100 Years Ago: Daylight Saving Act to Pass, Belleville Council Requested to Raise $5,000 per Month for Patriotic Fund, Richard J. Gernon Wounded, Quinte Chapter I.O.D.E. Meeting

The Intelligencer April 11, 1918 (page 1)

“Summer Time Begins Monday Morning. Ottawa. Without any playing of trumpets, but as a simple development from wartime conditions, the Act to economize in daylight is being put into shape for final passage. Between now and Friday the Senate, where the measure is now, will put through the Bill, and the deputy Governor-General will come down and give an immediate assent so that the announced plan of the reform becoming operative next Sunday night will be carried out.

There will be absolutely no introductory ceremony attendant upon the new and much discussed departure. On Sunday night, when father puts out the cat and winds the clock, he will move the hands forward an hour. The solar time will be midnight, but the timepiece will make it one o’clock. Daylight will be reached that much earlier, and people at large will, it is believed, reap a great resultant benefit.”

The Intelligencer April 11, 1918 (page 2)

“City Council Requested to Raise $5,000 per Month for Patriotic Purposes. A public meeting of ratepayers and citizens was called to discuss means of raising money for patriotic purpose. …  At 8 o’clock, the hour called for the meeting, there were seven present, including the newspaper representatives and the city messenger. Later a few more assembled, but the Council Chamber where the meeting was held, was by no means filled. …

Col. Lazier spoke of the necessity to raise funds for patriotic purposes. To meet our requirements this year $65,000 would be necessary. There are two ways to raise this money, namely, for the City Council to procure it by taxation or to raise it by public subscription. Personally he would favor the Council procuring the sum required by taxation. …

Suggestions covered a wide range from taxing tenants to placing a poll tax of five dollars each on young men. …

Col. Lazier moved, seconded by Mr. E. H. Tickell, the following resolution which was unanimously adopted: …  the City Council to levy through the municipal taxation a sum sufficient to pay $5,000 a month during the continuation of the war.

The Council to adopt means of taxation if possible to reach all classes in the community so as to make the assessment equitable.

And that a subscription list be opened to allow those to subscribe to the fund who do not pay what they think they ought to pay through their taxation.”

The Intelligencer April 11, 1918 (page 5)

“Pte. Gernon Wounded. Mr. Richard Brown, Canifton Road, received the following telegraph despatch from Casualty 413127 Pte. J. Gernon. Canadian Expeditionary Force. Sir:—I beg to inform you that an official report received by cable from England, states that the marginally noted soldier, was reported slightly wounded on March 21st, 1918, remaining at duty. Director of Records.

Pte. Richard Gernon is a nephew of Mr. Brown residing on the Canifton Road. He left Kingston with the 39th Battalion and has been in active duty since then. He was well known in this city where he had always resided and his many friends will hope that his wounds will prove to be not of a serious nature.”

The Intelligencer April 11, 1918 (page 5)

“An Interesting Meeting. A large number of members and friends were present yesterday afternoon at the monthly meeting of the Quinte Chapter I.O.D.E. in the Y. M. C. A. After the business of the meeting was concluded, the large audience enjoyed a most entertaining talk by Mrs. Parkes Hutchison, on her Y. M. C. A. work overseas. Many interesting experiences were related and showed the great work which is being done by this organization. Mrs. Parkes Hutchison then sang very sweetly several songs which are favorites of the soldiers. After a vote of thanks had been given and the singing of the National Anthem the meeting adjourned.”