The hospital in the Exhibition Camp, Toronto, to which Percy was admitted yesterday, was initially established in “the wooden stables at the eastern end [of the grounds], back of the Midway.” (1) The Globe was enthusiastic in its description of this “splendidly practical” work undertaken by the Liberal Women’s Association. (2) The article appeared on the women’s page, immediately after the account of a reception at which a Mrs. Pocock’s three-year-old nephew, from New York, received much attention for his “red-gold curls and … Fauntleroy velvet suit.” The boy’s mother, it was noted, wore pink and black, with a “soupcon of monkey fur.”
Other items on the page suggested that women at work and at play had wide-ranging interests. Christmas was only a month away, and so there were advertisements for books and for recordings. “The Night before Christmas” “at last — a really satisfactory Children’s Record” was available for 85 cents; a record of the Foxtrot (“the dance that took the ‘go’ from ‘tango'”) would set you back $1.25. “Charming pieces” of Limoges or Doulton china, suitable for gifts, could be purchased at prices from 25 cents to $3.
By contrast, the Women’s Patriotic League of Elora, Ontario could report that it was knitting for the twelve sons of Elora who had enlisted, and that it was sending Christmas presents to Belgian children and a substantial donation to the hospital ship fund. Another item noted that the Belgian Relief Commission expressed gratitude for the gift of 6000 tons of Canadian salt.
A synopsis of beauty advice from British newspapers included recommendations for removing “disfiguring superfluous hair” and achieving curls without the use of damaging hot irons.
Another item on the same page reported on the visit of Miss Christabel Pankhurst, “one of Britain’s most militant militants.”
The headline of this item declares that Miss Pankhurst “champions the war [and] subordinates voting,” though nothing in the report itself suggests that she was any less convinced of the importance of woman’s suffrage. “Woman has a tact and an intuition in human affairs that men have not, and they know it. To the men, Miss Pankhurst says, ‘You are crippling yourself. You need a woman’s intuition in national affairs.'”
(1) Toronto Star, November 18, 1914. 8 Reprinted in backtothepark.wordpress.com
(2) The Globe (1844-1936). November 25, 1914. 5. Archive available from ProQuest Historical Newspapers.