100 Years Ago: The Peace Christmas, Point Anne Bazaar, Penny Bag Collection

The Intelligencer December 24, 1918 (page 4)

“The Peace Christmas. The Intelligencer wishes every one of its readers all the joy and happiness possible this wonderful Christmas, when for the first time in four years this true spirit of ‘Peace on Earth and Good Will to Men’ can be realized to the full. After more than four years of a world war in which Canada has participated to an almost unbelievable extent, there are scars and aching hearts and Christmas firesides where the memory of the absent one who has given his life that the Christmas spirit should not perish from the earth, shadows the customary Christmas festivities. Brightening the shadow of bereavement, however, shines the proud thought of that heroic sacrifice which braved even the dark portals of death itself that freedom and liberty should live triumphant. ‘Who dies if England lives, and who lives if England dies?’ was well said, for the spirit of England, embracing as it does the whole Motherland, which for a thousand years has braved the battle and the breeze, is the embodiment of freedom and honor and righteousness to all nations.

Let us rejoice that the dark days of war are over, let us hope forever, the sacrifice has been great but it has not been in vain. …  The war has been fought and won. Let us turn our energies with as much spirit and determination into the great problems of a happy peace as we put into the task of winning the war, and all will be well.

Again wishing our readers all joy and happiness in this first Christmas of a new and better era of peace and good will,—let us all contribute our bit, big or little, to make it so.”

The Intelligencer December 24, 1918 (page 7)

“Point Anne Bazaar. On Friday afternoon a bazaar and At Home was held in the Red Cross Rooms, Point Anne, which Mr. Shock, the Superintendent of the Canada Cement works, so kindly furnishes in aid of the Red Cross work. The small tables were nicely arranged. Mrs. Don MacDonald poured the tea, and the ladies assisting in the tea room were Mrs. F. MacDonald, Mrs. Howard, Mrs. P. Bennett, Mrs. J. D. Murphy and Mrs. H. Wagar. Mrs. George Raither had charge of the fancy work table; Mrs. T. Harris attended the door; Miss Margaret Hutchings looked after the fish pond; Mrs. E. A. Teney had charge of the whole affair, which was a decided success and over sixty dollars were realized for Thurlow Red Cross.”

The Intelligencer December 24, 1918 (page 7)

“Penny Bag Collection. The Red Cross penny bag collection will not take place this week until Friday on account of Christmas as coming on Wednesday. We hope everyone will please bear in mind our former statement regarding the necessity of continuing the work for the present. This is the easiest means of obtaining funds and we must have funds to continue the work we are endeavoring to do for our soldier boys and other sufferers. Please carry on the Christmas spirit and give as liberally as you can when the collectors call on Friday.”