Evening Post 1921 - 4

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Jersey 28 November - 10 December 1921
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Monday 5 December
Before John Vaudin, Esq, Magistrate
Neglecting to maintain wife

William Watterson (29), a native of the Isle of Man, was charged by Centenier W F Filleul, for failing to provide for the maintenance and upkeep of his wife, Edith Vera le Cocq, and Derrick Le Cocq, his son, aged nine months.

When asked what he had to say, Watterson stated that he had been unable to maintain his wife and child owing to the fact that he was a deserter from the Army, but he offered to provide a home and to make things as comfortable as he possibly could if his wife would come back to him. The Magistrate remarked that he was as much use to his wife as he was to the Army.

Centenier Filleul stated that Mrs Watterson had complained that her husband was not maintaining her and her child, and that he had bluntly refused to do so. The couple, he continued, had been sent away from the Island in August this year in a state of destitution.

The wife stated that she first met her husband at Gorey two years ago when she was 17. They were married at a registry office.

After a considerable amount of unhappiness they went to the mainland. Here Mrs Watterson related her experiences to the most minute detail, impressing the Magistrate on the suffering she had to endure in Birmingham and Liverpool, and at both places she had sought refuge in the workhouse.

It was while at Liverpool her husband was arrested as a deserter. She came to Jersey again and had received telegrams of fictitious addresses in London asking her to come over.

After a while she received letters from her husband all carrying the promise that he would send her money. Eventually he arrived himself with £9 which, she stated, was the property of his own father who was a sail-maker in the Isle of Man, and had entrusted his son to collect an account, which he did, and utilised to his own wants.

During Watterson’s stay in Jersey he had had several jobs, but only remained a few days at each. His wife also alleged he had bought a bicycle, promising to pay the party weekly for it, but he had sold the machine since and spent the money.

The Magistrate soundly reprimanded the accused, and sentenced him to one month’s imprisonment with hard labour.
Electric lighting
Sir, it is to be hoped that the committee on the above will consider the possibility of using crude oil engines of diesel or semi-diesel type for their power station. These engines are now reliable and highly efficient.

The oil could be pumped direct from the steamer into tanks at the power station by means of suitable piping. How about La Collette as a site for the power station, the tanker pumping from the Harbour?

Failing a site near the Harbour at St Helier’s, perhaps a pipe line could be run along St Catherine’s Breakwater; a steamer could probably berth there for a few hours at high water, the station being erected on some cheap site near the foot of the breakwater.

The few miles to convey current to St Helier’s should not be a serious drawback where electricity is concerned.

It would seem that if coal is to be used as fuel we shall not get the cheap electricity desired, as the primitive methods at present in use of unloading and conveying are bound to make it an expensive fuel where large quantities are concerned.

Thanking you, Sir.

Yours, etc, Economy
RJA&HS scheme for Springfield
Saturday 3 December
The Annual General Meeting of members of the society was held at the Town Hall this morning at 11.30. Mr J A Perree, Vice-President, occupied the chair until the arrival of the President. There were about 70 members present.

The scheme recommended by the committee for the building of a two-storey hall at Springfield and the remodelling of the grounds was put before the meeting, and after considerable discussion it was approved of by a large majority, and the committee authorised to borrow the necessary funds.

The scheme provides for an entirely new pavilion, with a ground floor capable of accommodating 100 head of cattle, asphalt floor, a hall above suitable to be used as a public hall for dancing, whist drives, concerts etc.

The football pitch would run in the opposite direction to at present, and a grandstand would be erected to seat some 600 to 700 persons, and the whole of the grounds re-modelled. The full scheme is estimated to cost £14,000.

The minutes of the last meeting were read and confirmed, and the annual accounts taken into consideration. The adverse balance of £677 on the milk record scheme provoked much discussion, the opinion of the meeting being that the matter should receive the serious consideration of the Committee.

The meeting then approved, after some discussion, of the proposed amalgamation of the Jersey Poultry Society with the Agricultural Department, as recommended by the General Committee.

The fundamental rules and regulations providing for the amalgamation were then read by the President, and after several alterations had been made, were adopted.
At the States sitting the Markets Committee asked for and were granted a supplementary vote of £100 for lighting, etc. Jurat de Carteret said this request was due to the fact that stall after stall was being taken and it was necessary to install light in them
Tuesday 29 November
President: Sir W H V Vernon, Kt, KBE
Suggested abolition of free education
The Constable of St Helier said that yesterday the States had passed a vote of confidence in the Education Committee, and he had been accused of throwing mud.

He now wished to do penance and to submit a proposal which had for effect the abolition of free education in view of the fact that conditions of life had altered since 1907, when it was adopted here.

He had had sufficient evidence in the course of his duties as Constable to show that what was given free was not appreciated.

Moreover, it was not quite fair to take away from a father the responsibility for educating his child; it was his duty to provide education as well as food. (Applause)

It was not right that the States should take the place of parent. The principle he wished to submit was that the education should not be absolutely free unless the relatives showed that they could not afford to pay.

They might fix a minimum of £2 a year, and that alone would provide a fairly large sum.

The Rector of St Peter seconded. Jurat Crill agreed that conditions had changed, and it was time the States reconsidered the whole subject in a new light.

The proposal was lodged au Greffe and referred to the Education Committee in order that they might report.
Evening Post comment
Charging for education
Judging by the way the Constable of St Helier’s proposition re the abolition of free education was received by the States on Tuesday, we would imagine that if the Education Committee, to whom the matter has been referred, recommends its adoption, there will be no difficulty in getting it passed.

We cannot understand what Mr Pinel meant when he said that he was bringing the subject forward as a penance, but whatever he had in view, to our way of thinking his proposition was not made a day too soon.

Of course, he made it clear that children whose parents could not afford to pay the school pence would be educated free, and that is right; but the time has come when parents who can easily spend the money should pay for the education of their children, and there are hundreds who would be glad of the privilege.

As far as Jersey is concerned, we must say that free education has not done what was expected of it.

What does not cost anything is not appreciated, not only by the children, but by the parents; if the latter were paying for the education of their children they would take more interest in their offspring’s’ lessons, and see that they were getting value for their money.

The minimum fee of £2 per year suggested by the Constable of St Helier works out at about 1s per week of instruction, and this we consider too high for some of the parents who have several children and would like to pay for their schooling.

We quite understand that the proposal has been lodged au Greffe, and that this may mean its burial, but should it see the light of day again we will be greatly interested in the debate which will no doubt take place in our local House of Parliament by the members of that Assembly.

Skating Carnival at West Park

The management of the skating sessions held at the West Park Pavilion have reason to be proud of the success of the carnival which they held last evening, for it attained a degree at least not exceeded by any previous effort.

There were a large number of entries, and in addition numerous spectators had assembled to see the motley crowd gliding pleasingly along to the accompaniment of appropriate music, supplied by the Old Brigade Band under the conductorship of Mr A W McKee.

Some of the costumes were distinctly original, but the voting in the hands of the general public gave no cause for dissatisfaction.

The prizes were awarded as under:

  • Ladies, best costume: Miss Horman (Columbine), 120 votes.
  • Gents, best costume (Rickshaw Boy): Mr B Horman, 111 votes.
  • Most original costume: 1st, Mr B Norman; 2nd, Mr A H Darker (Lowke Ltd).
  • The prize for guessing the number of persons present was won by Mr Roy Scriven, who gave the number as 638, the actual number being 637.
  • The splendid manner in which the Pavilion was lighted was much commented upon. Messrs Lowke and Sons Ltd of Vine Street were entrusted with the work and commenced operations at 2 o’clock yesterday afternoon. By 6pm the fittings were all in position and everything in readiness.
The work last evening was only of a temporary nature as the firm are installing a larger engine and dynamo in fulfilment of the terms of the contract for the lighting of the building during the next six months, which they have secured.
Funeral of the late
Miss E F Gaudin
The funeral of the late Miss Emma Fanny Gaudin took place on Saturday morning, the first portion of the service being held at Wesley Street Chapel.

The Rev W H Jackson Picken conducted the service, assisted by the Rev F H Everson and Pastor J J Waterhouse. Mr Picken referred in glowing terms to the life of Miss Gaudin, who worked so unobtrusively in the cause of the church.

She constantly ministered to her brother, who was also keenly interested in the church and circuit.

After his death it was seen that, though retaining her interest in the circuit and church, Miss Gaudin’s hold on earthly life was relaxing.

In her illness her suffering was great, but it was borne with a patience and cheerfulness that never failed.

Her loyalty to Christ found expression in the generous gifts given in support of the cause and relief of poverty.

They rejoiced that after much suffering her redeemed spirit had passed into the paradise of God.

The cortege of five coaches proceeded to Almorah Cemetery where the graveside service was conducted by the Revs W J Picken and F H Everson. The coffin was of polished oak with heavy brass mountings the inscription being: ‘Emma Fanny Gaudin, died 15 Nov 1921, in her 77th year.’
Driver retires after 50 years with railways
Monday 28 November 1921
Driver Alfred Gallichan, of the Jersey Eastern Railway Co Ltd is now resigning through ill health after 50 years service with the company.

As a boy he carried the measuring rods for the Engineer, the late Mr Hammond Spencer, and has been driver for the past 21 years.

We feel sure that the travelling public will join with us in regretting the enforced resignation of this, the oldest servant in the employ of the company.

We are pleased to record the fact that Mr A Gallichan was the recipient on Wednesday last of a cheque for £20, presented to him by Mr A F Payne on behalf of the directors.

On Saturday the 26th Mr Gallichan was presented with an ebony walking stick heavily mounted in silver.

This gift was from all employees, the presentation being made by the Station Master of St Helier. The stick was supplied by the London Jewellers
Football – St Saviour v St Clement
Monday 28 November 1921
There was an excellent attendance at Springfield on Saturday when St Clement’s were unpleasantly surprised by St Saviour, who severely trounced them by five goals to nothing.

From the commencement St Saviour’s were far superior and quicker than their opponents. After continual pressure Porée scored the first point.

St Saviour’s forwards were having matters very much their own way with very little opposition from the St Clement’s defenders. Le Gresley added a second goal shortly before the interval.

On resuming, St Clement’s took play in the St Saviour’s goalmouth, Latouslé shooting feebly into his custodian’s hands.

After this, St Saviour’s simply monopolised the play. Bidois, Le Gresley and Gallie piling on the scores. Hervé ought to have saved at least two of the three goals in the second half.
Wednesday 30 November
President: Sir W H V Vernon, Kt, KBE
The States sat today for the purpose of continuing the discussions left over yesterday but more particularly to consider the estimates. The President said he advised the States to consider the estimates at once and not to break the proceedings up into little discussions.
Hospital and Poor House
The Constable of St Helier submitted a proposition suggesting the advisability of separating the Hospital proper from the Poor House as follows:

‘Seeing that experience has shown that it is necessary to have drastic changes in the administration of the General Hospital, and seeing that the only remedy is to completely separate the Poorhouse from the Hospital proper, the States have charged the Public Assistance Committee to study the question and present a report to the States at an early date.’

Deputy Gray seconded the lodging and the motion was adopted.
The Hospital doctor
Question of salary etc, discussion in camera

The House next considered the question of the Hospital doctor’s salary, and for this purpose the galleries were cleared.

The proposal of the Committee was the naming of a resident surgeon at a salary of £750 with residence, or £850 without.

Voting on the question was taken by ballot, the urn being emptied at 5.50, when it was announced that 19 votes had been given in favour and 16 against the appointment of a permanent resident officer.
Sanitary Committee
Jurat de Carteret submitted a supplementary vote of £400 to the Sanitary Committee for work at Overdale.

Jurat Le Boutillier said it was practically impossible to know what the expenses under this heading would be. Last year they had spent only £37, but this year, owing to the dry weather, they had had a large number of cases of typhoid and diphtheria. They had already spent £500.

He moved that the sum be voted. The Rector of St Peter seconded. Agreed to.
Public Works
The Public Works Committee asked for a supplementary vote of £400.

Jurat Le Boutillier said this expenditure was again unforeseen when the Budget was drawn up. For instance, no one presumed that His Majesty would have visited his loyal subjects this year, and a goodly sum has had to be spent.

The Courts had been painted, the road in front of the Court had been seen to, and a new carpet had been put on the Bench, the old one having been there 40 years.

Much of this work would have been done next year but for the Royal Visit. Seconded and agreed to.
Main Roads
The Main Roads Committee asked for a supplementary vote of £500 for steam rollers, salaries etc. Jurat Aubin said it was simply a question of asking for a vote of £500, which would almost certainly be recovered during the year. Adopted.
What is a fair wage?
Sir, In reading over the account of the Arbitration Court between masters and men, I was struck by Mr Le Quesne’s assertion that there were over 200 men receiving wages of 30s and 36s a week, and they lived, or does he mean exist? (considering the purchasing power of the £1 note today).

Under what conditions do these men live? What home life have they? In many a case of a married man with a family, the wife also has to go out and earn money to supplement the small pay.

Then how do their children fare? Are they strong, healthy, robust and up to the standard of health they should be living in a sunny, healthy place like Jersey?

A workman should receive adequate pay so that the woman may remain at home and do her duty as a wife and mother instead of having to help earn the necessary means for support.

As a working woman I well know how hard it is to be cheerful and contented when you are aware that you cannot give to your children what is necessary for their welfare.

Presumably Mr Le Quesne appears to believe there is nothing wrong with the world outside, if his own fireside is warm.

The working man, I suppose, gets all the help and advice he needs from his chosen leader, as he did from the man who came over last week to help settle the labour strike.

So, excuse my feeble effort on behalf of the women. Is it the wonderful flow of language? Or what may I ask that helps to provide the means for the said man to live in luxury at the Grand Hotel?

‘A Working Woman’
Need to boil water
Wednesday 7 December
Owing to the abnormal dry weather experienced during the past months and the actual low state of springs and wells, the Sanitary Committee recommends the Public to boil all water used for drinking purposes, including water supplied by the Jersey New Waterworks Company.

This precaution will be more necessary than ever after the first rainfalls.

The Committee further insists that the consumption of water should be reduced to a minimum otherwise present supplies will soon be completely exhausted.

Ernest Le Sueur, Greffier.
Musical Soiree
An excellent entertainment was provided in the Primitive Methodist Schoolroom last evening by members and friends of the Church. Rev W Yeomans presided.

Interesting pianoforte items were given by Mrs A Harrison, Miss Jouguet and Miss Picot, solos were delightfully rendered by Mr R Picot, Mr W E Guiton, Mr A Harrison (jnr) and Mr J Lobb, while duets by Messrs Lobb and Behoe were greatly appreciated.

Solos from the lady members were provided by the Misses Vibert and Miss le Marquand, and duets by Miss Picot and Miss Jouguet.

Other items of an interesting programme were monologues by Miss Picot and Mr Lear.

Mr Picot created much amusement by playing the tune I passed by your window, with the aid of his nose, as an encore to his song ‘Fishing’.

The general feeling of entire satisfaction was expressed in the manner in which Mr H Picot had organised the most enjoyable musical evening.
Daring robbery:
Bag snatched
Monday 28 November
A rather unusual style of robbery is reported as having occurred on Saturday evening last near Undercliff Road.

The victim, it appears, was walking down that road about 6.30, when she was accosted by an individual who snatched her handbag, which contained several pounds, and made off.

The matter was immediately reported to the police who made enquiries at the licensed houses in the neighbourhood, but up to the present no arrest has been made.
Aged stonecracker found dead
Monday 28 November
An inquest is being held this afternoon at St Ouen on the body of a man named Pierre Salaum, who for some years past has been employed as a stone cracker in Mr Gallichan’s quarry.

From information which we have obtained it appears that one of the deceased’s colleagues, Mr John Allez, missing the old man, who by the way lived alone in a little hut in the quarry, deemed it advisable to inform the police, inasmuch as he knew the deceased was of fairly regular habits.

Centenier Le Marquand proceeded to the quarry, and effecting an entrance to the place, discovered the body.

A medical man was summoned but he could only pronounce life extinct.
Our new residents
Sir, The advent of a number of new residents in our Island was commented upon by the Solicitor-General and the Bailiff at the annual dinner of the RJA and HS on Wednesday evening last.

No doubt various reasons have induced these families to leave the mainland, but the only ones I am interested in are those who have come here because they realise they would be happier here, because the Island agreed with them, and because they love our sea-girt isle.

All these are truly welcome, and I hope their hopes will be realised. There may be some who have come over here to escape paying the Income Tax and for other monetary reasons – these we would not object to.

But if there are any who have come here to meddle and find fault with everything, and I believe it was this class Mr de Carteret had in mind, well, the sooner they leave the better; we already have too many of these over here.

Stirring up strife

There are some people who have left their country unwept, and after being in the island a little time have tried to stir up strife.

Just go back a little and think of the various meddlesome cliques that have been formed, and you will find that these have been started by these English malcontents, who have been joined by a few natives of whom the Island has no occasion to be proud.

One of the principal reasons why the Jersey Commercial Association was formed was that it should make the beauties of the Island known overseas, and try to induce a good class of people to become residents.

No doubt it is the efforts put forth by the Association which to are a large extent responsible for the many excellent families who have taken up their residence in our midst within the last twelve months or so.

I say again that we are glad to have them, and if they decide to remain here permanently so much the better.

Young Jerseyman’s successes
Saturday 3 December
It is our pleasing duty to record the recent successes of a rising young Jerseyman, Mr Jean Piquet, son of the late Mr George A Piquet, Solicitor.

Mr Piquet pursued his early studies at Victoria College, and having decided to take up a career as electrical engineer, entered Faraday House, London, in January 1916, where he commenced his studies in this advanced science.

After attaining military age, like other patriotic Jerseymen, he volunteered for service in the Great War.

He was drafted abroad, and whilst proceeding to Egypt, the transport he was on was torpedoed in the Mediterranean.

Many valuable lives were lost, but young Piquet, being a strong swimmer, succeeded in keeping himself afloat until picked up by a rescue boat.

He saw service both in Egypt and Palestine, and was awarded two war medals.

Studies resumed

On returning to England in 1919, he rejoined Faraday House, and under its aegis served periods of apprenticeship in the following well-known engineering firms of Clement Talbot and Co Ltd, The General Electric Company Ltd, and finally proceeded to Paris to conclude his course of studies at the Compagnie du Chemin du Fer Metropolitan de Paris.

He finished his first year’s study at Faraday House by gaining First Class Honours and the Silver Medal, and the third year’s course with 4th Class Honours. And on completing his full course of studies, was awarded the Diploma of Proficiency.

Mr Piquet is about to take up an assignment in England, and we wish him every success in the sphere of work before him.

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