Jersey Independent 1855 - 2

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27 August - 8 September 1855
The Queen in Paris

On Saturday last Her Majesty attended a review in the Champ de Mars. The number of men reviewed exceeded 40,000 and comprised all the various arms of the French service, infantry, cavalry and artillery.

So brilliant and magnificent a staff as that by which the Queen's carriage was surrounded, was never seen.

Towards evening the Queen visited the tomb of the Emperor Napoleon the 1st at the Invalides. None of her visits produced a deeper impression, and to crown the whole, she assisted at a grand ball given in the far-famed Palace of Versailles, where it is said no less a sum than 60,000 francs was expended in wax candles alone.

Illegal detention claimed
Thursday 8 September 1855
Before Mr Judge Le Gallais

Mr Peter Bourke and Mr Charles Le Gros, police officer, appeared before the Court to answer a report brought against them by a man named Matthews.

It appeared from the complainant's statement that on 11 June last, he went to Mr Bourke's house to pay him 1s 8d for rent; that he only found Mrs Bourke at home, who refused to give him a receipt, and sent for her husband.

That Mr Bourke came shortly after and addressed the complainant in such severe language that he thought it prudent to keep at a distance from him, and to refuse payment unless a receipt was given before a policeman.

That Mr Bourke had then detained him illegally during several hours in Albert Square, and that Mr Le Gros, having been sent for, had, by an unwarrantable abuse of his authority, taken the complainant to the station house and placed him in a felon's cell.

Matthews was heard as principal witness, but contradictyed himself on several of the most important points of his complaint; and all the other witnesses called in this case proved that all the facts alleged by the complainant were totally unfounded or grossly misrepresented.

It was clearly shown in evidence that Matthews had not been forcibly detained for several hours in Albert square, that a receipt for his rent had been tendered to him by Mr Bourke and by another person who was called in, and that the complainant had refused to accept that receipt because it was not given in presence, as he said, of a black coat.

It was proved, moreover, that it was at his own request that he had been taken to the station house, in order that the receipt might be given in presente of a policeman.

One of the witnesses, Mr Constable, keeper of the station, said that the behaviour of Matthews, at the time of his coming to the Station, was that of a man whose intellects are deranged.

The Judge said that, after the evidence given by the witnesses, he could not hesitate in dismissing the case.

Country parishioners rebel
The inhabitants of the rural Vingtaines, or Districts, which are comprised within the limits of the parish of St Helier, have petitioned the States to free them from contributing towards the expenses of the Paid Police, alleging as a reason that instead of being benefitted by that body, they suffer most from the frequent depredations of those unprincipled rogues and vagabonds who, driven from the Town, roam and prowl about their property for the purpose of plunder.

It is with much regret that, through press of matter, we find ourselves compelled to leave out the proceedings of both Courts this week, as well as other communications sent us for insertion.

To obviate this difficulty, we beg to repeat that within a very short period, we intend to enlarge the size of our paper, and thereby compensate our readers fro the very flattering patronage they have bestowed upon us.

Extra representation
Tuesday 4 September 1855

The Constable of St Helier asked leave to read a petition, but this request was overruled by the President, who remarked that the meeting had been purposely convened for discussing Mr Godfray's Bill for increasing the members of the States; upon which:

The Rector of St Mary, the Rev Mr Guille, rose and entered into an explanation of the motives which had prompted him to urge the discussion on the proposed increase of members into their Assembly.

Previous to the debate taking place on the subject, however, he would recommend the propriety of adopting a preamble which would exemplify and explain the reason why the bill had been brought forward, which preamble runs thus:

"The States convinced that the inhabitants of this island are not suitably represented in the Legislative body, have resolved to adopt the following regulations."

I am in hopes, said the rev. speaker, that there will be no diversity of opinion on this subject. The States, as they are constituted, do not represent public opinion, and such a state of things cannot suit a free country, whose wish and aim is to be on a par with civilised nations. I therefore move the adoption of that preamble.

Postponement suggested

Jurat Picot, alluding to Mr Godfray's Bill, said that it was so long ago that it had been discussed he had forgotten what had been done; he should like to be reminded of it; yet, upon the whole, it were, perhaps, better to postpone the detabe on that subject altogether as the mooter of the Bill, Mr Godfray, was absent on account of indisposition.

The Rector of St Mary replied that the Bill in question having been duly and formally lodged au greffe, he saw no cause why the discussion should not take place and take its course.

The Constable of St Helier supported the rev. gentleman's motion, and here repeated in substance what he had stated at the public meeting on the previous evening.

Jurat Le Gallais opposed the motion, and moved that the sitting be adjourned to a week, which proposition being seconded by the Rector of Trinity parish, and supported by Jurat Pelgue and others, the debate was here closed on that all-important subject, and so far as that matter goes, the Reformers have met with a sad disappointment.

Votes requested

Several Members then began to ask for votes of certain funds, despite the remonstrances of the President, who begged that no money should be called for until the state of the public finances was known, adding that there was a prospective deficit, and that recourse must probably be had to a general rate to meet the public engagements.

£400 was, on the motion of Mr Jurat Lerrier, voted for the construction of a road from Grouville Arsenal to the Rue des Alleurs; £50 on the motion of the Rector of Trinity, to complete the payment of £840, the cost of the Central School of that parish; and £50 on the motion of the Rector of St John, for the Central School of his parish.

These last two sums were granted on the strictly understood condition that the French language is to be used in all instruction given in the schools in question.

A call for £100 by the Chief of Police of St Martin, for the enlargement of the road leading from La Croix by Rosel Manor, Verclut point, was referred to the resective States Committee.


[We beg most distinctly to state that we do not hold ourselves responsible for the opinions of our Correspondents.}

Sir: Your correspondent "Rusticus", in his letter of the 25th ult, puts the following question: Whom have we to thank for the new harbour of St Helier?" and he modestly answers "Peter Le Sueur, Esq"!!!

Now Sir, "Rusticus" must either be very ignorant of what has taken place in this island for these last few years, or there must be a great want of bonne foi on his part when he attributes to his friend P Le Sueur the new harbours of St Helier.

The Victoria Harbour we owe to the great exertions of the late Peter Perrot Esq, and as to the Albert Pier, Mr Le Sueur did all in his power to oppose its erection. And why did he do so? To support the interests of his devoted friend, the grand patriot David de Quetteville Esq.

Now Sir, if it was necessary, I could produce documents to prove what I assert, when I say that Mr Le Sueur did all in his power to oppose the erection of the Harbour of St Helier; the struggle on this point between Mr Le Sueur and the great majority of his constituents took place in September 1845, and I can assert that from that date, Mr Le Sueur began to lose his popularity.

Enough for the present about Mr Le Sueur: he is no more. Requiescat in pace.

May I be allowed, Mr Editor, to name the worthy citizens to whom we owe the Albert Pier? The names of those who, when the people had no other friends in the States, came forward to defend their interests, are J W Dupre Esq, Attorney-General, and the worthy Magistrate Ph Le Gallais Esq. To them we ought to raise a useful monument on the harbours with their names and that of Peter Perrot Esq, enluminés en lettres d'or.

Your well-wisher


Two harbour rescues
by same man

We are happy in having to record a feat of daring and humanity performed by Mr Stephen Lawrence, bill-poster, on Saturday afternoon last, in rescuing from a watery grave a young girl 12 years old, who had fallen from Albert Pier into the sea.

But for the timely assistance so readily given, it is more than probably the child would have sunk to rise no more.

Mr Lawrence's conduct in this, as well as in many other instances in which he displayed much energy and zeal, is deserving the greatest praise, and should not go unrewarded.

And we have to record another of his daring and humane exploits. Yesterday afternoon during the Regatta a young lad named Philip Crille, of St Clement's parish, accidentally fell into the harbour in which there were from 10 to 12 feet of water.

Mr Lawrence no sooner saw the danger to which the lad was exposed, than he plunged into the water and brought him ashore among the acclamations of the assembled multitude.

We are glad to hear that a subscription is about to be opened for the purpose of recompensing Mr Lawrence for his gallant conduct.

We shall be most happy to give our mite towards it, and will receive donations at our office from any person who may fell disposed to do the same.

£28 stolen from farm

On Friday last some thieves entered the premises of Mr Elias Amy, in Trinity parish, while the family were at work in the fields, and stole therefrom a sum of £28

Baby thrown in sea

A female child, apparently a fortnight old, was discovered on the beach in Grouville Bay on Wednesday morning last, by a poor woman busy in collecting seaweed.

At a Coroner's inquest held in the afternoon, it was ascertained that the child had been thrown in the water alive. Verdict – "Drowned by persons unknown".

On Thursday morning, as a lad who had just returned from bathing on the St Aubin's sand reached the beach near Mr Clarke's ship building yard, he discovered the body of a newborn female child that had been buried in the sand.

On the same night, between twelve and one o'clock, a newborn male child was discovered by some of the Paid Police on the steps leading to a house in Clarence Terrace, tenanted by Mr Brown.

It was immediately conveyed to the Hospital and christened by the name of John Bidford.

Language problem

Some degree of dissatisfaction was experienced last Monday evening at the public meeting held in the Temperance Hall, by a great number of persons who, not understanding French, could not reap the benefit of what was stated thereat by some of the speakers. It is to be hoped that in future those gentlemen who address a public audience will condescend to render themselves intelligible to their English hearers.

Regatta confusion

Crowds of anxious spectators, the most part of whom were of the gentler sex, repaired on the long line of quays by which any view could be obtained of the Bay of St Aubin for the purpose of enjoying the exhilarating sight which the sailing and rowing matches that came off on Thursday and Friday afforded.

The number of crafts, however, that plied about in almost every direction so far puzzled the non-initiated that many returned sorely disappointed in not being able to discuss the matter with any degree of satisfactions to themselves.


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