Evening Post 1920 - 8

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16 February - 21 February 1920
Taking dutiable articles into England

All passengers on this morning’s (Tuesday 17th) mail steamer were handed a new Customs notice regarding goods brought from the Channel Islands.

This contains on one side the principal articles subject to duty in the United Kingdom: cigars, cigarettes, tobacco; spirits (including liqueurs, bay rum and preparations containing spirits); perfumes, spirits, scent etc, wine, tea, coffee and chicory, cocoa and chocolate, saccharin and similar substances, sugar and good containing sugar, matches and mechanical lighters, cinematograph films, clocks and watches and their component parts, motor cars and their accessories, musical instruments and their accessories including gramophones and gramophone records.

Declare everything

Overleaf, the notice states that all dutiable articles in the possession of a passenger, however small the quantity may be, and whether carried on the person or otherwise, are liable to duty, and must be declared by him to the Customs official who examines his baggage.

Small quantities of dutiable articles will not necessarily be charged with duty, provided that they are bona fide personal effects, and are duly declared and produced to the Customs officer.

Passengers with dutiable articles in their possession are advised to have the articles readily accessible for production to the Customs. Time will be saved if passengers mark with a cross the corresponding items on the list, and produce their list to the Customs officer.

The responsibility of opening, unpacking and repacking rests with the passengers.

Military Cross

The final list of awards for services in the field and for service rendered in captivity or in attempting to escape or escaping therefrom, contains the following name:

Awarded the Military Cross For Services in the Field: Captain (now Major) A G Le Gallais, 2nd Bn Scots Fusiliers.

Accident at Trinity

A lad named Denis, aged 10, whose parents reside near Mont Pellier, Trinity, sustained a serious accident yesterday (2 February) morning.

It appears that the youngster, who does odd jobs for Mr Pallot, of the above address, gave chase to a cow which had broken loose, and in doing so stumbled over a low hedge, fracturing one of his legs.

Dr C A Bois was immediately telephoned for, and on arrival set the limb. We are pleased to learn that the sufferer is as well as can be expected.

The States
President: Sir W H Venables Vernon, Bailiff
Tuesday 17 February 1920
The Housing Question – Special Committee appointed

Deputy Middleton, referring to the housing question, said there was a great demand for houses in the Island, far larger than the supply. He was informed that for another five or six years it would be impossible to increase the number of houses. The influx of English people, who did not mind what they paid for a house had made matters a great deal worse, and, at the present time a £40 a year house was unobtainable in St Helier unless it was purchased.

The speaker closed by proposing a Resolution to the effect that a Special Committee be appointed to study the housing question and report to the Assembly. Deputy Gray, seconding, said that people who had been tenants for years were being ejected in order to make room for others who had bought the property at a fabulous price. The present state of affairs was scandalous.

Jurat Le Boutillier said some of the people who complained would not pay a fair rent.

Deputy Ferguson pointed out that many people were selling their houses because they could not get a remunerative rent.

The Deputy of St Saviour said that what was wanted was more houses, but nobody would build unless there was a certainty of getting a rental which would give fair return. Deputy Middleton’s proposal was most reasonable.

The Rector of St Helier said he had come across many cases of hardship, not always among the very poorest.

Deputy Middleton, replying, said they must increase the supply or decrease the demand.

The Resolution was adopted, and the following Committee named:- Jurats Lempriere, Aubin and Crill; the Rectors of St Helier, St Saviour and St Martin; the Constables of St Helier, St Saviour and St Clement; the Deputies of St Saviour and St Lawrence, and Deputy Middleton of St Helier.

The Island Memorial:
Gift of £20,000, scheme submitted
for art gallery at Market

An Act of the War Roll Committee was submitted relative to the erection of an Island Memorial, and recording the offer of the sum of £20,000.

The Deputy of St Saviour said that the Committee had to decide on some sort of Memorial. An exceedingly generous offer of £20,000 had been made by Mr and Mrs F W S Le Maistre, to be received at their death. Mr and Mrs Le Maistre were prepared to assist with gifts of paintings etc for an Art Gallery.

The scheme which recommended itself to the Committee was that the entrance to the Vegetable Market should be made into a Hall of Fame, and that the Art Gallery should be just beyond. The scheme would cost a considerable amount of money, but in any event, they must erect a suitable monument to the dead, and it might be centuries before such an opportunity came along such as that provided by Mr and Mrs Le Maistre’s munificent gift.

At present it was thought that the space beyond the Art Gallery could be turned into a public hall. It was high time the States should decide as to what form the memorial to the dead would take.

Jurat Lempriere said he was convinced the States would accept the splendid gift of Mr and Mrs Le Maistre. The States were trying to improve the education of the Island and they should also try to improve its art.

Jurat Payn thought the money might be given to the Education Committee.

Lodged au Greffe to be discussed at an early date.

Letter to the Editor
The Housing question

Dear Sir.- Will you allow me a little space to air my views on what is undoubtedly a very serious state of affairs, and which, if the powers that be do not immediately act, God only knows what the result may be.

I, like scores of others, am in the unenviable position of having the roof sold over my head, and under an ejection order which I suppose means, if I cannot find some sort of hut or hutch, I stand a good chance of finding myself in the street, thanks to the present unhousing scheme.

Now the difficulty is to find a house or rooms to meet the requirements of the average working man, and all because strangers come here from different parts, probably owing to the difficulty of finding a house in their own place, and not content with renting, they nearly all are buying the premises and thereby turn us Islanders into the streets.

What in the name of all that is holy are we going to do. Surely it is high time the authorities took some action, either to quickly build some temporary dwellings or pass an emergency law restricting the purchase of property to only such persons as had resided at least two years on the Island. This latter plan I think is about the only solution to a very knotty problem.

I remain Sir, yours faithfully, EB

Auction: Barrack equipment

A large quantity of surplus barrack and camp equipment comprising:

2015 blankets, chairs, forms, tables, galvanised ironware, boilers, tin and enamelled utensils, bedsteads and many other items of barrack and camp equipment.

Catalogues are being prepared and may be had shortly from the Auctioneers, Messrs F Le Gallais and Sons, Bath Street, Jersey.

Note: For particulars of other Government property for sale, see “Surplus” price 3d, at all bookstalls; or by quarterly subscription of 2s, post free, payable in advance to the Director of Publicity, Ministry of Munitions, Whitehall Place, London, SW1.

A motor lorry’s escapade

A motor lorry driven by Mr Bryant was proceeding up Snow Hill when something went wrong with the driving chain and the car became unmanageable and backed down the hill at alarming rate. Fortunately the driver did not lose his presence of mind, otherwise the lorry would have crashed into the slope at the bottom of the hill, but he skilfully guided the motor into Queen Street and thence into Bath Street. The lorry was finally brought to a standstill by being steered into the wall near Mr Le Sueur’s store.

Town Hall Assembly
A Generous Gift

An Assembly of Principals and Officers of St Helier was held at the Town Hall for several items of business. Mr J E Pinel, Constable, presided over an attendance of about 60.

Vraic Gatherers, one of the Le Capelain paintings

Before proceeding with the business in hand, the Constable read a letter he had received from Mrs Clementina Gaudin of 38 Midvale Road, offering to the parish four water-colour paintings by Le Capelain to be hung in the Town Hall.

Mr Pinel said that Mrs Gaudin had originally purchased the paintings from Miss Le Capelain, sister of the famous artist, and there was no doubt as to their genuineness. On behalf of the town he had thought it his duty to write to Mrs Gaudin, thanking her for her generous offer, and accepting it. He thought it only right and proper that an official Act should be made with reference to the gift. (Applause.)

Mr C B Ratfield formally proposed that the thanks of the parish be tendered to Mrs Gaudin for her valuable gift. Mr J R Sinnatt seconded, and the motion was unanimously adopted.

The paintings, which were on view at the top of the hall, are fine examples of the rich colouring and softness typical of the Le Capelain paintings. [1]

Tributes to a Public Servant

The Constable, referring to the illness of Mr Edward A Gibaut, said they were all sorry that the state of health of this old and tried public servant no longer allowed him to take an active part in the administration of the parish.

Mr Gibaut had been 21 years as Vingtenier, ten years as Expert, and six years as Appraiser, under the Law of 1801. He was one of the good old type of Jerseymen, and had always taken a great interest in the welfare of the Island, and especially of the parish of St Helier. (Applause.) He (the speaker) was sure they would all wish to thank him for his services, and to express the hope that his health would improve. (Applause.)

Mr C J Le Quesne proposed that a vote of thanks be passed to Mr Gibaut for his 21 years work for the parish. They all hoped that he would be given health so as to be still able to take an interest in public affairs. (Applause.)

Mysterious affair at West Park – Colonel’s terrible injuries

A mysterious affair happened this morning (5 February) near the West Park Pavilion when an aged man was found by the attendant, Mr Sleep, lying in a pool of blood and very seriously injured, at the foot of the quarry in which the building stands.

It seemed evident that he had fallen from the top, but exactly how that happened remains for the present a mystery, although it is conjectured that he must have deliberately climbed over with the intention of taking his life.

Assistance was immediately summoned, and meanwhile a telephone message was despatched to the Police Station for the motor ambulance, which proceeded on its way without delay in charge of Second Officer J Remphrey and PC W Kiln. En route they met Mr Sleep removing the injured man to the hospital on a truck.

Questioned by the PC, the man declared that his name was Colonel Elliott, residing at Bifrons Villas, St Aubin’s Road.

On arrival at the Hospital he was immediately attended to by Drs O’Connor and Falla. On examination he was found to have sustained terrible injuries, including a compound fracture of the shoulder, involving all the joints, dislocation of and serious injury to both shoulders, fractures of both hands and arms, and extensive wounds to the head.

In one of his pockets a sealed letter, addressed to Mrs Elliott, was found, while later a young man brought in an overcoat and walking stick belonging to Colonel Elliott which had been found on the bank overlooking West Park Pavilion. Needless to say that his condition is extremely critical.

Postman honoured

A pleasing ceremony took place when Mr P J Hamon, who until recently was postman at La Rocque, was presented by the residents of that district with a solid silver tea set. This bore the following inscription: “Presented to Mr P J Hamon by the residents of La Rocque, in recognition of his service as a postman 1903-1919.”

Serious fire at St Clement’s:
Farmhouse and outbuildings gutted

A serious outbreak of fire took place this morning (Monday 16th) at Chamborg Farm, tenanted by Mr S G Le Brun, and situated in the road leading from St Clement’s Church to the coast.

The farmhouse and outbuildings almost form a V, one side being the residence, whilst the other comprise a cider press, wash-house, stables etc, whilst on the second floor were stored some eight tons of hay and hundreds of boxes of seed potatoes. Some of the women were engaged washing, but nothing untoward was noticed until some of the men engaged in the fields nearby noticed smoke issuing from the tiles.

The alarm was raised, and Mr Le Brun, who was in another part of the outbuildings, was informed, and realising that the hay was alight, the men directed their attention to getting out the cattle, vans etc. A telephone message was also sent to St Helier’s Fire Brigade.

House in danger

The residents of the district and their employees, noticing the smoke and flame, at once dropped their planting and hurried to the farm to see if they could be of any assistance, but unfortunately the fire, which was aided by the wind, spread with such rapidity towards the house, that it was found that this was in danger of catching. A start was then made removing the furniture, but before this could be accomplished the flames, aided by the wind and the combustible material, had spread along some 80 feet of the building, and had caught the roof of the house. Those engaged in salvage were not easily daunted, and in spite of the danger went on with their work until everything from the large house was removed. Mr Le Brun pluckily went back to one of the burning rooms to rescue a pet dove, but though he was badly cut about the arms, he was unable to save the bird.

When the Fire Brigade with the Lord St Helier reached the farm the house was well alight and Chief Officer A Gale and his men were considerably hampered by the scarcity of water. The house, being old, the rafters caught easily, and though a steady stream of water was poured on the flames from a brook close by, this gave out in a few minutes, and hose was then placed in a well, but this again did not give a sufficient supply, and at least three other changes had to be made, but in no case could a sufficiency of water be obtained.

Roofs collapse

Before one o’clock the roof of the outbuildings had fallen in, and part of the roof of the house fell in shortly afterwards. The Fire Brigade with the little water obtainable could only devote their attention to extinguishing the burning rafters, and at two o’clock had removed the engine to Jambart close by where a couple of cisterns had been opened and a fair supply of water obtained.

At this time both house and outbuildings were practically gutted, with the exception of a small cottage at one end of the outbuildings which had, owing to the wind and a well-built wall, escaped the flames. The fire was then blazing fiercely at the opposite end, and it was feared that several hogsheads of cider, which were all that was left in the building, would be destroyed.

Mr Le Brun’s furniture was then being removed to Mr Simon’s residence nearby, the residents of the neighbourhood who had helped so readily giving every assistance. How the fire was started is somewhat of a mystery. It was thought, however, that a beam in the wash-house chimney may have been smouldering for some time.

Notes and references

  1. Spelling of the artist's name corrected from the original report
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