100 Years Ago: No More Furloughs Granted, Canadian Casualties, In Defence of Tenants Paying Tax, Poster for Bell Telephone, Claude Caverley Dies of Wounds

The Intelligencer April 15, 1918 (page 1)

“No More Furloughs Granted To Canadians On Battle Front. London. With every available trained, physically fit Canadian soldier sent to France, the Overseas Minister of Militia has issued a drastic order for the conservation and allocation of the remaining man-power in England. In the future there will be returned to Canada only those unsuitable for any form of army service. …

Those granted leave on compassionate grounds in the future will be returned to Canada at the public expense. They will not be granted furlough, but will be struck off the overseas strength and placed at the disposal of the home authorities to discharge, return with drafts, or employ at home. …

In March there were approximately 20,000 men in the Forestry Corps in France and England. The staff of the Forestry Corps is being reduced. A number of officers were weeded out last month owing to lack of knowledge of the work. A still further reduction is possible.”

The Intelligencer April 15, 1918 (page 1)

“Casualties Among Canadian Troops. KILLED. Trenton—T. Gunyou. Plainfield—W. J. Gillespie. Harold—M. Richardson. Frankford.—A. A. Ford.

DIED OF WOUNDS. Thurlow—Sergt. C. Caverley.

WOUNDED. Belleville—A. L. Johnson, J. Bradshaw. Springbrook—Corp. A. Linn. Marmora—Corp. F. B. Loveless, H. C. McWilliams. Frankford—O. N. Pearson.”

The Intelligencer April 15, 1918 (page 3)

“The Canadian Relief Fund. To the Editor of The Intelligencer. Dear Sir,—Our country is endangered. The German wolf is at our gates. It is necessary that every citizen should contribute to the support of the families of the fighting men. No class should be exempt, because it is a national matter, and a national debt, therefore why should I, who own a house and lot, be taxed, and my tenant, who is as much a citizen of Canada as myself, go free? Why should not my tenant bear his part of the burden? It is his country as well as my country. …  Every man owes this debt to his country. Why single out one class and make it pay all? Yours truly, OBSERVER.”

The Intelligencer April 15, 1918 (page 4)

Ad for Bell Telephone

“Telephone Economy. Scarcity of Material. Materials of many different kinds enter into the make-up of the modern telephone plant. Iron, steel, tin, copper, nickel, aluminum, lead, platinum, brass, asbestos, mica, carbon, rubber, silk, cotton, woods of many kinds, dyestuffs, chemicals—these are but a few of the basic elements in a telephone system, gathered from nearly every country on the globe.

The demands of the war have caused an acute shortage in telephone material. Not only is it abnormally expensive; some of it cannot be had at any price.

We ask your help in conserving the supply of telephone material. We suggest care in the handling of the instrument and apparatus on your premises, so as to avoid costly repairs.

The Bell Telephone Company of Canada.”

The Intelligencer April 15, 1918 (page 5)

“Died of Wounds. Sergt. Claude Caverley, of Foxboro, Thurlow township, who went overseas with the 39th Battalion is officially reported dead from wounds. Deceased was 26 years of age and was a son of Mr. Edmund Caverley who died last September. Sergt. Caverley died on the hospital ship Brighton. He was a promising young man and was engaged in the teaching profession when the war broke out.”

[Note: Sergeant Claude Caverley died on April 9, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 382 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]