100 Years Ago: Sugar Hoarders to Be Fined or Jailed, Conscientious Objectors, Back-to-the-Garden Movement, Amateur Hockey Teams Decimated by Conscription, John Arnold Detlor Welcomed Home, Potato Cultivation Booklet Popular, Harold Ingram Wounded, Esmeralda Knitting Circle Holds Dance, Frederick Baker Gassed, Nursing Sister Agnes Forneri Dies

The Intelligencer April 26, 1918 (page 1)

“Hoarders of Sugar Will Be Fined or Sent to Gaol. Special Despatch to The Intelligencer, Canadian Press, Limited. Ottawa. Drastic orders restricting the hoarding of sugar were issued by Canada’s Food Board today, providing that any person, other than a dealer or manufacturer, having on his premises more cane sugar than is sufficient for fifteen days supply, unless he lives more than two miles from licensed dealers, shall be liable to a fine of from $100 to $1,000, or three months in jail, and any excess over the prescribed amount may be seized and forfeited.”

The Intelligencer April 26, 1918 (page 2)

“Conscientious Objectors. A new order from Ottawa regarding the treatment of conscientious objectors was received by Major-General Wilson to-day. It states that such objectors will, in future, be sent overseas to serve in the Canadian Engineers, Army Service Corps, Army Medical Corps, or Canadian Ordnance Corps or on clerical duties. Provision is made for the transfer from any one of these branches to another.

In the event of an objector refusing to obey orders, he will be arrested immediately and tried by district court martial. If convicted, he will be sent to the civil authorities for custody, till a draft leaves for overseas. Then an application for his release will be made and he will be attached to its draft and sent overseas under arrest.”

The Intelligencer April 26, 1918 (page 4)

“Dad’s In The Garden. A great deal of fun is poked at the amateur gardener who spends all his spare moments in the back-yard garden coaxing the young vegetables along. His carrots and cabbages and potatoes may figure up to a right smart price in dollars and cents, but he will eat his own food and a goodly part of his share of the general national harvest can be devoted to the Allies.

He is also accumulating a coat of healthy tan and saving doctor’s bills by a course in the fresh air, and he has no time or inclination for a game of ‘draw’ or other expensive indoor sports. Lastly, wifey knows where he is, and peace and happiness blesses the household.”

The Intelligencer April 26, 1918 (page 6)

“Junior Hockeyists Hit Hard by New Act. There will be some tall scurrying around next Fall for amateur hockey players, if the war is still in progress and all the young men eligible under the new conscription regulations are called into the force. The new regulations knock nearly all the top-notch junior teams into a cocked hat by taking away their 19 and 20-year-old players.

The removal of these youngsters just graduating from junior ranks puts a crimp in the intermediate and senior ranks, too, for the higher classification have mighty little new material from which to fill up holes left by retirement or enlistments. Of the 600 and odd youngsters who were registered with the junior O.H.A. last winter, the call for boys who have attained the age of 20 years since the first draft under the Military Service Act takes 110. The 19-year-old clause in the new Act just passed by the Dominion House nets 130 more. With a total of 240 lads, most of whom were active players, gone from the roster, the sledding is going to be mighty rough in hockey circles next season.

Practically every junior hockey club prominent in last year’s O.H.A. junior championship is decimated as badly as were some of the Hun battalions which tried to break the British lines on the west front.”

The Intelligencer April 26, 1918 (page 7)

“Welcomed Home. A warm welcome was accorded Gunner Jack Detlor of Bancroft, on his arrival home this week. He was gassed the 7th of Sept. last and was sent back to England. His recovery was not very rapid, and the authorities finally declared him unfit for overseas service. He is on a two weeks’ furlough, and may possibly be given his discharge at the end of that time.”

[Note: Lieutenant John Arnold Detlor died on April 17, 1921. He is commemorated on Page 556 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer April 26, 1918 (page 7)

“Potato Growing Made Easy. So great was the demand for the recently issued bulletin on Potato Cultivation, written and edited by the Dominion Horticulturist, that a popular edition of 16 pages has been prepared and can be had free by addressing the Publications Branch, Department of Agriculture, Ottawa.

As an aid to the potato grower, especially to the less experienced and the beginner, this bulletin, which is numbered 90, should prove invaluable. …  A list is given of varieties recommended by different districts in every province.”

The Intelligencer April 26, 1918 (page 7)

“Bombardier Ingram Wounded. Mrs. Ingram of this city received a telegram from Ottawa which stated that No. 89764 Bombardier E. H. Ingram, admitted Field Ambulance Hospital, April 11th. Gunshot wounds in face, ‘Harold’ was well known in Belleville. He enlisted with the artillery in May, 1915, left for England in September of the same year and has been in France since Christmas of that year. His many friends will hope that his wounds will not prove serious. He is a son of Capt. Ingram formerly of the O. S. D. staff.”

The Intelligencer April 26, 1918 (page 7)

“Patriotic Dance. Under the auspices of the Esmerelda Knitting Circle a successful euchre and dance was held last evening in Johnstone’s Academy, Front St. Card playing was indulged in until ten o’clock and prizes were awarded those most successful. Miss Evelyn Ryan furnished the music for dancing and gave great satisfaction which was noted by the numerous encores.

The spacious academy was crowded with a happy throng including many from out of town, also a few aviators from Mohawk Camp. A dainty lunch was served and dancing continued until a late hour. The proceeds received will be used by the circle for patriotic purposes and to help the boys of the Esmerelda Club overseas.”

The Intelligencer April 26, 1918 (page 7)

“Signaller Baker Gassed. Rev. Dr. Baker, Principal of Albert College, received the following telegram from Ottawa, this morning: Sincerely regret to inform you that gunner Frederick Edward Baker, artillery is officially reported admitted to eleventh field ambulance hospital, April 18th, 1918, gassed.—Director of Records.

Signaller Baker, after graduating from College, enlisted with the Cobourg Heavy Battery, and went overseas some time ago. He had only been in France three weeks when he was gassed. His many friends will hope for his speedy recovery.”

The Intelligencer April 26, 1918 (page 8)

“Supreme Sacrifice Of Nursing Sister. Rev. R. S. Forneri, B. D., of this city, has within the past few months been doubly bereaved, owing to the war. Six months ago his son, Lieut. Forneri, was reported missing, and later reported dead, and this morning the sad message was received that his eldest daughter, Nursing Sister Agnes, had died. The message was as follows:

Ottawa, April 26th, 1918. Deeply regret to inform you that Nursing Sister Agnes Florein Forneri, medical service, is officially reported as having died at the Military Hospital at Bramshott, England, on April 24th, 1918, from hemorrhage of the stomach. Director of Records.

Nursing sister Forneri had been on active service for some time, doing her part in nursing wounded soldiers. Her demise will be sincerely regretted by all who knew her, and the heartfelt sympathy of all citizens will be extended to Rev. Mr. Forneri in this his hour of trial.”

[Note: Nursing Sister Agnes Florien Forneri died on April 24, 1918. She is commemorated on Page 409 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]