100 Years Ago: Thomas Victor Dack Invalided Home, Thanksgiving Dance, William Lowery Is Wounded, A Turkeyless Thanksgiving, Letters of Sympathy for Mrs. Archibald Lambert, In Memoriam, In Memoriam

The Intelligencer October 9, 1917 (page 2)

“Invalided Home. Private Dack of this city, has been invalided home, and arrived here from the east at 5 o’clock last evening. He was met at the station by acting-Mayor Ald. Woodley, and escorted to his home on Yeomans Street.

Pte. Dack enlisted and went overseas with the 155th Battalion from this city. While on active service he was badly wounded on the right leg, and as a result was for some time in a hospital in England.”

The Intelligencer October 9, 1917 (page 2)

“Thanksgiving Dance. A most successful dance was held last evening in the Johnstone Academy on Campbell street, under the efficient management of Professor and Mrs. Johnstone. A very large number were present and all enjoyed the popular dance music rendered by the large orchestra. A number of guests were present from out of town, and Prof. and Mrs. Johnstone were untiring in their efforts to make the affair the success that it was. Dancing was continued until after midnight.”

The Intelligencer October 9, 1917 (page 2)

“Lieut. W. W. Lowery Wounded. Mr. John B. Lowery, of Frankford, has been notified that his son, Lieut. Wm. Lowery who went overseas with an Edmonton infantry battalion was wounded on Sept. 29th. Lieut. Lowery was educated at the Stirling High School and taught school in North Hastings before going to the West.

He was in the same battalion in France as his brother Major Jas. Lowery, M.L.A., who is at present on sick leave in Canada having been wounded at Vimy Ridge last April. No report as to the nature of his wounds has yet been received.”

The Intelligencer October 9, 1917 (page 2)

“Thanksgiving turkey dinners were scarce this year as the price asked on Belleville market was thirty cents a pound. Toronto people were worse off, however, for the price at St. Lawrence market started at 32 cents and ended somewhere among the clouds in a millionaire’s dream. Ducks were plentiful on Toronto market at $1.25. Chickens joined the pluto class at 35 cents per pound, with eggs food for kings, scrambled for at 50 cents, 55 cents and 60 cents per dozen according to the pedigree of the hen, apparently and the age of the egg.”

The Intelligencer October 9, 1917 (page 6)

“Belleville Soldier Instantly Killed by a Shell—Highly Spoken of by His Officers. Mrs. A. Lambert has received the following letters of sympathy in the death of her husband, who was killed in action. From the King. The King commands me to assure you of the true sympathy of His Majesty and The Queen in your sorrow. Derby, Secretary of State for War.

From Lieut. Jackson. In The Field, Sept. 11th, 1917. Dear Mrs. Lambert:—I find it very hard to find words to convey to you my sympathy and the sympathy of Mr. Lambert’s comrades in your sad loss.

Mr. Lambert was killed in the early hours of this morning by a shell, while on duty, and I know you will be glad to know that he did not suffer, death being instantaneous. We have experienced a double loss as his officer, Mr. Edwards, was killed by the same shell.

Mr. Lambert was an excellent soldier, and well spoken of by his officers, while he was greatly respected by all the men. I have had the body brought out by his chums, and will attend personally to the details of his burial; the location of the grave will be sent you from Ottawa. Assuring you of my heartfelt sympathy, I am Yours sincerely, Jas. Jackson, Lieut., O. C. No. 4 Co.”

From Lieut. P. B. D’Esterre. Somewhere in France, Sept. 11th, 1917. Dear Mrs. Lambert:—It is with regret I write this letter to you to express my deep sympathy for the loss of your beloved husband.

He was instantly killed at 11.50 on the night of September 10th, 1917, by an enemy shell, when he was facing his country’s enemies, taking his share in the glory of that which will be the pride of Canada for ages. Lieut. Gilbert Edwards of Port Hope, was also killed with the same shell.

Your beloved husband was as brave and as gallant a soldier as ever put on a uniform for Canada. He was in my platoon and left with my party at 8.30 P.M. on that fatal night. I will write you later if any other particulars can be found. With deepest of sympathy for you I remain P. B. D’Esterre, Lieut. O. C. 16 Platoon, 2nd Canadian Brigade.”

From Lieut.-Col. McLaughlin. Field, Sept. 12th, 1917. To Mrs. A. Lambert, 337 ½ Front Street, Belleville, Ont., Canada. Dear Madam—You will doubtless already have received official notification of your husband’s death in action. May I extend my sincerest sympathy to you in your great bereavement, which has caused you so much sorrow and grief. Rest assured the sacrifice is not in vain, nor will it be forgotten.

Your husband had won very high commendation from his officers—and, although he had been with us a comparatively short time, he had proven himself a thorough soldier and a good and true friend. As such he will be greatly missed by us here. Yours in sympathy H. H. McLaughlin, Lt.-Col., Commanding 2nd Can. Inf. Bn., East Ontario Regiment.”

The Intelligencer October 9, 1917 (page 7)

“In Memoriam. In loving memory of my only son, Sidney Hollgerson, aged 20 years, a member of the 58th Battalion, killed in action at the Somme, October 8th, 1916.

With every smile he said good-bye, / Went forth the bravest of the brave, / Alas! alas! went forth to die! / And now he fills a hero’s grave.”

The Intelligencer October 9, 1917 (page 7)

“In Memoriam. Pte. Andrew Stark, 59th Batt., C. E. F., killed in action, 8th October, 1916.

My husband is gone but not forgotten, / Never shall his memory fade, / Sweetest thoughts shall ever linger, / Round the spot where thou are laid.—His sorrowing wife and Children.”
 

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100 Years Ago: Ad for Fry’s Cocoa, In Memoriam, Soldiers Will Get Fruit

The Intelligencer October 6, 1917 (page 6)

Ad for Fry's“Fry’s Makes muscle for the munition worker. The Great Food Drink. Most drinks are mere stimulants. FRY’S Cocoa, however, is a complete food in itself. It acts quickly too. Remember—nothing will do but FRY’S.”

The Intelligencer October 6, 1917 (page 7)

“In Memoriam. Lance-Corp. W. A. Dingham, 2nd Battalion, killed in action, Oct. 6th, 1916.

Far and oft our thoughts do wander / To the Battlefield away. / Where now lies our dear Brother / Killed one year ago to-day. / Sleep on dear brother, in your distant grave, / Your life for your country nobly gave, / No loved one near to say good-bye, / But in God’s keeping now you lie.—Inserted by Brother and Sisters.”

The Intelligencer October 6, 1917 (page 9)

“Soldiers Will Get Fruit. Provincial Government Will Send Abroad Two Million Packages. According to information contained in the latest issue of the fruit circular, the provincial government will this year send to convalescent Canadian soldiers in the hospitals overseas about 2,000,000 parcels of fruit, of which 800,000 will consist of canned fruits and jams.

The consignment of canned goods is being put up at the Vineland experimental station, and will consist largely of peaches, plums and peas. The remainder of the shipment will consist of 27,000 boxes of apples, and will be put up by the fruit branch in Eastern Ontario

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100 Years Ago: William Bedell Awarded Military Medal, John Arthur McCamus Awarded Military Cross, Gunner Alfred Wallace Returns, Poster for Medical Boards, Sympathy of Minister of Militia for Mrs. Prest

The Intelligencer October 5, 1917 (page 2)

“Awarded Military Medal. Wm. Frederich Bedell, son of Mr. C. Bedell of Rawdon township, who was engaged with the Canadian troops in the recent fighting at Lens, has been awarded the Military Medal for conspicuous bravery on the field.”

The Intelligencer October 5, 1917 (page 2)

“Awarded Military Cross. Lieut. J. A. McCamus has been awarded the Military Cross for conspicuous bravery on the field. He is the son of Rev. John A. McCamus, formerly of Belleville, and is with the machine gun corps in France.”

The Intelligencer October 5, 1917 (page 2)

“Arrived Safely Home. Gunner Alfred Wallace, who left Belleville with the 34th Battalion, returned home this morning. He was in active service at the front for some time, having left Canada with the first contingent. Flight Cadet Wallace, a brother, was some months ago, accidentally killed by the fall of his machine. Gunner Wallace is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Robt. Wallace, residing on South John street.”

The Intelligencer October 5, 1917 (page 5)

Medical Boards advert“Medical Boards Are Ready! Medical Boards are now ready to examine all men who apply as to their physical fitness for military service. These boards are established throughout this district.

Men between the ages of 20 to 34 inclusive, who were unmarried or widowers without children on July 6th, 1917, are strongly advised to report before a Medical Board at once. This is the quickest and surest way for them to find out their status under the Act.

Issued by The Military Service Council.”

The Intelligencer October 5, 1917 (page 7)

“Sympathy of the Minister of Militia. Mrs. R. Prest, 78 St. James street, whose husband, Pte. Harold Prest was recently killed in action, has received the following letter of sympathy from Sir A. E. Kemp, Minister of Militia and Defence for Canada:

Minister’s Office, Ottawa, Oct. 1, 1917. Dear Mrs. Prest:—I desire to express to you my very sincere sympathy in the recent decease of your husband.

No. 455098, Pte. Harold Prest, who in sacrificing his life at the front in action with the enemy, has rendered the highest services of a worthy citizen.

The heavy loss which you and the nation have sustained would indeed be depressing were it not redeemed by the knowledge that the brave comrade for whom we mourn performed his duties fearlessly and well as became a soldier, and gave his life for the great cause of human liberty and the defence of the Empire.

Again extending to you in your bereavement my condolence and heartfelt sympathy. I am, Yours faithfully, (Signed) A. E. Kemp, Minister of Militia and Defence for Canada.”

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100 Years Ago: Christmas Presents for Soldiers, Sapper Stewart Wins Military Medal, Druggists Warned About Medicinal Wine, Frank Quinlan Killed in Action, How Military Draft Will Work

The Intelligencer October 4, 1917 (page 2)

“Christmas Presents for Soldiers. The report of the Red Cross Society for the special Red Cross Penny Bag collection is as follows: We did not quite reach our desired amount for the boys’ Christmas packages in our Red Cross penny bags this month. In fact we have delayed this report in the hope that the few necessary dollars to make up $400 might be collected.

There is, however, a very substantial increase over the usual monthly collection. Several of the wards have doubled their collection of last month, all of which is to be used in sending individual Christmas packages to our soldiers.

Will anyone whose bag was overlooked, or who wishes to add a little more for a Christmas offering, kindly send their money to Miss Mary Yeomans, or notify her by telephone (375) and the money will be collected? We would like very much to make up the $400.00.”

The Intelligencer October 4, 1917 (page 2)

“Won Military Medal. Mrs. B. L. Stewart, who resides at 298 Coleman street, Belleville, was yesterday in receipt of a military medal from her son Sapper R. Stewart, of the 4th Signal Canadian engineers. The medal in question, was won by Sapper Stewart for bravery exhibited upon the field of battle. It is needless to state that the medal is highly prized by Mrs. Stewart.”

The Intelligencer October 4, 1917 (page 6)

“Druggists Warned Re Invalid Wine. That the druggists of the city will hereafter be called upon to discriminate between those to whom they sell invalid wines, and will be prosecuted if they sell it to those who purchase it for purposes other than as a medicine, became known today through a warning given them by Inspector R. Arnott acting on orders issued by the Board of License Commissioners of the Province. …

Notice was served on the local druggists and the law explained to them by Inspector Arnott, and hereafter it will be more difficult to secure the wines. It will take more than a big thirst to convince the druggists that a bottle of wine is necessary to the health. In cases of bona fide use for tonic purposes there will be no difficulty in getting it, but the case must be well established else the druggist must bear the consequences.

At least one druggist in the city is not selling wine and others may do likewise. It was reported that a doctor’s prescription would be necessary in order to secure the wine, but there is nothing in the order to confirm this.”

The Intelligencer October 4, 1917 (page 7)

“Former Bellevillian Killed. A telegram from Montreal was received in the city last evening by Mr. E. H. Laroche, which stated that Lieut. Frank Quinlan, of Montreal, had been killed in action. Lieut. Quinlan was well known in Belleville where he was born. He was the second son of Mr. Hugh Quinlan of the well-known contracting firm of Quinlan & Robertson.

The brave young officer was connected with an engineering corps at the front and previous to enlistment was following his profession as an architect. He was an exceptionally clever young man and deservedly popular. His many friends in Belleville will regret to learn of his death, but his life was sacrificed in a worthy and noble cause.”

[Note: Lieutenant Francis Timothy Quinlan died on September 29, 1917. He is commemorated on Page 312 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer October 4, 1917 (page 8)

“Foolish to Disobey Call. Ottawa. One man in five only, coming within the first class of recruits, will be called to the colors under the Military Service Act. Estimates show that at the present time there are 493,187 bachelors in Canada between the ages of 20 and 34. Consequently, out of every five men in the class one will be called and four will be left at home. …

Any man who resorts to what is sometimes called ‘passive resistance’ will be acting contrary to his own interests. By so doing he will render his selection for military service inevitable, and that, under conditions of ignominy. He will also throw away the opportunity of being one of the four bachelors out of every five who, in complying with the act, are relieved from the necessity of serving the country under arms.”

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100 Years Ago: Letter from Cecil Holway, War Trophies Exhibited, Successful Tag Day

The Intelligencer October 3, 1917 (page 2)

“Accidentally Wounded. Mr. A. H. Holway, 165 Church Street,has received a letter from his son Cecil, who went overseas with the 8th C.M.R., and has been nearly two years on active service in France. The letter is dated September 11th, and states that the writer is in a military hospital ‘Somewhere in France,’ recovering from a wound in his left foot.

He was accidentally shot while cleaning his rifle, the bullet passing through the instep. At the time of writing the young soldier said that he had recently been operated upon, and was recovering nicely, but still confined to bed.”

The Intelligencer October 3, 1917 (page 2)

“War Trophies Exhibited. A display of trophies from the war zone in the window of Messrs. Wallbridge & Clarke’s store on Front street attracts considerable attention. They were sent here to Mr. George Wallbridge from his son Major F. Wallbridge, who is at the front.

The articles shown consist of French, German and British steel helmets, German water bag, German billy, which is studded with heavy nails, a German bayonet, German gas helmet, German gun handle, bullets and German bayonet. A helmet made from the cap of a large shell, is cleverly executed. The trophies are prized by the owner.”

The Intelligencer October 3, 1917 (page 7)

“Successful Tag Day. The Argyle Chapter I.O.D.E., held a most successful Tag Day on Saturday, September 29th, in aid of our soldiers in France. The sum of $540 was realized.”

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100 Years Ago: Card of Sympathy from Prime Minister, Memorial Altar Vases Dedicated at Christ Church, Memorial Service for Two Soldiers at Baptist Church, Nursing Sister Merle Lazier a War Bride

The Intelligencer October 1, 1917 (page 2)

“Words of Sympathy. Mrs. Harold Prest, whose husband, Pte. Harold Prest, was recently killed in action, has received from Ottawa a card of sympathy, which reads as follows: ‘The Prime Minister and members of the Government of Canada, send their deepest sympathy in the bereavement which you have sustained.”

The Intelligencer October 1, 1917 (page 2)

“Memorial Altar Vases Dedicated in Loving Memory of Two Brave Young Soldiers. The annual Harvest Festival services of Christ Church were held yesterday with Holy Communion services at Christ Church and St. George’s at 8 a.m. and Choral Communion at 11 a.m. The church was beautifully decorated for the occasion, flowers being provided in abundance. …

An interesting feature of the morning’s service was the dedication of two beautiful vases for use on the altar, presented by Mrs. Charlotte Carroll in memory of her son Horace, and his dear friend, Reginald Smith, both of whom were killed in action in France. …

Following are the inscriptions: ‘In memory of Lieut. Reginald Smith, 77th Battalion, Ottawa, killed in action May, 1917, battle of Vimy Ridge.’

‘In memory of Lieut. Horace Y. Carroll, 77th Battalion, Ottawa, killed in action October, 1916, battle of the Somme.’ ”

The Intelligencer October 1, 1917 (page 7)

“Memorial Service at Baptist Church. A large audience was present in the Baptist Church last night, when a solemn memorial service was held to commemorate the death, in action at the front, of two of the boys of the Baptist Church and Sunday School—Raymond Hudson, missing since Sept. 15th, 1916, and now presumed dead, and Harold Prest, whose death was reported last Wednesday.

The pastor, Rev. Chas. Geo. Smith, B. D., conducted the service. …  Speaking of the two Sunday School scholars, Mr. Smith said that Raymond Hudson was a scholar in Miss Lounsberry’s class and was one of the first to enlist when the war broke out. He was in the attack on the sugar refinery at Courcelette on Sept. 15th, 1916, and has been missing ever since. …

Raymond was only 21 years of age when he gave his life for Canada and the Empire. He wrote home to his mother faithfully every week right up until the day before going into his final fight at Courcelette. In his last letter he said: ‘Do not worry about me, Mother, for if I am killed I am not afraid to die, for I am trusting in God and my Saviour, Christ Jesus.’

Harold Prest, said the minister, grew up in this church and Sunday School from a little boy, and all his family are associated here. He passed through all the Sunday School grades from the primary department to the young men’s Bible class. …  He was a bright scholar and a faithful attendant for many years. Harold was devoted to his mother, and not a week passed but she received a newsy letter from him full of cheer and hope. In one of his last letters home he confessed his faith in Christ in a most manly and sincere way and bade his mother not be anxious for his welfare as he was hopeful of coming through safely and returning home at the close of the war. …

Truly we can say, as we realize our privileges of blessings today with a great sum, these boys obtained for us this freedom of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in the British Empire. Let us prove worthy of that freedom so dearly bought. So shall we truly revere the memory and pay tribute to the gallantry and self-sacrifice of our dear departed boys.”

The Intelligencer October 1, 1917 (page 7)

“Belleville Lady a War Bride. Another popular young Belleville lady has joined the ranks of the war brides. A cable from London announces the marriage there of Nursing Sister Merle Lazier, daughter of Colonel T. C. Lazier of Edmonton, formerly of this city, to Captain Lorne Tyrer, C.A.M.C.

Nursing Sister Lazier left Belleville more than a year ago to nurse the wounded, having obtained a commission in the Canadian Army Medical Corps, and was stationed at Salonica, Greece, remaining on duty there for some months, returning later to England.

Miss Lazier was very popular with her many Belleville friends, who are pleased to join in hearty congratulations and best wishes.”

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100 Years Ago: Eddie Elliott Returns Home, Canada’s Conscript Army, Poster on Pay for Men Selected Under Military Service Act

The Intelligencer September 29, 1917 (page 2)

“Lieut. Elliott Home. Lieut. Eddie Elliott, second son of Mr. John Elliott, manager of the Standard Bank, Belleville, arrived home on Thursday afternoon and was very heartily welcome. Lieutenant Elliott left here with the 80th Battalion, and later being transferred to the front, was associated with the 54th.

Whilst at the front, he contracted blood poisoning, and was confined to a hospital for some months. He has received his permanent discharge, and a rest, it is hoped, will restore him to his former vigorous health.”

The Intelligencer September 29, 1917 (page 3)

“The New Army. Canada’s conscript army will enjoy but a brief stay this side of the Atlantic if present arrangements are adhered to. Immediately after mobilization Grade A men will be entered upon a fourteen weeks’ training syllabus, but according to the official understanding at the moment this training will not be progressed with very far in Canada before the men will be sent overseas to receive their real training in camps already prepared for them.

This move has the approval of the military authorities on both sides, and therefore it is not unlikely that many thousands of the draftees will spend the winter overseas, where conditions are more favorable to training.”

The Intelligencer September 29, 1917 (page 10)

“Pay Will Be The Same. Men selected under the Military Service Act will receive the same pay as those now on active service receive. Pay will start from the time a man reports for duty. Money from the Patriotic Fund and Separation Allowance will also be available for selected men.

A considerable number of men who have enlisted in the Canadian forces have found themselves better off under the army rate of pay, which is granted in addition to board, lodging, clothing, equipment, transportation, etc., than they were while in civilian positions. Their wants are provided for, and they receive a steady addition to the bank account each month. Issued by The Military Service Council.”

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100 Years Ago: Local Medical Board Results, Letter of Thanks, Sympathy from Minister of Militia

The Intelligencer September 28, 1917 (page 2)

“Fit or Unfit? Up until noon yesterday the local Medical Board, under the Military Service Act, Drs. MacColl, Gibson and Tennant, had examined 103 applicants. Fifty-eight were passed as ‘fit’ for any class of military service; sixteen passed for restricted service; twelve passed for home defence and seventeen were totally unfit for service.”

The Intelligencer September 28, 1917 (page 7)

“ ‘Cheery O Sister’ Soldiers Grateful. The following letter was received by Miss Edith McLean, 62 Alexander St. in reply to a parcel sent by the Belleville Branch of the Canadian War Contingent Association, 62 West Street. France, June 16, 1917. My Dear Miss McLean, Our battalion received today fifty parcels from the C.W.C.A., Belleville, amongst which was yours. The O.C. was so taken with the generosity and usefulness of the articles, that the whole regiment drew for them, and besides getting the presents, it afforded a lot of pleasure to the whole unit.

I do not know who you are, but I thank God for you kind, brave women in Canada, and your gifts were appreciated by all of us: the officers because the men got them, and the men because it brings a breath of home to them. Cheery O Sister, and thank you, Douglas Kerr, Capt., 1st Can. Lab. Batt., B.E.F.”

The Intelligencer September 28, 1917 (page 7)

“Sympathy from Minister of Militia. Mrs. Catherine Stark, 173 Mary street west, has received from Sir A. E. Kemp, Minister of Militia, the following letter of sympathy in the loss of her husband, Pte. Andrew Stark, who gave his life that the Empire might live: Sept. 20, 1917. Dear Mrs. Stark:—I desire to express to you my very sincere sympathy in the recent decease of your husband No. 455153 Pte. Andrew Stark, who in sacrificing his life at the front in action with the enemy, has rendered the highest services of a worthy citizen.

The heavy loss which you and the nation have sustained would indeed be depressing were it not redeemed by the knowledge that the brave comrade for whom we mourn performed his duties fearlessly and well as became a good soldier, and gave his life for the great cause of human liberty and the defence of the Empire.

Again extending to you in your bereavement my condolences and heartfelt sympathy. I am, yours faithfully, A. E. Kemp, Minister of Militia and Defence for Canada.”

[Note: Private Andrew Stark died on October 8, 1916. He is commemorated on Page 167 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

 

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100 Years Ago: Ad for Hydro Electric Irons, Food Controller Speaks

The Intelligencer September 27, 1917 (page 2)

“Fuel Control—A War-time Measure. When we wasted food, we were restrained by decree. If we waste fuel, similar action will follow. There is one way in which we can co-operate with the Government, while simplifying our own living, that is by ironing with Hydro Power which the waterfalls of Ontario supply.

Use the Hydro Iron for ironing day. It is economical, saves the coal and wood supply, makes the day easier. Thousands of households are doing it.

Hydro irons cost $4.00. They are guaranteed for 5 years. Hydro-Electric Power Commission of Ontario.”

The Intelligencer September 27, 1917 (page 6)

“Ottawa. An excessive number of middlemen is the greatest obstacle to the reduction of prices, and under present conditions the adoption of a drastic policy of arbitrary cutting would mean ‘temporary ruin to every city and town in the country,’ according to a statement by Hon. W. J. Hanna, Food Controller, in an interview with the Canadian Press, Ltd. …

‘I must remind those Canadians who are perhaps unaware of the fact, that seven main factors may be said to govern the present prices of food: (1) The disproportion between demand and supply, consumption and production. Food cannot be cheap while there is such a growing disparity between the numbers of producers and the numbers of consumers. (2) Unrestrained competition between great foreign buyers of foodstuffs in our markets. (3) Unequal distribution of the available supplies, surplus production in one province being unavailable for provinces in which shortages exist. (4) The food speculator. (5) The greedy middleman. (6) The supernumerary unnecessary and inefficient middleman, and (7) The waster. …

The first duty of the Food Controller, let me remind you, is not to cut prices, eliminate middlemen, sell goods at cost, or correct in a day economic evils which an unthrifty and luxurious use has allowed, even encouraged to grow up, but to protect Canada, the Canadian troops, and our share of the war of the Empire against disaster through famine—I use the word without any exaggeration. I can do this only by decreasing consumption, and as far as possible increasing production.”

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100 Years Ago: Harold Prest Killed in Action, Military Hospital at Whitby Opened, Coal Dealers Warned, Scientists Interested in Military Service Act Medical Examination Results

The Intelligencer September 26, 1917 (page 1)

“Belleville Boy Killed in Action. Mr. A. N. Prest, residing at 45 Herchimer Street, Belleville, received a sad message this morning from the Director of Records at Ottawa. It was to the effect that his son, Private Harold Prest, of this city, had been killed in action on the 16th inst. Pte.

Prest was 23 years of age, and enlisted with the 59th Battalion at Brockville, going overseas with that battalion. Previous to enlistment he was a clerk in the G.T.R. shops here. Harold was popular with all who knew him and his death will be sincerely regretted by a host of friends. A wife and young daughter survive in addition to his parents. Mr. Myles Prest of The Intelligencer Office, is a brother of the deceased.”

[Note: Private Harold Prest died on September 16, 1917. He is commemorated on Page 311 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer September 26, 1917 (page 1)

“ ‘The finest military hospital on this continent’ was the tribute of His Excellency the Duke of Devonshire after he had inspected the big hospital and vocational training centre of the Military Hospitals Commission at Whitby. His Excellency formally opened the great $55,000 recreation hall, which has just been completed and a big day of sports and exhibitions were staged by the convalescent men in honor of the occasion.

The veterans’ band under the directorship of Bandmaster Reeves played, two teams from the various cottages in the institution put on a baseball game, and all the champions around the hospital were pointed out to the Governor-General. These ‘champions’ represent nearly every branch of sport, for the facilities are there for all athletics, and the returned boys are a lively bunch, even in convalescence.

The splendid buildings housing the wards and the vocational training rooms were praised highly by the vice-regal party, and the men beamed over their work. Whitby is said to be unsurpassed in any country in the world to-day in its location and equipment, as a centre for the convalescence and training of soldiers.”

The Intelligencer September 26, 1917 (page 2)

“Coal Dealers Warned. The office of the Dominion Fuel Controller, Ottawa, repeats the warning to coal dealers throughout the country that objection will be taken to any advance in the price of coal being made without notification first being sent to the Fuel Controller. The view of the Fuel Controller is that the coal dealers had a liberal profit last summer, sufficiently so to enable them to continue the present prices into the winter, and give the smaller users of coal the same price, notwithstanding any increase that the mines may make at this time.”

The Intelligencer September 26, 1917 (page 6)

“Spotlight on Canada’s Men. Ottawa. Medical men throughout the country are taking a keen interest in the coming examination of the physical condition of Canadians who are liable for service under the Military Service Act. …  Many authorities have held that Canadians, as a race, are unusually hardy, owing to the rigorous weather experienced in this country.

Never in Canada’s history has there been such a thorough examination of men in the country between certain ages. …  It will establish a new basis of fact for scientific men to work on, and the records will be of value for universities and scientific bureaus not only in Canada but throughout the civilized world.

The object of the medical examination, primarily, is to inform those liable to service if they will be drafted or not, since men found physically unfit are sure of exemption Tribunals. Employers will also be able to calculate as to what removals they may expect from their business houses, factories, etc. But the scientific importance of the country-wide physical examination of men between certain ages looms large in the eyes of a great many medical authorities.”

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