Jersey Independent 1873 - 3

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11 - 19 July 1873
19 July 1873
Jean Hammond (Baudoux).jpg
Before John Hammond, Bailiff, and Jurats Marett and du Heaume
Jersey Joint Stock Bank

The Bailiff said: Mr Solicitor Aubin called on me the other day requesting that I would not allow any of the shareholders of the jersey Joint Stock Bank to pass any contracts, to which I consented; and it was understood that the names of those shareholders should be inserted in two of the newspapers published in this island in the French language.

I take two papers only, and I do not know if such names have been published, and if they have not, I shall take care that a lost of them be printed, more especiallyf or the benefit of the solicitors, some of whom have spoken with me on that subject, so that they, being acquainted with the names of the shareholders, may not write contracts for them.


A Frenchwoman names Susan Thomas, having pleaded guilty to having committed, in the months of April, May, June and July last, several robberies of effects and silver, the property of Lewis Sangan, who keeps a lodging house in Hilgrove Lane, and one of his lodgers, was on the Attorney-General's conclusions, condemned to four months imprisonment, with hard labour, to be banished afterwards from the island for the term of five years.


The Coroner's Jury confirmed their verdict that Thomas Fox died at the General Hospital on the 9th of this month, from the effects of a fall he had previously sustained whilst he was trying to climb on the top of one of the waggons whilst it was in motion on the Eastern railway, near Pontac.


Advocate Bertram obtained the registering of the demand of Philip Montbrun Le Neveu and his wife to obtain a separation as to the property, the furniture, and other effects in their house remaining her property.


Rapid passage - The steamer Staperayder, Capt J de Jersey, made the run on her last voyage from Guernsey to London in 32½ hours


Sheep killed - Mr Pothecary has received the sum of £2 15s for a sheep which was accidentally killed during target firing on Gorey Common.


Rain stops play – The St Helier's Battalion Royal Jersey Militia. Owing to the rain which fell on Tuesday morning, the defaulters, who had been warned for drill at 9 o'clock that day, were dismissed, and will have to attend another day.


Shiping casualty – We learn by intelligence received here from Ilfracombe of the 8th inst, that the Jason, Capt Messervy, which was ashore on Breaksea Point, had put into the former place, and that, fortunately, the vessel had sustained very little damage to her bottom.


Collision – A collision occurred on Saturday in the narrow part of Bath Street, near Mr Burman's the tobacconist, between an omnibus and a country cart. The occupants of the latter, a woman and two children, were thrown into the road and much shaken and bruised. They were attended to by Mr G Ereaut, chemist, but their injuries were not serious.

Attempted burglaries
in Bath Street
Thieves bored holes with carpenter's bit, but failed to gain access to shops

Two burglaries were attempted during Wednesday night or early Thursday, in Bath Street, but fortunately, in both instances, the thieves were unsuccessful in gaining admission to the premises.

One attempt was made at the shop of Mr MacVicar, grocer etc, at the corner of Charles Street; but connected with the shop.

With a one inch carpenter's bit, they bored a hole in one of the shutters, sufficiently large to admit of the hand being inserted and the fastenings undone.

They then broke a pane of glass in the upper portion of the window, evidently with the intention of removing the catch, opening the window, and thus obtaining an entrance to the shop.

In this, however, they were foiled, for the window was nailed down, and consequently could not be moved. This precaution had been taken by Mr MacVicar in consequence of an attempted burglary by the same means about six months ago.

The thieves, after being baffled in the attempt to open the window, appear to have endeavoured to force it open; but in this also they were unsuccessful.

The attempt must have been made before three o'clock on Thursday, for at that hour Mr MacVicar was aroused by a passer-by and his attention drawn to the open shutters.

The other attempt was made at the shop of Mr Calbris, jeweller, which is situate almost opposite Mr MacVicar's premises. Here the thieves bored a hole in the door, evidently with the intention of forcing the lock; but they had not judged their distance properly, and bored against the lock itself. Therefore, in this endeavour also, they were unsuccessful.

These burglaries and attempts have been of such frequent occurrence lately, and in all but one instance – that opf Butler – the perpetrators have succeeded in eluding detection, that there is apparently little prospect, with our present police force, of their being captured.

We would therefore advise shopkeepers and others, as they cannot depend upon the police for protection, to see that places on their premises, which are now accessible to burglars, be made impregnable and secure.

Monday 11 July 1873
Before Mr Gibaut, Magistrate

Elisha Eastley, a private in the 1-16th Regt, was presented by Centenier Haire, of St Helier's, and accused of having, at about 8 o'clock on Tuesday morning last, broken purposely three panes of glass in Peter Street, two at the shop of Alphonse Lagarigue, watchmaker, and one at that of Eugenie Houelbec, dealer in fancy goods at the corner of Bath Street and Peter Street.

After hearing these two shopkeepers, and Wm Collins and John Wright, two of the privates of the military police of that regiment, who were pursuing the prisoner at the time he smashed the three panes of glass, and arrested him immediately afterwards, the Magistrate sentenced the prisoner to a fortnight imprisonment, with hard labour, each intermediate day on bread and water.

The rocks at La Corbiere where the lighthouse is to be built
Lighthouse erection given Royal approval

We believe that the sanction of Her Majesty in Council has been received by the States for the erection of La Corbiere Lighthouse, and we are glad to notice that the preliminary works have not been delayed on account of the formal sanction of Her Majesty not having passed the Council by the visit of the Shah and other important events.

The Harbour Committee wisely took upon themselves to authorise the construction of the causeway leading from the mainland out to the rock La Corbiere, which for more than one quarter of a mile is composed of granite stones on a face filled with cement concrite.

On the rock itself, a semi-circular roofed shed has been erected to serve as workshops, stores, and places for workmen to sleep in, all most suitably and comfortably arranged.

A site has been levelled for the engine, which has arrived, and will be fixed in its place next week. The foundation of the lighthouse tower is cut out of the solid rock, and the building is expected to be commenced the week after next. So that this long talked-of and mos turgently wanted lighthouse may be expected to be finished in three or four months hence, though the lantern and lenses cannot be ready for, at least six months, owing to the delicate and intricate nature of their construction, which are, proportionately, the most costly part of the whole.

We notice with pleasure that the engineer is inviting tenders for the construction of the lightkeeper's dwelling, and we hope that the accepted tender may be among our citizens.

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Sir – As it is well known that Mr Falle, who has so ably filled the office of Constable of the town parish for so many years, has accepted the vacant chair on the bench of the Royal Court, it behoves us all as citizens to elect in his place an intelligent man, one who will study the commercial interests of our community.

To replace Mr Falle in every sense of the word is no easy matter. Every constituent must confess that he has fulfilled his office faithfully and honourably.

I am, however, given to understand that Mr Francis Voisin, one of our leading tradesmen, who has already done much for our town, will allos himself to be put forward for election. If such is the case, I could scarcely fancy a more suitable person could be found

Yours obediently



Sir – The entire collapse of one bank and the suspension of payments by another are startling events in such a small community as Jersey. The great commercial distress which now exists is mainly owing to the easy and unscrupulous manner in which paper money can be manufactured and circulated in the Island.

Previous to the failure of the Mercantile the monetary circulation had for some time been principally carried on by these notes which were given in large numbers by the other banks to their customers. Consequently, when the bank suspended payment, the public were large holders of what may be described up to this time as worthless paper. Many poor persons and many of the well to do English residents unacquainted with Jersey ways were unmistakeably let in.

When an inquiry was instituted into the management, the affairs and books of the bank were found to be in such confusion that it was found necessary to employ experts to unravel the chaos and, accordingly, a firm of London accountants were applied to, and through their instrumentality an approximate statement of assets and liabilities was produced.

Liquidators were appointed, but there is now a dispute as to their legal status, some persons maintaining they were not properly elected, that they were chosen at a directors' meeting, and not by the body of the shareholders.

As to depositors, noteholders and creditors, all of them parties up to the present time appear to be ignored as regards their selection of a representative to watch over their interest.

With respect to the gentlemen chosen as liquidators I have nothing to say, but it is a pity they were not elected in such a manner as to satisfy the reasonable demands of all parties. I am, Sir, your obedient servant



Sir – On reading your paper a few days ago I was made acquainted with the fact that one of the leading banks had been compelled to discontinue their business.

It is not my purpose to enquire what reasons led the directors to adopt that course, but the Chairman of the Company is a Jurat, as as such occupies an prominent position as an administrator of the law in the Royal Court of Jersey.

In many instances the fact of making an arrangement with creditors disqualifies pro tem at least (that is to say until what is considered a satisfactory settlement has been made) from holding any office of trust.

It seems scarcely the thing to sit in judgment upon others when a person is sub judice on a very important matter himself. It would, however, appear, notwithstanding the peculiar difficulties of the Joint Stock Bank, that their Chairman thook his seat on the bench and acted with the other Jurats at the late Assizes.

Whether the learned gentleman was in a position and did give the case under his consideration the full attention it deserved, and fogot for the time the pecuniary difficulties of the Bank, I can't say.

The status of the Jersey Court may scarcely be raised by such a proceeding. I am unknown to the gentleman and bear no animus, but eccentricities may be carried too far even in Jersey.

Yours respectfully



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