From the archives of the Observer

1908 Members of the Epworth League held an interesting debate in the Methodist Church last evening. The subject was: resolved that money has greater influence than knowledge. The speakers were for the affirmative: Miss Walker, Miss Cameron, and Miss Rich; and for the negative: Miss A Weddle, W. Palmer and G. Wilcox. The affirmative secured the verdict.

Lumber cut by the new portable mill of Ruth & Turner was used in town for the first time in the construction of the new sidewalk along Alexander Avenue. Messrs. L.M. Lyman and W.J. Thompson boast of new boats. Wm. Gibbard is anxiously awaiting the drying of the paint on his sheet iron boat in order that he may test its speed capabilities. The the installation of an outboard marine engine, he hopes to have the fastest boat on the lake.

Councillor J.D. McGuire was busy Saturday superintending the work of the grader in smoothing out the wrinkles in the surface of the roads in his ward. The roads have been greatly improved as a result.

1918 Pte. W.L. Wood arrived home from the trenches in the early hours of Monday morning and is now taking life easy for a while, after having led a strenuous life “over there.” He has been wounded twice and is now on leave in order to undergo medical treatment in a military hospital.

About 10:30 on Tuesday night a fire broke out at Mrssrs. P. Burns & Co. Ltd., which ultimately wrecked the whole premises. Although member of the Fire Brigade were soon on the scene they were powerless to do anything due to the rapidity with which the flame spread and the apparent lack of an adequate water supply. No livestock were lost but a large number of hides were burnt. The damage is estimated at $1,200.

Charlie Boutwell left for Vancouver on Sunday night in order to join the flying corps. Being underage it is questionable whether he will be able to enter the service at present.

A carload of choice liquor was seized in transit over the CPR before it reached its destination. It was billed as “household goods” – another form of camouflage. There’s many a slip twixt the cup and the nip!

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