100 Years Ago: City Hall Meeting for British Red Cross Fund, Poster for British Red Cross, King’s Sympathy for Charles Barnett’s Mother, Sugar Not Plentiful, Poster for British Red Cross, Ad for Canada Victory Bonds

The Intelligencer October 31, 1917 (page 1)

“Organization Complete for Tomorrow’s Big Drive for British Red Cross Fund. Tomorrow morning the campaign for the raising of $12,000 for the British Red Cross Fund will be in full swing, and from the enthusiasm shown at last night’s meeting in the City Hall no doubt can be entertained for the success of the drive.

The several speakers pointed out to the assembled workers the necessity of energetic effort if the ground was to be covered in one day, and the co-operation of the citizens generally was asked for in order to exceed the amount, which it is our obligation to give. Belleville has always responded nobly to the many calls of patriotism and humanity that have been made since the beginning of the war, and there is no doubt that this latest and most worthy call will be answered generously. …

Mr. H. B. Stock was elected chairman of the committee to arrange a statement and list alphabetically for publication. Below is a list of the various captains of teams. There are a great many workers whose names do not appear on these lists, but who nevertheless will be found in the harness tomorrow to make the 1917 Red Cross campaign the most successful giving that has yet been undertaken in Belleville.

Foster Ward—L. P. Hughes. Samson Ward—C. M. Stock. Ketcheson Ward—L. C. Allen. Baldwin Ward—W. N. Belair. Bleecker Ward No. 8—Aubrey Lott. Bleecker Ward No. 9—Geo. Madden. Coleman Ward—W. E. McCreary. Murney Ward—Ald. W. A. Woodley. College Hill—C. B. Scantlebury. Avondale—W. A. Woodley. Foster Ward—R. Blaind, Sr. Bleecker Ward—Jesse Barlow.

Let Every Citizen of Belleville Take the Same Interest in the Success of the Campaign Tomorrow As These Loyal Workers and $12,000 Will Be Passed Before Breakfast.”

The Intelligencer October 31, 1917 (page 2)

Poster for British Red Cross“To-morrow is ‘OUR’ Day—To Give is ‘YOUR’ Duty. Our Glorious Wounded Expect Every Man To Do His Duty.

$12,000 for the British Red Cross! And we must get it.

Will Belleville Be Found Wanting? That is for you to say. Answer with your dollars.”

The Intelligencer October 31, 1917 (page 2)

“The King’s Sympathy. Mrs. A. Barnett of 17 Emily St., whose husband died in England received the following message from England:—’The King commands me to assure you of the true sympathy of His Majesty and The Queen in your sorrow.’ Signed Derby, Secretary of State. Pte. Barnett left here with the 80th Battalion and died in England.”

The Intelligencer October 31, 1917 (page 2)

“Don’t Worry About Sugar. While there is a considerable supply of sugar in Belleville the article is by no means plentiful and grocers are curtailing the selling of it. In answer to an enquiry from a representative of The Intelligencer, several grocers stated they were unable to sell the product in 100 pound lots at the present time. It can, however, be procured in 5, 10 and 20 pound lots and the retail price is 10 cents per pound.

It is anticipated by many dealers that there will be plenty of sugar just as soon as the new crop is harvested, and it is confidently expected that there will be a drop in price. Belleville dealers are optimistic and claim there is no need for any panicky feeling in regard to the supply of sugar.”

The Intelligencer October 31, 1917 (page 4)

Poster for British Red Cross“Our Day, To-Morrow November 1st. Belleville’s Objective $12,000. Help & Give—Do it Now!

Give and heal! British Red Cross.”

The Intelligencer October 31, 1917 (page 6)

Ad for Canada Victory Bonds“Why We Raise Money by Selling Canada’s Victory Bonds.

Why does Canada sell Bonds to help finance this war? Because that is the least burdensome, most expeditious and fairest way of raising money. Canada now has only two ways of raising money for the war:—

First—by taxation. Second—by borrowing from her people.

It is your patriotic privilege to help Canada win the war by loaning her your money through the purchase of Canada’s Victory Bonds.”