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1918 Events of the Year (part 2)
from
The St. John's Daily News

 

Mon. May 27, 1918

ARTICLES:

RECORDS OF THE 29TH

Editor Daily News.

Dear Sir:- Information has been received that a special order issued by General Office Commanding 29th Division, states that a Record Book has been established at Divisional Headquarters in which will be entered all individual acts of gallantry and devotion to duty, which have been performed since the formation of the Division. Acts of gallantry, even if not of a nature to merit and immediate a ward, will in future be submitted, and, if approved by the General Officer Commanding will be entered in this Record Book, which will contain the name of all brave men.

All those whose names have been entered in this book will receive a notice to this effect signed by the Division Commander and will thereafter be entitled to wear the enameled badge, in the center of the triangle on the right arm while serving in the 29th Division.

Certificates have been issued to the following, and I should be glad if you will publish this in your paper, as I sure it is a matter which will interest the public:

Lt.-Col. A. L HADOW, C.M.G.
Capt. B. BUTLER, D.S.O., M.C.
Capt. R. G. PATERSON, M.C.
Capt. R. H. TAIT, M.C.
Capt. R. W. BARTLETT, M.C.
Capt. K. J. KEEGAN, M.C.
Capt .J. R. STICK.
Capt C. St. C. STRONG
Capt. J. NUNNS, M.C.
Lieut. J. G. WHITTY, M.C.
Lieut. S. C. GOODYEAR, M.C.
Lieut. E. R. A. CHAFE, M.C.
Lieut. H. G. HICKS, M.C.
Second Lieut. A. TAYLOR, M.C.
792 C.S.M . A. JAMES, D.C.M.
1438 C.S.M. . T. DUNPHY, D.C.M.
664 C.Q.M. S. E. NICHOL
2896 Sergt. M. WINTER, M.M.
79 Sergt. A. HAMMOND, M.M.
643 Sergt. E. P. AITKEN, M.M.
916 Sergt. R. PURCELL, D.C.M.
2181 Sergt. J. J. MURPHY, D.C.M.
378 Sergt. C. SPURRELL, D. C. .M.
430 Sergt E. BUTCHER, M.M.
796 Sergt H. BUTLER, M.M.
502 Corp. E. JOY, M.M.
1027 Corp. E. CHEESEMAN, M. M.
793 Corp. L. FITZPATRICK, D.C.M., M.M.
1539 Corp L HOLLETT, D.C.M.
801 Corp. H. RAYNES, D.C.M.
2040 Corp. H. TANSLEY, D.C.M.
42 Corp. F. BEST, M.M.
2098 Corp. J. DUNN, M.M.
2079 Le. Corp. J. ROSE, M.M.
149 Le. Corp E. NICHOL.
2149 Le. Corp. F. JANES
1604 Le. Corp. C. PAFFORD, M.M.
230 Pte. P. McDONALD, M.M.
2626 Pte. F. REES, M.M.
526 Pte. H. BOWDEN, M.M.
2511 Pte. E. GOUDIE, M.M.
1441 Pte. R. COOK, M.M.
825 Pts. L. MOORE, M.M.
2970 Pte. L. LOVELESS, M.M.
3346 Pte. J. HENNEBURY, M.M.
1025 Pts. W. FOWLOW, M.M.
863 Pte. J. COLLINS, M. M

OUR SOLDIER LADS

A VOICE FROM THE DEAD

My Dear Mother and Father:-
As you will see I am still alive and going strong. We came out for a rest a couple of day ago, after a jolly hard time in and our casualties were heavy, but I managed to come through and am enjoying the best of health and I hope you and father are the same, also Evelyn and Lillie. It is just miserable here raining all the time and up to our hips in mud and water. You should have seen me when I came out getting washed or shaved and mud caked in inches on me from head to foot some sight but you only just have to smile all though it. Is it true you have conscription home, hope it is true. By the way I have met P. SULLIVAN belonging along the bay he is A company. PATTERSON sent after me as I was an old C. Co. man, but anyway one company is as good as another. I hope father don't be sick and as well as ever as well as yourself. I am only wishing the war was over till I get home once again. It is marvelous what a man stand, you don't realize what we have to go through. Shall draw to a close and don't you and father go worrying too much, but just trust in god. With all my love and kisses to all, yourself and father.
Your loving son.
FRED
(The foregoing was written by Pte. Fred JACOBS who has since been killed in action).

FROM PRIVATE J. RODGERS, 24TH BATTALION

Military Orthopaedic Hospital, North Toronto

April 24th, 1918

Dear brother:- It is with pleasure I am now writing you those few lines in answer to your most welcome letter which I received a few days ago, glad to hear you are enjoying the best of health, but I am not feeling too well myself, well I suppose it surprised you when you heard that I was getting my foot taken off. I had it taken off last Thursday and I am still in bed but I expect I shall be getting up some time this week anyway I hope to, as its tiresome in bed. Give my best regards to Mother, Brother, Pop and all and tell pop he should be glad that he is not twenty year of age as I saw on the paper yesterday that all men who are not married from twenty to forty had to join the Army. Well I can tell you I was delighted to hear of it. I think it is time for some of the fellows around to go and try to do something for their King and Country. What is the is the matter with them are they scared that they are going to be killed. Well if they do they won't be the first; just hold on until I get down there, I will tell some of them what I saw a little of this past few years. Well tell Pop that he should be sorry that he is not young enough to go and you should be sorry yourself. I went and lost a foot over it and I am not a bit sorry, I am pleased with myself. What I got to say is that its time they had conscription they should have it long ago. Think of all the boys that have lost their lives in this was and think of so many staying behind scared to go. They should be ashamed to walk the streets in civilian clothes, just wait until I get around there. Well excuse this writing as the ink is very bad also excuse the different paper. Well I think I shall close with love to all and best love and happiness to your. So no more now.

From JONAS to HARRY


Mon. June 10, 1918

No Word of Crew Of Torpedoed Schooner

No word of the crew of the schooner "Cecil Shave" which was reported torpedoed on May 24th, had been received by her owners, A. E. HICKMAN Co. Ltd. Though full enquiries have been made. The schooner left Cadiz for here Feb. 16th last, and word reached her owners May 24th that she had been torpedoed, Hon. Mr. HICKMAN applied to Lloyd's for information of the crew, who in turn enquired from the admiralty. The latter informed the owner that they have no knowledge on the fate of the crew. The schooner carried crew of six all told as follows- Capt. Edgar KEAN, St. John's, formerly of Flower's Island; Scobie McKIE, St. John's, navigator; Charles H. HART, Fogo; John TURPIN, St. John's; Robert HUNT, St. John's and William LEONARD, British Hr., T. B. seamen.


Mon. July 22, 1918

OBITUARY

P. C. O'DRISCOLL

Mr. P. C. O'DRISCOLL one of the most widely known and respected residents of the Dominion, passed away at the General Hospital Saturday afternoon after a brief illness. Mr. O'DRISCOLL enjoyed apparent good health up to about seven weeks ago; when he was advised the he was suffering from an internal malady, and that an operation was necessary. About ten day ago the operation was performed, and every hope was held out for recovery, but early last week the patient began to weaken and death came as mentioned. P. C. O'DRISCOLL was the type of man whose passing is a loss to any community. In business he was eminently successful. As a citizen he ranked fore most, having the welfare of the city and its people uppermost in his thoughts. As a friend none could be more loyal, and as a companion he was courted, his knowledge of the world social and political, being far above the ordinary. In club life he was the soul of wit, his pleasantries being of the kind that appealed without hurt. Briefly he was of nature's noblemen. Born 60 years ago at Mobile, on the Southern Shore, he being educated at St. Bonaventure's College began life as a draper, later going to the United Stated, where he remained for a few years. About 30 years ago he went into commission and auctioneering business, which had reached larger proportions at the time of his passing. Deceased was an ardent sportsman each year devoting periods to fishing and shooting. He also took lively interest in curling. He was an active member of St. Bonaventure's association, being elected Vice-Pres. at the annual meeting, a life long member of the B.I.S. and a member of the Holy Name society. Left to mourn are a widow, nee Miss Dalton, three sons- John, with the Nfld. Foresters in Scotland, Joseph a returned member of "Ours", who was wounded and four daughters- Mollie, a nurse, who was with her father when he died. Marguerite, Nancy and Florence - and three brothers Rev. S. O'DRISCOLL, P.P., St. Mary's, William at Mobile, Aiden at Witless Bay, and one sister. Mrs. Henry WHITE, to whom with others of the family we extend sympathy.

OUR SOLDIER LADS

France
June 19, 1918

Dear Bret:- Your most esteemed letter received a while ago and more than glad to hear from you and to know that you endeavoring to get us some reinforcements, as we need them all to keep the of Caribou going. It is a bit rough out here sometimes, but of course I know when I came here that it was not for play, so I take everything with the same spirit (rough and smooth) and find it a pleasure to think when I get home once more I will be able to hold my head up with anyone and say I have done my part in the great fight for justice and freedom. We are out for a rest now. I guess you know where we are, I suppose George GULLIVER is home by now. I was in the line a couple of times with him; he is a decent fellow and a good man right through.

I am on guard to-night and so I have taken the opportunity to scribble you a few lines; it is not very often I can settle myself enough to start writing. There is nothing strange to say, so I think I must bring my epistle to a close, hoping to hear from you soon. Give my best regards to your father, mother and brothers.

I am your sincere friend
CHARLIE

The above letter is from Corp. Chas SKANES, Cow Head, St. Barbe District, who has been in the firing line over a year, to ex-Pte. Bret HARRIS. The GULLIVER referred to is Corp Geo. GULLIVER, now in the city, having been sent back from France to Newfoundland as an instructor.


Tue. Aug. 13, 1918

POEM:

The Blue Puttee Boys

"A welcome to-day we extend you,
Your presence we hail with great joy,
Kind Heaven has seen fit to send you
Once more where you'll meet with alloy.

When far o'er the blue bounding ocean
The salt tears had oft' wet your eyes,
But now we all say with devotion:
May God bless the Blue Puttee Boys.

You left us 'mid great tribulation,
When Mars rode sublime in his car,
You needed no Cesear oration.
To stir your young blood for the war.
But bravely you all donned your armour.
For are you not bound by blood ties
To England; no hearts beat more warmer
Than yours, our own Blue Puttee Boys.

The Romans of old with their legions,
N'er fought with more valor than you.
When Hanibal crossed the wild regions,
His men were not one whit more true.
You fought with much valor in Flanders,
Side by Side with our noble Allies,
They're proud of such brave Newfoundlanders.
As you, our dear Blue Puttee Boys.

When England was threatened by Germans,
When honor was trailed in the dust,
You needed no force or no sermons

To drive you to down the Hun's lust.
Ah, then with no slackers you truckled,
Your souls we could see by your eyes,
As bravely your armour you buckled.
God keen you, brave Blue Puttee Boys.

And now in you own native Island
With friends you are landed once more.
And each of you say this is my land,
The land which you love and adore;
There's hearts here for you that won't weaver,
To you they are bound in love's ties,
And no heart we know are more braver
than yours, their our Blue Puttee Boys."

JAMES MURPHY
August 10th, 1918.

Wed. Aug. 14, 1918

ARTICLE:

PRESIDENT McGRATH MEETS ACCIDENT

Mr. James McGRATH, President of the Longshoremen's Union Met with an accident yesterday which will incapacitate him for some time. He was painting his house in McFarlane Street, and was standing on a scaffold when it collapsed, precipitating him to the ground, a distance of about 18 feet. When picked up it was seen that he was seriously injured, and a doctor was called who found one of his legs badly fractured, and the other dislocated at the knee. The ambulance was summoned and the injured man taken to hospital, where the broken limb was set and the other replaced in joint. Mr. McGRATH also suffered badly from shock, but is doing well at the hospital.

Sat. Aug. 17, 1918

OUR SOLDIER LADS

Summerdown Camp
Eastbourne
Div. C., Hut 16.
June 22nd, 1918

My Dear Mother:-
Just a line to let you know I am getting on alright. I received your letters O.K., also Dot's and Ralph and Kitty's. I don't expect to be much longer in hospital. This is a nice place by the sea side and quite close to Hastings- where the famous battle was fought. I am going down there one of these days. Eastbourne is only a small town but a very select place and is composed mostly of wealthy old English family estates. I hope to get a longer furlough than I had the last time to do a bit of travelling around England. I would like to go to Devonshire and if father knows where his people came from I could visit the village and might possibly meet some of his relations. I have seen a lot of London and to tell the truth it is not half so wonderful as I thought it would be, but still there are some fine sights, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. One thing that I fancied very much was the two Life guards in front of the Palace, both men and horses shining like gold and as motionless as statues. I have been on a drive to Windsor Castle (about 20 miles from London). We were served tea by all kinds of titled ladies, amongst whom were the Princess Patricia and the Countess of Athlone (Ireland). What I notice here particularly is how orderly everything is in the country. The hedges are in full bloom now, and all trimmed so uniformly that one can hardly imagine they are natural, the roads are also lined with trees all at regular intervals. Well , mother, I am not much good at describing places or scenery, so I will close now, with love to father and all the children.

Your loving son,
TED

P.S. I received the ten pounds O.K. but will be wanting more when I get on furlough so you can expect a wire.
TED.

WEDDING BELLS

SHORT-HOLMES
A pretty wedding took place at Truro, N.S. on Monday evening, July 22nd, at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. David BARRETT, when Miss Violet HOLMES, of Shearstown, Bay Roberts, was united in marriage to Pte. Orestes SHORT, son of Mr. and Mrs. Isreal SHORT, of Hant's Harbour, now a member of the 1st Battalion 29th Division, Nfld. Regiment. The bride wore a dainty gown of white and carried white roses. Miss Stella HOLMES, sister of the bride, was bridesmaid. She also wore a dainty gown of white and blue silk. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Dr. JOHNSON. The bride received quire a number of presents. Pte. SHORT was in France for two and a half years and fought in the battle of the Somme. Mr. and Mrs. SHORT will make their home in Truro.


Wed. Oct. 9, 1918

CASUALTY LIST.

ROYAL NEWFOUNDLAND REGIMENT

Received Oct. 8th 1918

Killed in Action September 29th
Capt. Herbert RENDELL, M.C., Duckworth Street.
2nd Lieut. Lionel F DULEY, 51 Rennie's Mill Road.

Died at 3rd Australian Casually Clearing Station September 29th
Pte. Edward George NOFTALL, Rocky Lane, Appendicitis

At 3rd London General Hospital Wandworth

1200 Pte. Micheal POWER, Port Texton, T.B., gunshot wound, left hand.
2529 Pte. Benjamin WARIEN, Tack's Beach P.B., gunshot wound left hand
2386 Pte. Redmond J. POWER, Corner Brook, Bay of Islands, gunshot wound right hand
3877 Pte. Samuel HOLLETT, Hermitage Cove, gunshot wound right hand
2901 Sgt. Malcolm BISHOP, Greenspond, gunshot wound right thigh
3215 Pte. James McGRATH, gunshot wound left hip and left arm
4208 Pte. John ELLSWORTH, Rocky Hr., Bonne Bay. Gunshot wound left foot
4060 Pte. John CUNNINGHAM, 9 Job Street, Gunshot left knee
3193 Pte. George CUFF, Bonavista, Gunshot wound, right foot.
3627 Pte. Jabez BRADLEY, Squid Tickle B. B., Gunshot wound left thigh.
3971 Pte Albet RYALL, 13-1/2 James Street. Gunshot wound left leg.
4092 Pte. John FLEMING, Spillar's Cove, T.B., Gunshot wood left leg.
2305 Pte. Thomas E. GARDINER, British Harbor, T. B., Gunshot wound right leg.
4006 Pte. Max POOLE, Fortune, Burin, Gunshot wound legs.
1299 Pte. Edward DOYLE, 49 Casey St., Gunshot wound head.
3340 Pte. Michael P. L. HEED. Fleur de Lys, St. Barbe. Gunshot wound hard and back strained.
2377 Corpl. Ernest P. WOODMAN, New Harbor. T. B.. Dysentry
4199 Pte. Yves KERGANT, Cape Saint George. Trench fever.

AT 3RD Australian Casualty Clearing Station, Oct 4th Dangerously Ill.
3587 Pte. Joseph DEWEY, Greenspond. Gunshot wound chest.

Seriously Ill- October 7th
3567 Pte. Joseph PRINCE, Princeton, B.B. Previously Reported

At. 8th Stationary Hospital Wimereaux, September 30th
3763 Pte. Stanley GILLAM, Crabb's St. George, Gunshot wound, left thigh, fracture severe.

At. 2nd Canadian Stationary Hospital, Ortreau, September 30th
3639 Pte. Danial NORMORE, Sunday Cove, N.D.B. Gunshot wound, shoulder severe
4223 Pte. Stephen KING, 56 Cook's St. Gunshot wound left foot severe
3341 Pte. Samuel MORRIS, Goose Cove, T. B. Gunshot wound left leg.

At. 2nd Australian Hospital Boulogne, September 29th
3925 Pte. Frank WHITE, Greenspond. Gunshot wound head.
3636 Pte. Maurice GILLINGHAM, Glenwood, gunshot wound head
3262 Pte. Lewis IVANY, English Harbor. T. B. Gunshot wound, head mild .
3477 Pte. Samuel MILES, Bonavista, Gunshot wound, head , mild.
2457 Pte. Archibald James BALL, Northern Arm, Botwood, gunshot wound legs.

At. 7th Stationary Hospital- Boulogne September 27th
1105 Pte. Edward MAHER, 31 Cuddihy Street, Gas poisoning severe.
2774 Pte. Frederick CURTIS, King's Cove. B.B. Gas poisoning severe
933 Corpl. Walter P. MILES, Bonavista, Gas poisoning severe
1314 Pte. James J. SAUNDERS, George Street, gas poisoning severe
2519 Pte. Edward S. BROCKLEHURST, 21 Maxse Street, Gas poisoning severe
2194 Pte. David PEDDLE, Spaniard's Bay, C.B. Gas poisoning severe

At. 7th Stationary hospital- Boulogne September 30th
3613 Pte. Martin FORAN, Grand Falls. Gunshot wound, multiple severe

J. R. BENNETT
Minister of Militia.


Tue. Nov. 12, 1918

A SOLDIER'S LETTER

The following letter was received from Signaller Cyril G. Furneaux STONE son of Mr. and Mrs. A. STONE, Pleasant Street, city, formerly of Fogo, Cyril enlisted when only sixteen years of age and has been "Over there" for two years.

France, Oct. 7, 1918

My dear Mother,
Just a line or so to let you know I am O.K. so far. I expect you were a bit uneasy about me when you saw the casualty list coming in. You must not expect much of a letter now as you can guess how and where I am. I have been very fortunate so far, and so have all the boys from Fogo as not one of them got it yet. I suppose you have heard about the stunt we did, if not you soon will. I got about twenty-seven letters from home since I came in. They were the first I had got for months. Tell father not to send me any money while I am out here as there is no place to enjoy it. I would like to be able to tell you where I spend my eighteenth birthday, but please God we will soon be together again and I will be able to tell you all about it. I hope Marion will enjoy her holidays; tell her I will write soon as I can. We are having a queer sort of time now. I have thousand friends (on my shirt). We heard up here that Fritz wanted forty-eight hours' armistice. I hope it is true. He is getting it pretty hard now. I am very glad to hear that get the little parcel that I sent. I am sorry I could not get the rest of the things I intended but I will get them when I get back to London. I must close now as I am not in a position for writing. Don't worry, but trust in god and everything will be O.K.. Love and kissed to all. From your loving son.
CYRIL

Will write longer letter next time if it is possible.
C. S.

Wed. Nov. 13, 1918

YESTERDAY'S CELEBRATIONS

Big Military Parade in Morning

"Blue Puttees" Turn Out at Night

Yesterday's holiday in honor of the signing of the armistice, was fittingly observed in the city. From early morning the shipping in port was gaily bedecked with bunting, and flags flew in thousands from private houses and the business premises. Beside this, the thousands of children in the streets carried miniature flags or sported the colors of Britain and her Allies. The feature of the forenoon was the giant parade, which was organized by the District Officer. It was the largest military parade ever seen in the city. All the societies were represented and many private citizens took part. In the procession also was a contingent of French Naval men, from the ships now in port the parade left the Barracks Squire, Prince's rink at 11 a.m. in the following order:-

Wounded "Blue Puttee" Boys in Automobiles,
C. L. B. Band,
French Naval Men
Royal Navel Reservists
"Blue Puttee
Regimental Bugle Band
Regiment
Minister of Militia and staff
C.C.C. Band
C. L. B. Bugle Band
C. L. B.
C. C. .C. Bugle Band
C. C. .C.
T. A.S. B
Representatives of Societies
Citizens Generally

The line of march was as follows: Military Road, Queens Road, Theater Hill, New Gower Street, Hamilton St. Patrick St. Water St. McBride's Hill, Duckworth St., Ordinands, St. King's Bridge Road to government House Grounds. Here the procession was met by the Administrator, Sir W. H. HORWOOD, and also present were the Premier Dr. LLOYD, Hon. Sir M. P. CASHIN, and members of the house of Assembly, Hon Sir P. T. McGRATH and members of the Legislative Council, the Lord Bishop, His Grace Archbishop ROCHE, Right Rev. Mons. McDERMOTT, Rev. Dr. BOND, Rev. Dr. CURTIS, Rev. G. DICKIE, Rev. BUDGEN, and a number of other clergymen. The gathering was briefly address by the Administrator who also read a message from King George to the overseas Dominions, which we publish elsewhere. The message was greeted with cheers, which was followed by cheers for His Majesty, for Great Britain and the Allies, the bands playing the national anthems of the different countries following the military section of the parade continued on to Barracks Square, where before being dismissed the men were address by Minister of Militia BENNETT.

At night the celebration took the form of a parade, in which some 150 of the "Blue Puttee" and other returned soldiers took part. The procession was headed by the C. L. B. Band after which were the soldiers, then the C.C.C. Band and the seriously disabled men in carriages. Starting at 8.30 from the "Blue Puttee" clubrooms, the parade proceeded via Water , Patrick and New Gower Streets, Theatre Hill, Queen's, Military and King's Bridge roads to Government House entering the grounds by the eastern gate. Here they were received by His Excellency and Administrator, Sir W. H. HORWOOD, who was attended by Lady HORWOOD and Lt. Col KNOX-NIVEN, A.D.C.- Following the playing of the National anthem by the C. L. B. Band. Sergt. Harold MITCHELL, President of the Great War Veterans' Association delivered a short address in which he warmly congratulated the people on the manner in which they had supported the fighting men in their efforts towards winning the war. He then presented to His Excellency for communication to His Majesty the King an address expressing the loyalty of the veterans and their appreciation of the kingly manner in which His Majesty had conducted the affairs of the Empire during the four years of the great struggle. Cheers were heartily given for the King, after which the Administrator stated his pleasure to welcome the soldiers, than whom none were more fitted to rejoice in the event being celebrated, because of their share in bringing it about the war had largely been won by civilians-in-arms for whom the regulars, holding the lines against terrible odds, had had to wait till their training was finished. The objects desired had now been achieved and the pure conditions and policy of government under which was as a democratic people had lived for centuries have been saved. Our fighters like the other colonials, were civilians and abhorred war, but became soldiers to right wrongs that were not their own, and to succour the oppressed. They fought for the triumph of Right, not for gain or conquest, and their object had been attained. He envied the men who had played men's parts in the great struggle, and felt the rejoicing to-day was tempered with sorrow because of the many who had fallen, but their sacrifice had not been in vain. Those who had returned wounded and broken in health had help pay the price and should never be forgotten. They had given their follow-men he right to live unmolested by militarism. In the prosperity that is sure now to follow for the Dominion, the men who had gained Newfoundland that title were bound to share as they are her greatest asset. The Premier, Dr. LLOYD followed and spoke of the opportunities he had had of learning from Field Marshal HAIG, the Duke of Connaught and other great soldiers, the worth of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment. They had been withdrawn from the line, not because of diminution of numbers, but because they had earned a rest. This was said by military men to be the highest compliment that could be paid them, and the fact of their being made Guard at the Headquarters was another great honor. Men of other regiments who had fought beside them had also described then as "great pals and devils to fight". For their part in helping to gain the greatest victory in the history of the world, he thanked them in the name of Newfoundland.

At the call of some of the "Blue Puttees" the Hon. R. A. SQUIRES also addressed the gathering and joined in the congratulations extended those who changed Newfoundland from a practically unknown Island to a Dominion in the greatest Empire the world has never known. In eloquent manner he referred to the French Revolution, from which came the birth of the great Republic; to the rebellion in America, when the shot of democracy that was heard all round the world, was fired; to the struggle between the North and South which brought forth freedom and unity; and to the downfall of Napoleon which resulted in changing the hatred between the French and French into a feeling of sympathy. Thus out of nations' travails had great principles Constitution stands more firmly planted than ever, and the art of the soldiers in calling upon His Majesty's representative was a proof of continued and strengthened loyalty. His remarks were received with much applause, and after cheers for His Majesty and His Excellency, the parade proceeded to the Barracks, where it disbanded.

The parade was witnessed by thousands of citizen and from various points displays of fireworks were given.

VOICE OF THE PEOPLE

Letters to the Editor must be written on only one side of the paper, and must be accompanied by the name of the writers, even if the name are not for publication. Anonymous letters will be destroyed. The Editor assumes no responsibility of the opinions of correspondents.

TRAFFIC REGULATION

. Editor Daily News,
Dear Sir:- the new order regulating traffic at Adelaide Street whilst passengers are transferring from street cars, is already being evaded by motor car owners, some of whom are now creating a more dangerous route. I saw a prominent citizen, who should know better, turn his motor car up William's Lane on Monday at dinner hour, whilst crowds of people were going from work. The street cars were at Adelaide Street crossing and in order not to held up a few minutes, he turned his car up William's Lane, which is a most dangerous and narrow place for traffic. I merely mention this incident so as to bring it under the notice of our present efficient Inspector General, who has already done such good work, and I have no doubt that he will see an immediate stop is put to such a dangerous practice.
Yours truly
VIGILANT.

URGES UNITED THANKSGIVING

Editor Daily News:
Dear Sir:- It is much to regretted that more initiative and effort was not taken to make yesterday's celebration of the victory of the Allied Armies over Germany more worthy of the great occasion. Whatever the date of the formal signing of the peace terms peace has really come with the signing of the armistice, and we may well rejoice in the deliverance of the world from the greatest menace to its liberty and civilization with which it has ever been threatened. It is the psychological moment for the most adequate and impressive public recognition of the event that could be devised and carried out. But yesterday's programme was so haphazard as to be practically futile. Had the people been called to a more adequate program they would have responded heartily and universally. A word of suggestion for instance, would have led rich and poor to illuminate their widows last nigh, the most impressive and most easily compassed of all public expressions of gladness.

But there is something infinitely more fitting still, and that is that as a community, we should devoutly recognize the Hand of Almighty god in the stupendous events which have culminated in the cessation of the war. Doubtless but for the embargo of the epidemic, all our churches would have been filled yesterday with service of thanksgiving. Next Sunday I learn the embargo will be lifted, and of course, in every church there will be the dominant note of thankful praise. But might there not well be something more? Might we not on that day have a service in which we would forget, or at least waive, our religious division, and simply as fellow-citizens and fellow-Christians in prayers and hymns recognized and used by Catholics and Protestants alike voice our united thanksgiving for the deliverance we have unitedly received? Might not such a service be fittingly held on Sunday afternoon in the Legislative Council chambers, conducted by the Prelates of the Roman Catholic and Anglican Churches and by the Official Heads of the non-Episcopal Churches, and attendance by representatives of the political, professional, mercantile and general industrial life of the community, doing glad homage in the room where the King's representative is wont to receive public acknowledgment to the King's Eternal, Immortal, Invisible, "Who make in war to cease unto the ends of the earth". There would not room for a large congregation, but the influence would be Dominion-wide.
GEO. J. BOND

REJOICING AT WHITBOURNE

Editor Daily News.
Dear Sir,- To-day Whitbourne rejoice. It was felt to be a Whitbourne a most momentous day, a day to be remembered forever in our British history, the day of the signing of the armistice by the proud country of Germany. We never or hardly expected that Germany would bring herself humbly to think of such a thing or of stooping to such humiliation as to sign an armistice, the prelude to a peace whose terms will necessarily be harsh and stringent after the terrible atrocities it has allowed itself to commit, but necessity is a hard master and there is nothing else for Germany to do. It is use saying that we fought the Kaiser, his princes and lords, because that is not really the case. The German people are all equally guilty; they never shrank from the war, not even the Socialists, and whenever disaster happened to us they rejoiced and made merry. Aye, they were all ready to receive the big indemnities whose dimensions were well known as already arranged, and to profit by the ocean of wealth and that poor into their coffers and country, should they have the victory of which they had no doubt and which at one time seemed so likely to fall to them. They were willing to support all the villianies of their Kaiser and the frightful machinations and schemes, which shocked humanity, when all things went well. They rejoice when the S.S. Lusitania was torpedoed and sunk. Not a single voice was raised in protest against such an act, none pitied the defenseless and hapless passenger- men, women and little children. None pitied our men when the exigencies of was delivered them as prisoners of war into German hands, but starved, ill-treated and killed them. None were tender to our poor wounded fellows in need of the greatest gentleness, neither doctors, nor nurses nor ordinary women. These brave men were treated with such iniquity and cruelty that our hearts fairly boiled over within us as we heard if the German misdeeds. The voice of the Kaiser in raucous tones sounded out perpetually in his infamous pride as to the mercies he would extend to his foes when reduced to his vassalage.

We had our dark days, though we struck to our purpose, stricken to the heart as we were at a loss of our brave boys who gave their lives in supreme sacrifice to the cause of King and country and homes and civilization. That is now, thank, God, past; the oppression is over. God has lifted up his arm of strength and we have delivered, so we rejoice that the power of the enemy is broken and the enemy compelled to sign the armistice. So we could hardly contain ourselves with joy to-day when we learnt of the signing of the fateful armistice. Flags went up and general rejoicing took place, and at night there were very few houses that were not illuminated. Sir Robert BOND's home flashed out as a palace of light in the darkness, and Whitbourne, was at its best, as the bonfires blazed up. Then to crown all the L. O. A. band paraded and sounded out their music, giving a festal touch which set off everything. Assembling at the Parsonage gate, the Rev. C. JEFFERY addressed a few words to them, congratulating them upon being not only up to date but up to time. He spoke of the momentous event of the day, and the great deliverance God had wrought for us. As God had fought for us of old in our fathers' times, so He has fought for us, and we owe Him thanks and praises for all His mercies. "God Save the King" was played, three cheers for King George and Queen Mary and country were given cheerily not forgetting the band. So our happy day came to an end.

Yours faithfully
CHARLES JEFFERY
Incumbent.
Whitbourne, Nov. 11th, 1918.

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