100 Years Ago: Penalties for Men Who Evade Draft, Ad for Sinclair’s, The Fuel Situation

The Intelligencer January 3, 1918 (page 1)

“Drastic Measures Against Men Who Evade Draft. Ottawa. With the calling up of the first draft, strong measures will be taken against men who have failed to register under the Military Service Act. Announcement of a reward ‘to any civil police or peace officer for the apprehension and delivery into military custody of a deserter or absentee without leave,’ is the forerunner of further steps to ensure that all members of Class 1 comply with the law.

Instructions for dealing with deserters and absentees without leave have been issued and the general policy determined.”

The Intelligencer January 3, 1918 (page 2)

“Sinclair’s Mid-Winter Early Closing. Help Win the War. Save Coal and Light.

Store Closes Saturdays at 6.30 p.m. Other Days at 5.30 p.m. Beginning Wednesday, Jan. 2nd, and continuing until Saturday, March 9th, we will close our store as above.

This means a real saving of Coal and Light. It also means the saving of long walks for our staff on Saturday nights to and from their homes; and above all, this means a Better Service for our customers from 8.30 a.m. until 6.30 p.m. on Saturdays, during which time our entire staff is at your service with no interruptions at the Tea Hour.

We Want You to Help Us. We believe our action in this matter of Early Closing will appeal to our citizens in general, and for this reason we ask the co-operation of our friends in order that we may successfully promote the Early Closing Movement.”

The Intelligencer January 3, 1918 (page 4)

“The Fuel Situation. The conservation of coal movement is spreading; and the fuel famine will be of service in one way at least as showing that there has been a reckless waste of fuel in the past with no provision for emergencies.

Railways are cutting off surplus passenger service which can be dispensed with without hardship during the winter months. Churches are amalgamating services, municipalities are cutting down their White Way illuminations and reducing street lighting to a minimum. Large business places are adopting early closing hours for the balance of the winter and even cutting out Saturday night shopping in some instances, and Belleville merchants are blazing the way in this respect.

The present fuel scarcity seems ridiculous in view of the fact that Canada is a wooded country and much good firewood is allowed to go to waste through forest fires, decay and lack of attention to reforestry. …  The forests of Canada have been sacrificed to a large extent by inefficient methods which should be replaced at once with a policy of conservation which will check the terrible waste of national resources which has been going on for years.”