April 5, 2004


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This afternoon, Duff Crerar, one of the history profs at the Grande Prairie Regional College where I volunteer as a chaplain, passed on to me the following old memo from the Canadian army. Enjoy!

From: Officer Commanding Royal Canadian Regiment
To: Adjutant General, Ottawa, Canada

Springs, Transvaal
June 6, 1900


Referring to your memo: of 30th May last respecting the efficacy of the “Tutti-Frutti” Gum presented by the Messrs. S. T. Butler and Company of Toronto for the use of the Batt’n under my Command in South Africa. I have the honour to report that the experience of our men has been entirely favourable to its use as a means of allaying thirst and has therefore been of material benefit to them on more than one trying march.

I have the honour to be
Your obedient Servant

W. D. Otter, Lt.-Col.
Commander Royal Canadian Regiment

(Source: National Archives of Canada, Department of Militia and Defence, Deputy Minister’s files, Box 444, file 19123.)

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