Evening Post 1920 - 19

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Evening Post
25 October - 6 November 1920

Price 1d
Thursday 28 October
The law on fishing

The Act, lodged on the 8th inst, repealing the temporary modifications of the law governing the catching and sale of fish was discussed.

The Deputy of Grouville, proposing the adoption, said it was clear that if immature fish were destroyed there would presently be no full-grown fish at all. He was assured that it would be something like ten years before pre-war supplies of fish were again procurable.

Jurat Lempriere, seconding, said that the destruction of immature fish had been enormous. Since the removal of the restrictions one could now trawl in Bouley Bay, La Coupe and Flicquet and catch absolutely nothing.

Jurat Le Boutillier said that the committee had no objection to a return to former conditions. The damage done will no doubt take many years to repair. The temporary provisions were, however, now part of law and the sanction of His Majesty would be necessary.

The Deputy of St Martin, proposing the rejection of the proposals, said that St Catherine’s Bay, for one, was full of fish. There were so many that they annoyed the people who were prawning. There had never been small fish in Bouley Bay, and the fact was that prejudice and jealousy were at the back of the proposal.

The Deputy of St Clement seconded the rejection.

Jurat Crill was strongly opposed to continuing with the present system. Jurat Le Boutillier thought it was high time they protected the fisheries of the Island. The market was often full of tiny flat fish.

Jurat Aubin contended that the small fish were destroyed by gulls. It was ridiculous to prevent people from catching fish which gulls were perfectly free to destroy. The Projet was adopted by a large majority and the usual Act of Transmission passed.

The Legal Profession: Proposal to admit women

The Deputy of St Saviour submitted a Bill placing women on an equality with men in regard to admission to practise as Solicitors and to the local Bar. The Constable of St Saviour seconded the lodging au Greffe. Jurat Crill did not consider the proposal serious. In any case it was hard enough now for a Solicitor or Advocate to make his way.

The wage question

Dear Sir, I have reason to believe that the general public are rather in the dark about the wages dispute of the Building and Allied Trades. I trust you will find space in your valuable paper for a few words on the subject.

The average at the present rate of pay, 1s 0 ½d per hour, works out at £2 13s 9d per week (£2 10s 0d per week in winter, £2 13s 1d per week in autumn and £2 18s 4d during summer).

The men are asking for 1s 3d per hour which makes their average wage come to £3 4s 7d per week (£3 per week in winter, £3 3s 9d in autumn and £3 10s during summer). How are the labourers and less skilled men to live? I say the working classes of Jersey have never lived, it has been a mere existence.

Now, when the men are asking for only an average of 1s 7d per week more than the increased cost of living, the Masters’ Federation have been dilly-dallying with this demand for two months.

I say shame on a Federation who will not grant their fellow men a living wage, hundreds of whom risked their lives to save the world (Jersey included!) from Prussian tyranny and who, on their return, are offered smaller wages in proportion than before the war!

It is time the Master Builders Federation realised that labour wants a living wage and not a mere pittance.

Thanking you in anticipation, I remain, yours faithfully


In memory of our fallen heroes
Memorials unveiled
at Gouray Church
Wednesday 3 November

The heroes of the eastern district who laid down their lives in the Great War, and also those of the Home for Boys, who made the supreme sacrifice, were honoured last evening when a most impressive service took place at Gouray Church, where so many of the gallant lads had been worshippers. The memorials, consisting of a stained glass window and a granite tablet in memory of the Home for Boys, were unveiled and dedicated in the presence of a large congregation.

The Rev R D D Love, Vicar of Gouray, conducted the service, the other clergy present being the Very Rev the Dean and the Rev G P Balleine. The congregation included members of the Home for Boys and Teighmore, and a large number of relatives of those who had fallen. The altar was draped in purple with two candles lighted. The tablet on the north wall was covered with the Union Jack and a laurel wreath, whilst at the base of the new window another tribute of laurel was placed. It was really an inspiring service, the reverence of the congregation, young and old alike, throughout being most marked.

The service opened with the playing of ‘O Rest in the Lord’, followed by the singing of ‘O God our help in ages past’. The lesson, Revelation, chap vii, verses 9 to 17, so suitable for the occasion and full of hope for the bereaved, was read by the Vicar, after which the Nunc Dimittis was sung, and the clergy advanced towards the window near the organ. Dr E M H O’Connor, representing the relatives of the fallen, then pulled aside the covering, saying: ‘I unveil this window to the glory of God and in memory of those men of the parish who have fallen in this Great War.’

The window, which is a striking representation of the crucifixion, emanated from the firm of Seward, Lancaster, and was fixed by Mr Chas Le Quesne. The top represents Our Lord in Glory, whilst at the base two angels hold an open book with the following names: JR Aubin, SRW Bakes, F Baudains, CP Carrel, T Coomber, WC Courtman, JC Falle, E Gallichan, E Jeffreys, St E Le Breton, A Lewis, CE Mallet, AJ Mackay, WH Mackay, AL Marie, TG Mourant, PS Noel, RS O’Connor, EW Perchard, SJ Perchard, RH Reynolds, CH Robin, NC Stevens, RJ Stevenson, A Smith, AR Sadler, AJ Vigot, HEM Walden, AF Whitley, PH Whitley, EL Mackay.

The Dean than advanced to the north wall of the sacred edifice and unveiled and dedicated a granite tablet to the memory of the old boys who had fallen from the Home for Boys. This bore the following names: J Collins, W Rose, J Carreau, W Brunker, P Marie, E Redden, H Marshall, O Drube, F Gregory, A Tisson, F Igo, A Dumont, H Barter, A Hamon, G Dumont, G Ozard, A Le Gros, W Woonton, A Woonton, H de Ste Croix, J Lillicrap, F Rumsey, E Bechemin, G Le Lievre, W Le Feuvre, A Gold, A Stanbury, H J Abbott, F Hodge, C Sollitt, J Michel, J Leverty, L Albert.

Four buglers, two representing the choir, sixteen of whose members served in the war, and two representing the remainder of the parish, then sounded the Last Post. The Dean, in concluding, said there was no reward too great for the men who gave up all and died for their brothers and sisters. These dead ones were now in paradise and safe with God.

‘For all the Saints’ having been sung, a service which was one of the most impressive held in the sacred edifice was brought to a close.

Before John Vaudin, Esq, Magistrate
Monday 1 November
Drunk and disorderly

Kathleen Amy (Mrs Wills) (25), a native of St Clement’s and L Ollivier (Mrs Simmonds) (29), a native of Guernsey, were charged by Centenier J Vautier with intemperance and with causing an interruption of the public peace last evening.

Both accused stated that they were struck first by the other. Neither were guilty, in fact both were complainants.

Centenier Vautier stated that the two women were brought in last evening. Both were drunk and one carried the remnants of a lady’s hat and a bottle of beer.

PC E Poingdestre heard the disturbance in Commercial Street. He saw the accused, who had been fighting, so brought them to the Station. They were both drunk but were quiet when he arrived. Mdme Denis said that she had drinks with the accused in the bar at the Pomme d’Or.

The PC recalled that he had interviewed the barman at the Pomme d’Or who said the accused were quite sober when he served them.

The Magistrate said: ‘Yet a few yards away they are found drunk. It must be the exercise that affects them.’ He fined the accused 10s each or, in default, 48 hours imprisonment.

Notice to parents
Tuesday 2 November

Attention is called to the official notice forbidding the trundling of hoops, letting off of fireworks, playing football, using catapults etc in the streets of town. Offenders, or people having charge of them, are liable to a fine of 5s for each offence.

J E Pinel, Constable

Departure of Lieut-Governor
Enthusiastic scenes
Thursday 28 October

Major-General Sir Alexander Wilson, KCB, Lieut-Governor, left the Island this morning on completion of his term of office. Despite the early hour a large number of residents assembled at the quay to show the regret they felt at his leaving Jersey, where he had, by his kindly interest and courtesy at all times, made so many friends.

The portion of the New North Quay near the GWR berth was barricaded off, the arrangements which were supervised by Captain F J Renouf, Harbourmaster, being all that could be desired.

Major-General Sir Alexander Wilson

The Victoria College contingent of the OTC in charge of Captain A M Dawson, assembled at the College at an early hour and marched to the quay, headed by their drums and fifes. They took up a position near the gangway, whilst the representatives of St Simon’s, St Helier’s, St Paul’s, St Clement’s, St Mary and Peter and St Thomas’ troops of Boy Scouts, in charge of District Scoutmaster G C H Le Cocq, with Scoutmasters A Blackmore, F Mortimer, Hodder and Asst Scoutmaster Picot, met at the Weighbridge, and with the Island colours, took up a position at the end of the quay, the St Helier’s No 1 Corps S A band under Bandmaster H Finch with Commandant Wood, being stationed nearby. The general public were also present in large numbers.

The bank of the Salvation Army enlivened the proceedings by playing suitable marches, these being greatly appreciated.

Shortly before 7.30, the hour of departure, His Excellency arrived at the quay and the OTC presented arms whilst the other units came to “alert”.

The Lieut-Governor then carried out his final inspection in Jersey, and, shaking hands with the Officers and Scoutmaster, expressed his keen appreciation of the honour they had done him in turning out in such good numbers.

His Excellency then wished farewell to his personal friends and the EP photographer, having taken a snap of the party, the Major-General stepped on board the Ibex and the Lieut-Governor’s flag was broken at the masthead.

The tide was high and the vessel presented a fine sight, her decks being lined with passengers. His Excellency proceeded with Captain Langdon to the bridge, and as the steamer slipped her moorings the band of the SA played Auld Lang Syne and at the conclusion the Boy Scouts raised lusty cheers, which were repeated by the others on the quay. Major-General Wilson, who was visibly impressed by the striking tributes of affection from all classes of the community, remained at the salute until the vessel passed out of the pierheads.

Swearing-in of his successor
Within months of his arrival Sir William would welcome King George V to Government House
Friday 29 October

The Full Court sat at 11.30 for the purpose of swearing in Major-General William Douglas Smith, CB, as Lieut-Governor. It was not generally known that the ceremony was about to take place, consequently there was not a large attendance.

Major-General Smith, having handed his Royal Commission of appointment to the Bailiff, the latter handed it to HM Attorney-General, who read it, and it was duly registered. His Excellency, having been robed by the Usher, the oath of office was duly administered.

Addressing His Excellency, the Bailiff, on behalf of the Officers of the Court and the population of the Island, offered him a loyal welcome as representative of His Majesty the King.

He rejoiced that His Majesty had appointed such a distinguished officer who had done great work in the late war to be Lieut-Governor here. He expressed the hope that Major-General Smith would have a happy time in the Island.

His Excellency, addressing the Bailiff and Judges of the Royal Court, said the words uttered by the Chief Magistrate had overwhelmed him with pleasure.

They could be quite certain of one thing, and that was that from what he knew and what he had heard of the Island, he would pass a very pleasant time here.

He had studied the history of the Island, together with its agricultural pursuits, and as he himself liked agriculture, he felt quite certain that he would spend several happy years in this beautiful Island.

As his Excellency left the Court a salute was fired from Fort Regent.

French lads’ plucky action
Wednesday 27 October

On Monday evening, about 6 o’clock, a fire broke out at 5 Springfield Crescent, the residence of Mrs Connor, which, but for the plucky action of three lads – Edouard, Maurice and Guy Jouve, the three youngest sons of M and Mme A Jouve, would, in all probability, have had disastrous consequences.

The outbreak, which was caused by a gas explosion in the basement, was first noticed by Mrs Connor, who, from a room on the first floor, noticed smoke coming from the window.

She ran down and was terrified to find the kitchen a mass of flames, the woodwork by that time being well alight. A friend who happened to be calling telephoned to the Fire Station and firemen were sent out with the hand pump.

Meanwhile, however, the three lads mentioned (whose family reside in the Crescent) having heard of the fire, ran out to give assistance.

Finding that the flames barred ingress through the doorway they jumped into the area and having hastily filled several footbaths with water, made good use of it that by the time the hand pump arrived the outbreak was well in hand.

Their prompt action meant the incurring of considerable personal danger, and they are to be heartily commended on their pluck, and also on the resources they displayed at a critical moment.

Death of master builder
Wednesday 27 October

We regret to announce the death, which occurred this morning, at his residence, 50 New Street, of Mr Edward Chevalier Laurens.

The deceased, who was in his 79th year, had for several decades been a prominent master builder in the Island, and only retired from business a short time back when his health began to fail.

Mr Laurens had married twice, his second wife having pre-deceased him. He leaved three children, a son and two daughters, one of the latter having kept house for him since the loss of his second wife.


A Bill has been presented to the States, and will shortly come up for discussion, to permanently alter the Licensing Law of 1901 in such a manner that no Native or Resident on the Island will in future be able to obtain refreshment of any description on Licensed premises after 8 pm during seven months in the year, and 10 pm during the Summer months, which, owing to the adoption of Summer Time, is in effect 9 pm.

A petition protesting against this uncalled-for interference of your freedom is being prepared requesting that we revert to pre-war times of closing. Forms of Petition for Signatures can be obtained at J F Belford, Tobacconist, 35 Halkett Place.

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