100 Years Ago: Gun Explodes in Soldier’s Hands, Save Your Waste Paper for Red Cross

The Intelligencer July 27, 1916 (page 1)

“Gun Exploded in Soldier’s Hands. Kingston. Several days ago Pte. D.T. Watson of the 155th Battalion, Barriefield Camp, was allowed to go to his home in Bancroft to spend a few days’ vacation.

On Monday afternoon he brought out a shotgun to clean. While he was handling it, it exploded and the bullet entered his left foot. Medical aid was secured and it was found that the second toe on the left foot was badly crushed. The toe was temporarily bandaged and the man was brought to the city. …

It was deemed by the attending physicians that an operation was necessary and the injured toe was amputated. …

Inquiries were made as to whether he would be unfit for military service after he has completely recovered from the accident. The surgeon who attended him at the hospital stated that he would be medically fit for service anywhere.

Amputations of toes have many times been performed in order that men with some slight defect in their feet might be allowed to proceed to the front.”

The Intelligencer July 27, 1916 (page 3)

“Remember The Red Cross. Save Your Waste Paper For the Red Cross—How to Collect Material. The conservation of waste is proving a valuable source of revenue for the Red Cross, which in view of the great necessities of our wounded, can not have too large an income.

Many towns have tried the scheme and there has been no case of a failure to make it profitable. In the working out of details, a few hints given by Mr. K.J. Dunstan, the President of the Toronto Red Cross Society, are worth bearing in mind.

In general, the scheme is to collect by voluntary effort, all forms of saleable waste such as rags, old rubber, tin-foil, lead and other metals, in addition to paper. Material should be accumulated until shipment can be made by car lots. To save cartage it is economical to store at or near a railway. It is also wise to communicate with a reputable dealer at the nearest large centre and to obtain prices and shipping instructions.

All over the country much valuable material annually goes to waste. To turn it into cash for the Red Cross is not only an act of charity and humanity. It is also patriotism in the truest sense, for it encourages national thrift.”