100 Years Ago: Spanish Flu Cure Discovered, Telephone Service and Spanish Flu, Khaki University Established, Quintin Boyd Awarded Military Medal, Arthur Cousins’ Body Arrives, Charles Andrew Simpson Returns Home, Roy Ernest Gould Dies of Pneumonia, Chiropractors Handle Influenza, Poster for Victory Loan

The Intelligencer October 12, 1918 (page 1)

“ ‘Cure’ for Spanish Flu Discovered. Pittsburg. Dr. George F. Baer, of the Homeopathic Hospital here, announced this afternoon that he has found a successful cure and preventive for Spanish influenza. Dr. Baer said tests on patients suffering from the disease and having fever of 103 have recovered under the treatment which also has proved a successful inoculation against the malady. In announcing the result of experiments since the epidemic began, Dr. Baer said the preparation used is not a scientific secret, but a combination of iodine and creosote.”

The Intelligencer October 12, 1918 (page 4)

“ ‘Telephone Service And Spanish Flu.’ In common with the general community, the operating staff has been affected by the present epidemic of colds and influenza and has been seriously depleted in consequence.

At the same time the volume of telephone calls has greatly increased. So many people are ill at home that the telephone has been used continuously and the load of extra calls on our depleted operating force has been very heavy.

Please keep this extraordinary situation in mind and USE YOUR TELEPHONE ONLY WHEN ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY. You will thus be helping to keep the service intact to meet the urgent needs of the community in the present emergency.

The Bell Telephone Company Of Canada.”

The Intelligencer October 12, 1918 (page 4)

“Khaki University Fully Established. Khaki University has been placed on an official and permanent basis. Acting on the recommendation of the Minister of Overseas Force, the Government has decided to establish a department for educational services in the Canadian Military Overseas Forces. …

Khaki University is the first of its kind to be officially established by any of the allied Governments. The order-in-Council under which it is created recites some of the educational work already accomplished among Canadian forces overseas. From October, 1917, to July 31, 1918, 9,000 members of the overseas forces registered in classes in England; 1,280 registered in correspondence work in England and France. During the same period, attendance at popular educational lectures was approximately 180,000, representing at least 45,000 individuals.

Owing to circumstances, statistics covering activities in France are not available. Were this possible, it is stated, the above figures would be very materially increased. Libraries and reading rooms established for educational purposes at the various centres were constantly in use during hours free from military duties. …  An allotment of $500,000 has been made by private contribution in Canada towards the work of education.”

The Intelligencer October 12, 1918 (page 5)

“Awarded Military Medal. Mrs. W. R. Taylor, Reid Street, city, has received a letter and a copy of an official notification from Mrs. Quintin Boyd, wife of Sergt. Quintin Boyd, that he had been awarded the Military Medal for gallantry and devotion to duty in the recent fighting.

Sergt. Boyd before enlisting in the 8th Canadian Mounted Rifles as a private, was a fireman employed in this city on the Grand Trunk Railway, and was well known here. He was promoted to corporal and recently to the rank of sergeant for his good work and bravery in the field. The official notification from the Officer Commanding the 1st Canadian Machine Gun Corps is as follows:

Dear Mrs. Boyd:—’I have great pleasure in informing you that your husband, Sergt. Q. Boyd, of this battalion, has been awarded the Military Medal for his gallant behaviour in the recent operations for courage and devotion to duty in the capture of Beaufort and Rouvroy on August 9th, 1918. He was in charge of Machine Gun Battery Transports, and under great difficulty and enemy fire succeeded in keeping his transport well up with the attacking forces and thus assuring a constant supply of water and ammunition in the offensive action. All ranks join me in offering their heartiest congratulations. Yours sincerely, S. M. Watson, Lieut.-Col.”

The Intelligencer October 12, 1918 (page 5)

“Body Arrived Here. The body of Mr. Arthur G. Cousins who died at Oswego, accompanied by his wife and infant son, arrived here per G.T.R. at an early hour this morning, and was met at the depot by friends and escorted to his late home, corner of Wharf and Church streets.”

The Intelligencer October 12, 1918 (page 5)

“Arrived Safely Home. The many friends of Pte. Charles A. Simpson of this city, will be pleased to learn that he has arrived safely home. He came to the city yesterday.”

The Intelligencer October 12, 1918 (page 5)

“Answered Final Roll Call. Private Roy Gould, who was a member of the Depot Battalion stationed in this city, died at the hospital here last night from an attack of pneumonia. Deceased was 24 years of age, and was born at Napanee. Previous to enlistment Pte. Gould was for a year and a half a fireman on the Grand Trunk Railway. He was deservedly popular with his former employees and also with the members of the battalion. A father, brother and sister survive. The body, after being prepared for burial, was to-day taken to Napanee.”

[Note: Private Roy Ernest Gould died on October 11, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 417 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer October 12, 1918 (page 6)

“Influenza. Many people read the instructions in the paper from different health officers. The first rule was Go to bed and call a Physician; later in the same article they stated there was No Specific for the disease; also The After Effects of Influenza are worse than the disease.

The medical profession in making such statements don’t seem to give the public credit for even common intelligence. What’s the idea? Demand we have him call, look, ho-hum, and pay for doing nothing? Now how about the after effects? The most common one is Pneumonia. This is an old time disease, almost as old as the medical profession. Why don’t they do something?

Many people are inquiring as to whether Chiropractors handle influenza. We have a number of patients and they are all doing fine and not one case has developed any serious after effects. We also claim that Chiropractor adjustments are a preventative if taken in time. Drs. Redick & Redick. Phone 900. 26 Victoria.”

The Intelligencer October 12, 1918 (page 10)

Poster for Victory Loan

“Why Canada must borrow money to carry on—a nation at war must make tremendous expenditures in cash to keep up her armies and supply them with munitions, food and clothing; Canada must finance many millions of dollars of export trade in food, munitions and supplies which Britain and our allies must have on credit.

For these purposes Canada must borrow hundreds of millions of dollars. And, this money must be borrowed from the people of Canada. Therefore, Canada will presently come to her people for a new Victory Loan to carry on.

Be ready when the call comes to see your country through in its great war work.

Issued by Canada’s Victory Loan Committee in co-operation with the Minister of Finance of the Dominion of Canada.”