100 Years Ago: Plastic Surgery at Ontario Government Hospital, Ad for Carnation Milk

The Intelligencer August 15, 1918 (page 1)

“Shattered Men Given New Faces by Process Startling in Effect. London. The members of the party of Canadian newspaper men now touring the British Isles as the guests of the Ministry of Information have made a tour of inspection of the Ontario Government Hospital. The hospital has two thousand beds and personnel of corresponding proportions and is among the largest Canadian institutions of its kind in Great Britain. …

To speak of a soldier’s honorable scars has long been part of the common currency of expression but some scars, despite the honor they deserve are so utterly gruesome as to rouse a feeling of repulsion, if not nausea. …

From the point of view of restoring the shattered human mechanism to approximate efficiency, it is probable that there are other classes of work more urgent and more vital but as a matter of personal impression both on account of the comparative novelty and tragic interest the department of plastic surgery stands out vividly, compelling wonder and admiration.

In the argot of ‘shop’ this department is known as ‘the beauty parlor’ but I venture to say that for those who pass through its doors the place means the whole difference between regeneration and a living death.”

The Intelligencer August 15, 1918 (page 5)

Advert for Carnation Milk

“Use More Milk. Let milk play a bigger part in your daily diet. Use more milk—for health’s sake. Use more milk—for economy’s sake. Use more milk—for loyalty’s sake.

At this season of the year you should use lots of milk. Drink it at every meal—as a food. Let it take the place of meat, bacon, and other foods needed ‘over there.’

Make Carnation Milk Week August 15th to August 22nd—a memorial week in your home.

‘From Contented Cows.’ Carnation Milk Products Co.

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100 Years Ago: Coal Offer by Schuster Coal Company

The Intelligencer August 14, 1918 (pages 1, 6)

“Two Thousand Tons of Coal Available For Small Consumers. The offer of the Schuster Coal Co. of Belleville to furnish the city with two thousand tons of coal to be sold only to small consumers at a price to be fixed by Dominion Fuel Controller Magrath, was discussed at the Board of Trade meeting last evening. …

Ex-Mayor Panter said that this matter should be immediately acted upon and could not afford to be laid over until the September meeting. He moved, seconded by Mr. John Elliott, that the Coal Committee acting in conjunction with the City Council take immediate action on the offer of the Schuster Co. The motion carried without dissent.”


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100 Years Ago: Belleville Celebrates Victories of Marne and Picardy, Lieut.-Col. Elmer Jones Killed in Action

The Intelligencer August 13, 1918 (page 1)

“Belleville Citizens Celebrated The Great Allied Victory. Belleville citizens showed their confidence in the allied armies, faith in ultimate victory, and pride in the achievements of the Canadian army in an enthusiastic celebration last evening in honor of the great victories in the valley of the Marne, and on the Plains of Picardy, which have changed the whole aspect of the war.

Brief as was the notice of the proposed celebration, Front street was lined with citizens of both sexes early in the evening, and the crowd swelled to large proportions when the City Hall bell began to peal forth defiance to the enemy and ringing peals of victory, with Bridge Street Methodist Church bell as usual sending out its joyous peal of confidence and faith.

It was one glorious evening when patriotic Canadians, renewed their vows of confidence in the triumph of right and again showed their faith and patriotic Canadians renewed their armies of the allies, after four years of war, full of sacrifice and hope deferred.

At eight o’clock the parade formed up opposite the City Hall and led by Mayor Platt and members of the City Council in an auto started along Front street amid cheering crowds of citizens who lined both sides of the street.

The 15th Regimental band came next, playing patriotic selections. Next came an auto with Lieut.-Col. O’Flynn, ex-Mayor Ketcheson and Great War Veterans, followed by other autos containing veterans of this and other wars. The pipers band gaily decorated with the flags of the allies, came next, playing the airs which have cheered gallant Highlanders to many a hard fought victory.

Then the Boy Scouts on wheels carrying victory banners showed that they were in it to the last boy. Ben Sandford’s gaily decorated chariot carried the bold inscription ‘TO HELL WITH THE KISER.’ A merry auto truck loaded with laughing girls was an evidence of the happiness inspired among the fair sex by the severe check to German Kulture by allied arms.

Then came Chief Brown and his brave fire laddies with the hose wagons and ladder trucks gaily decorated with the flags of the allies and an old and grizzled Scotchman perched high on a ladder truck merrily piping the ‘Cock O’ the North,’ and other songs of victory on a fife.

A pretty little girl riding upon a neatly decorated Shetland pony represented that under the flags of the allies the children were safe from the baby killing and licentious Huns.

Hundreds of motor cars tastefully decorated with flags and bunting took part in the parade, which was one of the best ever seen in Belleville. When the parade returned to the Market Square several thousand people had gathered and everybody was happy and jubilant.

Ex-Mayor Ketcheson took charge of the proceedings from this point and first called upon the band to lead in the National Anthem. All joined in singing ‘God Save the King’ with a will. Mr. Ketcheson then made a brief address, referring to the day four years ago when he stood near Buckingham Palace in London and listened to the hearty singing of the National Anthem by quarter of a million husky Britishers. Canadians had much to be thankful for and rejoice in celebrations such as these. After four years of the hardest fighting, trials and disappointments our fighting men are coming into their own and showing the Hun how empty is the braggart boasts of the Kaiser. …  Britain will fight to the end and victory is assured.

Ex-Mayor Ketcheson’s address was punctuated by enthusiastic cheers showing that there was no lack of confidence among the citizens assembled.

Lieut.-Col. O’Flynn was received with enthusiastic cheers as befitted one of Canada’s brave soldiers. …  Lieut.-Col. O’Flynn spoke briefly but pointedly, saying that battles were not won by speeches. …  It was a time for cheering and great joy for the allies were going to defeat the Hun so decisively that the children in such numbers on the Market Square would not have to go through the hell their fathers and brothers were going through over there now to save the freedom of the world.

Lieut.-Col. O’Flynn paid a high tribute to the loyal Canadian women whose inspiration had resulted in such a splendid morale among the Canadian soldiers. Concluding he said that liberty was safe with our gallant soldiers over there who merited our confidence and faith in glorious victory. Enthusiastic cheers and singing of ‘For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow,’ followed the address of Lieut.-Col. O’Flynn.

The Mayor then made  a very brief patriotic speech and called attention to the last number on the program, THE KAISER’S FINISH which took place just around the corner. Alderman Hanna officiated at the last glad rites for his Hohenzollern effigy which dangling from a rope slid to the centre of the street over the heads of the crowd. The Kaiser at first refused to burn, true to his Satanic character, but this reluctance was soon overcome, and to the great delight of the young folk the Beast of Berlin blew up and burned up in truly lurid style.”

The Intelligencer August 13, 1918 (page 5)

“Lt. Col. Elmer Jones Killed. Lieut.-Col. Elmer Jones, barrister of Vancouver, formerly of Brockville, is reported killed in action. This gallant officer was awarded the D. S. O. for exceptional bravery under fire and an additional bar for further meritorious actions. He was well known in Belleville.”

[Note: Lieutenant Colonel Elmer Watson Jones died on August 8, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 438 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

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100 Years Ago: Civic Celebration Tonight, Woman Drives Ice Wagon, Myrehall Red Cross Shipment, Captain Ketterson Returns

The Intelligencer August 12, 1918 (page 1)

“Civic Joy Celebration To-Night For Great Allied Victories. There will be a hot time in the old town tonight and a more or less faithful representation of the fate deserved by the Kaiser will be given on the Market Square where his super-Satanic Lese Majeste will be burned in effigy.

At a meeting of the City Council this morning presided over by Mayor Platt, arrangements were completed for the civic joy celebration tonight to fittingly express the jubilation of the citizens over the recent great allied victories which have changed the whole aspect of the war and are bright with promise of early and decisive triumph for the armies battling for the freedom of the world.

A parade will be held, starting from the Market Square at 7.45, led by the 15th Regimental Band and Pipe Band, and participated in by the Great War Veterans and citizens generally. Church bells and factory whistles will sound from 7.45 to 8 o’clock.

Citizens owning automobiles are requested to turn out and join in the parade, which will form at Market Square at 7.45 and proceed along Front street to the Upper Bridge, returning to Dundas and thence back to Market Square, where the Kaiser’s effigy will be cremated.

Brief speeches will be given by Mayor Platt, ex-Mayor Ketcheson, Col. O’Flynn and others. It is desirable that the parade be made as large and imposing as possible, hence every available motor car should be in line.”

The Intelligencer August 12, 1918 (page 5)

“ ‘Ged-Dap!’ ‘Whoa!’ Women are stepping into the place of men and making good in many industries, and this morning a woman was observed driving an ice wagon thus releasing a man for the army food production or munition work.”

The Intelligencer August 12, 1918 (page 5)

“Shipment for Overseas. The Myrehall Red Cross met at the home of Mr. Fred Coulter on August 8th, nineteen members being present. They sent the following to Foxboro: 19 pairs of socks, 15 day shirts, 18 suits of pyjamas, 2 quilts, $41.60 proceeds of social.”

The Intellligencer August 12, 1918 (page 5)

“On Active Service. Captain Ketterson, who went over with the 80th Battalion as Chaplain, has returned to Canada for recuperation after an arduous time in France. He has been nineteen months at the front and for about eighteen months was Senior Chaplain of a Western Brigade. He has been through the battles of Vimy, Lens, and Passchendaele and says Canada should be proud of her gallant sons, as they certainly have made good upon the battle fields of France and Flanders.

Captain Ketterson is bringing out a book which he has edited, entitled, ‘On Active Service.’ It contains over 700 quotations selected by Canadian officers on active service. Twenty Generals have subscribed to the book, including General Sir Julian Byng, Lt.-Generals Sir Sam Hughes, Sir Richard Turner, Sir Arthur Currie, Major-Generals Sir David Watson, Sir H. Burstall, L. J. Burstall, A. C. McDonnell, Brig-Gens. Ketcheson, Morrison, Radcliffe, Thacker, etc.

The book is dedicated to the gallant Canadian officers and men who have died in the great war. The editor’s profits will be devoted to their widows and orphans.”

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100 Years Ago: Victory Celebration on Monday the 12th, Ad for Goodrich Tires, James Marshall Receives Military Medal

The Intelligencer August 10, 1918 (page 1)

“Victory Celebration Monday Evening. In view of the great allied victories which have changed the whole aspect of the war and thrilled the allied world with the assurance of ultimate victory and early peace Mayor Platt is arranging for a civic celebration Monday evening in which all citizens can express their joy as loudly as they wish. The band will furnish patriotic music and an appropriate program will be arranged.

Turn out and bury forever all traces of pessimism in a glorious new faith in the unconquerable spirit of British heroes and the unfailing justice of the Great God of Battles.”

The Intelligencer August 10, 1918 (page 3)

Advert for Goodrich Tires

“Best in the Long Run. Every Inch a Soldier. Veteran of road travel, tried and true as the veteran of war, is the Goodrich Silvertown Cord Tire.

It has seen active service, and has always seen it through with victory and honor. In peace or war, it is a tire of Goodrich SERVICE VALUE, rendering the utmost comfort, economy, dependability and mileage to the motorist on his car and on the road.

Its war service is real. Ambulances today are carrying the wounded with less pain for being equipped with the tires of LESS jolt and jar—

Aviators, finding the Spiral-Wrapped, Cable-Cord tire saves their machines from shock, have adopted Silvertowns for war planes.

The Belleville Vulcanizing Agency Exclusive Agents, 11 Moira St. Phone 661.”

The Intelligencer August 10, 1918 (page 7)

James Marshall

“Bravery of Pte. Marshall. The following letter has been received by Mrs. C. A. Gibson, 72 Victoria Avenue, from Divisional Military Headquarters at Kingston, in regard to the Military Medal awarded a relative of hers, Pte. J. Marshall, for outstanding bravery:

Kingston, Aug. 9, 1918. To Mrs. C. A. Gibson, 72 Victoria Avenue, Belleville, Ont. Military Medal, No. 300390 Pte. J. Marshall, Returned soldier.

Dear Madam:—I am this date in receipt of your letter and as requested the Military Medal awarded the marginally soldier is enclosed herewith under registered cover, for safe keeping until his return.

The General Officer commanding the district, in forwarding this decoration desires me to express the greatest appreciation for the services of this gallant soldier, and I am also directed by the Honorable the Minister, to express his most sincere personal appreciation for the services of so brave a man.

On my behalf, please accept my sincerest compliments that you are a relative of so brave a man. Yours very sincerely, Harry A. Hunt, Lieut. Colonel, A. A. G. Military District, No. 3.”

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100 Years Ago: Royal Canadian Air Service, All Are Interested

The Intelligencer August 9, 1918 (page 1)

“Royal Canadian Air Service. Ottawa. Hon. A. K. Maclean, Acting Minister of the Department of the Naval Service, has announced the formation of the Royal Canadian Air Service. This organization will come under the direction of the Naval Department, and has for its primary object the defence of Canada’s coasts but men enlisting in the Air Force will be liable for service outside the Dominion if necessary. …

It was stated at the Department to-day that pilots for seaplanes, airplanes and kite balloons were required immediately in connection with the organization. Only young men, British-born, or naturalized British subjects, between the ages of 17 ½ and 26, and in the highest medical category, will be accepted. …  Seaplane cadets, it is stated will be trained in the United States this winter, and airship cadets will be sent to England for training. The Naval Department is now open to receive applicants from young men with the necessary qualifications who wish to enter as pilots in the air service.”

The Intelligencer August 9, 1918 (page 8)

“All Are Interested. The great battle now raging in France will no doubt touch with sorrow many Canadian homes, and messages of loved ones having been killed or wounded may be expected to reach Belleville homes. The public are interested in the brave heroes who are sacrificing so much to preserve Canada from German domination, and The Intelligencer will publish news of casualties as soon as received if the relatives will give us the information.

Telephone or personal calls will be appreciated. ‘Phone 36.”

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100 Years Ago: Leave of Absence for Soldiers on Farms, 254th Battalion Band Places Second in Contest

The Intelligencer August 8, 1918 (page 1)

“Six Weeks Leave Of Absence For All Soldiers From Farms. Mr. E. Guss Porter, K.C., member of parliament for West Hastings, received a telegram from the Adjutant-General at Ottawa advising him that an order-in-Council has been passed granting six week’s leave of absence to all soldiers in Canada who were engaged exclusively in farming prior to their enlistment. Any soldier answering these conditions and making application to his commanding officer will be granted leave at once.”

The Intelligencer August 8, 1918 (page 2)

“21st Batt. Band Won Out. Mrs. Garnet Dobbs has received a letter from her husband, Sergt. G. E. Dobbs, telling of the splendid success the band had in a contest held in France of all the different bands. He explains just what their band was up against and the number competing.

There are four bands in their brigade and only one of the four could compete and it fell to the 21st Batt. Band (better known in Belleville as the 254th Battalion Band). There were seventeen brass bands, eleven pipe bands and eight fife and drum bands, all competing in their different classes. Sergt. Dobbs says in part:

‘We found we were to play between two of the best bands in the Canadian corps, one before us and the other following us. There were six Canadian bands and eleven Imperial bands altogether, and some mighty good ones too. After listening all day to the different bands I concluded that if we were in the running at all we would be lucky.

Well, our turn came and we entered the ring, got our inspection of dress over with, the signal came to start playing, and we waded in. The boys all kept their heads and worked together very nicely, working just like a piece of machinery, and almost before we knew it we were through playing and out of the ring.

After the last band played they held a massed band program, all the flute bands combining (about 150 players) and playing a tune, and it was pretty fine. As soon as they finished the pipers, who had been forming up in the meantime, started to play—and you should have seen it. There were about 250 pipers and drummers, and with the ribbons and kilts flying in the wind and the drumsticks twirling, etc., it was a magnificent sight and one I shall never forget. When they were finished we did our stunt, the seventeen bands massing and playing the French and British National Anthems, under Dr. Williams of the Grenadier Guards. There were over 850 in his turn, and you can imagine that we kicked up quite a row.

Just at the finish of this the result of the contest was announced. The King’s Royal Rifles first; The 21st Canadians second, and the Royal Scots third. Well, I could scarcely believe my ears when I heard it. Just fancy us ‘cleaning up’ all the ‘crack’ Canadian bands and all but one of the Imperials also. There were several of our officers in attendance and I thought they would go crazy! It was certainly a fine band that beat us to first place and we feel satisfied at the decision, although a great many of the Imperial bandsmen thought we should have been given first. However, the judges were two of the best musicians in England, namely Dr. Williams and Dan Godfrey, Jr.

The whole affair was carried out very fairly. The musical judges could not see the bands at all, everything being done by numbers, and they couldn’t tell whether it was a Canadian or an Imperial band playing, so I guess we must have won on our merits.

We’ve been receiving congratulations ever since, and this morning a message came over from headquarters, conveying congratulations from the General and staff of the brigade to Bandmaster E. R. Hinchey and players on their splendid success.’ ”

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100 Years Ago: Flight-Lieut. Frederick Dies in Aeroplane Accident, Civic Holiday Attractions, Celebration of Victory

The Intelligencer August 6, 1918 (page 2)

“Death of Belleville Aviator In Scotland. Mr. and Mrs. B. O. Frederick, 76 Victoria Avenue, have received the following letters referring to the death of their son, Flight-Lieut. L. M. Frederick, who was killed in an aeroplane accident at Montrose, Scotland, on July 8, while on active service:

St. Mary’s Rectory, Montrose, Scotland, July 15. Dear Mrs. Frederick:—I am writing to you as Chaplain to the R. A. F. at Montrose, to offer to you and your husband my sincere sympathy on the death of your son. I did not know him personally; it is extremely difficult to make acquaintance of individuals in a big station like this where there is so much coming and going.

He was manoeuvring his machine—one of our Scottish customs. The volleys were fired and the Last Post sounded. The burial service of the Prayer book was used. I feel very much for you so far from here, and if I can be of any service to you will you please just let me know.

Again assuring you of my sincere sympathy, I remain Yours faithfully, H. M. Rankin, Chaplain.

6 Training Squadron, R. A. F., Montrose, Scotland, July 7, 1918. Dear Mr. Frederick:—I very much regret having to write this letter to you telling you of your son’s death in an aeroplane accident yesterday afternoon. He went up into the air in a single seated scout to have a sham fight with another pilot. I was watching the fight, and the feats your son performed showed that he was a daring and efficient pilot. During the fight the two machines collided and fell to the ground.

While your son was training here he had always shown himself to be a keen and enthusiastic worker and his loss in the R.A.F. is very great, but nothing of course compared with your own. He had the pluck and stamina which has made our pilots so predominant over the Germans.

I can only add my deepest sympathy and that of his instructor and brother officers in your great loss. If I can furnish you with more details concerning your son’s stay here, I shall be very pleased to do so. Yours sincerely, Arthur C. Jones-William, Capt.”

The Intelligencer August 6, 1918 (page 7)

“Civic Holiday Attractions. Tomorrow is Belleville’s Civic Holiday, and the attractions include a big public picnic at Victoria Park, proceeds in aid of the Orphanage at Picton; baseball match between Trenton and Belleville; aviation camp sports at Deseronto.”

The Intelligencer August 6, 1918 (page 7)

“Celebrating the Victory. The ringing of the bell of the Bridge Street Methodist Church yesterday afternoon woke up some people to the fact that there is a world war on and that a great and momentous victory has just been won by the allied armies. May the joyful notes of the bell be a happy augury of other and greater victories bringing early and permanent peace.”

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100 Years Ago: Show Confidence in Victory by Civic Demonstration, Letter from Frank W. Bateman, Lieut. Bill Ketcheson Returns Overseas, Social Held at Myrehall

The Intelligencer August 5, 1918 (page 1)

“Time to Start Something! Give Us a Chance to Cheer! General Foch has given us a great victory—the greatest of the war. …  Under the incessant hammering of the Allied forces the Crown Prince’s army has been practically cut to pieces—many thousands have been killed and wounded, many thousands have been captured.

This victory will in all probability mark the turning point of the war—it has shaken the confidence of the Central Powers, impaired seriously the morale of the enemy soldiers; and adding this disastrous defeat of their ‘invincible’ armies to starvation at home, the military strength of Germany has received what may well be its death blow, although there will likely be hard fighting yet. …

WHY, then, in the face of the great events transpiring on the battle front and the certain prospects of future victories, should we not show our unshakable confidence in complete and decisive allied victory by a civic demonstration? Many people do not follow the progress of the war closely enough to know really how it is going.

WAKE ‘EM UP! Put the gin back into ginger and let us have a big procession with the band playing Rule Britannia, The Maple Leaf, O Canada, God Save the King, Tipperary, The Long, Long Trail, The Marseilles and all the songs of victory and glorious British confidence they know. Strike up the band, and give us all a chance to cheer.

WHY repress our feelings because some faint hearts see a possibility of a set-back, somewhere along the line, sometime? We know that we are going to win gloriously and decisively in the end—we know that we are winning now. Let’s honor the brave soldiers and sailors and airmen of the Allies who have effectually barred the progress of the Hun war machine.

RING THE BELLS and let the bands play and give everybody so inclined a chance to cheer for the genius of a Foch and for the British courage and unconquerable determination which has been the inspiration and backbone of the allied resistance, resulting in the muzzling of the Beast of Berlin, who hoped to enslave and debase the world. …


The Intelligencer August 5, 1918 (page 2)

“Frank W. Bateman on the Overseas Y. M. C. A. The following letter was received by Mr. H. Bateman, 61 Station street of this city from her son Frank W. Bateman, who was wounded some time ago and is now with his battery again. France, July 3rd, 1918. Dear Mother and Father,—Just a few lines in answer to your five welcome letters which I received yesterday, dated April 17th, May 15th, May 20th, May 28th and June 6th, so I had enough reading to keep me busy for some time.

You wanted to know whether I was wounded with a sniper or not. No I was not. I was wounded with some splinters from a large high explosive shell which dropped about 4 feet from me. …  The hospital I was in was an English military hospital. The nurses were very nice and I had a jolly time when I was there.

You asked about how the Y.M.C.A. uses us out here. If it wasn’t for them we would go hungry and thirsty many a time up the line. There is always hot tea, coffee or cocoa to drink or lemonade in the summer time. Sometimes they give biscuits and there is always writing paper and envelopes. They sell cigarettes and chocolate cheaper than you can get them at home and also all kinds of canned goods, and as for selling socks that should be given away, well, the fellow who said that at home, he could never have been up the line or he wouldn’t say such a thing. Those kind of fellows are only trouble-makers and another thing I have never seen socks in the Y. M. C. A. for sale.

I was down to some sports yesterday and saw (Curley) Sharpe, Reg. Hinchey, Ernie Blaind and also (Bill) Wannacott and I was talking to a fellow out of Harry’s battery. …  Well I will close for now, hoping this finds everyone in the best of health. Your loving son, Frank.”

The Intelligencer August 5, 1918 (page 7)

“Returning Overseas. Lieut. W. H. F. (Bill) Ketcheson, son of ex-Mayor Ketcheson, leaves to-day on his return to active duty overseas. Lieut. Ketcheson was severely wounded at the battle of Passchendaele, being buried by a shell explosion.”

The Intelligencer August 5, 1918 (page 7)

“Social at Myrehall. The Myrehall Red Cross held a very successful social at the home of Mr. Wm. Goodfellow, 8th Con. Of Tyendinaga, on the evening of July 24th and on account of the fine weather a large crowd assembled. The Rev. Mr. White of Plainfield acted as chairman, in his usual pleasing style. Mr. McIntosh and Mr. Johnstone of Belleville, gave some bag pipe selections that were much appreciated, while Mr. Elliott’s eloquent speech received the profound attention of all present.

Mr. J. Gow and Miss Ida Pitman of Latta, gave some excellent music, and one of the features of the programme was a flag drill by eight girls in costume. The ladies of the Red Cross furnished an excellent lunch. The luck ticket for the autograph quilt was won by Mr. D. Wellman of Latta. Proceeds of social exceeded $200.”

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100 Years Ago: Great War Veterans Association Replace “God Save the King” with “O Canada,” Ad for Gillette Razors, Ad for Purity Oats

The Intelligencer August 3, 1918 (page 1)

“O Canada Replaces God Save the King. Toronto. The Great War Veterans’ Association of Canada has decided to replace the British National Anthem ‘God Save the King,’ with ‘O Canada’ at the close of branch meetings.

 It was moved by an English clergyman, the Rev. J. C. Davidson now an adopted son of Canada, and carried at the convention.

Except for some doubt expressed also branches without a piano being able to navigate through the subtle modulations of ‘Canada’ no opposition was raised the mover emphasizing that it was for Canada the G. W. V. A. were anxious about.

‘It seems to me a very serious omission not to sing “Canada” at our branch meetings’ he said. ‘We are Britain’s and British subjects but we are all Canadians, and are here to further the interest of our own country. In this period of reconstruction it is expedient that Canada be first and foremost, and our national anthem brings our country more before us.’ ”

The Intelligencer August 3, 1918 (page 6)

Ad for Gillette razors

“August 4th. The Gillette Razor’s Four Years of War Service. The Gillette Safety Razor has passed through four years of war service with a clean bill of health.

It is the proud record of the Gillette Razor that it has more users than have all other razors put together in every regiment under the Allied flags.

It has gone with him to billet and reserve camp; it has shaved him in hospital and has accompanied him to ‘Blighty’. Whether its owner has been on leave, invalided home, or finally pensioned off, the Gillette has never failed to offer the daily luxury of a perfect shave..

Gillette Safety Razor Co., of Canada, Limited.”

The Intelligencer August 3, 1918 (page 6)

Ad for Purity Oats

“The Allied Armies depend on us for wheat. Our free wheat-saving recipes show you how to save your share of wheat flour.

Purity Oats is the world’s best substitute for wheat flour. Use it in all your baking.

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