C.P.R. Men to Give $100,000
A donation of $100,00 will probably be made to the Canadian patriotic fund by employees of the Canadian Pacific Railway. Mr. H. B. Ames, M.P., who is secretary of the fund, stated a day or two ago, that it was understood arrangements were under way by which the railway men would relinquish a day’s pay and thus contribute the $100,000.
The Postmaster-general has issued instructions to the different postmasters and inspectors throughout the country for the resumption of money order business between Canada and Great Britain, on a modified basis.
Instead of lumbermen in Ottawa and district sending from 30,000 to 35,000 men to the camps this year as they intended before the war broke out, not more than 15,000 will be employed, so it is learned from a reliable source.
Families of Soldiers To Be Provided For:
The government has approved of a separation allowance of $20 a month being paid to wives and families of married men serving with the Canadian expeditionary force. This will be paid direct to the wives and families by the paymaster general’s office, Dejpt. Of Militia and Defence, Ottawa. Rolls of the married men are now being prepared at Valcartier, and as soon as they are received at Ottawa, the work of issuing checks will begin. This allowance will also be paid to the wives and families of those left at Valcartier after the contingent sails. The government reserves the right, however, of withholding this allowance from any who are in receipt of pay from two sources.
Of all the armies engaged in the present war only the British is a volunteer army. Not a soldier from Great Britain will be engaged with the army or navy who is not in the service by his own choice. Not one from the British self governing Dominions will be at the front who has not offered himself for this particular service.
Enlistment is Urged:
London, Sept. 5 – In the historic Guildhall of London, Premier Asquith yesterday started the crusade to stimulate enlistment under the British flag, which he intends to push throughout the country. He is calling upon every able-bodied Briton of military age to come to the help of his country in the hour of need.
The Premier opened his address with the hearteing announcement that up to to-day between 250,000 and 300,00 recruits had responded to the call of Lord Kitchener, the Secretary of War.
London, September 5:
Taking advantage of the checking of the German force’s right wing, obliging it to retire on St. Quentin, the French are furiously completing, with hundreds of thousands of workmen, the new mammoth entrenchments about the French capital.
There is general rejoicing in Paris, in spite of the nervous apprehension felt over the approach of the Teutons, because in the battle at Verdun, in which the Germans were defeated, it was reported that the Kaiser himself and the Crown Prince directed the attack in person. This battle is described in dispatches from Berlin as the greatest in the history of France, in that 750,000 men were engaged.
Summary of War News:
The Russian army operating in Galicia is reported still to be driving back the Austrians.
The German losses so far in the war exceed a quarter of a million.
The latest casualty list issued by the British War Office comprises 4,796 men. The two previous lists accounted for 10,355 killed, wounded and missing, making a total of 15,151. It is explained that a number of the missing will rejoin their corps, having become separated therefrom during the fighting.
After desperate fighting the Austrians suffered terrible losses at the hands of the Russians.
The Canadian cruiser Niobe has been put into commission, and is now under the orders of the British admiralty. The Niobe is expected to play an important part in patrolling the Atlantic ocean.
Summary of News:
An aerial battle was fought over Paris between French and German aeroplanists.
The French Government has been temporarily transferred from Paris to Bordeaux.
The Minister of Militia has been offered a motorcycle corps by a number of Montrealers.
The flour bags containing Canada’s gift to the motherland will probably be sold as souvenirs at $1 each, the money to go to the Belgians in recognition of their heroism.
The Provincial Government is understood to be planning good roads work in co-operation with municipalities with a view to grappling with the unemployment problem.
Twenty-five thousand Indians in Canada from the Gulf of St. Lawrence to British Columbia are in peril of starvation through closing of the fur markets owing to the war.
A hundred thousand dollars has been placed by the Dominion Government wit the Acting High Commissioner in London for the relief and assistance of Canadians abroad.
There are 75,000 Russian reservists in Canada. They have not yet been called home, but they are applying in great numbers to be sent there. If they are ordered to go they will proceed by way of the Canadian Pacific to Vladivostok.
The purchasing agents of the Grand Trunk and Grand Trunk Pacific railways have been ordered to buy everything required by these lines in Canada and Great Britain wherever possible. For some years past German firms have been selling the companies large orders of steel goods and other railway supplies, and all orders outstanding have been cancelled.