Peculiar Calm

Spring of 1917

The day it happened it was a day of peculiar calm.

Like a storm cloud on a late summer day, the silence and tension built until it burst into a sheet of thunder, rain, and with a waterspout descending onto the lake.

I hit him square in the jaw – more to be correct, square in the teeth.

He looked at me stunned, and before he could react, he spit out a tooth rattling out onto the ground.

It should never have come to this, but he had it coming.

He said, “You knocked her up.”

Without any thought or deliberation, I whirled around and punched him in the teeth. It wasn’t the words that got me, it was the tone of his voice.

Shannon looked at me wide-eyed.  He looked down on the ground to see where his tooth lay. He looked back up at me – wide-eyed.

This incident, altercation, rather, would have been forgotten in due time and our affairs gone back to normal. But it was different this time. I had given his wife, Annie, a permanent reminder of how much of a bastard her husband was.

Questions To Men Who Have Not Enlisted

Royal Grenadiers Overseas Battalion
123rd. C.E.F

Questions To Men Who Have Not Enlisted.

  1. If you are physically fit and between 19 and 40 years of age, are you satisfied with what you are doing to-day?
  2. Do you feel happy as you walk along the streets and see OTHER men wearing the King’s uniform?
  3. Do you realized that you have to live with yourself for the rest of your life?
    “Gee! and have a look at yourself in the looking glass every time you shave too?”
  4. If you are lucky enough to have children do you think it is fair to them not to go unless you are going to leave them hungry?
  5. What would happen to Canada if every man stayed home?

Your King and Kitchener and 100,000 more
Canadians at the front are calling you.

Enlist with


at the Amouries   –   –   —   Toronto.