Thursday, January 11, 1917

“The village stands on what will be the stage of the theater…fifty yards distant from the ruined town, a regulation trench of sandbags has been constructed and from […] this students take aim… Against this realistic background Hun snipers appear. They pop up sniper-like, in the most unexpected places”


Tuesday, January 2, 1917

New Year’s Day crowds packed the Regent Theatre to the doors from opening unil closing time, for the first showing in the entire dominion of “War As It Really Is,” the marvelous seven-reel motion pictures which were taken by Capt. Donald C. Thompson, and presented under the auspices of The Toronto Star.

Saturday, August 5, 1916

Algerian prisoner of war has Toronto friend sending care packages. “Mr. Cummings, who received a post card written in weird English and addressed to ‘Mister Cumene, No. 113 Bedford road, Terento, onfanro, England, Canada Amerique’…When Mr. Cummings received this epistle… he had thoughts that it might be a joke or a hoax, but the message was written on the usual prisoner’s ‘Feldpostkarte…’ so in his kindness he despatched a parcel of tea, tobacco, and clothing, as requested, to his, until then, unknown friend.”

Friday, August 4, 1916

Torontonians observes second anniversary of war. “To-day is the second anniversary of war. In Toronto, as elsewhere in the British Empire it was a day of thanksgiving. Canada, in unison with allies, has reason to be thankful for the victory everywhere crowning allied arms. This outstanding fact formed the keystone for services of thanks at the City Hall, where City Fathers gathered in special session resolved that peace must never be signed until the venomous Hun monster has been beaten to the ground never to rise in combat again.”

Saturday July 8, 1916

Employment of Black waiters at Camp Borden subject of complaint to Toronto Trades Council. The Camp manager responded- “We are in need of waiters and cannot get them. We brought in waiters from Toronto…Only one stayed more than a day or so…There are [only] three colored waiters here [and they] have been with us from the beginning of the camp.”

Monday July 3, 1916

Dominion Day, 1916, will be long remembered by the people of Toronto as allies begin advance on Western Front. “Toronto was agog was excitement. The bulletin boards in front of the The Star and other newspaper offices were eagerly read by throngs of men. The electrical bulletin machine operated in the front window of The Star office enabled the crowd that had gathered to get the numerous bulletins hot from the telegraph wires. And the crowd stayed. Extras were quickly bought and eagerly scanned.”