Evening Post 1920 - 14

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Evening Post
29 March - 3 April 1920
Police Court
Before John Vaudin, Esq, Magistrate
Monday 29 March 1920
Drunk in charge of horse

Thomas De Gruchy (47), a native of Trinity, was charged by Centenier A Laurens of St Helier, with having on Saturday last, at about 5.30 pm, having been drunk in charge of a horse attached to a spring cart in Val Plaisant, in contravention to Art 5 of the Bye-Law on the Police de Chemins.

The accused expressed regret for what had happened.

Centenier Laurens said that at about 5.30 he was called on to see the accused who had been brought in very drunk in charge of a pony and trap. He was brought in by Mr Le Couillard, who saw him swaying about with the reins hanging.

CO Le Couillard said that his attention was called to the accused; he arrested him as it was clear he would almost certainly have killed himself or someone else, he was very drunk. PC Aubert gave similar evidence.

Mr Wm Ching said he happened to be there at the time; accused was not fit to be in charge of the horse. The police came up at the critical moment as he was a danger to himself and to the public.

The Magistrate imposed a fine of £5, which was paid.

Sentenced to
hard labour

Edward Robins (21), was charged by Centenier C Cuming of St Helier with having, on Saturday last, whilst drunk, at 6.30 pm deliberately smashed three panes of glass on the property of Mr Wm Holmes, by whom he was employed, also with having wasted three pots of milk, the said act being committed to the prejudice of the said Mr Holmes of Augerez Farm, Mont a L’Abbé.

The accused said that all he knew was that he was drunk; he remembered nothing of what happened.

Centenier Cuming said that just before 7 o’clock he was informed of the affair. A PC was sent to the farm where Robins was found in the house hopelessly drunk; they could get no sense from him.

Mr Holmes, when questioned, stated that the accused when drunk was very violent; he deliberately smashed three panes of glass and upset a quantity of milk.

PC Kiln gave similar evidence.

Mr W Aubert said he saw the lad drunk in the stable; he upset the milk and smashed three panes of glass.

Unfortunately the lad drank too much cider. The accused was a good worker, when sober.

The Magistrate sentenced accused to one month imprisonment with hard labour.

Lychgate for St Brelade’s Churchyard

At a meeting of the residents of St Brelade’s Parish on Thursday last under the presidency of Mr J H Le Boutillier, Constable, the question of erecting a suitable memorial to those natives who fell during the war was discussed,

It was decided to erect a lychgate at the entrance to the St Brelade’s Churchyard and a committee was formed to carry out the scheme.

Last year's Battle of Flowers - this year's event is cancelled
Food ration concerns
Battle of Flowers abandoned

A special meeting of the guarantors of the Battle of Flowers (1920) was held at the Beresford Tea Rooms, under the presidency of Deputy F H Middleton. There was a good attendance. Those present being Messrs A Laurens (Hon Sec), F Lowenstein (Hon Treas), Deputy E C Boielle, Messrs F J Langler, J W Howes, P A Tatam, C T Maine, Geo Benest, W Ph Le Bas, H Ricordeau, G L B Benest, jun, E J Le Poidevin, J Rimington, E Hopkins, F Cowdery, C Noel, J W Labey, W Shaw, Jan Langois and T Curry.

The minutes of the last meeting having been read by the Hon Secretary and confirmed.

The Chairman, addressing those present, said they had been called together in order to have placed before them a letter from the Island Defence Committee with reference to their recent decision to hold a Battle of Flowers, strongly urging that no Battle be held this year as it was inadvisable, owing to the somewhat uncertain conditions, to attract too many visitors; the question of accommodation had to be considered as well. The letter further added that the English authorities were advising all seaside resorts not to induce a glut of visitors at any one period in view of adjusting the food rations.

The English authorities had asked all watering places to make an effort to spread their season over a longer period than usual if that were possible, in order to relieve the situation. The Committee of the Defence of the Island could not look with favour at the holding of a Battle, and asked the guarantors to reconsider their decision. He (the speaker) moved that no Battle of Flowers be held this year, taking all the facts mentioned in the letter into consideration.

Mr P A Tatam seconded. In face of what they had heard, he thought it would be a serious mistake indeed to hold a Battle.

The proposal was carried unanimously.

Prisoner of war camp huts for sale
Going under the hammer at the Prisoner of War Camp, Blanches Banques. Important sale of army huts, latrines and ablution rooms. By G Le B Benest at 3pm prompt
Grouville and St Saviour’s Agricultural Societies
Annual Bull Show

In weather that could easily have been more favourable, the annual show of bulls under the auspices of the combined Agricultural Societies of Grouville and St Saviour’s, was held yesterday at Le Catillon de Haut Farm, Grouville, kindly placed at the disposal of the joint committees by Mr J C Simon.

There was a good average attendance, those present including a number of well-known breeders from outlying parishes. Mr J A Perrée was early on the ground, so was Centenier P F Labey, and so of course were the gentlemen responsible for the arrangements, Messrs P E Falle and G F Poole, and T F Le Breton and Frank Mourant, the Hon Secretaries and Treasurers of Grouville and St Saviour’s respectively.

There was no startling exhibit in the yearlings, but the Grouville lot, although not numerous, were certainly better than the St Saviour’s youngsters. The Class judges preferred Mr P J Bree’s La Sente’s Cid, a smart grey, to Mr G England’s Verdi, a more heavily built animal, but the latter took the sweepstake owing to his more dairylike qualities, so that the honours were even.

In the two-year-olds, Mr J A Perrée won anyhow with Xenia’s Sultan, last year’s junior champion (when owned by Mr Francis Le Brocq). The bull was looking particularly well and has come on nicely since last year.

In the old bulls Mr Perrée again swept the boards with the famous Masterman, shown in grand fettle – a magnificent show bull. Altogether with two exhibits Mr Perrée took two firsts and two sweepstakes – not a bad day even for him.

Letters to the Editor
Weight of bread

Sir,- Some little time ago, the authorities made a raid on the bakers’ shops. I wonder are they aware that the weight of bread is just as short as ever in most cases. I weighed a “2 lb” tin loaf this morning; it was 4 ½ ozs short. The one I had to purchase was 2 ozs short.

In view of the price we shall shortly have to pay for our bread, it is only just that we should have our correct weight. I should like to know, have other people had my unfortunate experience?

Yours truly, Daily Bread.

The Labour Trouble
Offer renewed

At a very largely attended conference of merchants held yesterday afternoon it was decided to renew the offer already made, and the following telegram was sent to Mr Ben Tillett:

“Ben Tillett; Dockers Estrand; London

“Further to our wire of the 26th inst., negotiations were re-opened last Friday. Your delegates still refuse our terms which are a minimum of forty shillings per week for 46 weeks, and seventy shillings per week for six weeks during Potato Season. The average 43/5 ½ per week which we believe is the highest minimum wage paid for unskilled labour in the Island, and is an increase of fourteen pounds, ten shillings on last year’s wages. Overtime is paid at the rate of one shilling per hour. General Meeting held today is unanimous in renewing the above offer.

Blampied: Hon Sec., Jersey Produce Merchants’ Association.”

Yesterday afternoon a number of vans laden with early produce were brought down to the New North Quay, but the dockers refused in most cases to ship the goods, although there were several exceptions.

We understand that this afternoon the men are holding a meeting at Emmanuel Hall, whilst a conference is also taking place re the two steamers which are now held up at the harbour with coal.

Help for bakers

In reply to the Master Bakers’ Association, who state that they will be unable to bake or to supply bread after Tuesday, the Dockers’ Union officials state that any master baker requiring coal for the purposes of his business is requested to communicate with the Lock-out Committee, 20 Kensington Place, and arrangements will be made for the transport.

Today the Union men have received their second week’s strike pay, this being added to by the collections taken up.

The Union officials, with Miss Mary Carlin, a well-known figure in English Labour circles, who has previously visited Jersey, had a conference today re the colliers in the harbour, but nothing has been settled.

A great millinery show - Messrs Voisin’s display

Among the local firms who make a special display of millinery, Messrs Voisin & Co holds a deservedly high and prominent place, and there can be no question that their show this year sets a standard of excellence which would be very hard to beat.

Hats are perhaps the special feature of the exhibition and this department, over which Mrs Saunders so ably presides, has been exceedingly busy.

Cirés and cellophanes in black and colours are a novelty; while speckled straws in coarse Italian plait are decidedly pretty and neat. Small hats are, of course, the thing and amongst the prettiest are the little tight-fitting toques with veils which are being so largely worn in London. Floral toques are a great vogue while Georgettes, sequins, nets, silks, tulles and laces are still largely worn. Trimmings include gilt and silver on the veils as well as on the toques.

The display comprises a very wide range of Panamas, which were bought early, with the result that they can be sold well under present-day prices. Special features are the folding Panamas, very suitable for travelling, and linen Panamas which are an absolutely new thing.

The whole display, which includes a pretty collection of children’s hats, bears the hallmark of smartness and class and embodies the very latest ideas.


In costumes, stripes are a big feature, black coats with striped collars and skirts being especially smart. Messrs. Voisin specialise in ready-made costumes and their stock is not merely enormous but splendidly carried as regards material and colouring. Ladies will be struck by the costumes in Jersey woven cloth and by the splendid cut of the many pretty costumes, the new shades, rust and Saxe-blue pastel (the latter especially) being prominent.

Coat frocks with embroidery and other trimming are smart in the extreme, navy blue being one of the chief colours; these coat frocks have evidently come to stay and they are being made in the finest materials and in exclusive designs.

Messrs Voisin recently engaged in a scheme of reconstruction which, when completed, will effect a radical alteration in the first-floor department. A special feature will be a new very large showroom where smart millinery will be displayed to the best advantage. The work, which is being proceeded with apace, will be an undoubted improvement.

Official notice
German debts

All persons resident in this Island who are indebted to German Nationals are hereby directed to supply the Attorney-General for Jersey with particulars of such debts, adding thereto five per cent interest per annum from 4 August 4 1914.

All persons resident in the Island to whom debts are owing by German Nationals resident in Germany are directed to send a memorandum thereof to the said Attorney-General with full particulars. The said information should be forwarded, in writing, within a fortnight of the present date.

H E Le V Dit Durell, HM’s Attorney-General

13, Royal Square, 26 March 1920.

Official notice
Aliens Order

On and after 29 March 1920, all persons, other than British subjects, before leaving Jersey for Great Britain (including the other Channel Islands) are directed to register themselves at the Aliens Office, Weighbridge, and to obtain a certificate of registration.

All persons, other than British subjects, arriving in Jersey from countries other than the United Kingdom (including the other Channel Islands) must produce a passport “visé” by a British Consular authority, otherwise they will not be allowed to land. H E Le V. Dit Durell, HM’s Attorney-General.

Strong programme at the Opera House

The Opera House was crowded last evening and many had to be refused admittance. Those, however, who were fortunate enough to secure seats had one of the most enjoyable times imaginable. The star picture, entitled “The Rainbow Trail”, is an anti-Mormon production, a sequel to “Riders of the Purple Sage”, in which William Farnum again takes the leading role. A distinct feature of the film is the magnificent mountain scenery around which much of the plot is centred. The photography, too, is exquisite, and as to the acting it seems almost needless to say that it is of the very best.

The earlier stages of the story show three of the principals sealed up in a supposedly inaccessible valley hemmed in on all sides by cliffs. They have lived there for many years, having escaped from the Mormons. The latter eventually find a new way into this sealed valley, and secure one of the men. At the same time a kinsman named Shefford starts out in an endeavour to find one of the others. The picture is one of the most exciting we have seen for some time.

Charlie Chaplin as “The Floorwalker”, is also included in the programme, and the antics of this famous comedian from start to finish keep the audience in the best of spirits.

To all Parents:

E J Gallichan, Jewellers & Co, Royal Square, has a vacancy for a highly respectable and intelligent youth who will be apprenticed and obtain a thorough knowledge of the business under his own personal instruction.

Vauxhall Baptist Church

At 8pm, prompt, Easter Sunday, April 4 Mr P G Larbalastier will produce his New Sacred Cantata, Lazarus.

Principals: Miss H Alexandre, Miss R Syvret (Soprano); Miss C E Waterhouse, Miss Grace Read (Contralto); Mr T W Keyse (Tenor).

Full chorus by Vauxhall Baptist Church Choir under the direction of Mr T W Keyse, with the Composer at the Organ.

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