100 Years Ago: Friends Bid Farewell to Clifford Elliott, Born in Canada But Not a Canadian, Poster for Military Carnival, The Girl from Kokomo, Y.M.C.A. Minstrel Show

The Intelligencer May 22, 1918 (page 2)

“Address and Presentation. On Tuesday evening May 14th about eighty of the friends and neighbors assembled at the home of Mr. Simon Elliott, Huntingdon, to bid farewell to his youngest son, Clifford, who is about to don the khaki for King and country. Mr. S. Bird acted as chairman, and after the company had been called to order. The following address was read by Mr. A. Wannamaker:

Holloway, May 14th, 1918. Dear Clifford:—It is with mingled feelings of pride and sorrow that we, your friends, have gathered here to-night, in order to enjoy a social hour and to show by our presence the respect we have always felt for you. …  We are not here to bid you a long farewell, but to show in some tangible form the high esteem in which you are held and asking you to accept these tokens of our regard, which we trust will always remind you of the many friends in this vicinity. We entrust you to Him who promised to keep, support and defend, when trials overtake and danger is near. Signed on behalf of your friends, old and young. Wesley Wannamaker, Clinton Bird.

Clifford made a suitable reply, expressing his appreciation of the honor they had conferred upon him in presenting to him these gifts: a wrist watch, an Oddfellow’s ring and a fountain pen. After speeches by Mr. L. Robson, E. Bird and others and the singing of, ‘We’ll Never let the Old Flag Fail,’ lunch was served, and a social evening spent, after which the company dispersed to their homes.”

The Intelligencer May 22, 1918 (page 2)

“Born in Canada But Not a Canadian. The action of the Dominion Police in taking a local Chinaman in charge as a defaulter has created some discussion in legal circles in the city and it is very likely that some further action will follow. It is pointed out that although the Chinaman was born in Canada, he is not a British subject and was not naturalized. There are several Chinamen in the city who were born in Canada, but that fact it is said, does not make them Canadian citizens, and hence they are not liable to the Military Service Act. It is understood that the Chinamen of the city are placing the matter in the hands of a lawyer.”

The Intelligencer May 22, 1918 (page 3)

“Boost! Boost! Boost! The Great War Veterans’ First Re-union and Celebration June 3rd Belleville.

Grand Military Carnival. Horse Races, Baseball Match. And many Other Special Features to be announced later.”

The Intelligencer May 22, 1918 (page 7)

“While ‘The Girl From Kokomo’ is being presented by the Argyle Chapter, Daughters of the Empire, at Griffin’s Opera House on next Tuesday evening, May 28th for a worthy cause, that is, to buy wool for the soldiers’ socks, and anyone attending will be doing their little bit to help this most necessary work, the appeal for attendance can be made strictly on the merits of the comedy and the excellence of the presenting cast. …  The electrical effects are being carefully looked after, and the scenery and costumes will be charming to the eye.

The seats will go on sale at 9 o’clock tomorrow, Thursday morning at Doyle’s Drug Store, and as there will be a rush for seats, those who come first will get the best selection. The prices are $1.00, 75, 50 and 25¢.”

The Intelligencer May 22, 1918 (page 7)

“Y. M. C. A. Minstrel Show. Last evening in the City Hall a minstrel and vaudeville performance was put on by the Y. M. C. A. amateurs. The minstrels were for the most part teachers of the Ontario School for the Deaf. Although this is the second time this show has been witnessed by a Belleville audience the hall was filled and the event proved very successful. The proceeds will be used for patriotic purposes.”