100 Years Ago: Coal Arrives for Schuster Company, Food Regulations Explained, Harry Ponton Treated for Mustard Gas Poisoning, William Day Appointed to Sell Surplus Fish

The Intelligencer May 17, 1918 (page 2)

“Coal Arrivals. The Schooner ‘Jamieson’ arrived in port this morning with a cargo of nut coal for The Schuster Company Limited. The Schooner ‘Filer’ unloaded a cargo of part nut coal and part Furnace coal for The Schuster Company Limited last week and is now enroute to Belleville with a second cargo of furnace coal. The Schuster Company Limited have also received several cars of nut and stove coal during the last few weeks, this firm having received in all over 2,000 tons recently, all freshly mined prepared sizes, high grade coal.

Furthermore The Schuster Company Limited have arrangements made for these boats to return immediately for several more cargoes, which considering the great scarcity of the black diamonds speaks well for the energy and progressiveness of this firm who are evidently putting forth every effort to secure all the coal possible for the people of Belleville.

The Fuel Controller of Canada urges every one who possibly can do so to get their coal in early, which would appear to be a very wise precaution.”

The Intelligencer May 17, 1918 (page 7)

“Explained Food Regulations. Mr. F. W. Mossop, representing the Canada Food Board, called upon the proprietors of hotels, restaurants and boarding houses yesterday, and explained the government war regulations and restrictions upon the use of food. Mr. Mossop also called upon the Chief of Police, whose duty it will be to enforce the food regulations and explained the scope, purpose and penalties of the law.”

The Intelligencer May 17, 1918 (page 7)

“Suffering from Hun Gas. Lieut. Harry H. Ponton of the Canadian Artillery, is home from the front for a few days. He is undergoing special surgical treatment for mustard gas poison and is to return to his battery, with which he participated in the opening stages of the last great movement. Lieut. Ponton has been a soldier from boyhood in the 15th Battalion, A.L.I., and has completed 16 years of continuous service. He has been in several battles with the Canadian ordnance and artillery and has been in close touch with other Bay of Quinte boys throughout.”

The Intelligencer May 17, 1918 (page 7)

“Government Fish Depot. Mr. William Day, of Belleville, who is well known in the city, has been appointed by the Provincial Government as the agent in Belleville to sell here a portion of the surplus stock of fresh fish which will be procured from Lake Ontario and the inland lakes.

The City Council has taken action in the matter and Mr. Day has been endorsed as the Government agent on condition that he puts up a sufficient bond to protect the city and government, which he is prepared to do. At present Mr. Day is unable to state the quantity which will be sent here, but  the species at present will be lake trout, pickerel and whitefish. The price will be fixed by the Government.

A shop for both the wholesale and retail trade will be established on Front street. Mr. Day is perfectly qualified in every respect to perform the duties he has undertaken.”