100 Years Ago: War Saving and Thrift Stamps, Soldiers’ Pay to Continue for Three Months, Soldiers’ Christmas, No Parcels for Prisoners of War

The Intelligencer November 20, 1918 (page 1)

“War Saving And Thrift Stamps Authorized By Canadian Govt. Special Despatch to The Intelligencer, Canadian Press, Limited. Ottawa. Official announcement is made today of the Government’s inauguration of a War Savings Stamp and Thrift Stamp campaign in Canada along a line similar to that run in the United States for some time. War savings stamps will be on sale at a price which works out at about four and one-half per cent interest and are redeemable in January, 1924. Thus, a stamp worth five dollars on that date can be bought in December or January next for four dollars. As time passes the price will increase in proportion. Thrift stamps will be for smaller amounts on the same basis.”

The Intelligencer November 20, 1918 (page 2)

“Soldier’s Pay Will Continue. Ottawa. Every Canadian soldier who comes back from the front, will, after his discharge, be carried on the pay list for three months. He will get a cheque each month of that period at the rate he received when on service.

Announcement of this financial feature of demobilization plans was made at the Militia Department to-day. The idea is to tide over each man during the period intervening his discharge and settling down to civilian employment.”

The Intelligencer November 20, 1918 (page 7)

“Soldiers’ Christmas. The pupils of Queen Victoria Public School prepared their Christmas boxes for the soldiers overseas, relatives of scholars, and mailed them to-day.”

The Intelligencer November 20, 1918 (page 7)

“Prisoners’ Parcels. No more parcels will be received at the post office for prisoners of war in Germany. Postmasters have been notified to this effect. It is announced that the Canadian Red Cross Society in London is providing for the prisoners of war in Germany.—Kingston Whig.”