100 Years Ago: Epidemic Is Passing, Lest We Forget, Fighting for Morale, Poster for Victory Loan, Charles M. Sprague Wins Military Medal, Stanley Harris Ill, John McKnight Ill, Hastings County Victory Loan

The Intelligencer November 4, 1918 (page 1)

“Epidemic Is Passing Away. Very Few New Cases Here. The force of the epidemic seems to have spent itself, patients are recovering and few new cases are reported. Many citizens availed themselves of the opportunity afforded by the local Board of Health and were inoculated with preventative serum. This has had a splendid effect in checking the spread of the disease.

At the headquarters of the emergency organization in the Y.M.C.A. building the reports are quite optimistic indicating that conditions are rapidly returning to normal. Assistance is still being rendered to convalescents by the volunteer nurses and brothers and nourishing dainties distributed.

It looks as if nearly everybody who is going to get the influenza has had it and now it is only a question of good care and recovery. Many people are not careful enough in the convalescent stage when in a weak state they expose themselves to fresh colds and nullify the effect of their treatment.

Business places have felt the effect of the epidemic in loss of business. City people have been too busy repelling the Flu invader to do much shopping and country people have been alarmed by disturbing rumors of plague, black fever and other false statements originated by those ingenious liars who pollute every community. There is absolutely no danger now or ever in visiting the business places of Belleville. From the beginning of the epidemic the leading business places have taken every sanitary precaution to protect their patrons. Clerks with any sign of illness were sent home and the stores regularly fumigated as a precautionary measure.

When anyone makes a statement alleging the existence of plague, black fever, or any other fearsome sounding disease to nail the list at once—insist upon the source of the information being revealed and run the lie back, if possible, to the originator, whom the police are very anxious to locate and isolate for a long period.

The liar who starts false and alarming reports is more dangerous than any possible plague.”

The Intelligencer November 4, 1918 (page 4)

“Lest We Forget. When the official news of Germany’s surrender comes, every man, woman and child, whether in home, shop, factory, office, on the street, or travelling by land or water, should at once start singing ‘Praise God from Whom all blessings flow.’ Let the Allied peoples give thanks to God first; they can cheer themselves hoarse afterwards. Let the coming of peace be the occasion for a world-wide demonstration of thanks to God, and not one of cheering only. It only requires circulation of this suggestion to make the end of the war a celebration of our gratitude to the Almighty and not an occasion for ‘mafficking.’ Will you hand the suggestion to your readers and do what you can to have it adopted? If the idea is given wide publicity, the act will follow unconsciously from millions of throats.

The above suggestion from a correspondent strikes the right note.”

The Intelligencer November 4, 1918 (page 4)

“And A Thousand Fighters Call Him ‘Dad.’ There is a new kind of fighter in this war. He wears a uniform but he doesn’t carry a gun. He carries cheer and comfort and a great big heart. Never mind whether his uniform shows the emblem of the Y. M. C. A. or the Knights of Columbus or the Salvation Army. He doesn’t care—and neither does your boy.

This new kind of fighter is making a new kind of fight. He is fighting against lonesomeness and heartache and monotony and worry. He is fighting for that quality which wins wars—morale. Your boy has it. This man is fighting to let him keep it.

Maybe your boy hasn’t had a letter for a long time. Or maybe there was something that worried him in the letter he got this morning. Or maybe he has had a disappointment—hoped for promotion and didn’t get it. Or maybe he’d give a million dollars just to see his folks one minute. It hurts to lock up things like that, deep down inside your heart. It helps to pour them out.

And that is where this man comes in—the Daddy of them all. They know he will understand—that he won’t laugh or preach. They know that he is there with the right word and the right pat on the back when it’s needed most. You Daddies of Canada, you men who want to go and can’t, let’s keep this Daddy on the job!

The Intelligencer November 4, 1918 (page 4)

“Home News. Victory Loan Oversubscribed. 1,500,000 Canadians Buy Victory Bonds. Who is it in France you are most interested in—a husband, a brother, a son, a friend you long to see again?

Picture this boy, trudging, tired and sleepy, back from the trenches. He sees posted up at an army hut a notice of the overwhelming success of the Victory Loan 1918.

Can’t you see his tired face brighten? What a mental bracer this bulletin will be to the Army of Brave Souls who fight that we may be free?

Buy all you can for cash and carry all you can on instalments.

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

The Intelligencer November 4, 1918 (page 7)

Charles and Melburn Sprague

“Won Military Medal. For exceptional bravery on the field of battle at Amiens, Charles M. Sprague, of this city, has been awarded the Military Medal. This gallant soldier is the son of Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Sprague, 78 North Front Street. His many friends will be pleased to learn that his services to the Empire have received Royal recognition.”

The Intelligencer November 4, 1918 (page 7)

“Corp. Harris Seriously Ill. Mrs. A. J. Jordan, residing at 73 East Moira Street, city, is in receipt of the following telegram which refers to her brother: ‘Sincerely regret to inform you that Corporal Stanley Harris, infantry, officially reported dangerously ill, 7th Canadian Hospital Letreport, Oct. 30th. Bronco-pneumonia.’ Corporal Harris enlisted and went overseas with the 155th Battalion from this city. On the 7th of September of this year he was wounded in the shoulder and twice previously had been slightly wounded. His many friends in the city will hope for his recovery.”

The Intelligencer November 4, 1918 (page 7)

“Many Soldiers Reported Ill. Among the casualties reported to-day appears the names of several soldiers from Hastings County, who are reported as ill. Among the number is Pte. John McKnight of Belleville, a former well-known linotype operator in The Intelligencer office.”

The Intelligencer November 4, 1918 (page 7)

“Hastings County Passes One-Half Million Mark. While Belleville is still quite a distance from the Honour Flag objective of $700,000 the improvement for the last three days of the week was decided, and it is hoped that this will continue to increase. On Saturday Belleville’s total to date was $167,850 which included $59,950 Bonds sold on Saturday. This showing is nothing to be proud of, as Belleville for the first week is the second lowest city in the Province, Woodstock being the lowest. …

The County’s total to date is $565,000, which includes $138,100 sold on Saturday. This is a little better than one-quarter of the objective, but it is hoped the improvement in the second week will bring us close to the point where we will fly the Governor-General’s Honour Flag.

Saturday’s parade and public meeting were productive of a great deal of good, and it is hoped that the citizens at large will co-operate with the committee in keeping the interest alive at all times.”