Evening Post 1922 - 2

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Jersey 16 - 28 January 1922
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Free education
Sir, With reference to the proposed abolition of so-called 'free education' in the primary schools of Jersey, you seem to imply in your article of Thursday’s issue that this will be quite an easy matter for the States.

Apparently some members of that Assembly and the general public think similarly, but let us get beneath the surface and see what this really means.

First of all, there is no such thing as 'free education'. It is provided at the cost of the tax-payer, and every man who sends his children to the primary schools is paying towards their education, a certain amount, every time he buys tea, tobacco, beer and all the other commodities he and his wife and family require.

It is quite evident that the working classes in Jersey pay much more than an equitable amount in taxation in proportion to their means.

The charging of school fees in the primary schools will be an additional tax on the poor man only, and this at a time when he is compelled to accept lower wages.

Such a charge will not touch the pocket of any members of the States, but the larger a poor man’s family may be, the more he will be obliged to pay, unless he pleads poverty and is able to secure parish relief.

It was proposed that the school fees should amount to 40s a year. That would be roughly 1s per school week per child.

So a man with a family of seven or eight children would probably have five at a time attending school. Five shillings a week school money would make a considerable hole in the weekly wage.

How will the finances of the island benefit if the so-called 'free education' is abolished? There are roughly five thousand children attending the primary schools. About 25 per cent of these belong to parents who cannot pay. The rest at £2 per head per annum will amount to £8,000.

If 6d per week is charged it will amount to £4,000 and at 3d a week to £2,000. Is it really worthwhile saddling those who have the greatest difficulty in providing their children with food and clothing with such a vexatious imposition?

In many cases it would be absolute cruelty.

The States will be well advised to drop the matter entirely, for there are other very serious objections which need not be referred to here. To abolish so-called 'free education' would be most retrograde and totally unjustified with the finances of the Island in the prosperous condition that they are in at the present moment.

Yours truly ‘AB’.
The Constableship
of St Helier
Sir, Many names have been mentioned as possible candidates for the post of Municipal Chief of St Helier’s if the present holder of the office decides not to seek re-election.

May I be permitted to point out that it is quite on the cards and freely rumoured that a Labour man, apart from the employing type, will, backed by the coffers of the powerful Trades Union, stand for the office.

It is with some consternation I learn that if all local members of that union obtain and use their votes in favour of their nominee, any candidate put up by any other body or section would not, to use a vulgar expression, ‘stand an earthly’.

We have had some glaring examples of labour management, but for local Labour with no experience, neither governing nor administration, to seize the reigns of such a high municipal office is unthinkable.

Unlike the Miners’ Union, the Dockers have coffers overflowing through, no doubt, an artful stunt on their part of amalgamating with some two dozen other trades unions.

Although a comparative stranger to your Isle, I will be bold enough to warn you that if the ratepayers do not wake up and combine and take action, some morning in April a coal-heaver, maybe a dustman, will be OC Town Hall, and mark you, local Labour is working secretly and silently to attain that end.

I am, Sir, yours etc, Duncan Wingan.
Sale of Government stores
Friday 27 January
Mr G le B Benest will sell by auction tomorrow at the Cattle Market, Minden Place, a large stock of Government stores, without reserve.

The catalogue includes the most useful and necessary requisites, amongst which are the following: electric fittings, switches, cables, shades, lamps and holders and fuse boxes; whilst other branches of everyday requirements are represented by horse rugs and harness, tools in first-class order, consisting of handsaws, choppers, spades, shovels, forks, pickaxes, brushes and lanterns.

There is also a quantity of almost new corrugated iron sheets, timber and other effects.

The stock will be on view at 11 o’clock tomorrow morning, and the sale commences at 3 pm.
Entertainments tax
Tuesday 17 January
In the States today an act of the committee was read showing that Messrs Ereaut and Le Mesurier, clerks in the States Treasury Office, had been appointed on a salary of £1 per week to carry out the provisions of the law in their spare time.

Their duties would consist of checking the tickets issued and to stamp same.

The act was purely experimental and if it worked satisfactorily they would be appointed permanently.

Jurat Crill said that the committee had done well in appointing these gentlemen. The sum was voted.
En route for Australia
Wednesday 25 January
24 boys from Teighmore left the Island this morning for London, en route to Australia where they will settle down under the colonisation scheme so ably carried out by the Home authorities.
Municipal ball
Tuesday 24 January
Due to the ban placed on whist drives, the Constable of St Helier is compelled very reluctantly to forego the enjoyable function which for some years has taken place at the Town Hall and was so much appreciated by many. As a substitute he has decided to run a Municipal Ball, the date of which is fixed for Thursday 16 February.
Repairing Queen Street
Wednesday 18 January
A meeting of the proprietors of the Town Vingtaine was held this morning at the Town Hall, Mr E J Gallichan presiding. The convening notice was read and the letter from the Constable in which he applied for a contribution of £500 towards the repairing of Queen Street and the purchase of a motor fire engine for St Helier.

The chairman said that in view of the interest created, their Procureurs had thought it better to have printed copies of the rules guiding their Vingtaine, and these would be distributed to the meeting.

Mr A W Grandin asked what monies were available. The Chairman said there was about £1,200 disposable. Mr P W Kelling proposed that the £500 asked for for Queen Street repairs be voted.

Mr J Renouf, jun, asked what sort of paving would be put down. He thought that the Constable should act in collaboration with their Procureurs. Had they been consulted? They were being asked to pay for this extra paving and should have been consulted.

Wood paving, in his opinion, had proved a failure. The traffic which caused most noise over stone was fast disappearing; motor traffic was coming in and he thought that stone was by far the best, wood was much dirtier and more costly.

He thought the meeting should be in possession of the full facts. Mr C J Le Quesne asked if the Procureurs has been consulted. ‘They never are,’ said the Chairman.

Mr Le Quesne explained to the meeting the difficulty they were in regarding stone. If they wanted all stone paving they would have to import it from France or England, or else import men to get the stone in the Island.

Should the Vingtaine bear the full cost?

Mr Renouf did not think that the Vingtaine should bear the full cost and queried what would be the cost of macademising. He then proposed that the sum of £250 be voted from the Vingtaine.

Mr Pinel said that as there seemed to be some misunderstanding with regard to the Vingtaine funds, he would try to explain matters. At a certain time the Government has bought property from the Vingtaine to the extent of £20,000.

This money of the Vingtaine was absolutely their own and they could do what they liked with it. At times the tenants voted sums to the parish, but the sum had been brought up to the full amount again.

The wood blocks which they had bought cost £200, a year ago they could have cost £300.

In addition to that there were concrete bottoms to be put down, the old wood blocks taken away etc, and a few hundred pounds to be spent on labour, the matter was in their own hands.

If they liked to make a present of £500 to the parish, well and good, if not they could say to the Constable ‘Put another ½d on the rate’. The money was theirs, they could divide it among themselves if they liked, or give it away to charitable institutions.

Mr Renouf said in view of the explanation of the Constable he would alter his amendment to read £400. He still considered that the parish should contribute some portion. Mr Huelin said that he failed to see whether it made any difference if it came from the Vingtaine or from the rates. Mr Gaudin seconded the amendment.

On being put to the meeting the amendment was lost, and the resolution to vote the amount of £500 declared carried.
Saturday 28 January
Frenchmen fined for
hunting with guns
Jean Marie Menard snr (54) and Jean Marie Menard jnr (26), both natives of Rennes, France, were charged by Centenier P V Cooke of St Saviour with having, on Tuesday 24 January at about 8 am trespassed on the properties of Messrs J F Langlois and Ph F Ozouf situate in the Grande Vingtaine, Longueville, St Saviour, the said Menard snr being in possession of a ferret and Menard jnr of a gun.

The accused, questioned by the Magistrate, admitted they were on the land but said they did not know it was forbidden. Menard snr complained that Mr Langlois had tried to take possession of the gun.

Centenier P V Cooke said that Mr Langlois had sent for him to come up to the field at 8 o’clock, as two men were shooting there. Mr Langlois charged the man with shooting on his property, the other man had gone off with the ferret.

He questioned the young man as to whether he knew shooting was prohibited on these properties, as he knew notices had appeared in both the Chronique and the Evening Post. The young man said his father had told him that Mr Ozouf had given permission to shoot. When interviewed, Mr Ozouf denied this.

Mr Langlois said he saw both men at about 8 o’clock on his ground with guns, in spite of the notices etc. He had not touched the man’s gun, if the father said so he lied. He did ask them to put down the trigger to prevent danger, they put one down but not the other.

Mr Ph F Ozouf said all he knew was that Centenier Cooke asked him whether he had given permission to the accused to shoot on his property and he said he had not.

The Magistrate commented on the manner in which these persons could obtain a licence to carry arms. The Principals who signed their form should take the trouble to ascertain the type of men they were recommending.

The Magistrate inflicted a fine of 50 francs (£1 18s 4d) on Menard snr and 40 francs (£1 10s 9d) on Menard jnr. The fines were paid.

Brother challenges Nicolle will
Wednesday 18 January
In the Privy Council today, Lords Atkinson, Phillimore and Carson heard the appeal raising the question on whether under the Laws of Jersey a man had the power to bequeath real property to his illegitimate child.

The appeal was brought by Miss Eileen Louise Nicolle, illegitimate child of the late Saumarez James Nicolle, who died in Jersey in 1919, a widower, without children.

Testator left to appellant nearly all his personal property, valued at £30,000, together with his acquired real property, consisting of a farm at Mont au Pretre, and the house, 1 Edward Place, Parade.

The respondent, John Winter Nicolle, brother of the testator, brought the action to set aside the bequest on personalty on the ground that testator could not leave personalty to an illegitimate child, but the Court decided in favour of the appellant.

Respondent brought a similar action in regard to the real property, and the Superior Number of the Royal Court set aside the bequest.

Mr Jenkins, KC, for appellant, admitted that under the old Norman law a man could not leave either personal or real property to illegitimate children, but argued that under the Laws of 1850 and 1901 that restriction was removed.

Mr Le Quesne, for respondent, contended that the new law did not change the ancient rule. If the contention of appellant were upheld it would result in this anomaly that while a father could devise realty to an illegitimate child he could not convey it to him by gift.

Mr Jenkins said it would be strange if an illegitimate child was the only person to whom a father could not leave realty.

Judgment was reserved.
Wednesday 18 January
James Bond's death
Mr Wilfred Bond, mate on the same boat from which his brother, Capt James Bond, was washed overboard, returned to the Island this morning on the South-Western cargo steamer, the ss Bertha.

In addition to the suffering caused by this terrible ordeal, Mr Bond is now victim to an attack of influenza.

The details of his brother’s death are, however, very meagre. It appears that at 7 o’clock on Saturday morning, Capt Bond was relieved at the wheel, and from leaving the wheelhouse was not seen or heard of afterwards.

The cook, who was standing in the galley doorway, heard no sound.

The ss Oakover was turned around and the sea thoroughly searched. There was a very heavy sea, and it is surmised that Captain Bond, who was wearing heavy clogs, slipped and fell overboard as the ship rolled.

Capt Bond was 43 years of age and leaves a wife and one child.

The father, Capt Bond, of 24 Don Street, wishes to take this opportunity of thanking all the kind friends for the many letters of sympathy in their sad bereavement.

Hotels and aliens
Saturday 21 January
The registrations under the Alien Order 1920 are not being carried out as they should be, and we fear those concerned to not understand the seriousness of the neglect. Below we reproduce paragraph C of Article 7 of the Aliens Order.

The keeper of the premises must require all persons staying there to make statements, and must keep a register of all Aliens over 16 who stay there, showing the nationality, the dates of arrival and departure, the places from which they have come and to which they are going.

This register will be officially inspected at intervals.

Neglect to comply with the above will subject the offender to a fine not exceeding £100 or to imprisonment not exceeding six months.

All persons concerned are advised to hand in their names and addresses to the Immigration Officer, Pier (Terminus Buildings) as soon as possible.
Jobs for ex-servicemen
Friday 20 January
To Employers: If at any time you have a vacancy for employment of any nature, or are desirous of engaging more men, even for temporary work, please remember that there are a large number of ex-servicemen who are in urgent need of employment.

The Committee will be grateful if you will notify any vacancy direct to the Exchange, 23 Hill Street (Tel: 166) in order that the men who have served during the War may have every opportunity to apply for the post.

Many of these men have ceased to receive unemployment pay, but call daily at the Exchange in search of work.

Without the co-operation of employers it is difficult to place more than a few in each week as the number of applicants greatly exceeds the demand.

To Unemployed Ex-Service Men: If you are not already registered at the Exchange, call at 24 Hill Street, and endeavours will be made to find suitable occupation.
Wednesday 18 January
Grant to family
The question of ratifying what the Constable had done with respect to the family of the late Mr William John Richard Keast was then brought forward and the Constable explained what measures he had taken.

He had consulted with the manager of the Jersey Gas Company and he was pleased to say that the Board of Directors of that company willingly agreed to bear one half of the expense.

He suggested that the sum of 19s a week be paid to the widow, as long as she remains a widow, and that 1s a week be paid for each child until attaining the age of 16. There were three children aged 7,9 and 11.

On the proposition of Mr S Henderson, seconded by Mr E J Gallichan, the meeting approved of the Constable’s decision.
Pension to an employee
The next item was to decide, if necessary, to grant a pension to Me Elias Frs Bree, who had been in the employ of the parish for a number of years, and was now incapacitated from further service.

Mr Dupre thought that they were travelling along dangerous lines. Unless they adopted some pensions scheme they would soon find difficulties cropping up.

He suggested that a small committee should be appointed to go into the whole matter and make a recommendation to the parish.

The Constable said that whilst the committee were making schemes the man had to live.

Mr Ph Le Quesne proposed that the sum of £100 a year be voted as pension to Mr Bree.

Mr Huelin thought that 30s per week was sufficient, and did not think it should be made permanent.

They were on the eve of great changes and wages would surely come down. Mr C W Binet seconded, and on being put to the meeting, this was adopted.
Tuesday 17 January
Island water supply difficulties
Heavy penalties called for to reduce waste
The President referred to the water shortage and said that now we had had rain there were some who thought that now we had had a good deal of it, the reservoirs in the Waterworks Valley were again fairly well filled.

The experts, however, stated that such was not the case, but that more water was being used or wasted than was coming in.

He had visited the spot and agreed that such was the case. It was also absolutely necessary that measures be taken.

There were two things to be done. A committee should be appointed in order to dam and stop this wastage.

There was actually no legislation on the matter and it might be wise to prepare a Bill giving the necessary powers. He thought that a Private Water Bill, which had been discussed and shelved on a previous occasion, should be again taken up.

Jurat Le Boutillier said he was pleased the President had called the attention of the States to the fact. Some time ago the Sanitary Committee informed the Waterworks Company that too much water was being used for purposes other than it should have been, but they were told there was enough.

They had considered the advisability of taking measures to pass a Bill. He personally felt confident that the States would have to take definite steps in the matter.

The reservoirs are far from empty but supply is not meeting demand

Jurat Lempriere asked if the health of the population had been affected.

Jurat Le Boutillier said he had not referred to the public health. The water was bad and it was for that reason that the committee had published notices in the Press advising the public to boil the water.

The Rector of St Martin suggested that it might be advisable for the States to take temporary powers whilst awaiting the taking of definite measures.

This was a tremendously important question for one could hardly imagine in an island like ours what a horrible thing a water famine would be.

The Deputy of St Savour said he understood that despite the fact that the company had advised economy, it had been extremely difficult to make some people believe or understand that they had to make economies.

He considered the only way was to impose very heavy penalties on those who abuse; but that could only be done by the States and not by a private company.

Jurat Aubin said the fault rested with the company which insisted in charging for water on the rental basis instead of by meter.

Jurat Renouf thought the question of baths had a good deal to do with it. The Deputy of St Peter proposed that the Sanitary Company be instructed to prepare a bill to meet the case.
Proper rain falls at last
Friday 20 January
No fault could be found with the kind of rain that fell yesterday afternoon and evening unless it was by those who were caught unawares without umbrellas.

If we could have several showers like that which fell, particularly between 4 and 5 o’clock, they would go a long way to filling the reservoirs.

Coming so soon after the Bailiff’s remarks on the shortage of water, and the report of the scanty rainfall signed by Dr Edgar Barnes, this heavy rain was most welcome.

Remarking on the torrential downpour to one of our farmers from the east, he heartily replied: ‘That’s the stuff’.

Seeing that there has been a shortage of rain for many months, it is a wonder that such a lot of water is left to waste.

Would it not be wise where possible to place barrels or tanks to catch the water from the roofs. It may come in useful. It is much better for washing and bathing than Waterworks water.

No doubt, if tenants of houses were charged only for the water they use, instead of according to rental, this old-fashioned way of saving water would be resorted to.
Compulsory Militia service
Saturday 21 January
With reference to the Militia Law passed by the States on 7 July 1921, as amended on 18 November 1921, and confirmed by an Order of His Most Excellent Majesty on 13 December 1921, and registered at the Royal Court of Jersey on 24 December 1921, and with reference to Royal Jersey Militia Order No 1 of 2 January 1922, the following Articles of the said Militia Law are published for the information of all concerned:
Compulsory Service – Article 2

The present law applies solely to persons who, at the date of its coming into operation, have not yet attained the age of 18 years

Article 3

Every man being a British subject and resident in the Island is liable, from the age of 16 years to that of 35 years, to serve in the Royal Militia of the Island. No one shall be deemed to be a resident within the meaning of the present Article unless he has resided in the Island for a period of a year and a day, and no one shall be liable to be enrolled in the Militia after having attained the age of 25 years.

Enrolment – Article 4

Every person liable to Service in the Militia in virtue of the preceding Article and not already enrolled therein, shall immediately upon being called to do so by the Military Authorities by Official Notices to that effect, declare either verbally or in writing, on the day and hour and at the place indicated by such notices, his surname, names, date of birth, profession, trade or calling, in order that these particulars may be inscribed on the Militia Roll.

In the case of a minor, his father, mother, guardian or other person, as the case may be, having charge of such a minor, shall be responsible for the due fulfilment of such formality.

Defaulters shall be prosecuted summarily before the Court for the Repression of Minor Offences, at the suit of the Constable of the parish in which they reside, on the report of the Military Authorities to that effect, addressed to His Majesty’s Attorney-General, and transmitted by him to the said Constable.

A notice in writing to appear before the said Court shall be delivered at the residence of the defaulter, at least four days before the date fixed for his appearance, by the Vingtenier Militaire, at the suit of the said Constable, who may be represented before the said Court by one of the Centeniers of his Parish, and in the absence of reasonable excuse, the defaulter shall be liable to a fine not exceeding One Pound Sterling, and the said minor shall forthwith be declared enrolled in the Militia.

In the case of a defaulter not appearing before the Court, unless a reasonable excuse be presented in his name, the Judge shall order his arrest and postpone the hearing of the case.

In every case of prosecution under this Article involving a point of law, the matter shall be submitted to the Royal Court.

A copy of the Militia Roll and a list of all persons exempted or dismissed from service, shall be deposited at the States Greffe by the Military Authorities in the month of April each year.

In conformity with Article 4 of the said Militia Law, notice is hereby given that all persons who are liable for service in the Royal Militia of the Island of Jersey are required to appear at their respective District or Sub-District Arsenals between the hours of 6pm and 8pm on the undermentioned dates in order to give the particulars required by Article 4 of the aforesaid Law, or if unable to appear, to forward this information in writing to the Adjutant, Royal Jersey Light Infantry, St Helier’s Arsenal, not later than the 9th day of February 1922, in order that these particulars may be inscribed on the Rolls of the Militia.

Places and dates for enrolment
  • St Mary’s Arsenal – Tuesday 31 January
  • St Lawrence’s Arsenal, Wednesday 1 February
  • St Martin’s Arsenal, Thursday 2 February
  • Grouville Arsenal, Monday 6 February
  • St Helier’s Arsenal, Tuesday 7 February and Wednesday 8 February

The dates and hours for Medical Examination and Drills will be notified hereafter in the Local Press and Parish Boxes.

By Order of His Excellency the Lieut Governor

L T Bowles, Lt-Col, DAAG (Militia) Jersey
Seigneural rights
Dear Sir, At last we learn that the obsolete Law on the above is coming up for discussion at the next States meeting, and high time too.

It was no doubt needed in the Middle Ages when it was first brought into force.

At that time it was an agreement or contract between two individuals, but now it is a one-sided affair, the Seigneur alone benefitting.

As at present administered this is most unjust, if not actually dishonest.

The following incidents I think will make that plain:

An old man died some time back, who all his life had toiled to acquire a little for his old age. This consisted of a little cottage let at £11 per annum.

After his death his relatives, who were very poor and aged, had to give up that year’s rental to the Seigneur, who had never contributed one penny to acquiring the said property, and who was never in any sense any help or benefit to the old man.

Here is another case. A lady had inherited a small house from a very near relative.

Seigneurial rights have already been paid twice in the short space of a few years, and in the event of the said lady’s death, will have to be paid again, this making three times on a small property.

And so one could go on ad lib. So we must agree that such an unjust law should be abolished.

I am, yours truly, (Mrs) C Trachy.
St Lawrence to fell trees
Thursday 19 January
An assembly of the principals and officers of the parish of St Lawrence was held last evening at the Parish Hall under the presidency of Mr H J Langlois (Constable), when the meeting decided to fell certain trees to the south and west of the Parish Hall.

It was also decided to grant permission to erect the war memorial in the grounds to the east of the Parish Hall and to open up an entrance from the roadway.

The question of contribution to the roads was then discussed and it was agreed that this should be done by personal service.

The sum of £125 was voted towards the cost of a motor fire engine for St Helier.
Serious cycling accident
Thursday 19 January
A serious cycling accident occurred about 9.30 last evening to a man named Emile Dubois, who is about 50 years of age.

It appears that Dubois and a fellow workman were returning on their cycles from St John to their residence in Old St John’s Road, when coming down the road, as was their wont, Dubois, who was leading by some 30 yards, was suddenly thrown off his cycle when near the entrance to The Mount, having apparently hit a stone or some other obstacle on the roadway.

His companion, hearing the fall, ran his cycle into the bank, and went to Dubois’ assistance.

As it was seen that serious injuries had been sustained, these including a nasty gash over the left eye, from which blood flowed profusely, the motor ambulance was telephoned for, and upon its arrival Dubois was taken to the General Hospital.

It was found that in addition to the gash over his eye, which necessitated six stitches being inserted, injury had also been sustained beneath the left shoulder.

The injured man, who was also suffering from loss of blood and shock, was made as comfortable as could be, and on enquiry this morning we understand that he is progressing favourably.
Export of worn-out horses
Thursday 19 January
Deputy Gray moved an extension to the Reglement on the importation and export of horses.

In so doing he referred to his remarks at the last session regarding the cruelty to animals sent from England to Jersey, also the cases of extreme cruelty to cows at St Mary.

He had since heard of several horses being place on the Celuta, which left at 5 o’clock in the morning. This meant they had to be placed overboard the night before.

On arrival at St Malo they were tied to trucks and left there until the evening.

These horses were sold for slaughter in order to satisfy the vitiated taste of some Frenchmen the other side.

The time had arrived when the States should stop this traffic in horses. He understood that the Board of Trade had now prepared regulations whereby such vessels as the 'Celuta and Attala will not be allowed to take these animals unless specially prepared for the purpose.

Deputy Henderson seconded, adding that the class of people who were conducting the business were the dregs of the population from the neighbouring coast of France.

The States, therefore, had no reason to consider their feelings in the matter. Unless the restrictions were tightened up there would be a recurrence of these cruelties.

The House agreed to the lodging au Greffe.
Dean of Jersey marries
Saturday 7 January
The Very Rev the Dean of Jersey, Canon Samuel Falle, was united in the bonds of holy matrimony this morning to Mildred Amy Vibert, daughter of Mr and Mrs Walter Vibert of 27 St Saviour’s Road.

The wedding, which was an exceedingly quiet and simple one, took place at 6.15 at St Helier’s Parish Church, the ceremony being performed by the Rev R D Love, Vicar of Gouray.

The bride was given away by her father and only members of the family were in attendance, those including Capt and Mrs A H Worrall.

The happy couple left by the Weymouth mailboat, the ss Reindeer, en route for London.

Football Club treasurer case
Friday 27 January
At the Police Court this morning further evidence was heard in camera in the case in which Cyril Mark Doutch is charged with converting to his own use sums amounting to £345, paid to him as Treasurer of the Rangers Social Club.

Evidence was given by Mr A G Brooke, and Messrs H H Randell and Cyril Bertram, who gave evidence last week, were recalled.

Accused was then placed in the dock and the indictment read to him.

At 1 o’clock the Court was thrown open. The Magistrate then informed Doutch that he would be detained in prison pending his trial on the indictment which had been read to him.
Penal servitude
Tuesday 24 January
At least one passenger on board the outgoing mailboat this morning said goodbye to Jersey for a long time.

He was Philip Hugh Lesbirel, who was sentenced on 24 December for extensive robberies and was committed to seven years penal servitude.

This term of punishment to be served on the Mainland.

He was handcuffed and in charge of Warder Gasnier.
Missionary meeting
Wednesday 18 January
There was a rather good attendance at the public missionary meeting held at the Baptist Church schoolroom last evening when the Rev J B Radley, of Ceylon, gave a stirring address on the missionaries’ work and the difficulties that had to be surmounted in their endeavours.

After the singing of a hymn, the Rev Grimshaw Binns led in prayer.

Mr Turner, Missionary Secretary, read the financial statement for the year ending December 1921. The total amount from all sources was £78 15s 8d.

He then assured Rev Radley that he was doubly welcome to Jersey.

Rev Grimshaw Binns said that though the funds raised were not so much last year, he hoped everyone would put their shoulder to the wheel and a bigger one this, which he felt sure would be the case.

He said those who did not attend on Sunday last missed a treat, and he was also disappointed with the attendance which, despite the miserable weather conditions, he had hoped would have been larger, and hoped the next missionary Sunday would have better results.
Bandmaster's retirement
Friday 20 January
The annual tea in connection with the band of the Salvation Army took place last evening at the Citadel, Minden Street. The remainder of the evening was spent in games.

The one tinge of regret of the proceedings was the resignation of the hard-working bandmaster, Mr H Finch who, after 15 years service, has been compelled to give up the conductorship owing to reasons of health.

Mr Finch has by much perseverance brought the band up to the high standards it now holds.

When he started there were no regular uniforms and the instruments were not worth much. Now, all the instruments are silver, and the excellent playing of the last few years has been much commented upon.

The Band Secretary, Mr Geo Sinclair, on behalf of the band members, asked Mr Finch to accept an attaché case as a mark of their esteem. They all regretted that his continued ill health had forced him to give up the office.

Commandant Joseph expressed his regret and said that he had tried to persuade Mr Finch to continue, although he felt he ought not to, considering the reasons given for his resignation.

Mr Finch thanked them for their gift and for the remarks made by the various speakers. He appealed to them to give the same loyal support to his deputy, Mr P Le Marinel, who had been appointed bandmaster.

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