100 Years Ago: Restrictions on Sugar and Shortening, Farmers Hold Protest Meetings, 80th Battalion Colours Deposited and Dedicated, Navy League of Canada in Belleville, Gunner W. C. Burgess Returns, Sergeant L. G. Madden Home, Speech on Gardening Given at Queen Alexandra School, Memorial Service at St. Thomas’ Church, Ad for Work Shoes

The Intelligencer April 29, 1918 (page 1)

“Drastic Restrictions on Use of Sugar and Shortening. Special Despatch to The Intelligencer, Canadian Press, Limited. Ottawa. Drastic war time restriction on the use of sugar and shortening in the manufacture of candies, biscuits, cakes or sweet dough products, including the entire prohibition of the manufacture of certain of these products, and curtailment of sugar consumption by candy manufacturers to one-half the monthly average used by them last year, limitations of the amount of fats and sugar which may be used in the manufacture of ice cream—such are the principal provisions of an order just issued by the Canada Food Board.

After June 1st all manufacturers of candies, cakes and like stuffs must be licensed by the Canada Food Board. The new regulations are intended to readjust Canada’s consumption of sugar to the available supply and to prepare for the requirements of the canning and preserving season. The use of fats is curtailed because of the increasing need for edible fats overseas. Further restrictions are made on the use of wheat flour in the manufacture of candy and sweet-dough products.”

The Intelligencer April 29, 1918 (page 2)

“Farmers Say They Can’t Fight and Farm. Toronto. The farmers throughout Ontario are taking definite action towards having the recent order-in-Council reconsidered, which calls to the colors all farmers who are actual owners or tenants or farmers’ sons who have never been otherwise employed.

A great number of farmers’ meetings were held throughout the Province, Saturday and strong resolutions were passed pointing out that the crops and general production of food would suffer if the farmers had to depend altogether on inexperienced help from the cities and towns.”

The Intelligencer April 29, 1918 (page 4)

“80th Battalion Colours Deposited and Dedicated. On Thursday, April 20th, 1916, at the armouries in this city, the presentation of colors to the 80th Overseas Battalion, C.E.F., took place with appropriate ceremony. These colors were the gift of the members of the Ketcheson families of Hastings County, in honor of Col. W. G. Ketcheson, the commanding officer of the battalion. The two beautiful flags were taken overseas when the men of the battalion went overseas to do their bit for King and country.

The colors were recently returned and on Sunday morning were deposited in St. Thomas’ church for safe keeping. The service was both impressive and inspiring. His Lordship Bishop Bidwell of Kingston was present and officiated being assisted by the rector, Ven. Archdeacon Beamish. Many of the members of the Great War Veterans Association and others wearing the King’s uniform were present. The sacred edifice was filled to the doors. …

In presenting the colors to the rector, Lieut.-Col. Ketcheson said: ‘Rev. Sir, on behalf of the officers and men of the 80th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Forces, I ask you to accept the charge of the colors of the battalion for safe keeping in your church.’ In accepting the colors, Ven. Archdeacon Beamish replied as follows: ‘We do willingly receive from your hands the colors of the 80th Battalion for safe-keeping in our church, and do pledge ourselves to preserve and guard them with all the care as a most honorable and solemn charge for such time as they shall remain entrusted to our safe-keeping.’ …

His Lordship Bishop Bidwell solemnly dedicated the colors as follows: ‘We do now solemnly dedicate and place for safe keeping in this church the colors of the 80th Battalion, C.E.F. In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. The colors were then taken and placed on either side of the altar.”

The Intelligencer April 29, 1918 (page 4)

“Soldiers and Sailors Too. Patriotic Canadians find many outlets for their desire to be helpful in the various organizations formed since the war began for effective national service at home and this has resulted in close and intimate touch being kept with the soldier boys on the firing line in many helpful ways besides caring for dependents of soldiers at home. But in all these various activities one great and vital department of military service has been all but neglected—the Navy.

Last week there was formed in Belleville the working basis of a branch of the Navy League of Canada which seeks to arouse interest and enlist helpful service for the lads engaged in the glorious though silent war duty of holding the German navy impotent and protecting the lives of those who have to cross the seas as well as the commerce which means our prosperity and our hopes of victory on the battlefields of Europe. …

The Navy League of Canada is also concerned with the Merchant Marine service of Canada, which is almost a new department of our national life, and as a result of war conditions is creating great interest. The Dominion Government is developing a shipbuilding industry of large proportions and vast shipyards have sprung into being almost overnight with many ships in the making destined to carry Canada’s commerce to many distant ports. …

Belleville citizens so keenly interested in all forms of national service will no doubt willingly take hold and work for the interests of the sailors just as hard as they work for the interest of the soldiers, without in any way neglecting the latter.”

The Intelligencer April 29, 1918 (page 5)

“Gunner Burgess Home. Gunner W. C. Burgess, 40286, arrived home at noon yesterday. He left with the 34th Battery, was gassed during the battle of Loos and has been under treatment since August last. Before joining the army he was employed at the Canada Steel Co.”

The Intelligencer April 29, 1918 (page 5)

“Returned Home. Sergt. L. G. Madden, Albion Street, arrived home at an early hour Sunday morning. He left here with the 155th Battalion, and was transferred to the 21st Battalion in France, being badly wounded in the right foot at Vimy Ridge and was in different hospitals in England and France for some months. His many friends will welcome him home after an absence of two years full of trials and experiences.”

The Intelligencer April 29, 1918 (page 5)

“Address at Queen Alexandra School. The staff, pupils and the parents of some of the pupils of Queen Alexandra School listened to a very interesting and instructive address on ‘Gardening’ given by Mr. Mackintosh, agricultural representative, on Friday afternoon. The key note of the speaker’s address was ‘what the boy or girl can produce in their gardens.’ All the vegetables could be easily grown but corn and potatoes were especially needed, also vegetables suitable for the winter’s use. …

Apart from the patriotic duty of planting a garden the speaker pointed out it was profitable even to the small boy, one boy of his acquaintance raised vegetables to the value of $13.50 on a very small plot of ground. He very earnestly urged upon all the duty and necessity of making Save and Produce their motto, pointing out that if every family in Canada saved 1 oz. of meat daily it would mean equivalent to 90,000 cattle in one year.

The boys and girls were very much interested and are determined to have back-yard gardens. Each class will have their experimental plot at school and will ‘Help to win the war’ by having a garden at home.”

The Intelligencer April 29, 1918 (page 5)

“Memorial Service. Last evening a very impressive memorial service was held in St. Thomas’ Church for Pte. Charles Hilton and Pte. U. S. Daniels, who lately made the supreme sacrifice in France, and also for Pte. Chas. Osborne, who was invalided home and died last week of heart affection. The beautiful burial service was recited with specially appropriate hymns and the ‘Last Post’ was sounded from the inner vestry with the accompanying drum-roll played on the organ by Prof. Wheatley.”

The Intelligencer April 29, 1918 (page 5)

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