100 Years Ago: Patriotic Fund Delinquents, John Beaton Dies, Absentees and Deserter Apprehended

The Intelligencer September 5, 1916 (page 2)

“Mr. Editor,—You know, and so does everyone else, that all take a deep interest in the welfare of our dear boys who are now in the trenches in France, and that it is the duty of everyone to do all that’s possible to render their lives as happy and comfortable as possible and prevent those they have left behind suffering from want. To accomplish these ends, money is an important element.

At the patriotic meeting held in this city some time ago, the people responded nobly to the extent, I learn of about $40,000. Rumor on the streets, however, just now is current that some of those who subscribed have neglected to pay up, forgetfulness, no doubt.

You newspaper men are supposed to know everything. Can you inform the public whether these rumors are true? Your obedient servant, ONE WHO HAS PAID. Belleville, Sept. 4, 1916.

Note.—No, no. ‘One Who Has Paid,’ we have no information on the subject to give you. Surely the rumors are not true? Go and inquire of the Treasurer, Mr. Robert Tannahill, manager of the Bank of Montreal in this city. He knows, and can give you the information sought.

All we have to say in the matter is, that if there are any delinquents, and they neglect to toe the mark, relegate them in the Division Court, and unless we mistake the temperament of Judge Wills, he will make them ‘fork over.’ ”

The Intelligencer September 5, 1916 (page 2)

“Killed by Freight Train. While attempting to board a freight train, two and a half miles east of Kingston, Pte. John Y. Beaton, a Belleville member of the 155th Battalion, was thrown under the wheels and met an almost instant death.

The unfortunate young man, resided up to time of his enlistment, with his mother at 421 Bleecker Avenue, and was an employee on the local G.T.R. section staff. He was born in North East Mabou, N.S., coming to this city about six years ago.”

[Note: Private John Beaton died on September 2, 1916. He is commemorated on Page 52 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer September 5, 1916 (page 3)

“Apprehended Soldiers. Three absentees from the 155th Battalion and one deserter from the 146th Battalion were gathered in by the local police during Sunday and yesterday. They were sent to Barriefield this morning.”