100 Years Ago: Spanish Influenza Deemed Not Alarming, Ad for Sinclair’s, Collection for Soldiers’ Christmas Gifts, Army and Navy Veterans Association, Philip Henry Wills Wounded, Theatre Collection

The Intelligencer September 25, 1918 (page 1)

“Influenza Outbreak Is Not Alarming. Toronto. ‘There is altogether too much made of the seriousness of this Spanish influenza,’ declared Dr. McCullough, Provincial Officer of Health. ‘The epidemic is not so serious as measles, and while a few deaths have occurred among the Poles at Camp Niagara, everything possible has been done to prevent its spread.’

‘As far as I can learn, there is no pathological difference between plain influenza and the so-called Spanish variety,’ said Dr. Hastings today. ‘The symptoms are practically the same.’

Mr. Shutt, who is in charge of the division of contagious diseases, reported that so far the department had received no indication from private physicians or its own inspectors that there were any cases of Spanish influenza in the city.”

The Intelligencer September 25, 1918 (page 2)

Ad for Sinclair's

“Sinclair’s. At the Front. During the past twenty-five years through all Fashion’s fancies in weaves, colors and fabrics, Priestleys’ Dress Goods have been, as it were, at the front.

This year—it’s blacks and blues and plain colors—Priestleys’ have them in different fabrics, but all in the same high grade and famous quality.”

The Intelligencer September 25, 1918 (page 5)

“The Soldiers’ Christmas. An extra added attraction during the presentation of ‘Have a Heart’ at Griffin’s last evening was the taking up of a collection from the audience between the acts for Christmas gifts for the boys ‘over there.’ The collection was under the auspices of the Quinte Chapter, Daughters of the Empire, and the collectors were the girls of the company, while Joseph Keno (‘Henry’) the chief laugh provoker of the play, appeared before the curtain and in a humorous way speeded up the shower of small change which will help to add brightness to many a soldiers Christmas in the war zone. The collection was a distinct success.”

The Intelligencer September 25, 1918 (page 5)

“Army and Navy Veterans. A branch of the Army and Navy Veterans Association of Canada is being organized in Belleville by Capt. Mouck of Kingston, chief organizer for Eastern Canada. Capt. Mouck is meeting success in his canvass for members who will include veterans of the present war, South Africa, Riel Rebellion and Fenian Raid.

It is proposed to secure club rooms for the organization to be open at all times to members. The object of the association of Army and Navy Veterans is to care for the soldier and his dependents. One of the first charter members to sign the roll in Belleville was Mr. Alexander Foxton, 49 Herkimer street, over eighty years of age, who is a Fenian Raid veteran.

The society is incorporated by Act of Parliament and the patrons include the King and Queen, H. R. H. the Duke of Connaught, His Excellency the Right Honorable the Duke of Devonshire, K. C., C. C. M. G., C. C. U. O., P. C., and Lord Aberdeen.”

The Intelligencer September 25, 1918 (page 5)

“Severely Wounded. Lieut. P. H. Wills, nephew of Judge Wills, of this city, who was wounded in the Arras push, has been transferred from the Red Cross hospital, France, to one of the London, England, hospitals. ‘Fay,’ as he is familiarly known in Belleville, received a severe wound in the knee, having been hit by a large piece of shrapnel just after his company had obtained their objective.”

The Intelligencer September 25, 1918 (page 5)

“$84.02 Theatre Collection. Through the courtesy of Mr. Forhan Manager of Griffin’s Opera House, and the ‘Have a Heart Company,’ and the liberality of the audience, a collection taken up during last night’s performance realized the sum of $84.02 for the Quinte Chapter I. O. D. E., which will be used for the comforts of our boys overseas.”