Jersey Independent 1855 - 3

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9 - 16 September 1855
Crimean War:
The fall of Sebastopol
Local celebrations

Crimea – 6 September : The bombardment goes on steadily and favourably, with few casualties on our side. A Russian frigate, supposed to have been set on fire by our rockets, was burnt last night in the Great Harbour of Sebastopol.

Crimea - 7 September: Another Russian frigate was destroyed by fire yesterday afternoon in the great harbour. A large fire is burning this morning about the middle of the town of Sebastopol

War Department – 8 Sepetmber: Lord Panmure has received the following intelligence from General Simpson. The allied forces attacked the defences of Sebastopol this day at 12 o'clock. The assault on the Malakhoff has been successful, and the work is in possession of the French.

Crimea – 9 September: Sebastopol is in the possession of the Allies. The enemy during the night and this morning have evacuated the south side, after exploding their magazines and setting fire to the whole of the town.

French troops storm the Malakhoff
Artillery salvo

The annual inspection of the Royal Jersey Militia took place on Tuesday morning in St Aubin's Bay. While performing the usual evolutions, the Packet, which had been previously signalled, rounded Noirmont Point decorated with flags, and brought the news of the capture of the Malakhoff Tower, and the evacuation of the south side of Sebastopol, upon which a salvo of three rounds was fired by the whole of the brigades that had formed into line for that purpose.

The Artillery then resumed its usual practice of target firing, which elicited the admiration of the Lieut-Governor and other competent persons present.

Rejoicings and public demonstrations of all kinds at the glorious news from the Crimea took place on Tuesday in Town and its purlieus. In the evening the skies were literally illumined with the incessant blaze of fireworks and rockets, and the air rent with the joyful acclamations of a loyal and enthusiastic population.

On Tuesday evening His Excellency the Lieut-Governor invited a select party at Government House, to celebrate the happy news brought on that day of the fall of Sebastopol.

The band of the Town Battalion attended on that festive occasion. On the same evening the officers of the Militia Artillery also gave a Banquet to a select party of friends at the British Hotel.

Captain Parker

Among the long catalogue of gallant officers who so gloriously fell at the storming of Sebastopol, we regret to have to mention the name of Captain W B C A Parker, of the 77th Regiment, who but lately was a resident of Jersey and where his now lamented widow still resides. The painful news of his death was communicated to her on Thursday last.


The following promotions and appointments appeared in the London Gazette of Friday last:

Brevet Major G L F Dickson (son of Dr Dickson of this island) of the 30th Regiment to be Adjutant in a Provisional Depot Battalion.

Ensign A Gibaut (son of Moses Gibaut, Esq, St Helier's) of the 84th Regiment, to be Lieutenant without purchase.

Thomas Smityh Robin, gent (son of James Robin Esq, of Petit Menage) to be Ensign without purchase in the 22nd Regiment.

Adolphus Robert Mallet, gent (son of Dr Mallet, of Steephill) to be Ensign without purchase in the 38th Regiment.

Lieut Charles Chevalier, of the 2nd Regiment of Jersey Militia, to be Brigade Quartermaster in the Land Transport Service.

La Foire Ste Croix at Lessay
Lessay Fair: Customs officers
'uncourteous' to Jersey visitors

Lessay Fair, or de Ste Croix, has lately lost much of its wonted prestige by the arbitrary and uncourteous behaviour of the Custom House Officers, who superintend the landing of the numerous passengers that annually resort hither from this island.

On Monday afternoon last a flotilla of small crafts, besides the steamer Rose, sailed from Jersey and landed on the strand. Groups of persons were immediately surrounded by an armed force, with fixed bayonets, and ordered to remain still until the whole, amounting to several hundreds, had landed.

The Rose, which arrived first, landed her 110 passengers at about six, every one of whom had to wait on the beach for those of the other boats, and were thus kept, as state prisoners, till about eight, when the order was given for the whole to move forwards, always preceded by gendarmes and soldiers, who insolently ordered the whole either to halt, or move as it suited their views.

Now the distance from the landing place to the Custom House is at least two miles, through a soft sandy beach, intersected by streams of water, which everyone had to ford the best way he could.

But the worst is not told. When, exhausted with fatigue, the passengers, male and female, reached the space before the guardhouse, they had (always surrounded by soldiery) to await another ordeal, that of examining passports and undergoing a most searching personal scrutiny.

Trifles which heretofore were allowed travellers who generally take over a few articles to bestow on their friends and acquaintances, were rigidly laid hold of, seized and sequestrated as contraband goods, and when remonstrated on the unusual severities of the officials were invariably jeered at and insulted with the most uncourteous remarks.

Whilst this was going on within, a scene of a very different character was enacted outside. The sentries posted around tried to annoy the compact group of at least 300 persons by every means in their power.

Sentries try everything to annoy the Jersey visitors

The space before the guardhouse was a small, very small yard, surrounded by a dwarf wall, against which several persons leaned for support, awaiting their turn to be examined. Let the reader know that this process lasted till 3 o'clock on the morrow morning, and that many were actually fainting through want of refreshments.

Threats of stabbing with the bayonet were made – nay, the captain of the gendarmerie, annoyed at the jibes and loud complaints that were made against the unfeeling conduct of the men under his orders, was actually seen to encourage them to strike Englishmen with the butt end of their firelocks.

What are we to think, after this, of the much vaunted alliance of England and France? What of the removal of the prejudices which had taken so deep a root among the two nations during a long war? How are we to account for that more than vexations conduct of the French pettifoggers of a small locality actually treating as slaves harmless persons, bent either on business or pleasure?

Loud complaints are made everywhere against the local authorities of France in respect to travellers, and it is high time the French Government should be made acquainted with it.

Tuesday 13 September 1855
Before Mr Judge Le Gallais
'Improper conduct by servant'

A servant girl named Margaret Capeley was brought up from the Station House charged on the police sheet with improper conduct towards Mr and Mrs Breedon, her master and mistress.

The Judge said thet the charge was a very vague one, but that he would hear the evidence in order to ascertain the exact nature of the case.

Mr Centenier Brayn was heard, not on the merits of the case, but on the arrest and locking-up of the prisoner in one of the cells of the Station House by one of the policemen, although the Centenier had only requested the policeman to make an inquiry into the matter and report the case to him.

The Judge said that this would certainly have been the most legal mode of proceeding, and he reprimanded the policeman for having taken upon himself to lock up the girl without the permission of the Centenier.

Mr Breedon said that Margaret Capeley had been only about a fortnight in his service, but that he had been compelled to give her warning in consequence of her dirty habits, and encouraging men to loiter about the house; that the day before yesterday, he found a man's hat in the prisoner's room, and that he had then insisted on her leaving the house immediately, offering to pay her a month's wages. But that she had refused to receive the money or to leave the house, in consequence of which he had sent for the police.

The Judge said that the police should have merely expelled the girl from the house, leaving the question of wages open for an action in the Petty Debts Court. He did not consider that the policeman was justified in locking up the girl, as she had not committed a breach of the peace, and he would therefore order her release.

Thursday 15 September 1855
Before Mr Judge Le Gallais
Pregnant Guernseywoman

Celina Downton was brought before the Court, charged with having returned to this island after having been sent to Guernsey (her native place) on the 24th ult, being then, as she is still, in a state of pregnancy, and unmarried.

The Judge ordered the prisoner to be taken at once before the Royal Court, which was sitting at the time.

Deserter's wife

Ellen Finley appeared before the Court, charged with intemperance and being without a home.

The prisoner said she was the wife of a deserter from the 73rd depot, named John Riley, and that she expected by the hext post some money from her mother to enable her to return to London.

The Judge sent her to the Hospital for one week, after which, if she has not received money from her mother, she will be sent away with a pauper's pass.

Martha Welsh was brought up, charged with having created a disturbance, insulted a Mr Phelps, and resisted the police.

The Judge, after hearing evidence, sent the prisoner to jail for one week, after which she will be brought before the Royal Court for having returned to this island in contempt of a judgment of that Court, by which she had been sent away in the month of September 1854.

Police passed over hedge

Jean Colfavru, Jean Claude Colfavru and Charles Lacouture, appeared before the Court charged with having committed an assault on two members of the police of St Martin, who had repaired to the house occupied by the prisoners, in consequence of the complaint of a neighbor that they were constantly firing with a fowling piece on the Sunday.

The prisoners said that the police had entered their dwelling by passing over a hedge, instead of knocking at the door, and that, not knowing who they were, they had thought themselves justified in ordeing them off the premises.

The Judge, after hearing many witnesses, sentenced Jean Claude Colfavru to pay a fine of 10s, and discharged the two other prisoners.

'Intemperate habits'

A coroner's inquest was held last Sunday on the body of a female named Munt, who, on the previous day, had been found dead in bed. Verdict:'Died in consequence of her imtemperate habits'.

Child hit by cart

On Monday evening, as a young child about six years old was crossing Beresford Street, she was thrown by a spring cart, and very fortunately indeed escaped unhurt.

Broken leg

Last Saturday as a gentleman named Toy, late of Greve de Lecq, was riding in an omnibus on his way home, one of the wheels came off, and upset, and he and the travellers were roughly handled. Unfortunately, in his fall, Mr Toy had one of his legs broken.

Hit by horse

Last evening about nine, as a gentleman was welking towards Gorey, and near the entrance of that village, where no lights are to be seen, he was knocked down by a man on horseback, and had one of his feet sorely bruised.

Happily the horse, frightened at a cane the gentleman lifted up in his fall, sheared off, otherwise he would have sustanied a serious injury.


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