Evening Post 1920 - 7

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9 February - 14 February 1920
Western thieves again busy -
St Mary’s Post Office ransacked

After a few weeks rest, during which the police of the parish have followed up several clues without result, the thieves who have worried the residents of St Peter’s for some months have again resumed their nefarious occupation, but on this occasion have shifted to the neighbouring parish of St Mary. The locale selected was St Mary’s Post Office, and though the tenants who were asleep above the shop, heard nothing during the night, on coming downstairs this morning (Friday 13th), Miss Le Gresley found the shop had been ransacked.

It appears that the individuals in question, by means of a knife, slipped the catch of the scullery window, and on opening this were able to get into the shop. They then ransacked the till, but without success, for all the money had been removed. They then made their choice of the stock of groceries and took away about £5 worth. The police of St Mary’s have been informed of the theft, but up to the present they are without a clue.

Petty Debts Court
Before John Vaudin, Esq, Judge Wednesday 11 February 1920
A Gentleman’s Honour

On Wednesday last, Mr J H Pratt sued Mr W N Arthur, as principal heir to his late father’s estate, for payment of a note of hand for £8 signed by the deceased.

Mr A E Ereaut (Solicitor), for Mr Arthur, objected to the claim being made against his client as principal heir to the estate, and asked for a delay inasmuch as his client intended repudiating the estate of his late father.

Advocate Briard, for Mr Pratt, explained that Mr Arthur and his client were brother officers, and the debt which they were now suing for was contracted whilst they were both in active service. The note of hand was signed by Mr Arthur’s father. It was, in reality, a debt of honour.

Mr Ereaut said that from the legal point of view Mr Arthur could not be held responsible for the money, inasmuch as he intended repudiating the estate.

The Magistrate: “But your client either admits of denies having received the money? If he has received it, surely he will repay, it being a debt of honour incurred whilst they were brother officers. There might be a legal aspect to the question, but after all there is the question of honesty as well. The note of hand was signed by the father really as a guarantee.”

Mr Ereaut asked that the case be allowed to stand over for a week, and this was agreed to.

Hearing resumed

The case was again called today, when Mr Ereaut produced an Act of the Royal Court showing that his client had repudiated the estate of his father. Seeing that he had been sued as principal heir, he asked that Mr Arthur be discharged from the action.

The Judge: “You ask that, as principal heir, he be not called upon to pay. He is legally within his right, but I am not too sure if the proceeding is honest.” The Judge then discharged the defendant as principal heir.

Measles epidemic
How matters stand

In the course of an interview this morning with Dr Paul Chappuis, the States Medical Officer, we were informed that the measles epidemic, although on the decline, is far from over and that there is still great necessity for precaution.

Last week matters improved greatly as regards St Helier, but this morning ten new cases were reported, to the disappointment of the authorities, who had been hoping for something in the nature of a clean sheet very shortly. In some of the country parishes the epidemic is still spreading, while in others the number is decreasing.

600 to 1,000 cases

Altogether since 22 January, the day on which measles were made notifiable, over 600 cases have been reported, and it is well know that this is far from the total number which have occurred. The correct figure would probably be in the neighbourhood of 1,000.

It may not be generally known that measles are infectious for three or four days before the spots appear, and for at least 16 days afterwards. It is here that the danger lies and it is this danger that the authorities are trying to guard against.

A feature of the epidemic is that it is not confined to children or boys and girls in their teens. There are a number of cases where the patients are between 40 and 60. So far as is know 64 is the age limit up to now.

Entertainment still banned

The Sanitary Committee met this morning (Saturday 14th), and after hearing the Medical Officer’s report, it was decided that the town elementary and secondary schools would be re-opened. This does not include St Luke’s whilst Sunday Schools are yet under the ban of the Committee.

Auction sales are also now allowed in St Helier, on condition that the halls etc are regularly disinfected and that children under 15 are not permitted to attend. This attitude was taken in view of the great congestion that would occur if the sales were restricted much longer, owing to the number of removals which will take place about the March quarter.

The Committee discussed the advisability of allowing places of entertainment to be re-opened, and though the proposal to open these for adults only was strongly supported, it was decided by a majority that no change would be allowed.

The Sanitary Committee meet again on Saturday next.

Travelling cinema
A mobile cinema being readied for use at Saint Aubin

We learn that a travelling cinema in charge of two demobilised officers, one of whom is a Jerseyman, will shortly be showing in the Island, and that three halls, one at St Ouen’s, one at St Aubin’s and the other at Gorey, have been secured for the performances.

Bailiff's permission

It is the intention at present to make a start as soon as the Sanitary Committee’s restrictions are removed and to show at St Ouen’s the first two evenings of the week, at St Aubin’s on Wednesdays and Thursday, and at Gorey on Fridays and Saturdays. The permission of the Bailiff has been obtained on condition that only the best pictures shall be shown, and the promoters of the undertaking state that they will provide the Jersey public with the finest that can be obtained anywhere.

The plant is already in the Island, the latest and most up-to-date that could be purchased. It was used in France for the benefit of the troops right up to last November and has always proved perfectly satisfactory in every way.

It is hoped to establish an open-air cinema in the summer, and at different times to procure films of educational interest which will be of special value to schools.

Troglodyte Caves
The well-known Troglodyte Caves at Five Oaks are now open daily to visitors. These caves have been renovated and the museum well stocked. Visitors with roller skates may use the rink free. Open-air dances will be advertised later. Admission 6d.
Dockers' demands

We learn that the store hands, carters and coopers in Jersey, members of the Dockers’ Union, have put in a demand for higher wages and easier working conditions as from the expiration of the present agreement, which is occurring in a few weeks.

The store hands and carters, whose present wage is about 35s a week, are asking for a minimum of 55s, while the coopers demand 60s. In the case of all, a 55-hours week is wanted, with a half-holiday on Saturdays.

What is a fair, living wage?

The whole matter resolves itself into the question of what is a fair living wage. If the men concerned can prove that they are not getting that, it stands to reason that they must have an increase. On the other hand, a sudden jump of 20s a week is a lot to ask for a place like Jersey. One trusts that when the time comes both sides will discuss the matter in a spirit of conciliation, and will settle it amicably. The real solution of all such difficulties is the appointment of an Arbitration Board, with the necessary authority and powers.

Is it intimidation?
The Dockers’ Union v The Workers’ Union

Mr Greenwood, representative of the Dockers’ Union, and Mr Hardman, secretary, have called at Messrs Le Rossignol and Roissier’s stores, Esplanade, and announced that unless four men actually employed there, and who belonged to the Workers’ Union and not the Dockers’ Union, were dismissed they would consider it their duty to advise the majority of the men to cease work.

We do not wish at this juncture to enter into the pros and cons of the case, but we have always understood that provided all men employed in a firm belonged to some recognised union, the remainder of the men, let alone the officials, had nothing to say in the matter.

To our mind the whole affair savours of intimidation – but, on verra!

Another version of the affair is that the men belonging to the Workers’ Union have neglected to pay their arrears in subscriptions to the Dockers’ Union, though benefitting by the privileges of membership up till the time they joined the new union. The non-payment of these arrears seems to be the source of the whole trouble. The men have been notified that the amounts due have to be paid by Saturday next, failing which there will be a strike.

The Departure of Colonel Steavenson –
Enthusiastic Send-off

It is some years since scenes such as took place this morning (Wednesday 11th) have been witnessed at the outgoing mail steamer. As stated previously, Lieut-Colonel C J Steavenson, CMG has vacated the command of The King’s on retirement, and has been succeeded by Lieut-Col L M Jones.

Colonel and Mrs Steavenson, accompanied by their daughter, left the Island this morning, and practically the whole of the officers accompanied by their wives, the NCOs and men of the Battalion were on the quay to give the Colonel and his good lady a hearty send-off. A special train brought in the bands and a detachment from St Peter’s, whilst the drums and fifes played the company down from Fort Regent.

On arrival at the L and SWR berth, the NCOs and men lined the promenade, whilst the bands were stationed inside the barrier. Having bidden farewell to the officers and NCOs, Mrs Steavenson was presented by the officers with a beautiful basket of choice blooms.

As the party proceeded on the vessel, the bands struck up the regimental march and then took up a positon on the promenade where they played until the steamer slipped her moorings.

As the Vera steamed to the pierheads, the bands marched down playing, and as she passed out of the harbour they struck up For he’s a jolly good fellow. Loud cheers were then raised, followed by the playing of Auld Land Syne, this being heard until the vessel neared the breakwater.

Threats with loaded rifle and hatchet

A Frenchman named Guilleaume Frs Moissan, who, together with his wife and six children, reside in Dunell Place, First Tower, is at present in custody, and will be charged with having threatened to shoot his wife, and further with having attempted to strike her with a hatchet.

The man was under the influence of drink at the time and, it is stated, also threatened Mrs Honeycombe, a neighbour, who had taken Mrs Moissan in for safety, There was quite an uproar for some considerable time until PCs Le Breton and Poingdestre arrived on the scene and arrested the individual, who was gesticulating wildly and was apparently mad drunk.

Searching the house they found the rifle, which was loaded, also the hatchet. Moissan at first refused to move, but by means of a strong pair of handcuffs and a little gentle persuasion, he was induced to think that discretion was the better part of valour. He was transferred to gaol.


William Ching’s clearance sale

The great clearance sale is still proceeding at William Ching’s Boot and Shoe Stores, 29 Broad Street (adjoining Temperance Hotel). In addition to the numerous bargains offered in footwear of all descriptions, special attention is called to a large delivery of men’s and women’s solid leather heavy boots specially adapted for the planting season. An extra discount will be given on this class of goods.

Jersey Football Association

Westmount, Thursday next

Jersey Island v The King’s

Kick-off 2.45.

Admission 6d. Pavilion seats 6d extra. Pavilion and admission tickets are now on sale at the Beresford Library and, in view of the great demand, should be secured without delay.

Seaside caravan

Large bus converted into caravan; suitable as a pied a terre at the seaside for bathing. In perfect condition. Write ‘Caravan’ c/o this paper.

Private tuition

The Rev E Le Feuvre, BA, late Foundation Scholar and Prizewinner, Jesus College, Cambridge prepares candidates for university examinations and other examinations. Long experience, many successes.

Apply Grouville Rectory.


D Picot, Marine Store Dealer, of 19 Charles Street and Providence Street, wishes to notify the public that he does not hold himself responsible for any debts contracted by any of his rag gatherers without his written authority.

Situations vacant
Tomato labourer

Tomato labourer wanted for attending to about 150,000 plants by contract to experienced hands. For particulars apply Messrs Cooper. Vickerman Ltd, The Grove, St Lawrence.


Wanted in the Western Parishes a morning governess for a young girl about 13. Write ‘Governess’ at Evening Post stating salary.

Rosedale Stores

Well-built and commodious stores and shop adjoining and forming part of Rosedale Stores, Gorey Village are to let. Possession immediate. These premises are very suitable for merchants or growers. For particulars apply Crill and Benest, Solicitors, 16 Hill Street.

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