Evening Post 1921 - 2

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Jersey 1-14 November 1921
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Thursday 3 November
Before John Vaudin, Esq, Magistrate
Burying kittens alive
Joseph Jean Marie Letourneur (56), a native of Morbihan, France, was charged by Centenier A Laurens of St Helier with having yesterday, the 2nd inst, committed an act of cruelty in Hilgrove Mews, by burying three kittens alive in a manure heap in contravention of the law.

Advocate Briard defended the accused.

Centenier Laurens said yesterday Miss Wilson called at the Police Station with three kittens, which she said had been found buried alive in a dung heap. They ascertained that it was the accused who had buried them, so he was arrested.

The accused said that he had placed them in a bucket of water and he thought they were dead.

Mr Frank Humphreys (Sanitary Inspector) said he was inspecting at Hilgrove Mews when his attention was drawn to the noise coming from a dung pit. He called Mr Delanoe, who brought a fork and dug up three small kittens. The matter was reported to the police.

Miss Wilson gave similar evidence. There were three kittens, quite alive and quite strong. The man admitted having put them in the dung heap alive.

Mr A P Brophy said the facts were brought to his notice. Mr J A Delanoe dug the kittens up at Mr Humphrey’s request. Mr A Gallie corroborated.

Counsel having addressed the Court, the Magistrate said the accused had not spoken the truth. He had referred to a barrel of water, but has not shown it to the witnesses.

Possibly the accused thought the cats would die quickly, but he was responsible for his act. The Court would consider the accused had no intention of being cruel, but he would have to pay a £1 fine, being enjoined not to do such a thing again.
Friday 4 November
Before John Vaudin, Esq, Magistrate
Series of extensive burglaries
Philip Hugh Lesbirel (43), a native of South Australia, was charged by Centenier Bisson of St Mary with having, between 1 January 1918 and 28 October 1921, committed a series of burglaries, viz:

During the night of 25 and 26 October 1921, stolen about 60lb of grapes, belonging to Mr Ths Le Ruez, from the latter’s greenhouses at Westfield, St Mary; also with having during the same night, stolen two baskets from a field adjoining the property of the said Mr Le Ruez, the said baskets belonging to Mr John Elias Queree; also with having, during the night of 14 April 1918, burglariously entered the house occupied by Mr J G Le Brun, First Tower, St Helier, and with having stolen £30 sterling in Treasury notes and silver, also several tins of salmon and sardines; also with having, during the night of 9 and 10 September 1918, again burglariously entered the said house, and with having stolen therefrom two pounds of butter and 20 packets of cigarettes belonging to the said Mr Le Brun.

Twenty-eight witnesses were called and sworn in.

Centenier Bisson said that during the week he had made enquiries and had learned of numerous other robberies having been committed. He had traced 18 robberies, and there were still about eleven others which he intended enquiring about. Several of the articles produces had been identified by the persons concerned.

The Magistrate adjourned the case until Monday next in order to allow the police to further pursue their enquiries. Should they be read, accused will be presented on a report.
Local food prices
Dear Sir, Public opinion, ventilated through the columns of your widely-read paper, has, in some measure, caused a reduction in food prices, but as a good many residents are importing meat, groceries and fish direct from the mainland, it is obvious that there is still scope for a further reduction.

If the local tradesmen, by their short-sighted policy, compel consumers to become their own importers, the ultimate result may be for the formation of a co-operative association for the protection of those residents who are not prepared to be dominated by any federation of tradesmen.

It is not clear to me why local prices should exceed those obtaining in a provincial town in England. The overhead charges in running a business in St Helier, such as rent, rates and taxes, are considerably lower than those on the mainland, and should therefore compensate for the additional expense of sea transport to Jersey.

Your readers, especially the bakers, may be interested to know that Harrods’ present price for the 2lb loaf is 4½ d as compared with 6½ d here!

Yours faithfully, E O Johnson

Free chilblain relief for Jersey’s poorer children
Sir, May we, through the medium of your well-read columns, renew the offer we made a year ago to the headmasters and headmistresses of the local elementary schools.

As you will doubtless remember, Sir, we then made the offer to supply a quantity of Sarbud to each school for the free use of the poorer children of the community suffering, or likely to suffer, from that painful winter scourge, chilblains, and those kindred skin diseases associated with cold weather.

This offer we beg to renew, and we trust that through your instrumentality, we shall be able to render relief to an even greater number of children than it was our privileged lot to aid during the winter 1920-1921.

For this purpose we seek the co-operation of the schoolmasters and mistresses, whom we invite to call at No 29 Halkett Place. They will be supplied, free of charge, with a quantity of Sarbud together with full directions as to use.

Yours sincerely, Chas Dubras Ltd.
The tourist season:
Preparation and anticipation
One of Paragon's older vehicles. The fleet is to be increased in size
Thursday 3 November
Motor char-a-banc proprietors have learned such a wonderful lesson as to the possibilities and potentialities of this mode of locomotion, and of how it is appreciated by the tourists, that already important preparations are being made with a view to meeting the much hoped for demand.

Mr Gordon Benett, of the Paragon, has taken time by the forelock and has made arrangements for increasing his fleet of Royal cars up to eight.

We had the pleasure of walking through his workshops a few days ago, and saw the mechanics hard at work on the bodies of three cars, all of which were on a fair way to completion.

Mr Benett informed us that all his cars would be of the same pattern as the favourite Paragon Prince, which was also locally made. He also informed us that as soon as the three now on the stocks are finished their places will be taken by two others.

Everyone will agree that Mr Benett is deserving of much praise for the enterprise he is displaying in the matter. The only thing that is now troubling him is the question of names, for he explained that, in his char-a-banc family they only allow one Prince or Princess and so on. But we wish him luck.
St Helier’s Fire Brigade
Annual General Meeting
Thursday 3 November
The Annual general meeting of the St Helier’s Fire Brigade was held at the Fire Station on Monday 31 October. The minutes of the last general meeting were read and confirmed, after which Chief Office A Gale read his report for the year. This, after stating that the number of calls received and answered was 76 – an increase of 22 – gave the number of attendances of the individual firemen at the various calls and at fire drills.

The usual competitions were held on the Albert Pier on 29 September and results as follows:

  • Aubin Bowl (Steamer Drill): The Foreman’s team, Foreman Lock holding the trophy for the year.
  • Ronez Cup (Hose Cart Competition): Fireman J Marie.
  • Eady Tropy (attendance at drills and general work at fires etc): Fireman W Patch. Fireman Patch, having won this trophy three years, becomes the owner.

Reference was made in the report to the appliances and equipment and the building of the new Fire Station (temporarily suspended owing to the labour dispute). The difficulty of obtaining an adequate water supply, particularly in the country, was commented upon.

The Long Service Medal of the National Fire Association has been awarded to Fireman Landick, who has completed ten years fire service, and a suitable opportunity is awaited to present same. Fireman Carter, having completed 15 years, will receive a bar to same.

The report concluded by tendering the thanks of the Brigade to all those who have shown an interest in or have assisted the Brigade during the past year, particular mention being made of Mr G J Le Masurier, the indefatigable Hon Secretary.

At the conclusion of the report, the Chief Officer was congratulated by the President on the good work during the year. He also received a unanimous vote of thanks from the members.

The next business before the meeting was the election of an hon sec, and Mr G J le Masurier was unanimously re-elected. Three members were then elected to serve on the committee: Engineer Laurens and Firemen Amy and Landick.

The meeting concluded with an expression of thanks from the Chief to the President for his presence, this being suitably responded to by Mr J E Pinel.
Carnival at Trinity
Splendid entries, keen competition
Friday 4 November
Our friends at Trinity are not easily disheartened or discouraged, for, despite the wretched state of the weather the much-talked-of carnival was held last evening and proved an unqualified success.

The entries were numerous, the arrangements left little or nothing to be desired, and Mr Claude Godeaux, who undertook the general direction of affairs, carried them out with a precision worthy of commendation.

The officers were: President, Mr Claude Godeaux; Vice-Presidents, Messrs A P Le Sueur and P Laisney; Hon Treas, Mr J de Louche; Stewards, Centeniers J F Cabot and Chas Gallichan and Messrs P Andrews and E D Gibaut.

The handsome prizes were displayed on a table at the headquarters, Mr K Vann’s Bouley Bay Hotel, and were very much admired by everyone.

The entrants were warned to assemble near La Croix at 5.30, and from that hour onwards people flocked from the four corners of the parish, and from neighbouring districts, to witness the pageant.

The venue, just before judging started, reminded one of a Bohemian al fresco gathering. There were costumes of every colour and hue, people of every nation and clime; in brief, the League of Nations found its home in Trinity and did good business.

A fife and drum band organised by the Carnival Committee headed the procession and kept matters generally lively, their uniforms being distinctly ‘jazzy’.

Judging took place near La Croix, this unenviable task being entrusted to Messrs Ed le Brocq, Snowdon Benest and Alf Cornish, with Mr Clarence Ahier as additional judge for the prix d’honneur, and Mr A G Renouard as referee.

Their task was not an easy one, for the exhibits were all remarkably good. After much patience and attention to detail, the awards, which, be it said, gave universal satisfaction, were given as follows:

  • Pedestrian class: 1, Miss Gladys Journeaux; 2, Mr George le Sueur; 3, Miss Eugenie Poulon; 4, Miss Mavis Melville; 5, Mr Clarence Le Sueur; 6, Mr R de la Haye; 7, Mr P Guegan; 8, Mr Alfred Therin.
  • Four-wheeled vehicles: 1, Misses Godeaux; 2, Mr A P Le Sueur; 3, Mr J C Le Conte; 4, Mr A C Boobyer; 5, Mr J W de Gruchy.
  • Two-wheeled vehicles: 1, Miss Una Godeaux; 2, Mr Cyril de Louche; 3, Mr W A de la Cour.
  • Horsemen: 1, Miss L Le Sueur; 2, Mr E D Rondel; 3, Mr G Dorey; 4, Mr F Le Turgeon; 5, Mr Claude Godeaux.
  • Cyclists: 1, Mr Emile Laisney; 2, Mr Emile Perey; 3, Mr J Goupy; 4, Mr J Le Herissier; 5, Mr Walter de Louche.
  • Band: 1, Mr J S Vautier; 2, Mr Clifford Durell; 3, Mr J de Louche.
  • Open to Island: 1, Mr C Renouard (St Ouen’s); 2, Mr P Vallois (St Lawrence).
  • Prix d’Honneur: The Misses Godeaux (The Opium Den). Reserve: Miss Le Sueur (Cavalier).

At 8 o’clock the procession moved off and traversed the parish, passing through the manor grounds down to La Godillie, the residence of the esteemed Deputy, returning at about 10.30.

All concerned are to be congratulated on the success of such an undertaking.

Death of a Jerseyman in the USA
Thursday 10 November
The Brunswick Banner, of 10 October last publishes a glowing obituary notice of Mr Philip E Beaugie, who died on the day previous at his residence, Arco, Brunswick, Georgia, USA.

The deceased, who was in his 55th year, was a native of Jersey, and learned his trade at the old Jersey Express in Broad Street. He left here when 18 years of age, and went to Canada, but later proceeded to Toledo, Ohio, eventually settling down in Arco.

On arrival in America he assumed the name of Burgess, owing to the difficulty the Yanks experienced in pronouncing his correct name.

He organised the first troop of Boy Scouts in Arco, and took an active interest in all boys’ organisations. He was also a member of several fraternal organisations.

Some time after becoming a citizen of Brunswick, Mr Burgess was elected Chief of Police, which position he held until about two and a half years ago when he retired to enter other business.

He leaves a widow, who is very highly spoken of in the notice referred to.

Mr Beaugie’s father is now in Guernsey, while his sister, Mrs Le Masurier, resides at 3 Elizabeth Terrace, Tower Road.

House for Sale: Freehold, 1¼ miles from town, non-basement, commodious, detached dwelling house. Lounge, hall, drawing, dining, library, morning, kitchen, pantry, scullery, larder, two offices, all on ground floor. Five bedrooms and lavatory on upper floor, two attics, ample water supply and Company’s gas; two greenhouses, motor garage, stabling and loft; full-sized gravel tennis court and well-stocked fruit and flower garden. In all about half acre. Price £3,500. Further particulars apply to ‘Property’, c/o this paper.
The Labour Dispute
Gas workers come out
Tuesday 1 November
The labour dispute has now assumed serious proportions inasmuch as the gas workers came out on strike at 6 o’clock this morning.

At noon today the gas supply was shut off, and consumers now have to make the best arrangements they possibly can for the purposes of light and power. Whether this state of affairs will be allowed to continue, time alone will tell.

At a meeting of the gas workers held at Unity Hall last evening, it was decided to accede to the request of the management of the Gas Works and allow the requisite number of “safety men” to carry on.

The employers in the Building and Allied Trades Federation met yesterday and decided to adhere to their previous decision, the position remaining exactly the same as at the commencement of the dispute.

A considerable amount of business is being transacted today by the paraffin dealers and vendors of lamps etc, whilst several large firms are having their gas engines converted into petrol burning sets.

The Director of the General Hospital is amongst the buyers of powerful petrol burning lamps, though it is to be sincerely hoped that these will not be required for any delicate operation.

In many offices work is being started at 8am so as to ensure finishing before lighting-up time.
The care of milk cans
Dear Sir

May I beg space in your columns in order to make a special appeal to farmers to take special care of milk kept overnight for sale the next day.

All over the town housewives are complaining of milk turning soon after delivery.

The loss and annoyance must be enormous and warrants special efforts being made to prevent it.

Great care should be taken over milk cans (including the milking cans) which, after being washed, should be thoroughly scalded out with boiling water.

If cloths are used for straining the milk, they should be washed out in boiling water after each milking.

When it is realised that a drop of sour milk, as big as a pin’s head, put in a can of fresh milk will start the lactic ferment hours before it would normally occur, it will be seen how important it is to sterilise all utensils with boiling water.

I have not mentioned the vendor, because the milk is not in his hands long enough for the milk to have reached the degree of acidity it is in upon delivery, had the culture not been well developed before.

Of course, we know that sour milk is not harmful, it is, in fact, beneficial, but milk in that form is not suitable for most purposes for which it is bought.

No doubt the drought has had a lot to do with the present unsatisfactory state of things, but with the drought broken, it is time to take special measures to remedy this state of affairs.

Yours truly, Chemico.

Guy Fawkes Night
Tuesday 8 November
Notwithstanding the labour unrest, this event was kept up on Saturday in various parts of the town and country.

On the sands at West Park a large bonfire was blazing merrily for some time, and both men and maidens were enjoying themselves letting off fireworks.

Owing perhaps to the usual official notice not having appeared in the papers, more liberty than usual was taken in the streets of the town, and fireworks, particularly starlights, were in evidence.

Private displays were noticed from several places in the suburbs, and in the country parishes the occasion was taken to burn up a lot of dried tomato plants etc.

At La Rocque, a large bonfire was lighted on the sands, and a Guy Fawkes, fully dressed even to a collar and tie, was set fire to, much to the delight of a number of youngsters who had gathered to enjoy the fun. Quite a lot of fireworks helped to keep the fun going.
Young Men’s Christian Association
Monday 7 November
At the meeting of the Executive of the above, held on Friday evening under the presidency of the Very Reverend the Dean, a large number of new members were elected.

It was decided to immediately enlarge the reading room to give more accommodation.

Next Friday at 7.30 the President will re-commence the Winter Bible Study Circle, and the Debating Society will hold a debate at 8.15 with the subject ‘Are strikes justifiable?’

The President, at the close of the meeting, was requested by the Hon Secretary to unveil the portrait of the Rev W Carey Walters.
School presentation
Saturday 5 November
A pleasing little ceremony took place at St Mark’s Road School yesterday afternoon, when Mr F Poingdestre, assistant master, was presented with a handsome attaché case subscribed for by the boys and staff of the school.

Mr C Bird, Headmaster, referred to the good feeling which had always existed between Mr Poingdestre and themselves ever since his arrival at the school, and then called upon Harold Michel, one of the senior boys, to make the presentation.

Young Michel said that they wished Mr Poingdestre every success, and hoped they would see St John’s School in the next Schools Football League next season.

Mr Poingdestre commences his duties of Headmaster of St John’s Elementary School on Monday next.

JMU dance
Friday 11 November
The first of the series of dances of the Jersey Musical Union Band was held at the Grand Hotel ballroom last night. About 100 persons thoroughly enjoyed the dances, and also good and moderate catering. The room was excellently lighted, every comfort having been considered.

The selection of dances and music was under the conductorship of Mr M W Brunt, while Mr Egland officiated as MC for the evening. At the close everyone expressed their entire satisfaction at the most enjoyable and successful evening. On Thursday next the second of the series will take place at the same hotel.

Robbery at St Aubin’s – Arrest of suspect at Manchester
Friday 11 November

A short time ago the St Brelade’s Police were informed that a sum of money had been stolen from a young woman residing at the foot of Mont les Vaux.

Suspicion fell on Mrs Dora Cotter, the young wife of a soldier serving abroad, and who was lodging at the same house.

Mrs Cotter left the Island for Manchester a short time ago, and as the result of enquiries, the Manchester police were communicated with, and a warrant issued for her arrest.

Centenier Mauger, of St Brelade’s police, left the Island this morning for Manchester with a warrant issued by the Bailiff.

The Centenier was accompanied by a female warder, as it is expected that Mrs Cotter’s child, which is too young to be parted from its mother, will have to return also.

Street lighting – visit of French engineers
Saturday 5 November
Paris engineers are expected to arrive into the Island next week to study the question of the electric lighting of St Helier with a view to the formation of a company. We hope to be able to be in a position to give details shortly.
October deaths

The following list of deaths in October and their causes has been provided by Henry C Arthur, Superintendent Registrar. Of the 58 deaths registered, 12 were under one year of age and 23 over sixty.

  • Typhoid 2
  • Phthisis 1
  • Tuberculosis 3
  • Cancer of the larynx 1
  • Cancer of the pancreas 1
  • Cancer of the stomach 1
  • Cancer of the caecum 1
  • Cancer of the kidney 1
  • Cancer of the ovary 1
  • Cancer of the uterus 1
  • Cancer of the rectum 1
  • Premature birth 2
  • Marasmus 2
  • Debility (infancy) 1
  • Diarrhoea (infancy) 4
  • Lung malformation 1
  • Cerebral haemorrhage 2
  • Cerebral thrombosis 2
  • Apoplexy 1
  • Cerebral embolism 1
  • Heart disease 3
  • Syncope 2
  • Valvular disease 1
  • Arterio-sclerosis 1
  • Pneumonia 1
  • Asthma 1
  • Gastritis 1
  • Enteritis 1
  • Gastro-enteritis 1
  • Gastro catarrh 1
  • Stomach ulcer 2
  • Haematemesis 1
  • Bowel obstruction 1
  • Gall bladder perforation 1
  • Nephritis 1
  • Puerperal eclampsia 1
  • Old age 5
  • Found drowned 1
  • Suicide 1
  • Natural causes 1
Coastguard officer retires
Friday 11 November
Chief Officer T B Knight retired on 7 November after a combined service of 39 years and two months in both Navy and Coastguard Service.

CO Knight, who retires with the rank of Lieutenant, was, up to 7 November, in charge of the Gorey Coastguard Station, which, strange to relate, was his place of entering the service as a boy on 13 September 1882 when he joined HMS Dasher.

Lieut Knight is well known and liked in the Gorey district and there are many who regret his retirement.

He is succeeded by Chief Officer Albert Tooze, who is now serving at Penarth Coastguard Station. His appointment, however, dates from 8 November 1921.
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