Evening Post 1920 - 9

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Jersey
23 February - 28 February 1920
King’s Fund: Replacement formed
Dean Falle chaired the meeting

A meeting of the local committee of the Jersey branch of the King’s Fund was held on Saturday afternoon under the chairmanship of the Very Rev the Dean.

Certain correspondence was read from the headquarters of the King’s Fund and United Services Fund, and it was unanimously decided to dissolve the local branch of the King’s Fund as The King’s Fund was now closed.

It was also resolved that the balance of the special local fund be carried to a new fund under the style of the Jersey Fund for the Disabled, Widows and War Orphans.

It was also decided that the fund be administered in future by the officers and committee of the King’s Fund.

A meeting will be held shortly to receive applications. Forms may be obtained from the Hon Sec, 13 Royal Square.

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Funeral of the late Miss K M Benett

The mortal remains of the late Miss K M Benett, who died on Thursday last after a very brief illness, were laid to rest on Saturday morning at St Saviour’s Cemetery.

The cortege, consisting of the glass-panelled hearse and two mourning coaches, left Halkett Place for St Saviour’s Church, where the first portion of the burial service was conducted by the Rev G P Balleine, Rector, who also read the committal prayers at the graveside.

The coffin was of polished oak with massive brass handles; on the breastplate was the inscription: Katherine Mary Benett, Died 12 Feb 1920, aged 32 years.

The principal mourners were: Major Benett, CMG. Mr and Mrs Gordon Benett and the nurse. Beautiful floral tributes were sent by Gordon and Conny; Henry; Grannie Annie and Grace; Alice; Jim and Kenneth; Nurse; Bert and Edie; Bert and Ida; Evelyn, the Mechanical Staff; the Drivers Staff.

Mr H W Hinds was the undertaker.

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Suing for rehabilitation

Mr Charles Brideaux, who in 1913 was placed under Curatorship, sued for rehabilitation. Advocate Alavoine appeared for Mr Brideaux.

Mr Edward Voisin, Curator, said that Mr Brideaux now conducted himself perfectly well and his financial position had improved. He had originally been placed under Curatorship owing to drink and his spending habits. He possessed two houses situated near St Ouen’s Manor and went out to a day’s work. He considered that Mr Brideaux was fit to look after himself and his affairs.

The whole of the electors were of the opinion that Mr Brideaux should be rehabilitated.

Mr Francis Le Cerf, the first of the Principals to be heard, said he saw Mr Brideaux every day. Formerly he used to drink, and for that reason he was placed under Curatorship. He was now a perfectly sober man and fit to look after his property and person.

Messrs Ph Hacquoil, P J Le Feuvre, John Le Ruez and James Le Brun were all of the same opinion.

The Attorney-General said that in view of the evidence he could only conclude that Mr Brideaux be rehabilitated. The Court granted the conclusions of the Attorney-General.

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Repatriation of French family
Confusion over sex of two children

The Attorney-General represented to the Court that on February 9th the Viscount was ordered to repatriate Mrs Bayait and her two “daughters”, but that he had been unable to give effect to the said Act as there was only one daughter and one son. He therefore submitted the facts to the Court.

In reply to the Bailiff, the Attorney-General said that Alexandrine Mabel had never existed.

The Bailiff: How is then that the Comité a’Assistance had the name inscribed on their books?

The Attorney-General said that when the woman and her children were admitted to the Hospital the nurse gave the names to the Director and they were inscribed in the book.

The Bailiff: Then the supposed girl Alexandrine Mabel is in reality a little boy?
The Attorney-General: This is so.
The Bailiff: How old is the lad Alexandre René?
The Attorney-General: Four years of age. He was born on July 25th 1915.
The Bailiff: The Viscount was ordered to repatriate the woman and two girls. He found this impossible to do as one of the girls turned out to be a boy.

The Attorney-General said it was essential when persons were admitted to the Hospital or any other Institution that strict investigations should be made.

The Attorney-General: I asked the Secretary of the Hospital for the details and he furnished me with the same information. He naturally stated what was on his books.
The Bailiff: You were misinformed.

Advocate Richardson then rose to make a statement but the Bailiff said it became necessary for counsel to explain why the woman did not tell the Court there had been a mistake. She knew quite well what was going on for she was an intelligent woman who was exceedingly voluble and well able to set matters right.

Advocate Richardson said that he felt quite sure that Mrs Bayait had had no intention of leading the Court astray. He (personally) had always been instructed that there was one boy. As to the mistake, he understood that was due to the fact that the children were taken to the Hospital apart from their mother. Not being able to speak English a mistake had arisen.

Continuing, Advocate Richardson asked on behalf of Mr Le Hegarat that the child be permitted to remain in his family. He undertook to guarantee that the child would not become chargeable to the Island. He would pay for the education of the child and see to his upbringing.

The Attorney-General said that he felt convinced the Court could never believe that Mrs Bayait did not want her child.

The Attorney-General submitted that since the Act of the Court Mrs Bayait had approached the Dean and had asked him to perform the marriage ceremony between her and a man named Du Feu. Had this been done she would have pleaded that she had thus become a British subject, and would have tried to evade the decision of the Court.

The Bailiff: Is this the celebrated Du Feu who was previously mentioned in the case?
The Attorney-General: Yes, Sir.

The Bailiff said that since the previous hearing the Court felt more convinced than ever that not only were they repatriating this woman but that she was an undesirable. Not only was she unable to look after herself but she could not look after her children. The Act of the Court would therefore be maintained, and Mrs Bayait would be sent back to France as an undesirable with her two children.

Advocate Richardson said he wished to explain to the Court that he had nothing whatsoever to do with Mrs Bayait’s action in attempting to evade the Act of the Court by marrying the man referred to; he felt that he should make this statement.

The Bailiff said it was well the explanation was given, though the Court could hardly think an honourable member of the Bar would lend himself to such a practice.

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Exciting incident at Albert Pier

Shortly after 5.30 last evening PCs Aubert and Walters, who were on duty at the Weighbridge, heard shouts and cries coming from the direction of the Albert Pier. They immediately seized the lifebuoy near the police hut, and ran to the Albert Pier where they found an elderly man struggling in the water.

PC Walters at once descended the ladder and was able to place the lifebuoy around the man, who was thus kept afloat until Pilot Roberts rowed to the spot, and with the assistance of the PC took the now exhausted and drenched individual, who proved to be a Frenchman named Tachon, to the nearest steps.

A telephone message was meanwhile sent to the Station, and the motor ambulance, in charge of Mr J Remphrey, was soon on the scene, and the man, whose hat and coat were found on the quay, was removed to the General Hospital where he remains suffering from shock.

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Letter to the Editor
Potato and tomato growing

Dear Sir:- I am very interested in “Querist’s” notes on Wednesday in your valuable paper re farming of potatoes and tomatoes in the Island, and fully appreciate his warning to the farming community.

It is only the very early land that is likely to pay in the near future, and not then unless the cost of production can be kept down. It is therefore up to all who look to farming for a living to help in this direction, especially the land and dock labour, otherwise there will be no labour needed.

As to tomato growing, there are, I believe, in the Island several factories who can purchase large quantities if the farmers will only keep up a regular supply, but I am told it must be specially grown crops of heavy cropping sorts which will give the grower a sure and good profit for his trouble, so let the farmers see to it that this special market is well looked after right now, as it might well in future years be their safeguard.

Yours faithfully, Pro Bono Publico.

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Prudential Assurance Company’s Social

The Piccadilly Private Hotel, Gloucester Street, was the scene last evening (30 January) of a very enjoyable function, when Mr A T Bliault, Local Superintendent of the Prudential Assurance Co and Mrs Bliault, entertained the members of the local staff and their friends.

Some 50 sat down to tea at 6 o’clock, the guests including Mr J W Le Sueur (Guernsey Superintendent), Mr W Legg (Divisional Assistant) and Mrs Legg, and Mr S Henderson (the former Local Superintendent).

Tea was followed by a whist drive, the winners being:- Ladies:- 1st, Mrs A T Bliault, who handed over the prize to the second top scorer which proved to be that of Mr G Farrell (playing as a lady); mystery Mrs Teah.

Gents:- 1st, Mr G Quenault; mystery, Mr C Vickers.

Mrs Bliault, having distributed the prizes, Mr Bliault stated that that evening was the 31st gathering of the kind he had attended. Also present that evening were Messrs Henderson, Vautier, Scriven and Langdon, who were present at the first social in 1800. Having thanked the staff for their efforts during the past year, which had placed the District in a fine position, the Superintendent distributed prizes to the following:

Mr P H de la Perrelle (highest Industrial increase); Mr Le Masurier (Commission Agents branch); Mr G Farrell (Ordinary branch); Mr Tesh (General branch).

Souvenirs were also presented to Mrs Scriven and Mrs Legg. Mr Legg was also presented with a pipe, tobacco pouch and pen as a memento of his first visit to Jersey and the assistance he had given to local staff.

Messrs Legg, Le Sueur, Scriven and Henderson, having given brief addresses, the remainder of the evening was spent in a social manner, vocal and elocutionary items being rendered.

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Reckless cycling

About noon today (4 February) as an elderly lady was crossing the top of Beresford Street she was run into and knocked down violently by a youth who suddenly came round the corner on his cycle. The lady was fortunately unhurt and the boy went on his way feeling, no doubt, that he had done something clever.

When the policeman who has been told to see that cyclists have provided themselves with new tickets has finished his task, we trust that he will turn his attention to putting a stop to the reckless riding that goes on in the streets. Five miles an hour round a corner is, we believe, the speed limit allowed by law.

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The recent epidemic – restrictions removed

The Sanitary Committee met this morning at noon when the conditions were again reviewed. It was decided in view of the all-round improvement to remove the restrictions imposed from Monday morning except in so far as the parishes of St John’s, St Mary’s and Trinity are concerned.

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Sudden death of a golfer

The death took place last evening with painful suddenness of Mr J Aubin, a well-known golfer, who resided at Gorey Village.

The deceased had not been well for some weeks, and had been attended by Dr O’Connor. It was not thought, however, that he was seriously ill. He had been at work earlier in the week, and yesterday got up as usual and in the afternoon laid down to sleep, but his sister, which whom he resided, found later that he had passed away.

The deceased, who was unmarried, was 43 years of age.

The medical man has given a certificate, consequently an inquest will not be held.

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Germans losing no time

The following printed postcard was received yesterday by a tradesman in Halkett Place. Seeing that this resident and his son have fought against the Germans the reply the firm is likely to receive can be imagined.

Dear Sir, I beg to call your best attention to my articles: artificial flowers, leaves, ostrich feathers and toys, and I ask you if you are ready to import them.
In the case you have no interest for my offer, please forward it to an establishment which is interested for it.

Trusting to hear from you I remain, dear Sirs,

Yours truly, F W H Hegewald, Trier (Germany).

Pancake tossing at Jersey Modern School

Thanks to the kindness of the Sanitary Committee in removing the restrictions last Saturday, the boys of the Jersey Modern School were again able to go through the time honoured custom of tossing the pancake on Shrove Tuesday (24th).

Shortly before twelve o’clock the whole school assembled in the long hall, which had been specially prepared for the occasion, and after Mr Clift had given a short speech describing the origin of the festival, the fun began.

The competition was opened by the scholars of the kindergarten who displayed more eagerness than skill. The juniors showed an improvement, but the throwing of the members of the VI form leads us to believe that there had been some rehearsing at home.

Few who have not witnessed an exhibition of this kind can realise the amount of amusement that can be derived from it. Most of the juniors will insist on catching the pancake on their heads instead of in the pan, and while the custom has remained unbroken for many years the same thing may not be said about the pancake.

The winners were as follows: VI form, Robert Malzard; V, Charles Spranklin; IV, Ronald Bertram; III and II, Edward Brookes; I, Norman Reed.

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Notice
Malicious damage - £2 reward

Some evil disposed person has persistently damaged, uprooted and removed thorns planted on the boundary of my property at Geoffrey’s Leap, Gorey. The above reward will be paid to anyone giving information leading to the conviction of the guilty party. R J Pope Esq, formerly HM Justice of the Peace E.S.

Church bazaar

We understand that the War Office, having been approached on the subject, has granted the necessary permission for the holding of a bazaar or fair on behalf of St Helier’s Parish Church at Elizabeth Castle sometime in August 1920.

Notice - Jersey Railways and Tramways Ltd

From today (2 February) until further notice, the 10.25pm train will go to Don Bridge Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays only.

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Ex-officer, disabled, taking advantage of Government scheme, desires training in book-keeping and general office routine or light outside employment for one year. No salary required. Would any employer considering this please communicate with “Captain” c/o Evening Post.

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