Evening Post 1921 - 3

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Jersey 14-26 November 1921
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Tuesday 15 November
Before John Vaudin, Esq, Magistrate
Cyclist fined

Stanley Schollhamer (18), a native of St Helier, was charged by Centenier Filleul, of St Helier, with haven ridden his cycle at a dangerous rate in Rouge Bouillon, and with having, by his negligence, knocked down Mrs Blanche Strudwick (nee Pinel) and this in contravention of Art 3 of the Reglement on the Police des Chemins, and rendering himself liable under Art 4 of the said Reglement.

Accused said he was on a message and was in a hurry. He did not hear the lady ring her bell.

Centenier W F Filleul said that yesterday Mrs Strudwick complained that she was cycling along Rouge Bouillon on her left hand side when the accused, who was coming out of the District Office grounds, crashed into her.

Schollhamer said: ‘Why the devil don’t you keep on your right side?’ The witness (Mr Saunders), who was in charge of the office, took accused’s number and reported the matter.

Mrs Strudwick said she complained of the accused’s behaviour after he had collided with her. He never asked if she was hurt. She could not help saying it, but called out ‘You damned fool,’ and Schollhamer replied ‘Why the devil don’t you keep on your right side?’

Mr Fred W Saunders witnessed the accident. If Schollhamer had come out of the proper drive the accident would not have happened. He (witness) told the lady she should take proceedings against the lad. Mr Fred L Saunders corroborated.

The Magistrate reprimanded the accused. A fine of £1 was imposed, or four days imprisonment.

Plaintiff was informed that she had a right of civil action for the damage to the cycle.

The recent robbery
Tuesday 15 November
Among the arrivals on the ss Alberta this morning were Mrs Dora Cotter and her child, accompanied by Centenier Mauger of St Brelade. It will be remembered that Mrs Cotter was detained by the Manchester police in connection with some £137 being stolen from a resident of St Aubin’s until the arrival of the Jersey Police officials to whom she was handed over.
Friday 25 November
Before Sir William Venables Vernon, Bailiff
Dora Labou, wife of John Cotter (22), a native of St Brelade, was charged by HM Solicitor-General with having, between 1 September 1921 and 4 October 1921, forcibly entered a room occupied by Marie Yvonne le Faux, at the house belonging to Mr Louis Maloret, Mont Les Vaux, St Brelade, and with having stolen the sum of £137 sterling in Treasury Notes, or with having aided, assisted or participated in the said theft, or with having received and hidden the said money knowing it to be the proceeds of robbery.

Advocate Coutanche defended the accused, who pleaded guilty.

The Solicitor-General said the accused had married a man belonging to the King’s Liverpool Regiment, who allowed her 32s a week.

She stole the life earnings of the old plaintiff, who had the misfortune to keep the cash in the house instead of placing it in the bank.

The accused knew where the money was, though it was quite evident she had an accomplice in Mrs Laing, a Frenchwoman, who married a corporal in the King’s Liverpool Regiment.

There was every reason to believe that this latter woman left Southampton for Havre about six weeks ago. He asked that the accused be sentenced to six months hard labour.

Advocate Coutanche asked for a reduction in sentence but the Court granted the conclusions of the Public Prosecutor.

The Bailiff said this was a most heartless case of larceny. It was only to be hoped the accused’s child would be brought up in a better way than she had.
Jersey Poultry and Ornithological Society
Thursday 24 November
The Jersey Poultry and Ornithological Society’s annual winter show to be held on 7 and 8 December promises to be the largest show ever held by the society.

The entries have reached a record number, over 1,400 exhibits of poultry, pigeons etc.

Both departments of the RJA&HS are combining with the Poultry Society.

The Agricultural Society is staging a show of roots and farm produce, and the Horticultural Department a collection of fruit, vegetables and chrysanthemums.

In addition to these features, the States Education Committee have kindly consented to allow a pre-war programme to be carried out.

Miss Frazer, Principal of the Technical School, and Mr D Simpson, who is in charge of the States’ Experimental Farm at St John, will give demonstrations during the show.

The former will give an exhibit of economical cookery and poultry trussing, while Mr Simpson will have much to show in the way of new varieties of grain, and also insect pests, sprays etc.

An exhibit showing the relative food value of milk is also to be arranged.

In connection with the Poultry Society, a splendid display of special prizes for that section is on view at Mr Bailhache’s, King Street.

The Cafe de Paris at the Hotel de Palais de Cristal in King Street is one of the town centre buildings now illuminated at night
Electricity gaining ground
Wednesday 16 November
With the prolongation of the gas strike more and more of our business houses are realising the need of an illuminant which will make them independent in the future of any further trouble which may arise among this section of workers.

A walk through the town on Saturday night showed a great contrast between the lighting in a large section of the business establishments and that prevailing on the previous Saturday, when the town was practically in darkness.

At the corner of Halkett Place and King Street there was a wonderful blaze of light emanating from both Hettich, the jeweller, and Burton’s Limited, outfitters.

As one walked down King Street a large patch of brilliant light was visible from the block of shops comprising Oldridge’s, the Oriental Tea Rooms, Household Bazaar, Old Oak Restaurant and the London Jewellers; these are all fitted with electric light.

Messrs Lowke Ltd, from their power station in Vine Street, have, in addition to lighting most of the named block, installed lights in the London City and Midland Bank Ltd, the Chamber of Commerce and the General Post Office.

Continuing the journey down King Street, Messrs Hamon and Sons are the next we meet who have adopted electric light, and further on, Messrs Hipps Ltd and Burnham have become converts to this system.

The only other establishment in this thoroughfare to be electrically fitted is the Palais Cristal Café, which has had a complete installation laid down.

A North Sea saga:
Timber ship’s perilous voyage
Wednesday 16 November

The Jupiter, a smart three-masted Norwegian schooner, arrived in Guernsey’s Town Harbour on Thursday after an eventful voyage of 24 days from Finland.

The vessel left the Russian port with a cargo of timber on 16 October, and through stress of weather had to beat about in the Baltic for about a fortnight. There was a fierce gale of wind, sometimes reaching almost hurricane force.

The vessel eventually made for Kiel Canal under sail and motor, and after passing through that famous waterway had to anchor again through another gale which had risen.

On Sunday morning, said the ship’s Captain, the wind altered to fair, and we were able to bear away on our course. Soon afterwards, however, the wind chopped around to the north-east and blew a hurricane for upwards of an hour, raising a very heavy sea.

Off the coast of Holland, tremendous seas swept over the whole of the ship’s deck cargo of timber and she took so heavy a list – 45 degrees – that it was found necessary to jettison fifteen ‘standards’ of timber.

After that had been done the vessel behaved better, but the wind was still setting her rapidly on to the lee shore.

‘We were drifting on to the Dutch coast rapidly,’ added the skipper. On Monday the weather moderated, sail was made and the vessel once more made headway, getting into the Channel without further mischance, and making St Peter Port under motor and sail. ‘The motor saved us,’ declared Captain Stromberg.

The Jupiter carries a crew of nine, besides a fine black cat, which, remarked the skipper was as good as a barometer, its behaviour clearly predicting the rough weather which the Jupiter so fortunately weathered. Captain, Stromberg, by the way, has with him his daughter, who acts as cook, and had a strenuous time during the voyage.

During the height of the gale, with the ship labouring heavily and swept by huge seas, she practically had to crawl round the decks, but rose to the occasion like a true daughter of Norseland.
Accident at Rouge Rue Corner
Thursday 24 November
At about 9.30 this morning a car belonging to Mrs Rose, of La Chaire, Rozel, was proceeding from Rouge Rue to Colomberie, when a violent collision took place with a motor cycle combination driven by Mr Price of Bagot Manor.

Mrs Price, who was in the sidecar, was thrown out but escaped injury.

Mr Price, however, was not so fortunate, as he sustained a severe blow on the leg from the mudguard. Fortunately no bones were broken, but he is badly bruised.

The car was not scratched, but the motor cycle is somewhat damaged.

We congratulate Mr Price on his escape from what might easily have resulted in serious injuries.

Centenier Cuming was quickly on the scene and took the matter in hand.
Young Helpers’ League:
Annual sale of work
Thursday 17 November
The Young Helpers’ League held their annual sale of work yesterday afternoon at Wellington Hall, and amongst those present for the opening ceremony were Lady Douglas Smith, Jurat C S Renouf, the Rev A Poynder and H Fuller-Maitland, Mr and Miss Vaudin, Mr Lyndon Rive, Mrs W Duret Aubin (President), Mrs Lyndon Rive (Hon Sec) and Capt Goodwyn (Teighmore).

Mrs Duret Aubin extended a very hearty welcome to Lady Smith on behalf of the Young Helpers’ League on this the occasion of her first visit to them.

Mrs Duret Aubin then gave some interesting details of the League’s work in connection with Dr Barnado’s Homes, and followed this up with stating that the membership of the League was now 53 juvenile helpers and 47 adults. After mentioning the valuable work done by their secretary, Mrs Lyndon Rive, the speaker welcomed Captain Goodwyn, the new Superintendent of Teighmore.

Lady Smith, after regretting her inability to make such a brilliant speech as Mrs Duret Aubin, formally declared the bazaar open, at the same time wishing it every success. She then thanked Mrs Duret Aubin and a bouquet was presented by little Miss Margaret Vaudin.

The stall-holders were as follows:

  • Fancy Stall: Mrs Pirouet and members of the Working Party.
  • Fruit and Flower stall: Mrs Jean, Mrs Payn and Miss R Blampied.
  • Provision Stall: Mrs W G Bellingham, Mrs Butterfield and Mrs Winter, assisted by Misses Amy, Langdon and Ouless.
  • Handkerchief stall: Mrs Henman, Misses Le Lacheur and Le Rossignol.
  • Sweet stall, Calendar stall and Dips were in the hands of juvenile members.
  • Competitions presided over by Mrs Gray.
  • Toy stall: Miss Newman and juveniles.
  • Refreshment stalls: Miss Staniforth assisted by Mesdames Bois, Le Maistre and Rodney Vaudin, and the Misses Le Blancq, Le Brun, Rive, Dallain, Ross and Picot.

We understand that the gross takings for the day were £116, s sum upon which we congratulate Mrs Hill and her willing helpers.
Supporting Local Industry (?):
Our Education Committee
Wednesday 16 November
We learn on reliable authority that the States’ Education Committee has given the contract for printing, stationery etc, for the 12 months commencing 1 January 1922, to an English firm.

We have made enquiries as to the veracity or otherwise of this, proceeding from reliable authorities, but in each case the reply has been evasive.

We venture to hope that the rumour, which, to say the least of it, savoured very much of reality, will prove unfounded, and that the Committee will see their way clear to support local industry with local money, even at the expense of a few pounds.
Heavy rainfall
Wednesday 16 November
The heaviest rainfall we have experienced for several months occurred yesterday. We are informed by the Waterworks Company that the register records as much as .79, which is practically equivalent to three-quarters of an inch. Apart from this most opportune assistance to the reservoirs, the street drains have undergone the sorely-needed flush, so necessary to the preservation of public health generally.
The Labour Dispute
Men meet this afternoon, employers this evening
Friday 18 November
Although officially there is no change in the situation, there are rumours current today re the possibility of ending the strike amongst the gas workers, and it is interesting to note that a mass meeting of workers is to be held this afternoon.

We can only hope that Dame Rumour is not, in this instance, a lying jade, and that it is not merely a case of the wish being father to the thought.

We are strongly of the opinion that should the men return to work they will gain the sympathy of the entire community.

A general meeting of the Building and Allied Trades Federation and the Master Plumbers Association is fixed to take place at 8 o’clock this evening at the Beresford Café. The Executive Council will meet at 7pm.

Gas workers
at work again
Saturday 19 November

In accordance with the decision arrived at yesterday afternoon at their mass meetings at Springfield, the men employed by the Gas Co Ltd resumed work this morning at 6 o’clock.

Mr Ben Smith, when interviewed immediately after yesterday’s meeting, informed us that a temporary agreement had been entered into between the Gas Workers and the Gas Co, which provided that the men would resume work at their previous rate of pay, and that arbitration re the 1d per hour reduction on the labourers’ wages should take place immediately after the present dispute in the Allied Trades comes to an end.

Mr Smith said that at the meeting the Gas Workers were advised to accept these terms and this they decided to do unanimously.

Sir, Re Pro Bono Publico’s letter in your issue on Saturday, I am one of those who has been put to considerable inconvenience and trouble through this gas strike, and I consider the men have been very ill-advised to take this drastic action, which has caused so much worry and expense to the general public.

Still, I cannot see any good is to be obtained by an anonymous writer abusing them, especially in the last part of his letter when he calls them Bolsheviks – about the worst name you could call any decent man.

I personally know a number of these men, who are honest, loyal and law-abiding; a number who have gone through the war (voluntarily), and who resent this abuse.

There has been no disorder up to now. I know the men respect Mr Morris and other officials. What is wanted is fact not abuse.

Yours faithfully, J M Hamling


Sir, As one of the onlookers in this game of chess, commonly called a strike, don’t you think it’s about time the public at large saw something of the game.

Would it not be much better for both sides to place their cards on the table, so to speak, and publish in the papers what they on the one hand offer, and on the other, what the other side want?

This would allow the ‘people who pay’ to judge the matter fairly, and public opinion would soon settle the matter.

I may be wrong, but the only bit of straight work done up to the present was the suggested Board of Arbitration appointed or suggested by members of the States.

This, according to the papers, was fully agreeable to the men, but most disagreeable to the masters (perhaps I should say employers). This leads one to draw their own conclusions.

Yours very truly Ole Bill.
Fire at Gorey
Tuesday 22 November
Last evening shortly after 8 o’clock the St Helier’s Fire Brigade was called to a fire which occurred at Mr W J Colin’s residence, Daisy Farm, Gorey, and soon after they were on their way with the steamer drawn by a lorry. Chief Officer A J Gale was in charge.

On arrival at the scene it was seen that an outbuilding was well alight and despite all efforts, was completely gutted. Some two tons of straw, potato boxes and farming implements were all destroyed but fortunately a cow, which was in the stable, was got out and taken to a place of safety.

Thanks to the untiring efforts of the neighbours who worked exceedingly hard fetching water or saving what was possible to get at, the damage was somewhat minimised and when the Brigade did arrive they had no difficulty in setting matters right.

The damage, we understand, is estimated at £100, though, fortunately, the property was insured. The cause of the fire remains a mystery.

Mr and Mrs Colin which to thank all those who in any way helped in fighting the fire.
Channel Island morals
Monday 21 November
Evidence taken on commission in the Channel Islands and submitted to Lord Sands in the Court of Sessions yesterday led him to say that a certain looseness seemed to be indicated when a married man could live openly with another woman as his wife, the woman going under her own name, without the man losing his position.

‘Unsatisfactory though our morals in Scotland may be at present, this could hardly happen in Scotland’, he said.

His Lordship granted a decree of divorce to Mrs Lucy Craigie, the respondent being the Aberdeenshire laird, Mr Burnet Craigie of Linton, Aberdeenshire, whose present residence was Craigie Hall, Jersey.

The marriage, it was stated, took place in Aberdeenshire in 1895. The parties had lived in the Argentine, where the respondent had a ranch, and in this country, but had lived apart for some years, and an action of divorce by the husband on the ground of desertion was pending.
Motor smash in France – local residents involved
Thursday 17 November
A small party of local residents, including Mr and Mrs P H Mollet, of Beach Road, and some friends, crossed to France with their motor car a few weeks ago with the intention of making an enjoyable motor tour, which would include a portion of the battlefield area.

Whilst proceeding at a very moderate pace along a road in the Soissons area they were overtaken by a large French touring car, which, dashing past them, presumably touched some part of the car in which the local residents were seated, and headed it straight for the hedge.

The driver made a strenuous effort to pull the car back to the road again, but the swerve was too sudden and the car completely overturned, pinning Mr and Mrs Mollet and party underneath.

One of them, we understand, sustained some pretty nasty injuries to the thumb. Mrs Mollet was badly bruised and suffered from shock, but fortunately no serious injuries were inflicted to any of the little party.

What they said about the driver and occupants of the larger car we leave our readers to imagine.

The Housing Question
Dear Sir, I think it is high time the matter of housing was brought forward again as the coming quarter will find scores of people on the street, if the old law is not quickly changed.

I believe our most respected Bailiff stated some time ago when dealing with an expulsion case that he had to administer the law as he found it.

Therefore I say it is up to the States to quickly change the law or build houses for people to live in.

I personally have tramped day and night looking for a place to lay my head at Christmas, but so far I have looked in vain, and now patiently wait for the sheriff men to put me in the street.

And this is a civilised country.

Thanking you Mr Editor, I remain, yours sincerely ‘Suffering’.
Good news
Monday 14 November
We are informed that there was a drop of 3s in flour last week, and a further drop of 2s today.
Harbours buy boat
Monday 14 November
We understand that the Harbours Committee have purchased the garrison boat and gear which was put up for sale by the Government.

She is to be utilised for work in the harbours. It will be remembered the old garrison boat was previously used for conveying the soldiers to and from the castle.
A curious specimen
Wednesday 16 November
We have received from Mr Alfred Henry of Le Feurere, Maufant, St Saviour, a mangold weighing approximately three pounds which, together with the root, measured 5 feet 6 inches in length.
Wanted: Strong Kitchen maid at once. Apply Grouville Hotel, Grouville Common.

Wanted: Man for farm work. Must be able to milk. Fiott, Le Pont, Trinity.

Wanted: Immediately, respectable lad about 15. Apply Hotton, Ironmonger, Hill Street.

Wanted: Woman for washing and cleaning. Renouf’s Boarding Establishment, 25 Gloucester Street.

Wanted: Two or three good painters, good wages. Apply Pyne, Oddfellows Hall.

Wanted: Young lady for shop and to learn business. Not over 20. Smith Photographers.

Wanted: A good charwoman, one day a week. Apply Grouville Rectory.

Wanted: Early December. House parlourmaid – no basement. Before 1 or after 6, Mrs Caulfield, 2 Douro Terrace, Rosemount.

Lost: Will the person who removed lamp from ladies cycle C177 at Cooper’s Garage on Saturday last return same to Cooper’s Garage to avoid prosecution.

Wanted: Two-seater motor car, from 8-10 hp, any good make. Must be in good condition. Write, giving all particulars and price to ‘Car’, office of this paper.
The picture houses
Monday 14 November
West’s Pictures: for the first three days of this week Sessue Hayakawa, the popular Japanese actor, is appearing in a unique role in The Arabian Knight, a wonderful drama of romance and adventure in the land of Egypt.

The Alhambra: The two principal pictures in tonight’s new programme are Doreen Hallard in an exciting five-reel drama, A Race with Death, and Episode 9 of The Great London Mystery.

The Travelling Cinema: The star picture in this week’s full programme is The Garden of Poisoned Flowers, a wonderful production de luxe, featuring Madeleine Sive.

Tonight, St Ouen, 7.30; Tuesday, St Aubin, 7.30; Wednesday, St John, 7.30; Thursday, St Martin 7.30; Friday, Gorey, 5.45 and 8.

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