Evening Post 1920 - 11

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Jersey
8 March - 13 March 1920
Sudden death at Bagot

This morning (Tuesday 8th) a man, named Jean Louis Breant, a farm labourer, 63 years of age, died with tragic suddenness whilst on his way to work, near the stone-cracking depot, Victoria Road, Bagot.

The deceased was seen by a passer-by to suddenly fall flat on his face, and as it was apparent he was in a serious condition, Dr C A Bois was telephoned for.

The latter arrived soon afterwards, and pronounced life extinct, but was able on examination to give a certificate to the effect that death was due to cardiac trouble.

Deceased lived alone at 10 Hilgrove Street, his son having been killed in action in 1915.

As far as the police can trace, he has no relations in the Island.

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Funeral of the late Mr E A Gibaut

With manifold and sincere tokens of regret the mortal remains of the late Mr E A Gibaut, for over 21 years one of the most highly respected and deservedly popular members of St Helier’s Municipality, who died on Thursday last, were laid to rest yesterday afternoon, at St Lawrence’s Cemetery.

The cortege, consisting of the glass-panelled hearse and three mourning coaches, left deceased’s residence, Varada Villas, First Tower, shortly after 2.30 pm for St Lawrence’s Church, where it was met by members of the Municipality of St Helier, who lined the pathway of the churchyard, the mortal remains of their late confrère being carried through their ranks into the Church.

The remains were enclosed in a casket of polished elm, with brass mountings, on the breastplate being the following inscription: - Edward Alfred Gibaut, Died 4th March 1920 in his 65th year.

The pall-bearers were Messrs P M Gibaut, Henry Coutanche, John H Gibaut, Edwin Coutanche, Charles S Gibaut and Helier G Picot.

The principal mourners were Messrs Percival Falle, John Gibaut, Charles Gibaut, P M Laurens, G P Remon. J S Romeril, H Remon and P J Du Feu.

The Rev A O Balleine, Rector, conducted the first portion of the burial service in the sacred edifice, in a most impressive manor, and also read the committal prayers at the graveside.

Beautiful floral tributes were sent by the following:- His sorrowing wife and daughters; Percival and mother; Jack and Lily; Horton and Blanche; Mr and Mrs Philip J du Feu.

The funeral arrangements were in the hands of Mr John B Le Quesne, undertaker, of Fairview, St John’s.

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Notice to shop assistants

A public meeting under the auspices of the Dock, Wharf, Riverside and General Workers Union, will be held in the Lower Oddfellows’ Hall tomorrow evening at 8 o’clock (Wednesday 9th) to which all shop assistants (male and female) and others involved in the distributive trades are invited. Mr R Greenwood, organiser, will address the meeting, and show how early closing can be extended and maintained, and other improvements to working conditions secured.

Police Court
Before John Vaudin, Esq, Magistrate
Thursday 11 March 1920
A serious charge

Guilleaume Francois Moisin was charged on remand by Centenier Francis W Valpy of St Helier with having, on Tuesday 10 February, threatened to kill his wife with a double-barrelled sporting gun, also with a hatchet, and with having, on the same occasion, threatened to shoot Mrs Honeycomble, being at the time under the influence of drink.

The case had been remanded on several occasions until the accused’s wife was well enough to attend.

Mrs Moisan, who was now fit to appear, stated that her husband was not drunk on the evening in question. He came home and commenced to tease the children. He did not threaten her. He threw a cup at the eldest child because he thought she had broken a book. He then said he was going to knock them down, and as he went for his rifle they ran away, and did not see any more of the accused.

Her husband did not spend his money on drink. He earned 36s per week, which he brought home. He only drank cider which was given him by his employer.

Questioned by Advocate Briard she said they had been married eleven years and had seven children and he had never threatened her previously. He did not touch an axe on the evening. No doubt the fact that his tea was not ready irritated him.

Advocate Briard addressed the Court claiming that the charge had not been proved.

The Magistrate, after summing-up, condemned the accused to one month’s imprisonment with hard labour, and in view of all the facts gave him the benefit of the First Offenders Act.

The rifle and the axe are to be confiscated.

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Taxi runs over cyclist

A lad named Harry Gallichan, employed by the GWR Co had a most fortunate escape this morning from receiving very severe injuries.

The lad was cycling up the New North Quay with the papers from the ss Pembroke, and when he arrived at the Weighbridge was met by a taxi which was coming from the mail steamer Vera. The boy swerved and did his best to avoid a collision, but the taxi caught his rear wheel, which it buckled up completely, and throwing the rider the front wheels went over him. One of the wheels went over the unfortunate victim’s knee and ankle, and then wrenched off the sole of his boot. The lad’s cries quickly brought assistance, and Mr C J Allbon, of Walker’s Stores, who was at the Tea Dues Office, ran out and carried the victim to the office.

Mr Allbon, who has a knowledge of first aid, gave the lad every attention, and found that fortunately no bones were broken, but that he was suffering from bruises and shock. Having recovered a little he was placed in a taxi and driven to his residence ion Cannon Street to receive medical attention.

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Army contracts

Sealed tenders will be received at the undermentioned Office until 12 o’clock noon on Wednesday 24 March 1920

  • For hire of motor and horse transport for the Troops in Jersey for a period of twelve months commencing 1 April 1920.
  • For the supply of frozen beef and hospital meat to the Troops in Jersey for a period of twelve months commencing 1 April 1920.
  • For the supply of bread and flour to the Troops in Jersey for a period of six months commencing 1 April 1920.
  • For the supply of groceries, bacon, tea, sugar, salt etc to the Troops in Jersey for a period of six months commencing 1 April 1920.
  • For the supply of kindling wood to the Troops in Jersey for a period of twelve months, commencing 1 April 1920.

Forms of tender, conditions of contract, and any further particulars may be obtained on application at the office, by letter addressed to OC Royal Army Service Corps, Jersey, or in person between the hours of 10am and 4 pm.

Tenders on the printed forms must be properly filled up, signed, dated and delivered at the undermentioned office by 12 o’clock noon on the above named date, under closed envelope, addressed to the General Officer Commanding, Jersey, and marked “Tender” on the outside.

J E Dickinson, Major, OC, RASC, Headquarters Office, Jersey CI.

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Coal - Important Notice

The public are reminded that during the Potato Season which is expected to be an early one, no cargoes of Coal can be received in Jersey, besides which the majority of merchants are unable to keep any stocks of coal in their stores.

It is therefore important that householders and others should without delay, take into their cellars a sufficient supply of house coal not only for the summer but also for the early autumn, when it may be difficult to obtain cargoes in consequence of the very unsettled state of the Coal Mining industry.

The Coal Controller will not hold himself responsible for any shortage resulting from neglect on the part of consumers to take notice of this warning.

Francis J Bois, Coal Controller

Local finance and taxation
Sir Bertram Falle questions Prime Minister
Sir Bertram Falle

In the House of Commons (Thursday 4th) Major Sir Bertram Falle asked the Prime Minister if he was aware that the Isle of Jersey sent an official communication on 13 May 1919, to the Government on the subject of local finance and taxation; that this letter remained unanswered for five months; if the last letter from the same Assembly was sent on 20 January, and as yet no answer had been received; and if he will enquire into the whole of the case.

Major Baird replied: The States of the Island submitted in May of last year a series of proposals for fresh taxation which raised some very important questions of principle. It was necessary to make careful enquiry with regard to the effect of the proposals and to consult the Governor, and this necessarily took some time.

It was decided to refer back one of the measures which proposed a large increase in indirect taxation for reconsideration by the States. The other measures were approved. The reply of the States is now before the Home Secretary, and he hopes a decision will be reached in the course of a few days.

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A great Jersey
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From the Auckland Weekly News

Dairymen, particularly Jersey breeders, says the Taranaki News, will be interested to learn that Sultan’s Daisy, a well-known Jersey in the herd of Messrs E O’Sullivan and Sons, late of Cardiff, and now of Tariki, has concluded her test with the magnificent record of 968.22lb of butter-fat, constituting not only a New Zealand record for the breed, but a British Empire Jersey record also.

Her owners started her in the test with the object of winning the 25-guinea prize offered by the New Zealand Jersey Breeders Association for the producers of a minimum of 850lb of butter-fat in one year.

With a hard winter, a late spring and an altogether adverse season, the prospects of winning were far from encouraging, but her wonderful constitution and producing ability rose above circumstances, and like the champion she is, she more than fulfilled the hopes of her owners.

Her success is all the more notable because the country on which she was tested is far from inviting from a record-breaking point of view, being 2,000 feet above sea level, and broken by deep gullies, over two of which she had to pass on slab crossings to get to her paddocks.

In the middle of June, five inches of snow fell and lay on the ground for three days, but Sultan’s Daisy was never stabled, and has never spent a night in a shed since she was a calf.

While the test was in progress, the cow competed at the Stratford Show and, among other prizes, won that for the champion butter-fat competition. The journey of 13 miles to and from the show made very little difference to her milk yield.

Her best day’s yield of milk was over 54, whilst in her 365th (final) day she produced 32.1½ lb. Her average test for age weight of milk for the season was 37lb.

For a month her record of butter-fat was 97.98lbsm constituting also a New Zealand record. Her lowest butter-fat yield for a month was 68.42. In her twelfth and final month she produced 73.88lb of butter-fat, thus revealing a noted characteristic of the breed.

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Death of a Jerseyman in London – buried with full Fire Brigade honours

The funeral took place on Saturday at Willesden, with full Fire Brigade honours, of Mr Wesley Laurens, son of Mr and Mrs J R Laurens, of Ville-a-l’Eveque, Trinity.

The deceased, who was in his 23rd year, left for Australia some years ago. He returned to his native Island, and last year joined the London Fire Brigade.

He was, unfortunately, taken ill in this year, and was removed to the London Hospital, where he succumbed on 1 March as the result of an operation.

Deceased’s father crossed to England for the interment, which, as stated above, took place on Saturday at Willesden Cemetery, a large number of deceased’s comrades attending as a final mark of respect. Several beautiful floral tributes were also placed on the grave.

Police Court
Before John Vaudin, Esq, Magistrate
Monday 1 March 1920


Insulted Military
Police

Louise Aimee Ollivier (Mrs Symonds), 28, a native of Guernsey, was charged on remand by Centenier J Vautier, with having, about 8.45 last Monday, insulted Ptes Harry Curry and Albert Harris, members of the Military Police, King’s (Liverpool) regt., whilst they were in the execution of their duty.

The accused’s husband was called and repeated the evidence he gave on a previous occasion.

He, unfortunately, is now unable to work owing to the effects of gas and trench fever received whilst serving in France.

The Magistrate, as an example, sent the accused to gaol for one month with hard labour.

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Assaults

Francis John Courbaron (46), a native of St Saviour’s, was charged by Centenier W F Filleul of St Helier with habitual intemperance, notably at 7.30 last evening at the house he occupied at 6, Regent Road, also with having on the same occasion assaulted his wife by knocking her on the head with a glass plate and a teapot, and also with assaulting her daughter, aged 12, by knocking her on the head with a stick.

Accused, a one-legged man, had said he had nothing to say, but told a long tale of his domestic troubles.

The wife made statements as to her husband’s treatment, which were contradicted by the accused. They had been married some five months. The Magistrate said this was the second occasion on which the accused had been presented on the same charge. He had admitted being under the influence of drink and would have to go to jail for eight days.

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Burglary at Augres Post Office

Some time ago Augres Post Office was broken into and a quantity of goods stolen and yesterday Mr Rive, the proprietor, on coming downstairs found the thieves had again broken into the place and stolen butter, other goods and stamps.

It seems that during the storm on Sunday night (14th) some individual or individuals, for it appears that there was more than one, got into the place by the garden window, and then forced entry into the shop.

The thieves placed a quantity of heavy goods against the door so that they would not be disturbed, and then packed up some 10lb of butter, six tins of corned beef, boxes of cigarettes, postage stamps etc, and decamped without making any noise, it only being yesterday morning that anything untoward was discovered.

Centenier A Luxon was informed of the facts, and is closely following up a clue, which, we hope, will lead to the discovery of the thieves.

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Letters to the Editor
Cats

Sir- Are you aware that there is at the moment a great decrease in the number of cats in the Island, and consequently a vast increase in the amount of vermin? Rats may today be seen abroad in the daytime.

I protest that the destruction of these faithful little pets has proceeded long enough. It should now be put a stop to and folks should be encouraged to keep them. They are a necessary evil if we do not wish our houses to be infested with rats.

Yours truly, Tommy.

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