Evening Post 1920 - 4

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19 January - 24 January 1920
States of Jersey Sanitary Committee
Entertainment ban

Owing to the great prevalence of epidemic diseases among children, the Sanitary Committee, in concert with the Bailiff of Jersey, hereby, until further notice, prohibit all public entertainments, performances, amusements, bazaars, etc, and also close all theatres, public halls and other places where such entertainments, performances etc, are usually held, or which can be used for those purposes.

The Sanitary Committee further earnestly requests the public of the Island to refrain from assembling or attending any gatherings which, by bringing people together unnecessarily, may increase the risk of infection.

Ernest Le Sueur, Greffier

The restrictions

We learn that a record number of cases of measles have been notified to the States Sanitary Committee, these including quite a number of adults.

Letter to the Editor

Dear Sir, Could any of your numerous readers inform me if it is a medical fact that the male (adult) sex is immune from infectious diseases such as mumps, measles and whooping cough?

Why I ask is because on reading the “Evening Post” of Tuesday the 20th, I see in one column that the Bailiff and Sanitary Committee prohibit all amusements in public places, viz concerts, theatres, cinemas, bazaars etc, and in another part of the paper I read that the said Bailiff and 59 other gentlemen sat down to dinner at an hotel, and spent several hours in a public room. Perhaps, though, the dinner was “duty” and not “amusement”, and no doubt a hot room, good food, laughter, “witty dog stories” and the absence of “Mr Pussyfoot” are all antidotes against measles and mumps.

Wake up Ladies, next year “we” must have a Cats’ Dinner

Yours, Fair Play

NB: The dinner referred to was that of the Jersey Dog Club

Domestic workers

Mrs Raymer of Clifton, Bristol, recommends employers with vacancies for domestic workers, and domestic workers anxious to obtain employment, to apply to the Domestic Workers Bureau, Regent House, Regent Street, London W. This organisation is run on new and original lines by ex-officers of high standing; for employers it provides a large selection of reliable workers, and for workers it offers free registration, and good situations with legal protection. A special branch deals with gentlewomen seeking domestic work.

Like the Lion on your silver spoons

The name “Brooke Bond’s” on the packet of tea is the hallmark of sterling quality. Just as you can be sure your spoons are of real silver when you see the lion stamped upon them, so you can be sure the tea which bears the name “Brooke Bond’s” is the best tea that can be bought.

And it lasts longer because you can use less at a time. It is so strong that a small spoonful goes as far as a big spoonful of ordinary tea.

Ask for “Brooke Bond’s Tea”. To be obtained throughout the Islands.

Situations Vacant

Man, abstainer, to make himself generally useful inside steam laundry. Constant, if reliable - Model Laundry, Vallee des Vaux.

New tariff for cabmen
Horse-drawn carriages were still in use as cabs in 1920

At this week's States sitting the Constable of St Helier submitted certain amendments to the Law on Road Regulations, increasing the fares to be charged by cabmen.

The new tariff is as follows:

  • For one mile or fraction of a mile 1s 6d
  • A one-horse vehicle for half an hour or less 2s
  • A two-horse vehicle for half an hour or less 3s

Jurat Payn seconded the lodging au Greffe. The fares had not been altered during the war, and it was high time something was done.

Parish of St John
The vacant Centeniership: An electoral bombshell

Surprises in matters electoral seem to be the order of the day in the little parish of St John, but that perpetrated on the electorate last evening was certainly out of the ordinary and caused at once no end of amusement and annoyance.

It had been freely rumoured of late that owing to the retirement of Mr J Dorey from office, Mr Ph Corbel Le Quesne would become a candidate. It was also said that a movement was afoot to secure a third candidate in order to force an election, and we honestly believe that those who attended the nomination last evening really expected the surprise to come from that direction.

But the St Jeannais, it appears, have a sense of humour all their own, and the promoters of the surprise, in order not to disappoint the electorate, prepared a double-barrelled joke, which they succeeded in keeping quite secret until the meeting commenced.

Mr Herbert Falla (Constable) presided over the Assembly, which was very representative. Among those present we noticed the Rev E St John Nicolle (Rector), Deputy S D Du Feu, Messrs Ph Barette, J P Vaudin, E J Simon, P H Le Masurier, W H Langlois, J Le Masurier, J Le Couteur, J G Le Couteur, P C Le Quesne, J B Le Quesne, J S Bisson, T Le Boutillier, A S Le Ruez, A E Baudains, P M Baudains, F E Luce, E G Le Boutillier, E P Le Couteur, W J Renouf, P F Coutanche, J J Renouf and others.

The convening notice having been read, as well as the Act of the Court ordering the election, the Constable called for nominations.

Centenier James Gartrell

Mr Raymond Perree Le Cornu stepped forward without hesitation and to the surprise of everyone briefly announced that he wished to propose the re-election of Centenier James Gartrell, Ville Guyon, St John, landed proprietor. He then read the nomination paper which gave the name of Mr John Pinel as seconder, and the signatories Messrs John P Rondel, Philip Frs Coutanche, Clarence Le Brun, Joseph A Barette, Theo Hotton, Josue Blampied, A Le C Bisson and John A Corbel.

This procedure somewhat took the wind out of the sails of Mr Gartrell’s friends, who themselves had prepared nomination paper, which was duly signed and fulfilled the requirements of the Law, and it was also whispered to us that both his proposer and seconder, who had been thus totally disarmed, had prepared speeches which for rhetoric would never have been equalled, but “there’s many a ship,” etc.

Philip Corbel Le Quesne

As soon as those present had somewhat recovered from the shock, Deputy S D Du Feu advanced, and in a brief speech proposed the candidature of Mr Philip Corbel Le Quesne, of South View, St John, landed proprietor. That gentleman, he said, was well known and highly respected, having for 21 years served as a Constable’s Officer and nine years as a Vingtenier. He left his candidate, with confidence, in their hands. He hoped Mr Le Quesne would receive their unstinted support. The other signatories to the nomination paper were: Messrs Ph Le Masurier (seconder), Ph Mallet, Moses Du Val, Ph Le Masurier, A E Baudains, J P Vaudin, Philip M Baudains, A W Blampied and Herbert Picot.

Ex Deputy Ph Le Masurier seconded the nomination with pleasure. As Mr Du Feu had informed the electors, Mr Le Quesne had served the parish well as both Constable’s Officer and Vingtenier and he was actually a member of the Taxation Committee. All these offices he had filled with credit to himself and in the interests of the parish. He (the speaker) felt sure if they elected Mr Le Quesne they would, at the end of three years, find that he had done his duty capably in every possible respect. (Applause).

John Pinel Le Brun

Mr Raymond P Le Cornu again advanced and launched his second bombshell by proposing Mr John Pinel Le Brun of Meadow Farm, landed proprietor. He (the speaker) claimed that his candidate possessed all the qualities attributed to the other gentlemen who had been nominated. Mr Le Brun was well known and would do the work effectively if elected. The nomination paper was signed as under: Messrs Theo Hotton (seconder), John Philip Rondel, Philip Frs Coutanche, Frs J Talibard, Clarence Le Brun, George Mauger Tourgis, George Dorey Le Cornu, John Dallain and Joseph A Barette.

There were no other nominations, and the twenty minutes required by Law having expired, the Constable announced that as there were more candidates than there were vacancies to fill, an election would take place as ordered by the Royal Court on Friday 30 January.

This concluded the official business. The friends of Messrs Gartrell and Le Quesne were invited to meet at the St John’s Hotel, where refreshments were served, and the healths of the candidates honoured, the remainder of the evening being spent pleasantly.

States of Jersey: Committee for the Defence of the Island

A limited quantity of cheese is available for distribution during February, March and April. Any retailer who may require a supply in addition to his allotment should at once apply to the Control Office, 24 Hill Street.

States of Jersey
States Auditor’s salary

The States took into consideration increasing the salary of the States chartered accountant from £200 to £300.

In accordance with the Law, the discussion of the Bill took place in private, the galleries being cleared. No announcement was made as to whether the measure had been adopted or not, but later enquiries elicited the fact that it had been adopted without opposition.

States Treasurer re-elected

On the recommendation of the Finances Committee, Mr Henry M de Veulle was unanimously re-elected States Treasurer, the deliberation in this case also taking place in private.

The import of gooseberry bushes

The Rector of St Clement presented a Projet d’Amendment to the Bill prohibiting the import of gooseberry bushes or cuttings from any part of Europe.

Continuing, the speaker said the Government Regulation, 1919, proved that there was not now the slightest risk in importing bushes or cuttings from England.

When the bill came up for discussion he (the speaker) felt confident he would be able to show that there was not any danger in importing American gooseberry mildew. Gooseberry bushes were badly wanted, and it was known that attempts had been made to get them over fraudulently. Lodged au Greffe.

The Waterworks Increase: A Question

Deputy Gray said he wished to refer to the sudden increase of 33 per cent in the price of water by the Jersey Waterworks Company.

The President said it was a question for the Committee of Private Bills. The constitutional thing to do was to put a question to the President.

Deputy Gray asked the President of the Committee (Jurat Payn) if anything had been done since 1915 to prepare a Bill along the lines of the Gas Bill.

Jurat Payn said that now the war was over something would undoubtedly be done. It was his intention to call the committee together shortly.

Police Court

Before John Vaudin, Esq, Magistrate
A bad beginning

Mary Johanna Kirwan (19), on remand, was charged by Centenier J Vautier of St Helier, with having on Wedesday 14 January, grossly insulted Mrs Agnes Cross (nee Churchill) and Mabel Cross, and this in Elizabeth Lane.

This case was adjourned from last Saturday in order to permit Canon Hourigan being heard. Canon Hourigan was then called and said he could find a home for the girl. The accused said she was willing to go to a home.

Miss Andrews said that, if the girl was willing to go to the House of Help temporarily and behave, she could be taken, otherwise it would be impossible. The girl said she preferred to go home with her sister. The latter agreed to see to the accused.

Canon Hourigan said that a home had been found, and the girl could be sent by the first available boat. On this understanding she was liberated.


William Gosselin (36), a native of St Clement, was charged by Centenier Laurens of St Helier with having been found drunk in Conway Street last evening at about 8.15.

Centenier Laurens said that Gosselin was brought to the Police Station on the truck last evening at 8.15. His face was covered with blood and he was in a deplorable state. PCs Ferris and Walters gave evidence of arrest. Accused was helplessly drunk.

A fine of 10s was imposed or, in default, 48 hours imprisonment. The fine was paid.

Cruelty to animals

The recent controversy over horses being refused permission to land at the Harbour reached the States this week.

Deputy Gray asked the President of the Piers and Harbours Committee whether the committee has had brought to its notice the circumstances of gross cruelty inflicted on certain horses exported to the Island between the 15th and 18th of this month, and whether they have taken or contemplated taking any steps to prevent a recurrence of such a regrettable incident.

Continuing, Deputy Gray said that a number of horses which came to Jersey on the 15th inst were, owing to some technicality, not permitted to land. They had to go back, and owing to tempestuous weather, one died and another had to be shot. Such a thing should not have occurred. (Applause).

Jurat Gruchy said that the Committee had received no information on the subject.

Deputy Gray: It was published in Friday’s paper.

Jurat Godfray: All we know is that the horses, when they arrived, had no proper certificates. In such cases the committee have no responsibility. The Veterinary Surgeon, acting under orders, refused to allow them to land.

Deputy Gray: Can nothing be done in such cases?

Jurat Godfray: Change the Law.

The Deputy of St Saviour said the officials on the other side were to blame. They knew the regulations but had not observed them.

Jurat Le Boutillier said the regulations in force today were imposed at the request of the Board of Agriculture and Fisheries. It was the fault of importers if the regulations were not carried out. In more than one case the horses brought over were not those described in the identification papers.

Deputy Gray thought the horses should have been landed and placed in quarantine.

The Rector of St Saviour said Deputy Gray should see that in future the regulations were observed.

The Constable of St Helier thought the Harbours Committee had obeyed the Law to the letter but laws should be interpreted with common-sense, and common-sense had not been exercised in the case under discussion. (Applause.) The horses should at least have been landed. Their treatment was nothing short of cruelty.

Jurat Le Boutillier: You’re a member of the Harbours Committee?

The Constable of St Helier (hotly): Yes Sir, and it’s not the first time I’ve protested against things of this sort and you know it. It’s time the public should know how things are carried on.

The President said that if a man was careless enough to import animals without proper papers, there was a remedy. The man ought to be prosecuted. It was all a matter of administration.

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