100 Years Ago: 254th Battalion Benefit at Rink, Small Subscriptions Wanted for War Loan, Many Citizens View Film Canadian Army in Action

The Intelligencer March 13, 1917 (page 2)

“254th Benefit at Rink. One of the largest crowds of the season were present at the Arena last evening, the proceeds of which went to the 254th Battalion Band. An attraction which brought out many of the skaters was the presence of two bands, the 15th Regimental Band and the 254th Band, continuous music being discoursed throughout the evening, there being twenty bands. The former band was seated in the west end of the rink, the 254th Band was placed in the reserved seat portion of the arena.

The ice was in fairly good condition considering the lateness of the season, although it became considerably cut up by the tenth band, when it was necessary to clean off the heavy slush.”

The Intelligencer March 13, 1917 (page 4)

“Want Small Subscriptions. Small subscriptions are an important factor in the success of our war financing. …  Our banks have much to do in financing war orders placed here and in carrying the increasing volume of agricultural and industrial production. Financial and other corporations will subscribe liberally to the coming war loan, but it is absolutely necessary that many thousands of subscriptions ranging from $100 to $5,000 should be received in order to make the loan a real success.

Dominion war loan bonds are one of the world’s best investments and have a patriotic flavor. A subscription to our war loans is not a sacrifice. It is a duty, and incidentally it remunerates the subscriber handsomely. …

There are many thousands of people who have from $100 to $5,000 for investment. Their duty is to lend this money to their country. The security of the war bond is excellent, the income yield is high and the bonds are readily saleable at any time, should the holder desire to sell.”

The Intelligencer March 13, 1917 (page 6)

“Life at the Front Is Seen Just as the Men Experience It. Impressive beyond words are the views of the Canadian Army in Action, as shown yesterday afternoon and last evening to large audiences at Griffin’s Opera House, this city, and never were Belleville citizens moved to higher admiration for the men of Canada and the work they are doing at the front, than when they saw in actual reality the men engaged in the daily heroism and labor of the war zone. …  Every boy who left Canada with the freshness and immaturity of youth upon him, is seen as a man, expert in every line of action, and whether that be handling shells, unloading the provision trains, scaling the parapet or deftly giving first-aid, the impression is always the same—here are experts and they are our boys, and boys whom the whole world might well be proud.

Another very strong feeling that takes possession of the spectator as the scenes come to one from the canvas, is the paradoxical idea of the humanity of the men and the inhumanity of the things upon which their whole energies are bent. …  Every man is using muscle and sinew to the straining point, but the motive is determination to win and to die if necessary in doing it.”