100 Years Ago: Delay in Mail Delivery, Two Soldiers on Rampage, Poster for Canadian Patriotic Fund, Importance of Munitions

The Intelligencer December 16, 1916 (page 5)

“Delay in Delivery of Mail Explained. Wounded Canadians Move So Much That Tracking Is Difficult. London. A letter appears in the Times from Reverend Frank Leight, of Hespeler, Ont., complaining of the delay in the delivering of letters to Canadian wounded from friends in Canada. …

Canadian Associated Press enquiries reveal every sympathy shown towards the matter upon which the writer ventilates. When a man is wounded, letters for him are sent by postal department of the Canadian record office. Their difficulties are considerable in following the migration of wounded from one hospital to another. A man for instance will remain but one day in a certain hospital, two days in another, and so on. Every endeavor is made to deal expeditiously with the mail in such cases.

Correspondents in Canada, however, send letters by the hundreds, with such addresses as ‘John Smith, care Army Post Office, London,’ whereas the Army Post Office as far as England is concerned, is nonexistent and applies only to the army in the field. The greatest care ought to be taken to have the man’s regimental number plainly indicated.”

The Intelligencer December 16, 1916 (page 7)

“Two Soldiers On Rampage. At about 8 o’clock last night there was for a few minutes considerable excitement on Front street, owing to the conduct of two soldiers, members of the 235th Battalion, who were inflamed by intoxicants and acted in a most disorderly manner.

After using upon the street language most obscene they visited Mr. R. Day’s shooting gallery, where they commenced to smash up things generally. Before being overpowered, they broke two large panes of glass in the window and also some smaller lights of the door leading to the premises. They were taken in charge of by the police and locked up. …

This morning they appeared before Police Magistrate Masson and pleaded guilty to two charges namely, drunkenness and disorderly and wilfully doing damage to property to the extent of over $20. In the former charge the Magistrate imposed a fine of $25 and costs or in default 3 months in jail, and upon the charge of wilful destruction of property they were remanded to jail for a week for sentence.

Magistrate Masson said that as soldiers the accused should have more respect for the uniform they wore than to use the language they were said to have used upon the street. They were not only insulting those they came in contact with but the King.”

The Intelligencer December 16, 1916 (page 13)


“This Christmas Let us Give Moderately to Each Other and Generously to the Soldiers’ Families. …  Give to the Canadian Patriotic Fund, the fund that guards the soldiers’ families from want.

Great as the result will be among the families of our soldiers, greater yet may the blessing be among us, the givers. Christmas will have a more vital meaning for us than perhaps ever before, and as for the children, who can measure the impression they will receive and keep of that Christmas Day when they shared their Christmas with the loved ones of the men who saved their country!

Let each Canadian boy and girl get a lesson from this historic Christmas which will go with them all through life.”

The Intelligencer December 16, 1916 (page 14)


“When you read, ‘a curtain of fire’ it means one of two things: Either that the tremendous expenditure of munitions saved thousands of our soldiers’ lives by protecting them during an advance, or that the enemy attack was smothered before it reached our defences.

These ‘curtains of fire’ use up more munitions in an hour than were used in a month during 1915. This may help you to realize the importance of munitions to our soldiers.

Remember, Every Shell is a Life Saver.

Mark H. Irish, Director of Munitions Labor, National Service Board, Canada.”