Evening Post 1920 - 12

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15 March - 20 March 1920
Letters to the Editor
The States and an Island Memorial

Dear Sir: - The Jersey States – elect of the people – spent the greater part of Thursday’s session discussing with much eloquence the question of a suitable memorial to “Our Glorious Dead”.

Now, I am a very humble unit of the rank and file, but I ask myself the question, which I believe many more are asking, “Why this waste?”

Is this a time to be spending large sums of money on elaborate structures which will not benefit the present generation, and which future generations will probably regard with very mixed feelings?

I can fancy some little Peterkin, fifty years hence, asking the question: “What mean ye by these stones?” and hearing afresh the old reply “Twas a glorious victory.”

But at present our crying need is food. The people ask for bread and the States give them a stone. It may be a very beautiful stone, but that will not alleviate the sufferings of the poor.

I would like to ask the members of the States a simple question: Have you the right to spend public money in this way?

I wonder who will be called upon to pay the piper. If these generous gentlemen, so-called representatives of the people, have a desire to erect a beautiful pile of granite in Beresford Street, I suggest that they put their hands in their pockets and provide for the needful.

I hope the people of this Island will protest with no uncertain voice against the carrying out of this future scheme.

Believe me, Sir

Yours sincerely “JUSTICE”.


Sir- Through the medium of your valuable paper, I would like to draw the attention of the public to the extent that profiteering is being carried out on this Island.

I could name several tradesmen who buy a quantity of goods at a certain price. After they have had the goods for some time, the price is advanced. They then sell the goods at the new retail price, ignoring the fact that they bought them at the wholesale price.

Now, if that is not gross profiteering, I ask you what is?

If we have a Profiteering Committee in the Island, I think, as most probably many others do, it is time they looked into these matters. At present the public is at the mercy of these people, who they have to patronise for everyday needs. Hoping that something will be done in the matter.

I remain, Sir, yours faithfully, 'UBIQUE'

Wedding bells
Luce – Cabot

A pretty and interesting wedding was solemnised at St Saviour’s Church, the contracting parties being Miss Irene Unice Cabot, second daughter of the late Mr and Mrs Emile Cabot of Trinity, and Mr Walter George Luce of Trinity.

The bride, who arrived on the arm of her uncle, Mr John W Cabot, who gave her away, was attended by Miss L M Cabot, her sister, and Miss Luce, sister of the bridegroom, both bride and bridesmaids being charmingly attired.

The groom, who landed from the States on holiday a few weeks back, was attended by his brother, Mr Percy Luce, as best man.

The nuptial knot was tied by the Rev G P Balleine (Rector).

Mr and Mrs Luce, who have our best wishes for their future welfare, leave the Island at the end of the month for Buffalo, USA.

The Labour Trouble
Storemen, drivers and coopers come out

The threatened storm in the labour world has broken out, for the storemen, coopers and drivers, members of the Dockers’ Union, who are employed by the Jersey Produce Merchants’ Protection Association, have ceased work, claiming that they have been locked out by the employers.

The cause of all this trouble is the following resolution sent the men by the employers:

“This meeting further resolves that if those agreements between the employers belonging to the Jersey Produce Merchants’ Protection Association and the representatives of the Dock, Wharf, Riverside and General Workers Union are not signed between both parties before Saturday next, 20 March, the said employers will refuse to employ any persons until they are prepared to work on those terms.”

On this, the Union men held a meeting and unanimously passed the following resolution:

“That the membership of the carters, coopers and storemen request the District Secretary to write to the Jersey Produce Merchants’ Association requesting same to withdraw their ultimatum of the 15th inst, which is nothing but a threat, by 4pm on Friday afternoon, 19 March 1920, and an early date fixed for the reopening of negotiations, otherwise the officials of the Union will consider their members locked out on Saturday 20 March.”

The masters met yesterday afternoon and apparently could not come to any decision for Mr Hardman, the Union District Secretary, received a telephone message asking for a delay until noon today. This the men unanimously refused, and claim that they were willing to work for the present at the old rates if the threat of a lockout was withdrawn.

This morning a large number of the men assembled at the Weighbridge, and though a Spanish collier had arrived with coal, owing to the carts not turning up, it was impossible to unload the vessel. The men waited in small groups discussing the situation, whilst pickets reported at intervals. It was stated that every one of the trades concerned, who are members of the Union, were out, numbering some 400.

Mr Hardman said he corroborated the men’s statement that they claim to have been locked out. The District Secretary stated that immediately the “lock-out” is withdrawn, the men will return to work and they will then enter into negotiations which he hoped would bring about a peaceable settlement.

Open as usual

The Members of the Jersey Produce Merchants Protection Association hereby inform the public that they have no intention whatever of “locking out” their employees, and that in the event of any differences with organised labour in the near future their stores will NOT be closed, but will remain open as usual.

All business will be attended to as promptly as possible.

The increased rate of wages offered by the Association, together with the retrospective pay, will be put into effect next Saturday, when all employees willing to continue work on this new scale are requested to inform their employers.

R J Blampied, Hon Sec.

The Salvation Army

The Oddfellows Hall was well filled when the splendid band of the above Corps gave another of its very popular festivals. There can be no doubt, judging from the crowd assembled to hear the various items, of the band’s increasing popularity. The men, under the baton of their Bandmaster, acquitted themselves splendidly and were heard to great advantage in the selections, “Festive Strain”, “Heavenly Treasures” etc. A special feature of the afternoon was the Male Voice Quartet, composed of the Bandmaster, Messrs Brehaut, H Le Duc and G Henry, their item “Calvary” being frequently commented upon. An instrumental quartet “Village Chimes” by Messrs J Pigeon, R Wood, Chas and Cyril Lennard was much appreciated.

Perhaps the most interesting item on the programme was the presentation and dedication of five new silver-plated instruments to the band. Commandant Wood, who presided, made the presentations to the Bandmaster who, in turn, handed them to his players.

It is interesting to note nine months ago a scheme was set on foot to obtain new instruments for the band; this has been accomplished; all the instruments in the band with the exception of one, that is on the way, is silver-plated. Over £350-worth of instruments are being used by the band today. They are not, of course, all paid for, but that their acquisition is due entirely to the support given by the public is a matter of gratification.

Commandant J H Wood and Bandmaster Harry Finch are to be congratulated on their success.

This is the only silver band in the Channel Islands and it is interesting to note that they are at all times willing to help any deserving charity or cause.

On the 25th a grand concert is being given in the Prince of Wales Rooms in aid of the Home for Infirm and Aged Women, and at Easter the musicians are visiting Guernsey where they will no doubt have a hearty reception. Bandmaster informs us that he intends giving several concerts during the summer months. Our readers will no doubt look forward to those.

Situations vacant

The Medical officer of Health requires the services of a man to be employed in disinfection. A Mechanical Engineer would be preferred.

Candidates will be required to devote the whole of their time to the work.

For further particulars apply any time between 2-3 pm at the Public Health Office, Royal Square.

Dr P Chappuis.

Mont Orgueil Castle

Those of our readers who are interested in the history of the Island and in the preservation of its ancient monuments will be glad to learn that repair work has now been resumed at Mont Orgueil Castle.

The work, so admirably begun a few years ago, received the wholehearted approval of the eminent French architects des Forts and Regnier, who visited the Island in 1913.

Before the war put a stop to the work, many interesting architectural features had been brought to light, and many a crumbling wall and building saved from the ravaging effects of time and neglect. Since work recommenced this month, the Barbican (or outer gate) area and the ruined structures on or near to St George’s Tower have been cleared.

In the former, a 13th century archway has been exposed and is now being saved from collapse.

In the old guardhouse at the Inner Gate, now known as the Porter’s Lodge, a massive granite fireplace has been discovered, the ancient door has been opened, and the original cobble floor laid bare. We are informed that a member of the Société Jersiaise has, during the past five months, prepared a plan of the Castle at a scale of 1in to 10ft, and that this plan will shortly be on view at the Museum of the Society at Pier Road.

Another member is compiling for the Society a roll of arms of all the Royal Governors who administered the Islands from the Castle in medieval times, and a third is about to publish a history of the fortress based solely on authentic and original documents.

We recommend our readers, now that warmer days are returning, to visit Mont Orgueil from time to time and watch the progress of the work.

The Price of Bread –
Interview with Food Controller

In view of the somewhat alarming statements which have been made regarding the price of flour and the probable further increase in the price of bread, we this morning (Friday 19th) called at the Food Control Office, Hill Street, where were courteously received by Mr E F Guiton, representing the Food Control Committee, who granted us a brief interview on the subject.

In reply to our question, Mr Guiton explained that the price of bread would have to be raised, but the amount of the increase was not yet known. Since the price was last fixed all the necessary ingredients have become dearer, railway rates have gone up 50 percent, and wages have greatly increased.

According to a Flour Order just issued by the Ministry of Food, said Mr Guiton, notification has been given that there is to be a reduction in subsidy and consequently a corresponding increase in the price of flour amounting to 19s 3d per sack as from 15 March.

The increase in the price of bread, continued Mr Guiton, does not come into force immediately, but the order in question provides for compensation to be paid to bakers on flour purchased at the increased price, and used for the manufacture of bread sold at the present lower rate.

We also learned that negotiations are at present taking place in order to ascertain definitely if the increase in price is to be applied for flour for this Island. It will be seen from the foregoing that the situation is not as serious as it would appear at first sight.

The Harmonies at St Clement

The venue for The Harmonies Concert Party was St Clement’s Parish Hall, but unfortunately, owing to some misunderstanding, or by reason of the various counter attractions, there was not a large attendance. The object of the soiree was to help swell the funds of the Jersey Blind Society.

Amongst those present were noticed the Constable of St Clement’s and Mrs Crill, Deputy and Mrs J Pallot, Centenier Billot and others.

The party were as usual heartily applauded for their various items which went with a swing. They were assisted on this occasion by Miss Vera Lecaudey who contributed several highly amusing recitations.

Miss Eileen Marett (aged 7) gave a very clever rendition of two violin solos, and was heartily applauded.

Mr Williams and Miss le Vesconte favoured with the duet The Magic of your Voice, which they gave in a very pleasing manner.

Lecture at St Peter’s

The large school hall of the Wesleyan Chapel, St Peter’s, Philadelphie, was filled to its utmost capacity when, by request, Mr E G Hotton repeated his interesting lecture on “The French and Belgian Battlefields”, where our boys fought and fell.

Mr P J Pepin presided, and at the close paid a high tribute to Mr Hotton for all they had heard during the two hours he had been speaking. A most instructive lecture was brought to a close by the singing of the National Anthem.

Mr M Poingdestre manipulated the lantern in his usual able manner.

A horse down

This morning (Friday 19th) a loaded coal cart was being driven up Bath Street, and when near Mr Shaw’s establishment the horse slipped and in falling one of the shafts was broken.

Great difficulty was experienced in getting the animal again up on its feet and before this was done the other shaft was smashed by the weight of the coal. Fortunately the horse was uninjured.

Accident in Cheapside

Last evening (Thursday 18th) at about 6 o’clock a little girl named Ivy Marett, whose parents reside at Spring Cottages, St John’s Road, had a narrow escape from serious injury through running into a motor cycle.

She, however, fortunately escaped with a cut on the back of the head, which was subsequently dressed by Dr H J Shone.

Just as many other children do, the little girl in question rushed off the pavement without noticing the approaching motor cycle, which was being ridden at a very moderate rate, and she was dragged some distance under the footrest.

Mr Geo Benest, CO, witnessed the accident, carried the child to her home and advised her parents to see a medical man.

A worthy cause

The good work being done at Seaton Place Mission by Pastor J J and Mrs Waterhouse is well known throughout the Island, and they are held in the highest esteem by all interested in the uplifting of mankind.

With their fine Christian character, amiable dispositions and intense earnestness they have been the means of brightening many homes by leading men and women to change their mode of living.

During the past year the work of the Mission has been a great success in every department, and we hope that the celebration of the Pastor’s 7th anniversary will exceed their most sanguine expectations.

Tomorrow evening (Saturday 19th) , at 7.30, an illustrated lecture, A Trip to Beautiful Venice, will be given by Mrs Picken.

Final of J M I Billiard Championship

The final of the Billiard Championship of the Jersey Mechanics Institute was played last evening (Thursday 18th) before a large crowd of spectators.

The contestants were Mr A R Riches, who had twice previously been runner-up, and Mr F O’Flanagan.

The former led practically all the way and won the Championship by 176 points.

Colomberie Lighthouse

18 Colomberie

For quality – prices cannot be beaten

  • Aluminium kettles from 7/6
  • Enamelled kettles from 3/6
  • Brooms, all hair from 4/3
  • Government scrubs from 1/6
  • Tooth brushes from 1/-
  • Tumblers ½ pint 5/9 per ½ dozen

J de la Perelle, proprietor

Sale of stores and yard To merchants and speculators

No 14 Old Street

The above property consisting of three stores, stable with five stalls and loft above and large yard and comprising an area of over 3,000 square feet, is situate within easy reach of the Piers and Esplanade stores.

Possession midsummer. For all particulars apply to G F D Le Gallais, Solicitor, 6 Hill Street

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