100 Years Ago: The Honor Flag, Slogan for Victory Loans, Open Schools for Influenza Victims, In Flanders’ Fields, War Work at Home, Liquor as Medicine, Victory Loan Flag, Turn Back Clock, Arnold and Dean Collins Killed in Action, Called by Death: Mary Theresa Knott, Margaret Helen Foster, Cook Stove Needed, Ad for Gillette Safety Razor, Poster for Victory Loans, Ad for Corn Syrup

The Intelligencer October 26, 1918 (page 1)

“The Honor Flag will be the chief emblem in the Victory Loan Campaign. It is presented by His Excellency the Governor-General to all cities, towns and villages that attain their objectives, and is expected to be flown by them. It is very attractive and is sure to be sought after.”

The Intelligencer October 26, 1918 (page 1)

“ ‘Yours For Victory Loan 1918’ is the Canadian letter writer’s slogan in the Victory Loan campaign. Every one is asked to sign his or her letters in this way. Already some are doing it, and before the campaign is far under way it is hoped the practice will be general. It is an easy and yet most effective way of driving home the appeal for the Loan, and it will reach practically every one. Business men particularly are requested to adopt the idea. As they read their incoming and outgoing letters, during the next five weeks, they will confront ‘Yours for Victory Loan 1918’ scores of times each day. Start now signing your letters in this way. Get into the swing! Every little bit is needed, if Canada is to ‘go over the top.’ ”

The Intelligencer October 26, 1918 (page 2)

“To the Editor of the Intelligencer. Dear Sir,—In these times of the serious influenza epidemic, would it not be a wise thing for the School Board to offer the schools to the Board of Health, or the Citizens’ Committee, who are working in conjunction with the Board of Health to admit influenza patients to be cared for there, as the Hospital is taxed to its capacity, and a great many people, especially the poorer people, have not the facilities or the equipment in their homes to be properly cared for.

I was in a home on College Hill last night where three members of the household were on their backs with the malady, and the fourth and only other member of the household has all the symptoms of the disease, as I was told by one of the two Sisters of Charity, who are both teachers in St. Michael’s Academy, and were at that home doing the nursing work. …

If one or two of the schools were thrown open to receive patients, it would make it easier for the doctors, who are nearly rushed to death, and it would simplify the procuring of sufficient volunteers to do the nursing, and it would segregate the trouble to a large extent. …

The epidemic can and will be stamped out but the doctors and the good ladies that are volunteering their services for the cause should be given a proper fighting chance. Yours very truly, F. S. Wallbridge.”

The Intelligencer October 26, 1918 (page 4)

“In Flanders’ Fields. In Flanders’ fields, the poppies grow / Between the crosses, row on row, / That mark our place; and in the sky / The larks, still bravely singing fly, / Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead. Short days ago / We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, / Loved and were loved; and now we lie / In Flanders’ fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe, / To you, from falling hands we throw / The torch. Be yours to lift it high. / If ye break faith with us who die, / We shall not sleep, though poppies blow / In Flanders’ fields.—Buy Victory Bonds.”

The Intelligencer October 26, 1918 (page 4)

“War Work at Home. The suggestion made by The Intelligencer some days ago that donations of reading matter, fruit, etc., would be appreciated at military headquarters has been acted upon by a number of citizens. Lieut.-Col. Smart, officer commanding on behalf of the staff and men, desires to thank the citizens who have so kindly remembered the soldiers.

On account of the prevailing epidemic the soldiers quartered here are practically quarantined and kindly citizens can make their enforced confinement more pleasant by sending books, magazines and papers to help pass away the time not occupied by drilling. The sick soldiers in the hospital annex will also appreciate fruit and home-made ‘eats’ not included on military menus. This is an opportunity for real war work.”

The Intelligencer October 26, 1918 (page 4)

“Liquor as Medicine. Rightly or wrongly many people believe that the virulence of Spanish influenza is largely due to the difficulty of securing liquor for preventative and first aid purposes. In Belleville a six-ounce bottle of brandy costs sixty-five cents and the necessary prescription at least a dollar, making a few ounces of preventative quite expensive. A prescription for a quart of liquor means in addition to the cost of the liquor, the cost of the prescription and express charges from Kingston.

So many people have confidence in the efficacy of liquor as a preventative of colds and influenza that it can not be imagined that the appointment of an authorized vendor in large centres like Belleville would injure the prohibition cause to any great extent. Why should Toronto, Kingston and other places be favored by the Ontario License Board above other places? If a vendor is necessary in Kingston one is even more necessary in Belleville as the centre of a more largely populated district. From the many pointed remarks made by people who believe that liquor has a medicinal value there is evidence of strong resentment against a condition of affairs that in their opinion has resulted in a great deal of unnecessary illness and even death.”

The Intelligencer October 26, 1918 (page 4)
Victory Loan flag

“Canada’s Honor Flag. Much interest will centre during the Victory Loan Campaign on the Honor Flag. This emblem, which has been designed after much deliberation, will be the central symbol of the coming campaign, and will, it is expected, be even more familiar to the people of Canada than the service flag now to be seen in so many windows. The Honor Flag will be flown from the flag poles of communities which reach their quota, and the attendant ceremony is expected to do much to add zest and competition to the campaign.

The flag is of beautiful design, embracing the national colors, red, white and blue. Across the upper left hand corner there are five bars, each representing a Canadian war loan. At the lower left-hand corner is the Dominion coat of arms.

Not a village, town or city in Canada should miss the honor of an Honor Flag. Believing that every place will go ‘away over the top,’ the Dominion Publicity Committee is providing for a flag for every centre in Canada. Whatever the quota set, whatever the surplus over that amount, the flag will be presented by the Duke of Devonshire, Governor-General of Canada, and it is expected that each place will raise a flag with all the ceremony that attaches to the honor of having won it. …

There is another honor emblem. The Honor Roll will be seen in all the large stores, offices and factories providing 75 per cent of the employees become subscribers. If 85 per cent buy bonds a sticker will be attached showing that to be the case, and so on up to 100 per cent.

To those who purchase bonds an Honor Button will be given. It is about the same size as the buttons given with each purchase during the first Victory Loan a year ago and bears the inscription ‘Subscriber, 1918 Victory Loan.’ In the centre is the Honor Flag with its five bars and coat of arms.

Similar in design, but much larger, about like a silver dollar, is the button to be worn by the canvassers and the word ‘Canvasser’ is substituted for ‘Subscriber.’ ”

The Intelligencer October 26, 1918 (page 5)

“Turn Back the Clock. Daylight saving is drawing to a close. On Sunday morning at 1 o’clock we are asked to turn back the clock one hour. Some are rejoicing at the prospect of making up for that hour of sleep they lost last April. An expert reminds us that turning back the clock is not good for it. The same result can be obtained by turning the hands forward eleven hours.”

The Intelligencer October 26, 1918 (page 5)

“Doubly Bereaved. Mr. J. N. Collins, of Winnipeg, former C.N.R. agent at Bancroft, received word on Friday last of the death of his two sons, Arnold and Dean, at the front. Both boys were killed on the same day, Sept. 29th. Arnold was a lieutenant and Dean was a sergeant in a machine gun section, and had been in France for about two and a half years.”

[Note: Lieutenant John Arnold Collins died on September 29, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 387 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

[Note: Sergeant James Dean Collins died on September 29, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 387 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer October 26, 1918 (page 6)

“Called by Death: ‘Mrs. H. Knott. Mrs. Harry Knott, aged 25 years, of this city, passed away this morning. An obituary notice will appear on Monday.’

‘Margaret Foster. Margaret Helen Foster, aged 3 years and 9 months, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Foster, residing at 303 Pinnacle street, died this morning. The father is a returned soldier.’ ”

The Intelligencer October 26, 1918 (page 6)

“Who Will Give a Cook Stove? Only fifty per cent of the families needing assistance on account of sickness can be given any attention by the limited number of volunteer workers available. A cook stove and coal is needed for a family. A number of motor cars are needed at the Y. M. C. A. tomorrow morning. Food supplies tomorrow should be sent to the Science Kitchen, High School. All willing to help report at Y.M.C.A. building.”

The Intelligencer October 26, 1918 (page 7)

Ad for Gillette safety razor

“Daylight Saving Ends Sunday October 27th at 2 A.M. Ordinary time will be resumed throughout Canada on Sunday, October 27th. At 2 o’clock in the morning of that day, all official clocks are to be put back one hour.

It is suggested that all private clocks and watches be put back one hour on the night previous.

Please note that the Gillette Safety Razor will continue to save time by day or by night, without change.

Daylight saving in its first year has proved a great convenience and a complete success. People who were inclined to be sceptical are now convinced of its merits. Like the Gillette Safety Razor, actual experience with it has banished indifference and opposition and given place to enthusiastic appreciation. Gillette S. Razor. Conserver of Time.”

The Intelligencer October 26, 1918 (page 9)

Poster for Victory Loans

“Through all these dark, uncertain days, our soldiers have held aloft and brightly burning, the sacred torch of freedom. On Monday, for a space, it passes to our hands. Does it pass to hands less eager—hands less worthy? The world shall know our answer!

The Victory Loan 1918 Opens Monday.

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

The Intelligencer October 26, 1918 (page 10)

Ad for corn syrup

“Save Sugar. Canada is receiving only just enough sugar for her actual needs! There is no surplus for wastage. First, all waste of sugar must cease; second, wherever possible, Corn Syrup must be used as an alternative to sugar. You will discover a real economy, and a delicious addition to your household supplies if you Use Corn Syrup.

Use Crown Brand Corn Syrup as a Sauce on Puddings. Use Lily White instead of Sugar in Cakes. Use Lily White in making Marmalades, Jams and in all Stewed Fruits.

Canada Starch Co., Limited.”