100 Years Ago: Volunteers Needed for Food Production, George Tilley Wounded, Returned Soldier Saves Five from Flood, 18,000 Ontario Boys Respond for Farm Work, Poster for Food Production

The Intelligencer March 26, 1918 (page 4)

“Are You a Slacker? The only thing that balks German ambition is the Battle Line in France, and—the British Navy. The only thing that sustains our men on land and sea is FOOD.

The call has been sounded for volunteers to man the second main line of defence—the food line. The heroes who are facing the human torrent in France and standing between us and economic and industrial slavery must be fed, and also the brave warriors on watch day and night in fair and stormy weather on the seas.

On another page of this issue will be found a stirring appeal from the Organization of Resources Committee of Ontario stating the situation in plain words which can not be misunderstood.

Are you ready to do your whole duty in this national emergency, or will you be a SLACKER, a selfish burden to the nation in its hour of need?

Choose this day whom ye will serve—SELF, THE KAISER, or the CAUSE OF HUMANITY, LIBERTY AND RIGHTEOUSNESS.”

The Intelligencer March 26, 1918 (page 5)

“Arrived Home. Private George Tilley, who went overseas with the 155th Battalion from Belleville arrived home yesterday. He was quite seriously wounded in a battle at Vimy Ridge, but is recovering.”

The Intelligencer March 26, 1918 (page 5)

“A Brave Soldier. Pte. H. Alexander, 59006, of the 21st Battalion, a returned soldier has proved that he is a hero in more ways than one. When the flood was at its height he succeeded in carrying through the surging waters to a place of safety five persons who might otherwise have been drowned. His brave act was witnessed by a number of spectators and was favorably commented upon.”

The Intelligencer March 26, 1918 (page 7)

“Ontario Boys Respond to Call. Toronto. The drive for boy recruits for work upon the farms this spring and summer has already been carried beyond the objective set, though complete returns for the past week’s campaign have not been received. From reports available thus far the provincial organization is able to announce the enlistment of between 18,000 and 19,000 boys who are ready to do patriotic service in helping production. Ontario’s objective was 15,000. …

During the week’s campaign organizers visited every collegiate and High school in the Province, with result that 70 per cent of all the boys in attendance enrolled. An encouraging feature of the drive was that of the boys between 15 and 19 whose help was especially sought 96 per cent were enlisted. …

In addition to the boys already enrolled it is expected that there will be a considerable increase from young fellows now employed, who will leave their present posts for more essential work.

The campaign in Ontario was under the direction of W. R. Cook of the National Council of the Y. M. C. A., who had the assistance of the Y. M. C. A. organization in making the drive a success.”

The Intelligencer March 26, 1918 (page 9)

“Lack of Food—Threatens the Battle Line. The Heart of This Problem is Labour. Without More Farm Labour More Food Cannot be Produced. If you really want to serve your Country in a big practical way, register now for farm labour, or urge or assist your male employees to do so.”