100 Years Ago: Bugle Band Parades, Toronto Civilians Get Spanish Flu, Ontario Raises War Tax at Theatres, Spanish Flu Hits Renfrew, How to Dodge Flu, Letter of Sympathy for Georges Thibault’s Wife, Poster for Thrift

The Intelligencer October 4, 1918 (page 1)

“Bugle Band Parades. The bugle band in connection with the depot battalion now quartered here paraded the principal streets this afternoon and presented a smart soldierly appearance. The local unit may be augmented in the near future as the exemptions to soldiers at work on the farms expire. About 1200 soldiers belonging to this district are still on farm service.”

The Intelligencer October 4, 1918 (page 1)

“Toronto Civilians Get Spanish “Flu.” Toronto. Spanish influenza has officially reached Toronto. Dr. Hastings, M.O.H., informed a representative of The Globe last night that there was now little doubt that the disease was the same as has been spreading through the United States.

Whether it is a new name or just a new alias for grippe is still in doubt, however. Some bacteriologists claim to have found the old influenza organism, while others have not located it in the new outbreak. …  Dr. Hastings said last night that he had been speaking with a medical man who had considerable experience with the disease in the old country. The mortality, he was informed was not high, ranging from 3 to 5 per cent.”

The Intelligencer October 4, 1918 (page 1)

“Toronto. The Ontario Government, in search of more revenue, has decided to raise the scale of war tax at the regulation theatres and the higher-priced concerts. Instead of the two cents being charged on tickets costing more than 45 cents and not more than 95 cents, 5 cents will be collected after November 1. When the price of admission is more than 45 cents and not more than $1.45 10 cents will be collected instead of 5 cents as at present. Fifteen cents will be charged when the price of admission is more than $1.45 and not more than $1.95, instead of the prevailing tax of 10 cents. Twenty cents will be charged on $2 tickets instead of 10 cents and 25 cents will be the tax on all tickets costing more than $2. There will be no change in the lower priced movie rates.”

The Intelligencer October 4, 1918 (page 1)

“Spanish ‘Flu’ Hits Renfrew Hard. Toronto. The town of Renfrew is in the grip of the first epidemic of Spanish influenza to strike Ontario. Word reached Lt.-Col. McCullough, Provincial Officer of Health, from Renfrew yesterday, stating that there were between 400 and 500 cases of the disease in the town, and that ten deaths had already resulted from pneumonia.

The matter appeared so serious that an immediate conference was held between the Provincial Secretary, Col. McCullough and Hon. Mr. McGarry, whose home is in Renfrew. As a result a bunch of telegrams were sent out at once to the medical superintendents of the provincial institutions at Brockville and Kingston, and also to the General Hospitals at Almonte, Belleville, Brockville, Kingston, Lindsay, Mattawa, Ottawa, Peterborough and Smith’s Falls, requesting them to reply at once stating how many doctors and nurses were available to go to Renfrew.”

The Intelligencer October 4, 1918 (page 4)

“How to Dodge the “Flu.” Many people are sick in Belleville with colds. Influenza or grippe cases are numerous—Spanish, Russian or plain everyday grippe, common to this time of the year and aggravated by the wet and cold weather. What is known as Spanish “Flu” is very prevalent in the United States and is getting a foothold in Canada. …

Avoid all unnecessary crowds, such as in theatres, movies, crowded street and railroad cars, also all private and semi-public gatherings. …  It is essential that all those coming in contact with the sick should wear gauze face masks covering the nose and mouth with at least four thicknesses of the cloth. These should be changed at two-hour intervals and either burned or boiled for five minutes. …  All persons should wash their hands immediately before eating. Avoid all sneezing and coughing individuals. …  Refrain from eating at restaurants where dishes are either imperfectly sterilized or not sterilized at all. …  Ask for destructible cups and saucers, or be sure all dishes and spoons are sterilized by being boiled.”

The Intelligencer October 4, 1918 (page 5)

“Brave Soldier Mourned by Pals. The following letter was received by Mrs. G. Thibault, who resides at 18 Murney Street. The letter is in connection with the death of her husband, who was killed in action on August 28th: France, Sept. 18, 1918. Dear Mrs. Thibault: It is with the deepest regret and sympathy that I write to you of the death of your husband, Pte. G. H. Thibault, of this battalion, who was killed in action on August 28th. So far as I can discover he was killed instantly during the attack that morning, and one can only feel thankful that death came so quickly and that he was spared all suffering and pain. He is buried in Quebec Cemetery about one and a half miles in front of the village of Cherisy and about seven miles southeast of Arras.

His death has been a great blow to us all who knew him. …  I know it was always a pleasure to have him around Headquarters and after Mr. Wilson (whose batman he was) came to headquarters your husband was always with us too and I can assure you he is very deeply and sincerely mourned by us all. …

Your husband’s was a splendid life and he crowned it all with a heroic death and he has won his reward. We can only leave him there and look forward to that great day when we shall see him again in the land where there is no parting or pain. Again assuring you of my deep sympathy and praying that God may send you his comfort and strength in your grief. Yours faithfully, C. Stewart, Capt. Chaplain 24th Can. Batt. V.R.C.”

The Intelligencer October 4, 1918 (page 5)

“Say NO! ‘You might as well have it,’ whispers temptation, but your Canadian Patriotism says ‘No!’

Except for the bare necessities of life, we should not be spending five cents a day. For every expenditure we make on things not absolutely necessary directly affects the fighting strength of Canada and her allies. The materials that go into the making of things you can do without are needed for our soldiers overseas.

Resist indulgence, cultivate thrift—for thrift is an evidence of patriotism. And the money you save by thrift will be yours to lend to your country whenever the call comes.

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