100 Years Ago: Congratulations to Hastings County on Victory Loan, First Draft in Khaki on December 28, Special Dishes for One-Armed Veterans

The Intelligencer November 24, 1917 (page 5)

“Congratulations to Hastings County. The following telegrams were received at the local Victory Loans headquarters on the occasion of Hastings County passing the million dollar mark:

Toronto, Nov. 23, 1917. W. B. Deacon, Esq., Chairman, Canada’s Victory Loan, Belleville, Ont. Many happy return of your first million; may your greatest troubles be many millions. Your good old county is responding splendidly to leadership and determination. May the last half of your campaign be even more intensive than the first for the need is great and Ontario’s dollars must back Ontario’s sons. G. H. Wood, Chairman Ontario Committee.

Toronto, Nov. 23, 1917. W. B. Evans, Organizer Canada’s Victory Loan, Belleville, Ont. Last night our campaign passed the half-way post with Ontario having rolled up the magnificent total over seventy-six millions. Accept for yourself and those working with you my heartiest congratulations on your part in this great showing. The next half of the race will be the hardest, but we have utmost confidence in your county and in the power of good old Ontario to keep up the splendid present pace until the finish. G. H. Wood, Chairman Ontario Committee.”

The Intelligencer November 24, 1917 (page 9)

“First Draft Will Be in Khaki. On December 28—three days after Christmas—several thousand young Canadians coming within ‘Class A’ under the Military Service Act will lay aside their semi-Norfolk suits, white collars and colored ties and don the sober khaki habit of a new way of life. At least this is the approximate date, according to the latest forecast of the Government’s plans.

With the memory of Christmas turkey and plum pudding still lingering pleasantly in their minds these young men will line up, form fours, and march off to an entirely new world, where one eats out of a mess tin and sleeps o’ nights on a palliasse filled with straw.”

The Intelligencer November 24, 1917 (page 14)

“Special Dishes For One-Armed Boys. Dishes designed to keep the food of the one-armed veteran within bounds until he masters the finesse of single handed feeding are now being manufactured in England. Dr. Edward A. Bott, director of functional re-education at Hart House, has brought samples from England for the consideration of the authorities of the Orthopaedic Hospital in North Toronto, where the crippled Canadian soldiers returned from overseas as convalescents are being treated under the direction of the Military Hospitals Commission. …

Dr. Bott brought back a soup plate and a plate designed for general service. The soup plate differs from the ordinary soup dish in having a second declivity into which the last two or three spoonfuls run and may be secured without tipping the plate—a breach of good manners common enough among busy, hungry men to warrant serious consideration.

The plate for general service in turn resembles a very shallow soup plate, the centre being sunk slightly so as to prevent the food from slipping over the edge as the fork pursues it.

A combination knife and fork which has also been devised, works with great success, and one armed men are able to prepare their own food for eating without difficulty.”