Evening Post 1920 - 3

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12 January - 17 January 1920
Fire at Thornton Hall

An outbreak of fire occurred yesterday afternoon at Thornton Hall, the residence of Major Nicolle, but owing to the prompt manner in which it was dealt with by the latter, the flames were prevented from spreading.

As soon at the outbreak was discovered a telephone message was sent to the Fire Station, and Second Officer J Remphrey, together with Engineer W J Lock and Firemen J Marie, W Crowell and W Thoreau, with the hand pump, proceeded to the house.

On arrival they found that the trouble was evidently caused by a settlement of burning soot, which had apparently fallen from the kitchen range flue against the partition.

Major Nicolle, prior to the arrival of the firemen, had cut away the woodwork and extinguished the fire but extra precautions were deemed advisable, and these were duly taken.

Death of the Rev A R Pinel

We regret having to announce the death of the Rev Arthur Risebrough Pinel, of Jagersfontein, South Africa, which occurred yesterday at this mother’s residence, The Ferns, Don Road, after a long and painful illness.

The deceased, who was in his 47th year, was a son of the late Capt John Pinel of Sans Souci, St Saviour’s Road. He was educated at Victoria College and adopted the ministry as his profession.

On several occasions, when on vacation in the Island, he conducted services at St Luke's Church and also at St Simon's. A man of sterling character and of the highest principle, he was respected and esteemed by all who knew him.

We offer our sympathy to the bereaved mother and other members of the family. The funeral takes place tomorrow, when the first part of the service will take place at St Luke's Church, at 11 am.

Poultry Society: Splendid show

The annual show of the Jersey Poultry and Ornithological Society, which is being held today and tomorrow at the Prince of Wales Rooms, is undoubtedly the best held for many a long day.


All through the war, when societies and organisations were crumpling up and getting out of gear, the Jersey Poultry Society held on, and the annual show was never abandoned even for one year.

It was suggested at a certain period that it might be advisable to give up the fixture until the war was over, but there were men in the Society who believed that this would be a mistake, and there is no doubt now that they were right. It was better to struggle on and to maintain continuity than to open a gap which might never have been bridged over.

This year’s total entry of 1,005 is nearly 30 better than last year’s, and though not a record is well on the way to it. The increase has necessitated the use of the Albany Hall, which joins on to the Prince of Wales Rooms, and altogether four rooms are occupied and completely filled up.

High standard of exhibits

In regard to the quality of the exhibits there can be no two opinions. There are indifferent specimens here and there, as there are in every show, but speaking generally good class is the key-note of the show.

During the war the Society availed itself of the services of local judges, it being found impossible to get anyone over from the Mainland.

This year, however, the former custom has been reverted to, and Messrs F S Chatterton and G H Billet, both of London, and both well-known to the Society, took the classes.

Guernsey entries

There are some 80 Guernsey exhibits altogether in the various sections of the show.

Mr Sydney Sinnatt, President of the Society, together with Mr J Amy, Hon Secretary, and several members of Committee superintended the arrangements, which are perfectly satisfactory.

A show of this kind is not got up without a great deal of work, and the Society has always been able to call upon the services of officials who spare neither time nor trouble in its interests.

Mr Edmund Blampied

Our hearty congratulations to Mr Edmund Blampied, the well-known Jersey artist, who had just been made an associate of that exclusive body the Royal Society of Painters-Etchers and Engravers.

States sitting
Tuesday 13 January 1920
President: Sir W H V Vernon, Bailiff
Public Lunatic Asylum Director's pension

Jurat Crill submitted a report of the Public Asylum Committee recommending the States to grant a retiring pension to the Medical Director of the institution, and also recommending that in future any Medical Director who shall have been in office for twenty years or more shall be eligible for a pension.

Jurat Payn thought the States should not be asked to adopt such a far-reaching principle séance tenante (right away). He proposed that the Act should be lodged au Greffe and discussed at a later meeting of the Assembly.

Deputy Le Marquand seconded. He was not in any way antagonistic to the proposal, but the States should not be asked at a minute’s notice such a very important proposal from any committee. Whether the recommendation was adopted today or in a week’s time could not make any difference.

The passport question

The Bailiff submitted two Petitions from a number of people residing out of the Island and chiefly in Sark, praying for the immediate abolition of passports.

The Deputy of St Saviour: “Are we to understand, Sir, that Sark is about to come under the jurisdiction of Jersey?”

The President said that the passport system was annoying to people in Sark, Guernsey and Hampshire. The matter, however, was not one for the States.

The Rector of St Brelade thought it would be only courteous to send a reply.

The Deputy of St Saviour said the reply would come in due course.

Horses refused permission to land

Yesterday’s incoming mail steamer Ibex brought three horses to the Island, but the whole of the necessary documents not having arrived, the States veterinary officer refused to allow the horses to be landed.

It was pointed out that the animals were quite sound, and that the documents would doubtless arrive by the next steamer, but the official was obdurate, and the horses had to be carried back to England by today’s steamer. Mr Brophy, the JSPCA officer, saw that the animals were fed and watered during the day.

Seeing that owing to the fact that Guernsey does not require the same documents, mistakes are continually occurring, and the unfortunate animals are kept in close confinement on the steamers for a considerable time, and forced to undergo three sea trips.

Would it not be better for some arrangement to be made for the animals to remain in quarantine here until the necessary papers turn up? It would thus save considerable expense and unnecessary annoyance.

Police Court
Before John Vaudin, Esq, Magistrate
An absentee

Alfred Percy Channing (24), was charged by Centenier Laurens of St Helier with being an absentee from the 1st Lancashire Fusiliers.

The accused said he intended rejoining his unit on Saturday, but missed the boat. His chum, who was to have called him, overslept himself, and so did his mother.

Centenier Laurens said that a telegram had been received from the Regiment asking for the arrest of Ptes Channing and Weeks. The latter left on Saturday. A telegram had been sent to OC Lancashire Fusiliers (Aldershot), but no reply had been received.

The case was remanded until tomorrow, or awaiting an escort.

Charming comedy drama at West's

West's have a reputation for giving their patrons an ideal entertainment and they have never hit the Jersey taste better than in the delightful five-part comedy-drama Real Folks which is being shown the first part of the week.

The film is brimming over with happy humour and charming sentiment, and features that favourite star artiste, J Barney Sherry as the Irishmen who finds oil in California, and then turns his back on the past and tries to get 'right there' in the highest circles. The story is true of many plain people who find themselves in fancy surroundings, and it shows once more that true hearts are more than coronets.

Pat Duncan does his utmost to get into Society with a big “S” without success, and scorns his wife’s plainer friends, only to find at the finish that the latter are the “real folk” and that all that glitters is not gold. A really well produced and finely acted film without any exaggerating plot, but a story that is well thought out and that can be enjoyed by every lover of a good cinema play.

West’s should have great houses tonight and tomorrow while Real Folks is being shown.

Letter to the Editor
The closing of schools

Sir, Will you allow me, through the medium of your valuable paper, to draw public attention to what is becoming an increasing annual scandal. It is the enforced closing down or postponement of the re-opening of schools, especially in the winter months, through the prevalence of mumps, chicken-pox and measles. With the ever-increasing expense of education, the shortening of the school term becomes a double expense for parents, for which they get no possible return.

It is notorious that the time devoted to study and education each year becomes less and less, and yet the cost is still mounting up in an alarming fashion.

Another aspect of the matter is that children would be far better at school during the bad weather of the winter then wasting their time or spending it, as they mostly do, in amusements and occupations little conducive to good health and intellectual progress.

What is the use of Victoria College and the Ladies College closing down if the pupils spend their time in the unhealthy, epidemic-breeding atmosphere of the picture palace?

If the schools cannot open for the fear of spreading an epidemic, why do the cinemas still perpetuate the scourge without hindrance from the Sanitary Committee?

The situation is illogical and if not so tragic would be farcical. If the schools must close, then it ought to be firmly laid down that no child should resume schoolwork except on production of a satisfactory certificate that he or she had not entered a cinema for the previous fortnight, or a dance or entertainment at which more than 25 persons were present.

Drastic steps should also be taken to segregate all infected children, and not allow them to run about as they are doing today, unchecked and unhampered, in this senseless spreading of infectious diseases.

Yours faithfully


Returning to South Africa

Mr and Mrs G V Blampied, accompanied by their little daughter, leave the Island by tomorrow morning’s boat to join the Balmoral Castle on Friday en route for South Africa, after having spent a six-month holiday in the Island.

Having had a hasty summons from the Union Castle Co, they wished to take this opportunity of wishing all their friends “Good-bye”.

Pedlars’ Bazaar

A cordial invitation is extended to all interested in Church work to attend the Pedlars’ Bazaar, which will be opened by Madame de Ugarté, at the Primitive Methodist Schoolroom, Aquila Road, at 3 o’clock tomorrow afternoon.

At 7 pm a concert will be given by the children of Mrs D G Evans’ singing class. The bazaar will again be opened on Thursday at 3.30 by Mr G Fox.

Augres Wesley Guild

Under the auspices of the Augres Wesley Guild, what proved to be a very delightful entertainment took place at the Augres Schoolroom last evening, Mr P de Gruchy being in the chair.

The programme, which was splendidly varied, was given by a number of favourite artistes, who were deservedly applauded.

Solos were pleasingly rendered by Miss L Thomas, Miss Gladys du Feu, Master Lyndon Marguerie (soloist at Winchester Cathedral), Mr Gerald Dart, Mr Percy Le Geyt, Mr H C De La Mare and Mr G De La Haye; excellent pianoforte solos were rendered by Miss Olive Gallichan; Miss Irene De La Perrelle gave a delightful recitation; Mrs De La Haye and Miss Filleul an excellent duet, whilst Miss Baron obliged with an elocutionary item in the patois.

The accompaniments were shared by Miss Olive Gallichan and Mr T H Marguerie, LLCM.

At the conclusion the chairman thanked all the artistes who had taken part in a programme which was amongst the most enjoyable held in the hall.

To farmers – ploughing season

Orders taken for ploughing by the day or vergée. The Don Stables, Seaton Place or Vieux Menage.

Experienced ploughmen, good drivers and horses.

Broody hen

Wanted, broody hen. Apply, stating price, to “Hen”, EP Office.

1920 gramophones

Our readers’ attention is called to the second consignment of 1920 gramophones and records. Save the 5 per cent discount off wholesale prices.

Why wait for a sale when you can have the latest English model at nearly the same price? R J Hunt, 71 King Street. File:W19Gramophone1920.jpg

The Don Eating House

The above eating house in Don Street (P Le Cornu, proprietor), is the noted house for fish and chips, teas and luncheons; eggs and bacon a speciality.

On Saturdays, dinners will be provided from 12 to 2, at moderate charges.

Farmers and others from the country districts will find this a very convenient house for the mid-day meal.

Royal Court

Before Sir W H V Vernon, Bailiff, and Jurats Payn and Godfray
Saturday 17 January 1920

Relatives, neighbours and friends were called to name a guardian to the minor child of the late Mr Maturin Tanguy, and of the late Mrs Caroline Kermarec, his wife. Mr C G Mauger was chosen and sworn.

Relatives, neighbours and friends were called to name a guardian to the minor children of the late Mr Alphonse Beaugeard. The widow was chosen and sworn.

Letter to the Editor
The Boy Scouts

Sir, As you are always in sympathy with all that tends to the betterment of the community in general, will you allow me through the medium of your valuable paper to bring before the public a new scheme in conjunction with the Boy Scouts.

Since the formation of the troops we have always tried to defray our expenses of upkeep and equipment through the assistance of kind friends by donations and entertainments. This next six weeks we are going to try something quite new.

Here it is. Have you got any medicine bottles? The lads will deliver leaflets which will explain the object ie to wipe out our 1919 debt. I should like to say they will be chiefly delivered during the evenings, a second call being made on the third evening after delivery of the leaflet.

This will give people plenty of time to collect all spare bottles. Please do not bother about washing them. We will see to that. In this scheme the lads will be doing something to help themselves. We shall have a ready sale; both doctors and chemists will be pleased to have them.

It is very probable we shall not be able to call at every house in the town, so if anyone can help us in any way, a post card to the Georgetown Post Office will bring a Scout to their door.

To our country friends who are in sympathy with the Scout movement, our Hon Sec Mr Frs Michel had kindly arranged to receive medicine bottles on Saturday afternoons between 2 and 4 pm.

Thanking you for this kindness, and leaving the matter confidently to the generosity of your numerous readers.

Believe me always, yours gratefully

Harold C Taylor, WSM

St Helier’s (3rd Jersey) Troop, Georgetown

Springside House School

Springside House School, St Martin (Gorey District). Boarding & Day School.

Healthy situation. Record successes. School sports. Individual attention. Sound practical education to meet modern requirements.

Pupils prepared for London Matric, Oxford and Cambridge Locals, Osborne College RN, College of Preceptors, Chamber of Commerce, etc.

Principal: Mr W E Silk assisted by fully-qualified visiting French teacher.

Next term commences Tuesday 20 Jan, 10am.

The Alhambra

“The Model’s Confession” (a Bluebeard drama in four parts) is the star picture in tonight’s new programme at the Alhambra, which will also include Episode 2 of “Elmo, the Mighty”, a Sennett comedy, and the Pathé Gazette.

The variety artiste is Miss Winnie Statt.

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