Evening Post 1920 - 20

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Evening Post
Jersey
8 - 20 November 1920

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
The outbreak of
Foot and Mouth Disease

Sir, With reference to the recent outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease at Mr Deffains’ farm at St Mary’s, may I be allowed to ask the Committee of Agriculture a few questions?

The outbreak was first reported to the Committee on Monday the 1st. Is it a fact that the 14 animals affected were not slaughtered until the Thursday, and that the delay was caused by the lack of necessary labour to dig the trench in which they were buried?

  • Is it a fact that the animals were not killed with the electric apparatus which is now generally used?
  • Is it a fact that the men who were brought out to do the killing were so inexpert that the cattle were most brutally ill-treated, four or five blows having to be struck in several cases before the animals fell?
  • Is it a fact that some of them were not killed outright, but were still moaning having been flung into the trench?
  • Is it a fact that the four heifers which were not affected, but which were also condemned to death, were still alive yesterday because the Constable had not been able to persuade the men who work on the roads to dig the trench?
  • Is it a fact that the fowls, also condemned to death, had not been killed yesterday?
  • Is it a fact that the pigs on the farm are still awaiting the executioner?
  • Is it a fact that the whole business has been mismanaged from the beginning to end?

Lastly, are the Committee quite certain that the disease was Foot and Mouth Disease?

Yours faithfully, Westerner.

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ROYAL COURT
Friday 12 November
Before W H V Vernon, Bailiff, and Jurats Payn and Le Cornu
Thief jailed and banished

Jeane Marie Julienne Perio (21), a native of St Brieuc, was charged by the Attorney-General with having, on Thursday 21 October, stolen a gold ring, and with having, on 28 October, stolen a gold watch and chain, the whole from the house, 4 Royal Crescent, Don Road, and to the prejudice of Mr Alfred De La Haye.

Advocate Duret Aubin, who defended, put in a plea of guilty.

The Attorney-General said the accused had come to the Island 12 years ago with her mother and sister, both girls being illegitimate. Her conduct had been irregular, but this was the first time she had been presented. The Attorney-General then asked for six weeks imprisonment with hard labour to be followed by five years banishment.

Advocate Duret Aubin said his client, in admitting her fault, wished to express her deep regret. She was little more than a child, and previous to this case had never got into trouble. She had neither relatives nor friends in France, and would be exposed to all manner of temptations if sent there.

To banish her to France would be to ruin her for good and all. She had already been a fortnight in gaol, and it was a clear case for the application of the First Offenders’ Act.

The Court granted the conclusions of the Attorney-General and the Bailiff passed sentence accordingly.

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Friday 19 November
Before Sir W H V Vernon, Bailiff, and Jurats de Carteret and Crill
An unworthy act

Mr Thos Eustache was sued by Jurat Ph Aubin (President of the Hospital Committee) for payment of £13 13s being maintenance of his mother, Honorine Duchemin (widow Eustache), from 1 April to 30 June 1920.

Advocate Briard said that his client was a farm labourer who was earning a very modest wage. He found it impossible to pay the full amount. During the winter he earned 12s weekly, but in the summer he earned more. His client was a widower without children.

In reply to the Bailiff, Advocate Briard said that the old lady was formerly an inmate of the Little Sisters, but was transferred to the Hospital by the defendant.

The Attorney-General said that Mrs Eustache, who was of French nationality, had been at the Hospital for some time. The defendant had paid very irregularly despite the fact that he had received £110 from his mother, on the distinct understanding that it was to be devoted to her upkeep.

Mr Eustache had spent the money, and it became very clear that if he refused to pay, the Court would eventually be asked to repatriate both the mother and the defendant. His instructions were that Eustache, who was a good for nothing, had squandered the money.

Advocate Briard said that his client informed him that he had, in fact, received the money, but had paid debts incurred by his mother. He was prepared to pay at the rate of 5s weekly.

The Attorney-General said the real facts of the case re the Little Sisters of the Poor were that, despite the fact that the defendant received £110 from his mother, he positively refused to pay anything towards her upkeep. She was, in consequence, transferred to the Hospital.

Denunciator Balleine had been informed of these facts by the Little Sisters themselves. Denunciator Balleine, in reply to the Bailiff, said he saw the Little Sisters who informed him of the facts stated by the Attorney-General.

Defendant was condemned to pay the claim with costs.

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Roller skating at West Park
Tuesday 16 November

A few years back, roller skating was a craze locally, and it seems as if we were in for a revival of this popular pastime, for the West Park Pavilion, which was reopened last evening as a rink, was patronised by a large number, many of whom showed that they had lost none of their adeptness.

There was also a fair crowd of spectators, many of whom will no doubt shortly join the ranks of the experts. The floor was in good condition and the music of a very enjoyable nature. Two enterprising young townsmen, Messrs G H Gellender and F Ashelford, are in charge of the rink, and under their direction everything points to a very enjoyable addition to the list of winter attractions.

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An old soldier in distress – or was he?
Tuesday 16 November

An old soldier, who has served under three Sovereigns, Mr G F Gottrill, of 3 Pallot’s Cottages, Greve d’Azette, who is unable to work owing to the results of the last campaign, writes to us stating that he is in great distress, and appeals to the generous. He states he is in receipt of the small pension of 9s per week and is going heavily in debt.

His wife is in a critical state of health, and has at present the care of one baby. The family, according to the ex-soldier’s statements, are almost starving and are without clothes or boots. According to statements made, the case is one deserving of every consideration.

Saturday 20 November

In view of the facts that have come to our knowledge concerning Mr Gottrill, ‘the old soldier in distress’, on whose behalf a subscription list was opened at this office, we have decided to close the list and we should be glad if those who subscribed will kindly call and receive back their money.

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Looking for a house in Jersey
Friday 19 November

Rumour has it that Harry Vardon, the world-famous golf professional, who has just returned from his visit with Edward Ray to the United States, intends to retire shortly, and is enquiring for a house in the La Moye district.

Fatal quarry accident at St Aubin’s
Workman’s instantaneous death
Monday 15 November

A fatal accident occurred about 10.45 this morning at the gravel quarry near Greenville, St Aubin’s, commonly known as Pipon’s Quarry.

The victim was a man named Alexander McIntosh, a native of Scotland, who had been working for Mr Boniface for about three weeks.

Nobody appears to have actually witnessed the accident, but what took place is quite clear. McIntosh was working at the face of the quarry with a pick, and a heavy mass of gravel which overhung became suddenly dislodged and fell on him, one big lump striking him on the head. When picked up he was quite dead.

A medical man was summoned, and the police having been immediately informed of the sad occurrence, Centenier F G Le Rossignol took the necessary steps for the holding of an inquest.

The deceased, who was a married man with one child, and was, we believe, one of the heroes of Mons, came to Jersey some time since to work for someone at St Ouen’s. He found the work too heavy, and was practically stranded when Mr Boniface gave him a job.

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The Cenotaph
The temporary wooden Cenotaph earlier this month
LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Dear Sir, I have read with interest an advertisement asking for tenders for the erection of a permanent structure of a Cenotaph.

May I venture to hope that the new and lasting memorial will be something more beautiful than the unsightly mass now in the Royal Parade.

The Cenotaph, as devised by the ancient Greeks, were really ornamental designs of Corinthian architectural skill, and I think sufficient talent is to be found locally to emulate this exquisite art, even if they copy some of those still standing in Corinth.

I feel sure that there are many others like myself whose eyes for beauty look askance at the present pile.

I am, Dear Sir, yours truly, Citizen.

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Wedding Bells
Benest – Sutcliffe
Thursday 11 November

One of the prettiest ceremonies seen locally for some time, and one which attracted a good deal of public interest, took place at St Helier’s Parish Church shortly after noon today, when two popular local people, Harold George Benest, MC, eldest son of Mr and Mrs G Le B Benest of Beverley Lodge, and Miss Evelyn Helena Sutcliffe, fourth daughter of Mr and Mrs T Sutcliffe, of Broomfield, La Rocque, were united in the bonds of matrimony.

Amongst those we noticed in the large congregation were Mr and Mrs G Le B Benest, the latter being tastefully gowned in mauve chartreuse with hat to match and skunk furs; and Mr and Mrs Sutcliffe, the latter wearing a charming black velvet gown with hat and furs to match.

The bridegroom, who was attended by his brother, Mr Cyril J Benest, MC, as best man, awaited the bride at the chancel steps, and a few minutes after 12.30, to the strains of the wedding march, the bride, who was escorted by her father, proceeded up the aisle.

She looked radiantly pretty, gowned in white satin with bridal veil of beautiful Brussels lace with the usual wreath of orange blossom. She carried a bouquet of white chrysanthemums and was attended by Miss Benest, sister of the groom, who looked very pretty in a dress of pale peach georgette with autumn tinted lace and velvet. The other attendant was little Miss Mary Blake (niece of the bride), who was also most daintily attired.

The service was fully choral and most impressive throughout. As Mr and Mrs Benest walked down the churchyard to the waiting taxis they received congratulations from scores of friends and were literally pelted with rice and confetti.

Picked up at sea:
Three men under arrest
Monday 8 November

Some time ago Mr G Bourdiec of The British Hotel, Mont Orgueil Pier, Gorey, made the discovery that a small punt owned by him had been taken from its moorings, and though at first he treated it as a joke, he soon realised that it was more serious, and that someone had made off with it.

The facts were reported to the police and though a sharp look-out was kept nothing definite was ascertained.

People in the neighbourhood stated that they had seen three suspicious-looking individuals about Gorey, and the conclusion at once arrived at was that they were the guilty persons.

News has now been received to the effect that three men in a state of exhaustion had been picked up in the boat in question and landed at Granville. As they were unable to give any satisfactory explanations as to their movement, they were locked up.

No doubt more will be heard of the matter, though it must be a source of satisfaction to Mr Bourdiec to know that his craft is safe.

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Measles
Monday 8 November

Declaration of Epidemic and Contagious Diseases

As a considerable number of cases of measles are attended at home without any medical adviser having been called, the Sanitary Committee reminds the public of Section 3 of Article 17 of the Sanitary Regulation, which reads as follows:

‘In the case of any person suffering from any epidemic or contagious disease, and where no Medical Adviser has been called, those persons who have the care of or who have assisted such sick persons, and who refuse or neglect to inform the Constable of the Parish where such sick person resides, shall be liable to pay a fine not exceeding Five Pounds Sterling.

John Ed. Le Huquet, Commis au Greffe, Greffe Office.

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Determined hanging at St Lawrence
Monday 8 November

This morning C.O. W G Romeril, who resides near Meadow Bank, St Lawrence, made a tragic discovery whilst taking his cows to grass.

At the bottom of the field he perceived an elderly woman hanging from a tree. He untied the rope, but ascertained that she was dead.

The facts were at once reported to Centenier E J Pipon, who took the necessary steps for the holding of an inquest, which takes place this afternoon.

From inquiries, it appears that the woman, who is about 60 years of age, and whose name is Quenard, resided near Café Francais, St Peter’s.

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