

Be Fair! Be Generous! Be Quick!”


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100 Years Ago: Many Officers to Return to Canada, Poster for Sailors’ Day, No Christmas Parcels to Britain Except to Soldiers

The Intelligencer December 4, 1917 (page 3)

“Why Many Officers Have to Return to Canada—Rigid Medical Examination. London. Not a few Canadian officers who have never been part and parcel of some unit and done service at the front are preparing to return to Canada sooner or later. Officers in this position who are above the rank of lieutenant, and who wish to stay on, must revert to lieutenants. This, however, is not the sole requisite. No man over thirty-four years of age may revert. And lastly, no man may stay on unless he passes the medical examination for general service.

Needless to say, the age and physical restrictions will weed out many who would otherwise have stepped down in rank. People of Canada should bear this in mind when officers return. If these officers are over 34, and not A1 medically, they have simply been sent home whether they wanted to go or not. And physical defects quite unapparent to the public will cause the Medical Board to turn down an officer.”

The Intelligencer December 4, 1917 (page 3)

“Help the Sailors! The strong, right arm of human civilization—the unconquerable sailor of the British Navy and Mercantile Marine—He stands before you and asks your help on Sailors’ Day, December 8th. Why does he do this?

Because millions have been given to the Army by public and private subscriptions—worthily so—but practically nothing to the Navy and Mercantile Marine.

Won’t you be generous on Sailors’ Day, Dec. 8th.”

The Intelligencer December 4, 1917 (page 7)

“No Xmas Parcels Can Go to Britain. Britain Bans Everything Except to Soldiers. Ottawa. The British Government has declined to permit entry from Canada into the United Kingdom of Christmas parcels for civilians. …

The Canadian High Commissioner cabled: ‘Department declines permit entry Christmas parcels for civilians. Will allow important parcels strictly limited weight and size for Canadian Expeditionary Force.”

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