Evening Post 1920 - 15

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Evening Post
5 - 10 April 1920
Committee for the Defence of the Island

The following regulations are issued with regard to the sale of Bread:

The highest retail price permitted is 1s 5d per 4lb loaf (4½ d per lb) and applies to ordinary household bread in the shape of flat loaves and brick loaves only.

For fancy shaped loaves, such as tins, tin rolls, etc, bakers may charge an additional ¼d per lb, provided that flat loaves or brick loaves are also on sale.

For Proprietary Bread, the maximum price is 4½ d per lb.

All Bread (with the exception of fancy bread) must be sold by weight. All Bakers must display on their premises a notice to the effect that bread will be weighed at request of customer.

For the purposes of this order “fancy bread” shall mean French Rolls and Vienna Rolls, as well as bread that contains some additional ingredient (such as Milk Bread, Currant Bread, etc.)

This Order comes into force on 12 April 1920.

Any contravention is punishable by the Statutory Penalties.

Ernest Le Sueur, Greffier.

Police Court
Before John Vaudin, Esq., Magistrate
Saturday 10 April 1920
Wife maintenance

Charles Edward Tostevin (51), a native of St Helier, was charged by Centenier J Vautier of St Helier, with refusing to provide for the maintenance of Mrs Amanda Bruck and his four children, aged 5 and 4 years, 18 months and 8 months respectively, they all having become chargeable to the parish.

The accused said he had been out of work for some time; he had done occasional jobs and had done his best for his wife and children. The Constable had been unable to give him work.

Centenier J Vautier said that on 6 January Tostevin’s son, aged 18 months, was sent to the Hospital suffering from tuberculosis; later the other children and the mother were sent in, the latter suffering from debility. The accused did not contribute one penny towards her upkeep. Yesterday Mrs Tostevin complained that she had nothing to give her children and had it not been for the kindness of a neighbour she would not have had a drop of milk to give her children. She said she could put up with it no more and wanted a separation.

Mr C P Ouless said that on Jan 6th an order was issued for the admittance of Tostevin’s child to the Hospital. On Jan 19th Mrs Tostevin called with a certificate stating that she was in a very low state due to lack of food. She was sent to the Hospital and in consequence the other children had to be sent there. On 3 April they were discharged and on arrival home Mrs Tostevin found the place without food of any kind. The accused had not contributed towards his wife’s upkeep. Friends had been very kind to her.

Husband not lazy

Mrs Tostevin said there was no laziness about her husband. He was not capable of undertaking any skilled work. She had no standing wages from her husband. As to not having work, that was not his fault; he was quite willing. If she could make sure of 25s weekly she would be satisfied. This week he had given her £1, and after having paid what was owing she had 12s left for the remainder of the week. Her husband did not give way to drink; his family took no notice of him, and although his father was fairly well off and knew their plight, she had never received as much as 1s from him.

In reply to the Magistrate, Mrs Tostevin said that employers told her that her husband could not be trusted with skilled work and that if they paid him an ordinary wage the other men would create a disturbance. Her husband was simple.

The Magistrate liberated the accused pointing out that the Court was there to punish crime, but not simplicity. The accused had been fortunate in finding a woman who would look after him otherwise there was no doubt he would years ago have been relegated to the Hospital.

The States
President Sir W H V Vernon, Bailiff
Tuesday 6 April 1920
The Housing Question

The sum of £3,000 was voted to the Special Committee recently appointed to consider the question of the shortage of houses.

Jurat Lemprière said that the Committee had held several sittings, and it was obvious that, when the next quarter came round many people of the poorer class would be unable to obtain dwellings. The Committee wished to do everything possible to relieve the situation, and had appointed a sub-Committee to inspect the huts which were being offered for sale at Blanches Banques. An option was secured on a dozen huts at the price of £100 per hut. Each would make two dwelling houses. It was proposed to buy then and convey them to suitable sites. The Committee had looked for a site and had secured one that was almost ideal. There was no intention of spending the whole of the £3,000 if it could be avoided.

The Deputy of St Peter said he had received complaints from people in the vicinity. He wished to ask the President of the Housing Committee whether his attention had been drawn to certain people who indulged in two houses, keeping a special one for weekend. (Applause.)

The Rector of St Helier said that on a pouring wet day he and the Constable of St Helier visited some 20 houses which had been reported to them as unfit to live in. They found them even worse than expected and the fact was that the poor lived in houses that were absolutely unfit. The huts were sanitary and would be erected on a site where there was plenty of fresh air and sunshine. It made his heart burn to see the conditions under which some of the poor were living. He quite agreed with the Deputy of St Peter that nobody at the present time should be allowed to use two houses. (Applause.)

The Constable of St Helier said that in his opinion the States would have acted wisely if they purchased the whole of the huts at Blanches Banques. They were clean and sanitary and the money would be well spent.

Deputy Gray said that it was very gratifying to him to see that after continual agitation from his Association since 1918 something was going to accrue. The poor must live in suitable houses whatever the cost. In regard to the point raised by the Deputy of St Peter, the people to get at were not the tenants, but the landlords, who, having been tempted by more money had not the slightest Christian feelings towards the people they were turning onto the streets.

The money was unanimously voted.

The Labour Trouble

There has been nothing much doing amongst the men today, though the married and those with dependents were cheered by the fact that an increased weekly allowance had been made by the Headquarters’ Distress Fund.

Copies of the following resolution, unanimously passed by a general meeting of the Jersey Produce Merchants’ Protection Association at 10 o’clock this morning, have been sent to Mr F J Bois, Coal Controller, and Mr J M Hardman, Secretary of the Dockers’ Union:


Owing to the increase in the cost of provisions as officially notified in the Press, the Jersey Produce Merchants’ Protection Association in general meeting have unanimously decided to make a fresh offer of a minimum wage of 45s per week to carters, coopers and storemen, on the same conditions as set forth in the agreement dated 21 February 1919, also £3 15s per week for a period of six weeks during the potato season on the conditions set forth in the agreement dated 17 May 1919. The above offer of 45s to take effect as from 12 April 1920.

Successful sale of work at St Clement’s

The St Clement’s Association of Workers for Waifs and Strays, one of the most energetic of the local committees for this deserving organisation, held their biennial sale of work in aid of the Society yesterday afternoon at St Clement’s Parish Hall and, as usual, it was crowned with richly deserved success.

The St Clement’s Association, which is headed by the Rev C W Balleine, as Patron, maintains a child (Ivy Sherlock) at one of the homes of the Church of England Waifs and Strays, and as high prices have seriously affected the Society’s funds they also hoped to be able to send along an extra contribution. This they will be able to do, the amount realised by the sale being over £155.

The hall looked most inviting, stalls being arranged on each side and in the centre, whilst at the west end was a refreshment buffet. The stalls were not only well stocked, but most daintily arranged and presented a pleasing coup d’oeil.

Record prices for antiques

That antique furniture is still soaring in price must have been the uppermost thought in the minds of hundreds of spectators who attended the sale by auction of the collection of antique furniture at Rozel on Thursday, Mr G Le B Benest having been entrusted with the sale, the country department. Mr H G Benest conducted.

The following records were created: mahogany shelved press £25; inlaid tallboy £50; baby oak tallboy £28; mahogany wardrobe £37 10s; writing desk £35; ten English glasses 6/6 each; cut antique champagne glasses 10/- each; while antique bowls fetched an unheard-of price.

Royal Court
Before Sir W H V Vernon, Bailiff
and Jurats Payn and Le Rossignol
Saturday 10 April 1920
The robbery at St Ouen’s

John Philip Druillenec, alias John Vincent, was charged by the Attorney-General with having, between 7 and 8 pm on Sunday 4 March, broken into the house occupied by Mr F Slous, Vingtaine de Millais, St Ouen’s, and with having stolen a gold watch and a sum of about £4, the said robbery being to the prejudice of Mr Slous; and also with having on Sunday, 7 March 1920, stolen from the house occupied by Mr F Druillenec, his brother, situated in Le Cueillette, a cycle, No O. 69, the property of the latter.

Advocate Ogier, who defended the accused, put in a plea of guilty on both counts.

The Attorney-General said that previous to the present case there was nothing against the accused. He had served during the war under the name of Vincent, as he thought his own name would be considered unpronounceable. He (the Attorney-General), in view of the serious character of the charge, could not ask for less than one year’s imprisonment with hard labour.

Advocate Ogier said the Attorney-General’s conclusions were much too severe, and he hoped the Court would reduce the punishment asked for appreciably. Druillenec had served in the RFA from August 1916 to January 1919, and while serving had sustained a very serious accident. His past record was absolutely clean.

The Court reduced the term to one of six months imprisonment with hard labour, and the Bailiff passed sentence accordingly. In doing so the Chief Magistrate said it was unfortunately too true that many young men had lost their moral sense during the war.

The Bailiff warmly congratulated Centenier Hubert, of St Ouen’s, on the way he had handled the case, and said he hoped that it would be an example to some of his colleagues in other parishes who were infinitely less zealous.

Frenchwoman and
children banished

Alphonsine Louise Le Cam, 33, (wife of Francois Marie Le Large) of French nationality, was charged by the Attorney-General on a report from the Public Assistance Committee, with being a burden to the Island together with her minor children.

Advocate Le Gros, who took charge of the case, admitted the facts.

The Attorney-General said that the woman had been repatriated in August 1917. Her husband had served in the French Army during the war, and she had not heard from him for two years.

The Court passed an Act banishing the accused with her children from the Island for five years.

Ecclesiastical Court
Before the Very Reverend S Falle, MA, Dean
Monday 12 April 1920
Memorial to the late Constable of St Ouen

Advocate Le Maistre, on behalf of the Rector of St Ouen, asked that a faculty be granted for the erection of a brass tablet in St George’s Church to the memory of Mr F P Hacquoil, a former Constable of St Ouen, and for 28 years a Churchwarden of the said Church. The tablet will be erected by the congregation. The Dean said it was indeed a remarkable thing that Mr Hacquoil had been Warden of St George’s Church for such a long time. He had always taken a profound interest in all matters relating to that place of worship, and it was one of his boasts that the work in connection therewith had been practically completed. His was an example which could well be followed by others.

The late Mrs Ogier

Advocate Ogier, on behalf of the Rector and Churchwardens of St Saviour’s Church, asked that a faculty be granted for the erection of a marble tablet to the memory of the late Mrs Lydia Jane de Gruchy, wife of Mr Wm John Ogier (Solicitor), who died on 4 December 1919.

Letter to the Editor

Sir: Is it not a bit thick that the States should be worrying about dwellings when the two finest houses in St Helier are lying empty?

The Grand Hotel may not be suited for workmen’s houses, but how about Highlands? If the owners, whoever they may be, refuse to lease or sell, let them be expropriated in the public interest.

Any project which will break the stranglehold which the “dead hand” has placed around the throat of St Helier will be in the public interest. Some of us might prefer to follow Admiral Lord Fisher’s advice and “sack the lot”.

Yours truly, “A Citizen”.

Kine Cup – Semi-final
National Rovers beat Gorey

The National Rovers Reserves and Gorey Rovers met at Springfield on Saturday afternoon in the semi-final of the Kine Cup Competition.

The attendance was fair, but the weather was not, and the ground, well it was Springfield at its worst, and those who have played or witnessed a match on this field under similar conditions well know what that means.

Good scientific football was out of the question, for only the best of players can hardly give a good exhibition in a quagmire, whilst the goalies who had the onerous task of keeping their citadel of mud intact were to be commiserated with.

The ground was not marked; this, we are told, was not due to an oversight, but due to the fact that the lines had floated away.

In the first half Fossey scored for the Nationals and shortly after the restart White beat Ralph with a beauty. Gray, who with his partner Jones, seemed to be able to keep his feet better than most of the men, got going shortly after, the Gorey backs being stuck in the mud somewhat up the field. Gray put his side one up and though the eastern team potted away for some time, Ralph saved all but one shot, one of D Pallot’s specialities. The player was, however, offside. Time arrived to the relief of both teams with National Rovers winners by 2 goals to 1.

Mr Houiellebecq refereed and the teams were:-

  • Gorey:- Amy, Sadler, Smith, White, Le Huquet, Robins, Mallet, Pallot, Noel, White. Coram.
  • Nationals:- Ralph, Coombs, Le Vaillant, Robins, W B Ralph, Fossey, Loughlin, Bisson, Gray, Jones, Weeks.
Rescue by Pilot Ryan

Late yesterday afternoon (Thursday 9th), “Pilot” Ryan was at the North Quay slipway, when he noticed something struggling in the water.

He hurried to the spot and found that it was a small boy, who, now thoroughly exhausted, was almost submerged. Mr Ryan lost no time in getting him out of the water and carried him to the GWR office where Mr Sinclair rendered first aid.

When he had recovered sufficiently, the boy, who could give no proper explanation as to how he came into the water, was taken to his parents by his rescuer.


New spring models now showing.

See windows W H Bailey, Colomberie

Situations vacant
Head porter

Wanted. A highly responsible and well educated man for the position of head porter at the Pomme d’Or Hotel. Highly remunerative position. Write in the first instance to Management, Pomme d’Or Hotel, St Helier.

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