Evening Post 1920 - 17

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Evening Post
14 - 22 September 1920

Price 1d
Before John Vaudin, Esq, Magistrate
Thursday 16 September 1920
A salutary sentence

Thomas Philip Lee (49), a native of St Helier, was charged by Centenier A J Laurens of St Helier with being drunk whilst in charge of a horse and Victoria in Peirson Road at about 6.15 on 14 September; also with having on the same occasion ill-treated his horse, thus infringing Art 1 of the Law on Cruelty to Animals.

The accused said that on arrival near the West Park Pavilion his horse refused to go, and so he used his whip. He was sorry he had a few drinks in.

Centenier Laurens said that on Tuesday evening he saw the accused at the Police Station; he was then drunk. The charge against him was of having ill-treated his horse in Peirson Road. On examination the animal was found to have twelve marks caused by the whip. Lee was admitted to £10 bail.

P C Le Gentil saw the accused driving his Victoria up the Parade; he was drunk. A man who was also drunk got out whilst the trap was moving. Later he (witness) saw the accused ill-treating the horse, so he stopped him and took both men to the Police Station.

Mr A P Brophy examined the horse and found twelve weals caused by the whip. Lee was drunk and not fit to take charge of the horse.

The Magistrate imposed a fine of £6 for being drunk in charge of a horse and trap and £4 for cruelty; in default one month’s imprisonment.

The accused (hesitatingly): ‘But this is my first time. Must I pay?’

The Magistrate: ‘This is the land of liberty. You must pay if you wish or be lodged free for one month.’

The fine was paid.

A warning to cyclists

Arthur Ernest Mourant (16), a native of St Saviour, was charged by Centenier Francis W Valpy of St Helier with riding a cycle in the streets of St Helier, notably Snow Hill, without the registration number for the current year.

The accused said he had his licence, but the card had been removed from his machine and placed on one belonging to the servant, who had not paid for a licence. The servant did originally have a bicycle, but he sold his machine together with the licence, and having bought another machine was now without a number.

Centenier Valpy said the matter was reported to him by P C Walters.

P C Walters said that he saw the accused riding without the official number. He stopped him, took him to the Police Station, and he was warned to appear for Court today.

Mr Ed Chs Mourant said he knew the servant man had been using the numbers when he wanted to ride into town or elsewhere. He had been to the Parish Hall, but always got there at the wrong hour.

The Magistrate: ‘Then you are an accomplice. Why didn’t you bring your man along today?’

Witness: ‘I didn’t know he was wanted.’

The Magistrate: ‘He has committed fraud and is liable to a very severe fine.’

The Magistrate said it was clear that the accused and his father as well as the manservant had tried to impose on the public. He would fine them the maximum of £2. This was paid.

Ex-servicemen and employment


Please forgive me for taking up a small space in your valuable paper, but being a visitor to this delightful little island, I have noticed what a large number of ex-servicemen are out of employment; also I have noticed the number of girls who are employed on men’s jobs, such as motor driving etc.

In fact, I believe one motor company have girl drivers for their buses. In last evening’s Post, a certain firm advertised for a young lady (with or without experience) to drive a Ford delivery van.

Surely there are ex-servicemen with experience in the Island who would be far better suited for this? And only fair after what they have gone through to give them the chance of earning their living.

I wonder the inhabitants of the Island, whose men went to fight (I don’t suppose there are many who did not) continue to deal with firms who do this mean thing, as I suppose it’s a case of cheaper labour, but not cheaper goods.

Why not patronise only the firms who look after the men that have come back? Then perhaps an ex-service man might get a chance.

I imagine it’s a good thing there is no Discharged and Disabled Soldiers Union over here, or perhaps they would liven things up a bit.

Yours truly, A Visitor.

Startling accident at St Martin’s
Motor mail van blown up

The motor mail van used for carrying the letters and parcels to the country parishes caught fire yesterday (Monday) morning and subsequently blew up, the driver having a very narrow escape from receiving serious if not fatal injuries.

It appears that the van, which was being driven by the usual chauffeur, Mr Beckford, had almost finished its round and was proceeding to St Martin’s carrying the bag for local delivery, and when near the Arsenal, the car going at a fair speed, the driver was horrified to find himself surrounded by flames.

He, needless to say, pulled up as quickly as possible and made a hurried exit. He, however, thought of the bag of mails in the van, and hurrying around to the back opened the doors and pulled this out.

The chauffeur had hardly taken them to the hedge at the side of the road when there was a terrific noise. The tank had exploded, and parts of the engine and car were blown in the air in all directions.

The driver was naturally badly shaken, and even if he had been in a fit state to extinguish the outbreak there was nothing handy to put out the flames of the burning woodwork, and the residents, who were attracted by the noise of the explosion, only found a charred framework minus one of the wheels which had apparently been blown some distance away, for up to this morning it had not been recovered.

This, we believe, is the first instance of a car having been blown up in Jersey, and it is fortunate that it was not fully loaded with mails otherwise these would surely have been entirely destroyed.

The driver is still suffering from the severe shock he received, and is unable to account for the motor catching fire.

The prisoner of war camp when in use
Prisoner of War Camp:
Sale of huts etc

There will be little or nothing left of the Prisoners of War Camp, Blanches Banques, for yesterday (Thursday), apart from the hospital buildings situate in the extreme southern corner of the compound, all the other buildings were put up for auction by Messrs Benest and Sons, auctioneers.

The sale attracted quite a large crowd, there were upwards of 35 motors near the place and passers-by might easily have imagined a fair or fete was going on.

Bidding was very keen and good prices were realised. For instance, the officers’ quarters were knocked down for £300, the sergeants’ mess for £265, the compound cookhouse for £136, the guardroom for £175, while the sectional prisoners of war huts fetched from £100 to £140 each. The drying rooms realised £125 each; small sheds from £15 to £40; bathrooms £135 apiece.

A number of 100-gallon galvanised iron tanks were sold at prices varying from £17 to £20; 300 feet of piping fetched 12 guineas; 1,000 feet realising 31 guineas. Both the last lots were undergrown and were naturally purchased on spec.

Messrs Benest are to be congratulated on the success of the sale.

Around the Harbours

The excursion to Sark today by the Lapwing was cancelled owing to the inclement weather. By an irony of fate, after the decision to cancel the excursion was made, the weather cleared beautifully, and a number of would-be excursionists put in an appearance on the quay.

The ss Atala arrived this morning on a day excursion from Granville with 56 passengers. The vessel returns at 6.30 this evening. Pere Le Grand and M Allain, owner of the vessel, were on board. The French ketch, St Pierre-St Paul moored in the pool this morning.

The ps Conqueror left this afternoon on a trip around the Island with a good number of passengers. Full advantage should be taken of the unique trips by this vessel while the fine weather lasts.

St Ouen’s Parish Church Harvest Festival

A special harvest festival service was conducted last evening (Wednesday) at St Ouen’s Parish Church; there was a large congregation and the sermon was preached by the Rev G P Balleine, Rector of St Saviour.

The decorations, always a feature at this place of worship, were more elaborate than they had been for some years, the war having naturally been responsible for the falling off. The place looked resplendent with its large and varied collection of fruit, flowers and vegetables, all arranged to the best possible advantage and reflecting credit on all concerned.

The usual harvest hymns were sung and during the service the choir rendered an appropriate anthem. Mr Geo Allen was at the organ.

The tomato market

There has been a good supply of tomatoes at the bridge today (Saturday), those having been picked yesterday.

The price has varied from 20s to 24s and has been influenced by the fact that yesterday’s L and SWR cargo steamer, though fully loaded, could not leave the harbour owing to the gale, while the string of vans for today’s steamer, which had not then arrived, stretched from the Victoria pierheads to well down Commercial Buildings.

The States
President Sir W H V Vernon, Bailiff
Wednesday 22 September 1920

The Military Service Bill
Details of the measure
Force of 500 men wanted

Jurat Payn, on behalf of the Island Defence Committee, submitted the draft of an Act establishing military service in the Island.

The main features of the Bill are as follows:

Provision is made for a force of not exceeding 500 men to make up one garrison artillery and four companies of infantry, one from the East, one from the West and two from the South.

Under certain eventualities the force may be increased to a maximum total of 625, including all ranks.

Boys of 16 will do two years preparatory training, made up of 36 drills in each year, no parade to exceed two hours in duration.

A small annual sum and a certain number of cartridges for practice will be given to recruits favourably reported on at the end of the first and second years’ training.

Before a recruit enters the active list he must appear before a Medical Board and be declared fit.

The active service course will last five years, and will entail 24 drills each year, or nine consecutive days in camp and ten drills.

The drills must not last more than four hours.

The men will be paid by the States at Army rates, one drill of four hours being considered as a half-day. If more men are available than wanted, the term of service may be shortened.

After the period of active service men will be transferred to the reserve until the age of 35. They will, however, be called up only at times of national crisis.

The War Office will be responsible for the staff.

An awkward predicament

A visitor to the Island has been in an awkward predicament during the last few days, but fortunately this had a happy ending this morning (Wednesday).

He was residing at a boarding house in Gloucester Street but decided to remove elsewhere for the next fortnight, and early on Saturday morning packed his two portmanteaus with all his worldly goods and left them, unlocked. Returning later in the morning he was astounded to find the bags missing. Investigations led to no result, for the “boots” who was supposed to have removed the portmanteaus, had also changed his situation that day, and could not be traced.

Our dejected holidaymaker, without even a spare collar stud, walked about St Helier’s on Saturday and Sunday trying to get in touch with his belongings or even the “boots”, but all to no effect.

Eventually, however, the aid of the police was involved and they traced the “boots”, who stated he had placed the trunks on one of the L and SWR outgoing mail steamers, presumably the Lorina, on Saturday.

Lorina returns with the missing luggage

This was but little consolation to the visitor, who saw himself remaining here for another twelve days without even a spare handkerchief whilst his goods were “somewhere in England”, but a telegram was sent to Southampton and it was ascertained yesterday that two similar bags without labels had been placed in a tram leaving for Waterloo, they not having been claimed at the docks.

The bags were sent back and arrived on this morning’s steamer, the visitor, much to his delight, finding on examining his property on the quay, that every article was intact.

Runaway at Trinity

Yesterday (Friday), Mr A Cornish, the well-known butcher, was out driving at Trinity in a pony cart, and whilst he was in a farmhouse the pony bolted.

The animal ran a considerable distance and then jumped a bank and fell some distance into the field below. The shafts and front of the trap were broken, but the animal fortunately fell on soft ground, and though at first thought to be badly injured, will be brought into town this afternoon.

To the residents of the country parishes

By kind permission of the Bailiff and Constables, the Travelling Cinema will commence their winter season on Monday 27 September.

The following will be the weekly itinerary – Monday, St Ouen; Tuesday, St Lawrence; Wednesday, St John; Thursday, St Martin in the Parish Halls commencing at 7 pm. Friday, Gorey Village Picture House – two houses a night 6 and 8.15 pm; Saturday, St Aubin’s Picture House, 7pm.

The attention of possible patrons is drawn to the strong programme for September and October in the advertising columns.

Allied Trades to strike

A mass meeting of the Building and Allied Trades employees, who are members of the Union, was held at the Museum Hall on Saturday afternoon, the room being crowded out, and numbers of men having to wait in the roadway.

It appears that some time ago the union men put in a demand for a 48-hour week during the winter months and an increase of pay to 1/3 per hour.

This demand has been rejected by the Masters Federation, and after discussion on Saturday it was decided that the men would hand in their notices.

Price of bread to increase:
1d per 4 lb loaf

We have been officially notified that there will be an increase in the price of flour in consequence of the reduction of the British subsidy and the increase on the world price of wheat.

The price of flour to the Channel Islands will be increased by 22s 6d per sack of 280 lb. The licence duty previously paid was 24s per sack.

Consequent upon the reduction of the subsidy this has been reduced to 8s, thus making the increase to this Island 6s 6d per sack. To this must be added the average increased freight of 1s per sack, thus showing a total increase of 7s 6d per sack.

This will necessitate an increase in the price of bread of 1d per 4lb loaf.

A lucky escape

Some consternation was caused in Charing Cross last evening (Monday) when two Frenchmen were seen pushing a handcart on which was lying another man, his head resting on wood fibre and his body covered with a blanket.

One of the honorary police of St Helier made investigations and found that the man in the cart, who was unconscious, was an onion seller named Roignant, and that about an hour before he had fallen from the loft of a store in Commercial Buildings whilst about to fetch a pail of water.

The victim, who was accompanied by his confreres, was taken to the Hospital, but on examination by a medical man it was found he had sustained no serious injury.

It was evident that previous to the accident he had been drinking, and recovered sufficiently today to be discharged.

Centenier Frs W Valpy was informed of the case last evening, and made the necessary investigations.

Gas for Gorey

We gather that work in connection with the laying of the gas main as far as Gorey, which was projected some time ago, will be commenced very shortly.

Notice to farmers and others

Ten more Welsh horses arrived this morning. These have been personally selected in North Wales by F J Laurens of The Don Stables, Seaton Place.

Anyone requiring a good horse at the right price will do well to call without delay. Tel: 65 and 586.

Ford - The universal car

New Motor Works now open at No 35 Don Street

Solely used for retailing Ford cars, Fordson tractors and repairing Fords. Complete stock of Ford parts in stock. Immediate attention given to repairs by Ford mechanics.

Bougourd Bros, authorised Ford Dealers for Jersey, 35 Don Street.


Two young Jersey girls for London (experience unnecessary) to help generally with housework; good wages, good outings, fare paid and holiday at the end of a year.

Apply mornings or evenings Mrs T H Waterson, Olde Holme, near Chatelherault, Mont a L’Abbe, St Helier.

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