The Intelligencer February 12, 1915 (pages 1, 8)
“The presence of Major-General the Hon. Sam Hughes, Minister of Militia, in the city today caused much interest in military matters. The Minister arrived in the city at an early hour this morning and was provided with apartments at Hotel Quinte. He was accompanied to the city by Sir Mackenzie Bowell.
At nine o’clock the Major-General, who is an active man, was about, and in company with Col. Ponton, of Kingston, commanding officer of the 39th Battalion, which will be mobilized here, Col. Marsh, commanding officer of the 15th Regiment, Col. Ketcheson, commanding officer of the 49th Regiment, and other officers who are connected with the Third Contingent, made an inspection of the Armouries, and also visited the canning factory building on Pinnacle Street, where the volunteers of the 39th Battalion will be quartered.”