Newfoundland At Armageddon

“Mother has had some hard time getting by since Will is gone. Guess I'll have to help more. My cousin Henrietta from Montreal found work in a factory. She's so lucky! But here in Newfoundland I can't do that. Maybe with the war, there will be better jobs here too. I can always hope.”

Laura

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Women in the workforce

“My aunt told me last night that they were looking for operators down at the Cable Station. This morning, I went and offered my services and they gave me a job. I start day after tomorrow. I'm some lucky. This is wonderful. And the wage… 50 dollars a month. A month! I can't believe it! My Mother is going to be some happy.”

Laura

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Women cable operators

“Today is my day off. I took the train to St. John's. I have to find some fabric to make myself a pretty dress for my cousin's wedding. My God, this material is some expensive. Besides, there's not a thing in the stores because of the war. I still can't believe Will's gone. And no news of Peter. I hope he's alright no matter where he's at.”

Laura

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High prices and profits

“Today, I bumped into a sailor who reminded me of Peter. He works down at the telegraph station in Mount Pearl and he told me he's leaving for England in a couple weeks. He said he would take my letter to Peter and he promised to give it to him.”

Laura

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The Reservists as Protectors