100 Years Ago: Sugar for Preserves, Returning Men Go Direct to Homes, City Dwellers Called Out First, Tools for War Gardens, Patriotic Tea Proceeds, Percy Laidley Wounded

The Intelligencer May 2, 1918 (page 1)

“Hundred Thousand Tons of Sugar For Preserves. Ottawa. The following statement was made by the Food Board when asked whether sugar would be available for sugar preserving.

‘Regulations have been put into force which are expected to effect a saving in Canada’s sugar consumption of about one hundred thousand tons. These restrictions are absolutely necessary if we are to have the sugar with which to preserve our fruit crop during the summer period.

There is sugar in Cuba but the ships to carry it are required elsewhere. We have been using more sugar than necessary. While the restrictions are imposed primarily in order to prepare for the requirements of the preserving season, a curtailment of sugar consumption will involve little hardship but will be conducive to individual health and will help to reduce our expenditures abroad, thus helping to finance the war.’ ”

The Intelligencer May 2, 1918 (page 2)

“Go Direct to Homes. The new system to be used in handling returned men was inaugurated last week and found to be a decided improvement over the former methods. It has been the custom to bring all the returning soldiers for this district to Kingston, where their papers were examined and they were then given passes to their homes.

On Saturday an officer from headquarters went to Montreal and examined the papers of the returning men. On the way up, the men were left at their homes, thus allowing them to go direct to the homes, instead of having to report to headquarters. The new system worked out well and is better for the men returning.”

The Intelligencer May 2, 1918 (page 3)

“No Exemptions. City Dwellers First. Ottawa. General Mewburn, in a statement in the House yesterday said that the city young men would be called out first and the young men on the farms would not be called to the colors until after seeding is over. He stated firmly that there would be no exemptions.”

The Intelligencer May 2, 1918 (page 4)

“War Garden Bulletin. Practical Daily Guide For Vacant Lot And Backyard Gardeners Enlisted in Greater Production Campaign. Tools. The spade, hoe, garden rake, trowel and digging fork are the chief tools needed in gardening. …  Narrow hoes and rakes are best for small gardens. …  Every tool should be ready to use at a moment’s notice. Have a place to keep them and when you are through with them see that you put them away in the proper place. Provide a box of soft grease like axle grease for rubbing over the blades of the spade and the hoe, and the working parts of the tools most frequently used. Rust wears out more tools than use and makes work more laboursome. Either a hose or watering can is an essential part of the gardening equipment.

The Food Board, in conjunction with officials of the Experimental Farm, Ottawa, proposes to give the amateur gardeners of Canada a daily garden bulletin which will contain some useful hint for them to follow.”

The Intelligencer May 2, 1918 (page 5)

“Patriotic Tea. At the tea given Easter Monday by the ‘Canadian War Contingent Association’ at Hotel Quinte the cash proceeds were $209.01. This amount was entirely from silver collection and home-cooking table.”

The Intelligencer May 2, 1918 (page 5)

“Pte. Laidley Wounded. Mr. O. R. Laidley, residing at 257 Albert street, city is in receipt of the following telegram from Ottawa bearing date of April 30th which relates to his son:—Sincerely regret to inform you No. 5582 Pte. Percy H. Laidley, Engineers, officially reported admitted Eleventh Field Ambulance Depot, April 16. Gunshot wound in leg. Director of Records.

Pte. Laidley is one of the ‘Original Firsts’ who went overseas with the Canadian Engineers in October 1914. He was wounded last October but returned to duty before Christmas. His home was originally in Napanee but he has resided in this city about two years and a half before going overseas.”