Evening Post 1922 - 1

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Jersey 2 - 14 January 1922
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The last straw
Dear Sir, Never was the old proverb ‘It’s the straw that broke the camel’s back’ so true as it is today. And if the half supressed murmuring by a large number of people is anything to go by, then someone is in for trouble.

That a tax should be put on the pictures is a scandal, for this is about the only change that enters the drab lives of a very large number of our people.

It means shutting out the very people and little kiddies that need some change from their two or three rooms even if they possess that many, which at present is rather doubtful.

In fact, the very people who need a little cheer in their lives are hit the most by this tax.

Then again, it is a great folly to tax healthy sport, such as football, as scores of poorer men, also boys, will be deprived of witnessing a game that teaches players and onlookers to play the game of life in a straight and honest way.

No wonder our ex-servicemen are asking: Is this what we fought for? Heavy taxation, no comfortable homes, and even our legitimate pleasures taxed, and unfair taxation in other directions; householders’ tax, road rates that hit the small householder as hard as the man with a thousand a year.

Then we ask that wages should come down.

Before there is any further move in that direction, many other things will have to lower: gas, also rents in some directions, although profiteers in this are in the minority, thank goodness.

The war is supposed to be over and won, while in many ways things became worse.

The very nation who is the cause of our difficulties is refusing to pay her debts, and worse than that, preparing for the next war, and we can depend on one thing, if ever she is victorious she won’t wait three minutes for her indemnities, but rapine, fire and murder will be the order of the day.

The sloppy sentimentalists will then understand for whom they pleased in these days.

And while today she stands practically high and dry, the nations of the world lie around bleeding to death in the throes of unemployment, heavy taxation and social discord.

We know that taxation is necessary, but let it be fair and equal, not pressing hardest on those least able to pay, and the spendthrifts who are so free with ratepayers’ money should ease up a bit if they want the people to be pleasant and contented.

I will conclude with this verse taken from the best Book in the world:

‘For I mean not that other men be eased, and ye burdened.’

I am, yours truly, Mrs C Trachy

Legal Status of Women
Sir, Your correspondent re the above is correct in stating that Jerseywomen, although quiet, are very wide awake; in other words, very much alive to their unenviable position before the law, a position which today is quite indefensible.

The origin of the Jersey married women’s legal disability as most of us know, dates back to the dark ages of feudalism, when every tenant or holder of lands owed military duty to the Seigneur.

Failing a son, lands devolved to the eldest daughter, also the military duty.

But being deemed incapable of rendering the obligatory service, she was often compelled to marry in order to provide a deputy.

Her husband, then, as her deputy rendered the military service to the Seigneur in her stead. In return for his services the law gave him control over the rights to her land. Here, at least, was a raison d’être, an (almost) equivalent.

Today there is no raison d’être for the legal disability which the Jersey law metes out to the married woman. How can the retention on the Statute Book of the law relating to the ‘femme couverte’ be logically excused?

Yours truly, Une Vraie Jersiaise.
An unfounded rumour
Thursday 5 January

It having been rumoured that Capt Howe of the L and SWR Co was ill, we have been informed by Capt Stride that such is not the case.

Fortunately Capt Howe is enjoying good health and will, according to present arrangements, take charge of the Alberta on Monday evening.

Invitees arrive for the Government House levee
Government House New Year levee
Monday 2 January
The levee at Government House, although held as last year on a Saturday, an awkward day for the majority of folk, was nevertheless very well attended, a large number of callers paying their respects to His Excellency and Lady Douglas Smith.

During the two hours in which the levee was held, from 3 to 5 pm, a constant stream of taxis, cars and carriages wended their way along the main entrance.

The callers were announced by Lieut-Col Bowles, and were received by His Excellency and Lady Smith in the large drawing room. From here the guests made their way through the dining room into the library, where refreshments were served.

The floral decorations in the vestibule and drawing room were much admired and reflected on Mr Goding, gardener at Government House, who was responsible for same.

A covered exit had been prepared, and through this the departing guests made their way to their carriages.

Electricity for the whole island?
English firm would install everything free of cost
Friday 6 January
The electric lighting question is one which is gradually becoming more and more general; there are signs on all hands that people are anxious or willing to undertake the work, but meanwhile the Committee appointed by the Parish Assembly to go into the matter is getting on well with its work.

We understand, however, that the matter has been privately, though quite seriously, considered by the firm of Hunter and Co, of Edinburgh, who some time ago sent one of their experts over to view the land.

Being a Jerseyman, this gentleman was at a distinct advantage. He has a full knowledge of what is required here, and so he set to work one might say ‘en pleine connaissance de cause’.

As a result of his investigations he communicated with his firm, who sent another expert down, and the matter was gone into even more fully than before.

Officials were interviewed, and the representatives then stated that they would be quite prepared to electrify the whole Island, and, should the necessary powers be granted to them, to start the work within two months.

The firm would provide and lay the plant free of all cost, would be prepared to purchase both railway systems in order to electrify same, or enter into a working agreement with them, and provide light and power at a lower cost than gas.

The firm would provide the whole of the capital, and if, at the expiration of a given period, the authorities decided to acquire the whole of the undertaking, they would be at liberty to do so at valuation.

We are not at liberty to give more ample details, but it is safe to say that unless full powers are granted this Company to electrify the island, they would not consider it worthwhile undertaking the work.
Exit 1921 – Enter 2022
Monday 2 January
By our own correspondent
Just as 12 months ago crowds gathered in the Royal Square to usher in 1921, so on Saturday last a large assembly mustered to bid farewell to the dying year and to welcome the birth of a new.

Throughout the evening the town was well filled and it was evident that, at least in some cases, a good time was being looked forward to.

Everyone seemed to be on good terms; the usual compliments were freely exchanged and there appeared to be a general air of festivity.

As the evening wore on the Royal Square became the centre of attraction, so that by 11.15 there was a large gathering.

As time wore on matters became lively, some of the more jovial favoured with songs, the choruses of which were lustily taken up.

One or two gentlemen who had evidently attended the Bacchanalian feast and had done full justices to the fare, entertained small groups, others discussed the past and others again made golden resolutions. But taken all round the best of feelings prevailed.

Before 11.30 pm a small but efficient fife and drum band arrived and took up a position near the old guard house and, needless to say, were instantly surrounded.

Amateur musicians, armed to the teeth with flutinas, concertinas, mouth organs, Jew’s harp, and even bones, sprang into being in different sections of the crowd and rings were formed, and ‘on with the dance’ was the cry.

Masqueraders were also in evidence, and some bright sparks, probably remembering how the gas lamps are put out at midnight, brought their own gas works with them, in the shape of half a dozen Chinese lanterns, each one tied to a long pole.

The crowd had by this time increased, and although hardly appearing as large as last year, has assumed very respectable proportions.

The fife and drum band were working overtime and were hammering out Irish jigs, Scotch reels and English hornpipes with the utmost impartiality. The dancers were not a hard lot to please, if they wanted to waltz they waltzed, whether the tune being played was a jig or a polka.

In the meantime, although the clock on the Town Church was in darkness, we knew that the minute hand was relentlessly moving on its way, was bringing us every minute nearer the New Year, the coming year from which we hope so much.

Then followed the usual exchange of greetings. Some hung about for a little while, others followed the band, which, as usual, paraded the town, whilst others returned home.

The old times were vividly brought back to mind by the appearance of a militiaman attired in the period of the ‘good old days’ collecting on behalf of that worthy institution, St Dunstan’s Hostel for the Blind.

Watchnight services, all of which were well attended, were celebrated at several of the Churches of England and Nonconformist places of worship.

It only remains to express the hope that 1922 will be free from the troubles and hardships which were experienced in 1921, and that the brotherhood of man, which we have heard so much of, will be more exemplified in the future than in the past.
Wednesday 4 January
L and SWR employees retire:
Over 200 years service between five men
A record, which both the company and the men have every reason to be proud of, has just been set by the compulsory retirement on reaching the age limit, of five of the employees of the L and SWR Co.

That five men should have completed a fraction less than 210 years’ service between them in the same employ speaks well for both master and men.

The men and their records of service are as under:

  • Mr J A Woods, storekeeper, joined in January 1871, length of service 51 years.
  • Mr J Troy, boatman, joined in June 1873, length of service 48 years.
  • Mr J G Jean, collector, joined in October 1882, length of service 39 years.
  • Mr J H Fowler, checker, joined in January 1883, length of service 39 years.
  • Mr P Bliaux, foreman, joined in March 1890, length of service almost 32 years.

The length of service recorded above is that since the men were entered on the permanent staff; the majority of them have in addition served a number of years as hourly hands.

To the men concerned we wish continued health and a span of life sufficient in which to enjoy their well-earned rest.
West’s entertain the orphanage boys
Thursday 5 January

Yesterday, according to annual custom, the boys of the Jersey Home for Boys and of Teighmore were entertained at West’s. The boys, to the number of some 170, with members of staff, travelled by rail from Gorey to Snow Hill, where on arrival they were received by the manager.

During the afternoon Mr Boielle, on behalf of the directors of West’s, extended to the respective superintendents and the boys a very hearty welcome. Both his directors and himself regarded the boys as being a valuable asset to the country, and one that would help her regain her strength. Mr Boielle also invited the boys to write him a letter giving their ideas as to their favourite occupation, and said that he would give prizes for the best of the letters received.

He trusted that the programme that they had procured for them would prove not only entertaining and amusing but instructive as well, and he called the attention of the boys to the picture that had been shown, which gave them so excellent an idea of what the Holy City was like in the days when Christ was on earth.

At the termination of the performance, the lads passed through to the ballroom where they were entertained to tea, the catering being undertaken by Mrs Boielle and the members of staff at West’s.

Before leaving to re-entrain at Snow Hill, Mr Vardon, Headmaster, Home for Boys, expressed their united thanks to Mr Boielle and his directors for the treat that had been given to the boys that afternoon, and also to Mrs Boeille and the members of the staff who had seen to their creature comforts, and cheers were raised for all concerned.

Captain Goodwin, Superintendent (Teighmore), also expressed thanks to Mr and Mrs Boielle for their care of the boys, who had been anxiously anticipating this little treat, which they had now come to look upon as an annual treat given them by West’s.
Exchange of pulpits
Saturday 7 January

The annual Free Church exchange of pulpits takes place tomorrow evening. The names of the preachers at the various places of worship will be seen in our advertising columns.

Thursday 12 January
Girl (6) died of severe burns making toast
Mother left three children alone to take husband his breakfast
A most terrible burning incident occurred at 9.30 yesterday morning when a child, Lorraine Delphine Courbarron, aged six years, residing with her parents and two sisters in one room on the top floor at 9 Old St James’ Place, was so severely burned as to necessitate her immediate removal to the General Hospital, where she later died.

The mother had gone to the pier with breakfast for her husband, who was working on a coal boat, leaving her three children, as on many occasions, when the eldest girl, Lorraine, placed a piece of bread in a tin box and tried to toast it at the fire.

During this process the child’s clothing caught alight and commenced to burn furiously. The child ran downstairs screaming, and the neighbours seeing the terrible predicament quickly rendered every possible assistance.

Mr Le Rouge, a tenant of the same house, threw two buckets of water over the child, putting the burning clothing out. She immediately fainted, falling against the garden wall, and striking her head as she fell.

Miss Lydia Gosselin, residing next door, on seeing the burning child, immediately went for Dr Parbury, whilst her brother went to the pier for Mrs Courbarron, whom he met on the way.

On the arrival of Dr Parbury he ordered the child’s instant removal to the hospital. So terrible were the burns that the skin fell away from the victim’s arms.

On her arrival at the hospital she was attended by Dr O’Connor, and found to be suffering from severe burns and shock. She died later.

The one room occupied by the family of five contains very little furniture and has an open fireplace, at which, we are given to understand, the child continually amused herself by burning cardboard etc.

A most remarkable coincidence is that her younger sister, aged four, was badly scalded some 12 months ago and is still considerably marked to this day.

At the inquest this morning the jury returned a verdict in accordance with the medical evidence.

The Viscount advised Mr and Mrs Courbarron to purchase a fire guard; they had paid dearly and have had a very sad experience.

The weather - last night's gale
Thursday 5 January
A storm in which thunder and lightning, hail, rain and a strong wind all combined to make things as tempestuous as possible was experienced locally last evening.

The wind had been blowing strongly from the north during the afternoon and had sufficient keenness to ensure only mild surprise when a shower or two of hail fell at half-past seven.

The sky soon cleared again, but at about 9 o’clock, the wind shifting a little to the westward, rain began to fall in earnest and was accompanied by thunder and lightning, it being apparent, however, that the centre of the storm was some way off, for the peals of thunder were not very loud.

Shortly before 11 o’clock the rain stopped, but the wind, if anything, increased in violence and during the night blew very hard.

About this time a top portion of an elm tree situated in front of the Town Church was wrenched away by the force of the wind and sent crashing to the ground. As the fallen branch weighed something near half a ton it is fortunate that there were not any passers-by at the time of the occurrence.

This morning the majority of the streets were quite dry, having been effectually dried during the night by the strong wind blowing.

Owing to the recent strong wind from the south and south-west, the sand has been blown up against the sea wall skirting First Tower and Millbrook, and it is possible to step from the wall on to the sand, which in some places is level with the top. The drain at Millbrook is practically buried by the sand.

Motorised fire engine
Thursday 5 January
Constable Pinel of St Helier has written to his 11 fellow Connetables asking for their support in purchasing a motor fire engine to cut the time needed to reach emergencies in the country parishes

Dear Sir and Colleague, For some time past I have realised that the present horse-drawn fire engine is inadequate and antiquated, being particularly unsuited for fires at a distance.

Another difficulty with which I am faced is to obtain horses for the country fires, the horse owners of today are very loath to harness valuable horses to the fire engine.

I am seriously considering the advisability of purchasing a Motor Fire Engine, and as this additional appliance would benefit the residents in the country parishes to an even larger extent than it would benefit the residents of St Helier, I am of the opinion that the country parishes should contribute towards the outlay.

What I suggest is that each parish contribute pro rata in relation to its total number of quarters of rate as compared to St Helier.

The proposed Motor Fire Engine would cost Two Thousand Pounds (£2,000), and my scheme would work out as per details given on the attached list.

I would be grateful if you could bring the matter to the members of your Parish Assembly at an early date.

Believe me to be, Dear Mr Constable, very sincerely yours, J E Pinel, Constable of St Helier.

Under the hammer
Tomorrow’s sales
Thursday 5 January

In the Cattle Market: Sale of a quantity of best straw, by Mr H J Perchard at 3 pm; sale of a good horse, by Messrs Cristin and Bertram, at 3 pm; sale of the handsome half-bred bay gelding ‘Hampshire Lad’ by Messrs F le Gallais and Sons at 3pm.

Sales of Rente: At the office of Messrs Crill and Benest, 16 Hill Street, at 3 pm; at the office of Messrs Le Masurier and Giffard, 23 Hill Street at 3pm.

Lease of land: Three pieces of land at La Robeline, St Ouen, at 3 pm, at the offices of Advocate Le Gros, 18 Hill Street.

‘Marys of the Empire’ wedding gift

Sir, The following ladies have kindly volunteered to collect and receive subscriptions for the Jersey contribution to the ‘Mary’s Gift’ for Princess Mary:

  • St Helier’s: Miss M Pipon, St Saviour’s Road and Miss M de Quetteville, 2 St Saviour’s Crescent.
  • St Ouen’s: Miss M Hacquoil, L’Etacq.
  • St Peter’s: Miss M de Gruchy, The Rectory.
  • St Brelade’s: Miss M Le Maistre, Bay View and Miss M Le Cornu, Grey Gables, St Aubin’s.
  • St Lawrence: Miss M Bichard, Les St Germains.
  • St Saviour’s: Miss M Stewart, Grainville Manor.
  • St Clement: Miss M Hawnes, Elmwood, Pontac.

Subscriptions from 6d to 10s will therefore be gladly received by any of the above ladies or myself. I should be grateful for volunteers from the remaining parishes.

I believe that the Marys of Jersey were not given an opportunity of contributing to the similar ‘Marys of the Empire’ wedding gift which was presented to Queen Mary (then Princess May) on her marriage.

May I venture to hope that they will now rise to the occasion and make the Jersey contribution one worthy of the Island. There is not much time to spare as the money must be sent to London before the middle of February.

Yours truly, Ella Marie Malet de Carteret, St Ouen’s Manor.

An honest Londoner
Thursday 5 January
A Jersey lady, whilst up in London recently, had the misfortune to lose her purse, a small handbag containing in addition to photos, letters etc, a certain sum of money.

After returning to the Island and when the loss had almost been forgotten, a message was received from the Town Hall that a communication regarding the finding of this purse had been received from the London Commissioner of Police and after ordinary enquiries had been made and a claim established, the purse, with its contents untouched, was forwarded to the Town Hall where it was claimed and handed over this morning.

The moral of the story is that even in what is sometimes said to be the wickedest city in the world, there are honest people who do not subscribe to that false proverb ‘findings keepings’.

Young man's serious injuries
Thursday 5 January
A young man named Robert Rondel, age 20, a native of St John’s, was admitted into Hospital last evening suffering from severe cuts and bruises as the result of being knocked off his bicycle by a motor lorry.

Apparently the injuries are more serious than at first supposed, as it has been found necessary to insert about a dozen stitches in the throat.

The youth himself cannot give any account of the accident or how it happened. On inquiry this afternoon we were informed that he was progressing as favourably as possible.

Saturday 7 January
Hockey on ice at West Park Pavilion
A hockey match on skates took place last evening at the West Park Pavilion between the Magpies and the YMCA.

The opening was rather sensational, the YMs scoring in the first minute, and four minutes later the Magpies equalised.

After the interval the Mags registered two more goals to the YMCA’s one. Result: Magpies 3; YMCA 2. Mr P Edgar refereed.

We are informed by Mr G H Gellender that the management have secured Mr C A Stephenson’s company (the same that appeared at the Opera House last year) in the pantomime ‘Aladdin’ for next week but one, to be followed by Messrs Moore and Burgess’ troupe of Christy Minstrels. This will be the first minstrel troupe seen on the island for 12 years.
Bank appointment
Wednesday 4 January

After a successful examination, Raymond Le Maistre, son of Mrs Le Maistre, Vinchelez, St Ouen’s, has been appointed to a junior clerkship in the local branch of the London County Westminster and Parr’s Bank.

This lad is a pupil of Mr W P Skelton, Harleston House School, St Lawrence. At the present moment there are eight ‘old boys’ of this school employed in the different local banks.

A nonagenarian
Thursday 5 January

Congratulations to Mr James Remon of 3 Claremont Terrace, who today celebrates the 90th anniversary of his birthday.

Sudden death
Thursday 5 January

The sudden death occurred early this morning at his residence, Granada Place, Oxford Road, of Mr P Ryan, the well-known well sinker.

Although deceased had not been in the best of health for some time, his demise this morning came as a shock to his relatives and friends. We understand that a certificate has been issued by the family doctor.

Police-Sergeant H Medder
Thursday 5 January

No doubt many of our readers have been wondering why they have not seen P S Medder about as usual.

We regret to learn that he has been confined to his home for several days suffering from gastric influenza, but are glad to be able to state that he is now improving.


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