100 Years Ago: Loyal Canadian, Gathering in Melrose

The Intelligencer October 10, 1914 (page 2)

“To the Editor of The Intelligencer. Sir — If I may trespass upon the space of a few lines in your paper, I shall feel obliged for the courtesy. I was watching the parade of our Home Guard last evening with deep interest and feeling. The few men did well, and it would be a most encouraging sign were a larger number to join their ranks. It is a shame and reproach to the male portion of our town (pardon, city) that we possess so few men on whom to depend should the army of Germans to the south of us elude the authorities holding them in check and invade Canada.

The silly creatures walking our streets, with hands in their pockets and pipes or gum in their mouths would be useless, even more so than at present. I was proud of those few men and wished I had some one belonging to me who could join their ranks. We do not need Carpet Knights who join for “social position.” We need a few men of courage. Every man who could shoulder a rifle should join our Home Guard. Loyal Canadian.”

The Intelligencer October 10, 1914 (page 2)

“At Melrose last night, in the Township Hall some very practical, and at the same time inspiring addresses were delivered to a large audience which gathered in this centre of the prosperous Township of Tyendinaga to complete the organization of the Township, begun at Shannonville, a short time ago, for the purpose of putting Tyendinaga in the first rank among the municipalities contributing to the Red Cross, the Patriotic and the Belgian funds. …

The Women’s Institutes were represented by the ladies in full force. …  Colonel W.N. Ponton appealed to Tyendinaga to furnish not merely money and materials but also manhood. …  A collection of about $60 was taken up and an organization was perfected to visit the home on every concession.”