Jersey Independent 1873 - 4

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19 - 24 July 1873
Five o'clock tea

It is not quite clear whether women expect, when they have got their rights, to keep their privileges also.

When their education is completed and they find themselves able to argue on an equality with man, do they expect always to have the last word?

When they have ceased to claim or accept the protection of men, and have set up for themselves, are they still to be allowed to make personal remarks?

When they are successfully competing with men in all the superior walks of life, and are driving them to emigrate, to scrub flooras and to jump off Westminster Bridge, do they hope still to get the corner seat, the clean side of the road, the first help, the front place, and the pick of everythins?

When all the public and private business of the country is in their hands, will they still find time for three meat meals in the day?

And, above all, will they then still retain their most cherished privilege of tea and talk at five o'clock in the afternoon?

As members of any profession, except perhaps the clerical, women can hardly expect that their day's work will ordinarily finishe before five o'clock, or that they will be able, as a rule, to make such a break in business between four and six, as to get home regularly to five o'clock tea.[1]

19 July 1873
Before John Hammond, Bailiff, and Jurats Marett and du Heaume

Mr John Simon was sworn in Acting-Deputy-Viscount during the absence of Mr Thomas Simon, who holds that office


Advocate Vernon obtained permission for Charles Leigh and Agatha Hingston, his wife, to register their demand for a separation as to property, the furniture and other effects in the house remaining the wife's property.


Advocate Baudains was permitted to register a Power of Attorney, whereby John Pinel, of the island of Newfoundland, appointed Mary Pinel, his sister, his Attorney in this island.


On the Solicitor-General's conclusions, Messrs James Hamon (harbourmaster of St Helier's) and Francis Philip Chevalier, were in obedience to Article 2 of the law on pilotage, sworn in as pilot examiners for the coast of this island, in lieu of Capt John de Caen and Francis Gautier de Ste Croix, deceased.


The Coroner's jury confirmed their verdict, that Edward Francis Le Bas, a lad nine years of age, was found dead on Thursday morning last, on a rock situated under the boulevard in Noirmont Bay.


Another jury likewise confirmed their verdict that Eliza Daire, 45 years of age, found dead in Pier Road, died from natural causes.


Two arrests having been confirmed on Charles John Le Feuvre, one for the payment of two notes-of-hand amounting together to the sum of £30, due unto Messrs Sorel and Le Couteur, and another promissory note of the sum of £149, due unto John Amy, the Court, at the request of the Solicitor-General, who produced a statement of the said Le Feuvre's affairs, permitted him to place his property in the hands of justice during a year and a day, so as to come to terms with his creditors, and Jurats Lerrier and Aubin were appointed to take charge of that property during that time.


The London City Bank and Joint Stock Company appointed Mr Solicitor Francis Hawksford their Attorney in this island.


The liquidators of the Jersey Joint Stock Bank declared the property of Edward Picking en desastre (insolvency) and 6 September next was appointed by the Court for the creditors to put in their respective claims

Monday 11 July 1873
Before Mr Judge Le Gallais
Insulting a Sheriff's Officer

Miss Julia Sibley, a young lady residing in Roseville Street, was presented on a charge of having, on Thursday last, insulted Mr George Simon, while in the execution of his duty as a sheriff's officer.

Mr Simon stated that on the day mentioned he went to the house of mrs Sibley to arrest her for the non-payment of a note-of-hand. Miss Sibley came to the door and, in an impertinent way, asked what he wanted. He replied that he wishes to see Mrs Sibley, and was informed that she was not at home.

He then followed Miss Sibley into a room where, after he had stated his errand, she commenced to insult him, calling him a rogue and other epithets. Witness then asked the landlady, Mrs Duhamel, whether Mrs Sibley was at home, and receiving a negative answer, he said he would call again at four o'clock.

Miss Sibley persisted in insulting him and took him by the shoulders for the purpose of thrusting him out of the house. He told her that if she continued to act in that manner he would present her before the court, and that he did not intend to be pushed out of the house.

She continued to push him by the shoulders and he put up his hand to keep her off, and in that manner they reached the door, where Miss Sibley, still being impertinent, he said that if he were not there as an officer of the court, he would slap her face.

That was not the first time he had been insulted by her. On one occasionn she had been so abusive at the office that he had been compelled to order her to leave.

'He called her a little fool and told her to go to bed'

Miss Selby said that she was in the act of reading an interesting novel when Mr Simon arrived and she was in a hurry to get back to her room to finish it. She denied trying to push Mr Simon out of the house, but she said that he called her a little fool, and told her to go to bed for that was the best place for her, thereby intimating that she was inebriated. He also said that if she were a man he would slap her face.

Mrs Duhamel, the landlady, said that Mr Simon was very insulting both to her and to Miss Sibley. She helped Miss Sibley to push him out of the house.

Mr Simon denied telling Miss Sibley to go to bed. He said she behaved more like a maniac than a person in her senses.

The Magistrate said that the Court must protect its officers. Their duties were onerous and unpleasant to perform, and they were bound to execute the judgments of the Court when asked to do so.

There was no doubt that Miss Sibley had used insulting language towards Mr Simon and on his part it would have been better had he left the house without retorting. But that did not justify Miss Sibley's language and conduct towards him.

Under the circumstances he would inflict a fine of 10s and give Miss Sibley an injunction. The fine was then paid.

A scamp and an old offender

Eugene Sullivan was presented by Centenier Le Cras, of St Helier's, and accused of having, at about a quarter to twelve o'clock last night, disturbed the public peace and most grossly insulted the 1-16th military police whilst they were on duty.

The Magistrate to the prisoner: 'Well, what have you to state in your defence?'

The prisoner: 'As I was going home I met some soldiers who pulled me about, and who had no right to do so, as I'm a civilian. I know what military duty is, for I've been in the service myself. However, I'm very sorry for what I've done.'

Philip Pirouet, a paid policeman, deposed that the prisoner was following and insulting the military through Hilgrove Lane last night; that he made use of mos infamous language towards them, their Colonel and Officers, and the other men of the regiment, by calling them all a set of thieves and blackguards.

Two of the soldiers of the military police having corroborated the paid policeman's evidence, the Magistrate condemned the prisoner to eight days imporisonment, on bread and water.

Porters' regulations

It shall not be lawful for any person, except a licensed porter, to carry for a salary, the luggage of passengers landing either from the vessel to the vehicle on the quay or the domicile or the hotel of the passenger, under the penalty of two shillings and sixpence.

If any person with the view of following the calling of porter, without being licensed so to do, represent himself as receiving no salary from passengers, it shall be lawful for the Harbourmaster or his Assistant, to forbid his varrying any luggage.

Porters shall not exact for the carrying of luggage more than three pence when taken from vessels to the quay, and sixpence when taken from the boats at the landing place, nor more than ninepence to the Hotels and Taverns in the neighbourhood of the Royal Square.


Penny Bank – There were 89 deposits at the bank on Saturday, amounting to £2 11s 5d.


An annual picnic – This annual fete, presided over by Mr W P de Gruchy, Constable of St Saviour's parish, took place on Wednesday


The children of St Paul's Schools had their annual treat yesterday. They were taken for a drive, accompanied by their teachers and friends, stopping at Bouley Bay for tea.


The St Helier's Regiment, Royal Jersey Militia – The annual inspection of this Regiment, by His Excellency the Lieut-Governor, will take place at 11 o'clock this morning on the Greve d'Azette.


Royal College of Surgeons (England) – Among the names of the successful candidates at the recent examination in Arts of this College, we notice the names of H Le Cronier and W Falla. Both obtained the Fellowship Qualification, and were pupils of Victoria College.


Collision at Sea – We have received intelligence, dated of the 17th inst, informing us that the Dart, Capt Young, of Jersey, had sailed that morning for Corunna, via Jersey, but had been compelled to put back into Plymouth, having been in collision with a cutter yacht, name unknown, off Cowes. The damage done was, fortunately, only the loss of bowsprit.

Monday 11 July 1873
Before Mr Gibaut, Magistrate
Potatoes stolen

John Breen and Edwin Gilbert were presented by Centenier Haire on a charge of having, on Wednesday evening, stolen potatoes from several farmers' carts on the pier, and of having resisted the authority of the harbour police.

Breen: We stole four diseased potatoes, and we have been in the station-house three days and three nights already. I should think that was enough.

The harbour policemen said that farmers complained to them of the thefts of potatoes from their carts, and they watched Breen steal some. On the way to the police station he endeavoured to break several windows, he resisted the police, and finally escaped. Gilbert was an associate.

The Magistrate sentenced Breen to one month imprisonment, the first and third weeks with bread and water diet, and the second and fourth with hard labour. Gilbert was sentenced to a fortnight imprisonment, the first week with bread and water and the second with hard labour.

Disagreeable tenant

Elizabeth Hardy (Mrs Jones) was presented by Centenier Haire charged with having insulted Mr George Lake, with having attempted to break open his door, and with having, in the evening, broken six panes of glass in the window of the room occupied by him.

The prisoner occupies half the prosecutor's house in Tunnel Street, and the circumstances mentioned in the charge occurred while she was in a state of intoxication.

The Magistrate ordered her to find a security of £2 for her good and peaceable conduct in the future, or to go to prison for five days


Notes and references

  1. This article continued in much the same vein for the best part of two columns
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