100 Years Ago: Two Soldiers Dead and Two Wounded, Letter from Percy Palmer, The Price of Newspapers

The Intelligencer September 20, 1916 (page 2)

“Stirling Soldier Dies. In the Canadian casualty list to-day appears the name of Edward P. Bean of Stirling, Ont., who died of wounds.”

[Note: Private Edward Roy Bean died on September 5, 1916. He is commemorated on Page 52 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

“Belleville Boy Wounded. Amongst the Canadian list of wounded today appears the name Sherwood M. Wood, Belleville, Ont., reported wounded. He was in the infantry.”

“Pte. Anderson Wounded. Mrs. H.M. Anderson, No. 7 West Bridge Street, received a telegram this morning informing her that her son, Private Harold Anderson, No. 412177, was wounded and was admitted to No. 3 Boulogne Hospital, shrapnel multiple. This is the second time Private Harold Anderson has been wounded in France.”

“Killed in Action. Lieut. Lyman Clark MacColl of Ottawa, officially reported killed in action, was known to many in Belleville, having been for some time physical drill instructor of the 80th Battalion. Lieut. MacColl was a fine specimen of a soldier, his physique being of commanding appearance. He left for the front with the 80th Battalion. Although of the same name as Dr. MacColl of this city, they were not related.”

[Note: Lieutenant Lyman Clark McColl died on September 15, 1916. He is commemorated on Page 123 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer September 20, 1916 (page 3)

“From Percy S. Palmer. Belgium, Aug. 23rd, 1916. Dear Mother:—Received your most welcome letter to-night, and read it by candle light. …  Well, the war don’t look much nearer the end now than when I enlisted, but with the good work the Russians are doing and the Italians, we can only hope that it will help bring this terrible struggle to a speedy close. …

I would like to be in Belleville about the time it freezes up to have a good game of hockey. The winter here is said to be very damp and miserable, so the boys in the trenches must put in a very tough time. Well, mother, as I have exhausted my stock of ammunition. I will close, hoping you are all well. Remember me to all my friends. Your loving son, Percy S. Palmer.”

The Intelligencer September 20, 1916 (page 4)

“The Price of Newspapers. For two years, during the greatest war in history, Canadian newspaper readers have been able to read of the movements of armies in every corner of the world a few hours after the events chronicled occurred. …  The cost of these ‘Eyewitness’ reports, which have taken the place of the skeletonized narrative of the war correspondent of other days, has been great. …

A prospective paper famine involving a very serious addition to the cost of white paper has increased still further the publishers’ difficulties. Workmen also, who find the price of every necessary of life advancing, bring irresistible pressure to bear upon employers for a higher scale of wages.

The result of all this is a movement to increase the price of both daily and weekly papers. Many weeklies have gone up from a dollar to a dollar and a half a year. …  Many publishers of daily papers throughout Canada, both morning and evening, refuse longer to attempt the almost impossible task of turning out a one-cent daily.”