100 Years Ago: Penalties for Failure to Register, Robert James Logue Wins Honors, Poster for Early Registration, Boys and Girls Help Farmers, Alexander Russell Killed in Action

The Intelligencer June 15, 1918 (pages 1, 3)

“Life Won’t Be Worth Living If You Don’t Register on June 22nd. Saturday the 22nd of this month will be Registration Day. On that day every man, every woman and every child of and over the age of sixteen years throughout the Dominion of Canada will have to register. …

Now it won’t do to be evasive about the answers to the questions on the card. A person who refuses to answer any of them is liable to a fine not exceeding $100. One who answers falsely or misleadingly is liable to a fine not exceeding $500 and to imprisonment for not more than six months. …  By the way, all persons, male or female alike have to declare their age. This is bad luck for the ladies who may have remained stationary at twenty-five or so for many years. Happily, however, all the officials concerned are pledged to secrecy, and if they disclose they are liable to a fine not exceeding $500 and to imprisonment for not exceeding three months.

The registration card having been duly completed, the person registering will then receive a certificate of registration signed by the deputy registrar and with the signature of the person registering in the margin thereof, in order that he or she may be able at all times thenceforth to be identified. Each certificate will also bear a number.

Thenceforth the life of the registered person must be one with that of his or her certificate. He or she must guard it closely as his or her life or honor. At all times it must be carried on the person and produced on demand to any peace officer, police officer or constable.”

The Intelligencer June 15, 1918 (page 2)

“Pte. R. J. Lugue Wins Further Honors. Mrs. R. O. Stewart, 16 East Moira Street, has received from her nephew Pte. R. J. Logue, M. M., a copy of an official document, which shows that Pte. Logue, since winning the Military Medal, has won more honors for outstanding valor in the field of battle. The document reads as follows:

‘The following is a recommendation in the case of 412259, Pte. R. J. Logue, (21st Canadian Battalion, B. E. F.) of his Company Commander, which I am pleased to endorse.

He was amongst the first reinforcements to France; was recommended at the Somme; was awarded the Military Medal at the Raid January 17th, and was again recommended for his work at Vimy. He is most trustworthy and of exceptional nerve. He has been employed as a Stretcher Bearer the whole of his time in France. His general character is excellent.’ (Sgd.) G. S. Bowerbank, Major O.C. ‘B’ Company, 21st Can. Bn. Approved (Sgd.) Elmet. Lieut. Colonel Commanding, 21st Canadian Bn.”

The Intelligencer June 15, 1918 (page 3)

Poster for early registration

“Register Ahead of Time Where You Can. There is good sound advice in the old saying—’Come early and avoid the rush.’ Come early to the registration booth on Registration Day—but better still—register before Registration Day, if you can.

It is going to tax the powers of deputy registrars to the utmost to handle the crowds on June 22nd. Realizing that to be so, many of these deputies are arranging to take beforehand the registration of any persons who care to present themselves.

Study your own convenience, aid the Volunteer Deputy, obey the law, and serve Canada, by registering early in the week if you can; or, in any event, early on The Day. Issued by authority of Canada Registration Board.”

The Intelligencer June 15, 1918 (page 4)

“Patriots in Overalls. More than one hundred school boys are helping the farmers in the immediate vicinity of Belleville to produce the greatest crops in the history of Hastings County and help defeat the twin enemies, Hun and Hunger. Responding to the call of the government, patriotic farmers have increased their productive acreage this year in the face of a pronounced scarcity of farm labor, and the prospects of hard and continuous work from daylight to dark from seed time to harvest.

The government is helping with farm tractors and encouragement to boys and girls, retired farmers and city dwellers to do their bit in the fields of production, and even Nature in her most kindly mood is assisting with showers when needed and glorious weather for growth and for the workers. All things seem to be working together for the undoing of the Hun.”

The Intelligencer June 15, 1918 (page 7)

“Killed in Action. Mrs. Alex. Russell, of Trenton, received a telegram announcing the death of her husband, 636628 Bombardier Alex. Russell, on May 29th. Death was caused by a compound shell fracture. He is the third son of Mr. and Mrs. Alex Russell, Trenton. He enlisted at Bancroft and went overseas August, 1916, at the time being an engineer. He leaves a wife and three children. Of his three brothers, two, Bob and Tom are in France, and William is now in Kingston, expecting to leave for overseas at any time.”

[Note: Bombardier Alexander Russell died on May 29, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 495 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]