Evening Post 1920 - 1

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1 January - 5 January 1920
The mailboats

This morning’s outgoing ss Ibex (above) carried 198 passengers for Guernsey and Weymouth. These included some 70 military NCOs and men, among them being a party of The King’s on leave.

The incoming ss Albert left Guernsey at 7.50 and arrived here two hours later. Some 90 civilian passengers landed, these including Mrs Bentlif, Major-Gen Sir H Mansfield and Mr C A Ogier.

Exciting incident on the quay
Craneman’s narrow escape

Truth is stranger than fiction, and an incident occurred on the New North Quay early this morning which for excitement rivals many scenes in fiction or film. About 6 am Mr W Janvrin, one of the cranemen, was engaged preparing his engine at the New North Quay, when in going outside to turn off one of the ‘cocks’, he slipped and fell.

Fortunately for him he fell clear, and the tide being high, he dropped clean into the water between the ss Pembroke and the quay. He then managed to catch hold of the sharp bows of the steamer, and being partly in the cold water, hung on by his hands and knees.

His fall was not noticed by anyone, and it was only when he was on the point of collapse through the cold that another craneman, Mr H Foot, heard his cries and proceeded to investigate. Noticing his friend’s danger, Mr Foot looked about for a rope, but had to run back to his crane for this and was just about to throw it out, and with the assistance of two member of the crew got Mr Janvrin on terra firma, he being then practically unconscious through cold.

Holiday football
Jersey 6 - Guernsey 2

A match arranged between a team representing the Sarnian League and an Amalgamated Jersey XI was played at Springfield yesterday afternoon before a large crowd. Mr J Coombe refereed and the teams took the field as follows:

  • Amalgamated Jersey XI: Bourke; Turner, Jones; R Poingdestre, Denize, Stuart; McDermott, Grant, Blake, Hansford, Burch.
  • Sarnian League: T Ward; H Benoist, A Bichard; C Besnard, W Hill, J Lancaster; C Way, C Lancaster, C Ferguson, J Mauger, H Carp.

The weather, though not promising, kept fairly fine until the match had been in progress about 20 minutes, when it started pouring with rain and continued for some considerable time, making conditions generally unfavourable for the players and spectators alike.

The ground was nothing too grand to play on, and good football was at a premium. Jersey won the toss and got away, and early on it looked as though the Guernseymen were fairly hot.

Ferguson broke through beautifully and passed to Lancaster, who made a fine attempt which was nullified by Turner.

The Sarnians seemed to go all to pieces soon after this and only got through occasionally. The local team, on the other hand, did very well and kept pegging away. Their shooting, however, was at fault and once at least Burch missed a splendid opening by kicking high.

No one would accuse either of the sides of having played good football, and the very best that can be said is that one side did better than the other.

Jersey drew first blood, finding the net from a splendid pass, and very soon after that added a second goal in an almost similar manner.

Just before the blowing of the half-time whistle the Sarnians beat Burke with a beauty, the latter in attempting to save, falling full length before the goal and having the benefit of a mud bath free.

Jersey 2 - Guernsey 1

The second half saw the Jersey team with the wind in their favour and this, coupled with the fact that they played a better combined game than their opponents, resulted in them adding to their score.

The Guernsey defence was kept busy the whole time and but for the splendid work done by Ward the score would have been heavier than it was. Before blowing the whistle the Jersey side had brought their score up to six goals, whilst the Sarnians never visited Bourke at all. The result of the game was: Jersey 6 - Guernsey 2

Tomorrow's services
Sunday 4 January 1920
  • Vauxhall Baptist Church: Preacher: Rev L A Wilson-Haffenden.
  • Victoria Street Congregational Church: Preacher: Rev J P Kingsland.
  • Primitive Methodist Church, Aquila Road: Preacher: Rev W Barnsley.
  • New Church, Victoria Street: Preacher: Rev G A Sexton.
  • Presbyterian Church of England, Midvale Road: Preacher: Rev R Scrymgoeur, MA.
  • Wesley Chapel, Wesley Street: Preachers: Rev Holman Brown (morning); Rev W H J Picken (evening).
  • Seaton Place Mission: Preachers: Rev W H J Picken (morning); Pastor Waterhouse (evening).
Safe robbery at
St Peter’s

A daring robbery is reported from St Peter’s, that happy hunting ground of the burglar, the victims being the Misses Le Brocq, who reside at La Fontaine, at the top of Beaumont Hill.

It appears that at about 3 o’clock yesterday morning one of the Misses Le Brocq was awakened by a noise in the room below, and, on listening clearly heard a man cough. She woke her sister, and looking through the window which give on to the yard at the back, they both saw a man dragging away a heavy object, which afterwards proved to be a small old-fashioned safe, which had been in one of the lower rooms for many years.

The two ladies were too frightened to raise an alarm and the burglar or burglars (it is thought there may have been two of them) were able, at their leisure, to drag the safe some distance off, to smash in the door with some heavy instrument, and to walk off with its contents, some £5 or £6 and half a dozen silver spoons.

There is a man staying in the house at night, but he is in a very weak state of health and could not have been of the slightest assistance in an affair of this sort. Centenier W P Le Marquand has the case in hand, but up to the present no arrest has been made.

Government House levee

In pre-war days the great social event on New Year’s Day was the Levee at Government House, and after a lapse of several years this popular ceremony was resumed yesterday. Unfortunately, the clerk of the weather was on his worst behaviour, and the number of callers, though large, was not anything like it would have been had the climatic conditions been different. Quite a number of those, who in the ordinary course of events would have attended, wrote regretting their absence through illness, whilst many were unable to attend owing to the absolute impossibility of obtaining vehicles.

From 3 o’clock onwards there was a stream of vehicles which passed up the main entrance on St Saviour’s Hill, and the occupants, having alighted, the carriages made their exit near St Saviour’s Church. The traffic was regulated by a party of NCOs and men of The King’s (pictured below) and PCs Ferris and Jean.


Capt M W Noel, AFC, and Lieut E F L Russel, MC, of The King’s, were on duty in the vestibule, and the callers, having handed their cards to Capt G J Robin, ADC, they were announced by Mr Whitaker Maitland, OBE, to His Excellency Major-General Sir Alexander Wilson, KCB, Lieut-Governor, and Lady Wilson, who were supported by the officers of the Staff and their wives.

Having paid their respects to HM’s representative, the callers passed into the dining and smoke rooms which were arranged as refreshment buffets. The exit was via the French window leading to the lawn, an awning having been erected from here to the drive. The floral decorations in the hall and various rooms were most artistic, and were much admired by the callers. In the reception room a bank of choice blooms had been placed, whilst the mantelpiece was the principal feature in the theme of floral decoration, for which Mr Goding, head gardener at Government House was responsible.

Letter to the Editor
Income tax


I expect some of your readers know there has just been a Commission sitting in London with a view to reviewing the question of double income tax brought about by the Australians resident in England, who have for many years been muleted in paying income tax twice over.

What the findings of this Commission will be of course remains to be seen. They may (and let us hope they will) absolve all Britishers from being penalised in this way; if not, how will English residents in Jersey fare? Especially those drawing pensions, for I expect there is little doubt of there being a Jersey income tax soon.

Is the increase on pensions recently awarded on the grounds of the old ones being totally inadequate for present day prices, to be swallowed up in income tax? It behoves someone who has the ear of the authorities to see to it that this shall not be so, and that while expecting all retired officers to contribute their quota towards the upkeep of the Island, which they have made their adopted land, will endeavour to shield them from the monstrous injustice of a second tax on their pensions at all events.

It is too much to hope, I suppose, that any other income they may have will be included, and after all there are certain English securities that one may hold tax free in Jersey, showing how anxious the government was to get the Jersey people to contribute to the various war loans.

I believe there are a great many more officers drawing Indian pensions in Jersey than English; and as their pensions are paid in full, they will not be very interested in the matter, but let us hope that there are some Englishmen who will think the matter worthwhile considering, and seeing what a little united action may do.

Yours faithfully, An Interested Wife.

£1 lost

Lost, by a poor woman, in or near Beresford Street on Saturday, a £1 note. Will the finder please return to 10 Clearview Street.

Ommaroo Hotel

Ommaroo Hotel, Havre des Pas: This high-class private residential hotel faces sea-front, opposite bathing pool, close to St Luke’s Railway Station, Post and Telegraph Office, five minutes from the centre of St Helier, private sitting rooms, large lounge, small dining tables.

Mrs Bailhache, Proprietoress. Tel: 249


This afternoon the children of the Home for Boys and Dr Barnardo’s Home were entertained at West’s Playhouse. A special picture programme was put on and during the interval Punch and Judy was shown and, as usual, proved highly popular.

At the close of entertainment, tea was served in the adjoining hall, a splendid menu being put on by management and done full justice to.


The property adjoining the Co-Operative Wholesale Society with the cottages and house, No 9 Sand Street, has been purchased by a well-known firm of merchants with the view of erecting a large potato store.

Situations vacant
  • Wanted: Strong girl or woman for kitchen work. No cooking. Central Café, Library Place.
  • Wanted: Servant girl on farm. Country girl preferred. Apply ‘E’, Evening Post.
  • Jersey Lunatic Asylum, Wanted: a female nurse. Salary commencing at £26, uniform provided and pension after long service.
Stray cats

Stray and unwanted cats painlessly destroyed. No charge made for poor people. Cats fetched if necessary. Address: Miss Wilson, Coie House, St Saviour’s Road.


Massage: Mr A W Le Feuvre: Masseur (by exam), manual and electrical massage. Qualified instructor in Swedish Drill and Remedial Exercises. 7 Royal Crescent, Don Road. Hours 9-10, 1.30-2.30 or by appointment.

Maxwell's lorry

Now is your time to order, for early delivery, Maxwell’s famous ton-and-a-half lorry.

Demonstration model on view at Quenouillere’s Garage, 29 Charing Cross. Phone 47.

Cheap Fish

A large consignment of sprats, kippers and bloaters will be sold cheap at Brisset’s, 41½ York Street, tonight. Call early to avoid disappointment.

Fancy dress ball

The wonderful spectacle at West Park Pavilion Fancy Dress Ball. Jazz Band (under Mons H de Lavaux, the king of dance music). Perfect floor, building heated, admission to dance 1/6; to view 6d. Catering by Maison Buckley. 8 till 1.

Saturday 3 January 1920
Before John Vaudin, Esq, Magistrate
Thief sentenced

Armand Desiree De Guelle, 36, a native of Grouville, was charged by Centenier P F Labey with having, during the month of December 1919, and on 1 January 1920, stolen a number of fowls belonging to Mr Edmond Ph Le Cornu, Vingtaine de Longueville, or, with having aided or participated in the said thefts.

Centenier Labey said that he was informed by Mr Le Cornu that as he was taking his cattle out he perceived the head and the entrails of a fowl. On going to the fowl-house he saw the traces where the thief had entered. Complainant said he had lost several Wyandottes and Leghorns.

Witness accompanied by the Vingtenier proceeded to De Guelle’s house and saw the latter’s wife, who denied all knowledge of the theft. The woman showed them some remains of pork, adding that that was all they had in the house. The place was searched and they found a white-feathered fowl. Mrs De Guelle then commenced crying and admitted that her husband had given her the fowl. The woman then stated that the bird was minus its head when brought in by the accused. The latter, when seen, at first denied, but eventually admitted having taken three fowls from Mr Le Cornu’s house.

Complainant said he had missed several fowls during the month of December; he had his suspicions as to the perpetrator and informed the Centenier. He noticed the footprints leading from the fowl-house to the accused’s house. He had lost 16 fowls, some of them were prize birds. The accused had wrenched off the fowl’s head.

Mr C M Mallett (Vingtenier) said he accompanied the Centenier. He corroborated the latter’s evidence.

The Magistrate said the accused was not only a thief, but he was a brute. The least he could have done was to have killed the bird in a proper manner.

In reply to the Magistrate, Centenier Labey said the accused had served in the present war. The Magistrate said it seemed to him the war had made people worse than they were before; quite a number had already been presented at Court. It seemed as though they had no respect for the property of others. Accused would have to go to gaol for one month with hard labour.

A violent husband

Frederick Edward Trenchard (54), on remand, was presented on a report by Centenier A Luxon of St Helier, charged with having, on Tuesday December 12 1919, at the house occupied by his wife, 45 St Clement’s Road, St Helier, smashed all the furniture belonging to his said wife, (Augustine Fosse), valued at £40; also with having on the same occasion threatened to kill his wife with a hatchet. The accused was sent before the Royal Court.

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