Evening Post 1920 - 22

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6-17 December 1920

Price 1d
Saturday 11 December
Before J Vaudin, Esq, Magistrate
Boy thieves jailed

Harold Gordon Le Monnier (19), Percy Chs Fred Roberts (19), Robert Melroy Kirwan (19) and Herbert Arthur Beckford (21), were charged by Centenier Cabot of Trinity, with having, during the night of Sunday 5 December 1920 loitered about Trinity Stores, the property of Mr Walter Abraham Pallot, with the intention of committing a felony and with having attempted to enter the said premises; and the said Roberts and Le Monnier with having again visited the place 6 December 1920 with the intention of committing a robbery, they having forced the window bolts.

Roberts and Le Monnier agreed that they went to the house with the intention of committing a burglary. Kirwan said he went there on the Sunday.

On returning to town Roberts suggested that if they met a lady they would knock her down and take her purse. Roberts was to hit her on the nose and Beckford was to take the purse.

He (Kirwan) wanted to get away out of it. Beckford denied the charge.

Centenier Cuming, of St Helier, said that in the course of investigations he gathered from Le Monnier that he, in company with Roberts, had gone for a walk around Trinity on the Monday night as they had nothing to do.

Cards in the park

With reference to the Sunday, he declared that they had been on the Park playing cards, but as they were not very flush they decided they would go out to Trinity as Roberts knew Mr Pallot.

The plan of campaign was to go to the house, when one of them would knock the old man down, whilst the others carried on with the good work.

Matters, however, did not go on as they expected so they returned to town.

On the way it was suggested again that if they saw a lady they would knock her down whilst the other stole her purse.

Fortunately for them and fortunately for the lady, they met no one.

On the following night Roberts and Le Monnier went out to Trinity again and tried to get into the house but they were disturbed.

Mr Walter Abraham Pallot said that someone called at his house on the day in question and asked to be directed to Mr Binet’s place, and he told them.

They tried the door again later but he (witness) did not answer.

On the following night he heard someone trying to remove a pane of glass so he called out and the miscreants made off.

Le Monnier and Roberts were condemned to a week imprisonment with hard labour for the first charge and to three weeks with hard labour for the second. As to Kirwan and Beckford, they would be liberated with a caution.

Comrades of the Great War

Dear Sir

I am taking the liberty of drawing the attention of all members of our Jersey Branch, Comrades of the Great War, to the meeting advertised on Tuesday evening next at 7.30.

In order to keep the Jersey branch going, it is absolutely necessary that all members should attend the meeting and show the public that they take an interest in this, the greatest and best Association which exists today, for all men who have served their King and Country in the hour of need.

Posts and branches are now established all over our grand British Empire, and in my own country, old Ireland, in spite of the many disadvantages existing there today the Irish Branches are still kept going, proving to the world that ex-Irish soldiers are loyal to our Empire and that neither foreign money or foreign intrigue can undermine their loyalty.

It would be a pity if our Jersey Branch falls out of the Comrades’ Association, which certainly must be the case if its members do not take more interest in it than they have done lately.

I appeal to all Jersey Comrades to attend the meeting on Tuesday evening, and so keep our Branch going.

Yours faithfully, K Lyons-Montgomery, Capt, late President, Jersey Branch Comrades of the Great War.

Why the delay?
Friday 17 December

About 12.30 today a horse belonging to Messrs G Orange and Co, wine merchants, was being unharnessed at the stores in Cross Street, when it bolted.

In turning into Conway Street it slipped and fell, breaking a shoulder blade.

After three-quarters of an hour it was killed with the humane killer, in presence of Mr A P Brophy, officer of the JSPCA.

What humane people will want to know is why the wretched animal was kept standing for over 45 minutes before being put out of its misery.

Two contested applications for special licences
Friday 17 December
Before W H V Vernon, Bailiff, and Jurats de Carteret, Lempriere, Payn, Crill, Pepin, Le Rossignol, Le Cornu and Renouf. Present: His Excellency Major-General W H Douglas Smith, CB, Lieut-Governor
Mr E G Mann, Alexandra Hotel
Alexandra Hotel

Advocate Alavoine appeared for Mr Mann and produced excellent credentials.

The Bailiff asked Mr Mann if he intended to run the place as a hotel.

Applicant: ‘Yes, Sir.’

The Bailiff said there had been at certain periods objections from people going to and from the parish church about the number of labourers congregated at the hotel on Sundays.

Advocate Alavoine said it was intended to run the place as a real country hotel.

Recommended by a majority.

Jurats de Carteret and Payn were of the opinion that an ordinary licence would be ample.

Mr Arthur W Parker, Stag’s Head Hotel
Stag’s Head Hotel

At the Parish Assembly there was a large number in favour.

The Attorney-General said he was strongly opposed to the application. If a special licence was granted to the Stag’s Head, which was notoriously a public house, others holding ordinary licences could not be refused.

The Bailiff: ‘Was your Parish Assembly largely attended Mr Constable?’

The Constable of St Helier: ‘There were from 40 to 45 present.’

Advocate Richardson said that, during the war, Capt Parker in the space of six months had risen from the rank of nco to Captain.

He was a Military Medallist and was at present Secretary of the United Services Fund and was doing the most valuable work.

During the past year the Stag’s Head had been run as a hotel, and the visitors who stayed there spoke in the highest terms of the way in which they had been treated.

There were 19 bedrooms in the place and a dining room which could accommodate 50 people. The bar section was entirely separate.

If granted a special licence it was Capt Parker’s intention to close the bar on Sundays, for he did not want a Sunday trade.

All he wished to do was to be able to provide necessary refreshments to people staying at the place.

Mr C J Le Quesne, who objected at the Parish meeting renewed his objection.

The Attorney-General said that the Constable of St Helier was satisfied that the character of the applicant was highly satisfactory.

The point, however, was that if they granted the application other licence holders would want the same favour. Advocate Richardson said he doubted very much whether any other ordinary licence in the island had the same accommodation.

Granted by a majority.

Cinema staff ‘gassed’
Friday 17 December

An unfortunate incident took place yesterday afternoon.

Owing to the gas ‘impasse’, arrangements had been made for the large gas engine at West’s Playhouse to be converted into a petrol engine.

A fairly large staff had been engaged to do the work, which was completed by the afternoon.

The engine worked well, but apparently the petrol emitted a somewhat poisonous gas, for the manager, on going into the engine house, was dumbfounded to find three of the men laying on the ground ‘gassed’.

He managed to get these out into the open air, and they revived, but later the fumes penetrated to other parts of the building and other members of the staff had the same unpleasant ill feeling of being slowly ‘gassed’.

Under the circumstances, the Manager had to close down the show, and the large audience had to return home. Everything was afterwards arranged satisfactorily and the usual performances were held at night.

La Rocque Regatta
Presentation to Mr J T Cuthbert
Thursday 16 December

A meeting of the committee members of La Rocque Regatta was held last evening at La Rocque Inn for the purpose of recognising in a tangible form the valuable services rendered by Mr J T Cuthbert in connection with the regattas which have been so successfully held.

The chair was taken by Captain C Maingay Robin (Captain of the Regatta), who opened the proceedings by saying they had met to extend hearty thanks to Mr Cuthbert, who, as they all knew, had worked heart and soul for many years in the interests of their annual function.

Mr Cuthbert, in addition to making himself responsible for the splendid display of bunting on those occasions, had looked after the finances most creditably, collecting money for prizes and assisting in many other ways.

It was quite impossible to imagine a regatta at La Rocque without Mr Cuthbert’s assistance. The Committee had felt there should be some tangible recognition of those services so willingly and freely rendered year after year.

Captain Robin, amid applause, asked Mr Cuthbert to accept a set of silver-plated dish covers as a token of esteem and appreciation of his services.

Mr Cuthbert, responding, said he thanked the Committee with all his heart for their gift. Anything he had done for the regattas he had done willingly, his only object having been the success of the annual fete. They could rely on it that he would be as ready to assist in the future as he had been in the past. (Applause).

A pleasant hour was afterwards spent in conviviality and good fellowship.

Telephone rates:
Unpleasant shock
Tuesday 7 December

The further news which we were enabled to publish yesterday in regard to the new figures proposed by the Departmental Committee on Telephone Rates must have come as a very unpleasant shock to the whole community and especially to all sections of business people.

Put briefly, the recommendation of the Committee is to increase the rates to such an extent that subscribers who now pay £6 10s annually will be charged £38 15s. If they reside more than a mile from the exchange they will pay considerably more.

The whole of the details of this remarkable report are not available, but it is practically certain that the charges will be increased in the same ratio all round, and the telephone, now a convenience paid for at a reasonable price, will become a most expensive luxury.

The present charge for the use of the telephone through a call office is equal to the postage on a letter which has to travel thousands of miles. Any increases will simply mean that, where Jersey is concerned, public call offices will cease to exist for nobody will use them.

Guernsey people are fortunate in having a system run on business lines, the result being that subscribers get for £8 7s 6d what the Post Office cannot supply for less than £38 15s. Yet the Guernsey system is run at a profit, and, in addition, is efficient, which is more than can be said of the Post Office telephones.

One of three things. Either the proposed figure must go by the board, or the States must undertake the service, or, and this would perhaps be the best and wisest, private enterprise must be allowed to step in.

The Jersey Chamber of Commerce is to be congratulated on having taken the matter up. We trust that the emphatic protest which has been made together with the further representations that will doubtless follow, will have the effect of convincing the authorities on the mainland that any attempt to force the suggested charges on the Jersey public will meet with complete and utter failure.

St Clement Parish Assembly
Charity donation rejected as 'dangerous precedent'
Wednesday 15 December

An Assembly of Principals and Officials of St Clement’s was held last evening at the Parish Hall. Mr S G Crill, Constable, presided over a good attendance.

The meeting took into consideration a letter from the Hon Secretary of the Jersey Society for the Blind, asking whether the Assembly would be disposed to vote an annual sum to the Society.

Mr G H Le Neveu proposed that the request be not entertained as it would be setting a dangerous precedent.

Jurat Crill: ‘Living is dear, and these poor unfortunates suffer more than we do.’

Centenier Ph Billot seconded Mr Le Neveu’s proposition. Mr Sinnatt had no reason to complain, for the Society had a lady collector in the parish and she did very well.

Rather than create a precedent he (the speaker) would be prepared to subscribe 10s there and then.

It was decided not to entertain the request. At the close of the meeting, however, the handsome sum of £6 10s was subscribed by the members present.

The last item was to consider the question of erecting a tablet to the memory of parishioners who fell during the war. The Constable said he had been approached by several parishioners in regard to the matter and had promised to bring it forward to the next meeting. Personally, he thought something should be done.

Jurat Crill said that they should erect a memorial not only to the fallen but to all the men who had gone overseas.

The Rector said all they could do at that meeting was to decide whether a memorial should be erected or not. A memorial was certainly due to the men who had died and also to those who had risked their lives.

There were many in the parish who, through exposure or wounds, would be at a grave disadvantage for the remainder of their lives. If their brethren has not gone out to fight, the island might well have been under the German heel.

They could never forget the great sacrifices made so that the whole nation might remain free. (Applause).

After discussion it was decided to leave the matter in the hands of the Comite Paroissal with power to add to their number. A report will be presented at a later meeting.

The Jersey Ladies’ College

We understand that a private meeting of shareholders of the Jersey Ladies’ College is taking place today, the business being to consider the price being asked for the College in the event of the States wishing to take it over.

The figure mentioned when the matter was discussed in the Assembly was £10,000, the amount of the share capital.

OV Association Annual Dinner
Thursday 16 December

The annual dinner in connection with the Old Victorians’ Association was very successfully held last night at the Royal Hotel.

The Rev G P Balleine was in the chair, the vice-chairmen being Messrs W T Marett and H S Godfray. The attendance of 95 constituted a record.

Among the guests were Major-General W Douglas Smith, CB, Lieut-Governor, and Sir W H V Vernon, Bailiff of Jersey.

The catering gave very great satisfaction.

The toasts included ‘The King’, ‘The Queen and members of the Royal Family’, ‘The Bailiff of Jersey’, ‘Our Guests’, (all proposed by the Chairman), ‘Success to Victoria College’, (proposed by Advocate Coutanche, and ‘The Chairman’, proposed by Mr W T Marett.

Replying to the toast of ‘Our Guests’, the Lieut-Governor referred to the splendid work of Old Victorians during the war, pointing out that out of 700 who went overseas, 120 lost their lives. That there was also, said His Excellency, a large number of wounded, was proved by the many cripples who had returned to the Island. He hoped to be looked upon as a staunch supporter of the College and of the Cadets during his term of office.

Sir William Vernon, replying to the toast, related some of his experiences during his term of office as President of the College Committee, referring specially to the harmonious manner in which the administration had been carried on. Sir William pointed out that owing to the new Education Act the old Governing Body had ceased to exist. He wished them, however, to believe that he would always remain a friend and supporter of the College.

The Chairman, in the course of his remarks, referred to the proposed formation of an Old Victorians Club. He hoped the Club would be established in the near future, and that it would become a centre of social and athletic activity.

During the evening, songs were given by Messrs R B Le Cornu, P L de Faye and W E de Faye.

Situations vacant

RAF recruits wanted for skilled and unskilled trades. Age 18-28 for civilians and 18-38 for ex-servicemen.

Apply Mr J Byrne, Civilian Recruiter, 73 Great Union Road, St Helier.

Monday 6 December
Before Geo Ph Crill, Esq, Jurat
A milk case

Thomas Filleul Le Breton, a native of St Saviour, was charged by Mr J A Perree, Constable of St Saviour, with an infraction of Article 10 of the Foods Administration Act by supplying milk adulterated to the extent of 6, 8, 9 and 12 per cent respectively, to the Victoria Dairy Co Ltd, St Helier. Advocate Giffard defended the accused.

The Constable of St Saviour produced a letter from the Sanitary Committee together with the analysis of the milk complained of and authorising the prosecution.

Mr F W Toms, Official Analyst, deposed to having analysed the samples of the milk in question. There were four samples connected with the case brought in by Mr Humphries; one contained 8 per cent of added water, another 9 per cent of added water, the third 6 per cent and the fourth 12 per cent.

A number of questions of a highly technical nature were put to the witness and answered. The Acting Magistrate thought that a good deal of time was being wasted. The Analyst’s Office report was produced showing that there had been added water. If there was any doubt about it the accused could appeal.

Mr Frank Humphries (Sanitary Inspector) deposed to having received a report of an analysis of milk sent to Mr Toms; he stated that the original sample had been taken at the dairy from Mr Le Breton’s cans.

Later, witness, with Mr Pettiquin, proceeded to the cross roads at Five Oaks and took four samples from four different cans. They were sealed according to Law. On 26 November he took samples direct from Mr Le Breton’s cows.

Counsel having addressed the court, the Acting Magistrate reviewed the case and said that he was bound to take the analyst’s report as correct. Under the circumstances the accused would be condemned to pay £2 10s fine, in addition to which he would have to pay the analyst’s fee.

Jailed for not paying maintenance

Adolphus William Henry Crocker (36), a native of St Helier’s, was charged by Centenier C Cuming with refusing to provide for the maintenance of Mary Ann Journeaux, his wife, and his four children, aged respectively 12, 9 5 and 3 years.

The accused said he had not refused to maintain his wife. He said he had given his wife 30s a week, all he earned in fact, but was now out of work.

Centenier Cuming said Mrs Crocker complained on Saturday that she had not received her allowance. Some time ago accused was ordered by the Constable to pay 30s a week but had ceased payments.

In the summer Crocker complained about the way his wife was behaving and that the children were not being attended to, so he (witness) made it his business to visit the house, but he found everything in order. The woman was poor, but her children and the place were perfectly clean.

Crocker had given a good deal of trouble with his complaints, and it seemed as though he tried to do all he could to annoy his wife. There was absolutely no foundation for his stories.

Mrs Crocker said she had been married 13 years. Her husband had continually ill-treated her and she positively could not live with him.

Acting Magistrate (to accused): ‘You will go to gaol for 15 days with hard labour.’

Matron's thanks

The Matron of the Jersey Dispensary and Infirmary wishes to acknowledge with grateful thanks a flowering cherry tree and a collection of herbaceous plants from Highfield Nurseries, also a much-needed coal scoop from Grandin and Co; also £1 ‘as much as I can give for getting my finger right, this a gift as I know we are not charged for accidents, from W.E.B.’; also £1 from four publicans and a sinner.

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