100 Years Ago: Coal Enough If Care Taken, Families Without Coal, Spanish Influenza Under Control, Campaign for Army Huts, Power of Dollars, Patriot or Shirker, Depot Battalion to Arrive, Weather Poor for Farmers, Gasless Sunday Tomorrow, Memorial Service for Privates Carter and Thibault, Great War Veterans Support Army Huts Campaign, Poster for Thrift

The Intelligencer September 21, 1918 (page 1)

“Coal Enough If It Is Husbanded. Ottawa. Unless the coming winter is one of exceptional severity the supply of coal available for use in Canada, in the opinion of Fuel Controller C. A. Magrath, should be sufficient if properly husbanded. Of anthracite coal Canada’s allotment is somewhat smaller this year than last, but of bituminous coal some 1,200,000 tons more are being brought into the country. …  Municipal authorities, he holds, must do their part by appointing fuel controllers to ensure proper distribution of coal available for consumption in their own localities. …

Representatives of firms engaged in the manufacture of musical instruments, automobiles, liquors and clay products were here to-day conferring together and with the Fuel Controller respecting the manner in which the proposed limitation of coal consumption by those industries is to be carried out.”

The Intelligencer September 21, 1918 (page 2)

“Families Without Coal. To The Editor of The Intelligencer: Dear Sir:—It is reasonably certain that there are many families in the City of Belleville without fuel at the present time.

Would it not be a good suggestion for the editors of both papers to select five representative citizens in each ward and ask them to make a canvass of the poorer class of people in their ward with a view of ascertaining what supply of coal they have on hand, what their requirements for the year would be, why they have made no purchases? etc. After this information has been ascertained a report to the Local Fuel Controller could be made with a view to supplying the needs of these citizens. …  In collecting this information special attention should be given to the needs of soldiers’ wives. Yours truly, W. E. Shuster.”

The Intelligencer September 21, 1918 (page 3)

“Spanish Influenza Now Under Control. Toronto. ‘The department is doing everything possible to check the outbreak of Spanish influenza which was reported to us from the Polish camp at Niagara, and we feel that we have this new but aggravating complaint well under control,’ was the statement made by Col. J. W. S. McCullough, Chief officer of the Provincial Board of Health.”

The Intelligencer September 21, 1918 (page 4)

“Last Call—Is Your Name Written There? The campaign to raise funds for the Knights of Columbus Army Comfort Huts for the soldiers on the firing line has swept forward with enthusiasm and success. The publicity part of the local campaign is in charge of Mr. W. L. Doyle, who has been so successful in previous campaigns for various patriotic purposes, and as a result of Mr. Doyle’s ability and novel advertising methods no one who can read will be able to say that the aims and objects of the campaign were not strikingly brought forth. …  What we owe the brave soldier boys can never be measured in money and the slogan of ‘Give, Give, Give ‘Till it Hurts’ is but a reminder of one more opportunity to pay a small installment on our great debt to our soldier protectors. …

There are no creed barriers on the battlefield and only one God to bless the religion of service in the great cause of humanity. The K. of C. workers are welcomed beside the Y.M.C.A. and Salvation Army and all will work in perfect harmony and co-operation ministering to the needs of the soldiers and by their unselfish services inspiring the soldier to even greater efforts in the cause of world freedom. …

This is the last day of the Drive and those who have not as yet given in their subscriptions can do so this evening at Campaign Headquarters, corner of Bridge and Front Streets.”

The Intelligencer September 21, 1918 (page 4)

“The Power of the Dollar. Never were extravagances and useless buying regarded as so serious an evil as today. A greater evil still is the spending of one’s money on silly pleasures. Canadians carry too serious a determination to ride through to Victory and to vindicate the stalwartness and endurance of the men at the front to tolerate any such laxity in their expenditures.

Our people generally are sizing up the power of the dollar as never before, and are investing their surpluses against a possible landslide after the war. This is real patriotism. It is carrying common-sense into national business. It is proving that the strength of a nation lies in her saving citizens.”

The Intelligencer September 21, 1918 (page 4)

“The Patriot or The Shirker. To save and serve or to spend and shirk—that is the question. If we decide—as we will—on saving and serving, then we must cut down on all luxuries to the limit.

Motoring for pleasure is a luxury. Most of the Sunday motoring is for pleasure, and as long as the Fuel Controller asks us to desist from Sunday motoring, it is our patriotic duty to respond.

By refraining from pleasure-motoring to-morrow we discharge a double duty. We save the gasoline needed overseas. We save the money which Canada must have to finish the war. The car in the garage tomorrow is the Patriot’s car. The car on the Highway, if there for pleasure, is the car of the Shirker. Which is YOURS?”

The Intelligencer September 21, 1918 (page 7)

“Soldiers Next Week. The Depot Battalion, which is being transferred from Kingston to Belleville, did not arrive yesterday as anticipated, quarters not being quite ready for them. They will arrive early next week.”

The Intelligencer September 21, 1918 (page 7)

“Anxiety for Farmers. The past couple of weeks have been anxious ones for the farmers in this section, many of whom have a great deal of grain in the fields yet. Wheat is commencing to sprout and the straw will be almost useless for feed. While the weather does not look any too favorable yet it gives promise of improving and a few days of sunshine would change the aspect considerably.—Bancroft Times.”

The Intelligencer September 21, 1918 (page 7)

“Everybody Walks But—the call comes strong and insistent from those in a position to know that there is urgent necessity to save gasoline for war purposes. This is not the time to argue the pros and cons of Sunday pleasure riding in automobiles. Canadians are placed upon their honor and requested to save gasoline tomorrow by cutting out the use of motor cars except for deeds of necessity and mercy. …  Let’s make it unanimous and ALL WALK. What say? Yes, of course—YES!”

The Intelligencer September 21, 1918 (page 7)

“Memorial Service. A memorial service will be held at the S. A. Citadel on Sunday evening next at 7 p.m. for Ptes. Carter and Thibault, who were both killed in action this week. They were adherents of the Salvation Army and the wives and family reside in the city, the former on Boswell street and the latter on Murney street.”

The Intelligencer September 21, 1918 (page 7)

“War Veterans Endorse K. of C. Army Hut Fund. Toronto, Sept. 20, 1918. E. D. O’Flynn, Esq., Standard Bank Chambers, Belleville, Ont. Dear Comrade:

The following letter was given to the representative of the Knights of Columbus in the City of Toronto, after consultation with the President and Vice-President: ‘We who have shared in the mud, misery and blood of trench warfare know the need of such aid to courage and endurance as the Knights of Columbus Huts afford to the soldiers over there. We have no hesitation in urging Canadians to support the work. …  The folks who give the last cent of their last dollar for the welfare of the boys over there have given less than the man who gives his life.

The Great War Veterans Association in Ontario will support and encourage the money raising campaign of the Knights of Columbus.’

I regret the matter was so urgent I was unable to consult all the members of the Executive before making a departure from our policy to withhold endorsation of the work of other organizations, but I trust the worthy nature of this endeavor will lead to your approval of my action in this matter. Yours fraternally, W. E. Turley. Sec. G.W.V.A. (Ont. Prov. Branch).”

The Intelligencer September 21, 1918 (page 9)

Poster for thrift

“Fellow Canadians! How much thought do you give to the War—I mean honest, sincere thought on how we should live in order to win the war?

You have no idea what it means to stand knee-deep in mud—in a dirty trench—with a cold drizzle chilling you to the bone. But you know these things are.

And we—the soldiers who make those armies. Do you think we could ‘carry-on’ if we thought for a moment you were not backing us to the limit?

If you could know—as I know—all that war means—you’d stint yourselves down to the barest necessities—so that Canada’s money and Canada’s material and Canada’s labor could all go into guns and shells and boots and uniforms and food—for our boys over in France to fight with.

Published under the authority of the Minister of Finance of Canada.”