100 Years Ago: Food Controller May Charge Hoarders, Christmas Menu for Canadian Soldiers in England, 1914 Soldiers Request Home Furlough, Licence Issued for Grape Nuts, Lance Corporal Robert Clark Awarded D.C.M., Private Wilson Moore Invalided Home

The Intelligencer February 1, 1918 (page 1)

“Food Controller May Deal Drastically With Hoarders. Ottawa. Drastic measures against persons hoarding food are being considered by the food controller. Warning was issued that householders and others may find themselves in an unenviable predicament if spoiled flour is found on their premises. Few homes have proper storage facilities, and persons who have bought large quantities of flour are liable to have it spoil on their hands next summer.

The bakers, who have been in conference this week with the food controller in regard to new regulations governing their operations, have recommended that the food controller communicate with every grocer and with all retail dealers in flour in Canada, requiring from them the names and addresses of persons who have purchased more than a 98-pound bag of flour during the past months.

Furthermore, it is suggested that dealers and grocers, failing to make correct returns, would have very little chance of obtaining a license under the licensing system, which will soon be extended to this trade. The recommendation adds that efforts should be made to prevent serious waste. Such action has been taken where the books of departmental stores have already been examined and summonses have been issued in hundreds of cases against persons who have been ordering food.

‘There is,’ says the food controller, ‘absolutely no necessity or excuse for Canadians buying more flour than is required for current needs. The belief that the new standard flour is a poor quality is entirely unfounded. Few people will be able to tell the difference between bread made from standard flour and that made from flour heretofore in use. Hoarding is therefore, unnecessary, unprofitable and unpatriotic, and food hoarders may be exposed as a result of measures now under consideration.’ ”

The Intelligencer February 1, 1918 (page 2)

“Christmas Day, 1917. MENU for all Canadian troops in training in England.

Breakfast: Rolled Oats, Scrambled Eggs and Bacon, Bread, Butter, Coffee.

Dinner: Scotch Broth, Roast Turkey and Stuffing, Sauce, Mashed Potatoes, Christmas Pudding, Sauce, Apples, Bread.

Supper: Cold Beef, Cold Turkey, Cold Slaw, Salad, Jam, Mince Pies, Blancmange, Bread, Butter, Tea.

God Save The King. C. A. S. C. Ross Barracks, Shorncliffe, Kent.”

[Note: C. A. S. C. = Canadian Army Service Corps.]

The Intelligencer February 1, 1918 (page 4)

“ ‘The Wee Hoose Amang the Heather.’ ‘Blighty’ to the English, Scotch and Irish soldier means home in its fullest sense, but when a Canadian gets a ‘Blighty’ through wounds or otherwise it only means getting away from the war front for a time, unless seriously wounded—his Tommy pals get home leave, but not for him—the ocean rolls wide and deep between him and his loved ones and a visit to Paris or London is about the extent of his holiday from the firing line.

That intense longing to see the home folks is especially strong among the boys of the First Contingent ‘out there’ and when the Canadian War Correspondent, Stewart Lyon, was leaving the front for Canada he was waited upon by a delegation of 1914 soldier boys with a request that he press their claim for a home furlough. They don’t want to pull out. They are ready, yes, anxious, to see it through and carry on; but the time is long and the way is weary with the home folks so far away.

Stewart Lyon is doing what he can for the boys of the old brigade and in his recent address before the Belleville Canadian Club asked the audience to do what they could to make possible this glorious home-coming of the boys who left in 1914 and still ‘carry on’ over there. …  Is it too much to think that the whole military morale of the British army, especially the colonial sections, would be benefitted greatly if the men of the First Contingent were given home furloughs. It is not impossible; it is their reasonable privilege, and with the Military Service Act in operation their places can be taken while they are away.

Put yourself in the soldier’s place who has faced hardship, pain and death for three years and more without a glimpse of his wife and kiddies over the sea. Isn’t there something big and generous coming to him? Or must he be forever bound to the wheel with the red tape of military discipline?”

[Note: ‘The Wee Hoose ‘Mang the Heather’ was the title of a song written in 1912 and sung by Harry Lauder. It was a great favourite of the troops during his wartime performances.]

The Intelligencer February 1, 1918 (page 7)

“License Has Been Issued By the Canadian Government Authorizing the sale, in usual package form, of Grape-Nuts.

Canadians can continue to have their favorite breakfast cereal in the handy, tightly-sealed package to which they have been accustomed.

The Food for These Times. At Grocers Everywhere! Made by Canadian Postum Cereal Co., Ltd., Windsor, Ont.”

The Intelligencer February 1, 1918 (page 7)

“Awarded the D.C.M. Mr. and Mrs. Jno. Clark, of the town line, were delighted last week to receive the news that their son, Lance Corp. Robt. Clark, who went overseas with the 155th battalion, had been awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for conspicuous gallantry in the recent action in Belgium. The pleasing intelligence was forwarded by the officer in command of the Co’y.—Bancroft Times.”

The Intelligencer February 1, 1918 (page 7)

“Did His Bit. Another Hastings County hero has been invalided home in the person of Pte. Wilson Moore, son of Mr. Louis Moore of Faraday township. Wilson went overseas with the 155th battalion, and was through all the important engagements in which the Canadians took part. …  He was struck by a piece of a shell and lost his right leg. He was also wounded in the face by flying shrapnel. This was eight months ago. He is able to get around with the aid of crutches, and is feeling fine.”