100 Years Ago: Nineteen-Year-Olds Called to Colors, Ad for Merchants Bank of Canada, Aura Lee Club Donation, Lt. E. L. McConnell Returned Home, Intelligencer Printers Join Up, Tea Drinkers Hit with Tax, G.T.R. Gives Employees’ Families Passes, No Candy-Making at Home, Poster for Y.M.C.A. Red Triangle Fund

The Intelligencer May 4, 1918 (page 1)

“Nineteen-Year-Olds Are Called to the Colours. Special Despatch to The Intelligencer, Canadian Press, Limited. Ottawa. A Government proclamation has been issued calling upon nineteen-year-old men to register for military service before June 1st: but they will not be called to the colors before July 1st. The previous minimum age was twenty.”

The Intelligencer May 4, 1918 (page 3)

Ad for Merchants Bank of Canada“The Merchants Bank of Canada. Borrow to Buy Cattle. ‘Mixed Farming’ is the big money-maker to-day. Grain and fruit and vegetables pay well, but beef and bacon, butter and cheese are piling up the profits for the alert farmer.

Milk more cows—fatten more cattle—raise more hogs. If you need money to do it, come to the Merchants Bank. We are glad to assist all up-to-date farmers.

Donald MacFadyen, Mgr. Belleville Branch.”

The Intelligencer May 4, 1918 (page 5)

“The Aura Lee Club have donated ten dollars toward the Canadian War Contingent Association, and also ten dollars to the Great War Veterans Association, Belleville Branch. This patriotic action of the young men, who comprise this club, is very much appreciated by the recipients.”

The Intelligencer May 4, 1918 (page 5)

“Lt. E. L. McConnell, of Springbrook, Rawdon Township, returned home on leave recently with his wife, a Scotch lassie, whom he married in Edinburgh. He enlisted with the 59th Battalion, and has been overseas for two years and a half. Lt. McConnell’s father, Mr. Thos. C. McConnell, is still in Scotland, where he has been for some time in connection with a Forestry Battalion.”

The Intelligencer May 4, 1918 (page 5)

“Printers Join Up. Evan Barlow and Jack McKnight, of The Intelligencer staff, both expert linotype operators, report for military duty at Kingston Monday. They were preceded by Lorne Young, an expert job printer, and the trio will join up with a goodly representation of Intelligencer boys already overseas.

The holes in the staff caused by the recent call to service forces additional work and worry upon the management and staff, but ‘Carry On’ is the word and The Intelligencer goes on just the same.”

The Intelligencer May 4, 1918 (page 5)

“Tea Drinkers Hit Hard. ‘The new tax will be no harder on the smoker of cigarettes than on the hundreds of women who drink tea,’ said a lady who takes a studious interest in public affairs. The cigarette-smoker has aired his grievance—he is hit much harder than the chap who can afford cigars—but what of the extensive consumers of tea, which is being taxed almost as heavily as tobacco.

There are, according to this lady, women everywhere who live practically on tea and bread and butter, and who, at a time when food is scarce, will instinctively turn for nourishment to their old friend, the tea-pot. Tea has become a tremendous factor among women who find it difficult to make ends meet, and it is by these that the tax on that commodity will be felt most.

She did not disagree with the new system of taxation—rather the reverse—she expressed the opinion that there are many luxuries which might have been taxed before tea and tobacco, such as expensive articles of wearing apparel, etc., which are, to a certain extent, extravagance.”

The Intelligencer May 4, 1918 (page 5)

“Patriotic Passes. The Grand Trunk have issued a circular to the men advising them that the families of all employees who have volunteered, or who have been drafted for military service, will be granted passes over any part of the system.”

The Intelligencer May 4, 1918 (page 6)

“No Candy-Making At Home Permitted. Ottawa. There is some confusion as to the new order of the Canada Food Board in regard to the home manufacture of candies and pastry. The manufacture of candy is prohibited. The order in regard to pastries and cakes reads as follows: ‘No person shall make in Canada, for private use, French pastries, iced cakes or biscuits, or cakes with cane sugar between the layers or added to the exterior.’

Just how the Food Board proposes to enforce these regulations is not clear. It is presumed that the Board will depend largely upon the patriotism of the housewives of Canada. …  Housewives need not, however, be alarmed as to the effect of the Food Board’s new order regarding sugar upon the preserving and canning of fruit during the coming season. While the order states that no householder shall have on hand at one time more than fifteen days normal supply, that normal supply varies, and is much larger in the canning season than in the winter months. ‘It was for the purpose, among other things,’ declared a member of the Board today, ‘of conserving sugar for the preserving season that the order was promulgated.’ ”

The Intelligencer May 4, 1918 (page 10)

Ad for YMCS Red Triangle Fund“A Historic Hour! Everything that we have, and are, and hope for, hangs upon the welfare of that human wall of the bravest of the brave—battling ‘over there’ for us at home.

Remember, the flower of Canada’s youth is in the midst of danger! Canada’s future rests upon the shoulders of those boys—to us they are priceless!

Y.M.C.A. Red Triangle Fund. $2,250,000, May 7, 8, 9. Canada-Wide Appeal.

Belleville Committee—Dr. Yeomans, John Elliott, W. B. Deacon, H. W. Ackerman, F. S. Deacon, Dr. Scott, P. C. MacLaurin, E. R. McBride, E. F. Dickens, S. Burrows, J. O. Herity, C. H. Hart. D. V. Sinclair, Chairman of District. P. F. Brockel, Local Secretary.”