Evening Post 1920 - 21

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Evening Post
22 November 1920 - 4 December 1920

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A lucky find
Thursday 25 November

Mr W Esnouf, of Beau Vallon, St Peter, made a rather interesting find at a sale last Tuesday. On examining a lot of books he had just purchased, he found a Bible bearing the signature of one of his ancestors and dated over 100 years ago.

This makes an interesting addition to the family records, some of which date back to the early 13th century.

We congratulate Mr Esnouf on his find.


Dear Sir

We acknowledge that we are living in a democratic age, but we fail to see that this should be any excuse for the behaviour of – unfortunately – a very large section of the Jersey public.

At the playing of the National Anthem in the various houses of amusement, one may always see the greater part of the male section of the audience put their hats on, and move towards the exits as the opening bars are played.

Surely this attitude is hardly to be expected in such a loyal and patriotic section of the British Empire as Jersey has proved itself to be.

The playing of the anthem is a tribute to His Majesty himself, and surely it is a small enough thing to ask the public to refrain from talking and moving out until the greatest of all anthems has been played.

We are, yours, etc Two Would-be Patriots.


Health foods for Christmas - Orders are now being taken at Guiton’s Stores Ltd, 31 Bath Street and 12 Queen Street for the noted non-flesh delicacies – mock turkey, mock chicken, mock roast beef, galantines, Christmas puddings etc. Please order early to avoid disappointment.


Hairdressing Establishments - Mr Chas Dubras’ commodious and up-to-date hairdressing saloons at 57 King Street and 14 Broad Street have been completely renovated, and on Saturday next an inauguration offer is made to all gentlemen customers of a friction, free of charge, quinine, violet or the celebrated ‘Sarbud’ lotion.

We are informed that 15 of the staff of 17 at Mr Dubras’ Channel Islands Hairdressing Establishments, 29 Halkett Place, 19 Mulcaster Street, 57 King Street and 14 Broad Street, are ex-servicemen, and the proprietor and his sons also served. This, we think, is a record for any firm in the Island.


Record exchange - Mr R J Mangan begs to inform his friends and the public in general that he is carrying on the business of gramophone record exchange at his residence, No 2 Nelson Cottages, Kensington Place.

New and second-hand records exchanged, all deals fair deals.

I give the same quality as I receive, charge on exchange 3d.


House For Sale - A house in Don Road, containing eight rooms, gas and water laid in. Freehold, £390 to quick purchaser.

Jos Gregory and Sons, Estate Agents, Beresford Street.


Shorthand successes - The following have recently obtained certificates for proficiency in Pitman’s shorthand:

  • 1st class certificates: Mr E L Briard, speed 80 words per minute; Miss D M Le Sueur, speed 60 words per minute.
  • 2nd class certificates for knowledge of theory: Miss Elsie Le Gresley and Mr Clifford Mallet.

The above are pupils of Mr G H de la Haye, 2, Elysian Terrace, St Saviour’s Road.

Monday 29 November
Sir W H V Vernon, Bailiff, presiding
Unemployed Ex-Servicemen – The Problem of Unskilled Labour

The President read a letter received from His Excellency the Lieut-Governor, urging that efforts be made to find employment for unemployed ex-servicemen, and suggesting the registration of such men.

Jurat Renouf, proposing the lodging au Greffe, said the reason ex-servicemen were out of work was that women and girls were still employed in numbers, and keeping the men out of the jobs they formerly held.

Deputy Gray, seconding, said that some employers preferred employing girls as chauffeurs, instead of men who had been at the war. It was a shame that these men were not given their places back on their return from the war.

Jurat Crill said that the attitude of some employers was a disgrace to the Island. Deputy Henderson said that anyone who applied to 24 Hill Street would be given information as to men who were wanting work.

The Constable of St Helier said there was plenty of work for everybody, but unfortunately practically the whole of the labour available was unskilled. Whether this was the result of education or not he could not tell. If there were more carpenters and mechanics, there would be no difficulty. The States had done all they could so far, but work would have to be found during the winter for the large numbers of men who had no trade.

Jurat Payn pointed out that it was a very difficult matter to find work for unskilled labour. There was lots of work, but most of it required skilled labour. The matter was one of the utmost difficulty. How could labour be created for all these men? One could not expect an employer to keep more hands than he requires.

The question of the employment of women was also a most difficult one. What were the women who had found employment as chauffeuses to do?

Jurat Renouf: Go back to their own homes.

Jurat Payn thought the States had done a great deal under the circumstances, but the problem was not solved by a long way. He felt sure that every member of the House was anxious to carry out His Excellency’s views so far as it possibly could be done.

The Constable of St Saviour said that any man who went out into the country and volunteered to be a cattle attendant would readily find a job.

The tragic death at Bel Royal
Friday 26 November

The inquest on Mrs Lowe, whose death occurred under tragic circumstances on Tuesday last, was resumed today in the Petty Debts Court.

Dr Symons produced his report of the post-mortem examination, showing that death was due to natural causes.

In reply to the Attorney-General, witness said he considered death to a great extent was caused by alcohol. There was a twist in the bowel, but death was accelerated by want of food and alcohol.

Centenier E J Pepin (St Lawrence) deposed to having telephoned Mr Huelin of St Peter, who declared that Mrs Lowe had lived at his place for two years, but that he warned her to leave as she owed twelve months’ rental.

Her son visited her last summer. Mr Le Bas of Millbrook had told witness that Mrs Lowe was, he thought, a native of Illsey, Berkshire, and that she had a brother, a captain at the Port of London.

Miss Elizabeth Touzel said that she knew nothing of Mrs Lowe except that she owed witness money. She had lived in the same house at Le Hocq, and left in 1915. Deceased was a widow, and stated that she lost her husband when her sons were quite young.

Mrs Sarah Benson (Holly Lodge) identified the photo of the deceased, who was a member of a County family. Because of her good looks and good horsemanship she attracted the attention of a man who her family would not recognise.

He took her to Buenos Ayres, where she was engaged in the breaking-in of horses with her husband; they made much money.

Deceased was a fair linguist. Mrs Lowe had worked for witness, but one day on returning she found her inebriated and had to get rid of her. Her sons were very kind to her.

The inquest was adjourned indefinitely.

Carmelite nuns leaving the Island
Friday 26 November

Last week, about one half of the Carmelite nuns stationed at Goodlands, St Saviour’s, returned to France, and we learn that the remainder are leaving shortly for the same destination.

It had been freely rumoured that the nuns were leaving Jersey because they objected to registration, but we are in a positon to state that there is no truth in the report, and that the real cause is the difficulty attendant on the depreciation on the value of the franc, or in other words, the exchange.

Goodlands was put on the market recently, but we understand that it is still unsold.

To Let: St Aubin’s Fort
Friday 26 November

His Majesty’s War Department will put up to let by Public Auction at 3pm on Tuesday 7 December 1920, at the District Office, Rouge Bouillon, St Helier’s, the above desirable property, comprising tower, old magazine and appurtenances, the whole in extent 3 acres, 20 perch.

Admirably situated in the Bay of St Aubin’s within easy reach of St Aubin’s and the railway, this property forms an ideal summer retreat with good facilities for bathing and boating. Possession from 25 December 1920.

Further information can be obtained by application at the Office of the Commanding Royal Engineer, District Office, St Helier’s, between the hours of 10am and 12 noon, Sundays excepted.

C J W Vasey, Captain, RE Jersey District.

Exhibition of Clifford Blampied’s water-colour sketches
A C G Blampied painting of Portelet
Friday 3 December

At No 21 Halkett Place, Mr Clifford G Blampied is opening tomorrow an exhibition of sketches in watercolour, numbering altogether just over the hundred.

We have nothing but praise for the sketches, the work of a very talented artist indeed.

Mr Blampied’s work is not new to us, for we have at various times had opportunities of appreciating and admiring it, but we willingly admit that until yesterday when we visited the exhibition we had not appraised it at its true value.

The colouring that Mr Blampied gets into his sketches is wonderful. Draughtsmanship and technique are both excellent, but the big thing is the colouring. Some of the paintings literally blaze with it, yet one never gets the impression that it is overdone. It is merely that the artist has the gift, possessed by very few, of being able to paint nature as he sees it and as it really is.

Sketches from the Continent

Mr Blampied has just returned from a two-month stay on the Continent and many of the sketches were painted during this period. They included scenes in the Alps, mostly on the Italian side, and a few very soft and beautiful sketches of the Italian lakes.

Exmoor, Dartmoor, Sark and Jersey are also represented in an exhibition which is the first given by Mr Blampied and which will come as a revelation to all who up to now have been strangers to his work. The exhibition will be open from 10am to 1pm and from 2 to 4 pm each day up to and including Friday next. If merit is any criterion, Mr Blampied should not have reason to complain of lack of public patronage.

Jerseyman killed in Canada – information wanted
Saturday 4 December

We take the following from a recent issue of a Canadian paper:

'Frank Malzard, a young man employed by the New Westminster Construction and Engineering Company at the Poplar Island shipyard, was almost instantaneously killed at about 9.30 this morning.

'Falling between the scow and the landing he was struck on the chin by the end of a timber. His neck was broken, and his head smashed against the side of the scow.

'Dr Carswell was summoned on the word being sent to the office that an accident had occurred, but before he arrived it was ascertained that the unfortunate man was dead.

'Malzard was a native of Jersey, about 25 years of age, and unmarried. He lived on the Pitt River Road.'

The Constable of St Helier will be glad if the family or friends of the deceased will communicate with him at the Town Hall.

Friday 26 November
Stocking thief
Before John Vaudin Esq, Magistrate

Louise Aimee Ollivier (29), wife of Reginald Symonds, was charged by Centenier Francis W Valpy, of St Helier, with having, on the 24th inst, stolen a pair of stockings from the establishment conducted by Mr Chs Le Cornu Marett.

The accused said she entered the shop to buy chocolate and something came over her and she took the stockings. On arriving down town she made up her mind to return them, but was arrested as she was entering the shop again.

Centenier Valpy deposed to having received the complaint from PC Poingdestre, who was informed of the affair by Miss Annie le Seelleur, who has charge of the shop.

The accused was arrested as a result of the description given.

Mr Chs Le C Marett identified the stockings as being his property.

Miss Anne Le Seelleur said two women entered the shop and bought a 6d box of chocolates. They gave her two 3d pieces. The accused observed: ‘There, that will do for church’.

After they had left, witness missed the stockings, which she now identified, and informed PC Poingdestre of the affair.

Accused was sent to gaol for one month.

Irresponsible parents
Friday 26 November

The danger of leaving children of tender years unattended on the beach was strikingly exemplified at West Park yesterday afternoon.

Three little tots who were playing in the rocks to the west of the bathing pool, were surrounded by the tide, the water, when their plight was discovered, being well over their height.

A lad employed in the cycle trade, waded out and came back with a toddler under each arm, his pal bringing along the third member of the party.

What one would like to know is what the parents of the children were thinking of to expose the youngsters to such a grave risk.

Warning to tradesmen
Wednesday 24 November

The Constable of St Helier informs us that he has received a communication to the effect that a man whom gives the name of Basil Hicks, aged about 28 years, height 5ft 8 or 9 ins, very thin, pale complexion, of consumptive appearance, light eyes, clean shaven and of gentlemanly address, might be in the Island passing worthless cheques.

He is usually dressed in a dark blue suit with a grey tweed cap, and is accompanied by a woman, aged about 28 years, rather short, medium build, auburn hair cut short at the back, complexion fair.

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