100 Years Ago: Original First Contingent Men Won’t Be Discharged, Funeral for Sergeant Charles A. Gibson, Anniversary of Battle of Vimy Ridge, Harvey Wheeler Wounded, Captain W.E. Schuster Now a Civilian, Body of Harold Reid Arrives in Belleville

The Intelligencer April 8, 1918 (page 1)

“Original First Men Can’t Stay At Home. Ottawa. Representations are being made to Ottawa to grant the members of the Original First Contingent who are home on furlough their discharge. General Mewburn and the Militia authorities sympathize with the requests but point out the difficulties in the way.

In the first place, it was only after months of negotiations that the War Office was persuaded to grant these men furlough. …  When it was finally agreed that they would be granted a three-months’ furlough, it was on the distinct understanding that the men returned. …  In addition there are many more men members of the first contingent for whom the Government are still anxious to secure furloughs. It is claimed that if the men now home were discharged, it would refuse absolutely to consider further requests for furlough.”

The Intelligencer April 8, 1918 (page 2)

“Sergt. Charles A. Gibson Hero of Two Wars Lays Down His Arms. Through streets lined with men and women and children, whose faces showed the sorrow they felt, a long procession moved slowly on Saturday afternoon carrying all that was mortal of a brave soldier and gallant Canadian from his earthly home to the last resting place amid the green carpeted aisles of that silent city, where so many loved ones wait in rest and peace the great and joyous reunion which faith has promised.

Sergeant Charles Armstrong Gibson was born and brought up in Belleville, and his life so full of National and Empire service was so well known to everybody that his death caused widespread sorrow and his funeral was attended by thousands who paid this tribute of respect to one who was always first to respond to his country’s call in the hour of danger. Many there were also who honored Charlie Gibson as a friend, kind and generous to a fault, and to these his sudden death brought deep sorrow. …

In the funeral procession were over sixty returned soldiers who had done ‘their bit’ over there, some like Charlie Gibson being Original Firsts of this war, who responded to the first call. Others, too, like him, wore the distinguishing medals of service in the South African war. …

It was one of the largest funerals seen in Belleville for many a day, and during the slow march through Front street both sides of that thoroughfare were crowded with spectators, and many were the expressions of regret heard at the passing of a brave soldier, who was deservedly popular. …

At the family residence 72 Victoria Avenue, at 3.30 o’clock an appropriate service was conducted by the Rev. Dr. Blagrave, rector of Christ Church, who also officiated at the interment at the cemetery. …  After the committal service at the grave the Last Post was sounded, ending the ceremony over the body of one who was worthy of all the honor accorded him. The floral tributes were many and most beautiful in design, being a mute testimony to the numerous friends of the departed, and the casket was draped with the Union Jack, the flag he loved so well.”

The Intelligencer April 8, 1918 (page 4)

“Battle of Vimy Ridge One Year Ago. The week-end is remembered throughout Canada as the first anniversary of the Canadian victory at Vimy Ridge. It was just a year ago that they won such immortal fame. One of the finest chapters in the history of the Canadians was written when they made the famous charge that carried the ground so long coveted.

After months of preparation, with the foe always on higher ground they carried the ridge in half an hour after the first German S. O. S. rocket was fired. The despatches described the attack as majestic, awe-inspiring. It revealed the Canadian spirit. It proved them fighting men. On either side were the dashing British troops, the English battalions, the famous Scotch regiments. To the Canadians had fallen the honor of the main attack and they carried it out with the greatest gallantry.”

The Intelligencer April 8, 1918 (page 7)

“Pte. Wheeler Wounded. Word has been received in the city that Private Harvey Wheeler has been wounded whilst on active service at the front. He was wounded on the knee and chest. The young private enlisted and went overseas with the 155th Battalion from this city.”

The Intelligencer April 8, 1918 (page 7)

“Returns to Civilian Life. Capt. W. E. Schuster is now in civilian life again after two years overseas service as transportation officer on the London Headquarters staff of the Canadian Forestry Corp. There is abundant evidence that this officer’s work has been stamped with efficiency and that he has made good goes without saying. The great and useful work of the above corps will fill interesting pages in history when the entire operations are fully known.”

The Intelligencer April 8, 1918 (page 7)

“An Eventful Voyage. The body of Flight Lieut. Harold Mackenzie Reid, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Reid, who on February 23rd was killed at Eastchurch, England, as the result of an aeroplane accident arrived in this city on Sunday afternoon via C. P. R. Many relatives and friends were at the station to meet the train conveying the body, which arrived at 3.15 p.m. Accompanied by eight members of the staff of the Ritchie store the body was taken to the mortuary parlors of Tickell & Sons. Subsequently the casket was taken to the home of the parents, 105 Bridge street east, being escorted by a number of the employees of the Ritchie Company. …

It is interesting to note that the Transatlantic liner which brought the body from England was torpedoed by a German submarine and obliged to put back to England for repairs, the bow of the vessel being badly damaged from torpedo contact. The second sailing was more successful and the voyage was made in safety.”

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100 Years Ago: Men Between 16 and 60 Must Work, Call for Citizens to Pray and Attend Church, Theatre Fare Advertised, Private Clifford Gunn Welcomed in Madoc Masonic Hall, Lieut. A. Kelso Roberts Missing

The Intelligencer April 6, 1918 (page 1)

“Everyone Between 16 and 60 Must Engage in Useful Work. Ottawa. An order-in-Council to suppress idleness has been adopted by the Government. It provides that every male person shall be regularly engaged in some useful occupation, with the exception of persons under sixteen years of age and over sixty, or physically unfit, or a student or temporarily unemployed. …  There are careful provisions against employers using this regulation as a club over the heads of strikers, as these are specifically exempted.”

The Intelligencer April 6, 1918 (page 3)

“Leaders of the Empire are Calling Us to Prayer at This Time, Worship at Your Church To-morrow. Emmanual Reformed Episcopal—Rev. A. M. Hubly; John St. Presbyterian—Rev. D. C. Ramsay, B.A.; St. Andrew’s Presbyterian—Rev. A. S. Kerr, B.A.; Holloway St. Methodist—Rev. J. N. Clarry, B.A.; Tabernacle Methodist—Rev. S. C. Moore, B.A., B. D.; Bridge St. Methodist—Rev. C. T. Scott, D.D.”

The Intelligencer April 6, 1918 (page 6)

Theatre listings

“Griffin Theatre: Gus Hill’s Big Minstrels. Grand Concert, City Hall: Isolde Menges. Palace Theatre: Ethel Barrymore in ‘Life’s Whirlpool.’ Griffin Pictures: Miss Billie Burke in The Land of Promise, Valeska Surratt in A Rich Man’s Plaything. Griffin Pictures: Mabel Normand in ‘Dodging a Million,’ Jack Pickford & Louise Huff in ‘Jack & Jill.’ Palace Theatre: Theda Bara in ‘Her Greatest Love.’ ”

The Intelligencer April 6, 1918 (page 7)

“Reception to Returned Soldier. A large and enthusiastic meeting was held in the Masonic Hall, Madoc, on Monday night to tender a hearty welcome to Pte. Clifford Gunn who has just returned from overseas. Pte. Gunn enlisted at Madoc, went overseas in October, 1916, proceeded to France where he was shell shocked at Vimy Ridge and invalided to Blighty.

Pte. Gunn, although still suffering from the effects of shell shock, is looking well. There appeared on the platform along with him his father looking his approval of Clifford’s actions and happy in the consciousness of his safe return. Madoc Band was out in full force to celebrate Clifford’s return and a hearty welcome on behalf of Madoc’s citizens was tendered.”

The Intelligencer April 6, 1918 (page 7)

“Lieut. A. Kelso Roberts. A cable received by Mrs. A. A. Roberts, who resides at 159 George St., in this city, conveyed the sad intelligence that her son, Lieut. A. Kelso Roberts, who has been on active service in the war zone, is reported as missing since March 21st. Lieut. Roberts obtained his commission from the Royal Military College at Kingston, and went overseas last September. He enlisted with the Royal Field Artillery in England and had been in France since New Years. His many friends in this city will hope that the more favorable news will soon be received from the popular young officer.”

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100 Years Ago: Gunner Ralph Coon Killed in Action, Circus Held at Y.M.C.A.

The Intelligencer April 5, 1918 (page 2)

“A Brave Soldier and True Comrade. Mr. and Mrs. D. E. Coon, of the fourth concession of Sidney, received further particulars of the death of their son, Gunner Ralph A. Coon, in letters from some of the members of the 16th Battery, of which he was a member. Ralph went overseas in December, 1915.

The following is one of the letters received: France, February 10, 1918. Dear Mrs. Coon,—The sad news of your son Ralph’s death no doubt long since reached you. However, at the request of the boys of the battery I am writing you this letter with a view of giving you the particulars of how your son and our comrade met his death. From men who were with Ralph when he met his unfortunate end I gleaned the following particulars.

It was on the morning of February 6th, about 7 a.m., when a shell from the German lines came over. Ralph was asleep at the time, and it is our belief that he never knew what happened to him, even though it was two hours before he died. From the gun position he was at once removed to a dressing station close by. Despite the heroic efforts of the doctor there was nothing could be done to save his life. He never regained consciousness. …

In a little cemetery far back from the firing line we buried him the day after he was killed, and, Mrs. Coon, I can safely say the funeral was one of the most impressive ones I ever saw in this country. Practically every member of this big unit turned out to pay homage to one of our bravest soldiers and truest comrades. Our army chaplain conducted the service and in addition to his two cousins, the other pall bearers were A. Bde. J. Lummand, and Gunner L. Smith.

Yesterday two of the gunners made a long trip to a well known little French town, where they succeeded in purchasing a truly beautiful monument. This will be suitably engraved and erected in the course of the next few days. It is customary to erect crosses over the graves of the fallen battery boys, but in Ralph’s case, he was so popular that twelve of his most intimate friends got together and secured a monument.

Well, Mrs. Coon, I guess there is little left to say, so in concluding, permit me to express to you the heartfelt sympathy of every officer and man in the battery, and when you lost your son Ralph we here lost one of the truest, bravest and most popular boys the battery has ever known.

If there is anything further you desire to know please write me and I will feel it more than a duty to answer your letter immediately. I remain, yours truly, A.-Bde. J. Trimm.”

[Note: Gunner Ralph Addison Coon died on February 6, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 388 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer April 5, 1918 (page 4)

“Unique and Amusing Circus at Y.M.C.A. Dingaling & Bungaling Brothers celebrated Country Circus is in the city and is creating considerable excitement and interest not only among the younger citizens, but even with the grown up population. It is rightly termed Belleville’s classy circus. It opened in the Y.M.C.A. building last night and the attendance was such that nearly every apartment of that spacious building was filled.

Previous to the opening of the large show in the gymnasium the side show was a source of great attraction and curiosity. …  Hundreds visited this important feature of the circus, and were edified and pleased with all presented to gaze. Whilst the big show was in progress in the assembly room a minstrel show took place, and the programme was such as to delight all who attended.

At a few minutes after 8 o’clock the grand entry took place. …  The grand entry was a spectacle of surpassing beauty, a galaxy of acrobats, tumblers and gymnasts and gorgeous costumes, funny clowns, weird freaks and ferocious animals, and a stupendous moving tableau. A most entertaining programme was then carried out consisting of boxing drills, gymnastic dancing by a class of young ladies was thrilling and bewildering. …

Six young men gave a fine exhibition of work on the parallel bar. They won hearty applause by their swiftly evolving tricks which were something new, novel and unique. A band of soldiers of the soil wielding rakes and hoes in wonderful evolution and in perfect unison to music, was much enjoyed. …  Every part of the programme was well carried out by those taking part, there being not a dull moment. The performance will be repeated this evening, and those unable to witness it last night should avail themselves of the opportunity to do so.”

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100 Years Ago: Cold Storage Plants to Be Emptied, Sergeant Charles Gibson Dies, 1,000 Boys a Day Enroll for Farm Work, La Boutique Held by Quinte Chapter I.O.D.E., Circus Day in Belleville, Dominion Police Force Check Trenton and Belleville Men for Credentials

The Intelligencer April 4, 1918 (page 1)

“Cold Storage Plants Will Be Emptied Of Food Stuffs. Ottawa. Drastic new regulations effective from today are announced by the Canada Food Board in an endeavor to eliminate the speculative element from the Canadian produce business. Monthly reports of all supplies on hand are required from all dealers.

No person or company shall hold meats, lard or oleomargarine in quantities larger than enough to supply his Canadian trade for sixty days. Butter and eggs must not be stocked on December 1st larger than enough to supply customers till May 1st. Restrictions are also placed on poultry, cheese and other products.

For infringement of the new regulations fines up to one thousand dollars and imprisonment for three months are provided for, also cancellation of license.”

The Intelligencer April 4, 1918 (page 4)

“Called by Death. Sergeant Charles Armstrong Gibson, one of Belleville’s best known young war heroes, has answered the final roll call. At an early hour this morning he passed unexpectedly away at his late residence 72 Victoria Avenue. Last evening he was about the house and retired apparently in his usual health.

At about four o’clock this morning he awoke and complained to his wife that he was ill and was suffering from shortness of breath. Medicine was administered and a physician was summoned, but before the latter arrived dissolution had taken place. Heart trouble was the cause of death.

Sergt. Gibson was the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gibson, residing on Hillcrest Avenue, and was born in this city on March 19th, 1876, thus being in his 43rd year. ‘Charley’ as he was familiarly called while attending the public schools was imbued with a soldier’s spirit and was never happier than when in uniform. …

At the outbreak of the present war Sergt. Gibson was one of the first in this city to enlist and he became a member of the 2nd Canadian Battalion. He went overseas with the first contingent and soon saw active service. He was in the battles of Ypres, Festubert and Givenchy. At the latter place he was severely wounded in the head and was invalided to England where he remained for some time.

Upon his arrival home he was accorded a hearty welcome from the citizens. For gallantry on the field of action he was promoted to a sergeant. Charlie Gibson was an exemplary soldier, and his cheerful manner tided many a young soldier over his first trip under fire. He was fearless and ever desirous of being in the front lines.

Sergt. Gibson was the Hon. President of the Great War Veterans’ Association of this city. He was also a member of Belleville Lodge No. 81 I.O.O.F. and the Canadian Order of Foresters. He was an attendant of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. Surviving is a wife and one son, R. Cecil, also his father and mother. To those suddenly bereft will be extended the heartfelt sympathy of all citizens. The funeral will be held with full military honors.”

The Intelligencer April 4, 1918 (page 5)

“Thousand Boys a Day Enroll For Farm. Toronto. The boys of Ontario are enrolling at a rate of 1,000 per day to help in the greater production campaign. …  It was originally believed that 16,000 boys could be secured in Ontario this summer for farm work, but at the rate that the boys have signed up it is now believed that this number will be largely exceeded. …

The most of the returns are from towns in  rural districts, and the great majority of the boys have previous experience at farm work. The most of them say that they are able to arrange for their own employment, but there are some who cannot arrange for their own employment, and are willing to go on the farm immediately. This latter class will receive the first consideration and will be placed first.

The boys are asked to state their weights in their enrolment forms, and it is found that many of the boys, 16 and 17 years of age, weigh from 150 to 170 pounds. …  Last year the average wage that the boys secured was $18 a month and board, but this year it is expected that they will average more than $20 and board.”

The Intelligencer April 4, 1918 (page 7)

“Results of ‘La Boutique.’ ‘La Boutique’ held by the Quinte Chapter, I. O.D.E. for patriotic purposes, on Saturday last in the City Hall, proved to be a most profitable entertainment as well as a most enjoyable one. The sum of $500 was realized.

The following articles were disposed of by raffle: Luncheon Cloth, donated by Mrs. W. N. Perry, lucky No. 217, won by Mr. C. M. Stork; Knitted Sweater, donated by Mrs. E. D. O’Flynn, No. 31, won by Col. Wilson; Bag of Potatoes, donated by Col. O’Flynn, No. 168, won by Mr. J. W. Pearce; Camisole, donated by Mrs. D. M. Waters, No. 10, won by Gene Caldwell; Socks, donated by Mrs. E. D. O’Flynn, No. 1, won by Mrs. W. C. Mikel. The bottle of money donated by Mrs. J. F. Dolan, for which guesses were made, contained $3.70. The guess nearest the amount was $3.66.”

The Intelligencer April 4, 1918 (page 7)

“Circus Day in Belleville. The big ‘parade’, a mile long, almost, with its glittering golden chariots and open dens of wild and other animals, clashing, smashing bands of music, and other weird and wonderful freaks and fancies, at high noon to-day along the principal streets and boulevards of Belleville broke the news none too gently to those who didn’t know that the Y.M.C.A. Circus, otherwise known as the Bingling-Bungling World’s Greatest Galaxy of Wonders had struck town. …  The parade was well worth seeing and if the entertainment under the ‘Big Top’ is on the same scale of excellence there should be a hot time around the Y.M.C.A. building this evening.”

The Intelligencer April 4, 1918 (page 8)

“Carry Your Papers Or The Dominion Cops Will Get You. Show your papers! Was the salutation which startled many young men last evening as they came out of the local theatres or paused between dances or pool games. Five members of the Dominion police force dropped in on Belleville unannounced last evening after a thorough combing out of Trenton for defaulters under the Military Service Act. …

Many were found without credentials, birth certificate, if under age, marriage certificate or exemption papers, but all kinds of leniency was extended and judgment shown as this was only a preliminary to a thorough combing of Belleville for men who may not be complying strictly with the terms of the Military Service Act. …

The roundup finished about midnight, when the bunch without papers had been sifted out and reduced to six, who were held for further examination at the Police Station, and were finally allowed to go home, one being ordered to report for military duty at Kingston to-day. …

Mayor Platt was an interested spectator of the combing out process at the Palace Theatre. …  It was not until midnight that the excitement quieted down, and it is a safe bet that the young men of Belleville will carry their papers henceforth.”

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100 Years Ago: Ad for Royal Flying Corps Recruits, Ploughing of Gardens to Be Discussed at City Council

The Intelligencer April 3, 1918 (page 1)

“The All-Seeing Aviator. The aeroplane upset many old ideas of Military Strategy. Surprise tactics of the enemy, once so effective, are now impossible so long as our aviators rule the air. The movements of troops, the placing of batteries to ‘strafe’ our lines, in fact, all enemy activities are observed by our airmen, who communicate the information they obtain by wireless to the Commanders on the ground.

Clear-headed, keen young men, 18 to 30 years of age, those possessing fair education, and sturdy physique, will be accepted as cadets and trained for the service.

Write for Booklet, ‘Air Heroes in the Making.’ And apply directly to one of the following addresses: Imperial Royal Flying Corps

Recruiting Office, 93 King St., East, Toronto; A. R. Walker, Public Library, Belleville.”

The Intelligencer April 3, 1918 (page 7)

“Ploughs for Gardens. A correspondent queried The Intelligencer yesterday for news of the civic ploughing brigade. Inquiry at the City Hall this morning elicited the information that the question of arranging for the ploughing up of city garden patches will be discussed at a meeting of the City Council committees Thursday evening.”


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100 Years Ago: Requests to Plough Gardens

The Intelligencer April 2, 1918 (page 7)

“How About Your Garden? To the Editor of The Intelligencer. Dear Sir,—Would you please give myself and others, who propose having a garden to help increase the production of food, the following information.

Has the Council or the Food Resource Committee made any arrangement by which citizens can get someone to plough up their garden? We hear people all over the city asking where they can get someone to plough up the sod. No one seems to know. Cannot the Council or the Resource Committee get this information and have it available? HOME GARDENER.”

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100 Years Ago: Harry McCreary Wounded, Footbridge Repaired, War Workers and Victory War Club Gather, Quinte Chapter I.O.D.E. Entertains

The Intelligencer April 1, 1918 (page 3)

“Pte. McCreary Probably Fatally Wounded. Mr. and Mrs. Andrew McCreary, of this city, have received the following word from Ottawa about their third son who has been serving in France with the Canadian Expeditionary Forces now for over a year:

‘Sincerely regret to inform you 187112 Private Harry Earl McCreary, infantry, officially reported dangerously wounded one casualty clearing hospital March 28th, 1918, gunshot wounds head, face and skull fractured. Director of Records.’

Harry went overseas with the 197th Battalion from Winnipeg with the rank of Sergeant and reverted to a private in order to get on to France. Since serving there he received the stripe of Corporal and the last heard from him was that he was in charge of a gang of trackmen assisting in keeping up the railway lines of communication within the fighting zone. Pte. McCreary was at one time an employee at the Ritchie Company’s Store. Those who know him best are proud of him and his service to the Empire and are resting content that he fell while courageously performing his duties. We trust that he may be spared to again take his place among us here and fill to overflowing the dull spots in life with his wit and cheerful comradeship.”

The Intelligencer April 1, 1918 (page 7)

“Open for Traffic Tomorrow. Repairs to the footbridge, which was considerably damaged by the recent flood, have been vigorously prosecuted and the structure will be open for traffic tomorrow. This will be welcome news to pedestrians, who have been compelled for some days to use either the upper or lower bridge.”

The Intelligencer April 1, 1918 (page 7)

“War Workers Foregather. The War Workers and Victory War Club spent a pleasant afternoon last Tuesday, the members and visitors indulging in refreshments and a social cup of tea. The six dozen eggs which Mrs. Doran and Mrs. Bailey donated, were drawn for. Mrs. Huffman, Grove St., having the lucky number, $50.15 realized from the eggs. Mrs. R. Black’s, Canary Bird, won by Miss Ridley, $5.65. Mrs. Shooner’s handmade yoke, was won by Miss Harold, $10.20.

Two boxes were packed and made ready for shipment. Box No. 1 contained: 36 pairs socks, 36 towels, 36 cakes soap and 2 dusters. Box No. 2—13 hot water bottle covers, 24 binders, 10 hospital shirts, 2 hospital quilts, 10 suits pyjamas, 144 hospital chiefs, 2 pneumonia jackets, 12 stretcher caps, 6 housewives, 24 towels, 2 dusters.

President, Mrs. M. MacMullen; Secretary, Mrs. W. A. Woodley.”

The Intelligencer April 1, 1918 (page 7)

“A Profitable Affair. Under the auspices of Quinte Chapter I.O.D.E., a unique entertainment was given in the City Hall on Saturday evening which delighted all present. During the day booths, where candies, home-made cooking, fancy work, aprons, etc., were on sale were liberally patronized.

From 11.30 to 1.30, luncheons were served, and many availed themselves of the opportunity to partake of the good things provided. Cafeteria, was from 4 to 8. The ladies having charge of the affair were handsomely rewarded for their efforts. Proceeds were for purchasing of wool for socks for the boys overseas, also for Red Cross works in general.”

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100 Years Ago: Ernest Edward Brown Dies of Wounds, Category B Men Called for Noncombatant Service, New Meat and Wheat Eating Restrictions, Leonard Cannon Invalided Home, Charles H. Wills Wounded, Poster for Food Production

The Intelligencer March 30, 1918 (page 1)

“Belleville Soldier Died of Wounds. Another Bellevillian has made the supreme sacrifice for King and country, the hero being Private Ernest E. Brown, who enlisted with the 155th Battalion here, and was connected with the signalling corps. He had only been in active service in France since New Years. Pte. Brown was well known in the city and his death will be sincerely regretted by all who knew him and sympathy will be extended to bereaved relatives. The message bearing the sad intelligence, was as follows:

Allen Brown, 37 Herkimer Street. Deeply regret to inform you 636290 Pte. Ernest Edward Brown, infantry, officially reported died of wounds, First Casualty Clearing Hospital, March 22nd, gunshot wounds in head, arms, legs multiple. Director of Records.”

[Note: Private Ernest Edward Brown died on March 22, 1918. He is listed on Page 375 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer March 30, 1918 (page 1)

“Category ‘B’ Men To Be Called. Ottawa. Men in category B will be called out at once. …  Category B men are liable for overseas, but not for combatant service. They are being called out because of the necessity of securing more men for railway construction and similar service. …

The  military service council is, therefore, issuing instructions to registrars to take immediate steps to call up such men. Under the procedure heretofore adopted questions arising in regard to the exemption of men in medical category B on other grounds were postponed until men in the same medical category should be called up; and these men, as well as their employers and relatives, will, therefore, be given an opportunity of presenting claims for their exemption.”

The Intelligencer March 30, 1918 (page 2)

“New Restrictions In Meat And Wheat Eating Are Ordered. Ottawa. A radical change in restaurant regulations has been ordered by the Canada Food Board. …  The board also gives notice that on and after June 1, 1918, no person shall operate a public eating place without having first obtained a license from the Canada Food Board. The regulations do not apply to military, lumber, logging, mining, instruction and fish-curing camps and hospitals. …

Sandwiches made from wheat bread and pork, beef or veal may only be served at railway lunch counters, but only at any time and at all times to bona fide travellers. Public eating houses shall not serve sandwiches filled with beef, veal or pork during hours and on days that these meats are prohibited.

Bread shall not be placed on tables in public eating houses until the first course is served. No more than two ounces of standard flour bread or rolls, or any product made from standard flour shall be served to one person, unless on special request for second serving. …  Bread as a garnish, except under poached eggs, is prohibited. Wheat flour dumplings in hot pies, meat stews or soup, are prohibited. …

Not more than half an ounce of butter or oleomargarine may be served except upon special request, and then not more than half an ounce may be given.

Sugar receptacles shall not be left on dining-tables or counters, except in railway trains or steamships. Not more than two teaspoons of equal weight of cane sugar shall be served for the purpose of sweetening beverages.”

The Intelligencer March 30, 1918 (page 7)

“Invalided Home. Pte. Leonard Cannon, of Tweed, who enlisted and went overseas with the 155th Battalion from here has been invalided home. He is suffering from severe shrapnel wound on the knee.”

The Intelligencer March 30, 1918 (page 7)

“Wounded in Leg. Mr. C. J. Wills, residing at 122 Yeomans street, in this city, yesterday received a message from the Director of Records at Ottawa conveying the intelligence that his son, Charles H., had been severely wounded in the leg. The young officer left Belleville with the 155th Battalion, being at the time Sergt. Major Instructor. His many friends in the city will hope for his speedy and permanent improvement. He had been in France some time.”

The Intelligencer March 30, 1918 (page 14)

“Are you Selling your Soul for the Lure of the City? An Announcement Addressed Particularly to Single Men—and Their Employers.

Get away for a moment from the clamour of the street; go into your room, at once, or to-night if you are not now at home, and ask yourself this question: ‘Have I actually done anything that could count as National Service for my country during the forty bloody months of her suffering?

Outside of our armed forces only one kind of civilian labour ranks as National Service for men. That is Service on a farm. Organized Labour Endorses This Crusade—Remember That!

Men and women will look hard at the clerks in stores, offices, warehouses and factories. We are down to elementals to-day, and our people will  not tolerate the thought that while so many of our sons are perishing in the bloody struggle in France, so many men are doing work that can easily and efficiently be done by women without sacrifice to their womanhood or health.”

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100 Years Ago: Rely on News from Canadian Press, Regulations for Serving Meat, Ad for Corby Whiskey Deliveries, Notice for Military Service Act Exempted Men, Flood Cleanup

The Intelligencer March 28, 1918 (page 1)

“ ‘Keep Cool’ Good Advice Just Now. As an inevitable accompaniment of the trying period through which we are passing, the usual rumors and canards are in circulation regarding the situation on the battlefront and every day the Intelligencer is called up by persons in all parts of Hastings county to deny reports of hundreds of thousands of Germans captured.

It is a safe rule at such a time as this to be guided by the news received at newspaper offices carrying the service of Canadian Press, Limited. Through affiliation with the service of the Associated Press, news despatches received from this source may be relied upon as accurate and up-to-the-minute. No attention should be paid to ‘inside information’ which does not appear on the bulletin boards or in the news columns, and which serves merely to stampede the public and undermine the national morale.”

The Intelligencer March 28, 1918 (page 1)

“Eight Ounces of Roast Beef Only. Ottawa. Special new and radical regulations will go into effect in eating places by order of the Canadian Food Board, some of them immediately. They include provisions that beef and veal may be served at evening meal only, and not at all on Wednesday and Friday. Pork is barred except at morning meals on Sunday, Tuesday and on Monday and Saturday.

Only one serving of meats allowed one person and portions limited to eight ounces of bacon and similar portions for other meats. The new order is very drastic and will probably be extended later to private residences.”

The Intelligencer March 28, 1918 (page 4)

“Corby Whiskey Deliveries. We wish to advise the public that all orders which may be sent to the Mail Order Houses, or direct to ourselves, will be shipped promptly on the day they are received at our warehouse. A special staff has been assigned to handle the large volume of business which is now coming in and which has increased enormously since ‘bone dry’ legislation was announced on March 14th.

We have a full assortment of packages and all orders received by us up to Saturday, 6 p.m., March 30, will be shipped before midnight of that day. In view of these circumstances our customers may rest assured that they will receive delivery of such shipments because the Express Companies are authorized by the latest Order-in-Council to deliver shipments after April 1st which have been received at the Express Office before April 1st.”

The Intelligencer March 28, 1918 (page 5)

“Military Service Act. Important Announcement to All Exempted Men and to the Public Generally. In dealing with the very large number of claims for exemption brought forward for consideration in connection with Class 1 under the Military Service Act, it has occurred, as was inevitable, that as a result of false statements and difficulties put in the way of investigation, some individuals have secured exemption whose proper place is in the Army.

It is, therefore, proposed to scrutinize carefully all exemptions granted to date in order to separate those which have been granted on false or insufficient grounds from those that are well founded.

Citizens Urged to Assist. In many instances information has been furnished by members of the public which has led to the cancellation of exemptions obtained by false or misleading statements. Further co-operation of this character is invited.”

The Intelligencer March 28, 1918 (page 7)

“Busy Cleaning Up. Merchants and others on the west side of Front street are busily engaged these days in clearing ice and rubbish from their basements and back yards. In many cases cakes of ice of considerable size were carried into basements of stores and into storehouses adjoining. The task of straightening up is by no means an easy or pleasant one.”

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100 Years Ago: Poster for Employers to Replace Men with Women Workers

The Intelligencer March 27, 1918 (page 10)

“There’s No Sentiment About This—It’s a Cold-Blooded Talk to Employers. Let us be frank. More farm labour must be found.

Now, farm work is a man’s work. Any willing, intelligent man can be of great help on a farm; and besides, there ware many men working in offices, stores, warehouses and factories, in towns and cities, who because of their early training upon farms could readily go back to farm labour and become useful workers in a short time.

‘But,’ says the factory, store and warehouse employer, ‘I can’t spare men. My staff is already reduced to a minimum.’ To these employers we say, replace some of your men by women workers. OFFER WOMEN EQUAL PAY FOR EQUAL WORK.

Our faith is that Canadian women will gladly do the work of these men who ought to go on the farm, as when given an opportunity, they filled the places left by many men now overseas.

Fill out the form below, and we will undertake to get you a competent woman employee for every man you release.”

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