Monday Today broke dull bursting into brilliant sunshine – [anniversary] of the sinking of the Lusitania I rec’d no mail last week from Canada
The anonymous poem is from The O.Pip. 2:12 (May 1917). The magazine made its way to many readers outside the 58th Battery, sent home, perhaps, and so a plea for letters is not misdirected. From the notices quoted in the June edition, it may be surmised that Archie Wills, the editor, may have sent copies to Canadian newspapers too. There are compliments from the Fredericton Gleaner, the Halifax Herald, and the Victoria Times. The latter said:
“Something was bound to happen when the 58th Battery failed to get across to France within certain time-limits. ‘O-Pip,’ the official organ of the battery is the ‘something.’ It is a splendid army paper and we wish it every success under the editorship of a former member of our editorial staff.” (1) Pip 3 June
The photograph of Archie Wills, published in the Daily Times of Victoria on his enlistments, can be found in his album, All in a Lifetime, Archie Wills Fonds, University of Victoria Archives. Copyright 2007, University of Victoria.
(1) The O-Pip. 3 (June 1917): 3.