100 Years Ago: Women’s Patriotic and Red Cross Association Report, Barnardo Boys Answer Call, Horse Breeders Consider Demand After War

The Intelligencer February 10, 1917 (page 2)

“Mrs. Dr. Murphy, who resided here for a number of years before Dr. Murphy became Superintendent of the Brockville Asylum, and is well known to the Belleville people, was in Germany for two months after war was declared and since that time has been engaged with her two daughters in the British Red Cross Work. While visiting some friends here recently she kindly consented to give an address for the benefit of the Womens’ Patriotic and Red Cross Association of this City.

Mrs. Murphy has given addresses in Toronto, Ottawa and other places and the ladies are to be congratulated in their good fortune in securing her.

The Association has packed and shipped over 800 pair of socks within the month, also hospital supplies and rendered valuable assistance to our own boys at the Front. Officers from the Front pay tribute to the splendid socks sent forward and nearly every mail brings letters of appreciation of the splendid work of this spendidly organized Association of the women of Belleville.”

The Intelligencer February 10, 1917 (page 5)

“4,000 Barnardo Boys in the Army Service. London. Bogue Smart, inspector of British immigration to Canada, writing to the honorary director of Barnardo’s Homes, says: ‘The conduct of your boys in Canada in this national crisis is wonderful. Just consider these young fellows, at one time almost forgotten, coming forward voluntarily, leaving comfortable homes, and good and profitable situations, to the number of over four thousand, to answer the call of King and Country!”

The Intelligencer February 10, 1917 (page 9)

“The horse breeding industry of Canada is on a much better footing than it was a year ago, and during 1916 registrations showed considerable increase over those of last year, but although there appears to be a considerable number of horses in the country, they are chiefly of the nondescript class that no one wants. If these could be disposed of for army purposes at any price the country would benefit. The number of horses that have been taken from Canada for the war since the beginning of hostilities now totals about 80,000. …  a scarcity of good draft horses has been created that will mean an increased demand for Clydesdale breeding.”