100 Years Ago: Tips to Avoid Spanish Influenza, Letter of Sympathy for William Woods’s Wife, Poster for Thrift, Y.M.C.A. Beaver Hut in London

The Intelligencer September 24, 1918 (page 1)

“Dr. Hastings’ Tips To Avoid Influenza. Toronto. Now that Spanish influenza has crossed the ocean to America and is spreading so rapidly over this continent, Dr. C. J. O. Hastings, M. O. H., counsels the public to observe the following …  safeguards against contracting the disease.

Avoid needless crowding; influenza is a crowd disease. Smother your coughs and sneezes, others do not want the germs which you would throw away. Your nose, not your mouth, was made to breathe through. Get the habit. Remember the three C’s—A clean mouth, a clean skin and clean clothes. Try to keep cool when you walk and warm when you ride and sleep. Open the windows always at home at night; at the office when practicable.”

The Intelligencer September 24, 1918 (page 5)

“Premier’s Sympathy. Mrs. Susanna Woods, residing at 20 Water Street, city, is in receipt of the following telegram: ‘The Prime Minister and members of the Government of Canada send their deepest sympathy in the bereavement which you have sustained.’ This refers to her husband, Pte. William Woods, who was killed in action on September 2nd.”

[Note: Private William Woods died on September 2, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 526 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer September 24, 1918 (page 5)

Poster for thrift

“Keeping up with the Joneses. One great bar to the practice of thrift to-day is the tendency to let others set for us our standards of living. Mrs. Jones appears on the street in a new gown and at once her neighbour vows she’ll have one like it. Or if a new motor car is delivered to a certain home, a nearby family, not to be handicapped in the social race, plan to discard their old car for a new one.

Such silly rivalry is bad enough indeed in normal periods. It is positively unpatriotic in times like these when the country needs all available labor and material and every available dollar with which to carry on the war.

For the money we spend in satisfying these desires represents equipment, clothing, shot and shell that are so urgently needed for our boys in France.

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

The Intelligencer September 24, 1918 (page 6)

“Comfort in London For Canadian Soldier. A bed, including bath, towel, soap and kit storage in London costs the Canadian Tommy 18 cents—that is if he goes to the new Canadian Y.M.C.A. ‘Beaver Hut’ in the Strand. A meal costs him the same with the strains of an orchestra thrown in.

Needless to relate our boys overseas are ‘tickled to death’ with their new metropolitan centre. Costing $100,000 and situated in the most famous thoroughfare in the Empire, the Beaver Hut is run primarily by the Canadians for Canadians, although its hospitality is free to all the men of the allied forces on leave visiting London.

A voluntary staff of 200 ladies, superintended by Miss Helen Fitzgerald of Fredericton, N.B., attend to the preparation and service of meals. Dormitories, with nearly 200 beds are under the same efficient care, and the ladies work in four-hour shifts, maintaining a twenty-four hour service. No matter at what hour a tired and hungry Canadian soldier arrives in London he finds an open door, a smiling welcome, and a hot meal at the ‘Beaver Hut.’ ”