Jersey Independent 1873 - 5

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26 July - 1 August 1873

Excursion to Plymouth - The steamer Sir Francis Drake left for Plymouth yesterday morning (Friday 25th) having on board about forty excursionists, and the extra horses belonging to the 1-16th Regiment.


Hampshire Banking Company – This establishment, which has its head offices in Southampton, is about to open a branch bank in Jersey, at 2 Halkett Place.


Picnic – The teachers and friends of the Bible Christian denomination in St Helier's had a picnic on Wednesday. They started from Great Union Road Chapel in nine waggonnettes and carriages early in the afternoon, and stopped at L'Etacq for tea.


St Paul's School Treat – Twenty-six vans, two omnibuses, and a number of private carriages were engaged Wednesday in conveying the children of the St Paul's Shools, and their friends, to Bouley Bay for their annual treat. The weather was delightful and the excursion was evidently enjoyed by all.


The Banking System – The committee appointed by the States to examine and make their report concerning the three laws presented to that body by the Constables of St Clement's and St Martin's, and Mr Deputy Vickery, met again yesterday, by adjournment, in the Royal Court committee room.


Death of a Jersey Captain – A telegram was received in this island on Wednesday announcing the death, at Corunna, of Capt Francis La Forge, master and part owner of the schooner Ellen. The deceased, it appears, was taken ill a few days ago and succumbed to the malady by which he was attacked after a very short illness. Capt La Forge, who was 34 years of age, leaves a wife and daughter to mourn his loss.


Band of the 1-16th Regiment – Now that the 1-16th Regiment has left the island, we are sure that the public will join with us in thanking the officers for allowing their band to be so much at the use of the public during its stay here. The excellence to which it had attained, under the skilful conductorship of Signor L Cecconi, caused it to be sought after more than, perhaps, any previous military band which has been stationed in this island.


Fatal Accident – Between two and three o'clock on Thursday, one of the workmen at the Eastern Railway fell off accidentally from the gantry at the top of Regent Road, broke his right arm and bruised his forehead most severely.

He was immediately taken to the hospital in a van by some of the workmen, where he expired about a quarter of an hour afterwards, and complained, previous to his death, of great suffering in his left side. An inquest will be held this morning.


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


Night Robbery – A rather large robbery of rope was committed, during the night of Wednesday to Thursday, on board the cutter Lalla Rookh in St Helier's Harbour.


Royal Artillery – Colonel Pipon, a Jerseyman of the second brigade of this corps, is transferred to the eleventh brigade, formerly under the command of Col Clifford.


Joint Stock Bank – The liquidators of that bank have, we are credibly informed, made a call on the shareholders of £5 per share; and they refuse, at the same time, to accept the one pound notes of that bank in payment for that sum.

Monday 11 July 1873
Before Mr Gibaut, Magistrate
A dishonest dressmaker

Jane Honeycombe (Mrs Ford) was presented by Centenier Le Cras, of St Helier, charged with having on Friday, the 18th inst, stolen a ring belonging to Richard Cox, at whose house she was on that day employed as a dressmaker.

The prisoner pawned the ring at the shop of Daniel Dawson, Waterlook Street, and subsequently sold the pledge-ticket for 1s. The Magistrate sentenced her to one month imprisonment with hard labour.

Neglecting a child

Jane Fitzpatrick was presented on remand by Centenier Le Cras, charged with having neglected her daughter, ten years of age, and with having allowed her to rou about the streets all night long.

She was found last Wednesday morning at four o'clock, crouched in a lane, in a state of semi-nudity.

She presented in Court a most miserable appearance, her clothes being ragged, tattered and torn. She is an illegitimate child and since the mother has married, the child was, until two or three months ago, kept by her father.

He was unable to do anything with her and sent the child to her mother.

On Saturday the mother said that if the child were put into some asylum, her father would pay half the expense and she would pay the other half.

This morning the father appeared and stated that the child would remain anywhere but in her bed. If she were confined to the house she would climb out upon the roof and sleep there, and if she were not confined, she would go to sleep in agutter or some such place. He repudiated that the child had any claim upon him now and he would pay no more towards her support. He had been obliged to be out looking for her for more than a hundred nights.

The mother said that she could not support the child without assistance and if the father would not pay voluntarily, she would make him.

The Magistrate said the mother was bound to take care of, and look after the child, and ultimately she and her husband left the court, followed by the child, crying and looking utterly neglected.

Collisions 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 cuttery yacht, name unknown, off Cowes. The damage done was, fortunately, only the loss of a bowsprit.

We gave about six weeks ago an account of the running down of the smack Welsh Girl by the steamer John Brogden off Porthcawl. A suit was instituted against the said steamer for damages, as to total loss, by the Jersey Mutual Insurance Society for Shipping, wherein the said smack was insured. Mr E A Neel, secretary of the above society, has received this day the following telegram: 'Judgment – John Brogden alone to blame'.

Tour of RJA&HS members' gardens
Steephill was one of the properties visited in the morning

The committee of the Horticultural Department having decided this year to visit some of the members' gardens for the purpose of reporting upon the present state of horticulture in the island, they left Gregory's Stables Thursday morning to the number of 120 in waggonettes and private carriages.

Having visited the Limes, Bagatelle and Steep Hill, they proceeded to the Firs, the residence of Capt Saumarez, RN, CB, at St Lawrence.

The gallant proprietor was awaiting the numerous company at the entrance of his grounds, and he invited them all to partake of lunch, which was laid out in the shade.

The members and their friends thoroughly enjoyed the hospitable owner's profuse liberality, and they then proceeded to mr Gibb's Vineries, and on to Rozel, their final destination, the residence of the Society's president, the Rev W Lempriere, who, having also invited the members and their friends to partake of refreshments, awaited them with his son at the principal entrance, and conducted them to the house, where they were received by Mrs Lempriere.

Numerous tables were laid out under the trees to enable the company to sit in parties and rest themselves after the fatigues of the day. Having thoroughly refreshed themselves and fully appreciated the generous hospitality afforded them, they proceeded through the woods and gardens accompanied by the rev gentleman, and it was with difficulty that the committee could persuade the visitors to tear themselves away from so charming a spot.

It was past eight o'clock before they returned to town, having thoroughly enjoyed their day's trip.

Militia inspections
Town Battalion

The annual inspection of the Town Battalion, Royal Jersey Militia, by His Excellency Sir P M N Guy, KCB, took place on Thursday (24th) at Greve d'Azette, St Clement's Sands. [1]

The heat was not so overpowering as at the commencement of the week, but still there was quite sufficient to be pleasant or comfortable. The breeze which was blowing, however, considerably tempered the heat and was most enjoyable.

There were not so many spectators present as is generally the case.

At 11 o'clock the regiment was drawn up into line, facing the sea, and shortly afterwards His Excellency, with his staff, arrived. Having been joined by Col Hemery, he proceeded to inspect the ranks, passing up and down them.

The inspection over, the lines were broken into columns and marched past His Excellency, first in columns, then in companies, and then in double companies.

The marching past was especially good and steady, and remarkably so in the last order.

About 570 men were under arms. After counter-marching the men were again formed into line, and put through their manual and firing exercises, both being well accomplished, with the exception of the 'charge bayonets', the rear rank evidently feeling a disposition to charge also.

East Regiment

His excellency Sir P M N Guy, KCB, inspected the 3rd or East regiment on Gorey Common on Thursday.

The men turned out in large numbers and their manoeuvres were a complete success.

There were a great number of spectators present, that is, considering the distance of the parade ground from town, there being equally as many as there were on St Clement's sands at the inspection of the Town Battalion in the morning.

His Excellency arrived on the ground shortly after four o'clock and was received as usual with a general salute, and by the band playing a portion of a march.

He then inspected the lines and was highly pleased with the appearance of the men, both individually and collectively.

The regiment was under the command of Lieut-Colonel Touzel, between whom and the men an apparent good feeling seems to exist to a large degree.

After the inspection the men marched past His Excellency and that portion of the drill was done with a great steadiness and precision, equally, if not better even, than the marching of the Town Battalion in the morning.

North Regiment

This fine militia corps, under the command of their worthy Lieut-Col James Godfray, were reviewed on Friday week on the beautiful grounds of Rosel Manor, by His Excellency the Lieut-Governor, who expressed his entire satisfaction of their appearance and efficiency

South-West Regiment

The 5th or South-West Regiment, Royal Jersey Militia, was inspected by His Excellency Sir P M N Guy, KCB, at St Peter's Barracks on Monday. The men were marched past and put through the manual and firing exercises and the new battalion drill.

At the conclusion of the inspection His Excellency called the attention of the men to the importance of attaining efficiency in skirmishing, as that was one of the most important features of modern warfare.

We have much pleasure in stating that a deputation of influential gentlemen, presided over by Mr J G Falle, Constable of St Helier's, waited on Saturday evening last on Colonel C Hemery, QADC, at his residence to request his acceptance of the office of Constable, which will be vacant by the elevation of the worthy Constable Falle to the judicial bench, and that the respected Colonel acceded to their request


Notes and references

  1. The importance of the Militia in the island at this time can be judged by the length of the full reports – these are abridged – carried in the Independent. Coverage of the two inspections and a list of those members who had won prizes for marksmanship during the year amounted to nearly two columns. The best shots in each company could win prizes of up to 15s, and the overall winner, Private John Elias Bree, was awarded £3 by the States
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