100 Years Ago: Entertainment at Tabernacle Church, Workers for British Red Cross Campaign Enthusiastic, Ad for Canada Victory Bonds, Belleville Soldier Invalided Home

The Intelligencer October 27, 1917 (page 1)

“Under the auspices of the Alpha Brotherhood of the Tabernacle Methodist Church an entertainment was held last evening in the Sunday School rooms of the church, which was well attended. A varied programme consisting of vocal and instrumental selections was rendered and Mr. W. M. Mackintosh, Ch., managing director of the Mackintosh Rubber Company of this city, gave a scientific address which was both interesting and edifying. All taking part acquitted themselves in a most creditable manner.

Mayor Ketcheson presided over the gathering in his usual affable and able manner and at the proper time made a brief but timely address. …  His Worship in referring to the object of the entertainment, namely, to assist in the British Red Cross work, said it was certainly a worthy object. In the great struggle which is taking place all our boys are behaving well and great praise was due to the Red Cross nurses who are engaged in such a noble sacrificing task.

Personally he owed much to the nurses as his son was no doubt saved to him by skilful nursing. We cannot do too much or give too liberally to such a worthy object, and he made an appeal to all to give liberally next week when the city would be canvassed for British Red Cross Funds. We are aiming at $12,000, which means $1 per head for the population of the city, which he did not consider was too much to expect for such a worthy cause. …  The pleasing and profitable entertainment was brought to a close by the singing of the National Anthem.”

The Intelligencer October 27, 1917 (page 2)

“British Outlook for Red Cross. The various chairmen of the committees connected with the British Red Cross campaign of November 1st report the greatest of enthusiasm existing amongst the workers. Every man feels that it is his duty to assist to his utmost this most noble work. The canvass will be made on Thursday next, and the amount to be raised—$12,000—must be subscribed that one day; therefore it will be a day of strenuous work, and the citizens can co-operate with these men by keeping in mind a few facts.

These men are giving their time and labor for nothing, they are doing the work that you should do. This is everybody’s campaign, and everybody’s work. The campaign headquarters is in the city hall, so any one wishing to lighten the work of the canvassers may call and leave their subscriptions with Mr. Frederick, who is secretary of the fund, or may call and leave their subscriptions with Mr. Moffatt, manager of the Union Bank, who is treasurer of the fund. It is to be hoped many will do this, and lessen the number of calls to be made on Nov. 1st. Everyone not having paid previous to this will be called upon on Nov. 1st, and anyone subscribing previously will be credited with the amount given.

On Thursday evening there will be a meeting of all the committees and all the workers. It is to be hoped that there will be a large turnout of citizens as all are invited, to give an added impetus to the work. Boost, boost, boost, from now until Nov. 1st, then give, give, GIVE.”

The Intelligencer October 27, 1917 (page 11)

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The Intelligencer October 27, 1917 (page 12)

“Belleville Soldier Invalided Home. Mrs. Florence Belton, 219 Front street, received a telegram yesterday afternoon, stating that her husband, Albert Belton, of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, who has been invalided home from overseas service, had arrived in Halifax and would leave there for Kingston on Monday. Mrs. Belton also received the following letter from the Militia Department at Ottawa:

Department of Militia and Defence, Ottawa, Oct. 24, 1917. From:—The Adjutant General, Canadian Militia. To:—Mrs. Florence Belton, 219 West Front Street, Belleville, Ont. Return to Canada, 40287, Alfred Belton, Canadian Expeditionary Force.

Madam:—I have the honor to inform you that a cable has been received from England reporting that arrangements have been made for the marginally named soldier to sail from Liverpool for Canada, per the Hospital ship ‘Araguaya’ on the 17th October, 1917.

The above information is sent you to advise you of his probable arrival in Canada at an early date.

In order to avoid you any unnecessary anxiety on his behalf, however, I have the honor to point out, that not only is the departure of a vessel from England sometimes postponed for a few days, but it also takes about a week after the arrival at the Discharge Depot to examine and dispose of those who are being returned as medically unfit.

I have the honor to be madam, Your obedient servant, Frank Beard, Director of Records for Adjutant-General.”